IRS to pro-life group: Send letter pledging not to protest Planned Parenthood to get your tax exemption

posted at 10:41 am on May 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Inspector General of the Treasury reported this week that the IRS began applying extra scrutiny and conducting harassment of Obama administration opponents as early as March 2010. However, for at least two pro-life groups, that scrutiny appears to have started a year earlier. Joel Gehrke reports that one group was told its tax-exempt application depended not on promising to stay out of electoral politics, but on pledging not to protest Planned Parenthood — a prominent supporter of Barack Obama:

IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama during the last election.

“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,” the Thomas More Society announced today. “Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.”

Most have assumed that the obstructionism on the application from conservative groups came because the IRS assumed that they would get involved in politics, but the laws on 501(c)4s don’t prohibit that, as Mary Katharine explained yesterday.  Their purpose and work has to be primarily for “social welfare,” but that can take on any number of forms.

In this case, though, there wasn’t even a pretense of suspicion about electioneering.  If this is true, then the IRS was actively attempting to intimidate a pro-life group into curtailing its perfectly legal activism. In fact, protests against Planned Parenthood by this group would be exactly the kind of “social welfare” protected by an exemption.  This not only infringed on the group’s free-speech rights, but also its religious liberty, at least indirectly.

According to the Thomas More Society, the same is true in another case:

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.

“The application of Christian Voices for Life clearly indicated that the organization qualified as a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3),” stated Sally Wagenmaker. She added, “The IRS seemed to be intent on denying or delaying tax-exempt status based upon the organization’s pro-life message, rather than any legitimate exemption concern, through its exhaustive, cumbersome questioning. The implication that Christian Voices for Life somehow intended to engage in illegal activity was insulting.”

Insulting?  That’s the least of it.


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You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

That’s what we say for 90% of your posts, which are libtard drivel.

MelonCollie on May 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Explain your ignorance please. I think we would all love to hear it.

NotCoach on May 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

…FO!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Why can’t a 501(c)4 protest planned parenthood?

Obama’s own campagain is now a 501(c)4 as well as countless other “non profit social welfare” groups that are organized around promoting Obama’s policies and liberal political movements.

You’re a joke.

gwelf on May 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Not much in the gas tank today, huh?

So what do you think, having the IRS tell MoveOn or Code Pink that they can exist as a 501 as long as they don’t stage any anti-war protests…good idea, yes?

Bishop on May 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

That’s what they’re telling us, but if you look deeper you can see the workings of the Freemasons, and dare I say the Jews have their Jew-Claws in this too.

Four low-level IRS drones…yeah right. I’ve folded up a dollar bill to see the signs of a secret cabal controlling our nation, you can’t fool me.

Bishop on May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

The FreeMasons are NOT to be messed with!

My Wife is a nurse at the Masonic Village (retirememt/nursing
care facility) . She comes home, cannot tell me a thing (or
she’d have to kill me) I’ll tell you what, those Masons are
crafty alright….went there for an Employee Dinner, and was served a T-Bone steak, baked potato, salad, the works.

No wonder I now check in to their Docking station once a
week…”We have assumed control”

Oh wait, that was a song by the group Rush……

ToddPA on May 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Trolls are having a real bad week.

CurtZHP on May 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….
libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

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.”

From http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/15/the-new-republic-hey-didnt-tea-parties-kinda-bring-this-on-themselves-by-trying-really-hard-to-follow-the-law/

You’re so ignorant libfreeordie… really, can we get a better class of liberal troll around here? This is embarrassing.

theCork on May 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

liberals do three things right…lie, steal from others and kill the innocent in the womb…..immoral

crosshugger on May 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Ah, that’s right, you didn’t come out and play on that thread, yesterday. You should go read it. You might find something to enllighten you.

GWB on May 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

4 rogue employees, eh? I hope they find out who they are before they start assigning IRS agents to their Obamacare enforcement posts.

I know we would all hate to see political hacks accidentally enter into Obamacare’s heretofore pristine and politic free environs.

Lily on May 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Not much in the gas tank today, huh?

