Open thread: Obama to address IRS scandal at 6 p.m. ET; Update: More than 75% of donations at Cincinnati IRS office went to Democrats; Update: Acting IRS commissioner resigns; Update: Was resigning anyway?

posted at 5:47 pm on May 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Here’s all you need to know, really:

While we wait, let’s chew on some of the other claims of IRS bias out there. I’m leery of touting any single group’s allegations but the Thomas More Society has looked at the following and evidently thinks there’s enough evidence to justify taking on the Coalition for Life of Iowa as a client. No one’s alleging an agency-wide pro-choice policy, but this may well illustrate the tremendous power individual IRS agents have to quietly discourage political activity of which they disapprove. The news about tea-party groups being targeted gets headlines because it’s about systematic bias, but how often does the particular bias of an, ahem, “rogue” employee cause delays or denials for disfavored orgs?

In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent “Ms. Richards” told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood. Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved. After a series of letters following a request for more invasive information, Thomas More Society special counsel Sally Wagenmaker sent a letter to the IRS demanding the tax exempt status be issued immediately…

In another similar case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for charitable tax-exempt recognition of Christian Voices for Life, questioning the group’s involvement with “40 Days for Life” and “Life Chain” events. The Fort Bend County, Texas, organization was subjected to repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.

Two cases doesn’t prove a “policy” but it’s a start. More on this, please. Meanwhile, here’s a pro tip from a former Republican National Committee staffer: If you change the name of your organization to something that sounds more liberal, it might just speed up your approval time. Go figure:

He submitted the paperwork to the IRS in July 2011 for a news site called Media Trackers, which calls itself a “non-partisan investigative watchdog dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government.” Although the site has investigated Republicans like Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the site’s organizers are unapologetically conservative…

When September 2012 arrived with still no word from the IRS, Ryun determined that Media Trackers would likely never obtain standalone non-profit status, and he tried a new approach: Starting over. He applied for permanent non-profit status for a separate group called Greenhouse Solutions, a pre-existing organization that was reaching the end of its determination period.

The IRS approved Greenhouse Solutions’ request for non-profit status in three weeks…

In December 2012, Ryun simply made Media Trackers a project of Greenhouse Solutions and withdrew the Media Trackers application.

If you’re planning to apply for 501(c)(4) status for your own group, replace “tea party” or “patriot” with “occupy” and see how you do. It might spare you from having to submit the names of children your group is trying to help. Good lord.

Update: Tim Carney looks at the donations records for IRS employees in Cincinnati and finds a lesson about big government. Whether or not the White House was handing down directives, when federal power is as broad as it is now, partisan abuse by cogs in the state’s machinery is inevitable. Smoking gun?

In the past three election cycles, the Center for Responsive Politics’ database shows about $474,000 in political donations by individuals listing “IRS” or “Internal Revenue Service” as their employer.

This money heavily favors Democrats: $247,000 to $145,000, with the rest going to political action committees. (Oddly, half of those GOP donations come from only two IRS employees, one in Houston and one in Annandale, Va.)

IRS employees also gave $67,000 to the PAC of the National Treasury Employees Union, which in turn gave more than 96 percent of its contributions to Democrats. Add the PAC cash to the individual donations and IRS employees favor Democrats 2-to-1.

The Cincinnati office where the political targeting took place is much more partisan, judging by FEC filings. More than 75 percent of the campaign contributions from that office in the past three elections went to Democrats. In 2012, every donation traceable to employees at that office went to either President Obama or liberal Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

As someone noted on Twitter in response to Carney’s post, if you’ve made your career working in government — especially at the IRS — you have a heavy political interest in protecting the party of big government.

Update: The first head rolls: O announces that Steve Miller, acting commissioner of the IRS and a man who’s known for a year about the agency’s targeting of conservatives, is out. Worth noting, though: Miller wasn’t commissioner when most of the targeting occurred. That was Doug Shulman, who left in November.

