Skip to comments.Senate Democrats Reject Limits on IRS Intimidation of Political Speech
Posted on 02/28/2014 7:04:09 PM PST by John Semmens
In the midst of the Obama Administration's efforts to reform IRS regulations, the Senate Democratic majority rejected language proposed by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would have blocked the IRS from acting to penalize dissent against government policies and programs.
The specific text of Senator Cruz's proposed language would have made it unlawful for the IRS to willfully act with the intent to injure, oppress, threaten, intimidate, or single out and subject to undue scrutiny any person or organization in any state.
As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) explained, whether intent is malicious or scrutiny is undue is a matter of opinion. Senator Cruz's amendment would invite persons dissatisfied with how they are treated by the IRS to put the issue before a court. Frankly, we don't see they need for that. The President and his appointees at the IRS are fully capable of rendering an appropriate interpretation on whether any actions taken by the agency are malicious or excessive.
The Democrats also unanimously rejected Cruz's amendment that would require the IRS to use the Federal Election Commission's definition of political activity as a guide for whether more scrutiny or other action is warranted in any given case.
Tying the IRS to a preexisting standard would hamper its flexibility to adjust to changing conditions, Reid observed. The Government must have as wide a latitude as possible if we are to deter individuals and organizations from engaging in unwarranted and unwanted political activities. The job of governing the nation is difficult enough without organized attempts to challenge the wisdom or intent of policies we deem necessary.
To be truthful, I'm sick and tired of those who are using the First Amendment as a crutch for their persistent opposition to this Administration's policies, Reid angrily continued. The voters elected President Obama to do a job. Loyal Americans have an obligation to support their President in his efforts. Those intent on obstructing him are about as un-American as I can imagine.
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It’s no fair writing “satire” that is 100% true.
What’s the penalty for false satire?
Two health policies under the ACA?
Thanks for the ping to another head shakin’ presentation of semi-news/ semi-satire John. Appreciate it.
Got me again!!! Damn! John! You’re a sadist!
Two health policies under the ACA?
One’s enough ,, people are finding out that they cannot cancel an ACA policy ... they’re stuck with it forever ... makes sense as we found out a month ago that it was impossible to update/correct even simple errors such as a typo in your phone number or address....
Very good and believable.
You might as well be their oracle.
I’m tired and disgusted and I can’t tell where the line is.....but thanks John for the satire because most of the time I can ;’)
“Loyal Americans have an obligation to support their President in his efforts. “
So you are not a loyal American if you oppose Obama.
Reid is a psychopath.
OK, you got me.
Goes to show how anything is believable now coming out of DC.
Maybe we should use the 2nd Amendment Harry Reid.
How bout that, you friggin traitor!
Either make all political speech spending of $$ tax deductible, or make none of it tax deductible.
Its that simple.
Semmens channels Holder (again).
Yet another fine/scary column John.
Then I just quit `cause I am sooo tired of hearing about little bammy and Harry "fairy-voice" Reid.
Was scrolling through the comments when it dawned on me it was John.
That is how far from sanity the neo-communists really are.
Their actual public statements are not even close to normal thought process.
That decision to not seek tax exempt status looks pretty smart now, Jim.
I hope you can turn it off at will.
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