So what do you think, having the IRS tell MoveOn or Code Pink that they can exist as a 501 as long as they don’t stage any anti-war protests…good idea, yes?

Bishop on May 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Or OFA can’t promote anything Obama does or criticize Obama’s political opponents right!

gwelf on May 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Four low-level IRS drones…yeah right. I’ve folded up a dollar bill to see the signs of a secret cabal controlling our nation, you can’t fool me.

Bishop on May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

The last Dollar bill I tried that with literally
caught fire in my wallet…
..for some reason MythBusters won’t return my calls..

ToddPA on May 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Time to revisit Obama’s birth place again…

Lets unseal records from Occidental College, Passport office, SSN, Columbia, Harvard etc etc

All these crazy things us wingnuts thought might be appropriate to be shown before the SOB was first elected.

txdoc on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

This is absolutely unbelievable. Boehner’s right in referencing jail time for at least a few people at the IRS. The silence from the Left is deafening concerning this blatant political abuse of power…I had one liberal tell me that the head of the IRS was a Bush appointee or something, so of course…it’s Bush’s fault.

I’m simply stunned that something like this can even happen.

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Obama’s own campagain is now a 501(c)4 as well as countless other “non profit social welfare” groups that are organized around promoting Obama’s policies and liberal political movements.

gwelf on May 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Somebody needs to look into how long it took an organization called “Organizing for America” to get a permanant tax-exempt status.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

There is no “democratic” party any longer.

If you are not on the side of freedom and the constitution then you are against it.

All of those against must be destroyed.

The Marxist, Communist cabal is trying
to destroy you and now we have clear evidence.

redguy on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

It was very telling, though subtle, and revealing about Obama when he said (about the AP phone info grab):

“All Americans should be outraged about this.

And *I’m* outraged about it.”

Riight, there are the Americans, then there’s (also) him.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

You people outside my inner circle of Moron-Studies Professors actually write about free speech, in the 3rd world s**hole of an America I personally visualize, with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Fixed again, for clarification of those that defend the worst of the worst.

MNHawk on May 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

davidk on May 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The diabolical Cincinnati Four strikes again.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

It’d be informative to see those four rogue’s employee histories and income-sources, not the *reported* kind, either.

Rogue four. Riiight, four employees running amok, riiight.

There’s NO WAY mere ‘employees’ could have done this and maintained it as it was for such a length of time. Clearly, they were doing what they were told.

And it involves more than four employees.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I bet you can see Russia from atop the pile of ongoing scandals.

can_con on May 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

I’m wondering how many “green” organizations were required to hire oil men as CEO’s…

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Jim Hoft ‏@gatewaypundit

Busted! Conservative Group Changes Name to “Greenhouse Solutions” – Granted Nonprofit in 3 Wks http://shar.es/Z23hz via @gatewaypundit

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

The fact that an Obama administration would do this is not at all surprising. Obama had already made a name for himself for shady practices long before he stepped into the White House. What is surprising is the huge number of brainless libtards stepping up to defend the government cracking down on dissent. Simply unbelievable.

JSGreg3 on May 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

…add BLACKMAIL to the criminal charges, as the IRS definitely seems to be blackmailing groups to embrace a specific political agenda!

easyt65 on May 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

This is absolutely unbelievable. Boehner’s right in referencing jail time for at least a few people at the IRS. The silence from the Left is deafening concerning this blatant political abuse of power…I had one liberal tell me that the head of the IRS was a Bush appointee or something, so of course…it’s Bush’s fault.

I’m simply stunned that something like this can even happen.

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Yes, I heard this excuse this morning too. It was a Bush appointee who was running the show, so it is all his fault. Even though none of this started until after Bush was out of office.

Good grief. I had no idea that ChimpyBushMcHitler was capable of so very much evil and that his hopelessly incompetent tentacles could reach so far. DarthCheney must have put him up to it. Only Darth could have foreseen how their appointees could continue to wreak havoc on the Democrats excellent plans for everyone even after the evil Republican administration was over.

