Having been born and raised in Cincinnati, I know what a long history it has of being quite a conservative town. Although things are changing there, it’s a strange place to find the IRS office was the center of action in this activity involving a targeting of extreme rightwing groups. The targets were “small” rightwing groups as opposed to the larger ones that really pull in the big money like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS. Over the past few years, the IRS has allowed “social welfare” groups to take on a tax excempt status provided their primary activity is not “political”. It’s mostly a sham as the direct target of these groups is political, and were formed as a way to attack the black president. This really gained momentum when the Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United case that corporations,like people could give unlimited amounts of money in promoting various political causes. It’s funny that under all this monetary attack, that black president won the White House-twice!
I don’t see that the entire IRS episode is all that bad-they just should have taken a second look at all of these 501 (C) (4) groups. They should also be checking the larger groups. The fact that so much money can be given, without knowledge of the donors, is absurd. Everyone knows there’s so much money in our political system that it’s truly obscene. In fact, our political system is corrupt. I’m just satisfied that Rove and those horrid Koch brothers can’t buy an election, although they’ve done that in certain parts of the country. The House of Representatives is rigid with tea Party members because their districts were gerry-mandered so only right-wingers can get elected (see Texas). The Supreme Court-tilted right, allowed the Citizens United case to flood our already corrupt system to become deluged with cash and in many cases from anymous donors. For all we know, foreign money could creep in to tilt elections.
Nobody who knows Cincinnati would ever dream that an entity like the IRS office there could get busted for targeting far rightwing groups. This is the city that constantly chased after Larry Flynt on pormography charges and went after the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit for the same reasons. Marge Schott, at the time of being the majority owner of the Cincinnati Reds, made headlines when she called one of the players, “her million dollar n—er.” I was hosting a weekly talk radio show at that time and felt, if I could only meet her, I would tell her a thing or two. I did happen to meet her after Major League Baseball forced her out of her role, but by that time she looked so old and feeble, I could hardly ball her out.
The most popular talk radio host in Cincinnati, for decades now, is a guy named Bill Cunningham. An odd fellow, he is the perfect copy of the typical right-wing host. Inferring President Obama is a Muslim, born in Kenya, and calling every hick who calls in and agrees with him, a “great American“. It’s so corny, but the masses of hillbillies love this buffoon, think he is a great American: it’s so easy to fool the low educated in this country. Cincinnati is located in the southwest corner of Ohio, right across the river from Kentucky: that should tell you something about the mentality of the region, and explain Cunningham’s success. Although it was always thought to be a Mark Twain quote, either he or someone else at that time correctly predicted if the end of the world came, they would want to be in Cincinnati because you wouldn’t know it for ten years. They are just a bit behind there.
The IRS deal and Benghazi are mere bumps in the road on the way into a second term. It’s the AP story that concerns me. Going after the media because of “national security” smells Nixonian to me. If the Obama administration is worried about “leaks” to the media, they should figure another angle than taking phone records from the Associated Press.Haven’t we been down this road before? Second terms can be dreadful graveyards where the opposition finally finds a weak link in an adminstration they aim to destroy. I think Obama will rise above this because in the final analysis, none of these episodes are so important in the daily lives of Americans who are just trying to recover from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. The economy is improving and all politicians who want to keep their jobs should focus on helping Americans and not obsess with inside the beltway warfare.