Obama: ‘Real’ IRS Scandal Is That It’s ‘Poorly Funded’

President Barack Obama and host Jon Stewart sit during a break in a live taping of the 'Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on October 18, 2012 in New York, New York. Obama is traveling to New Hampshire and New York to attend campaign events before appearing on the 'Daily Show' …
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During an interview on the Daily Show, President Obama insisted that the IRS scandal isn’t real. He blames Republicans for not providing enough money to the federal agency to allow it to do its job.

Obama explained that accusations that they were specifically targeting conservative organizations was false and that IRS employees were simply implementing laws passed by Congress “poorly and stupidly.”

“Boy, you really do have only a year left,” Stewart cracked as Obama continued. The taped interview is Obama’s last for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and was covered by the White House press pool, but will air later tonight.

Obama went on to say that the “real scandal around the IRS is that they have been so poorly funded that they cannot go after these folks who are deliberately avoiding tax payments.”

When asked about the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, he insisted that he was doing everything he could.

“Government works better now than it ever has, given what we ask it to do,” he explained.


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