A conspiracy is an agreement to perform together, an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act, and according to legal statutes is a crime in and of itself. Beginning on Inauguration night in 2009, Republicans conspired to deliberately obstruct any and all attempts by new President, Barack Obama, to reverse the devastation of their economic malfeasance that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression, and whether or not it was an illegal act, it was certainly wrongful and subversive. Over the past four-and-a-half years, Republicans have systematically conspired to abrogate their duty as legislators, and between swearing oaths to violate Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution, to fabricating false scandals to take down President Obama, or serving corporate interests, it is high time to demand an investigation into Republicans in Congress and take appropriate action to remove them from office.
On a Sunday talk show, House Speaker John Boehner stated, without reservation and with pride that Republicans “ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal,” and it illustrates that throughout President Obama’s tenure as leader of the Executive branch of government, they have been guilty, at least, of dereliction of duty and at most, conspiring to inflict damage on the federal government. The list of attempts by Republicans to prevent the federal government from operating according to the Constitution is exhaustive, but there are instances that demand an accounting for the certain, and potential, damage they have caused this nation and its people. The Republicans most egregious offenses involve starving the government of resources, and it involves violating their oath of office as well as a well-planned conspiracy to defund the Treasury Department’s ability to collect revenue, and it appears the man charged with providing oversight of the government is at its center.
Last week Republicans proposed defunding the Internal Revenue Service for doing its due diligence in scrutinizing bogus tax-exempt “social welfare” applications of conservative groups, and according to testimony from the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, the IRS was asked by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) “to narrowly focus on Tea Party organizations.” Besides wasting time on a Republican-fabricated scandal, Issa’s campaign profited by raising nearly $450,000 more than his previous quarter for the largest fundraising effort since he took office eleven years ago. There is a petition to demand a Congressional Ethics Committee investigation into Issa for his manufactured IRS scandal, if for no other reason than House Republicans are using the so-called scandal to slash the IRS budget and starve the government of much needed revenue that Republicans have made their primary goal throughout President Obama’s tenure.
Despite swearing an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States…and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter,” nearly all Republicans in Congress have violated their oath by swearing to anti-tax, and un-American, Grover Norquist, to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses.” The oath violates every congressional representative’s oath under Article 1, Section 8, that mandates Congress “lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.” Republicans have fulfilled their oath to Norquist and opposed any and all attempts “lay and collect taxes.” Besides slashing the IRS budget to restrict them from collecting $1 trillion in taxes from their wealthy supporters and corporate masters due to the phony IRS scandal, they used greater tax cuts for their wealthy supporters as a ransom to pay the debts they created during the Bush administration.
It is a crime to hold a hostage for ransom, and Republicans committed an $18.9 billion crime in 2011 when they ransomed the debt limit increase in exchange for maintaining tax breaks for the rich and severe spending cuts that cost the people services as well as raising the unemployment rate and creating stagnation in job growth according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Republicans admitted they held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage, and promised they would repeat the crime when the limit needed to be raised again. For the record, Republicans raised the debt ceiling several times during the Bush administration as “necessary to keep the United States’ economy healthy and running smoothly,” and it proves they deliberately damaged the economy, growth, and credit rating with their criminal conspiracy.
When Republicans swept into the House after the 2010 midterm elections, they promised their constituents creating jobs was their highest priority, and besides not creating even one job over the past two-and-a-half years, they successfully obstructed 17 jobs bills as of one year ago. Each time Republicans claimed “America is broke” and could hardly afford putting millions of Americans back to work, but each and every jobs bill was deficit neutral. However, throughout the time they blocked those bills, they fought for more unfunded tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy despite adding to the deficit they claimed was unsustainable. Besides keeping Americans desperate for jobs, they successfully starved the federal government of tax revenue employed Americans would generate.
Throughout the President’s first term in office, Republicans made little secret their goal in preventing economic recovery and killing jobs was to deny Obama a second term. However, their criminal activity has continued unabated well into the President’s second term and it is further proof the not-so-secret conspiracy is emasculating the economy to allow their wealthy Wall Street and corporate donors the ability to privatize the federal government. On Sunday Speaker Boehner claimed Republicans were serving the will of the American people, but at no time in the nation’s history have the people supported any party’s attempt to destroy the economy or prevent economic growth. Whether it is the Republican adherence to Libertarian ideology or portraying Barack Obama as incompetent, their four-year conspiracy is criminal. Every policy and agenda Republicans put forth is in direct opposition to the will of the people and borders on criminal conspiracy to destroy the federal government’s ability to function, and for their efforts and to preserve the Union, they deserve investigations, prosecutions where possible, and removal from office as the criminals they have proven to be over four-and-a-half conspiratorial years.