During the Nixon Presidency, Sir Richard compiled an "Enemies List." He then used the power of the federal government, including the IRS to come down hard on the inhabitants of this list. Any comparisons to the current Obama "scandals" pales by the Nth degree.
It seems like every committee and sub-committee in the House is investigating the September 11, 2012 attack on the US Diplomatic Mission. Of course, investigating is used quite loosely here. The major focus of the "investigations" is to try to pin something on Barack Obama and/or Hillary Clinton.
Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it best when she testified before a Senate Committee.
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it
because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night
decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it
make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.”
The Republicans are hell-bent on smearing Obama and Clinton and don't seem to be the least bit concerned about the very real issue of making sure such a screw up doesn't occur in the future.
As far as a cover up, just ask yourself, "what did Obama, Clinton, or anyone else have to gain by 'covering up' anything for a period of a few days?" They didn't. They were going with the information on hand at the time and corrected it as more information became available.
The Obama administration, unlike the Mitt Romney campaign didn't go off half-cocked and start throwing blame around. Obama sent Ambassador Susan Rice out as a spokesperson for the administration using "talking points" which were assembled through the bureaucratic wranglings of a number of government agencies who were each defending their bureaucratic turf.
It appears that some career Internal Revenue Service pencil pushers in Cincinnati, Ohio were overwhelmed by the influx of 501(c)(3) applications. (501(c)(3) refers to the IRS regulations governing non profit, tax exempt organizations which fall into one of the following categories: Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for
Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports
Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals
We have the United States Supreme Court to thank for this influx.
Note that "Political" entities are not including in this list of general welfare organizations.
A large number of these applications were really for political groups seeking the 501(c)(3) haven, and many of these groups were conservative groups associated with the "Tea Party."
Let's cut to the chase on this one, first, the groups targeted probably should have been targeted and get additional scrutiny, because there sole purpose tended to be the political objective of thwarting Obama and his agenda, and second, Obama had absolutely no involvement in the targeting.
Associated Press and leak investigations
The Justice department has come under fire for grabbing the Associated Press' emails and phone logs regarding terror plots, and other press entity emails, phone logs, and the like regarding leaks of confidential or classified materials.
The condemnation of the Justice Department actions have given rise to calls for Attorney General Eric Holder's head on a platter, but the Justice Department only resorted to such tactics after interviewing over 500 persons regarding the leak of information on a terror plot in Yemen. The leak of information put a number of US government officials who were charged with uncovering such plots in danger.
Again, Obama had no direct involvement in any of these investigations.
Why Watergate and Nixon are sooooooooooo different
The major difference between Nixon and Obama is that Nixon personally ordered the government, particularly the IRS to his dirty work, and his actions were purely politically motivated to punish his enemies and gain political advantage for himself. None of these "scandals" personally involve Obama or his inner circle plotting to destroy political enemies with the resources of the federal government.
Let's look at some of Nixon's "finest" moments.
We all know the Watergate story. President Richard Nixon ordered the bugging of the Democratic Party headquarters, then dove through hoops, using all the government resources at his disposal, except the Pentagon, to try to cover it up when the "third rate burglary" went awry. Here are some of his other gems.
On September 27, 1970, Nixon ordered Haldeman to get the IRS to
investigate Ted Kennedy, who was then the presumed frontrunner in the
1972 presidential contest, sharing the field with Edmond Muskie and Hubert Humphrey, who Nixon also ordered audited.
Nixon personally put White House dirty trickster Tom Charles Huston in charge of
setting up the new IRS "anti-radical squad" to make sure that the
laggards in IRS's bureaucracy didn't drop the ball. Huston prepared a
43-page blueprint for Nixon outlining a government agency campaign
targeting Nixon's enemies.
included tapping phones without warrants, infiltrating organizations
that had been critical of the President and, purging IRS agents who
refused to tow the Republican line. Huston told the President, "we won't
be in control of the government and in a position of effective leverage
until such time or we have complete and total control of the top three
slots" at the IRS. Nixon also enthusiastically authorized a series of
"black bag jobs" including breaking into offices, homes and liberal
think tanks like the Ford Foundation and the Brookings Institute which
Nixon believed was home to many former Kennedy Administration officials.
On September 8, 1971, Nixon raged at his counsel and Chief Domestic
Policy Advisor, John Ehrlichman, about the IRS's lack of progress on
finding dirt on his enemies. "We have the power but are we using it to
investigate contributors to Hubert Humphrey, to Muskie, and the Jews?
You know they are stealing everybody.... Are we looking into Muskie's return?
Hubert's? Hubert's been in a lot of funny deals. Teddy? Who knows about
the Kennedys? Shouldn't they be investigated?"
On October 6, 1971, Nixon ordered H.R. Haldeman (his Chief of Staff) to have the IRS audit Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler. "I want Otis
Chandler's income tax," Nixon told Haldeman. Nixon then called his
Attorney General and former law partner, John Mitchel, and ordered
Mitchel to fire the Los Angeles Director of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service. "The fellow out there in the Immigration
Services is a kike by the name of Rosenberg." The President explained to
Mitchel, "He is to be out."
Nixon told Mitchel, "I want
you to direct the most trusted person you have in the Immigration
Service to look at all the activities of the Los Angeles Times...
let me explain as a Californian, I know everybody in California hires
them... Otis Chandler... I want him checked with regard to his gardener.
I understand he is a wetback. Is that clear?" When the Attorney General
replied, "Yes, sir." Nixon crowed triumphantly, "We're going after the
Chandlers! Every one, individually and collectively, their income
taxes... every one of those sons of bitches."
There's a lot more. See Robert F. Kennedy's comparison of Obama to Nixon.
So the next time somebody says the Obama "scandals" are worse than Watergate or Nixon, tell them to hit the history books.
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