By Nathan Mehrens || Hear that sound? It’s your daily deluge of high-pitched hyperbole coming out of Washington, D.C. People’s attention spans have become so short — and their patience for government so thin — politicians have become convinced they must elevate the decibel level of increasingly shrill, shock value pronouncements in order to be heard above the din of our increasingly hectic lives.
They may be right.
The end result is a self-perpetuating clamor that requires harsher cries and bolder claims — no matter the significance of the issue at hand. Before long we find ourselves enveloped by white noise — with serious scandals struggling to attract even fleeting interest.
Last week U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stepped into this cacophony, taking to the well of the world’s greatest deliberative body to demand that the administration of President Obama appoint a special prosecutor to probe the mushrooming scandal at his Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“If Attorney General Eric Holder continues to refuse to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the abuse of power by the IRS against the American people, he should be impeached,” Cruz told his Senate colleagues.
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) — whose IRS inquiry has been repeatedly stonewalled by the Obama administration — seconded Cruz’s call for a special prosecutor. Issa’s government oversight committee also issued a fresh round of subpoenas seeking nearly thirty years of IRS records.
“Abuse of power.” “Special Prosecutor.” “Subpoenas.” “Impeachment.” Even in our attention deficit disordered culture, such terms have a way of cutting through the clutter — especially when it becomes clear someone’s got something to hide.
Obama’s IRS scandal is ramping up — escalating to the point where it could conceivably mute much of Washington’s daily wailing and convene a steady drumbeat leading to impeachment of the responsible officials.
Think that’s hyperbole? Let’s recap what we know so far about this scandal …
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Nathan Mehrens is president of Americans for Limited Government.