Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on May 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

A bedrock principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose. The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends.

So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation…

The agency said that it now has rules in place to make sure this sort of thing never happens again. How could such basic safeguards not have existed in the first place? And what are the new rules? In response to our questions, officials did not say.

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Ms. Lerner’s version of the story is that three things happened independently of one another:

First, “line people” — that’s IRS-speak for grunts — decided, on their own and with no direction from above, to create a special category of organizations applying for tax-exempt status: “Tea Party and Patriot” organizations. Ms. Lerner says that other organizations may have been specifically named, but when challenged could not think of one, and then added: “I only said that because I don’t like to say ‘absolutely not.’ But I don’t know.”

Second, that batch of applicants was delayed for an unusual period of time. Ms. Lerner said that this was the result of an unusually large number of applications coming in, but applications for tax-exempt status have been growing quickly since 2008 — making 2012’s bumper crop something less than an unforeseeable circumstance.

Third, and perhaps most troubling, those tea-party organizations were sent letters of inquiry demanding information that would seldom if ever be demanded of any other applicant in the process. The IRS demanded lists of donors, names of spouses and family members, detailed information about political views and associations — all of that “under penalties of perjury.” Many applicants dropped out of the process. The questions were remarkably invasive: For example, the IRS demanded to know not only whether political candidates participated in public forums conducted by the groups, but which issues were discussed, along with copies of any literature distributed at the forum and material published on websites. (The IRS has been less forthcoming with its own materials related to this investigation.) If the organizations collected dues, the IRS demanded to know how much they were. It demanded everything down to the résumés of employees. The inquiry was not limited to members of the organization, its executives, or its directors, but included even their family members: The IRS demanded to know — again, under penalty of perjury — whether any of their family members might be thinking about running for office. Its demand for the names of all donors — and all recipients of grants — is in violation of IRS policy.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today condemning the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for targeting conservative groups and applauding House Republican members for their efforts to hold the administration accountable:

“The admission by the Obama administration that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political opponents echoes some of the most shameful abuses of government power in 20th-century American history. Today, we are left with serious questions: who is ultimately responsible for this travesty? What actions will the Obama administration take to hold them accountable? And have other federal agencies used government powers to attack Americans for partisan reasons? House Republicans have made oversight of federal agencies a top priority on behalf of the American people, and I applaud the work that members such as Charles Boustany, Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan have done to bring this issue to light. I also strongly support Sen. McConnell’s call for a transparent, government-wide review to ensure similar practices are not happening elsewhere in the federal bureaucracy.”

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Organizations that had been pressing for more aggressive enforcement of tax-exemption laws reacted with alarm. Lisa Gilbert, the director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, said the I.R.S. should not be targeting any particular political ideology. But, she said, questioning applicants for tax exemption to determine whether they were primarily political was entirely proper and should be more widely pursued.

“We don’t think it’s inappropriate to ask questions,” she said. “Tax-exempt groups are abusing their tax status to pursue political agendas.”

Under current law, tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations are supposed to be “primarily” engaged in social welfare work. In practice, groups like the conservative Crossroads GPS and the liberal Priorities USA appear to spend virtually all their efforts trying to sway elections.

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It’s important to understand that the timing of these requests, in the middle of the 2012 campaign, had the effect of stifling political activity. The targeted groups had tax-exempt status that allowed them to participate in certain kinds of political messaging. But any such group receiving IRS missives is immediately going to become cautious, lest it risk the arbitrary wrath of some tax official. The speech-squelching effects may have been especially important in Ohio, which was ground zero in the battle for the White House.

Ms. Lerner’s apology on Friday was unexpected but we’re doubtful that it came as a sudden bolt of conscience. The mea culpa lands ahead of an official report on the tax-fishing incidents by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That report was requested by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa and Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan in June 2012, and the IG is expected to issue its findings soon.

The incident is particularly rich in light of recent efforts by campaign finance reformers to broaden the powers of the IRS and other non-expert agencies to regulate politics, especially nonprofits. The latest campaign finance disclosure bill sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska), would force trade organizations and 527 and 501(c) groups to disclose their donors, institute real-time reporting requirements and impose draconian penalties for noncompliance.

