Last updated: July 18. 2013 2:28PM - 248 Views
Martha Sparks
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Among troubling aspects of the Internal Revenue Service scandal is that since it began making headlines, they have moved closer and closer to President Barack Obama. That is a pattern in common with several other White House scandals in the past.

Also in common have been denials, step by step, that wrongdoing reached high levels of government.

When IRS harassment of conservative groups was revealed, the administration’s claim was that only “low-level” employees at the agency’s Cincinnati office were aware of and participating in it….

It strains credulity to the breaking point to believe Obama was not made aware of the situation. One common trait of presidents for many years has been complete intolerance of aides who keep them in the dark about scandals that could threaten their re-election plans….

The attempted cover-up concerning the terrorist attack Sept. 11 — also just weeks before the election — of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is another example of a scandal the administration at first dodged entirely, then attempted to pin on relatively low-level officials….

It is time for Congress to insist on investigations of all of the controversies — even if the “chips” fall in the Oval Office.

Distributed by The Associated Press

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