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Playing politics with tax records (WashPost)
Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2012 | Post Editorial Board

Posted on 05/11/2013 1:16:15 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

A BEDROCK principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose. The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends.

So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.

“Mistakes were made,” the agency said in a statement. IRS official Lois Lerner explained that staffers used a “shortcut” to sort through a large number of applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status, highlighting organizations with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names. The IRS insisted emphatically that partisanship had nothing to do with it. However, it seems that groups with “progressive” in their titles did not receive the same scrutiny.

If it was not partisanship, was it incompetence? Stupidity, on a breathtaking scale? At this point, the IRS has lost any standing to determine and report on what exactly happened. Certainly Congress will investigate, as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised. Mr. Obama also should guarantee an unimpeachably independent inquiry. . .

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: editorial; irs; irsteaparty; loislerner; wapo

1 posted on 05/11/2013 1:16:15 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee
So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny.

Not bad from the Washington Post but I would have preferred "CHILLING" over "appalling".

2 posted on 05/11/2013 1:18:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You'd think the geniuses at WaPo would know by now that Obama only apologizes to foreign countries. Apologize to the American people? Riiiigggghhhhttt.

3 posted on 05/11/2013 1:20:14 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: Brad from Tennessee

Wanna bet the culprits are black and/or gay?


4 posted on 05/11/2013 1:21:42 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Brad from Tennessee
This could just be the tip of the proverbial iceberg. An investigation could end with a handful of Obama partisans working at an IRS unit in Ohio. Or it could lead to a nationwide network of operatives in and out of government whose illegal activities swung the vote to Obama.
5 posted on 05/11/2013 1:24:03 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
WaPo -- very late in admitting that Hussein is an abomination.
6 posted on 05/11/2013 1:24:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
We've now gone nuclear!!:

IRS anti-Tea Party scandal gets real — senior IRS officials aware of targeting
7 posted on 05/11/2013 1:25:58 PM PDT by yellowhammer
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To: Brad from Tennessee

If Congress can identify the commissar who gave the orders and managed the harassment and just who was the White House control, it can get interesting.


8 posted on 05/11/2013 1:26:46 PM PDT by allendale
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The fact they are writing about it within a few days of the story breaking is amazing.


9 posted on 05/11/2013 1:27:21 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends.

I'll take a pair of lines that no one else has criticized. WaPo is out of touch if they think threatening "the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens" is something new for the Obama years.

The Obama people lost my trust more than four years ago, within days of the Inauguration. And my "voluntary" cooperation comes only from the fact that even after cutting way back on my income (and now retiring), I'm still in the high-income, frequently-audited bracket. I cooperate out of fear, although I despise Obama, Holder, and their goals for our government and for our country. There is nothing voluntary here beyond a conscious decision to stay free until the storm strikes or passes. Overall, those who still have a job with WaPo have no idea how bad things are for those who are working, or for those who are not working - reporters are a lot like Obama's inner circle.

10 posted on 05/11/2013 1:31:54 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny.

"So it was quite a relief to learn Friday that we had a shiny brand-new front page story to replace Benghazi, which had become national news for two days in a row."

11 posted on 05/11/2013 1:31:54 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: PghBaldy

I agree.


12 posted on 05/11/2013 1:36:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Our laws are mostly partisan. Gun laws are partisan. Tax laws are partisan. That’s how we’ve done things for the past century or so.


13 posted on 05/11/2013 1:36:42 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: jimbo123

[Wanna bet the culprits are black and/or gay?]

Some could be both. Posters on office walls of Michael Jackson or Little Anthony could be a tip off.


14 posted on 05/11/2013 1:38:16 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
A BEDROCK principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose.

Bias is a job for the press. WaPo is upset that someone else stepped on their turf.

15 posted on 05/11/2013 1:38:42 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: jimbo123

I would not take that bet, or even have any reason to suggest it. Leftist totalitarians are represented quite well, and more numerously, by, to give just a few examples, the snow-white staff of MSNBC or salon.com, audience of The Daily Show, and members of Occupy Wall Street, than by any list of government union members.


