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Obama Threatens Political Opponents with Tax Audits
IsraPundit ^ | 5/21/09 | Bill Levinson

Posted on 05/22/2009 9:02:10 AM PDT by Winged Hussar

"Tax Audits Are No Laughing Matter" (Wall Street Journal, May 18 2009) reports that Barack Obama made a "joke" about having people who cross him audited and harassed by the Internal Revenue Service. Before anyone accuses us of lacking a sense of humor, we remind our readers that a teenager who made a joking threat to the President on Facebook was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, and most people know what will happen to them if they joke about hijacking or blowing up an airplane while they are in an airport.

...Here is what Mr. Obama actually said when Arizona State University refused to grant him an honorary degree:

    "I really thought this was much ado about nothing, but I do think we all learned an important lesson. I learned never again to pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA brackets. . . . President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS."
The article adds that the integrity of the Internal Revenue Service is so important that a similar remark by an IRS employee would be cause for immediate dismissal...

A joke about abuse of authority from someone who is in a position to put his words into effect is not a joke, it is a threat that must be taken seriously, just as the TSA must take seriously "jokes" about bombs and hijackings. This is something to be kept in mind in case Mr. Obama's critics and political opponents do find themselves the target of IRS audits.

...Barack Obama did get somebody audited by the IRS. In June 2007, his deliberate and willful misuse of his church's tax exempt resources caused the IRS to investigate the church.

(Excerpt) Read more at israpundit.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: audits; irs; obama

1 posted on 05/22/2009 9:02:10 AM PDT by Winged Hussar
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To: Winged Hussar

Hey, as long as he’s joking about special olympics its ok.


2 posted on 05/22/2009 9:04:59 AM PDT by edcoil (IF CA rolls pollution standards back to 1990 levels, lets roll CA spending back as well.)
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To: Winged Hussar

“0” (no pun) tolerance?????


3 posted on 05/22/2009 9:05:18 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: Winged Hussar

4 posted on 05/22/2009 9:05:34 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Winged Hussar

Well, FWIW, Bill Clinton constantly used tax audits as a political weapon. And Obama’s administration is full of clintonoids who are experienced at that tactic.

The other thing bill clinton did was to sic the regulators on his enemies. Do we think that Obama would hesitate to do that? The SEC, the EPA, the FCC?

Isn’t he already publicly firing CEOs who cross him, which is a step further than clinton ever went?


5 posted on 05/22/2009 9:07:01 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Kartographer

MOST CORRUPT DOJ, WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY, EVER


6 posted on 05/22/2009 9:07:37 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Winged Hussar

7 posted on 05/22/2009 9:09:26 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Winged Hussar

I did not have inappropriate sex with that woman.

Go get’er boy’z


8 posted on 05/22/2009 9:11:44 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Winged Hussar
Barack Obama made a "joke" about having people who cross him audited and harassed by the Internal Revenue Service.

Considering what I think is coming down the pike by fall this is a pretty puny threat now.

9 posted on 05/22/2009 9:12:15 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (We either Free America ourselves, or it is midnight for humanity for a thousand years.)
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To: Winged Hussar

10 posted on 05/22/2009 9:12:19 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Winged Hussar
oh yeah.....WELL READ THIS MR. PRESIDENT....

I'M NOT AFRAID OF A STREET THUG FROM CHICAGO OR THE GOONS THAT FOLLOW HIM AROUND (and I'm NOT talking about the Secret Service!).

CHENEY CLEANED YOUR CLOCK YESTERDAY, AND PEOPLE LIKE HIM AND MY FAMILY HAVE NO PLANS TO ROLL OVER AND PEE ON OURSELVES JUST BECAUSE YOU THREATEN US.

Say what you will about him (because you do) GEORGE W. BUSH WOULD NEVER DO THIS TO AN AMERICAN CITIZEN!!!!! NEVER!!!!! THIS IS LOW, EVEN BY YOUR STANDARDS.

11 posted on 05/22/2009 9:12:27 AM PDT by NordP (BHO's new book, "To Serve Man/United States" --- NO NO NO....RUN....it's a COOKBOOK!)
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To: Winged Hussar

Another reason for the Fair Tax and getting rid of the IRS.


12 posted on 05/22/2009 9:14:17 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Centurion2000

I’m Green Lantern.


13 posted on 05/22/2009 9:17:22 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: NordP

Beware of zero’s Brown Shirts (aka acorn).


14 posted on 05/22/2009 9:19:55 AM PDT by jesseam (Been there and done that!)
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To: jesseam
I AM NOT AFRAID

(see warning below)

15 posted on 05/22/2009 9:22:15 AM PDT by NordP (BHO's new book, "To Serve Man/United States" --- NO NO NO....RUN....it's a COOKBOOK!)
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To: Winged Hussar

Finally, I’m seeing some discussion on this. I did not appreciate that veiled threat at all...in fact, it wasn’t veiled.

someone who actually has that kind of power to sic the IRS on you, should certainly NEVER joke about that.


16 posted on 05/22/2009 9:29:31 AM PDT by KEmom (Please send viable Conservative candidates to Massachusetts!!)
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To: Winged Hussar

Wasn’t Br-rack’s statement mainly becasue the university didn’t give him an honorary degree? In other words, ALL WILL BOW AND HONOR HE WHO IS THEIR SUPERIOR (Everyone)!


17 posted on 05/22/2009 9:36:55 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Lancey Howard

18 posted on 05/22/2009 9:40:15 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (I am NOT better off than I was four years ago!)
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To: Winged Hussar

He was just pretending to be joking ... it WAS a purposeful threat to any and all who would dare cross him.


19 posted on 05/22/2009 9:40:24 AM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... protege of the unholy union of Karl Marx and affirmative action)
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To: RC2
Another reason for the Fair Tax and getting rid of the IRS.

Another reason why we'll NEVER get a fair tax and they'll probably NEVER get rid of the IRS!

20 posted on 05/22/2009 9:50:06 AM PDT by RogerWilko
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To: Winged Hussar
Obama Threatens Political Opponents with Tax Audits

Nothing new, here; it's a cheap Dem stunt made famous by Clinton who did it many, many times to his political opposition.

21 posted on 05/22/2009 10:00:10 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: clamper1797

Re: “He was just pretending to be joking ... it WAS a purposeful threat to any and all who would dare cross him.”

Which is why it is cause for dismissal for any IRS employee who does it.


22 posted on 05/22/2009 10:03:30 AM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Lancey Howard
I’m Green Lantern.

??????????????

23 posted on 05/22/2009 10:05:43 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (We either Free America ourselves, or it is midnight for humanity for a thousand years.)
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To: Winged Hussar

Mr. Obama has been accused of not appreciating the importance of financial capital to the proper functioning of the economy. But ill-chosen remarks like his ASU audit threat suggest that he also doesn’t appreciate the role of moral capital. That, too, is essential to the proper functioning of a modern economy.

Barack Obama is morally bankrupt.


24 posted on 05/22/2009 10:06:33 AM PDT by griswold3 (a good story is more compelling than the search for truth)
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To: Winged Hussar

Who says it was a joke?


25 posted on 05/22/2009 10:13:06 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Centurion2000
The Superhero personality test....
It's on YOUR homepage.

: D

26 posted on 05/22/2009 10:15:10 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Winged Hussar

Bump. From 2009 ...


27 posted on 05/15/2013 11:56:19 AM PDT by tanknetter
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