The New Republic: Hey, didn’t Tea Parties kinda bring this on themselves by trying really hard to follow the law?

posted at 10:11 pm on May 15, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

The IRS itself admitted wrongdoing, and President Obama declared today, “it should not matter what political stripe you’re from — the fact of the matter is, is that the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity.” But that doesn’t mean there’s no one willing to defend the IRS.

First, there was the Jeffrey Toobin model, which argued, Hey, these guys were kind of trying to game the system because they’re not really “social welfare” groups, and sure the rules should have been applied equally, but the “real scandal” is that these tiny Tea Party groups and their unidentified donors are allowed to distort the democratic system! More on this notion in a moment.

The New Republic goes a little more audacious in its take on this “trumped-up scandal.” According to Noam Scheiber, the persecution of the Tea Party was caused by the Tea Party’s persecution complex. Their silly paranoia about the government was a self-fulfilling prophecy, you see, inexorably pulling the IRS into the unfortunate optics of the current situation by their perfectly logical profiling of conservative groups.

But, in fact, the IRS’s great conservative crackdown is even more innocent than that. It turns out that the applications the conservative groups submitted to the IRS—the ones the agency subsequently combed over, provoking nonstop howling—were unnecessary. The IRS doesn’t require so-called 501c4 organizations to apply for tax-exempt status. If anyone wants to start a social welfare group, they can just do it, then submit the corresponding tax return (form 990) at the end of the year. To be sure, the IRS certainly allows groups to apply for tax-exempt status if they want to make their status official. But the application is completely voluntary, making it a strange basis for an alleged witch hunt.

So why would so many Tea Party groups subject themselves to a lengthy and needless application process? Mostly it had to do with anxiety—the fear that they could run afoul of the law once they started raising and spending money. “Our business experience was that we had to pay taxes once there was money coming through here,” says Tom Zawistowski, the recent president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, which tangled with the IRS over its tax status. “We felt we were under a microscope. … We were on pins and needles at all times.” In other words, the groups submitted their applications because they perceived themselves to be persecuted, not because they actually were…

So the crime here had nothing to do with “targeting” conservatives. The targeting was effectively done by the conservative groups themselves, when they filed their gratuitous applications. The crime, such as it is, was twofold. First, in the course of legitimately vetting questionable applications, the IRS appears to have been more intrusive than justified, asking for information about donors whose privacy it should have respected. This is unfortunate and intolerable, but not quite a threat to democracy.

So, that’s what a good-faith effort to follow the law will get you. Why be skeptical of the federal government?

But let’s go back to the “social welfare” term on which Toobin’s argument and part of Scheiber’s rests. Josh Barro:

“Social welfare” is a term of art that doesn’t mean exactly what it sounds like. To qualify, a group must have the aim of producing benefits that accrue to the community as a whole, not just its members. “Benefit” and “community” are construed broadly; organizations do not have to demonstrate that the policies they promote are good or that they benefit everyone.

You can see this in the IRS regulations governing 501(c)(4) groups. These groups may engage in unlimited lobbying related to their social welfare missions. The IRS offers these specific examples of acceptable activity: “promotion of legislation on animal rights,” “advocacy of anti-abortion legislation,” “legalization of currently illegal activity” and “advocacy of changes in the tax law.”

The groups can also engage in electioneering, even endorsing candidates. Here’s the IRS: “An exempt IRC 501(c)(4) organization may intervene in political campaigns as long as its primary activity is the promotion of social welfare.”

So when Jeffrey Toobin writes in the New Yorker today that what the IRS did was OK in part because “501(c)(4) organizations must refrain from traditional partisan political activity, like endorsing candidates,” he’s wrong.

As many pointed out today, Media Matters’ 501(c)4 is allegedly the same kind of “social welfare” organization as the Tea Party groups applying for exempt status, and no one would claim its aims are free of ideology or partisanship. Even 501(c)3s, which aren’t allowed to do any electioneering, are allowed to be ideological in nature. Think tanks like The Heritage Foundation and Center for American Progress are (c)3s. They certainly have views they push, and those views pertain to public policy, but they’re not dishonestly classified as (c)3s.

