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The IRS and the Drive to Stop Free Speech
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/20/2013 | David Rivkin and Lee Casey

Posted on 05/21/2013 3:27:44 PM PDT by T.Bourne

The unfolding IRS scandal is a symptom, not the disease.For decades, campaign-finance reform zealots have sought to limit core political speech through spending limits and disclosure requirements. More recently, they have claimed that it is wrong and dangerous for tax-exempt entities to engage in political speech. The Obama administration shares these views, especially when conservative, small-government organizations are involved, and the IRS clearly got the message. While the agency must be investigated and reformed, the ultimate cure for these abuses is to unshackle political speech by all groups, including tax-exempt ones, from arbitrary and unconstitutional government regulation. Beginning in March 2010, the IRS engaged in an unprecedented campaign of harassment against conservative groups, either through denials or delays in approving their tax-exempt-status applications, or through endless and burdensome audits. In notable contrast, liberal and "progressive" organizations got approvals with remarkable speed. The most conspicuous example involves the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which was approved as tax exempt within a month by the then-head of the IRS tax-exempt branch, Lois Lerner. From media reports and firsthand accounts, we also know that the IRS disproportionately audited donors to conservative causes and leaked confidential tax information concerning conservative groups in violation of federal law. This IRS politicization is not an isolated problem. It is an inevitable result of the broader efforts to regulate and, in fact, suppress political speech. The IRS crackdown on tax-exemption approvals for conservative groups was directed at nonprofit social-welfare groups, often called 501(c)(4)s after the Internal Revenue Code section granting them tax-exempt status. Such groups do not have to disclose their donors and are exempt from most taxation, although donations to them generally aren't tax deductible.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservative; davidrivkin; freedomofspeech; irs; leecasey; progressive; tax
David Rivkin perfectly explains how the IRS scandal is the follow up problem due to their recent drive to suppress free speech and limit political discourse.
1 posted on 05/21/2013 3:27:44 PM PDT by T.Bourne
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To: T.Bourne

I don’t know why sometimes posts don’t do PPHs well....

The unfolding IRS scandal is a symptom, not the disease.For decades, campaign-finance reform zealots have sought to limit core political speech through spending limits and disclosure requirements. More recently, they have claimed that it is wrong and dangerous for tax-exempt entities to engage in political speech.

The Obama administration shares these views, especially when conservative, small-government organizations are involved, and the IRS clearly got the message. While the agency must be investigated and reformed, the ultimate cure for these abuses is to unshackle political speech by all groups, including tax-exempt ones, from arbitrary and unconstitutional government regulation.

Beginning in March 2010, the IRS engaged in an unprecedented campaign of harassment against conservative groups, either through denials or delays in approving their tax-exempt-status applications, or through endless and burdensome audits.

In notable contrast, liberal and “progressive” organizations got approvals with remarkable speed. The most conspicuous example involves the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which was approved as tax exempt within a month by the then-head of the IRS tax-exempt branch, Lois Lerner. From media reports and firsthand accounts, we also know that the IRS disproportionately audited donors to conservative causes and leaked confidential tax information concerning conservative groups in violation of federal law.

This IRS politicization is not an isolated problem. It is an inevitable result of the broader efforts to regulate and, in fact, suppress political speech.

The IRS crackdown on tax-exemption approvals for conservative groups was directed at nonprofit social-welfare groups, often called 501(c)(4)s after the Internal Revenue Code section granting them tax-exempt status. Such groups do not have to disclose their donors and are exempt from most taxation, although donations to them generally aren’t tax deductible.


2 posted on 05/21/2013 3:32:13 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (To attempt to have intercourse with a hornet's nest is a very bad idea)
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To: T.Bourne

The WSJ had better decide which side they’re on - the statist side or traditional America’s, because their constant promotion of unlimited immigration is the fastest way to totalitarianism I can think of.


3 posted on 05/21/2013 3:33:37 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: T.Bourne

The I.R.S. - Obama's Gestapo

obama irs gestapo scandal conservative corruption    irs evil diabolical corrupt tyrants gestapo


Not only the I.R.S. - but the Department of Justice too.

eric holder gun corrupt 

The D.O.J. investigating journalists and people who are not pleased with the current regime...
Where is this insane Obamunism leading us?
investigate investigation stalin mad obamunism leading

4 posted on 05/21/2013 3:37:13 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: skeeter

They’ve decided. The WSJ is in favor of totalitarianism, as long as their masters make money from it.


5 posted on 05/21/2013 3:37:27 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: T.Bourne

6 posted on 05/21/2013 3:39:51 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: T.Bourne

There is something strange about the timing of all this. Call me a conspiracy nut or what ever.
For a creature of the system to just spill the beens about the misconduct of her office voluntarily is mind boggling to me. Me thinks something else is afoot here. I am wondering if this is a sparkly to hide what was going on with the Saudi that was injured in the recent bombings. He was special enough to garner attention from the White House with a visit from the First Lady and then bam he’s gone. I think the president is getting thrown under the bus by his handlers the Saudis.