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For the past few years, Republican lawmakers have sought to slash the funding of the IRS. Reducing the agency’s budget makes it more difficult for it to collect taxes and audit individuals. (Score one for Republicans who dislike high taxes).

But, more importantly, the IRS is also one of the key agencies that will implement the Affordable Care Act. Much of the funding stream for the incoming health care law, arguably the president’s signature legislative achievement, comes from two tax increases: a 3.8 percent hike on investment income for wealthy individuals, estates, and trusts, as well as an additional Medicare tax.

By stripping the IRS of money, the Republicans are indirectly trying to attack the roll-out of the health care law that begins in 2014.

Now, the news that rogue, low-level IRS agents in Ohio investigated conservative groups improperly just adds fuel to the Republicans’ bashing.

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So many Americans knew this was happening, but many felt defenseless and even helpless against a government that seems to roll along without accountability or sense of obligation to the people it’s supposed to serve. These Americans were mocked for being concerned about this, but now we see light shining on the truth, finally.

This IRS revelation is another step in the unraveling of the Obama administration’s self-proclaimed “hope and change.” Between the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS targeting Obama’s political opponents, we see the corruption at the heart of big government.

Americans should remember that this same corrupt IRS will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare. And this same inept and corrupt government will supposedly secure our now unsecured borders in advance of immigration reform and will implement a completely ethical and non-political IPAB panel to make life and death health care decisions for you and your family. Forgive me for not trusting these big government promises any more than I trust the White House’s latest Benghazi spin or the IRS’ fairness.

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Via Mediaite.

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Via Newsbusters.

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First!

vegconservative on May 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I do believe it’s time to start tossing around the word “impeach”.

John the Libertarian on May 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation…

Obama could apologize and promise a full investigation, but who would believe him?

VorDaj on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

So are they going to deny it, gloss over it, or ignore it.

Paul-Cincy on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Isn’t targeting people solely for their political beliefs a violation of civil rights laws? Why aren’t they being investigated for possible criminal charges?

Blake on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

And this is just nasty, gutter Chicagoland politics, as usual. Like digging out an opponent’s divorce records. You get what you vote for, people.

John the Libertarian on May 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Americans should remember that this same corrupt IRS will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare. And this same inept and corrupt government will supposedly secure our now unsecured borders in advance of immigration reform and will implement a completely ethical and non-political IPAB panel to make life and death health care decisions for you and your family.

Bless their hearts.

VorDaj on May 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM

If the lefties have lost Joe Scarborough it must be serious.

Fenris on May 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM

First!

vegconservative on May 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

You blew your big opportunity.

JellyToast on May 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM

So are they going to deny it, gloss over it, or ignore it.

Paul-Cincy on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

YES

derft on May 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Isn’t targeting people solely for their political beliefs a violation of civil rights laws? Why aren’t they being investigated for possible criminal charges?

Blake on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech …”

You can speak freely. But it will cost you!!

Paul-Cincy on May 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Blake on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Not civil rights laws. They only apply to gender, race, religion, and national origin. There are other laws that make it a crime.

Resist We Much on May 11, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Ways and Means to IRS: ‘Provide All Communications Containing Words ‘Tea Party,’ ‘Patriot,’ or ‘Conservative’—By Wednesday

Resist We Much on May 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM

IRS: We’re sorry, our antiquated computers are unable to compile that report. Plus, the dog ate my homework.

Fenris on May 11, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I do believe it’s time to start tossing around the word “impeach”.

John the Libertarian on May 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Okay, how about this? “Congress would never dare impeach the first (half) black president, especially since he’s always covered by the media.”

The Rogue Tomato on May 11, 2013 at 8:39 PM

May the gang of 8 go directly to Hell.

May the IRS go with them.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:39 PM

“Fundamentally change America”…Low level people all over this government are taking on Dear Leader’s directive. But no one gave them direct orders to do so…? Wow!

d1carter on May 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

For those that say ‘Good!’ or ‘What’s the problem with what the IRS did?’ I say:

So, you were fine with Bush warrantless wiretaps, I take it. As long as you weren’t doing anything illegal, you had nothing to worry about.

Obviously, civil liberties mean very little to you.