One last argument in defense of the IRS is that these conservative groups were all fronts for big sources of anonymous and corporate money meant to corrupt the democratic system. I don’t personally believe leaving political speech relatively unregulated corrupts the political system, but even if one does, the truth is it was small groups with few donors that took the brunt of this crackdown. As with any complex system, anyone with money enough to make campaign finance reformers want to shut them up, also had money enough for good lawyers who could get them through the system. Complexity is a subsidy for the big guys.

This is actually who suffers:

Stefano said she tried to start her own group called The Loyal Opposition between 2010-2011. But when she applied for tax exempt status, the IRS responded with a litany of questions that put her off.

“I was pregnant and on a single income and they were asking me questions like, ‘Are you on Facebook,” she said incredulously. “They wanted my personal Facebook page.”

“A lawyer told me, ‘They’re going to come after you and if you make one mistake they could ruin your life’,” Stefano added. “I like to think of myself as very tough, but I’m ashamed to say I was intimidated and frightened, and I shut it down.”

Or, this one:

Anastasia Przybylski, co-chairwoman of the Bucks County-based Kitchen Table Patriots, said she continues to experience a similar IRS response, with her most recent interaction coming last week.

“When we started, we were apprehensive,” Przybylski said. “Our families and friends thought we were crazy. Now, I don’t feel comfortable. I wish that wasn’t the case. I wish they weren’t using these kinds of tactics, but the fact is that they are. For a tiny organization like ours, is it really worth it?”

Once the 2012 tax filing for the group is fully processed, she said the group will likely shut down.

“We’re still going to have the organization,” Przybylski said. “I just don’t know if we need the [tax exempt status]. If the amount of money in our account is just $2,000 total, I don’t see the benefit to it. I know plenty of people who have a website and an organization without having a formal entity.”

And, this one:

“We’re just regular citizens,” said one member who only spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s not like we have access to resources to deal with this. Whenever you get pushback from the IRS of this magnitude you’re not able to deal with it.”

The member said the IRS replied to their 2009 application for tax exempt status with the same multi-questionnaire response other groups had gotten. Six months, thousands of dollars, and countless hours later, they gave up.

“As a result of receiving that questionnaire, the person who was our treasurer quit, and the group decided to not move forward with tax exempt status,” the member said. “That’s an example of the type of affect this type thing has.”

That’s just Pennsylvania. But didn’t the Kitchen Table Patriots bring it on themselves, what with their $2,000 in shady money and their overzealous attempts to comply with tax law?


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The left is enjoying this.

Where is the ACLU?

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

…Lying!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

OT (or is it?): via Twitchy – IRS faces class action lawsuit for stealing 60 million medical records.

VibrioCocci on May 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

TNR re-affirms its irrelevancy.

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Stefano said she tried to start her own group called The Loyal Opposition between 2010-2011. But when she applied for tax exempt status, the IRS responded with a litany of questions that put her off.

“I was pregnant and on a single income and they were asking me questions like, ‘Are you on Facebook,” she said incredulously. “They wanted my personal Facebook page.”

“A lawyer told me, ‘They’re going to come after you and if you make one mistake they could ruin your life’,” Stefano added. “I like to think of myself as very tough, but I’m ashamed to say I was intimidated and frightened, and I shut it down.”

…THIS IS NOW AMERICA!…thank you JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM

isn’t that like telling a rape victim that she asked for it?

natasha333 on May 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

The IRS IS the strong arm, time it was DEFUNDED!

Get rid of this hideous monster called the IRS!

Scrumpy on May 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

This is exactly, precisely, what tyranny looks like. These people make the King who we defeated back in the 18th Century look like a piker.