Update: So the Miller resignation effectively meant nothing.

‘Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting director of the IRS,’ Obama said.

‘It’s important,’ he added, ‘to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.’

But in an email to IRS employees, Miller claimed he would only be leaving next month because his assignment would be over.

‘It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June,’ Miller wrote. ‘This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation’s tax agency.’


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Update: The first head rolls: O announces that Steve Miller, acting commissioner of the IRS and a man who’s known for a year about the agency’s targeting of conservatives, is out. Worth noting, though: Miller wasn’t commissioner when most of the targeting occurred. That was Doug Shulman, who left in November.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:49 PM

That’s BS – HE NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL!!

HondaV65 on May 15, 2013 at 6:46 PM

..we finally agree on something; no retirement, no pension, no nothing. Just hard time and the prospect of being passed around from inmate to inmate until any time he passes gas it sounds like a whisper.

The War Planner on May 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Update: The first head rolls: O announces that Steve Miller, acting commissioner of the IRS and a man who’s known for a year about the agency’s targeting of conservatives, is out. Worth noting, though: Miller wasn’t commissioner when most of the targeting occurred. That was Doug Shulman, who left in November.

Miller has only been in this position since election day.

This is a sham.

We need a special prosecutor.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM

You just don’t get it, do you?

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

As stupid as HAL is, he gets it.

Partisanship overrides all else to his kind.

As much as I dislike lefty organizations, I would be just as PO’ed if this was happening to them.

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Worth noting, though: Miller wasn’t commissioner when most of the targeting occurred. That was Doug Shulman, who left in November.

Miller Also Investigated Anti-Clinton Organisations In The 1990s. Of Course, I’m Sure It’s Just A Coincidence…

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

500 so far

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:53 PM

State Run Media: We believe, yeah we believe him…isn’t he cute when he’s mad…

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Update: The first head rolls: O announces that Steve Miller, acting commissioner of the IRS and a man who’s known for a year about the agency’s targeting of conservatives, is out. Worth noting, though: Miller wasn’t commissioner when most of the targeting occurred. That was Doug Shulman, who left in November.

Point of order – if Miller knew Obama’s enemies were being targeted for a year, and only assumed commissioner status in November, that means he was promoted while he knew Obama’s enemies were being targeted.

To put it another way, I give Miller no pass on this one.

Steve Eggleston on May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

As much as I dislike lefty organizations, I would be just as PO’ed if this was happening to them.

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Absolutely – this is the difference btw. the right and the left. We want liberty and justive for all.

I don’t care if a R crook goes to prison and to Hell.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

We need a special prosecutor.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Yes, we do. This is Zero attempting to put the crimes behind him, but like Nixon it will not work.

dogsoldier on May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

justive = justice

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Miller Also Investigated Anti-Clinton Organisations In The 1990s. Of Course, I’m Sure It’s Just A Coincidence…

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Oh snap; the “give the newbie a pass” meme just got shattered.

Steve Eggleston on May 15, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Absolutely – this is the difference btw. the right and the left. We want liberty and justive for all.

I don’t care if a R crook goes to prison and to Hell.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM


That is the myth of Richard Nixon.

Democrats were never angry at the things Nixon did.

They just wanted to be the ones doing them.

That is why you see people like Clinton and now Obama.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Can’t wait for the LIVs to start making sound.

“I don’t care. Obama is awesome”

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Obama is going to run out of people to throw under the bus!

bitsy on May 15, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Miller Also Investigated Anti-Clinton Organisations In The 1990s. Of Course, I’m Sure It’s Just A Coincidence…

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I hope some lapdoggy brings it up tomorrow, would be fun to watch the super -intelligent- mega- genius- lawyer ‘s answer to that one !

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Can’t wait for the LIVs to start making sound.

“I don’t care. Obama is awesome”

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I’ve also heard -”But, Obama’s just doing the best he can. What more can we ask?”

