Skip to comments.IRS Blunder Gives Republicans Ammunition in Effort to Defund the Agency
Posted on 05/11/2013 11:34:24 AM PDT by Libloather
The Internal Revenue Services 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 agencys 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 presidents 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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Is that where it all went?
It wasn’t a blunder.
Unless Watergate was also a blunder.
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.
A criminal act is now a “blunder?”
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
I didn't think the definition included specifically targetting political enemies to harrass using the power of the state.
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?
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.
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.
I believe it’s also a criminal act, and people need to see prison time.
10 Crazy Things The IRS Asked Tea Party Groups
Thats right FIRED.
As a start, sure. However, what they did was a criminal act, and they need to be prosecuted and jailed.
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.
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.
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.
“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”.
How's that hopey changey thingy working out for ya?!
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.
um... more like hard prison time!
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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.
Why would it give the Repubs ammo? The Republicans hate conservatives every bit as much as the Dems.
BLUNDER ? ?
Republicans have had PLENTY of ammunition for years. What they lack is GUTS!
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.
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...
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.
“Blunder” - nice, if predictable, spin. There was no part of this that was any sort of blunder unless it was in getting caught.
Republicans defund the IRS?!? I am laughing so hard my sides hurt. Haaaaarrrrrrr!
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.]
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