Lily on May 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

…I think your problem…is you’re limp all the time…

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

“I’m sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.”
-Presumptive 2016 Democratic candidate for president

This should be the opening quote by every single GOP member of Congress when speaking to the media. And then just ask how protected is that right when people that disagree are now proven to be subject to illegal IRS scrutiny.

smfic on May 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Yes, I heard this excuse this morning too. It was a Bush appointee who was running the show, so it is all his fault. Even though none of this started until after Bush was out of office.

You heard correctly.
This actually is coming from the flippin Obama moutpiece.

JSGreg3 on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I have always said that those among us who claim to be the most tolerant are actually the least tolerant of all.

I hate it when I’m right.

kingsjester on May 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

We had a saying in elementary school: he who smelled it dealt it. Sometimes you just have to admire the bluntness of little kids.

. In fact, protests against Planned Parenthood by this group would be exactly the kind of “social welfare” protected by an exemption.

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

So what you’re saying is: social welfare is defined by leftists; if you disagree with the left on what is good for society then you may not participate in society. I’m well aware that lefties are ruled by tribal emotions, but c’mon! Don’t you see a little problem with your thinking here? Probably not.

Fenris on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

-
Come on guys… Look where the post landed. Lillib was just trying to be the top comment on the second page with that condescending (albeit stupid) comment.

RalphyBoy on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Perhaps not the best in the world. I never said I was great at Photoshop.

https://twitter.com/ChrisJBreisch/status/335063295004389376/photo/1

Chris of Rights on May 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

But yet an org protesting the Pentagon is A-OK?

ddrintn on May 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

In fact, protests against Planned Parenthood by this group would be exactly the kind of “social welfare” protected by an exemption.

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Here you go, idjit…

Planned Parenthood is a 501(c)(3) organisation.

Not targeted for discriminatory review by Obama’s IRS.

Voters for Choice is a 501(c)(3) organisation.

Not targeted for discriminatory review by Obama’s IRS.

NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organisation.

Not targeted for discriminatory review by Obama’s IRS.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, Inc., is a 501(c)(4) organisation.

Not targeted for discriminatory review by Obama’s IRS.

The National Organisation for Women is a 501(c)(4) organisation.

Not targeted for discriminatory review by Obama’s IRS.

Emily’s List is a 501(c)(3) organisation.

Not targeted for discriminatory review by Obama’s IRS.
.
.
ALL ARE ABORTION PROPONENTS.
.
.
Now, explain with a straight face why the above should be given tax exempt status as ‘social welfare’ organisations while Coalition for Life of Iowa and Christian Voices for Life are denied, you ignorant hypocrite.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Time to revisit Obama’s birth place again…

Lets unseal records from Occidental College, Passport office, SSN, Columbia, Harvard etc etc

All these crazy things us wingnuts thought might be appropriate to be shown before the SOB was first elected.

txdoc on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Passport files…State Dept….

I was thinking back to one of my favored places, Hana, HI, the other day, looking over some photos of the area, and remembered Hillary’s PR photo-release of her and Bill hug-dancing in the surf there. Just thinking back over that and also Pelosi’s repeat stays on the Big Island…

It’s just unusual to wrap this up that there’s been so much scouring of Obama’s past and all possible defining documentation about him, AND his mother.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

You actually wrote that with a straight face. Unbelievable….

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

-
Come on guys… Look where the post landed. Lillib was just trying to be the top comment on the second page with that condescending (albeit stupid) comment.

RalphyBoy on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The mask is coming off all of them. It’s becoming clear to everyone that scratch a prog, find a fascist. Life is good.

ddrintn on May 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

So what you’re saying is: social welfare is defined by leftists; if you disagree with the left on what is good for society then you may not participate in society. I’m well aware that lefties are ruled by tribal emotions, but c’mon! Don’t you see a little problem with your thinking here? Probably not.

Fenris on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM


So what you’re saying is: social welfare is defined by leftists; if you disagree with the left on what is good for society then you may not participate in society.

Well said, Fenris.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Yes, I heard this excuse this morning too. It was a Bush appointee who was running the show, so it is all his fault. Even though none of this started until after Bush was out of office.

