Tea Party Targeting, AP Phone Taps: What’s Up with Government Lately?

As news about possible abuses of power on the federal level continues to break, we’d like to get your take about what’s been going on Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay residents who keep up with the headlines coming out of Washington, D.C., have likely found themselves scratching their heads more than a few times this past week.

Allegations of wrongdoing seem to be coming at the speed of light as the Obama Administration fends off bad press about inappropriate targeting of Tea Party organizations by the Internal Revenue Service and possible wrongdoing in the handling of a national security leak.

The IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups centers around hassles these groups report experiencing while trying to apply for tax-exempt status prior to the 2012 election. The controversy even hit home as Bay area groups are now reporting that they were targeted, according to The Tampa Tribune.

The kerfuffle over handling of a national security leak involves what may have been inappropriate phone tapping of Associated Press staff members. That media organization also had its phone records pulled by the Justice Department. Incidentally, an investigation into the issue is now under way, according to Bloomberg. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has recused himself from the proceedings.

What do you think is going on, Tampa Bay? Was government doing its job in both cases? Or, has Big Brother gotten a little too big for its britches? Tell us what you think by commenting below!

Michael D. May 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Really, The point is the system is broken and has been broken for a while. while we do have technically taxation with representation. The day that they are truly public servants instead of making a career for themselves is long gone. It is a career which is what these positions were not made to be.
Really? May 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM
A career that leads to backroom deals and self serving ideals ! I personally have no idea how some people sleep at night knowing their actions are self serving yet paid for by the masses ? It's like the crooked used car dealer bragging about how he scammed his last customer ! i just don't understand how they think they are being attacked by the media when called to the carpet to explain their motives ? personally I get nauseous everytime I see Obuma on the news acting like he's being attacked !
Michael D. May 28, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Because the people in the media are the same ones taking those backroom deals. You are being attacked by the very people that is profiting. Both sides of the isle Republican and Democrat are on the take. That is why I find it funny when people claim it is only one side. Why follow the Republican attacks on Obama when they have their hand in the same cookie jar.
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