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The IRS Debacle Gets Worse

This week’s big admission from the Internal Revenue Service that it unfairly (and perhaps illegally) targeted tax-exempt applications from organizations that used the terms “Tea Party” and “Patriot” represents a major embarrassment for the administration of Barack Obama. But it should be much more than that … The IRS was…

This week’s big admission from the Internal Revenue Service that it unfairly (and perhaps illegally) targeted tax-exempt applications from organizations that used the terms “Tea Party” and “Patriot” represents a major embarrassment for the administration of Barack Obama.

But it should be much more than that …

The IRS was correct to (belatedly) come clean on its shameful and discriminatory policy – another example of the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama selectively applying its authority – but now comes the real question: What is it going to do about the problem?

In other words we appreciate the mea culpa … where’s the sic semper plumbeus?

The IRS has already attempted to isolate this scandal – and push it as far down the food chain as possible. But after this week’s disastrous mishandling of the brewing scandal at all levels of the Obama administration, why should we trust anything the agency says?

For starters, it’s painfully obvious the agency uncovered this discrimination some time ago and failed to release it to the public. Not only that, the IRS clearly had no plans to release it to the public. Furthermore the agency indicated no action had been taken in response to the situation – of course it then clammed up and said it couldn’t talk about personnel matters.

All that before its top nonprofit official uttered the sound bite heard from coast to coast: “I’m not good at math.”

Ouch …

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Obama spokesman Jay Carney offered up a kneejerk partisan (and hugely disappointing) response right out of the gate.

“Two things need to be noted: IRS is an independent enforcement agency, which I believe, as I understand it, only contains two political appointees within it,” Carney said. “The individual who was actually running the IRS at the time was actually an appointee from a previous administration.”

Carney later said that the IRS discrimination was “inappropriate” and that Obama believed it ought to be “thoroughly investigated.” However it’s revealing that the first impulse of the White House was to try and pin the blame for the scandal someplace else.

As we noted in our first response to all this, “American citizens are supposed to be afforded equal protection under the law.” Government is not supposed to – and is in fact not permitted – to discriminate against them on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ideology.

Unfortunately, this is yet another example of a federal agency discriminating against a group of Americans whose only crime is raising their voices in defense of the basic freedoms their government seems hellbent on stripping away.

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75 comments

Vanguard16 May 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

Yes, a full investigation and audit of this and the non-profits is warranted!!

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Vanguard16 May 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

Yes, a full investigation and audit of this and the non-profits is warranted!!

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Fleet May 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

Bush appointed the head of the IRS, not Obama.

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Moman50 May 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

Youre off the narrative here.This is about pro Republican politics.Then again,Fits aint a Republican.I know this because he said he isnt.

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GrandTango May 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Bush was on the grassy knoll, too…..You Ignorant and delusional F*#kin liberal redneck…

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Frank Pytel May 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

T, SHIT SHIT SHIT. YOU’RE GETTING IT. GOOD JOB T OL’ MAN
KEEP AT HIM FOLKS. HE’S GETTING IT ;) YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH

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Fleet May 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

You have problems with facts, don’t you? I’m hardly a liberal. If you want to see a “Ignorant and delusional F*#kin redneck..”, look in the mirror if your cardboard box in the alley has one.

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GrandTango May 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Stand up and Answer for the mess you made, you Coward Piece of $#!*…
Every time that Dictator you put in the White House F*@ks up…you come up w/ some Sorry-@$$ excuse….Usually blaming Bush, through some stretch, that Shows the width of range that a complete IDIOT can reach for…

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Fleet May 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Gee, you cursed me twice! How am I ever going to sleep tonight! I also notice that you didn’t argue with the facts posted above. As far as being a coward, nothing like posting insults on the internet to show your bravery.

GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 6:24 am

I don’t know (or care) who appointed the HEAD.
But I would BET someone in the NAZI, Gestapo Obama Administration illegally instructed IRS agents to GO AFTER Conservative groups.
If there is justice, there should be criminal prosecution for it…but there won’t be, because Liberals get off free.
Corruption: That’s how you leftwing Radical Zealots ROLL, based on the FACT that Obama Told his minions to vote for REVENGE.
He insulted the grandmother who raised him as A TYPICAL WHITE WOMAN and sat in the Hate-Filled “Church” of the Racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright for 20 years.
Now cram those FACTS, you Carping little Excuse-making Idiot…

Fleet May 12, 2013 at 6:54 am

Boy, liberals are Nazis now huh? I also suppose that your boy Sanford is a liberal, because “If there is justice, there should be criminal prosecution for it..but there won’t be, because Liberals get off free. ”
I’m also 6’4″, and 245 pounds, so I am hardly “little”, nor am I a ” leftwing Radical Zealot”.

All of your friends here could hold a meeting in a phone booth.
Have a great day.

GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

LMAO: I answered your question, and you’re even madder…LMAO…

Anyway: Abortion Holocaust, Taking guns, Socialism, Race Hate, Christian Hate: All liberal tenants….so yes, liberalism and the NAZIS have a lot of commonality…

Also: You are likely a Fat Slob, who’d get your @$$ kicked because you would be too ‘give-out’ to last very long.
I know a lot of Fat guys, who go around talking about being big. You’re not really big, you’re just fat and un-coordinated to boot.
I ‘ve seen them get their @$$#$ kicked by smaller people, because they could not last. They also think women like them because they are little taller, but Fat is repulsive, as is being out of shape..

Fleet May 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

You’re correct about one thing. You are a small person-very small.

GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I’m also right that you are a cliché, who blames Bush for all the screw-ups of Obama…

Truth is: Bush’s America was by FAR better for everybody than the disgrace Obama is…

But as long as stupid people muddy the water, or allow themselves to be manipulated by a corrupt Obama Administration, you cannot identify the problems…and we’ll just swirl down more under liberal failure….

Guest May 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I’m hardly angry about anything, as you using cursing, insults and name calling. Go ahead and be an internet commando, it easy to do. I didn’t vote for Obama, enjoy that fact.

GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Wow: is that how you do Disqus in Stereo..???…

Fleet May 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I’m hardly angry about anything, as you using cursing, insults and name calling. I refuse to be the person you are, and will not you bait me. Go ahead and be an internet commando, it easy to do. I didn’t vote for Obama, enjoy that fact.

hisgirlfriday May 13, 2013 at 1:49 am

For someone who spews so much venom against liberals and non-Christians, I don’t understand why you have a liberal non-Christian as your avatar.

Abraham Lincoln established the first federal interference in business by imposing a minimum wage for all farm laborers. He also established the first federal welfare program by giving 160 acres of federal land to anybody who put their hand out asking for it. He also instituted the first income tax, and a progressive income tax rather than a flat tax, to boot. He also never attended church and abhorred organized religion.

p.s. It’s tenets NOT tenants.

GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

But you you agree: the slave-owners were democrats…right…
And Lincoln, a Republican, sacrificed his life (and 400,000 white men) for the freedom of another race.
PS: Lincoln said God is on his side, and stayed committed to the war because of that.
Leftwing history revision is ludicrous to teach you something different.

hisgirlfriday May 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

Some slaveowners were Democrats. Some were Whigs. But all Republicans were northerners. The Republican Party didn’t start to go to crap until Southerners like you joined.

Lincoln didn’t sacrifice his life or anyone’s life. He was MURDERED by a Confederate sympathizing coward butthurt over the South losing the war. Before that he was commander in chief of the United States when unfortunately hundreds of thousands of loyal American citizens were killed in conflict by Southern traitors, who to this day fly their traitorous flag on the grounds of the state capital of South Carolina.

And no one died just to free another race. That was the silver lining of everyone dying but Lincoln himself said that if he could put down the traitors of the South without freeing one slave he would do that just the same as he would put down the traitors of the South by freeing all slaves. Thankfully for human dignity it turned out to be good military strategy as well as a moral good to free all the slaves. But you discredit Lincoln as a shrewd politician, president and military commander to place him up on some saintly pedestal.

GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

Why must you Leftists LIE and Cower from what you are???
You are Atheist and Christian-hating Liberals, who will PERVERT anything to try to hide the fact that you were on the WRONG side of Slavery..and you are full of RACE Hate today….

