Skip to comments.Mitch McConnell Realizes IRS Scandal Is Over
Posted on 06/21/2013 12:29:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today at the American Enterprise Institute to officially signal that the IRS scandal has entered its post-fact phase. When the IRS first revealed that its Cincinnati office had attempted to enforce its nonprofit laws using a search function that disproportionately impacted conservatives, Republicans were certain it must have come from the White House. They were going to follow the facts. But all of the facts point in the same direction, which is that the Obama administration had nothing to do with it at all. That was the conclusion of the agencys inspector-general report, as well as the House Oversight Committees own interviews, which the Republican majority tried to suppress and which (when the Democrats released them) showed the operation was an independent, well-intentioned effort to enforce the law led by an IRS official who happens to be a conservative Republican.
McConnells speech is an attempt to reframe the issue in a way that it can survive the utter absence of incriminating facts. One method he employs is to flip around the burden of proof: Now we have an administration thats desperately trying to prove that nobody at the top was involved in any of this stuff, even as they hope that the media loses interest in this scandal and moves on
Got that? Before Republicans were going to prove that Obamas administration was involved. All of the evidence suggests it wasnt. So now McConnell is framing the question as Obama trying to prove he wasnt involved. Which, of course, he cant. For that matter, McConnell cant prove that he didnt mastermind the IRS. You cant prove a negative.
McConnell also argues that the scandal is larger than facts about illegality or misconduct what were dealing with here is larger than the actions of one agency or any group of employees. By "larger," McConnell means the scandal is just the same nebulous suspicions they have always had about Democrats running the government: The attacks on speech that weve seen over the past several years were never limited to a few Left-wing pressure groups or the DISCLOSE Act. They extend throughout the federal government, to places like the FEC, the FCC, HHS, the SEC, and as all Americans now know even to the IRS. These assaults have often been aided and abetted by the administrations allies in Congress.
The Disclose Act is a proposed measure that would require unregulated political groups to publicly disclose their donors. Back when campaign finance reformers were trying to actually put limits on outside donations, McConnell was a fierce advocate of this idea. Since the Supreme Court killed spending limits, disclosure has become the best reformers can hope for, and McConnell has now turned against it and indeed portrays it as a sinister Nixonian attempt to suppress free speech.
The belligerent and borderline-paranoid tone of McConnells speech today is a kind of covered retreat, signaling the IRS scandals turn into a vague trope that conservatives use with other members of the tribe, the way liberals liked to say Halliburton during the Bush years, to signal some dark beliefs they dont need to back up.
At least Mitch will go down with the party.
As Dandy Don used to sing, “turn out the lights, the party’s over...”.
God I hate these awful people.
The next democratic administration will be able to get away with this, and the media will have a "ho-hum been-there-seen-that" attitude.
Ol’ Roll-Over McConnell
Just like any other organized crime investigation, you have to start at the low level workers and get them to provide evidence against those higher up who ordered them to commit their crimes. Maybe it didn't come from Obama directly but instead from some Obama loyalist who took it on him- or herself to try to crush Obama's political opponents. But we haven't really climbed the ladder of the racketeers in the IRS yet.
These idiots just can’t keep their big mouths shut Mitch Linseed McLame et al . . . you’d think they’d hate the Demonrats with all the crap that comes out of their hateful mouths and want to rub their faces in their own feces
I know Chait is hard left but the facts are pointing where?
The arrogant, self-entitled Obamatons surely went ballistic. Does not take much imagination to know the WH con artists were thinking up demonic ways to stop the Tea Partiers who stood in their path.
SIGNIFICANT Remember that when the Obamatons landed in the WH, they also took over the census. So when Obama sent his COS---Rahm Emanuel----to takeover Treasury, he had all the tools at his disposal to target individuals, tea parties, patriot groups, and so on.
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Obama's stranglegold on Treasury via COS Rahm Emanuel's dual role
THE TARGETING PAPER TRAIL BEGINS: Soon as they occupied the WH, Obama and the Chicago con artists (a) took control of the US Census; (b) Obama placed his COS Rahm Emanuel in control of the US Dept of the Treasury (the IRS).
THE SMOKING GUN---WSJ REPORT--On Jan 20, 2009 Timothy Geithner was appointed Obama's Secy of the Treasury. But within three weeks, the Obama White House tightened its grip on Treasury. Obama put his COS, Rahm Emanuel, in charge of Treasury---Rahm Emanuel's dual role was an unusual move.
