Skip to comments.Obama Threatens Political Opponents with Tax Audits
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:
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 ...
Hey, as long as he’s joking about special olympics its ok.
“0” (no pun) tolerance?????
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?
I did not have inappropriate sex with that woman.
Go get’er boy’z
Considering what I think is coming down the pike by fall this is a pretty puny threat now.
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.
Another reason for the Fair Tax and getting rid of the IRS.
I’m Green Lantern.
Beware of zero’s Brown Shirts (aka acorn).
(see warning below)
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.
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)!
He was just pretending to be joking ... it WAS a purposeful threat to any and all who would dare cross him.
Another reason why we'll NEVER get a fair tax and they'll probably NEVER get rid of the IRS!
Nothing new, here; it's a cheap Dem stunt made famous by Clinton who did it many, many times to his political opposition.
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.
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.
Who says it was a joke?
Bump. From 2009 ...