But…

Holly Paz is the director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements, which oversees the determinations of tax-exempt organizations. Holly Paz’s department is where the determinations of the discrimination against conservatives, tea party, pro-life and pro-Israel groups are made. But there is some thing more interesting about Holly Paz than just her name. Turns out Ms. Paz is a big Obama donor too.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Now, explain with a straight face why the above should be given tax exempt status as ‘social welfare’ organisations while Coalition for Life of Iowa and Christian Voices for Life are denied, you ignorant hypocrite.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Dude. You used facts. You’ve already lost the liberal.

JSGreg3 on May 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Yes, I heard this excuse this morning too. It was a Bush appointee who was running the show, so it is all his fault. Even though none of this started until after Bush was out of office.

You heard correctly.
This actually is coming from the flippin Obama moutpiece.

JSGreg3 on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The latest vain, utterly cruel and also stupid attempt at rationalization by the Left I read this morning is they’re saying “Republicans are to blame for Benghazi” BECAUSE THEY’ve complained about it. It’s the complaints that are the problem. Or something.

Not the disaster itself though the Left thinks those four dead Americans are sure a sad thing, it’s the complaints about Benghazi by “critics of Obama” who are to blame for anything troubling.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Thanks for sharing that link, RWM!

Holly Paz is the director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements, which oversees the determinations of tax-exempt organizations. Holly Paz’s department is where the determinations of the discrimination against conservatives, tea party, pro-life and pro-Israel groups are made. But there is some thing more interesting about Holly Paz than just her name. Turns out Ms. Paz is a big Obama donor too.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Director of IRS Tax-Exempt Determinations Office Is Obama Donor
By Eliana Johnson
May 15, 2013 6:57 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.

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 into whether individual agency employees engaged in criminal activity.

AND no way did “Ms.Paz” come up with these policies and actions herself. No way was this some “mere” departmental idea and plan.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

…The House Oversight Committee 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.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The FreeMasons are NOT to be messed with!

My Wife is a nurse at the Masonic Village (retirememt/nursing
care facility) . She comes home, cannot tell me a thing (or
she’d have to kill me) I’ll tell you what, those Masons are
crafty alright….went there for an Employee Dinner, and was served a T-Bone steak, baked potato, salad, the works.

No wonder I now check in to their Docking station once a
week…”We have assumed control”

Oh wait, that was a song by the group Rush……

ToddPA on May 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

*snicker*

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

libfreeordie on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

So what you’re saying is: social welfare is defined by leftists; if you disagree with the left on what is good for society then you may not participate in society. I’m well aware that lefties are ruled by tribal emotions, but c’mon! Don’t you see a little problem with your thinking here? Probably not.

Fenris on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

What’s really terrifying is that this one claims to be a college professer, and is passing on such warped ramblings to students that are actually paying money for this kind of drivel.

This one isn’t your typical bank-teller-by-day, troll at night, he does it for a living.

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

May 16, 2013
IRS Scandal: The Union Connection
Thomas Lifson

Jeffrey Lord of the American Spectator has done us a great favor by investigating the left wing union that represents IRS and other Treasury employees – 150,000 of them in 31 separate government agencies including the IRS. The union has signed on to the left wing agenda, and has funneled 94% of its political contributions in 2012 to Democrats…

(continued)…

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

That’s what they’re telling us, but if you look deeper you can see the workings of the Freemasons, and dare I say the Jews have their Jew-Claws in this too.

Four low-level IRS drones…yeah right. I’ve folded up a dollar bill to see the signs of a secret cabal controlling our nation, you can’t fool me.

Bishop on May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Obviously…Congress needs to subpoena Dan Brown.

His latest book came out last week…and he locked translators in a small room in Italy for 6 weeks before publication.

I’ll bet the whole plan is in that book…But I’m waiting for the intrepid Sandra Fluk to expose it.

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 12:26 PM

The latest vain, utterly cruel and also stupid attempt at rationalization by the Left I read this morning is they’re saying “Republicans are to blame for Benghazi” BECAUSE THEY’ve complained about it. It’s the complaints that are the problem. Or something.

