Thursday, May 16, 2013

GOP agenda: Benghazi and IRS Investigations

The GOP, with the panties in a bunch (yet again), continue to blow their horn about Benghazi and the recent IRS scandal.

 In the case of Benghazi -- which may be a salvo shot at Hillary 2016 -- it has failed to gain traction outside of FOX Nation.

It is a fitting coda to Fox's months-long scandal mongering over the tragedy in Benghazi. Jarrett is deceptively attacking the president over comments he made in the Rose Garden, the very spot where Obama first labeled the attack an act of terror, comments that have been decontextualized and parsed endlessly to help promote the entire pseudo-scandal. 

Fox's desperate attempt to breathe life back into the "scandal" comes days after the network's scandal machine began a campaign to call for a special prosecutor to investigate the president. This is how the voice of the opposition works. Turning Benghazi into Obama's Watergate is central to the Fox goal of bringing down the administration.

Which is why Fox is desperate to keep it going.  source

And to this IRS brouhaha..., I first want to say to the Tea Party folks: You are a faux (fake) grass-root organization financed by right-wing billionaires. These Billionaire Boys have declared war on labor, labor unions, civil servants, teachers; in other words the average American.

Functionally speaking, the Tea Party organization is nothing more than a front group for the American oligarchy. As such: What did you expect? Government scrutiny comes with the territory -- just ask Al Capone.

There is a war underway. I'm not talking about Washington's bloody misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, but a war within our own borders. It's a war fought on the airwaves, on television and radio and over the Internet, a war of words and images, of half-truth, innuendo, and raging lies. I'm talking about a political war, pitting liberals against conservatives, Democrats against Republicans. I'm talking about a spending war, fueled by stealthy front groups and deep-pocketed anonymous donors. It's a war that's poised to topple what's left of American democracy.

The right wing won the opening battle. In the 2010 midterm elections, shadowy outside organizations (who didn't have to disclose their donors until well after Election Day, if at all) backing Republican candidates doled out $190 million, outspending their adversaries by a more than two-to-one margin, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. American Action Network, operated by Republican consultant Fred Malek and former Republican Senator Norm Coleman, spent $26 million; the US Chamber of Commerce plunked down $33 million; and Karl Rove's American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS shelled out a combined $38.6 million. Their investments in conservative candidates across the country paid off: the 62 House seats and six Senate seats claimed by Republicans were the most in the postwar era—literally, a historic victory.

Like I said: What did you expect?

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