It is unconstitutional, illegal, unethical, immoral and UN-AMERICAN to use tax records for partisan reasons. It was one of the charges against Richard Nixon in the impeachment articles.

It matters not whether we agree with certain individuals or groups. If you are willing to suspend constitutional rights, protections, privileges, and immunities for those with whom you disagree, then don’t express shock when they no longer exist for you.

First, they came for the conservative groups.

Then, they came for…

Resist We Much on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

IRS Knew in 2011 ‘Tea Party’ Groups Were Being Singled Out…
UPDATE: IRS also targeted Jewish groups…
Ways and Means Demands All Communications by Wednesday…

SECOND-TERM CURSE?

Drudge’s latest, with great picture of the “smartest/dumbest president in history”.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Nonpartisan??

Electrongod on May 11, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Will Americans continue to comply with IRS regulations..? Will Americans be jailed for refusing to give their medical information to the IRS?
Is this the tipping point?

d1carter on May 11, 2013 at 8:42 PM

They even lost Juan Williams.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Drudge’s latest, with great picture of the “smartest/dumbest president in history”.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

It ain’t Nixon…

Electrongod on May 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

i just posted on the ‘moderate’ barry thread, but part of it is good for here

Finally, as Republican Senator Barry Goldwater observed four decades ago, “A person who fears that he will be monitored may, either subconsciously or consciously, fail to fully exercise his constitutionally guaranteed liberties. The mere existence of such fear erodes basic freedoms and cannot be accepted in a democratic society.”

the irs was in the voter suppression business. Ask lots of questions to get people not to exercise their rights…and it worked!

honestly, i think we’re a lot further down the road that Goldwater foresaw than we’d like to admit. Which is to say, that people ‘pull their punches’…especially people on the right.

lefties do pretty much what they want to do..Van Jones is still a star, the Nation and Mother Jones are everyday people on MSNBC.

r keller on May 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

First, they came for the conservative groups.

Then, they came for…

Resist We Much on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Latrine rats…capisce? (not patronizing you).

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

They even lost Juan Williams.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:43 PM

BS..

Juan Williams is a hack..

He’s a SOB in so many ways..

Electrongod on May 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

First, they came for the conservative groups.

Then, they came for…

Resist We Much on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Nixon was highly intelligent. Knew math like few do/did, music too.

What does this azzhole know? Except to play Thug in Chief…

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation…

LOL.

That’s not disturbing. It’s just par for the course for the Indonesian and his junta – something Barky’s never seen on an actual golf course. Same stuff’s been going on for the entirety of his illegitimate, pathetic, anti-American occupooping of the Oval Office.

That said, resignations and begging for forgiveness (not to be given to these lowlife, scumbag traitors) would have been the minimum required … to start.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Drudge’s latest, with great picture of the “smartest/dumbest president in history”.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Somehow, I can picture a caption for that photo being, “I won, so get lost.”

Liam on May 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Time for the fair tax and terminating the irs.

tim c on May 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

BS..

Juan Williams is a hack..

He’s a SOB in so many ways..

Electrongod on May 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

On topic – see yesterday’s The Five. He was in full agreement with all others on the IRS topic.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

First!

vegconservative on May 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

You blew your big opportunity.

JellyToast on May 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Give him a break, he’s a Smoo guy.

cozmo on May 11, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Somehow, I can picture a caption for that photo being, “I won, so get lost.”

Liam on May 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Or

“Flies draw to my face like they do to shit”.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Ways and Means to IRS: ‘Provide All Communications Containing Words ‘Tea Party,’ ‘Patriot,’ or ‘Conservative’—By Wednesday

Resist We Much on May 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM

IRS to Ways and Means;

Golf.

Fox.

Yoke.

Just a guess. Based on past performance.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 11, 2013 at 8:48 PM

On topic – see yesterday’s The Five. He was in full agreement with all others on the IRS topic.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I saw it..
But I don’t trust him.

Electrongod on May 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Now, the news that rogue, low-level IRS agents in Ohio investigated conservative groups improperly just adds fuel to the Republicans’ bashing. The agents investigated these organizations to see if they had miscast themselves as tax-exempt groups while actually doing political work. About 75 groups were targeted, according to the Associated Press.

