We should have known it would not be long before Sarah Paling entered the fold. She is now fully engaged in the false narrative. She has just posted an essay on Facebook on the IRS ‘Scandal’. One might ask who cares what Sarah Paling thinks. I care and you all should care as well. You see, Sarah Palin still has a large base that follows her with a passion. Three point five million followers on Facebook is nothing to sneeze at.
When I saw the message with the essay in my feed I initially dismissed it. I was writing a rather intense blog post for Addicting Info. As I wrote, it became evident that her posting needed a rebuttal and some context to refute her premise lest the metastasizing of her information like a cancer would grow unabated. Palin and her cohorts successfully damaged the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by creating enough doubt with verifiable lies (government takeover of healthcare, death panels, grandma off the bus, etc.). It could have been so much better with a single payer system or at least a public option.
The effectiveness of those that lie amplified by a corporate controlled media must be taken seriously. Yesterday I wrote a blog post about the manufactured IRS ‘scandal’ titled “If Liberals Can’t (Wo) man-up On IRS ‘Scandal’ Middle Class Doomed”. Please read it for some context on the IRS scandal. Most of the machinations heard on TV, talk radio, and by all factions are about sloppy process to implement an ill-written 501(c)(4) law. Lawrence O’Donnell tackled that issue here.
Sarah Palin early in her essay equates the IRS ‘scandal’ to Watergate, her biggest hyperbole in the article.
The president would like us to believe that he only learned about the IRS corruption from watching the news. But we recently learned that the White House was actively working with the IRS on how to roll out the story of this scandal. So, Mr. President, how can you have your staff work on the roll out of the biggest controversy since Watergate, and yet claim that you only heard about it by watching the news with the rest of us?
Ideally the credibility of the piece should be suspect from that point on for anyone who has just topical knowledge of Watergate.
Sarah Palin’s essay is all over the place with standard rhetoric like the following.
This IRS scandal is especially terrible because Americans live in fear of the IRS like no other entity because this monstrous bureaucracy has the power to take your hard-earned money. Your wages are the sum of your labors; hence, the IRS has the power to steal the fruits of your labors. Average Americans live in fear of making an error on their tax returns that could cost them massive amounts of money, plus their reputation and good name. If a small business makes a mistake, the IRS can shut them down and send them to jail.
What is interesting is that the ‘scandal’ has nothing to do with the taxation of American citizens. It is simply about whether to give groups that claim they are a social welfare group tax exempt status.
Near the end she tries to leverage the manufactured ‘scandal’ with the average American family values infringed upon by the government in her mind.
Average everyday Americans like my dad and his non-political buddies are outraged by this IRS scandal, perhaps more so than all the other White House fiascos that are making the radical Left’s intentions crystal clear. It’s because this IRS cluster hits close to home for everyone. It’s tangible proof of how a corrupt government can intimidate and target a person’s record, reputation, and life, and make them feel helpless.
Sarah Palin would do well to remember that the IRS is but the enforcer of the tax laws the elected representatives write. That is who should really be on trial here. Politicians, Democrats, and Republicans are using the IRS as their scapegoat and the President, Conservatives, and Liberals alike are too happy to oblige. Again American’s are being had. This is just a distraction to maintain a status quo both sides are willing to live with as nothing is accomplished substantively for the middle class.