Death by pen and force of law is death nonetheless.

TXUS on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

the truth is it was small groups with few donors that took the brunt of this crackdown

… as a result, the backlash will probably do far more good for the Tea Party than harm done given the type of small groups that were affected.

Where is the ACLU?

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

ACLU has already been very loud and clear about how it perceives behavior at the IRS.

http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-technology-and-liberty/irs-abuses-power-targeting-tea-party

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

One fine day the worm is going to turn and you jackhats are going to find yourselves on the outside looking in, and I sincerely hope someone slams the door in your faces so hard that even your shadows bleed.

Scumbags are just being polite, if they said what they really believe the gun stores would be stripped bare of everything down to the carpet nails soon after.

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Obama is for the little guy in the same manner that Tybalt was for Mercutio.

jaydee_007 on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

You had to know it was only a matter of time before the presstitutes started their Tea Party attacks. They cannot help themselves.

natasha333 on May 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

What I don’t understand is this; when these people were working with the IRS and started getting the runaround, why didn’t they go to their reps and/or their senators and get them involved? Start raising hell themselves.

Mirimichi on May 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

The Left was stripped of their fine, civilized suits and ties only to reveal the dirty uniform of a bloodthirsty Commissar underneath. And these Commissars make up most the federal bureaucracy, BTW, and do most of the actual day-to-day governing.

Punchenko on May 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Yeah, just like you, move along nothing to see here. The lightbringer will save all our souls.

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

The history of the present King of Great Britain Kenyan Usurper is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

It’s time to clean house. There can be no fixing that which is so very broken.

turfmann on May 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Is the New Republic still in print? I didn’t see it last time. I should have checked the fiction aisle.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Pay attention folks. Watch for this line of reasoning to go mainstream. Hot Air just helped it along considering TNR circulation hovers around 50k.

Nobody here can accuse me of being partial to the Tea Party, usually referred by me as “Tea Party extremists.” I consider the entire movement an albatross around the neck of Republicans.

That being said, I hope America sees justice on this. There is nothing more chilling than using IRS against citizens. IRS — most people are dreadfully afraid of those three letters. IRS agents know this. Feds know this. That is why it is so wrong.

Imagine filling out a college financial-aid app or census form and having armed police knocking on your door in response to your filing. The IRS response has been that inordinate. I cannot recall another recent episode during which the government purposefully intimidated citizens into compliance.

Unfortunately I do not consider any group more extreme than the IRS. I will never be quenched of that feeling. There is nothing one can do except keep good records. Taxes are the only reason I still have paper documents in a firebox. Everything else can be digitized…not expense receipts, not for 5-7 years.

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

From Bayams’ ACLU link

As a consequence, the IRS has been under enormous pressure to speed up and aggressively investigate applications for tax-exempt status — both reasonable demands, if carried out impartially. But much of this outside pressure has come from the left and has been directed at conservative groups, who have an advantage in this “dark” political money.

The real intent. A level playing field where none is required.

It pisses liberals off to no end when they get out spent, but when their candidate spends way more than an opponent, its an exercise in democracy.

Pffffft

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

The Tea party is not going away.

#war

SparkPlug on May 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Is the New Republic still in print? I didn’t see it last time. I should have checked the fiction aisle.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

If you call a circ of 50K “in print.”

I think the local advertiser-rag prints more copies than that to give away for free.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Rush talked today about how these bastards deprived an entire movement of their equal right to the political process. From the 2010 landslide moving towards the GOP until 2012 Obama reelection, conservatives were cheated by political thugs. There isn’t a dirty trick in the book of politics that should be off the the table for conservatives anymore.

If we don’t fight back like them, we deserve nothing but obscurity.

smoothsailing on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Jeffrey Toobin and The New Republic blame the victim for the rape.

jon1979 on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

I cannot recall another recent episode during which the government purposefully intimidated citizens into compliance.

ObamaCare?

