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'Conservative Republican' at IRS defends treatment of Tea Party
Reuters ^ | June 18, 2013 | By Kevin Drawbaugh and Kim Dixon

Posted on 06/18/2013 3:42:15 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

A manager from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati where staff have been accused of unfairly subjecting conservative groups to extra scrutiny has said his agents were not influenced by any political agenda.

John Shafer, who described himself as "a conservative Republican," told congressional investigators he sought advice from his boss on how to handle the first Tea Party application he and a lower-level agent came across in February 2010 because it was a new, high-profile issue.

The furor since then has led to the ousting of the IRS chief by President Barack Obama, an FBI investigation and a congressional investigation.

Leaks from the congressional investigation, now in its sixth week, have neither clearly supported allegations by Republicans of undue influence by Washington officials or the White House, nor ruled this out.

Some material has undermined the allegations by suggesting that the screeners - some of whom were managed by Shafer at the Cincinnati processing hub - acted largely on their own.

Shafer said his screeners knew when a new issue could be difficult and might need to be evaluated by superiors.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alreuters; benghazi; fastandfurious; howtostealanelection; impeachnow; irs; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; pravdamedia; reutersbias; teaparty
New talking points from Elijah Cummings...
1 posted on 06/18/2013 3:42:15 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“John Shafer, who described himself as “a conservative Republican,”

Yup. I am sure.

Much like those “conservative” or “republican” callers to C-SPAN or talk radio. . .riiiiightt. . .


2 posted on 06/18/2013 3:46:28 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Bull pucky, a rino would be my guess. The rinos want the TEA Party gone as much as the demonrats.


3 posted on 06/18/2013 3:46:41 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The furor since then has led to the ousting of the IRS chief by President Barack Obama

Roooooooters conveniently leaves out that he was already planning to leave. He wasn't ousted, he left on his own.

Lerner, Paz and Ingram need to be ousted, posthaste.

4 posted on 06/18/2013 3:52:05 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I thank these open-minded, truth-seeking journalists for all they do to insure that government is held to the highest scrutiny...our Constitutional Republic would crumble in short order were it not for the honorable efforts of the fourth estate.


5 posted on 06/18/2013 3:52:13 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Complete and utter Bravo Sierra. Of course, it’s too much trouble to validate his claims, so the MSM will run with his statement — if fits their template.


6 posted on 06/18/2013 3:52:32 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Uhn huh.

Take off the sheepskin .


7 posted on 06/18/2013 3:54:39 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
John Shafer, who described himself as "a conservative Republican,"

The Chuckie Schumer wing of the Republican Party is growing beyond its base which is currently the United States Senate.

8 posted on 06/18/2013 3:59:59 PM PDT by metafugitive
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Elizabeth Hofacre, the Cincinnati coordinator for emerging issues, put it another way: “These cases were basically in a black hole,” she told internal IRS reviewers in 2012.

Hofacre, who had been working on tax-exempt determinations in Cincinnati for 11 years, said the way the IRS handled Tea Party cases was unprecedented. She said she was “micromanaged to death” by an IRS lawyer who worked in Washington. Every piece of correspondence had to be reviewed by Washington. She was asked to fax entire case files to Washington. “I thought it was ridiculous. I mean, I don’t understand why they didn’t just take the files up (to Washington),” she told the Oversight Committee staffers.

Tea Party groups started to complain, but she was powerless to move the cases, she said.

“It was like working in lost luggage. You are getting it from everywhere. Irate taxpayers. It wasn’t a good place to be,” Hofacre said. She soon asked for a transfer. “This is a really sensitive issue, and I was just concerned to be associated with it because it was a particular political movement,” she said.

http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/usatoday/article/2411515


9 posted on 06/18/2013 4:01:04 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Hulka

Nuthin’ like a good ‘ol fashioned liar is it?


10 posted on 06/18/2013 4:03:06 PM PDT by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“New talking points from Elijah Cummings...”

Exactly right...he backtracked because he outed the plan too soon:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3030709/posts?q=1&;page=21


11 posted on 06/18/2013 4:04:31 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

‘Punish your enemies, Reward your friends’

You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.


12 posted on 06/18/2013 4:12:15 PM PDT by griswold3 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

"We need to quickly find someone who will admit to being a 'conservative Republican.'
If no one steps forward offer an incentive like extra vacation days or cash."

13 posted on 06/18/2013 4:13:20 PM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If anyone ask, I am a liberal Demonrat, errr I mean Democrat


14 posted on 06/18/2013 4:15:24 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Why not?

He's as much a "conservative Republican" Lois Lerner.

15 posted on 06/18/2013 4:24:28 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (People with religious faith in government are far crazier than people with religious faith in God.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Surely he’s just as conservative as Bush, McCain and Graham.


16 posted on 06/18/2013 4:27:00 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

That sounds a lot like “I’m a hunter and a gun owner...but...” and we all know how the rest of the sentence goes.


17 posted on 06/18/2013 4:34:47 PM PDT by Cacique500
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To: Fai Mao
errr I mean Democrat

Come on, be honest ... socialist, right?

18 posted on 06/18/2013 4:45:27 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well, if he is lying, and it seems he is, he is really a Democrat. See how much money he donated to Obama.


19 posted on 06/18/2013 4:47:12 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Okay, Mark you are the designated “conservative Republican.” Now bone up on it for a few minutes before we trot you out. You have to make MSM believe it!


20 posted on 06/18/2013 4:52:09 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Irenic

A Democrat would be my guess. A Democrat who has been promised a promotion if he puts it over and a week extra vacation if he tries and gets outed. Fired “for cause” if NYT or WAPO outs him.


21 posted on 06/18/2013 4:54:14 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Hi, I’m a conservative Republican from Wisconsin, and I think maybe capitalism is a little outmoded. I think, as a conservative Republican, maybe we should try...what’s it called...socialism...yeah, that’s right, because it hasn’t been tried correctly in places like Russia and China. We need social justice and redistribution of wealth like President Obama said. Did I mention I’m a conservative Republican?”


22 posted on 06/18/2013 5:11:14 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/05/irs_cincinnati_office_gave_75_of_political_donations_to_dems.html

IRS Cincinnati office gave 75% of political donations to Dems


23 posted on 06/18/2013 5:13:49 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
'Conservative Republican' at IRS defends treatment of Tea Party

Saying conservative republicans in the IRS is like saying Evangelical Pastor at a UCC church, it is an oxymoron.

24 posted on 06/18/2013 5:37:24 PM PDT by SilverMine (IF the US gøvt says it is a lie.)
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To: SilverMine

I’m sure there are some conservatives there, but I can’t possibly imagine this guy is one of them.


25 posted on 06/18/2013 5:38:35 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Hey, snake really isn't bad, if, note that if, if it is cooked and spiced properly and eaten thinking of something else. Remember, grabbing and keeping the first young monkey you find is a great way to have emergency food and a great warning device.
Former snake eater
26 posted on 06/19/2013 5:10:40 AM PDT by SilverMine (IF the US gøvt says it is a lie.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"A manager from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati where staff have been accused of unfairly subjecting conservative groups to extra scrutiny has said his agents were not influenced by any political agenda." Then why did the Inspector General who investigated IRS conclude that IRS 1)targeted specific groups applying for tax‑ exempt status, 2) delayed the processing of targeted groups’ applications for tax‑ exempt status, and 3)  requested unnecessary information from targeted. organizations. 
27 posted on 06/19/2013 5:30:55 AM PDT by Rock N Jones
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To: Rock N Jones

BINGO!


28 posted on 06/19/2013 5:35:20 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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