Skip to comments.Former NPR CEO Ken Stern: The IRS Had the Right Idea
Posted on 05/25/2013 1:09:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Whats so bad about the IRS investigating nonprofit applications? Thats their job. The real scandal is that the ensuing hubbub will discourage them from doing it again, writes Ken Stern.
Over the last week, commentators have expressed great outrage over the handling by the IRS of applications by Tea Party groups and others for 501(c)(4) status. In the haste to trigger the next administration-crippling gate, these analyses have largely ignored one of the most surprising aspects of this entire episodethat the IRS was actually trying to do its job.
A little context is warranted. There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in this country, a number that reliably grows by more than 50,000 each year. Its an incredibly important sector of our economynot just because it represents more than $1.5 trillion in annual revenues and close to 15 percent of the American workforce, but also because nonprofits dominate critical fields such as education, health care, social services, arts, and, yes, politics. Yet, despite the critical nature of these organizations and their services, the Exempt Organizations Division, the group within the IRS charged with regulating the field, plays only the most passive of roles with respect to the nonprofit sector.
How passive? The approval rate for applications to form public charities (and charities account for more than two thirds of the nonprofit sector) stands in excess of 99.8 percent. It takes little more than a reasonable facility with government forms, a small check, and the patience to wait a few months to start a federally approved charity. And the problem has only grown worse in recent years, as the IRS budget and staffing have been repeatedly pruned....
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What a DORK!!!!
Great. Let’s sic em on PBS.
The MSM and leftist pols do not see this as a scandal at all. They believe stamping out opposition to the inevitable liberal paradise is the most important task of all government bureaucracies. Yes, things ARE that bad.
Meanwhile because of media claims of “overreach” in outing KGB funded Communist activities in America, the Boston Islamic terrorists were briefly interviewed and further investigations were DROPPED.
Tea Party in your name? Patriot in your name? 9-12 in your name? Give those activists PERSONAL AUDITS for 18+ months.
You can bet your a** if it was Progressive groups and this was the Bush administration they would be banging on this 24/7 and marching in the streets.
The double-standard is as wide as the Grand Canyon.
It's already been entered in to testimony that lib groups got the green light on their applications.
I think this is the left's new meme/game plan on this, I read similar comments on a conservative blog, earlier today. The regime is getting the trolls out with their new *message*.
“It takes little more than a reasonable facility with government forms, a small check, and the patience to wait a few months to start a federally approved charity.”
I don’t think anyone has a problem with proper oversight.
But when conservative groups are TARGETED by searching on conservative title phrases, and then subjected to figurative proctological exams, asked questions that are ILLEGAL to ask, and then, rather than being approved in a few months, NOT ONE IS APPROVED FOR YEARS AT A TIME, followed by malicious IRS audits of discovered donors, associates and critics of the regime, yes, it is a scandal.
It is an abuse of power. It is a high crime. It is a criminal felony.
And if proven that the Kenyan was in on it, is an impeachable and criminal offense. In that it resulted in the theft of an election, one could argue that the Kenyan anti-Christ is then guilty of treason against the United States and liable to hanging by the neck until dead.
So, when’s NPR going to get interrogated for it’s tax-exempt status?
Another retarded commie lib. I’ll bet he thought Uncle Adolf and his Nazis were also doing THEIR job during WWII.
It was the former NPR CEO here. If they see no problem, with the IRS targeting conservatives, lets see how they like it when the IRS comes knocking on their door, and meany a few dozen search warrants from the DOJ as well.
Why do I get the idea that if the IRS had only investigated Left leaning 501(c)(4) applicants under a Repub Prez, Mr. Stern would be raising holy hell on how the Repubs have politicized and polluted the IRS?
It’s good to get a clear picture of who our enemies are.
Remember when Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh said liberals should be jailed and otherwise punished
Oh wait, its only LIBERALs who are allowed to actually say things like that out loud without being fired
IIRC, PBS screamed when Nixon tried this on THEM in the early 70s.
When the Democrats went after Nixon, his Republican defenders said, “Prove he’s guilty, then we’ll talk”.
When Obama went after the Tea Party, his Democrat defenders said, “good job”.
It’s coming to a fight.