Wednesday, May 15, 2013

(Related Update): Timing of IRS disclosures a coincidence, or is the Obama WH trying to bury Benghazi?

Related Update: Technically, this isn't an update, and it's only mildly related to the original post below, but I thought that this article at Cato today was interesting and insightful enough to warrant an OLS post here.  The author, Trevor Burrus cautions against conspiratorial thinking as a means of explaining, specifically, the burgeoning IRS scandal.  In this excerpt he makes an excellent, powerful point frequently ignored by those inclined to such theorizing:
Some libertarians have an odd tendency to believe that government is more effective at doing bad things than at doing good things. At the extremes, this manifests as the “libertarian conspiracy theorist”—someone who oddly believes that, while government can’t effectively run health care, schools, or welfare programs, it can successfully orchestrate and cover-up massive conspiracies. But we don’t need high-level conspiracies to point out that abuses of power, even by low-level officials, can be expected. Moreover, as government grows larger it becomes both less accountable and more important to our lives, thus giving government officials both more leverage and more freedom to misbehave.  
I definitely recommend the article.

Original Post:  I have to admit that the thought crossed my mind when I learned Friday night about the IRS targeting conservative and Tea Party organizations.  I also have to admit that I thought it had a tinge of conspiracy theory to it.  Apparently, the thought has crossed others minds as well, including Michele Bachmann, who had this to say:
Bachmann said the IRS announcement of misbehavior was intended to provoke conservatives and draw their anger and attention.  "I was in that Benghazi hearing,” she told WND. “I think the Obama administration is desperate to spin Benghazi, and they can’t. I think they saved this story up for a day like today so that conservatives would focus on this admission.”
You can read Bachmann's rationale here.