Not the disaster itself though the Left thinks those four dead Americans are sure a sad thing, it’s the complaints about Benghazi by “critics of Obama” who are to blame for anything troubling.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Nope…The latest is Amb. Stevens responsible for his own death.

Yep…It’s real but I won’t link it…You can google it though.

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Fenris on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

What’s really terrifying is that this one claims to be a college professer, and is passing on such warped ramblings to students that are actually paying money for this kind of drivel.

This one isn’t your typical bank-teller-by-day, troll at night, he does it for a living.

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

One gets a negative reputation amidst academic environs if one questions or challenges general Leftwing perceptions and ideas.

The Left promote the Left and punish and fail the Right. You rarely encounter “non Leftwing” people in academia today because they’re not hired by Leftwing Admins or other faculty.

It’s become the same thing in medicine, in my experience, since who is admitted and supported in that field meet the above criteria (support the Leftwing views, etc.).

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

What’s really terrifying is that this one claims to be a college professer, and is passing on such warped ramblings to students that are actually paying money for this kind of drivel.

This one isn’t your typical bank-teller-by-day, troll at night, he does it for a living.

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I’m skeptical, but the universities are certainly full of people like that. They usually have a captive and semi-gullible audience.

Fenris on May 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Um, uh, “Mission Accomplished”, WMDs–
MoveOn.org

socalcon on May 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

What’s really terrifying is that this one claims to be a college professor, and is passing on such warped ramblings to students that are actually paying money for this kind of drivel.

That goes on nationwide at just about every college these days. For most, such an education is not worth the future debt on loans graduates too often face.

Half the people that go to college are wasting their time on their’s and the taxpayers dime.

hawkeye54 on May 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Nope…The latest is Amb. Stevens responsible for his own death.

Yep…It’s real but I won’t link it…You can google it though.

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I suppose we could go way back and “blame Reagan” for defunding mental health inpatient care, thus releasing many mentally ill people in society BECAUSE they’ve since produced many more mentally ill people today who are the Left. It’s shocking just how crazy so many in the Left are, and that some of them have such wealth at their disposal does not cancel out their illness/es.

Truly, the Left is deranged. Just sick.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

As this all happened under Treasury with Geithner at the helm: what did Geithner know and when did he know it? And if he didn’t know, then he is too incompetent to be the head of ANY organization, including the local pot luck dinner.

And why is Obama covering for him?

Why are Republicans covering for him?

Why is the MFM covering for him?

why would anyone not demand scrutiny of the head of the department that oversees the IRS? He is not a idol nor object not to be approached: he has a job of accountability and it is one that is to serve all of the public, not particular parts of it.

And if he had this sort of problem under him at Treasury, then what did he overlook or actively encourage by non-oversight at the Federal Reserve?

ajacksonian on May 16, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Nope…The latest is Amb. Stevens responsible for his own death.

Yep…It’s real but I won’t link it…You can google it though.

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

This is a good source for this garbage without having to go to that detestable site.

NotCoach on May 16, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Well done!

ITguy on May 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM

ITguy on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

That is the road we are on.

There are two documentaries about Russia to watch. The first is Poisoned by Polonium, which looks at the death of Alexander Litvinenko. The corruption in Russia is beyond description, and it looks at what happens when a police state is run… by the secret police.

The second is about Khodorkovsky, and it is an excellent review of the rise, fall and imprisonment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Together the two give a chilling depiction of a State run to the benefit of the State and its cronies, and what happens when you try to run an open-book, clean company which invites public scrutiny and has no ‘extra money’ to funnel to the State.

That is the path we are on. Luckily you can see where it leads and it isn’t pleasant.

ajacksonian on May 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

And there are still fool out there that think that Obamacare’s death panels will be objective and not selective?
We’d like to help you with your cancer proble mr. Citizen but first some questions:
Do you now, or have you ever been associated with a mainline church?
Was the presider a minority?
How do you feel about a woman’s sacred right to choose?
Do you know , or have you ever known any, cough, cough, conservatives–other than John McCain, Lindsey Graham or that nice Chris Christie?

