Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 9 (10 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   13 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Bush Used the IRS, FBI, CIA and Secret Service to Go After Opponents -- Where Was the Fox and GOP Outrage?

By       Message David Sirota     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   News 1   Funny 1  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H2 5/14/13

Author 18
Become a Fan
  (9 fans)
- Advertisement -
Source: Salon

The recent IRS flap shows an obvious double standard in Washington's reactions to Bush era and Obama era misconduct.

Former US President George W. Bush thanks US President Barack Obama during a dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of  Southern Methodist University  on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

As your kindergarten teacher probably told you, two wrongs do not make a right. But the discrepancy in reactions to wrongs does, indeed, show how Washington so often serves the interests of the political right.

That's one of the big -- if deliberately ignored -- takeaways from the reaction to news that the Internal Revenue Service allegedly targeting conservative organizations for extra scrutiny in their larger review of political groups' tax exempt status. In the last few days, the allegations have generated a wave of national headlines, a congressional investigationfederal legislation and ever-louder calls for impeachment.

Considering the gravity of the allegations against the Obama IRS from the Treasury Department's inspector general, congressional scrutiny is certainly warranted. However, there's just one problem: most of the lawmakers and pundits today decrying the use of public resources against a White House's political opponents had little -- if anything -- to say about equally troubling revelations about the Bush administration's deployment of public resources against its opponents. In fact, conservatives said so little back then that Fox News apparently doesn't even know (or is pretending not to know) the Bush administration used the IRS in the same way the Obama administration allegedly did.

- Advertisement -

Click Here to Read Whole Article

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
Build a Community of Supporters

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Is Sanders a "Principled Sellout"? by Timothy Gatto (see # of pageviews)

Progressive Take on Brexit Open Thread by Rob Kall (see # of pageviews)

2008 All Over Again by Chris Hedges (see # of pageviews)

Why the UK Said Bye Bye to the EU by Pepe Escobar (see # of pageviews)

Former Hospital President: Skyrocketing healthcare costs are caused by political corruption by STEVEN I. WEISSMAN (see # of pageviews)

The Brexit Vote by Paul Craig Roberts (see # of pageviews)

Canada Supports ISIS by Mark Taliano (see # of pageviews)

CA Exit Polls reveal 23% Discrepancy; 11 States With Vote "Flipping" Evidence; Our New Directions in American History? by Stephen Fox (see # of pageviews)

Fundamental Shift in the Science of Aging by Josh Mitteldorf (see # of pageviews)

Russia and China aren't the threat; we are. by Dave Lefcourt (see # of pageviews)

A "Brexit" Blow to the Establishment by Robert Parry (see # of pageviews)

Facebook Suppression of Bernie Sanders Supporters? by Stephen Fox (see # of pageviews)

Poll: 75% of White Men and 60% of White Women Strongly Dislike Hillary Clinton Posted by Ron Madden (see # of pageviews)

The Looming US War on Russia by Finian Cunningham (see # of pageviews)

"EXTENDING AMERICAN POWER" -- A Sneak Peek at What a Clinton Foreign Policy May Look Like by Natylie Baldwin (see # of pageviews)

Thousands of Sanders Supporters Sue DNC in Class Action Lawsuit Posted by Joan Brunwasser (see # of pageviews)

Bernie Sanders: Here's what we want by Bernie Sanders (see # of pageviews)

On Sanders and Propaganda by John Sanchez Jr. (see # of pageviews)

Brexit and the New Global Rebellion by Richard Eskow (see # of pageviews)

Shut Down the Democratic National Convention by Chris Hedges (see # of pageviews)

The Brexit referendum: A turning point in European politics by Chris Marsden (see # of pageviews)

Donald Trump's Really Big Brexit Flip-Flop by David Corn (see # of pageviews)

As quietly as possible, the government is renewing its assault on your privacy by Trevor Timm (see # of pageviews)

Bernie's "Political Revolution" = Vote for Clinton and the Neocons by Chris Ernesto (see # of pageviews)

As the War on Weed Winds Down, Will Monsanto Be the Big Winner? by Ellen Brown (see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular

- Advertisement -
The Last War Crime movie
The Last War Crime movie
What if there was only one chance for justice?

Classics of Liberal Thinking

Progressive Radio Links

- Advertisement -
Help us restore justice and free Don Siegelman

Tell a Friend: Tell A Friend

Copyright © 2002-2016, OpEdNews

Powered by Populum