Skip to comments.Playing politics with tax records (WashPost)
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. . .
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Not bad from the Washington Post but I would have preferred "CHILLING" over "appalling".
You'd think the geniuses at WaPo would know by now that Obama only apologizes to foreign countries. Apologize to the American people? Riiiigggghhhhttt.
Wanna bet the culprits are black and/or gay?
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.
The fact they are writing about it within a few days of the story breaking is amazing.
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.
"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."
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.
[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.
Bias is a job for the press. WaPo is upset that someone else stepped on their turf.
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.
The culprits could be linked to Karl Rove. The GOPe hates the Tea Party, too.
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
“The IRS insisted emphatically that partisanship had nothing
to do with it.
Bullcrap! There should be prisons terms for everyone involved in this tyranny.
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.
How big of a deal is abusing the tax system to gain an advantage over the political opposition? Dont forget that it was one of the charges in the Watergate articles of impeachment:
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:
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
” 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. “
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!
Male Bovine excrement. Your just made the mistake of getting caught.
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.
Where were the FEC records?.............Romney did nothing.
Fake but accurate.
And that is why obammy ordered the IRS to volunteer this info.
By "this sort of thing," what they mean is "getting caught."
Ostoner may be sacrificing people he will pardon to save his own butt. No doubt he would do it.
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.
Another WP article:
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!
You're right Liz - and they should also look at why Homeland Security is buying so many bullets.
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.
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.
” ....Romney did nothing. “
Why he lost : )