Don L on May 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I’m to the point where I’m convinced we can no longer live civilly beside these people. Frankly, right now, I don’t want to – I’m ready for this to end. The sooner the better. Peacefully or not, I really don’t f*cking care right now, and as days go by, am leaning ever-more towards ‘not’.

Midas on May 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

It’s shocking just how crazy so many in the Left are, and that some of them have such wealth at their disposal does not cancel out their illness/es.

Truly, the Left is deranged. Just sick.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

it’s those 50 oz. sodas that made them do it.

Don L on May 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Even a serial liar is bound to tell the truth once in a while. If only by accident.

Lily on May 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Like in 2009 when Obama “joked” that he would use the IRS to punish enemies. I guess the IRS took that as a command from dear leader.

kirkill on May 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

libfreeordie

Given the massive evidence currently public, liberals (note the lack of protection for Bengazi, phone records stolen from a/p and congress’ cloak room bugging) and conservatives (IRS abuses, Sebelius fundraising) are far from “living free”.

Will you, therefore fullfil your moniker’s pledge?

socalcon on May 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I’m guessing Lee Greenwood won’t be performing for this regime anytime soon. (Proud to be an American)

DDay on May 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Stronger Men More Likely to be Conservative

Well, I guess we know why liveenslavedthendie and HotLips are liberals.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I have always said that those among us who claim to be the most tolerant are actually the least tolerant of all.

I hate it when I’m right.

kingsjester on May 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Liberals are the least tolerant by far. They hate diversity of ideas.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

This is absolutely unbelievable. Boehner’s right in referencing jail time for at least a few people at the IRS. The silence from the Left is deafening concerning this blatant political abuse of power…I had one liberal tell me that the head of the IRS was a Bush appointee or something, so of course…it’s Bush’s fault.

I’m simply stunned that something like this can even happen.

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I love it when gay-sex marriage supporters who do exactly this government-supported intimidation feign outrage.

No answer for why your gay-sex marriage groups were getting freebies from the IRS, JetBoy? No call for gay-sex marriage supporting groups who were illegally obtaining and utilizing IRS documents to be criminally and civilly prosecuted?

Oh, that’s right, I forgot. Gays and lesbians who leak classified government documents are heroes. Those same gays and lesbians who screamed and ranted for DADT to be lifted like Dan Choi are praising Bradley Manning for compromising US national security and endangering troops.

So those who leak in the name of gay-sex marriage are heroes. Your Obama says it, your LGBT community says it, and you say it. End justifies the means, right JetBoy? Gay-sex marriage supporters like yourself don’t think you should be bound by law, do you?

northdallasthirty on May 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Fill the jails…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Does anyone believe that the IRS instituted these procedures on their own…
tomshup on May 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Obama brings an auditor to his knife fights….

Don L on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Aww, good that Ayers didn’t start any group/organization recently, can’t begin to imagine the degree of scrutiny (probably amounting to harassment) theIRS would have applied to his group, considering his past …/s

jimver on May 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

It’s amazing just hoe much damage “two rogue employees” who “went off the reservation” can do. LOL. This administration has ways of dealing with anyone that opposes them.

bw222 on May 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

What’s really terrifying is that this one claims to be a college professer, and is passing on such warped ramblings to students that are actually paying money for this kind of drivel.

This one isn’t your typical bank-teller-by-day, troll at night, he does it for a living.

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

The sad part is that the idiots who pay money to be in this imbecile’s class/es will never be able to get a job in any real economy and re-pay their student loans…so, the taxpayers will be left to pick up the tabs for these brainless individuals’ choices, both in terms of the welfare benefits that they will probably end up getting, and in terms of re-paying their debts…

jimver on May 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

That is the path we are on. Luckily you can see where it leads and it isn’t pleasant.

ajacksonian on May 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

That’s why the 2nd Amendment is so important.

davidk on May 16, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I’m simply stunned that something like this can even happen.

