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ProPublica/IRS Leak: There's No Underlying "There" There

In our Liberty Update this week, we highlight the latest illegal leak of thousands of supposedly confidential Internal Revenue Service (IRS) taxpayer returns spanning over 15 years, confirming that the partisan and power-hungry IRS simply cannot be trusted to safeguard our sensitive records, let alone to begin collecting sensitive private information from nonprofit organizations on donors who contribute to them in violation of the First Amendment.

Getting to the substance of the ProPublica/IRS leaked documents themselves, former Senator Phil Gramm and U.S. Policy Metrics partner Mike Solon explain in The Wall Street Journal how there's nothing scandalous in the least in what they reveal:

ProPublica’s 'blockbuster' story showing that the wealthy 'pay income taxes that are only…[more]

June 18, 2021 • 04:40 PM

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Obama in 2009: “You’ve Got Me.” Democrats Today: “Barack Obama? Never Heard of Him.” Print
By Timothy H. Lee
Thursday, July 10 2014
[I]t's an encouraging sign that Americans have not only come to reject Obama and his policies, but also elevate Reagan as their presidential exemplar.

In 2009, an Icarus-like Barack Obama with artificially high approval ratings demanded fealty from Congressional Democrats toward his ultra-partisan agenda. 

From his trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending to “Cash for Clunkers” to ObamaCare, the Obama White House breezily dismissed centrist Democrats’ trepidation and pleas for greater moderation.  Just sixteen years earlier, American voters had recoiled so dramatically from Bill Clinton’s similar overreach that they elected a Republican House and Senate majority for the first time since 1954. 

But the Obama Administration would hear none of that.  Things would be different with him leading their charge. 

At the time, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Jane Fullerton famously reported how Obama arrogantly assured vulnerable Democrats that his personal popularity would sustain them.  According to now-retired Congressman Marion Berry (D – Arkansas), Obama told them that the difference between 1994 and 2010 would be, “You’ve got me”: 

“Berry recounted meetings with White House officials, reminiscent of some during the Clinton days, where he and others urged them not to force Blue Dogs ‘off into that swamp’ of supporting bills that would be unpopular with voters back home.  ‘I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,’ Berry said.  ‘They just kept telling us how good it was going to be.  The President himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 is you’ve got me.”  We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.  I began to preach last January that we had already seen this movie, and we didn’t want to see it again because we know how it comes out,’ said Arkansas’ 1st District Congressman, who worked in the Clinton administration before being elected to the House in 1996…  ‘I just began to have flashbacks to 1993 and ’94...  It certainly wasn’t a good feeling.’” 

Berry’s premonition proved correct, and it wasn’t a good feeling for Democrats in 2010, either.  They resoundingly lost the House, which they haven’t regained since, and might have lost the Senate but for several inexplicably weak Republican candidates. 

Today, four years later, a similar round of electoral carnage appears likely, and Obama’s brand is so tarnished that Democrats facing reelection won’t even appear with him in public. 

As one example from just this week, Obama went to the trouble of flying out to Colorado to raise money for Democratic Senator Mark Udall and attend a Udall campaign event.  But who conspicuously opted not to appear beside Obama at an event in his own home state?  Udall himself. 

The same thing occurred recently in North Carolina, where current Democratic Senator Kay Hagan also faces a difficult reelection campaign. 

In fairness, however, embattled Democrats can certainly be forgiven their posture of, “Barack Obama?  Never heard of him.”  A new Quinnipiac poll this month shows that American voters consider Obama the worst president since World War II: 

“President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, 33 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.  Another 28 percent pick George W. Bush.  Ronald Reagan is the best president since World War II, 33 percent of voters say, with 18 percent for Bill Clinton, 15 percent for John F. Kennedy and 8 percent for Obama, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.” 

Notably, voters say in hindsight that America would’ve been better off with Mitt Romney as president by a 45% to 38% margin.  And by a 54% to 44% margin, they say that Obama isn’t even competent enough to run the U.S. government. 

The news might only get worse from here for Democrats and Obama supporters.  To wit, his current trajectory is downward, not upward, given such conflagrating scandals as our hemorrhaging southern border and the IRS coverup.  Accordingly, we likely have not reached the nadir for Obama and Democrats generally. 

There is one man, however, who enthusiastically clings to Obama despite his precarious election campaign.  That man would be Charlie Crist, the disgraced Republican-turned-Democrat former governor who now wants his old job back under a different party.  Crist may be the creepiest man in contemporary politics, but at least he’ll appear onstage at his own campaign event with Obama. 

Regardless, it’s an encouraging sign that Americans have not only come to reject Obama and his policies, but also elevate Reagan as their presidential exemplar.  The question now is whether they translate that recognition into electoral action.  

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—Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Founder and Univ. of Tennessee Professor of Law
— Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Founder and Univ. of Tennessee Professor of Law
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