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IRS Blunder Gives Republicans Ammunition in Effort to Defund the Agency
Yahoo ^ | 5/11/13 | Nancy Cook

Posted on 05/11/2013 11:34:24 AM PDT by Libloather

The Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it inappropriately targeted conservative political groups for special scrutiny during the 2012 presidential election only gives congressional Republicans more ammunition as they try to defund and weaken the agency.

For the past few years, Republican lawmakers have sought to slash the funding of the IRS. Reducing the agency’s budget makes it more difficult for it to collect taxes and audit individuals. (Score one for Republicans who dislike high taxes).

But, more importantly, the IRS is also one of the key agencies that will implement the Affordable Care Act. Much of the funding stream for the incoming health care law, arguably the president’s signature legislative achievement, comes from two tax increases: a 3.8 percent hike on investment income for wealthy individuals, estates, and trusts, as well as an additional Medicare tax.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ammunition; defund; irs; loislerner; republicans
Gives Republicans Ammunition

Is that where it all went?

1 posted on 05/11/2013 11:34:24 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

It wasn’t a blunder.

Unless Watergate was also a blunder.


2 posted on 05/11/2013 11:36:13 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Libloather

Those who augmented the of harassing Conservative groups should be fired.

That’s right FIRED.

If they admit it, they know who did it. FIRE them.

Obviously Obama voters.


3 posted on 05/11/2013 11:37:48 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Libloather

A criminal act is now a “blunder?”


4 posted on 05/11/2013 11:39:50 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Venturer

Maybe 300 million Americans can relegate employees of a certain agency to the same social rung as a pedophile. Intimidating and bullying these employees until the agency has no more employees left, and no prospects of attracting any more employees. That would render that agency redundant. That’s how the people could effectively dismantle an agency


5 posted on 05/11/2013 11:42:25 AM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: Cowboy Bob
I thought a blunder was when you miss stepping up onto the curb because of bifocals, and do a faceplant.

I didn't think the definition included specifically targetting political enemies to harrass using the power of the state.

/johnny

6 posted on 05/11/2013 11:43:00 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Libloather

Is it only a coincidence that an IRS voter-suppression scheme took place in Ohio, considered the most “in-play” swing-state in the last 2 Presidential elections?


7 posted on 05/11/2013 11:46:43 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Libloather

Not defending the IRS but even if we repeal the 16th amendment, there will still be a tax collecting entity for FedGov™. Hopefully smaller and non political.


8 posted on 05/11/2013 11:46:48 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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9 posted on 05/11/2013 11:47:40 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Venturer
Those who augmented the of harassing Conservative groups should be fired.

They should be indicted. These are criminal violations, and unless they are willing give up and testify against the superior who gave them the orders - these IRS officials need to pay the price.

10 posted on 05/11/2013 11:47:45 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Libloather

I believe it’s also a criminal act, and people need to see prison time.

Mark


11 posted on 05/11/2013 11:52:53 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Libloather

10 Crazy Things The IRS Asked Tea Party Groups

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/10/10-crazy-things-the-irs-asked-tea-party-groups/


12 posted on 05/11/2013 11:53:14 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Venturer
Those who augmented the of harassing Conservative groups should be fired.

That’s right FIRED.

As a start, sure. However, what they did was a criminal act, and they need to be prosecuted and jailed.

Mark

13 posted on 05/11/2013 11:54:36 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Libloather

The more ammo the RINOcrats have, the more chances they have to shoot themselves in their feet. These dummies in the republican party don’t know how to add one and one to get two. They are so inept it ain’t funny.


14 posted on 05/11/2013 11:56:51 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: Libloather

Still think this IRS story was released Friday to distract conservatives and others from the Benghazi repercussions that are coming anyway. A dog-wagger, if you please.


15 posted on 05/11/2013 11:58:06 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Libloather

I wonder what kind of “healthcare” the TEA Party members and other conservatives will be receiving once the IRS starts running our healthcare system under ObamaCare. Ain’t “lookin’ good” for our side. If you’re an American and a conservative, you may want to try not to get sick.