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

This is exactly, precisely, what tyranny looks like. These people make the King who we defeated back in the 18th Century look like a piker.

Death by pen and force of law is death nonetheless.

TXUS on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Nailed it. +1

SparkPlug on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Define extremists.

I’ve been to Tea Parties. Grandmothers, grandfathers, parents, children, veterans. Ordinary 4th-of-July people.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

If the Mooslims or gheys were targeted you yahoos would be cheering this on.

-CH
/

This post by MKH is a very nice take down of leftist water carriers. If only Bush were in charge…..

CW on May 15, 2013 at 10:32 PM

TNR’s attempt to use their own total contempt for the law to absolve the IRS of guilt is one of the most twisted rationalizations of government intimidation and coercion I’ve seen.

Nancy Pelosi must be their editor in chief.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Jeffrey Toobin and The New Republic blame the victim for the rape.

jon1979 on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

“She should have vomited and peed on herself … the way the intellectual left has advised to ward off rape. She didn’t do that so it’s her fault she got raped.” — Jeffy Toobin and the editorial board of the New Republic Novel

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM

I’ve been to Tea Parties. Grandmothers, grandfathers, parents, children, veterans. Ordinary 4th-of-July people.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Me too. Didn’t see any extremists. Mittbots are still spewing lies.

SparkPlug on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Define extremists.

I’ve been to Tea Parties. Grandmothers, grandfathers, parents, children, veterans. Ordinary 4th-of-July people.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I saw a picture of a guy at a TEA party rally with a gun. He was black. Scared the hell out of me. A conservative black guy with a gun. Clearly a herald of Satan.

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

The QOTD will be fun tonight.

joekenha on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Shocka!

You’re not the sharpest tool in the shed.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

You’re a freaking idiot.

Sat better mods?

smoothsailing on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

:)

INC on May 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Force feed C4 to insantiy wolf.

tom daschle concerned on May 15, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Define extremists.

I’ve been to Tea Parties. Grandmothers, grandfathers, parents, children, veterans. Ordinary 4th-of-July people.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Those that makes such statements are liars. They have an agenda and character be damned.

CW on May 15, 2013 at 10:36 PM

ACLU has already been very loud and clear about how it perceives behavior at the IRS.

http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-technology-and-liberty/irs-abuses-power-targeting-tea-party

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Head for the hills IRS! The ACLU posted 4 paragraphs to their blog!

Chuck Schick on May 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

ACLU has already been very loud and clear about how it perceives behavior at the IRS.

http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-technology-and-liberty/irs-abuses-power-targeting-tea-party

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Whatever your link says, now you see what happens when the MSM outlets don’t report on your complaints. I’ve followed this IRS matter pretty closely, and I haven’t heard the media breathe a word about the ACLU’s position until now. Why? Because MSM outlets don’t report on matters adverse to Obama if they don’t have to do so.

BuckeyeSam on May 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

But didn’t the Kitchen Table Patriots bring it on themselves, what with their $2,000 in shady money and their overzealous attempts to comply with tax law?

::shudder::

be careful. I hear they make some dee-licious pies, probably coffee too…..

ted c on May 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

ACLU has already been very loud and clear about how it perceives behavior at the IRS.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Yeah, they couldn’t pass the opportunity to attack Bush. Typical libtards.

malclave on May 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I still hold fast to my ideas because if I don’t the facts will blow my ideas away.

SparkPlug on May 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

No, no, no, this one out tonight from The Atlantic takes the cake:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/05/remember-when-andrew-joseph-stack-flew-a-plane-into-a-texas-irs-building/275887/

You see, Tea Partiers brought the IRS scrutiny on themselves because this guy Joseph Stack flew a plane into an IRS building around the same time when the IRS scrutiny began, and since he was anti-IRS and some liberal columnists tried to call him a Tea Partier (even though it turned out he was really a communist).

I shit you not.

blue13326 on May 15, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Mostly it had to do with anxiety—the fear that they could run afoul of the law once they started raising and spending money.

