I remember the Nixon WH giving those same assurances!
From the Washington Post. An IRS worker is quoted:"“We’re not political,’’ said one determinations
staffer in khakis as he left work late Tuesday afternoon. “We people on
the local level are doing what we are supposed to do. . . .
That’s why there are so many people here who are flustered. Everything
comes from the top. We don’t have any authority to make those decisions
without someone signing off on them. There has to be a directive.”
IRS will have non elected people to control our health care, with thousands of
new regulations, and rules.With Obama creating this, it's
unbelievable he doesn't know what's going on.With control
of health care, education, military, etc, we won't be the land of freedom
we once had.May our Obama voters get what they voted for.
For those arguing that the TEA party organizations are political and
shouldn't be granted tax-exempt status the problem is that progressive
organizations with similar activities were granted tax-exempt status very
quickly. The additional requirements for information and delays were applied
only to conservative groups, not all political groups. When the applications are
treated differently based soley on their poitical views there is a problem.I doubt the president personally directed which groups to target, but he
is the person selecting the agency heads who set the tone and attitudes at the
IRS and other government agencies. He is creating the culture that these actions
We need a president who knows what's going on. Forget the golf course for
What I found reprehensible is that this guy read off a teleprompter.
At 10CC-- and when has obama ever followed the rules. He is the law.
The IRS is the new Gestapo! Don't believe it? Guess who is running and
enforcing your obedience to Obamacare!
Nixon did not know about Watergate until he read it in the news. However, it
was people who worked for him, committing illegal acts that was the root cause
of the festering wound that was Watergate,In this case, Obama and
his Chicago corruptocrat cronies est the climate that not only tolerates but
encourages underhanded actions, with plausible deniability for those at the top.
This was clearly part of their scheme to steal the election by suppressing
conservative voices trying to educate voters, and also to suppress conservative
vote turnout by sheer intimidation.Obama may not have known, but
nothing he has done has stopped behavior like this. He may not be
impeachable for IRSgate, but there should be no doubt of his ethical standards-
there are none.
Cont'd:"Employees in the IRS's tax-exempt unit were
stupefied by the rules about which they had to make decisions. They were so
confused, their bosses decided they needed hands-on training. You might have
expected the training to happen sooner. The problems remain, however, according
to the IG, and the guidance the workers labor under is vague at best. (Page
14)Some applications for tax-exempt status were under review for as
long as 3 years. Even though the law gives applicants the right to sue the IRS
if they failed to get a conclusive response from the agency within 270 days,
none did, at least not during the two years of the IG's investigation.
(Page 16)When the IG pointed out the error of their ways, IRS
officials were, to some extent, still not seeing things as clearly as the IG
thought they should. For instance, IRS officials said issues the IG raised had
been resolved. The IG flatly contradicted them, saying no, they hadn't been
fixed. Some applications from groups with evidence of substantial
political activity weren't forwarded to the team that had the task of
giving applications extra scrutiny. (Pages 9-10)"
How many Tea Partiers would contend that theirs is a political movement? I
would imagine a pretty high percentage.The law passed by Congress
says the type of tax exempt groups these TP groups were applying for cannot be
political in nature, which is what caused the Cincinnati IRS office so much
grief in trying to apply the standard. By a similar standard, I cant get tax
exempt status for a local branch of the "Church of the NFL". Go
figure.After Richard Nixon abused the IRS and used it to go after
his enemies, a "firewall" was set up between the Presidency and the
IRS.It's completely ironic that the current conservative
fantasy that Obama went after the Tea Partiers through the IRS is impossible, by
statute, because a Repubublican already did that.
Some findings of the Inspector General Report:"The IG report was
our first source without skin in the game to report that agency employees said
no outsiders influenced them to target conservative applicants. (Page 7)The IRS employees responsible for applying greater scrutiny to groups
with "Tea Party" or "Patriots" in their names were evidently
incorrigible. After their boss told them to cease and desist they did,
temporarily. Then they went back to doing their own thing, which meant using
inappropriate filters to select applicants for additional review. (Page 7)At one point, in an agency of 106,000 workers, just one bureaucrat had
the job of reviewing applications for tax-exempt status that were selected for
greater scrutiny because the information raised questions about their political
activities. (Page 5)The IG says "it's considering"
following up its first evaluation with a deeper dive into exactly how the IRS
unit it studied monitors the political activities of the "social
welfare" groups it grants tax-exempt status. It wants to make sure the unit
knows when such organizations cross the line to engage in too much politics.
(Page 4, Footnote 12)"("10 Things We Learned from the Inspector
As Colonel Potter would say: "Mule Fritters!"
The POTUS didn't know? Who da thunk it? He doesn't know much about
anything lately. Too much golf or too much campaigning? We REALLY need a POTUS
that works. This one doesn't.
I watched Hogan's Heroes as a kid. I Know Nothing, is the Fraze that comes
to mind, or What Me Worry, I do what I want. There the top ones.
Sorry atl134,You can be tax exempt and speak out politically.The left has many billionaire funded groups doing just that.It's called 1st amendment rights.They are using the IRS and
clinton used the irs as well, to attack their enemies, and to intimidate and
silence their critics into silence.If you claim their is no
government tyranny then you are naive.Tyrannical government
practices have been around for two hundred years, let's start with wounded
knee and the murder of women and children, the trail of tears, indian
reservations, prison camp for german in ww1, and prison camps for japanese in
ww2, ruby ridge, the branch davidians, and this irs scandals and the ap scandal
where this admin is using the patriot act own it's own citizens(no wonder
obama renewed it), just to name a some government tryanny. This
radical administation is dirty to the core.It is astounding the
thee amount of lies this administration is spoon feeding the public and their
What did the Inspector General's report say about the IRS purported
targeting of conservative groups? Is DN going to provide that
information or just write articles on the scandal?
The real scandal should be that these tea party groups actually got tax exempt
status. Most of them should've been rejected as well as all of these
obviously political groups on the left and right (like Crossroads GPS on the
right and Priorities USA on the left) trying to get tax exempt status that is
reserved for charities.
I just hope to hear the liberals calling for his resignation, just like they did
for John Swallow.Please liberals, don't be hypocrites.
Whether he knew or not, hardly removed the blame on the White House. He is
supposed to be aware of what went on. Ignorance is no excuse. Oops, that's
the voters excuse for reelecting him.
Yeah, right. I've also got some beach front property in Arizona for sale
if you believe this headline.
if they say so then it must be. after all this is the most transparent
administration in US history.