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

are you now?? How come, this is the left ‘s modus operandi for decades now, intimidation of their opponents and all, if they don’t use the IRS they use the ism/race card with the sycophantic media’s help…soo, why the shock,/surprise, or is it feigned? :)

jimver on May 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

You want to see a picture that will flat piss you off: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BKZwgaKCQAAcBir.jpg:large

davidk on May 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Wow. These stories are even more proof we need smaller government. The bigger it is…the harder it is to keep corruption out.

terryannonline on May 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I love it when gay-sex marriage supporters who do exactly this government-supported intimidation feign outrage.

No answer for why your gay-sex marriage groups were getting freebies from the IRS, JetBoy? No call for gay-sex marriage supporting groups who were illegally obtaining and utilizing IRS documents to be criminally and civilly prosecuted?

Oh, that’s right, I forgot. Gays and lesbians who leak classified government documents are heroes. Those same gays and lesbians who screamed and ranted for DADT to be lifted like Dan Choi are praising Bradley Manning for compromising US national security and endangering troops.

So those who leak in the name of gay-sex marriage are heroes. Your Obama says it, your LGBT community says it, and you say it. End justifies the means, right JetBoy? Gay-sex marriage supporters like yourself don’t think you should be bound by law, do you?

northdallasthirty on May 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

You are too precious.

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

We had a saying in elementary school: he who smelled it dealt it. Sometimes you just have to admire the bluntness of little kids.

Fenris on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

LOL. We said, “The smeller’s the feller.”

ddrintn on May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

We had a saying in elementary school: he who smelled it dealt it. Sometimes you just have to admire the bluntness of little kids.

Fenris on May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

LOL. We said, “The smeller’s the feller.”

ddrintn on May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Ours was “He who smelt it, dealt it” and “He who denied it, supplied it”.

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

What’s really terrifying is that this one claims to be a college professer, and is passing on such warped ramblings to students…..
slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Yeah, but anyone who signs up for its course of ~ Gay and Transgender Politics of Washington D.C. in the 1950s ~ is pretty much likely to be beyond redemption anyway.

LegendHasIt on May 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Yeah, but anyone who signs up for its course of ~ Gay and Transgender Politics of Washington D.C. in the 1950s ~ is pretty much likely to be beyond redemption anyway.

LegendHasIt on May 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I dunno. As I remember, such a class would be called “an easy 3 credits”. All you had to do was act like a good little moonbat.

ddrintn on May 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

* er, credit hours, that is.

ddrintn on May 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM

You are too precious.

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Yup.

And you’re not answering.

Gee, what happened? Suddenly not against IRS malfeasance and traitors when they’re used to push the LGBT gay-sex marriage cause?

So you don’t really support the rule of law, JetBoy. You and your fellow LGBT bigots and gay-sex marriage supporters endorse breaking the law to get what you want.

northdallasthirty on May 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

4 rogue employees, eh? I hope they find out who they are before they start assigning IRS agents to their Obamacare enforcement posts.

I know we would all hate to see political hacks accidentally enter into Obamacare’s heretofore pristine and politic free environs.

Lily on May 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

That’s like McDonald’s having four rogue employees at a restaurant in Michigan and having people finding ground glass in their Big Macs in California and Virginia.

bw222 on May 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I’m simply stunned that something like this can even happen.

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Please tell me that you are kidding. When I worked in Hillside, IL my office overlooked a cemetery where Chicago’s Cardinals and 20,000 active Democratis voters were buried. Chicago has been totally corrupt for well over 100 years, but had enough businesses and white people to survive and prosper. The businesses and whites are finally leaving.

bw222 on May 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

northdallasthirty on May 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Dude…

Touche’

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Yup.

And you’re not answering.

Gee, what happened? Suddenly not against IRS malfeasance and traitors when they’re used to push the LGBT gay-sex marriage cause?

So you don’t really support the rule of law, JetBoy. You and your fellow LGBT bigots and gay-sex marriage supporters endorse breaking the law to get what you want.

northdallasthirty on May 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

You could use some serious mental help. I’ll include you in my prayers. Cheers!

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 6:15 PM

You could use some serious mental help. I’ll include you in my prayers. Cheers!

JetBoy on May 16, 2013 at 6:15 PM

when you pray to moloch?

tom daschle concerned on May 18, 2013 at 1:41 PM

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