@atl134The scandal has been admitted to. IT not even an
issue that they went after certain groups, most certainly to silence their
voices, with a costly and belabored application process.And the
fact government was using tyrannical powers to do this should be abhorrent
whether you agree with those voices or not.
Of course they start with their unprecedented demands for voluminous
documentation from the small groups. They are less likely to have high priced
lawyers doing the paperwork, and thus will be the easiest to intimidate. Then,
the IRS only has to point out to the larger groups "Nice little group you
got here. Be a shame if anything happened to youse guys," and point out
that other groups have given up.This was a purely political
exercise, with the goal of suppressing votes from conservatives, one of the most
dastardly deeds in a democracy.
The business woman in Texas who had not be audited in 20 years claims she had 17
federal agency (IRS, OSHA, ATF, FBI) visits after applying for a tax-exempt
organization status illustrates that the IRS misconduct was not an error in
judgment or an unwise decision. If true, these abuses are not the IRS just over
zealously doing their job. While apologies are in order, if laws were broken
there should also be justice. IF Mr. Obama, Mr. Holder and the former IRS chief
do not have answers, just who is in charge?
The tax code needs to be totally and completely overhauled and the IRS
abolished. Never again should this kind of intimidation happen. And anybody in
the administration who had knowledge of this while it was happening needs to
The real IRS scandal should be that a lot of organizations (right and left) are
getting a tax exempt status reserved for organizations that are primarily for
social welfare when these groups are clearly primarily for political activism.