People always say that people in power love to audit their political enemies and they tend to ignore people who they happen to be political friends of. Sean Hannity of FoxNews fame has claimed that the Clinton Administration use to audit him all the time. Of course this was also a tactic that President Nixon tended to use against those who ended up on his political enemies. There were even people who worked in the news industry who sent the Nixon enemies list out to those who work on their papers and newscasts, only to find out that they themselves ended up on being on the list.
The ability to grant pardons is something that has been abused by so many Presidents in the history of the United States. Some would say that instead of being able to offer their buddies a cushy job as an ambassador or some other secondary they use the pardon system as a way of patronage to their friends. The most recent and blatant example of a misuse of the pardon system was Bill Clinton’s pardon of Mark Rich. Sometimes the rich and power do not get what they want out of the pardon system. Billionaire record producer David Geffen lobbied the Clinton Administration to pardon Leonard Peltier, a man who was convicted of killing two FBI agents. Peltier was a political activist who got in trouble for numerous crimes including the distribution of peyote. Geffen would not forget this sight by the Clinton Administration and thus vowed to do everything in his power to make sure Hillary Clinton would NOT win the Democratic nomination for President. This is an example of a powerful Democratic fundraiser turning the tables and trying to hurt the political fortunes of a former friend.
Now there comes the question as to whether Barack Obama will go after one of his friends that he has been associated with in the past. I am referring once again to famous professor, educator and activist William Ayers. The fact of the matter is that I was watching Book TV and William Ayers was being interviewed earlier this year talking about all of the books he had written in the past. During this interview Ayers admitted to having worked off the books during the late 1960’s and 1970’s when he was running from law enforcement for the terrorists acts he had committed in the past. The question now remains as to whether Barack Obama will have William Ayers audited and whether the Internal Revenue Service will make Mr. Ayers pay the back taxes and penalties associated with such work.
Of course conspiracy theorists have been speculating that Ayers was involved in the process of drafting President Obama’s speech to school children that will be broadcast around the country. If people are indeed worried about stories involving Bill Ayers, they should focus on his likely tax evasion.
“Bill Ayers on Book TV.” BookTV BookTV.org