'Not a Smidgen of Corruption' - 2014 Lie of the Year?
During the Superbowl Sunday interview with Bill O'Reilly, President Obama famously stated that there was "not a smidgen of corruption" in the IRS. It has since been learned in the House Ways and Means Committee investigation of the IRS that the agency did not stop at targeting and harassing conservative groups that applied for 501(c)(4) status. In fact, it was revealed that the IRS targeted existing 501(c)(4) groups, 83% of which happened to be "right-leaning", i.e., conservative.
However, the most damning piece of evidence in the investigation was that of all the groups selected by the IRS for audit, 100% were conservative. As Carol Platt Liebau states in Townhall.com:
That's right -- "somehow," every single 501(c)(4) that the IRS selected to endure the time, expense, distraction and stress of an audit just happened to be conservative.
Hmm...A government that targets, harasses, and suppresses dissent among its own citizens based on their political affiliation through an agency that has the unfettered power to financially destroy and imprison them. I will need to look up the definitions of "corruption" and "smidgen".
PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" in 2013 was Obama's statement "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it". Perhaps his "not a smidgen of corruption" proclamation will be the lie of 2014.
Andrew Thomas blogs at darkangelpolitics.com