16 posted on 05/11/2013 12:13:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: Resettozero

“Still think this IRS story was released Friday to distract conservatives and others from the Benghazi repercussions that are coming anyway. A dog-wagger, if you please.”

If so, I think it backfired. These stories wound up feeding upon each other. A pattern of crookedness is far more disturbing to the average person than an “isolated incident” by “low-level employees”.


17 posted on 05/11/2013 12:16:58 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is v?ery late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie
If so, I think it backfired.

Sure hope and think you are correct and, why not? You're always correct, like me.
18 posted on 05/11/2013 12:23:39 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Libloather
The IRS definitely needs to have some housecleaning done before they start making healthcare decisions for Americans.

How's that hopey changey thingy working out for ya?!

19 posted on 05/11/2013 12:30:41 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: Libloather

I wonder what kind of intimidation the IRS will use as it administers the AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE LAW. The boot on the neck will be heavy. As Obamas minions say, “if we can’t use the power of persuasion, we will use the persuasion of power”. This is a little insight into the tyrrany of government. It will only get worse.


20 posted on 05/11/2013 12:31:01 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (')
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To: Venturer

fire them?

um... more like hard prison time!


21 posted on 05/11/2013 12:40:00 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
If you’re an American and a conservative, you may want to try not to get sick.

I strongly recommend that you read this book:

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Time for my Saturday walk (6-9 miles), it'll wipe out my trangressions of this morning, i.e. a couple bowls of cereal...lol

BTW, my next goal is to get off Crestor. That will be a tougher nut to crack, I think.

22 posted on 05/11/2013 12:56:00 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
A criminal act is now a “blunder?”

In the Obama adminstration, that's now a resume enhancer.

Nobody's going to lose a job over this...most likely, they'll all be promoted, with a thank you note signed by Barry & The Wookie.

23 posted on 05/11/2013 12:58:14 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Libloather

Why would it give the Repubs ammo? The Republicans hate conservatives every bit as much as the Dems.


24 posted on 05/11/2013 1:03:06 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: Libloather
'Blunder' ?

             BLUNDER ? ?


my ass

25 posted on 05/11/2013 1:06:13 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Libloather

Republicans have had PLENTY of ammunition for years. What they lack is GUTS!


26 posted on 05/11/2013 1:11:13 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Libloather

The agency is a great big dumping ground for all the political favorites who couldn’t find a real job.

It is over half minority, proving that it is being used as a great big welfare machine, giving people a fake job and a real paycheck.

It has been used for political payback.

It is a great big redistribution machine (taxes / EITC).

It is the new KGB - it has information on everybody, and power to coerce, seize assets, and hound someone to death.


27 posted on 05/11/2013 1:41:23 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: MarkL

Amen brother!

LLS


28 posted on 05/11/2013 2:40:40 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Libloather

Anybody who thinks any Congress critter (D) or (R) is going to disarm the 800 lb gorilla who funds the government is in serious denial...


29 posted on 05/11/2013 3:21:42 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: Libloather

You can’t get much more revealing of the psyche than the first sentence of the article: The first and overriding thought is that it might give a political advantage to republicans. Not whether, for example, actual crimes were committed. Or how far up the chain of command this might go.


30 posted on 05/11/2013 3:36:05 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Libloather

“Blunder” - nice, if predictable, spin. There was no part of this that was any sort of blunder unless it was in getting caught.


31 posted on 05/11/2013 3:41:02 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Night Hides Not
i.e. a couple bowls of cereal...lol

Canada starts the day with Holy Crap

32 posted on 05/11/2013 3:49:47 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather

Republicans defund the IRS?!? I am laughing so hard my sides hurt. Haaaaarrrrrrr!


33 posted on 05/11/2013 4:38:15 PM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana

Some Republicans ran others of us right out of the Party with bureaucratic harassments/robberies from their own socialist offices (unaffiliated now). [And to Republicans, no, I don’t want any new taxes—not for emergency/rescue parties in Vegas, public schools or anything else. And no, I don’t want candidates chosen from political correctness.]


34 posted on 05/11/2013 5:37:57 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Libloather

Thanks for the tip!


35 posted on 05/12/2013 6:35:44 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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