16 posted on 05/11/2013 1:39:36 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jimbo123
Wanna bet the culprits are black and/or gay?

The culprits could be linked to Karl Rove. The GOPe hates the Tea Party, too.

17 posted on 05/11/2013 1:40:24 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially journalists. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends..

So it was appalling to learn Friday that the Washington Post and others had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny.

The Washington Post and others insisted emphatically that partisanship had nothing to do with it. However, it seems that groups with “progressive” in their titles did not receive the same scrutiny.

If it was not partisanship, was it incompetence? Stupidity, on a breathtaking scale? At this point, the Washington post and others have lost any standing to determine and report on what exactly happens.

(My re-write). Satire


18 posted on 05/11/2013 1:40:56 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“The IRS insisted emphatically that partisanship had nothing
to do with it.

Bullcrap! There should be prisons terms for everyone involved in this tyranny.


19 posted on 05/11/2013 1:44:07 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 4, 2008 and November 6, 2012.....Two days that will live in infamy!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The media has lost all credibility. They are probably inserting this story before they put out several whitewash stories. This and the Benghazi stories should have been investigated last October, not now. Instead they were busy at that time criticizing a press release/statement from Romney. They also helped push that youtube video lie.


20 posted on 05/11/2013 1:44:58 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Brad from Tennessee

How big of a deal is abusing the tax system to gain an advantage over the political opposition? Don’t forget that it was one of the charges in the Watergate articles of impeachment:

Article 2

Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.

This conduct has included one or more of the following:

1.

He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.


21 posted on 05/11/2013 1:45:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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22 posted on 05/11/2013 1:49:51 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer; Liz; sickoflibs
...it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.

I'm impressed. This appeared in the Washington Post... it's almost like the Post believes laws should be applied equally to conservatives. Almost like we're equal to democrats... The Post is up to something... but it feels so nice I'm going to believe ...

23 posted on 05/11/2013 1:52:49 PM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Why are they not apologizing?

They want to make sure all the trails to the WH are stamped out and potential whistle-blowers are handled before they get out in front of the public.

24 posted on 05/11/2013 1:56:19 PM PDT by what's up
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To: GOPJ; Grampa Dave; stephenjohnbanker; sickoflibs; thouworm
Heh---yeah. The Wash/Po defending conservative interests from the degenerate Obomba admin is amazing.

The W/P should dig deeper----find out if depraved Obomba degenerates like David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, etc, got their filthy hands on tax records. We need to know if these dirty Chi/mob lowlifes used US tax records for nefarious purposes.

These are the kingpins of criminal Chicago politics---they know all the scams.

Recall that when the Chi/mob descended on DC, they immediately took over the census---the Chi/mob had b-i-g plans for that info. Might have used that data in conjunction w/ tax records.

25 posted on 05/11/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: Liz; GOPJ; Grampa Dave; stephenjohnbanker; sickoflibs; thouworm

” Recall that when the Chi/mob descended on DC, they immediately took over the census-—the Chi/mob had b-i-g plans for that info. Might have used that data in conjunction w/ tax records. “

Yes.


26 posted on 05/11/2013 2:17:20 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Liz

Liz, you might have something there.

Recall all the intimidation they threw at Romney. Romney capitulated, but I wonder if he had not...?

Intimidated conservatives, hell, they intimidated a candidate!


27 posted on 05/11/2013 2:20:57 PM PDT by EBH (Warning this person is a Catholic, Tea Party Patriot, and owns a copy of Atlas Shurgged)
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To: jimbo123

...and marxist!

LLS


28 posted on 05/11/2013 2:22:18 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
“Mistakes were made,”

Male Bovine excrement. Your just made the mistake of getting caught.