Nice to know the National Journal and/or the Associated Press have already decided that “rogue, low-level IRS agents in Ohio” were the ones completely responsible for this. Just like Gordon Liddy took it upon himself to stage that break-in at the Watergate 41 years ago.

jon1979 on May 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM

May the gang of 8 go directly to Hell.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Except for Rubio, of course, as we wouldn’t want Levin, Limbaugh and Hannity to all commit suicide over the loss of their beloved darling boy.

VorDaj on May 11, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Isn’t targeting people solely for their political beliefs a violation of civil rights laws? Why aren’t they being investigated for possible criminal charges?

Blake on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

That only works if the victims have “progressive” beliefs. For non-progressives, the response translates roughly to, “You should be thanking us for letting you live”.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 11, 2013 at 8:51 PM

So sorry – correction


First, they came for the conservative groups.

Then, they came for…

Resist We Much on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

It ain’t Nixon…

Electrongod on May 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Nixon was highly intelligent. Knew math like few do/did, music too.

What does this azzhole know? Except to play Thug in Chief…

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:51 PM

VorDaj on May 11, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Levin distanced himself from him. All, incl. Levin, who still support Rubio, can go to Hell with him.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Since the IRS also is Obamacare Enforcement the penalty, er, assessed to the IRS thugs and perps should be payable in vital organs.

viking01 on May 11, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Conspiracy to act incredibly stupid may not be a crime, but Conspiracy to to violate 18 U.S.C. § 242, Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law probably is.

J_Crater on May 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Nixon was highly intelligent. Knew math like few do/did, music too.

What does this azzhole know? Except to play Thug in Chief…

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Barky knows that the Argentinians are the rightful owners of the Maldives :)

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I wonder what the dinner conversation at the Clinton’s is this evening…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Nixon was highly intelligent. Knew math like few do/did, music too.

What does this azzhole know? Except to play Thug in Chief…

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:46 PM

LOL..

HAL…
Nonpartisan dickhead….

Hello..

Electrongod on May 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Barky knows that the Argentinians are the rightful owners of the Maldives :)

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

:) Austrian and such…

He also doesn’t know that the Injuns were not the first to inhabit the American territories. That as cleared up when he was in diapers, the fool.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM

That as was cleared

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

DAmn…

{I lost a great post]

Dang…

Electrongod on May 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I wonder what the dinner conversation at the Clinton’s is this evening…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Probably how useful Fort Marcy Park has been to them.

viking01 on May 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

That as cleared up when he was in diapers…

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Nope, his hippie mamma didn’t believe in Desitin.

With that wisdom from her, he refused to use it his front side in later years and learned to blame his problems on “bush”.

cozmo on May 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

That as was cleared

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

I knew that. I just figured that you were typing on a keyboard that the Clinton team had left in the White House :)

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I wonder what the dinner conversation at the Clinton’s is this evening…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Huma likes the arugula…HRC no so much..?

d1carter on May 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Nope, his hippie mamma didn’t believe in Desitin.

With that wisdom from her, he refused to use it his front side in later years and learned to blame his problems on “bush”.

cozmo on May 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I’m starting to think that boy don’t like bush of any sort.

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

It matters not whether we agree with certain individuals or groups. If you are willing to suspend constitutional rights, protections, privileges, and immunities for those with whom you disagree, then don’t express shock when they no longer exist for you.

First, they came for the conservative groups.

Then, they came for…

Resist We Much on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I took a lot of heat about a decade ago for opposing the Patriot Act, DHS, and etc., because I’m a registered Republican. That is, until I looked the would-be BBQers straight in the eye and said,

Two words. President. Hillary.

The usual response was dead silence. They simply hadn’t thought that far ahead. (It’s a habit with me, but then I play chess for fun, too.)

It’s a basic principle of government that you should never ask for or obtain a power or powers you wouldn’t want your political opponents to have, because by the very nature of government in anything but a tyranny, sooner or later, those opponents will have it.

Seen in this light, GWB & Co. were extremely unwise (bordering on downright stupid) with PA and DHS. But the track record of IRS going back decades shows that FDR & Co. weren’t exactly geniuses, either.