When your Hatred for blacks sunk your party, you began over-compensating, to where you are Just as Bigoted and Racist against whites, as you were againsts blacks, when it profited you…(just like Race Hate profits you now)…

Face it, Dude: You are a bunch of anti-Ameircan, , Anti-Constitution Anti-Freedom Elitists. You have been, and are now….

Grunt Tanko May 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

I gonna kik yur ass wid my mind!

Charlemagne, King of France May 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

cant prosecute a sitting president, he would need to be impeached first

GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Impeaching him IS prosecuting him. And I’m cool w./ that…

Grunt Tanko May 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

My supirior keybored skilz will mak you wilt

Moman50 May 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Gee I thought only I knew about Bush at the grassy knoll!This T character is remarkable,

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Smirks May 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Dayum! lol…

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BrigidBernadette May 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

Fleet, is that the brand of your enema? You’re full of shit, cuz.

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Fleet May 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Lois Lerner, head of this part of the IRS, was appointed by Bush. Google it if you wish. Fleet relates to my service.

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Fleet May 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

Bush appointed the head of the IRS, not Obama.

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Moman50 May 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

Youre off the narrative here.This is about pro Republican politics.Then again,Fits aint a Republican.I know this because he said he isnt.

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Smirks May 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Dayum! lol…

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Brigid May 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

Fleet, is that the brand of your enema? You’re full of shit, cuz.

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Fleet May 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Lois Lerner, head of this part of the IRS, was appointed by Bush. Google it if you wish. Fleet relates to my service.

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GrandTango May 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

FITS is still dodging the indictment of what Obama was trying to do..
He was Persecuting, prosecuting, Conservatives…
I know that FACT does not fit FITS’ @$$-Kissing, Liberal-Tarian agenda…but why are you making a F@*kin Idiot of yourself shilling for Leftwingers????

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earl May 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Does this mean I get to keep my doctor if I am a registered Dem?

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earl May 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Does this mean I get to keep my doctor if I am a registered Dem?

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? May 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

You think they are bad now? Wait to the full force of Obamacare kicks in…they are the ones charged with deciding who is complying or not…..eeek!

Btw, I agree with fleet…the IRS is not an Obama or Bush situation/blame….basically the President (at any given time) is presiding over an army of life long bureaucrats…they were there before the current President and they’ll be there after….which is one of many reasons why it is difficult to substantially change anything in DC regardless of who is supposedly “running the show”.

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GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

You are one of the reasons the country is F@%^Ked up. Republican presidents DO NOT USE GOVERMENT AGENCIES to Persecute political enemies…

It’s why the “They’re all criminals” Bull$!*% is so dangerous. Liberals love F*#Kin Idiots like you, Fleet and FITS.

If you don’t Identify Liberals (and make it sound like everybody does it) Democrats can avoid Accountability…

Get your Head out of ypour @$$…Democrats use goverrnment agencies to go after politcal enemies. Republicans DO NOT…if they did the media would Crucfy them…

You are a BIG F#@Kin Problem, in your IGNORANCE, because you beleive the B#!!-$#!* the liberals feed you to protect their Corruption…

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? May 12, 2013 at 8:51 am

Tell your caretaker to up the dosage.

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GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

They all do it right: Tell me which GOP President has used a government agency to go after his political foes?

Obama and Clinton, both did it….if they ALL do it, then you can show me where a GOP president did it….other than Nixon: And if you use him (a poor example) he paid dearly for it…

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Jan May 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

See my example above. Once again you are proven liar. By the way, I have no problem identifying Nixon. He was a Republican and those involved in the scandal were employees and agents of the US Government directed by a Republican President. So that is two. There are many more, but you can do your own research.

Jan May 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

What a joke, Republican Presidents have never hesitated to attempt to use government agents to go after their political enemies. Richard Nixon ring a bell? George Bush and Carl Rove pressured US Attorneys to prosecute Democratic Politicians prior to the 2004 election and fired those who did not comply.

Finally, lets not forget the ultimate use of power. Bush invaded Iraq, to avenge the attack on his father and to put billions of dollars into the pocket of Haliburton on a no bid contract. All while telling the American public what everyone now knows to be a lie about WMD.

