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New Polls Show “Almost Half of Americans Say Obama Untruthful About IRS,” “Doubts About The Honesty Of The Obama Administration”

The Washington Free Beacon wrote yesterday, “Members of Congress investigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative political groups said a Tuesday hearing helped to put a human face on what they claim is a flagrant abuse of the agency’s power. The hearing, held by the House Ways and Means Committee, featured six individuals who were members of groups that claimed to have been improperly singled out for scrutiny by the IRS due to their conservative political leanings. ‘To hear their stories first hand and what it meant to them and the country was very powerful,’ Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) told reporters afterward. ‘It was important, I think, to hear personally from people who were affected and not just have a transcript of them, to actually hear what they had to say,” Camp said. “I thought their voices were strong.’ The hearing became emotional at times as witnesses expressed shock and outrage that the federal government would discriminate against them based on their opinions. ‘I am not interested in scoring political points,’ Becky Gerritson, president of the Wetumpka, Ala., Tea Party told the committee as she tried to hold back tears. ‘I want to protect and preserve the America that I grew up in, the America of the people who crossed oceans and risked their lives to become a part of, and I am terrified it is slipping away,’ Gerritson said.”

 

As those targeted by the IRS told their stories, new poll show Americans are seriously concerned about this scandal and are very skeptical of the Obama administration’s explanations for it. The Wall Street Journal reports, “Recent controversies surrounding the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies have sown doubts about the honesty of the Obama administration . . . . A majority of poll respondents, some 55%, said IRS scrutiny of conservative groups raised some level of doubt about the administration’s ‘overall honesty and integrity.’ Similar shares said the same about the Justice Department’s subpoena of reporter phone records and about the administration’s handling of the deadly terrorist attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Moreover, a plurality of 43% in the poll said IRS scrutiny of conservative groups was part of a widespread effort by those in government, compared with 29% who saw it as a case of a few officials acting on their own.”

 

According to Bloomberg News, “Almost half of Americans say President Barack Obama isn’t telling the truth when he says he didn’t know the Internal Revenue Service was giving extra scrutiny to the applications of small government groups seeking tax-exempt status. Forty-seven percent of Americans say they don’t believe Obama compared with 40 percent who say he is being truthful, according to a Bloomberg National Poll of 1,002 adults conducted May 31 through June 3. More than half of political independents — 53 percent — say Obama’s explanation that he learned it from media reports is untrue, while 34 percent say they believe him. . . . Obama’s job approval rating declined six percentage points since the last Bloomberg poll in February, to 49 percent from 55 percent, returning to its lowest level since last September. The poll results illustrate how quickly the re-election glow has faded from Obama’s presidency, slowing his political momentum . . . .”

 

Meanwhile, even more reports of an out-of-control IRS are emerging. The New York Times reports today, “The Internal Revenue Service spent $4.1 million on a single conference in Southern California in 2010, paying top dollar for hotel rooms, $27,500 for a keynote speaker and tens of thousands of dollars for gifts to the 2,600 people who attended, according to a newly released Treasury Department audit. . . . The agency spent $50,187 on videos, including a ‘Star Trek’ parody and an employee dance video featuring the Cupid Shuffle. Another $35,800 was spent on three planning trips, and $135,350 went to 15 outside speakers. . . . The I.R.S. paid $30,000 for 45 employees who lived near the event to stay at the hotels and claim daily expenses. That money came primarily from unused funds appropriated to hire more tax enforcement officers, a White House priority.”

 

Politico adds, “A watchdog report released Tuesday includes potentially embarrassing examples of spending at conferences, including $17,000 paid to a keynote speaker whose specialty was painting unique pictures. He produced images of Michael Jordan, Bono, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln at the IRS event. Agency employees received hotel upgrades and a deputy commissioner spent five nights in a two-bedroom presidential suite at the Anaheim, Calif., Hilton. And, of course, the IRS spent about $50,000 producing parodies of ‘Star Trek.’ In total, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that the IRS spent about $49 million on conferences between 2010 and 2012.”

 

As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said recently, “[W]e owe [i]t to our constituents – to have a detailed and deliberate investigation. That’s why both House and Senate committees have begun investigations into the matter. . . . I’m willing to bet there’s still a lot more we’ll discover: in terms of scope, in terms of timeline, in terms of who was involved – and why. But we certainly can’t go about fixing the problem – we can’t remove all those who need to be removed, we can’t put safeguards in place if they’re deemed necessary – until we find out those details. And here’s another thing we shouldn’t be doing: handing over the administration of Obamacare to these folks. I mean, think about it. A deeply unpopular law being administered by an agency that’s so betrayed the public trust.”


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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