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Why the heck did Obama fire this guy? This is the part of Obama that pisses me off.

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I know. I feel your pain.

The only honest action would be to thank him, and maybe honor him with the 2012 Stalin award or somethin’.

I hate it when he eats his own, too.

Saltysam on May 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM

This crap has been going on through (at least) the past two election cycles, and Miller gets the axe ??
SPIT.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM
Yup, against Levin’s legal foundation, then, too.

pambi on May 15, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Valarie Plame works for the CIA = Special Prosecutor

IRS targets the civil rights of millions of American citizens by repressing their ability to express their political speech = Obowma’s on it, everyone can relax

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 7:04 PM

This is a sham.

We need a special prosecutor.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Absolutely! Canning one hack just isn’t enough. Not even remotely.

txhsmom on May 15, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Obama is going to run out of people to throw under the bus!

You’d think so. But I have to wonder.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Canning one hack just isn’t enough. Not even remotely.

Everyone in Barry’s admin is a worthy candidate.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Abolishing the IRS will solve this problem

redguy on May 15, 2013 at 7:10 PM

That was Doug Shulman, who left in November.

Is Doug Shulman, still working in the Government somewhere else? Anyone know?

Kjeil on May 15, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Benghazi is where the dynamite is…Hey, look over there at that IRS squirrel.

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Obama’s staff reviewed Watchdog’s news website in record numbers at precisely the moment when IRS visits spiked.

President Barack Obama’s executive staff reviewed Watchdog’s news website in record numbers at precisely the moment when Internal Revenue Service visits to the same site spiked, Watchdog.org’s analytics show.

A similar report reveals that the Executive Office of the President and IRS were the source of a similar December traffic spike on the website of Watchdog.org, the online news network of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. (Updated: an earlier version of this incorrectly reported that traffic spiked in January.)

The White House has said that IRS reviews of conservative nonprofits were procedurally “inappropriate on the part of fairly low-level agents.

This new data suggests at least a coincidence of interests in Watchdog.

According to Google analytics, the IRS generated 456 unique visitors, between January 2009 and May 2013. The report notes 552 visits and 709 page views from the IRS. Most of the traffic occurred between the second half of 2012 and this week.

One day in December, watchdog.org received more than 100 visits from the tax agency.

The analytics show 60 unique visitors and 84 page views to Watchdog.org from eop.gov, the Executive Office of the President, between December 2009 and May 2013.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Watch out for the limited hangout, or partial hangout propaganda technique:

The Limited Hangout tactic is a form of propaganda that is used to reduce backlash against an immoral or would-be illegal act (usually considered a cover-up), by making it seem like the perpetrators have come clean about their role, while still keeping important details hidden. By releasing information that was previously secret or not yet acknowledged, backlash is reduced because some people will believe the cover-up has been fully exposed and admitted to.

Because only some information is hung out or revealed, it is called a limited hangout. Like a pressure valve releasing steam to keep the pipes in order, the perpetrators release a limited amount of information to keep the full truth hidden and to save them from further repercussions.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 7:12 PM

The director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements, which oversees the determinatons of tax-exempt organizations, is a donor to Barack Obama. Holly Paz donated $2,000 to Obama’s 2008 campaign, according to Open Secrets, which maintains a database of individual political donations.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:12 PM

The Limited Hangout:

It takes the form of deception, misdirection, or coverup often associated with intelligence agencies involving a release or “mea culpa” type of confession of only part of a set of previously hidden sensitive information, that establishes credibility for the one releasing the information who by the very act of confession appears to be “coming clean” and acting with integrity; but in actuality, by withholding key facts, is protecting a deeper operation and those who could be exposed if the whole truth came out. In effect, if an array of offenses or misdeeds is suspected, this confession admits to a lesser offense while covering up the greater ones.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

That is the myth of Richard Nixon.

Democrats were never angry at the things Nixon did.

They just wanted to be the ones doing them.

