Saturday, May 11, 2013

(Related Update): An early call for impeachment of Obama over Benghazi

Related Update:  In case you missed, yesterday one of the power brokers at the IRS admitted that the agency has, under Obama, intentionally and specifically targeted conservative groups -- including the Tea Party -- for unjustified tax scrutiny.  This is both unconstitutional and illegal and, to my mind, an impeachable offense if Obama has been involved in this in any way.  Fortunately, this revelation may well prove beneficial to the Republicans, particularly as it relates to the on-going roll-out of the Obamacare Monster:

The Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it inappropriately targeted conservative political groups for special scrutiny during the 2012 presidential election only gives congressional Republicans more ammunition as they try to defund and weaken the agency.  For the past few years, Republican lawmakers have sought to slash the funding of the IRS. Reducing the agency’s budget makes it more difficult for it to collect taxes and audit individuals. (Score one for Republicans who dislike high taxes).
But, more importantly, the IRS is also one of the key agencies that will implement the Affordable Care Act. Much of the funding stream for the incoming health care law, arguably the president’s signature legislative achievement, comes from two tax increases: a 3.8 percent hike on investment income for wealthy individuals, estates, and trusts, as well as an additional Medicare tax.  By stripping the IRS of money, the Republicans are indirectly trying to attack the roll-out of the health care law that begins in 2014.

Original Post:  Roger L. Simon, CEO of PJMedia and former Hollywood liberal-turned-conservative, has been following the Benghazi scandal since it first broke several weeks before the 2012 elections.  In a post just prior to Obama's election, he entertained the possibility -- admittedly a bit far-fetched at the time -- that the scandal might bloom into a legitimate impeachment threat for Obama should he win re-election.  Well, Simon wrote an article yesterday re-visiting his position and finds it to be much more plausible than before:
No longer. Reading Stephen F. Hayes’ new article in The Weekly Standard — “The Benghazi Talking Points” — I am beginning to feel like Nostradamus.  I’m not ready to make any predictions, but let’s put it this way…
Barack Obama is bloody lucky he’s a Democrat, because if he were a Republican, he’d be in deep trouble right now, close to the brink of extinction.  Only his increasingly pathetic loyal media claque can save him.  It will be interesting to see if they do so at the expense of their own reputations.
Apparently, Republican congressman Dan Issa is starting public hearing on the subject May 8th, to which Simon writes:
I don’t know about you, but I will be watching closely on May 8, when Rep. Issa begins his public inquiry.  These may be the beginnings of the most important hearings of our lifetime.
Simon's article has lots of interesting insights and comments, and can be found here.