Or else they thought their side would never be out of power.

cheers

eon

eon on May 11, 2013 at 9:02 PM

And the IRS official announced this at the ABA convention…? WTH.

d1carter on May 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

So the agency that loves your tax money was targeting the group that favors lower taxes.

Culture of corruption.
Abuse of power.

SparkPlug on May 11, 2013 at 9:06 PM

And the IRS official announced this at the ABA convention…? WTH.

d1carter on May 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Based on the number of Harvard alumni there, he was probably expecting a standing O for pulling it off.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

wonder what the dinner conversation at the Clinton’s is this evening…?
Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Will bill offer hillary an after dinner cigar?

SparkPlug on May 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

The Watergate Break In was on June 17, 1972. Nixon was re-elected in November of the same year and didn’t resign until August 9, 1974.

These things take time.

Curtiss on May 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Will bill offer hillary an after dinner cigar?

SparkPlug on May 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

She don’t go, throw or blow.

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Isn’t targeting people solely for their political beliefs a violation of civil rights laws? Why aren’t they being investigated for possible criminal charges?

Blake on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Thats because it is not a civil right anymore.
The new civil rights are :
right to free condoms ,
right to free college degree , right to gay marriage, right to US citizenship and right to rob minimarts.

burrata on May 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM

WOW! Pat Smith tells Hillary Clinton ‘Happy Mothers Day’: She’s got her kid but I don’t have mine, BECAUSE OF HER

Never underestimate the righteous fury of a mother regarding one of her children.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Has this thought occurred to anyone else?

Since BO and crew are setting Hillary up for a Benghazi fall, could it be that the IRS kerfluffle was instigated by a friend of Hillary?

Are we watching the beginnings of the Barry-Billary Wars?

either orr on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

either orr on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I hadn’t thought of that.

I guarantee that what’s going on in conversations and maneuverings in D.C. at the moment would rival any novel.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

125 laps left at Darlington. Dale JR is 8th.

wolly4321 on May 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

We were audited twice in 2010. Twice.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM

WOW! Pat Smith tells Hillary Clinton ‘Happy Mothers Day’: She’s got her kid but I don’t have mine, BECAUSE OF HER

Never underestimate the righteous fury of a mother regarding one of her children.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

WOW indeed.
I wonder if Killery has any any shame .

burrata on May 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

What it was and what it really is:

- ‘low level staff’ = Chief Counsel

- ‘didn’t know until mid-2012′ = knew in mid-2011

- ‘a lot of applications’ = normal and expected increase in applications

How did they react? They made things tougher, requiring more agency resources… which means that the IRS was setting itself up for being unable to deal with the increased workload… unless it had planned on that all along and asked for more funding and slots to do that work. They got through all of that extra work in a timely fashion. That means they expected it and had asked for additional staff and funding for FY 2012.

Now comes the question of why the IRS was intent on getting the members of organizations… because doing that in a broad-based manner without any legal reason means that they are targeting those organizations with a goal in mind. And as the IRS admits that these are non-profit activist organizations that look towards smaller government, that they are taking a partisan and political side in trying to stifle those organizations with extra paperwork and finding out who is in them so that THEIR returns can get EXTRA scrutiny. Yes that is the suspicion at least, and a number of heads and members of such organizations did get tax return audits and my bet it is above the general population 3% audit rate.

That is a direct attack on the civil rights for freedom of association for a non-profit motive by the IRS.

That is a federal offense.

Multiple people in the IRS knew about this, condoned it and acted upon it.

That is conspiracy.

IRS involved in conspiracy to squelch the civil rights of citizens who gather to practice free speech, freedom to assemble and freedom to address government. That is a 1st Amendment violation by the IRS since NO CONGRESS could ever enact such a law, those members in the IRS acted in an unlawful manner.

And the President by not calling for an investigation, prosecution and firing of all those involved is abdicating his duty to faithfully execute the laws of the land.

ajacksonian on May 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM

WOW! Pat Smith tells Hillary Clinton ‘Happy Mothers Day’: She’s got her kid but I don’t have mine, BECAUSE OF HER

Never underestimate the righteous fury of a mother regarding one of her children.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Well that road scholar of our time, the dishonorable Elijah Cummings DipShit, MD. said—in his Barry White voice “Death is a part of life and we have to make life a part of death.” Fkn profound when you think about it.