Libs like Noam Scheiber don’t have that anxiety. They know if they ‘run afoul of the law’, their lib pals at the IRS will cover their asses.

GarandFan on May 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I’ve been to Tea Parties. Grandmothers, grandfathers, parents, children, veterans. Ordinary 4th-of-July people.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

ditto that.

I went to the 828 in DC. Thousands of them…..its a wonder that any of us made it out alive. Funny that the place was spotless after they all left too….Hmm, must’ve been all that union labor that hustled out there and cleaned up the place…./

ted c on May 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

well those “extremists” i.e ordinary avg Americians are going to take back their government from the thugs and marxists come 2014. the house is goign to get more american and less communist and the Senate will flip to one of red instead of blue and when the Senators see the rightous anger by those “extremists” come Nov 2014 they will move more to the right.

I am sick and tired of the liberal progressive Minority in this country destorying the country my ancestors built. If you want a third world pig sty move somewhere else. America is the last best hope for mankind and freedom and I and many other “extremists” will never allow thugs and petty dictators like Obama and the marxists to destory that hope.

unseen on May 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Well, well, well…

… Lookie at this:

Soros Gave $6.1 Million to Groups Linked to Pressure on IRS to Target Conservative Nonprofits

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM

ACLU has already been very loud and clear about how it perceives behavior at the IRS.

http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-technology-and-liberty/irs-abuses-power-targeting-tea-party

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Just words, just speeches.

Usually, when the ACLU really wants something done they are in court getting it done. It’s what they do.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 15, 2013 at 10:44 PM

I still hold fast to my ideas because if I don’t the facts will blow my ideas away.

SparkPlug on May 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

You magnificent b@stard. :)

Axe on May 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

The New Republic: Hey, didn’t Tea Parties kinda bring this on themselves by trying really hard to follow the law?

Yeah – that worked out. Maybe we should try something different next time…

affenhauer on May 15, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Organizing For Access is also a 501(c)4 .. Or at least it will be when they actual file for non-profit status

J_Crater on May 15, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I am curious. What comprises a TP “membership?”
Assuming you’ve been to TP events and meetings. What do you see as extreme?

egmont on May 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM

What do you see as extreme?

egmont on May 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Some wear silly hats , some have white hair(some blue), and some don’t like the gheys.
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CW on May 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM

If I were to apply for this sort of thing, I wouldn’t know what information the IRS was legally suppose to have and what isn’t. I bet they received a lot of information they have no business with and they still have it, no matter what comes of this case. If these folks sue and when, they (and other taxpayers) pay their own settlements. So the Left has the info and gets off scott free. What a racket!

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 10:51 PM

the truth is it was small groups with few donors that took the brunt of this crackdown

… as a result, the backlash will probably do far more good for the Tea Party than harm done given the type of small groups that were affected.

Nahhhh. The Teabaggers will be fine. Obamacare gets implemented fully in 2014, Don’t ya know.

WryTrvllr on May 15, 2013 at 10:51 PM

The king of Community Organizing is trying to punish communities from organizing.

Priceless.

portlandon on May 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I can’t follow your logic. Those who identify with the Tea Party are extremists because…they’re extremists? Define what you mean by ‘extremists’, please. Do you consider (the now passe) Occupy Wall Street participants as extremists? No? If not, why not?

As an aside, I must say I find your nick, ‘Capitalist Hog’, rather ironic. In the midst of the stealth transformation of the country into an authoritarian socialist superstate, you would call those brave enough to actively oppose that transformation ‘extremists’.

troyriser_gopftw on May 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Based on the belief of smaller government? And who gives a flying flip about being a albatross to Republicans? Democrat and Democrat Lite should not be our only choices.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM

. So the Left has the info and gets off scott free. What a racket!

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 10:51 PM

And most importantly they did the damage before the election stifling the conservative movement. Now we get to hear those that feign sincerity tell us now they’ll get to the bottom of it. Yes what a racket.

