IRS Scandal: Incompetence or politics? Axelrod claims stupidity

This Sunday on Meet the Press, David Axelrod made this statement regarding the IRS scandal:

"I've said this many times. If there was somebody political involved in this, it never would have happened because it was the stupidest thing you could imagine. I don't think that it was necessary and I don't think that it was smart."

"Really? It was so stupid that no one could have been involved?" Glenn responded after hearing the audio.

"Well, that shows you it was political.  The more stupid it is, the more you believe it was politically motivated," Pat added.

"It really, it really, truly you amazes me how they always are trying to go back in to say, "We are so incompetent.  We're so incompetent.  Everyone is so incompetent."  I've never heard any administration or any business or anybody ever claim incompetence more than this group of people," Glenn noted.

Given that this administration is also quick to tell the American people what's best for them, it's hard to believe they would want the public to find them incompetent…but that's the best line they've got right now. Keep in mind, while they're wanting Americans to believe that the IRS is incompetent and the President knew nothing, President Obama is helped push through Obamacare, which puts your health coverage in the hands of the incompetent IRS.

Kind of concerning, no?

Glenn wasn't buying it. Given the timing of the IRS targets, the healthcare debate, and the elections, there's no way politics weren't involved.

"So what is the IRS scandal honestly?" Glenn asked. "They didn't break any laws, right?  I mean, unless they're intentionally targeting.  "But you can't really prove that.  They're just asking questions."  They weren't ‑‑ they weren't doing anything... except nudging you.  Isn't that interesting?  Just nudging the entire time."

Glenn continued, "now, whose theory is that?  Well, that's Cass Sunstein.  What is Cass Sunstein's job?  Paperwork.  He's the regulations czar.  When you think of regulations, government regulations, you think of paperwork.  How was the IRS nudging people?  Through paperwork.  But, of course, Cass Sunstein, you know, would never have anything to do with something like that. Now, the IRS had 157 meetings at the White House, 157.  When they asked the IRS chief, "Why 157 meetings?  That's an awful lot."  I mean, Hillary Clinton went how many times?  20?  Eric Holder was there I think 40 or 50?  Why 157 meetings?  Now, these 157 meetings happened all during the time of this scandal and the healthcare debate."

Glenn quickly reminded listeners who is was leading the fight against Obamacare: the Tea Party, making it all the more unusual that no political discussion would occur involving the Tea Party during these meetings with the IRS regarding health care reform.

"I find that incredibly ridiculous you to think that humans didn't have that conversation," Glenn said.

"Tell me this conversation never happened at the White House," Glenn started:

"You know, Ralph, I mean, here we are working, last 100 days.  I mean, is there a chance that, like, none of this is going to happen?  I mean, maybe we don't get the opportunity to help America by creating 16,000 new jobs.  Maybe we don't grow our departments and gain just so many great things for the IRS and for America.  I mean, have you seen what the crazy TEA Partiers are sayin'?"

Ralph responds, "I know, Jim.  I mean, these 9/12 people and these TEA Partiers, I mean, they really think that there are death panels.  You hear that?  Sarah Palin was saying death panels."

"Yeah, well, actually they're... there are death panels."

"Really?"

"Yeah, yeah.  In fact, the IRS, your team, is going to be part of that."

"But I... I thought the president said there weren't going to be any death panels and those people like Sarah Palin who said there were death panels, those were just crazy conspiracy theories."

"Yeah, yeah.  Well, I think what happened was... you know, nobody ever talks to the president.  I'll just bet you that ‑‑ I mean, is just so incompetent, I'll bet you that he didn't know and nobody told him about the death panel thing when he was saying that it was a conspiracy theory because I mean, he wouldn't lie."

"I know.  He's the most honest guy ever, right?  He wouldn't lie.  I know that."

"Yeah, me, too.  I know it too.  Oh, but those TEA Party people, oh, they're such good‑hearted people.  I ‑‑ sure, I disagree with them but, man, they're good‑hearted people but they just don't know what's in their best interest."

"Yeah.  Kind of like what the president was sayin' about them Jews in Israel."

"Exactly.  They just don't know what's in their best interest.  Oh, man."

"I wish there was some way we could stop 'em, or at least slow 'em down so we could get this through."

"I know.  I know."

"You know, if Cass just — I mean, if he hadn't given that one idea for merely academic reasons, you know, we could just flood them with regulatory paperwork.  Stay within the law, of course, but then if they said anything to the press, we'll just say Cass' advice and just label them as conspiracy theorists and deny it."

"Yeah.  But what would happen if it turned out to be true, like a couple of years down the road?"

"Yeah, I know.  That's what Cass wrote about in his academic paper.  That's exactly what he said to do.  Even if it turned out to be true, later we would just say, oh, well, we didn't know."

"Yeah, I know.  Boy, that would be good, but that was an academic paper, right?"

"Yeah, no, Cass said it was just an academic paper."

"Crap.  So we can't even consider using that idea for some strange reason."

"No, uh‑uh, it was just academic.  We can ‑‑ even though he works right down the hall, we can't even talk to him about that because that was ‑‑ that was just academic."

"Right, okay, yeah.  Oh, well, let's just get back to work for the American people, help them and create a better, more streamlined healthcare system, you know, where there are no death panels and the IRS oversees all the paperwork in a friendly and efficient manner."

"Yeah, right.  But... Ralph, remember, only for those who choose universal healthcare."

"Oh, oh, I know, I know.  Because if you have a doctor you like... say it with me... you'll be able to keep him."

"That never happened?" Glenn asked sarcastically. "That conversation never happened?  Here's the guy who is in charge of all of the regulations.  What is the IRS if it isn't regulatory ‑‑ a regulatory process?  What is it?  And so nobody brought up the purely academic study that tells the IRS to do exactly what they did, tells the EPA to do exactly what the EPA was doing to conservative groups as well?"

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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