That is why you see people like Clinton and now Obama.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

They certainly didn’t mind the fact that Nixon sicced the IRS on the John Birch Society.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

1. Caught in a lie Obama always tells a new lie.

2. Caught in a lie Obama always blames some one else.

3. Caught in a lie Obama misdirects to other subjects and often.

4. Caught in a lie Obama throws any one handy under the bus.

5. Caught in a lie Obama is Obama.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Seriously, how gay would you have to be to have as your only life function to fall on the sword for higher-ups.

WhatSlushfund on May 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

If Obama was on the OJ jury, He would vote to acquit.

birdwatcher on May 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

The libtard troll activity has been falling off at such an alarming rate, AP might have some paid positions opening up.

Saltysam on May 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Obama now is caught in his lies.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

O announces that Steve Miller, acting commissioner of the IRS and a man who’s known for a year about the agency’s targeting of conservatives, is out.

Only an attempt to appease the GOP with a sacrifice on the alter of The One.

TulsAmerican on May 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I wonder who is watching HA..?

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Any chance of some new whistleblowers? Fingers crossed.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Director of IRS Tax-Exempt Determinations Office is Obama Donor

The director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements, which oversees the determinatons of tax-exempt organizations, is a donor to Barack Obama. Holly Paz donated $2,000 to Obama’s 2008 campaign, according to Open Secrets, which maintains a database of individual political donations.

An inspector general’s report released yesterday concluded that the IRS improperly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups for undue scrutiny, and Paz heads the office in which the wrongdoing is said to have occurred. National Review Online reported earlier today that agency officials are currently copying the hard drives of every employee on Paz’s watch. That data will be made available to investigators working on a second IG investigation focusing on the potential criminal activity individual agency employees.

The House Oversight Committe is requesting that Paz and four other employees be made available for transcribed interviews starting next week.

Data from the Center for Responsive Politics indicate that Paz’s donations are consistent with broader trends at the IRS, where agency employees donated overwhelming to President Obama in both the 2012 and 2008 presiential Elections.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Isn’t it great that we live in a Country founded upon the principle that nobody is above the law…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

If President Obama was sincere he would order all IRS employees to cooperate fully in the investigation.

If they wish to exercise their 5th amendment right against self incrimination, they must resign. They cannot do such exercise as a federal employee.

This is a test of the real sincerity around his talk, if he does not do so, we know the cover-up is in full swing.

patch on May 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

This is a test of the real sincerity around his talk, if he does not do so, we know the cover-up is in full swing.

patch on May 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

We know it already.

But I think I know what you mean: …so the general public knows the cover up is in full swing.

Saltysam on May 15, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Obama makes a move! But ousted IRS chief now claims in email he’s leaving because ‘my acting assignment ends in early June’. Getting nervous

https://twitter.com/DRUDGE/status/334808999436374017

ninjapirate on May 15, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Isn’t it great that we live in a Country founded upon the principle that nobody is above the law…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Some people are just a little bit more not above the law than others.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

BREAKING NEWS: The director Obama supposedly fired, is already scheduled to leave his post in June as he was just the “acting director” and filling the post temporarily.

Who is Obama fooling here?

portlandon on May 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

This is what happens when you try and run the United State of America like it’s Kenya!

All of this is no surprise to conservatives. This Regime is everything (and more) of the evil that they tried to project on Bush.

Rockshine on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Watch out for the limited hangout, or partial hangout propaganda technique:

INC on May 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The primary job of dang near all politician is to lie. When one lives a life of lies, this skill of ‘limited hangout’ is a prerequisite. Few attain national office without it. They’re all Olympians at it.

Whenever a politico speaks of a scandal, no matter how trite, expect B.S. Hell, I bet they’re so honed at lying, you couldn’t get an honest answer out of them about what they ate for breakfast.