CW on May 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Interesting. How do you define, what 15-25% of the population as extremist? I guess we are all idiot savants now.

WryTrvllr on May 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Balanced budgets and a reduced deficit are extreme. God help us all.

CW on May 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Rush talked today about how these bastards deprived an entire movement of their equal right to the political process. From the 2010 landslide moving towards the GOP until 2012 Obama reelection, conservatives were cheated by political thugs. There isn’t a dirty trick in the book of politics that should be off the the table for conservatives anymore.

If we don’t fight back like them, we deserve nothing but obscurity.

smoothsailing on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

The presidential election of 2012 was stolen.

The blockade of conservative groups, and the leaks of Governor Romney’s confidential IRS information made enough of a difference.

The presidential election of 2012 was stolen.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Kafka

Kafka’s writing has inspired the term “Kafkaesque”, used to describe concepts and situations reminiscent of his work, particularly Der Process and “Die Verwandlung”. Examples include instances in which people are overpowered by bureaucracies, often in a surreal, nightmarish milieu which evokes feelings of senselessness, disorientation, and helplessness. Characters in a Kafkaesque setting often lack a clear course of action to escape the situation.

Das Schloss (The Castle)
The protagonist is the Landvermesser (land surveyor) named K., who struggles for unknown reasons to gain access to the mysterious authorities of a castle who govern the village. Kafka’s intent was that the castle’s authorities notify K. on his deathbed that his “legal claim to live in the village was not valid, yet, taking certain auxiliary circumstances into account, he was to be permitted to live and work there”

Thus the tea party must produce proof they have the right to not be taxed in their assembly, or they will be deprived of the means to fund their assembly, and while the right to a funded assembly is a birthright, the right to not be deprived of a funded assembly depends upon subjective worthiness determined by the bureaucrat, who requires access to the hidden chambers of the soul of the tea party. The standards of worthiness will be set after the evidence is examined, lest the evidence produce the incorrect verdict

entagor on May 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

If I were to apply for this sort of thing, I wouldn’t know what information the IRS was legally suppose to have and what isn’t. I bet they received a lot of information they have no business with and they still have it, no matter what comes of this case. If these folks sue and when, they (and other taxpayers) pay their own settlements. So the Left has the info and gets off scott free. What a racket!

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 10:51 PM

And then that’s the whole point isn’t it , Mrs Munford? We expect the government to act within the confines and purview of its offices and responsibility. This is what the left was saying the Bush Administration was capable of.

Referring to Mr. Limbaugh agsin, he called it. They telegraph what they fear we’ll see them as. They look at themselves, say, hey we’re capable of this. Then they accuse us of doing it it.

smoothsailing on May 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM

The presidential election of 2012 was stolen.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Nope. It was the culmination of MANY years of careful indoctrination in the public school systems.

And once you realize it, we can undo it.

The last 6 months of O’bozo’s 2′nd term he will go full out against guns and home schooling.

Watch for it.

WryTrvllr on May 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM

The presidential election of 2012 was stolen.

The blockade of conservative groups, and the leaks of Governor Romney’s confidential IRS information made enough of a difference.

The presidential election of 2012 was stolen.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

This is America? This isn’t any different that Germany in the late 1930s.

smoothsailing on May 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Retard Hog

One reason out of many why you’re a moe ron.

xblade on May 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Retard Hog

The tea party is made up mostly of people like your parents. Mom and Dad, holding a sign. Making a statement, taking a stand for following the rules and not giving up our liberties…and then going home to cook dinner and go to work the next day. People who played ‘get along to go along’ until they just couldn’t do it anymore and needed to say something.

You might want to stop your caricature and ask yourself a simple question: Are we a free country….or not? Are you tolerant of views other than your own…or not?

GeeWhiz on May 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Nobody here can accuse me of being partial to the Tea Party, usually referred by me as “Tea Party extremists.” I consider the entire movement an albatross around the neck of Republicans.

