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Let's turn back to Washington now where lawmakers on Capitol Hill are knee deep investigating three major scandals involving the Obama administration.
From hearings today on the IRS and its targeting of conservative groups.
To Ben Ghazi and the Justice Department seizure of phone records from the Associated Press.
Paul you go is editorial page editor for the Wall Street Journal a lot to keep track of these days both both in broadcast and in the journal.
-- got an interest in you and I were talking about this before the break.
Ben -- hardly.
Elicited any coverage from the press even though four Americans died four months right.
Then came the IRS scandals and that got a bit of -- are you on from for most in the media and it wasn't until a media outlet the Associated Press got targeted that all the sudden.
People are paying attention.
Well -- that the press corps is is as you know we we are nothing like -- we get.
Angry about nothing more than that when the government goes after us and luckily we have the protection of the First Amendment.
Of course it doesn't protect news gathering techniques and that's what the government is going.
Over here -- actually think the HP scandal is the least important of these frankly and has done.
Police legal jeopardy for the administration -- so on the IRS thing the president has taken firm and decisive action we're getting a new IRS commissioner.
You know -- he fired a guy who is gonna leave next month anyway.
I think this is that this is basically just I wash it's it's fish it's attempted to show action and didn't give him credit for that but I don't think it means anything in terms of -- scandal.
Dust yeah when he when he stood up there in front of the American people and said you know I've instructed Jack Lew worked.
You know we're accepting the resignation of the IRS commissioner but he's everybody's thinking -- -- he's getting tough.
But as you point out the guy was gonna resign in three weeks anyway -- that's right I mean the real story here is what we'll find out from the actual people on the ground who were doing this in Cincinnati and elsewhere.
And the officials and what they said why did they do this what was their motive quickly responding to what what directions where they get.
From the from a from up top what do they think they were doing.
Well and and are indications that that even their bosses in Washington we're saying -- what you're doing is not really appropriate you're supposed to be screening for words like.
Tea Party and patriots right now.
And that but then that then and then that language was changed -- but then in 2012.
They changed back because he didn't like that language so that that that we don't that they -- once again started looking at those conservative groups we need is that congress needs to look into this.
And find out the time line.
And the motivation.
And who actually was investigated whose applications for tax exempt status were delayed and who's might have been treated.
Because they might have had the favor of politicians in Washington it does any of this.
Provide any impetus to revamping the entire tax system and just.
Just I don't know somehow shrinking or doing away with this ridiculous agency called the IRS well you would like to think so how.
I think in over no question about it that there should be it should provide impetus due to -- to redo the tax code but I also don't think.
That that question -- -- -- with the investigation of tax enforcement.
Because whether or not you reform the tax code how -- you do away with the IRS the IRS will always have the obligation for enforcement.
And they have to do that in a fair and impartial way.
Regardless of politics and these are the folks who are supposed to take over the enforcement of Obama -- 2000 new people that they requested forward to enforce the health care mandate.
-- you go from the Wall Street Journal Paul thank you.
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