RavingLunatic on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

THE GUY WHO WAS JUST FIRED HAD ZERO TO DO WITH WHAT HAPPENED AT THE IRS. HE HAD ONLY BEEN THERE SINCE NOV. 2012.

THIS IS A SHAM.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

RavingLunatic on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

True. We’re talking about the Augean Stables here.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I am so looking forward to those additional 16,000 new IRS agents with ObamaCare…we in for some good times!

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

“Dat beeyatch done set me up!!!” — Marion Barky Obama

viking01 on May 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Actually, I think most of us here are in the “send them to jail” camp. We obviously have a respect for civil rights that you don’t share.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

War on women, indeed!

Politico: Face of the tea party is female

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Who wants a mere firing?

We want the truth. Penalties and indictments to follow.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

HAL, and the other lyin’ libs don’t dive a crap about civil rights.

The silence from the ACLU is deafening.

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

We already know what you see. What I see is a hack politician wasting the Attorney General’s time.

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

You’re the only one squalling like little bitch.

portlandon on May 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

We already know what you see. What I see is a hack politician wasting the Attorney General’s time.

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

You’re the only one squalling like little b1tch.

portlandon on May 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Hope you think it’s funny when the IRS running Obamacare refuses your aids medication and says….You wanted Obamacare, Now shut up and stop whining.

BeachBum on May 15, 2013 at 7:37 PM

The guy that got fired was to leave his position in June. Total sham.

GhoulAid on May 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

The dude was leaving in 2 weeks anyway. Big deal.

Look, we KNOW that people in the IRS ILLEGALLY released confidential information to Pro Publica, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Huffington Post. This has been admitted.

People MUST go to jail.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I believe JAILED is what we want.

hillsoftx on May 15, 2013 at 7:39 PM

This is HAL, the little Nazi…

Anyway, I will be more than happy and proud of Obama if he was behind the IRS targeting these anti USA “conservative” groups. They all need to be investigated.

HotAirLib on May 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

You must really think I give a f@$k. As long as Obama is doing all he can to investigate and rid America off these anti USA tea party groups, I am fine.

HotAirLib on May 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

He’d be fine with having all of Obama’s opponents lined up against walls and shot. He really should move to North Korea.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:40 PM

This is what happens when you try and run the United State of America like it’s Kenya!

All of this is no surprise to conservatives. This Regime is everything (and more) of the evil that they tried to project on Bush.

Rockshine on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

The REB is becoming a black Dick Cheney. Hilarious.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Lame.

Saltysam on May 15, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Are the libtards becoming more libtarted? It sure appears that way.

Saltysam on May 15, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Let the investigations continue, seat the grand juries, and let the civil suits be filed.

No rest for them, not a minute’s peace.

“No justice, no peace!”

“No justice, no peace!”

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Firing and resigning are two different things. In the 1930′s- 1950′s communists thought/known to have been leaking info and/or pushing for certain pro-red policies were asked to resign, only to who up in another area of the federal government.

So, NO ONE has been fired.

roopster217 on May 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Are the libtards becoming more libtarted? It sure appears that way.

Saltysam on May 15, 2013 at 7:43 PM

It’s what happens when you add indefencible to stupid.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

That should be *only to show up*. Sorry.

roopster217 on May 15, 2013 at 7:46 PM

You’re the only one squalling like little b1tch.

portlandon

He is a bottom, so what do you expect?

xblade on May 15, 2013 at 7:46 PM

As someone noted on Twitter in response to Carney’s post, if you’ve made your career working in government — especially at the IRS — you have a heavy political interest in protecting the party of big government.

I’ve said this in several places.

The IRS tools were attacking groups whose agendas would result in a much smaller and less powerful IRS. Obama and the Democrats mean to expand the IRS and its power exponentially.

It didn’t take long for these scumbags to recognize the threat and pervert the massive power of the IRS into a weapon against their enemies.

Just wait until these rectums have the power to deny insurance subsidies or withhold your tax refund because you failed to report a 15 cents an hour raise or a new address.