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

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We still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of normal people.
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Extremism is in the eye of the individual beholder, and always will be.

listens2glenn on May 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM

So if the Tea Party has only themselves to blame for their situation, does that theory hold true for welfare recipients?

Cindy Munford on May 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

The way the left works is top down. They have one organization such as AACON that gets the 501 number. They then have branch offices in ever city that does whatever that community wants with community organizing and social welfare. When someone donates to the local group they send the money to the federal center who then redistribute it back to where it is needed. There are not 500 organizations on the left that all want their own 501(c)(4) designation just a few but 5000 offices and 5000 groups all under a few umbrellas.

Top down of the left vs. grassroots that are so independent that even in the same city there are many different groups of the right.

In Canada there is something similar to the 501′s. Ezra Levant talked about this, might have been with #OWS or anti-tar sands. When someone hit the donated button they where sent to the Canadian Tides foundation website who was lending them the tax free status. The Tides foundation was the top of the umbrella who then sent money to whoever it wanted and not to the local group to just rent a room to meet in and paint signs.

tjexcite on May 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I believe in the Second Amendment, balanced budgets, the law being applied equally, free men, free markets, reasonable taxes, personal privacy, and unobtrusive government. If those outrageous beliefs make me an extremist, we have fallen so very, very far…

BTW… You forgot to call me a racist, asshat… Stay on message…

PointnClick on May 16, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Remember how liberals were so quick to blame the Boston attack on those who might resent Tax Day? Yeah…

They accuse us of hating taxes so much we’d resort to violent lawbreaking to oppose having to pay them. Then they accuse us of being so diligent and compliant in following tax laws–so law-abiding–that we deserve the extra scrutiny of the IRS.

The insane contradictions would be kinda funny if the people who hate us weren’t still in charge.

butterflies and puppies on May 16, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Say? …….. Is not that a different set of rules for conservatives versus progressives? Again

pat on May 16, 2013 at 2:05 AM

The schizoid Left wants to A) reassure people that it should never have happened while B) saying that it is good that it did.

O-crazy.

profitsbeard on May 16, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Still reading HuffPo, I guess? Or is it NPR that you listen to?
Neither can be accused of unbiased reporting.

Reminds me of that saying: Pigs get fed; hogs get slaughtered.

ProfShadow on May 16, 2013 at 6:49 AM

So weren’t Muskie and the Democrats in general similarly asking for it simply by the fact that they opposed the Nixon administration?

ddrintn on May 16, 2013 at 7:11 AM

^ And if the TP groups really wanted to be persecuted martyrs, shouldn’t they have flouted all laws?

ddrintn on May 16, 2013 at 7:16 AM

the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity.

Fish rot from the head down and when Obama struts and brags about bringing a gun (the IRS?) to his many knife fights, they get the idea quickly.
Time to clean house from top to bottom, or the fish smell will remain forever.

Don L on May 16, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Spoken like a good muslim imam.

“That women deserved to be beaten or raped because you could see her leg.”

acyl72 on May 16, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Yup, but every black widow thinks a homeowners heel coming down on it, thinks that is extreme too.

Nice try, but all anti-Americans think freedom, and doing right, is extreme.

Don L on May 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM

The New Republic does the impossible. They make MSNBC look reasoned and impartial.

Myron Falwell on May 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM

This is exactly, precisely, what tyranny looks like. These people make the King who we defeated back in the 18th Century look like a piker.

Death by pen and force of law is death nonetheless.

TXUS on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

This is right on.

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations”

James Madison

SoonerMarine on May 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

The presidential election of 2012 was stolen.

The blockade of conservative groups, and the leaks of Governor Romney’s confidential IRS information made enough of a difference.

The presidential election of 2012 was stolen.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Excusing Romney’s awful campaign strategy of not trying to fight Obama is not productive by any means. If anything, this should serve as more of an indictment against Mitt.

