Obama Administration Faces IRS And Benghazi Scandals – Wingin’ It Wednesday
On this week's edition of "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Mike Stagg, Carol Ross, and Warren Caudle joined "Mornings with Ken and Bernie" to the IRS and Benghazi scandals currently facing the Obama Administration.
Here's what the panel had to say:
1. The IRS has apologized for targeting conservative groups during the application process for tax-exempt status. President Obama said the IRS will be held fully accountable for any wrongdoing. What do you think will be the outcome of the Congressional hearings set for Friday?
Warren Caudle started us off:
I think it's absolutely horrible. It's not the first time these kind of things have ever been done. I think first of all the administration needs to come out with a full fledge investigation. If it came from higher up, it's really bad. Same thing happened with Nixon. Nixon said the IRS is an arm to use against your political enemies. Supposedly we'd gotten beyond all that.
I really and truly thing most of this stuff is because you've got these political hacks who've infiltrated all forms government jobs and positions and they think their job is to go out and destroy people. It's a type of political guerrilla warfare and it's on both sides.
Mike Stagg added:
What they were doing was looking at this flood of applications for 501C4s. I'm not defending what the IRS did, but this was no push by the Obama Administration to investigate political enemies. This was not Nixonland. There's no 'there' there.
The whole Republican strategy now is to go deep stupid and to try to impeach this president during his second term.
Carol Ross concluded:
In the words of the estimable Mrs. Clinton, what difference does it make?
On the one hand we have the 'Great and Powerful Oz', Mr. President, who knows everything and does everything, but when he or his minions are caught with their hand in the cookie jar they know nothing.
This conduct deserves a thorough investigation, and to the level they did this? Targeting people who had 'patriot' or 'liberty' in their name? This cannot stand and we need to get to the bottom of it.
- Warren Caudle, Carol Ross, Mike Stagg; KPEL 965
2. Do you remember Nixon’s Articles of Impeachment? Right smack dab in the middle of President Richard Nixon’s list of crimes was using the IRS to punish his critics and political opponents. Some have said this IRS scandal could lead to President Obama’s impeachment. Do you think this is realistic?
I'm sure Darrel Issa is going to have another hissy fit. This is ridiculous. A party that can't come up with coherent policy on anything nationally has resorted to what they tried against Bill Clinton, they're just going to try to impeach. We can't obstruct anymore, let's just try to impeach.
I remember Richard Nixon, and Obama's worse than Richard Nixon. Watergate was sort of a low-grade break-in, what brought Nixon down was the lying and obstruction of justice. It remains to be seen whether this particular incident rises to the level of impeachment. There are two things to keep in mind, first, the IRS is responsible for enforcing that monster tax known as Obamacare. Second, the President and Hillary Clinton have been on record many times lying about Benghazi, the terrorist attack. That's the real impeachable defense.
I don't think impeachment is realistic. What I do think is that if you go back to the Nixon days, Nixon as I understand it, tried to get the IRS to do these things and the IRS refused. Nixon then went to Richard Helms, the Director of the CIA, and ordered him to claim that the Watergate break-ins were handled by operatives of the CIA and that there was national security involved and therefore could not be commented on. Nixon end up firing Helms, and appointing him as ambassador to Iran.
With the Benghazi deal, the CIA direct Petraeus was totally out of the loop because he had his own little Appalachian Trail going on. It's sad to think how far we have come and how willing the American people are to go along with shenanigans.
Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think about today’s Wingin’ It Wednesday topics. Who got it right, who got it wrong, and who was way off? Let us know in the comment section.