And of course the folks who will decide what medical treatments you may receive will be absolutely trustworthy, not like these IRS bureaucrats.

novaculus on May 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM

It’s what happens when you add indefencible to stupid.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I’d say that the more capable trolls are even a little embarrassed by this one, if it were possible to notice while hiding under a rock.

Saltysam on May 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Oh how nice Mr Miller has stepped down and Mr Shulman already retired. Good then they will have no excuse to miss when they are called before congress. Then they can have a nice long vacay in a federally owned prison.

neyney on May 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

The guy that got fired was to leave his position in June. Total sham.

GhoulAid on May 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Lemme guess: Obama didn’t know that before making his ‘speech’.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I guess we’ll never know how far back this discrimination against conservative organizations go. Miller has been with the IRS for 25 years and most of that was dealing with tax exempt organizations.
“Miller has served most of his 25 years at the IRS, an agency in the Treasury Department, in its Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division (TE/GE). Starting as special assistant to the assistant commissioner for Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations, Miller rose to acting assistant commissioner, then director of Exempt Organizations from 1999 to 2004, capping his TE/GE service as commissioner of TE/GE from 2004 to April 2009. From April to September 2009, Miller served as commissioner of the Large Business and Mid-Size Business Division, leaving that post when he was named deputy commissioner for Services and Enforcement.” – http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/acting-commissioner-of-the-internal-revenue-service-irs-who-is-steven-miller-121215?news=846487

bandutski on May 15, 2013 at 7:52 PM

And of course the folks who will decide what medical treatments you may receive will be absolutely trustworthy, not like these IRS bureaucrats.

novaculus on May 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM

ahh..yes…the continuous drumbeat since the 60s….”Communism just needs to be run by the right people and then it will work like it’s supposed to”

Saltysam on May 15, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Hey Daisey Singer,
Judging by your plentiful idiotic posts such as this, you obviously have a mid-80′s IQ. Ergo, you have been a beneficiary of Affirmative-Action all of your life.

RavingLunatic on May 15, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Ron Radosh, a former Communist, describes people like HAL to a ‘t’:

All this is par for the course for those who grew up in the 1960s and recall the advice about freedom of speech given by the philosopher-king of the Marxist Left, the late Herbert Marcuse.

Back in those heady days, Marcuse developed the theory of “repressive tolerance.” As he explained, tolerance of the speech of those who are fascist or conservative is not acceptable for a democratic society. To liberate tolerance means “intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.” This gobbledygook, remember, was viewed by serious intellectuals as brilliant. Marcuse explained his reasoning in these words:

Surely, no government can be expected to foster its own subversion, but in a democracy such a right is vested in the people (i.e. in the majority of the people). This means that the ways should not be blocked on which a subversive majority could develop, and blocked if they are by organized repression and indoctrination, their reopening may require apparently undemocratic means. They would include the withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups and movements which promote aggressive policies, armament, chauvinism, discrimination on the grounds of race and religion, or which oppose the extension of public services, social security, medical care, etc.

Get that last point? If you criticize Obama Care, by Marcuse’s logic, you are what the Soviets called “an enemy of the people,” and the full power of government should be put into place to stop you. And were he still with us, he would be penning an op-ed praising the IRS for its clever action in denying conservative groups non-profit status.

Who would make that judgment? Perhaps it would be the people’s courts, the revolutionary assemblies, or the left-wing professoriate, which is acting on behalf of the people before they realize their duty to develop revolutionary consciousness.

Let me end on a serious note. The IRS personnel are probably not smart enough to read or even know about Herbert Marcuse. But they have acted in a way he would have been proud of, having obtained an understanding of how to act against conservatives all on their own. And, it seems, they have an unknowing ally who lives in the executive mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

tingles thought he did an awesome job, he showed himself a leader

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

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Someone fired ? ONE PERSON out of all the corrupt dishonest Liberal BureauDemocrats ? ONE PERSON ?

