Speaking at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama called IRS targeting of conservative groups “outrageous.”
Some suggest that these are “crocodile tears” and that the Alinsky disciple is only unhappy that the behavior was caught, not that it happened.
It may be true. But whether or not Barack Obama is outraged, and even whether or not senior IRS officials lose their jobs or face criminal prosecution, is not the main lesson of this fiasco.
The IRS targeting of groups based on their political views and words in the groups’ names is a fundamental lesson about the nature of government which is not substantially ameliorated by after-the-fact punishment or anger, whether real or feigned, by the president.
The lesson is that government can do these things, that it does do these things, and that the damage done to our republic and to individual citizens is not repaired by later apologies or firings.
So, let’s take Obama at his word: He’s outraged and angry at the IRS’s behavior. In fact, I believe he is because this story is gravely damaging to his larger Progressive vision of expanding government.
Tea Party and good-government groups should aggressively say of Obama’s reaction “That’s fine, but it’s not really the point. The point is that our government is too big, too powerful, and it must be reined in.”
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