When he got to Treasury, WH COS Rahm Emanuel was so involved in the inner workings of the Treasury that the phrase "Rahm wants it" had become an unofficial mantra among subservient govt staffers, prostrate in obeisance, scurrying to accede to Rahm's wishes, according to Treasury government officials. Reported by WSJ / 05/31/09
More here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124113406528875137.html
Contact Congress Toll Free 1-(866) 220-0044 : All of the Treasury factotums doing Rahm's bidding need to be identified and brought before Congress to testify under oath. We need to know the specifics WRT Emanuel's activities at Treasury including dates and times when Emanuel consorted w/ the IRS.
MOMENTS TO REMEMBER Obama was fond of saying "Tea Parties are a threat to democracy."
Obama told hispanics, " we will reward our friends and punish our enemies."
Valerie Jarrett ominously warned, they "would not forget" which Americans did not worship Obama.
Contact Congress Toll Free 1-(866) 220-0044---Taxpayers demand Congress call govt employees at Treasury (IRS), who were underlings of Obama COS Rahm Emanuel...to testify under oath, including the number of times Emanuel consorted with the IRS. The WJS reported Emanuel's unusual arrangement----his dual role as WH COS and Treasury head.
CONTACT FOX NEWS --- 1-888-369-4762
CONTACT CONG TREY GOWDY (R-SC)
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Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6030
Fax: (202) 226-1177
TALKING POINTS--WSJ REPORTOn Jan 20, 2009 Timothy Geithner was appointed Obama's Secy of the Treasury. But within three weeks, the Obama White House tightened its grip on Treasury. Obama put his COS, Rahm Emanuel, in charge of Treasury---Rahm Emanuel's dual role was an unusual move.
When he got to Treasury, White House COS Rahm Emanuel was so involved in the inner workings of the Treasury that the phrase "Rahm wants it" had become an unofficial mantra among subservient govt staffers, prostrate in obeisance, scurrying to accede to Rahm's wishes, according to Treasury government officials. Reported by WSJ / 05/31/09
More here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124113406528875137.html
He’s right. I just double checked the law. It plainly states that right-wing groups that contain the words “patriot” or “tea party” in their names and or who claim they are defending the constitution SHALL receive extraordinary scrutiny and their applications MUST be stalled for three years or greater before being summarily rejected.
The tax-free Obama foundation, fast-tracked by Lois Lerner for IRS tax-exempt status, is based at a Virginia UPS store, according to its website. The organizations IRS filings list another Virginia address that is actually a drug rehab center where the foundation does not appear ever to have been based.
As first reported by The Daily Caller, the foundation was speedily approved for IRS exemption by Lois Lerner, the self-same IRS senior official at the center of the targeting of conservative organizations that have waited over two years to receive tax exempt status. The IRS thoughtfully gave Obama Foundation retroactive fund-raising status.......which it stupidly never applied for. Or more likely did not need---(federal money laundering would fill the coffers?).
The tax-exempt Barack H. Obama Foundation is run by Abongo Roy Malik Obama, the half-brother of Barack Obama.
The foundations mission statement is to provide people everywhere with resources to uplift their welfare and living standards in memory of dad---Barack H. Obama: in the region of his birth, Kenya, and beyond. Its guiding principle is the inherent belief that no one can truly enjoy the riches he has reaped if his neighbor suffers....."We seek to elevate the human condition so that everyone can live in dignity and truly enjoy having one another as neighbors.
(same old, same old sap-happy do-goodniks)
Despite raising more than $250,000, the alleged charity doesnt seem to have done much. Its website claims the organization has built a madrassa and was building an imams house as well as some proposed latrines, but there is no other evidence that the nonprofit was working to mitigate social-shortcomings in areas of education and literacy, health and well-being, poverty, and lack of community infrastructure in such basic needs such as water, electricity, shelter and sustenance, as the site says.
Alton Ray Baysden, a former Dept of State employee, allegedly a registered Republican, who helped start the Barack H Obama foundation, declined to comment before seeing copies of a reporters passport and govt ID, along with a description of the articles motivation and slant.
Repeated reporters' phone calls went to the organizations voicemail and were not returned.
OBAMA GIVES 50 MILLION DOLLARS IN AID TO KENYA;
O'S KENYAN HALF-BROTHER READY TO CASH IN---
VIA THE TAX-EXEMPT DO-GOOD "OBAMA FOUNDATION"
The tax-exempt charity named in honor of their Dad,
is supposedly run by President Barack Obamas half-
brother Malik who spends most of his time in Kenya
with his 12 wives.