We want the freaking Val Plame Special Prosecutor looking into ALL of these scandals to learn whom knew what and when did whom know it ! Just how much corruption is going here ? Don’t YOU want to know HAL ?

Ocommie does not fire anyone – and now this IRS guy says his job was up next month anyways….. these morons can’t even get their story straight during the freaking penalty phase of their wrongdoing !!!

C’mon man – you guys Liberals cant be this stupid / Inept.

FlaMurph on May 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Just spoke with a friend at our kids bus stop.. he’s being demoted to part time with 40 other employees at his company, because of Obamacare.. they can’t afford to live on that.

Lol. You wanted someone fired, he gave you that. Now shut up and stop whining

HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

oh no pencil neck, I want to see YOU fired.. I want to see Obama and his gang of civil rights violating thugs perp marched in cuff’s…

This is only the beginning as people get savaged by Obamacare.. prices are rising, people are loosing jobs, are getting kicked back down to part time..

Before it’s all done, you’ll deny in public ever having voted for the crime Lord..

mark81150 on May 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Ousted IRS chief claims in email that he’s leaving because ‘my acting assignment ends in early June’…

via drudge

ooooh big bad leadership at its best

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

C’mon man – you guys Liberals cant be this stupid / Inept.

FlaMurph on May 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Most are, but some aren’t. HAL, for example, says he’s not here to change any minds. Then his only motive is to make the site as uncomfortable as possible for Conservatives by needling, mocking, lying, changing the subject, etc. — all to advance The Cause.

Sounds like an awful lot of spite is in him, I would say.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

C’mon man – you guys Liberals cant be this stupid / Inept.

FlaMurph on May 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Don’t underestimate.

hillsoftx on May 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

He’d be fine with having all of Obama’s opponents lined up against walls and shot. He really should move to North Korea.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Now Now Sophie, even North Korea has some standards.

can_con on May 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

via drudge

ooooh big bad leadership at its best

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Seems about the same as sacrificing to God a lamb that was soon to die, anyway.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Obama piles the lies higher and higher.

Now standing far above we little people on his tower of lies looking down.

Forgot the parachute,,,, shit,,,, shit,,, Michaelllllllllllllllll!

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I wish his name wasn’t Steve Miller.

22044 on May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

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Some people call him a Space Cowboy.

(nice link)

listens2glenn on May 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

yup

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Right now there are three options that could describe Obama.

1). Incompetent – He has little to know control over government officials and he has know knowledge own anything going on right below he nose. He somehow didn’t know about the AP probe and the IRS scandal until just this week. This is best possible outcome for him.

2. Malicious – He will do anything to protect his presidency. He either ordered the IRS to go after Tea Party and conservative groups, or more than likely he knew what the IRS was doing by early 2012 and decided to cover it until after the elections.

3. A combination of both.

midgeorgian on May 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

At lest LBJ only picked dogs up by their ears and did not eat them.

Not that bad a guy for a drunk ass vote thief Democrat.

Democrats seem not to be headed in the correct direction.

This one got no there,,,, there. Not even that good a cheat or liar.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

latest update:
what you won’t hear on the lsm…

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

he’s leaving because ‘my acting assignment ends in early June’

Finally, an Obongo lackey admits his job is all an act.

viking01 on May 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Obama…” I saw the straw, it was right there in front of me…”

Obama,,,, louder,,,”Who Moved the Dam Straw…..???”

Obama,,,,, louder, more desprerate, pleading and with anger,,,,

“If you think I’m going to take any blame you got another think coming.”"

NOW WERE IS THAT DAM STRAW, AND IT BETTER NOT BE THE LAST ONE…..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

I got a sneak peek at the one sentence job description for the Head of the Dept. of Justice. It said “What would Barry do?”

Answer that, and you know what should be done. This applies to all the political hacks he brought in.

KCsecurity1976 on May 15, 2013 at 8:17 PM

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