Friday, May 17, 2013

The IRS Outrage - Who is Responsible?

Would it make sense for a middle or even upper level IRS employee to risk job loss and possible criminal prosecution in order to launch an illegal attack against the Tea Party? What would they get out of it? Based on Talmudic logic, it seems that this outrage likely originated from within the ruling administration.

From this point on, things become speculative. Several different Obama Administration higher ups would benefit from an elimination of the Tea Party, and this must be looked into – possibly by a special prosecutor.  However, the person who stood to gain the most from this IRS abuse is none other than President Barack Obama himself. In the midst of trying to be elected to a second term and further pursue his agenda, he, more than anyone else, stood to gain from straight-jacketing the Tea Party. Accordingly, he must be seen as a very real suspect. If he himself is in any way implicated, it should have the effect of choosing the old Monopoly card: "Go to jail without passing Go!" [more...]

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