Obama's half-brother Malik holds up photo of Obama in Muslim
dress taken on a trip to Kenya when Ohaha was about 23-24 yo.
This is Illinois politics on the national scale.
Nothing ever happens, because the only ones who could do something are in the game also.
Liberals are the most vile disgusting people and nothing but a cancer on the human race.
There’s not one of them that’s not a habitual liar and filthy hypocrite.
“IRS intimidation is going to become an entrenched practice.”
Sure will. And a lot more thuggish too.
Why would anyone believe something written by this guy?
Leftist rag so untrustworthy. Especially when Judicial Watch just did a conference discussion on this issue a day after the rally. There is plenty more to be uncovered.
You can see the archive here:
naw, it’s not over ~ otherwise they wouldn’t have fired the only person who could prove anything in Washington.
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
We knew that the IRS chief was visiting the White House weekly. But we just found out his deputy was there hundreds of times. And we know the IRS harassment started right when Obama started claiming the conservative C4 organizations were raising "illegal" money. This goes right to the White House.
You are correct.
McConnell is really pissing me off right now, playing footsie with amnesty.
It might be on something else that link, but yesterday it repeated.
"GOING to become"????
Why would you be pissed now? Has he ever claimed to be anything other than a total Obama lackey? He’s never eve attempted to be conservative.
How did this gobbler survive another Thanksgiving?! I cannot find publicly acceptable words to describe my contempt for what his kind are doing to we the people.
I want the persons who actually did the targeting, such as Lerner to be prosecuted. If Mitch doesn't get that, he needs to go to the house--probably needs to retire just on general weak-kneed principles.
” Hes never eve attempted to be conservative.”
Correct, hw reminds me of the cave-in artist Trent (Not)t.
Who now makes 5 million a year, as owner of a “lobbyist” company.
I wonder if Droopy is “so happy” about it.
Yes, another despicable logroller; you are spot on.
I agree. I consider McConnell a weasel, but the argument in the article does not make sense. In fact, O *is* trying to shift blame away from himself. What is wrong with McConnell saying that?
"You are always shifting the blame. Shift, shift, shift, that's all you do!" - Col. Erhardt from "to be or not to be"
As you know USPS has something very comparable to this (applications for nonprofit mailing rates) and I had a good 30 years experience working in that area ~ and rewriting the rules from time to time as things changed. Our best guy did just over 500 approvals in one month of eight hour days!
I doubt that mega form IRS issues (one form for several different broad classes of applications) can be handled that fast, but it shouldn't have taken more than half an hour to write up an approval for the boss to sign!
Something horribly wrong happened ~ and I don't think it was because a branch chief called Headquarters with a question!
Keep your eye on Holly ~ she got fired ~ but she also said she (they) thought Cincy was working the cases as normal.
It will eventually come out that the productivity rates were normal ~ which they would be whether that handful of new cases were worked.
Three years delay is criminal! There's a crook in the mess and he or she needs to be ferreted out.
I have this bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to have Mr. Chait look at.
What a joke.
Since this wasn’t dealt with now, IRS intimidation is going to become an entrenched practice.
It certainly is. And it’s going to be more horrific when they start enforcing Obamacare.
To me this is by far the biggest of the scandals.
I personally believe it will do a lot to change how many people view the government. Not just people on the right either.
And a lot of that change in attitude is still developing and spreading as the story sinks in.
It’s not just the IRS, they’re using multiple arms of the government as a political weapon.
It wasn't a "report", it was an audit. There has not yet been any full investigation that names who actually ordered the illegal activities.
What a horrendous group of liars and creeps.
That being said, I would not believe this writer (Chait) any farther than I could spit our boat........
Why do you always find a way to defend big government? Don’t you realize that FR is a conservative site dedicated to fighting big government and its abuses? I think you’d fit right in on a GOP-e RINO site.
I said from the get go Issa would utterly screw this up. Guess what.
Oops, meant to ping you to my last post.
Bull cookies. The IRS was used as a weapon against this administration’s political foes. It doesn’t get any more felonious than that. Obama needs to be impeached, imprisoned and shamed for eternity. A lot of his fellow henchmen should go to jail as well.
The IRS scandal will be over when Sen. McConnell announces that Congress has discovered Justice John Marshall’s official clarification of Congress’s Article I, Section 8-limited power to lay taxes.
Post fact phase?
Isn’t that when it enters it’s indictment phase?
I wonder if Tom Delay has any opinion on the IRS targeting conservatives?
Oh, and McConnell can KMA! He acts like a prison trustee with his drawers around his ankles.