7 posted on 05/21/2013 3:56:43 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: Bon mots
Wonderful graphics Bpon mots...
8 posted on 05/21/2013 4:17:30 PM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: T.Bourne

NO ONE is trying to stop liberal speech. No one. Not one person. Elites are trying to stop OUR speech....


9 posted on 05/21/2013 4:19:03 PM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: T.Bourne

The masters of the Roman world surrounded their throne with darkness, concealed their irresistible strength, and humbly professed themselves the accountable ministers of the senate, whose supreme decrees they dictated and obeyed.”
Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall, Chapter 3

The past forcasts the future.

Why is the IRS permitted to unionize?


10 posted on 05/21/2013 4:19:18 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: skeeter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK9AYDF2YCQ


11 posted on 05/21/2013 4:24:22 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray. Penance. Isa 5:18-21 Isa 10:1-3)
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To: DeWalt
There is something strange about the timing of all this. Call me a conspiracy nut or what ever.

I'm with you, DW...my spider sense is tingling.

A part of me thinks these are slaps to the face to let everyone know not to donate to republicans, be a conservative or investigate what they are doing. They succeed any one of these and they have taken over yet another chunk of liberty.

The other part worries strongly about the staged timing of this trifecta of scandals immediately following the Boston bombing...

Either way, I hope they run hard in to the wall that all bad guys do...too greedy too fast. They are juggling a lot right now.

12 posted on 05/21/2013 4:26:47 PM PDT by IrishPennant (All warfare is based on deception.)
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To: AliVeritas
&^$ing lovely.

All that personal data at the disposal of people as STUPID as Maxine Waters.

13 posted on 05/21/2013 4:28:09 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: DeWalt

We’re desensitized to believe if we think outside the box that we’re whack jobs - for what its worth - I think you’ve made a very good point. I dug deep into the attempted bombing at Times Square...it led me to believe zip of what we’re fed. Personally I think these bombers are hired guns produced and controlled by the mullahs for big bucks but that’s a whole other story.

The Clinton Serbian invasion was/is a template, not only for strategy and methodology but also the people and media involved. Their cries of a holocaust against the Serbs was a myth. Soros and a couple of his professor buddies made their debut in Serbia.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 4:34:43 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: DeWalt
I'm not sure about the rest of your theory, but I certainly agree with the first part; DeWalt wrote: "There is something strange about the timing of all this. Call me a conspiracy nut or what ever.
For a creature of the system to just spill the beens about the misconduct of her office voluntarily is mind boggling to me. Me thinks something else is afoot here."

Could it be as simple as trying to drive the lowest common denominator right-wing nut over the edge?

Or just scaring the hell out of us because they hate us?

Maybe a planned event coming along just in time to further destroy the fabric of our society? I dunno.
But this whole deal is fishy.

15 posted on 05/21/2013 4:59:08 PM PDT by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: WhoisAlanGreenspan?

Yea. I just threw in the plot for seasoning.


16 posted on 05/21/2013 5:04:58 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: bronxville
Tradition says that Tiberius as often as he left the Senate-House used to exclaim in Greek, “How ready these men are to be slaves.” Clearly, even he, with his dislike of public freedom, was disgusted at the abject abasement of his creatures.

Tacitus - The Annals.

17 posted on 05/21/2013 5:17:25 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: IrishPennant

I spend a lot of time in the woods. When I’m sleeping I am so atuned to the noises that the smallest sound out of place brings me awake and all my senses are alive. Thats the feeling I am getting with all this noise.


18 posted on 05/21/2013 5:26:53 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: bronxville

I think that alot of what is happening in the middle east is tied to narco trafficking of heroin. Alot like the politicians not wanting our southern border closed. To much money being made. I look for another heroin epidemic to arise soon in this country.


19 posted on 05/21/2013 5:36:10 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: DeWalt
I spend a lot of time in the woods. When I’m sleeping I am so atuned to the noises that the smallest sound out of place brings me awake and all my senses are alive. Thats the feeling I am getting with all this noise.

I hear ya, bro....spent a lot of time, and still do, in the backwoods. But further, a lot of my livelihood has been around the inborn ability to listen to and give response to our natural alarms...they have served me well enough.

And my instincts tell me we are in flight or fight moment now.

20 posted on 05/21/2013 5:45:41 PM PDT by IrishPennant (All warfare is based on deception.)
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To: DeWalt

No, the IG investigation has been going on for a minimum of twelve months. It had to come to a conclusion and be published.

I do agree....the timing is odd....fitting into the AP and Benghazi mess, but don’t sit there and think this is the last scandal. There’s an effort to identify all of the Chrysler and GM dealers who were kicked out of their franchise. It’s believed that the vast majority...were Republican donors in their states. If this is proven (likely to happen by the end of this year)...it’ll open up another scandal episode.

I suspect there’s at least a dozen more scandals lined up, and will each fall out of the sky at some moment when the administration thinks they are about to walk free of scandals.


21 posted on 05/22/2013 3:41:41 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: T.Bourne

Right! The treatment is so different when it is a progressive organization, but conservative groups get shunned. I cant believe what a hit our free speech has been taking.


22 posted on 05/22/2013 8:48:35 AM PDT by IndePundit (Bleeding Red)
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