SIOUX FALLS, SD - You know things are bad for the administration when the headline at left-leaning Politico.com says, "D.C. turns on Obama".
The Obama administration is facing intense criticism on multiple fronts. There are accusations his administration lied about what they knew regarding the attack on the Libyan consulate. The IRS is engulfed in a scandal involving the deliberate targeting of 501(c)4 applications by conservative groups. The Justice Department is defending its decision to seize the work and personal phone records of reporters at the Associated Press.
As bad as all that seems, its likely there is more scandal ahead.
In an exclusive interview this week with Breitbart.com, Senator Mitch McConnell McConnell (R-KY) blasted the Department of Health and Human Services for contacting private businesses that were critical of Obamacare and asking them to contribute money to sell the program to the American people. McConnell was fuming. "That’s absolutely improper if not illegal. This administration will stop at nothing to get its way. It will do anything it can to silence its critics.”
Senator John Thune (R-SD) echoes McConnell's concerns of the adminstration bullying its critics while helping its allies. Thune says the EPA was recently caught distributing the personal information of 80,000 farmers and ranchers to "left leaning, left wing environmental groups". Thune says the information was very confidential and included names, addresses and geographic coordinates of farms and ranches.
Thune told me, "Its just this culture of intimidating the people who are against you and trying to use the tactics of fear and bullying... and aiding the people who are your friends in a way, I think, that undermines the very fabric of our democracy."
Once again, President Obama and his highest officials shrug their shoulders and claim no knowledge of anything that happens on their watch. Alfred E. Neuman would show more concern.
Attorney General Eric Holder claims he knew absolutely nothing about the seizing of phone records at the Associated Press, even though federal law required him to sign off on it.
Meanwhile, the IRS initially blamed mid-level employees in Cincinnati for targeting conservative groups. That claim began falling apart almost as soon as it was made. The employees in the Cincinnati office now say they were following instructions from their bosses. We're also learning that as many as twelve IRS offices are involved. Ten of them are in Washington.
Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller was the first casualty of the scandal and resigned yesterday.
President Obama called the IRS actions "inexcusable". "Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I'm angry about it," Obama said.
"It should not matter what political stripe you're from. The fact of the matter is, the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity."
You have to wonder how President Obama can say such things without choking on his words.
This president has no integrity. He lacks character. We have seen it time and again. He has lied about Benghazi. He has lied about Obamacare.
Now we learn multiple agencies in the administration are engaged in harassing political opponents and releasing confidential information to allies on the Left.
McConnell says, “The Obama effort to shut up opponents isn’t limited to the IRS. It applies to the FCC, SEC, FEC, HHS."
Translation? We've only seen the tip of the iceberg.
Greg Belfrage is heard mornings from 6am-9am on KELO Newstalk 1320 AM/107.9 FM.