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I claim zero. Single White male. so I pay out the ass.

I haven’t filed in ten years. You can call that stupid, but I’m kinda glad.

If anything they owe me. But I’m off the radar. Got a letter about 5 years ago. Address verifacation. Ignored it.

wolly4321 on May 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

So has Media Matters ever been audited by IRS ?

burrata on May 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I wonder if Killery has any any shame .

burrata on May 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

You is just testing us to see if we be pain tenshun. I went to Hormel school for the pigs.

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

So are they going to deny it, gloss over it, or ignore it.

Paul-Cincy on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Actually, the investigation by Treasury appears to be highly critical and aggressive. So the IG is doing his job- unlike anything that ever occurred under Nixon or what happens in less democratic nations.

The AP’s report on the upcoming Treasury IG’s report is that it will demonstrate that “senior officials” knew about this more than a year earlier — while Shulman was telling Congress that nothing of the sort was going on.

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/11/breaking-senior-irs-officials-knew-of-targeting-conservative-groups-in-2011/

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I claim zero. Single White male. so I pay out the ass.

I haven’t filed in ten years. You can call that stupid, but I’m kinda glad.

If anything they owe me. But I’m off the radar. Got a letter about 5 years ago. Address verifacation. Ignored it.

wolly4321 on May 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Many on the right may deeply believe in its victimization- after all, growing up in the most democratic and free nation in the world is such a burden- but someone has to pay for the war in Iraq and subsidize the largest military in the world. Evading your responsibility as a citizen to pay taxes is nothing to brag about.

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Will bill offer hillary an after dinner cigar?

SparkPlug on May 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

She don’t go, throw or blow.

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM

But man oh man can she dodge sniper fire.

John the Libertarian on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I’d love to see the sob impeached. There isn’t anyone with the balls to do it.

95 laps to go. Jr up to 8th.

wolly4321 on May 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM

WOW indeed.
I wonder if Killery has any any shame .

burrata on May 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

No. Otherwise she wouldn’t have stood there telling bald-faced lies to grieving parents.

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Death is a part of life and we have to make life a part of death.

That’s such a nonsensical and shameless statement dredged up to rationalize using people as throwaways for political purposes. Fodder for politics.

If I had a child who had been in one of those coffins while Obama and Hillary stood there and lied, I would have made it my mission to seek justice.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

First!

vegconservative on May 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

…when they are done beating you…for doing that!…you will be known as vegetable

KOOLAID2 on May 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

WOW! Pat Smith tells Hillary Clinton ‘Happy Mothers Day’: She’s got her kid but I don’t have mine, BECAUSE OF HER

Never underestimate the righteous fury of a mother regarding one of her children.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Holy S***. That’s an attention-grabber right there.

Paul-Cincy on May 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Evading your responsibility as a citizen to pay taxes is nothing to brag about.

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

but it does get you to be Hussein’s Treasury Secretary ;-)

burrata on May 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

But man oh man can she dodge sniper fire.

John the Libertarian on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

lol, very quick on her feet if need be. Remember she was quite the dancer with Bill on that “secluded” beach they went to. Look in the dictionary for “phony” and a synonym is Clinton, as well as “shyster, coward, liar and anus.”

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

You didn’t read his post properly. But nice try shilling for thugs.

22044 on May 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

WOW! Pat Smith tells Hillary Clinton ‘Happy Mothers Day’: She’s got her kid but I don’t have mine, BECAUSE OF HER

Never underestimate the righteous fury of a mother regarding one of her children.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Holy S***. That’s an attention-grabber right there.

Paul-Cincy on May 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I guess most of the families whose sons died in Iraq have the right to send similar notes to Bush and Cheney- thanks for sending our kids to their deaths in order to transform Iraq into a puppet state under the wing of Iran, especially as the country spirals into a civil war that will give al Qauda a new operating base in the Middle East.

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

either orr on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Let me add that while I hadn’t thought of the Clintons, I had wondered if Obama is going to start throwing out lesser scandals to attempt to take the focus off Benghazi.