Worst. Candidate. Ever.

Myron Falwell on May 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM

And the New Republic is the class of left wing journalism, not much left to say as far as honesty and ethics are concerned.

arand on May 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

No, no, no, this one out tonight from The Atlantic takes the cake:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/05/remember-when-andrew-joseph-stack-flew-a-plane-into-a-texas-irs-building/275887/

You see, Tea Partiers brought the IRS scrutiny on themselves because this guy Joseph Stack flew a plane into an IRS building around the same time when the IRS scrutiny began, and since he was anti-IRS and some liberal columnists tried to call him a Tea Partier (even though it turned out he was really a communist).

I shit you not.

blue13326 on May 15, 2013 at 10:40 PM

As an Austin resident and techno-geek, let me tell you about Joseph Stack.

He was old enough to remember *why* the law forbade the kind of independent consultancy he was trying to run: Through the formative years of Silicon Valley, tech companies would take over entire industrial parks, but only have a handful of actual employees. The guys doing the actual coding and development were all “independent consultants” with no vacation, no sick leave, no overtime, and no sleep. The law was changed this way to force these tech companies to hire the people who are doing the work as employees. Word was filtering back to computer science departments that a CS major was a trap. So when Stack started his consultancy to do actual consulting, he needed to organize his business to not run afoul of the law. He couldn’t manage that.

On top of all that, he was going through a divorce alongside his IRS troubles. He was as big a libtard as tends to live within the city limits of Austin. Politics had nothing to do with what he did. He was simply another idiot an hero.

Sekhmet on May 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Yeah, those wacky extremists calling for reasonable taxation and limited government intrusion (you know, like IRS strong-arming for political reasons).

I still remember all those extremist Tea Party gatherings where people shat on police cars, pretended to be run down by cops who were WALKING their motorcycles down clogged steets, and had all those reports of theft, rape and the occasional murder, to say nothing of the riots with the Molotov cocktails and such. Not like those quiet, respectful Occupiers who left their meeting places cleaner than they found them and had zero arrests for any reason that I can recall.

… or do I have those two switched?

The Schaef on May 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Yes, I still hold fast to the idea that TP membership is largely comprised of extremists.

Capitalist Hog on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

What is the clinical diagnosis for someone who cannot tell fantasy from reality? Mentally disturbed doesn’t seem precise enough to describe CH’s condition.

dominigan on May 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Was resigning anyway?

Leading from behind.

As usual, Obama plays us all for fools.

petefrt on May 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

simon jester doesn’t like this one bit…

Keith_Indy on May 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

…THIS IS NOW AMERICA!…thank you JugEars! majority of American voters!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Fixed for accuracy.

pannw on May 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

the truth is it was small groups with few donors that took the brunt of this crackdown

… as a result, the backlash will probably do far more good for the Tea Party than harm done given the type of small groups that were affected.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Ah, so the illegal and tyrannical actions of the government will go back in time and allow these people to participate in the political process of the last several elections?

Add another defense to the list MKH:

Tyranny is not only ok but it’s beneficial to it’s victims!

gwelf on May 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

OT (or is it?): via Twitchy – IRS faces class action lawsuit for stealing 60 million medical records.

VibrioCocci on May 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I saw that the other day; but healthcareITnews.com isn’t a source I know so I waited.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2013/05/15/the-irs-raids-60-million-personal-medical-records/

I think Forbes is probably a more trusted *(or at least mainstream) site for verification. This one appears to be interesting; surprised it doesn’t have any more traction yet outside the right wing and some small blog news organizations.

gekkobear on May 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

The left is enjoying this.

Where is the ACLU?

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

They are deaf and dumb as a fence post. And that’s an insult to the post

hamradio on May 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Sorry. I meant “They (ACLU) are deaf and dumb as a fence post.”

Rest of comment OK

hamradio on May 22, 2013 at 8:33 PM