Tuesday, June 04, 2013

A Vast Far Left Conspiracy & the IRS Scandal

By Chriss Street

 The Internal Revenue Service scandal has metastasized from “low level” staff in Cincinnati being too thorough auditing a few Tea Parties into a major investigation ensnaring 88 IRS employees as “persons of interest.”  


But the scandal has the potential to evolve into a vast left-wing conspiracy to access the federal government’s confidential “Big Data” to swing the election in favor of the President.

Barack Obama applied lessons he learned as a community organizer about the value of building up trust through long listening sessions when he went to law school.  After being chosen one of 80 editors of the prestigious Harvard Law Review, he was elected the first black President by continually reassuring the minority of conservative editors he would protect their interests if they voted for him

After graduating, he returned to Chicago and politically worked his way up to the U.S. Senate by building coalitions of white, black and brown voters who felt politically snubbed by established candidates.

In February 2007, Obama recruited Marc Andreessen, a founder of Netscape and a Board Member of Facebook, to develop a national database as a platform for Obama to launch the first Presidential social networking campaign strategy.  Democratic National ChairmanHoward Dean had successfully pioneered using the internet to raise small contributions in 2006, but Obama understood that he could use the Web to lower the cost of building a political brand, create a sense of connection and engagement that would allow people to self-organize around his narrative.

His main opponent, Hillary Clinton, had already committed to spending $23 million on a strategy to replicate the perceived state-of-the-art voter lists, phone banks and direct mail fund-raising deployed by Karl Rove for President George W. Bush’s successful 2000 and 2004 election campaigns.  The Obama campaign merged commercial and political data bases to command “Big-Data” knowledge of the electorate.  Social media at a cost of virtually nothing, allowed the candidate to paint himself as the brilliant “No drama Obama” and paint Hillary as shrill, strident, and with a witch’s cackle for a laugh.

At a cost of approximately $.75 to produce and send a mail piece, Clinton’s early financial advantage quickly evaporated as she tried to defend herself from the “negative buzz” that started out on social media and then migrated into main-stream newspapers and television.  Although Obama failed to win as many primary votes as Clinton, he won the nomination by building social media connections and engagement that motivated tens of thousands of his followers to personally show up and dominate caucus voting.

Rather than a traditional political base, Barack Obama assembled a database composed of the names and personal attributes of millions of supporters he could almost instantly engage in a virtual two-way conversation.  This on-line intimacy translated into the off-line behavior that sprouted distributed networks of supporters who set up phone banks, created their own YouTube media clips and helped Obama raise a record-breaking $700 million.  He buried John McCain as a feeble old man to win the Presidency and take control of the U.S. Senate.   After the election, the President elect’s Tuesday night e-mail message to supporters included: “We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next.”

Once in office, the White House and other federal agencies hired large numbers of former campaign staff.  These data professionals would have had statistical analysis access to the massive amount of personal Big Data held by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Treasury and IRS.  The new Administration’s first piece of legislation, the $831 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, contained $400 million for the IRS “to accelerate the development and dissemination of research assessing the comparative effectiveness of health care treatments and strategies” in anticipation of the Obamacare roll out.  By nationalizing student loans the Administration expanded lending by 50% and could socially engage college students and young graduates about the “risk” that conservatives wanted to raise interest rates.  By issuing millions of “Obama phones” to low income citizens, the government could track and communicate with this Obama affinity group by text messaging.

The Administration’s “Race to the Top” education competition required the 48 participating states “to provide sign-on portals that allow authorized educators, students (grades 6 through 12), and their families (all grade levels) to log in and view student educational data through data dashboards.”  For the first time the federal government gained access to each student’s name, birth date, parent phone numbers and email addresses, economic status, social security number, race, gender, attendance, special education records, attendance, conduct, grades, and assessment scores.

The Obama 2012 reelection campaign relied on Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to recruit talent, choose technology, and coach the campaign on strategy to unify Big Data from the vast commercial and political databases to micro-target which individual voters were likely to support Obama or be open to his message.  They tried to convert these individuals into supporters through personalized contact via Facebook, e-mail, or a knock on the door.  Schmidt described the analytics team as “people scientists” who used Big Data to predict “how people will behave when confronted with a choice or a question.”  After the election, the entire analytics team was hired by Google.

As the scandal grows, it appears that the IRS staff across the country broadly discriminating against conservatives and may have retaliated against Obama opponents.  Although the national polls had Mitt Romney tied or slightly ahead on election night, the President was reelected by a statistically improbable 5 million vote margin.  It is my belief that investigators should search the Obama campaign’s Big Data to determine if a vast left wing conspiracy acquired huge amounts of personal data from multiple government agencies to swing the 2012 election in favor of the President Obama.    
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