REMEMBER, the IRS is the only government agency that can seize property. They are best positioned to harass citizens.
The news on Friday that had everybody but us excited was that the IRS was targeting conservative groups - mainly the Tea Party groups - with audits and tax-exempt reviews. Rather than use objective systems to flag possible returns with fraudulent math, the bureaucrats in the IRS chose the tax payers to pursue based on political ideology. As we mentioned earlier today, this is not new for Democrats.
At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.The Wall Street Journal:
The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names—as the agency admitted Friday—to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to "make America a better place to live," according to new details of a government probe.Breitbart News:
The investigation also revealed that a high-ranking IRS official knew as early as mid-2011 that conservative groups were being inappropriately targeted—nearly a year before then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told a congressional committee the agency wasn't targeting conservative groups.
On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) fired back on assertions by the IRS that its efforts to target conservative groups were relegated to low-level employees. “Of course not,” he told Breitbart News.Fox News:
Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias.REMEMBER, our Commie Obama hat store was audited twice by the same Cincinnati IRS office. We've recorded these audits, and this news story, in our Obama To-Do List. That list is where we strip away the noise, and instead record the actual tyrannical events of the Obama Administration.
ABC News (with video):
By June 2011, the [Cincinnati IRS] unit had flagged over 100 Tea Party-related applications and the criteria used to scrutinize organizations had grown considerably, flagging not just “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in group names, but also groups that were working on issues like “government debt,” “taxes” and even organizations making statements that “criticize how the country is being run.”The Washington Times reports that the idiot, and former Speaker, Nancy Pelosi claims the Citizens United case caused IRS staff to searches on "tea party" and "patriot" words to find organizations to harass. In other words, in her tiny little mind, it is the Supreme Court's fault that the IRS targeted certain groups for harassment.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the IRS should be condemned for targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny in the run-up to last year’s elections, but she also blamed the Supreme Court for opening the door to broader political activity.The Politico:
Tea party groups on Monday are threatening to sue the Internal Revenue Service after the agency admitted last week that it wrongly targeted conservative groups applying for nonprofit status.REMEMBER when people, and heads of organizations, took responsibility for errors or lapses in judgement? It shouldn't take a lawsuit.
In a world long gone, the IRS would offer to cover ALL tax-related expenses for the groups who were unfairly harassed. That is what we call "the right way" to respond to this story.
ZeroHedge (with video) shares Rick Santelli's fear of how IRS bureaucrats could influence your future healthcare:
His bigger fears lie in the IRS administration of Obamacare where he is concerned that "No stent for you," will be heard when the powers that be know what groups you support, what thoughts you have, and what area you live in.
Think he is exaggerating? Did you really believe the tin-foil hat wearers conspiracies that the IRS was doing this before it became mainstream news?