I find that slightly amusing to picture a WH meeting that’s trying to decide which is the least damaging scandal to leak each week.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

WOW! Pat Smith tells Hillary Clinton ‘Happy Mothers Day’: She’s got her kid but I don’t have mine, BECAUSE OF HER

Never underestimate the righteous fury of a mother regarding one of her children.

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

That is HUGE. Will it get on twitter?

SparkPlug on May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Wow, you are trying to be funnyman.

Operative word is trying.

22044 on May 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

claim zero. Single White male. so I pay out the ass.

I haven’t filed in ten years. You can call that stupid, but I’m kinda glad.

If anything they owe me

Evading your responsibility as a citizen to pay taxes is nothing to brag about.

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Reading comprehension not your strong suit, huh?

Barred on May 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Evading your responsibility as a citizen to pay taxes is nothing to brag about.

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Sugarpants, I know I’m not around here 24/7 but were you there for Daschle, Rangel, Menendez, Geithner, Solis, et al with your wit and wisdom?

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

I didn’t have to pay for Iraq, Bayam. I got sent there.

Is that payment enough?

You’ll notice I pay, single, no exemptions. The highest rate.

So kiss my azz.

wolly4321 on May 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

…braying… war war Iraq war Irag Iraq Irag war war illegal war Iraq Irag war Iraq war Iraq Irag Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq war Iraq Iraq war war illegal war Iraq raq Iraq Iraq war war war illegal war Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq!

There!….now I’ve done three weeks worth of posts for you…Braying Jacka$$…take a mental break!….have a nice vacation!

KOOLAID2 on May 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I guess most of the families whose sons died in Iraq have the right to send similar notes to Bush and Cheney- thanks for sending our kids to their deaths in order to transform Iraq into a puppet state under the wing of Iran, especially as the country spirals into a civil war that will give al Qauda a new operating base in the Middle East.

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

aaaaaannnnnddddd…we’re back to Bush Cheney and Halliburton :O

burrata on May 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Silence your critics. Then keep silent about it.

AshleyTKing on May 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM

So are they going to deny it, gloss over it, or ignore it.

Paul-Cincy on May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Actually, the investigation by Treasury appears to be highly critical and aggressive. So the IG is doing his job- unlike anything that ever occurred under Nixon or what happens in less democratic nations.

The AP’s report on the upcoming Treasury IG’s report is that it will demonstrate that “senior officials” knew about this more than a year earlier — while Shulman was telling Congress that nothing of the sort was going on.

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/11/breaking-senior-irs-officials-knew-of-targeting-conservative-groups-in-2011/

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

You didn’t read his post properly. But nice try shilling for thugs.

22044 on May 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

What did I miss? No one has questioned the integrity of Treasury in its investigation, with early signs pointing to a very harsh and critical appraisal of the IRS, adequate to justify appropriate disciplinary action or dismissals.

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

That is HUGE. Will it get on twitter?

SparkPlug on May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Already there.

Elizabeth Scalia ‏@TheAnchoress 1h

Pat Smith tells Hillary ‘Happy Mothers Day’; she’s got her child, I don’t hv mine b/c of her” http://soa.li/ORXL4vk

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

See wolly’s reply and quit looking like a fool.

Never mind. Just see wolly’s reply.

The latter is too hard for you, son.

22044 on May 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I guess most of the families whose sons died in Iraq have the right to send similar notes to Bush and Cheney- thanks for sending our kids to their deaths in order to transform Iraq into a puppet state under the wing of Iran, especially as the country spirals into a civil war that will give al Qauda a new operating base in the Middle East.

bayam on May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

WTF? nonpartisan taps out on the IRS thread and here comes nutty buddy for the QOTD. The good thing is they don’t have staying power. That’s what their sometimes girlfriends complain about as well.

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I saw the Pat Smith post at The Right Scoop site. Here’s his twitter.

https://twitter.com/trscoop

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:46 PM

That’s what their sometimes girlfriends complain about as well.

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

mmmmmmm….apple pie….

burrata on May 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Results for #TeaParty
Top news
IRS apologizes for targeting tea party groups

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TeaParty&src=hash

canopfor on May 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Some retweets here:

https://twitter.com/search?q=therightscoop&src=typd

INC on May 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM

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