As usual you are a liar.

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GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

What are you talking about, you paranoid dumb@$$????

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Jan May 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

The dismissal of U.S. Attorneys controversy was initiated by the unprecedented midterm dismissal of seven United States Attorneys on December 7, 2006, by the George W. Bush administration’s Department of Justice. Congressional investigations focused on whether the Department of Justice and the White House were using the U.S. Attorney positions for political advantage. Allegations were that some of the attorneys were targeted for dismissal to impede investigations of Republican politicians or that some were targeted for their failure to initiate investigations that would damage Democratic politicians or hamper Democratic-leaning voters. The U.S. attorneys were replaced with interim appointees, under provisions in the 2005 USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization.

The dismissed U.S. Attorneys had all been appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate, more than four years earlier. Two other attorneys were dismissed in controversial circumstances in 2005–2006. Twenty-six or more U.S. Attorneys had been under consideration for dismissal during this time period. The firings received attention via hearings in Congress in January 2007, and by March 2007 the controversy had national visibility. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated that the U.S. Attorneys “serve at the pleasure of the president”.

By mid-September 2007, nine of the highest-level officers of the Department of Justice associated with the controversy had resigned most prominently, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

A subsequent report by the Justice Department Inspector General in October 2008 found that the process used to fire the first seven attorneys and two others dismissed around the same time was “arbitrary”, “fundamentally flawed”, and “raised doubts about the integrity of Department prosecution decisions”.

? May 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

You think they are bad now? Wait to the full force of Obamacare kicks in…they are the ones charged with deciding who is complying or not…..eeek!

Btw, I agree with fleet…the IRS is not an Obama or Bush situation/blame….basically the President (at any given time) is presiding over an army of life long bureaucrats…they were there before the current President and they’ll be there after….which is one of many reasons why it is difficult to substantially change anything in DC regardless of who is supposedly “running the show”.

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GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

UPDATE: Ways and Means to IRS: ‘Provide All Communications Containing Words ‘Tea Party,’ ‘Patriot,’ or ‘Conservative’—By Wednesday

This will GET GOOD (and it’s why we really need to increase our numbers in the US House. We can take this punk out, if we investigate. Even the Dolts won’t be able to cover for him…

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BrigidBernadette May 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

And now Jewish groups are complaining that they too were targeted, for supporting Israel, let’s see the list get longer as this latest scandal breaks.

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GrandTango May 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Anti-Semitism (siding w/ the PLO and Muslim Brotherhood) is a trait of liberals…so I’m not surprised.

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lowcorider May 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

A lot of money going to al Qaeda through these non profits. Why do you Tea Partiers support terrorism?

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GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

Au contraire: It was Obama who got campaign contributions from the home of terrorist groups..
But the liberal playbook is: Whatever you get caught doing, just blame it on the right…
But this one may get you, along w/ Benghazi..Because people are blowing the whistle on you…that’s rare w/ liberals…
You are not God, like you’ve been told.

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Lowcorider May 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

A lot of money going to al Qaeda through these non profits. Why do you Tea Partiers support terrorism?

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GrandTango May 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

Rut-Ro’…there’s more coming out each day: http://cnsnews.com/

Internal IRS Mandate: ‘Be on the Lookout’ for ‘Organizations Involved In … Educating on Constitution and Bill of Rights’

I think when you look at the voting data, and the known voting fraud, there is NO doubt the Obama Administration is Corrupt, and will do anything to cheat and attack other Americans, it hates…

But GOSH…this is wild…

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Myrtle Manor Queen May 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

I think the IRS goes after everyone regardless. Right, left, in between, we all get audited. Here in the trailer park, I know at least 2 beauticians and 1 yellow dog democrat that had their returns looked at.

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Myrtle Manor Queen May 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

I think the IRS goes after everyone regardless. Right, left, in between, we all get audited. Here in the trailer park, I know at least 2 beauticians and 1 yellow dog democrat that had their returns looked at.

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Jeffy2001 May 14, 2013 at 2:34 am

I assume the Policy Council will demand a criminal investigation?

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Jeffy2001 May 14, 2013 at 2:34 am

I assume the Policy Council will demand a criminal investigation?

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