29 posted on 05/11/2013 2:27:18 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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Obama told the Ohio State kids that talk of government “tyranny” was unjustified. But using the power of the state to punish political foes is EXACTLY what tyrants do. OBAMACARE is the assumption of power over our very lives. The HHS “mandate’ is a frontal assault on the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion. The government and its lackeys are determined to destroy the Second Amendment, background checks and “registration” being the first step to the seizure of our weapons. Under Obama, Reed, Pelosi, Feinstein et al. concern over government tyranny is more than justified.
30 posted on 05/11/2013 2:28:03 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: EBH
Yes, the intimidation was apparent when we look back at Obomba's sanguine, sure-footed campaign attitude.

Obomba bragged he was s-o-o-o popular--campaign contributions were raining down on lucky him---he had the first billion dollar prez campaign (so he said).

Later Obomba stated he had to "borrow" money to finish his campaign.

Huh?

Where were the FEC records?.............Romney did nothing.

31 posted on 05/11/2013 2:29:00 PM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: Toespi

Fake but accurate.


32 posted on 05/11/2013 2:35:13 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: jiggyboy
"So it was quite a relief to learn Friday that we had a shiny brand-new front page story to replace Benghazi, which had become national news for two days in a row."

And that is why obammy ordered the IRS to volunteer this info.

33 posted on 05/11/2013 2:41:28 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
The agency said that it now has rules in place to make sure this sort of thing never happens again.

By "this sort of thing," what they mean is "getting caught."

34 posted on 05/11/2013 2:51:03 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Ostoner may be sacrificing people he will pardon to save his own butt. No doubt he would do it.


35 posted on 05/11/2013 3:29:23 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This political persucution by fascist federal bureaucrats is not new. It got so bad with Interior Department Nazis going after ranchers in one county, that the sheriff threatened to unleash his SWAT team on the a**holes. After that, the federal worms crawled back under the rocks.


36 posted on 05/11/2013 3:53:16 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Another WP article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/10/conservatives-have-themselves-a-real-scandal-on-their-hands/?tid=obinsite


37 posted on 05/11/2013 4:25:47 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The word the IRS used in their apology were even off: insensitive, inappropriate ?? Huh?? Sounds like they’re apologizing for hurting someone’s feelings! Geez I friggin despise this government of ours!


38 posted on 05/11/2013 9:42:13 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen
If this IRS unit can be linked to the White House, DNC or some Obama PAC then “insensitive, inappropriate” become corrupt and criminal.
39 posted on 05/11/2013 10:17:49 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Liz
The W/P should dig deeper----find out if depraved Obomba degenerates like David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, etc, got their filthy hands on tax records.

You're right Liz - and they should also look at why Homeland Security is buying so many bullets.

40 posted on 05/12/2013 4:04:48 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Did some officials hope never to reveal this wrongdoing? Did others hope it could quickly get lost in the weekend news cycle? Misguided, if so. We hope to hear Democratic leaders as well as Republican ones loudly saying so.

The agency said that it now has rules in place to make sure this sort of thing never happens again. How could such basic safeguards not have existed in the first place? And what are the new rules? In response to our questions, officials did not say.

When the press starts looking under liberal 'rocks' they'll start vomiting. Targeting conservatives was NOT a mistake. It's policy. The MSM's beloved ones act like lowlife street thugs... with more excuses for their boot on the neck approach to governing than they'll believe... the press has a lot to discover.

Wait til the Washington Post gets to the part about 'fake letters to the editors' from liberal hacks pretending to be conservatives. They've been pretty effective with that play. If they don't think this is done they can call up George Stephanopouos and ask him about it... he worked the Clinton War room where that dirty trick started.

41 posted on 05/12/2013 4:17:00 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: jimbo123
Wanna bet the culprits are black and/or gay?

We know they're democrats so it just follows that if they're not Black or Homosexual, they relate to the point that they consider themselves such.

42 posted on 05/12/2013 4:51:10 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Liz

” ....Romney did nothing. “

Why he lost : )


43 posted on 05/13/2013 9:21:02 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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