On his final appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, President Obama still…..STILL…. denies that the IRS was unfairly targeting tea party and liberty groups across the country. Even Stewart himself (an outspoken liberal) made some comments implying that Obama had officially checked out from reality in his last year in office.
President Obama in a taped appearance with the Daily’s Shows Jon Stewart Tuesday denied that IRS targeted conservatives, an assertion that Stewart then appeared to ridicule him for making. During a more serious exchange during an appearance that alternated between jokes and straighter policy discussions, Stewart roughed Obama up a bit by stating that the president had come to office promising reform but “couldn’t do it after five years.”
Obama defended himself, arguing that “government works better now than it ever has given what we ask it do.”
He then held up an odd example, noting that Stewart and others had jumped on a story that employees had been targeting conservatives.
“It turns out,” Obama said, that wasn’t true. He said Congress “passed a crummy law” that provided vague guidance to the people who worked at the IRS. And he said that employees implemented the law “poorly and stupidly.”
“Boy, you really do have only a year left,” Stewart interjected.
But Obama jumped back in, blaming Congress for not providing enough funds for both the IRS and the Department of Veterans Affairs to work properly.
Mentioning the IRS scandal at the top of the list for things the government does “right” is very telling, coming from Obama. It’s a hat tip to the growth in executive branch authority since Obama entered the Oval Office, and a classic example of his administration’s “when in doubt, blame Congress” attitude. In liberal’s eyes, government failure is never the regulation or the law’s fault, so long as it was written with good intentions that are in line with their agenda.
It’s always the fault of someone else, usually the people who don’t “use the law correctly.” Unintended consequences are a foreign concept for academics like Obama, who spent their careers playing thought games in political theory, rather than reality.