The specific targeting of specific groups based on ideology, and the attempts to
force them to provide "balanced" presentation, without demanding the
same of leftist groups is disturbing.
Ultra Bob you are misguided and I'm no conservative blogger. This is
concerning to everyone. Someday a Republican will be at the top appointing
whoever. I don't want to this happen to people who belong or support
liberal or left organizations. This is scary stuff.
Ultra BobWhat laws has the Tea Party violated???What laws have
the SDS, OWS, The Weather Underground, Black Panthers, etc broken? I can list
them if you need them. So why is it the Tea Party that you think needs extra
IRS crackdowns?IRS being super motivated to do their job is one
thing. IRS being POLITICIALLY motivated to block conservative groups that have
broken no laws from organising (because they are working for the Democrats) is
snother.I know the Government is in the business of enforcing the
law. But what was going on at the IRS was not enforcing the law... it was
becoming a law unto yourself. Even the President and the head of the IRS
admits that what happened was inapropriate and can't be tolerated in a free
society. So why do YOU seem to feel it's acceptable and an appropriate use
of Government??? When everyone (Republican and Democrat) is denounceing it?You seem to be out of touch.
@atl134Some applications were asked for the names of donors, not an
approved IRS practice, and delayed for years. If your implication is that all
groups were treated equally, the answer is simply No.
2 bits.In my book, the purpose of government is to protect
it’s citizens from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. The greater of
this effort is protection from domestic enemies, those who are ourselves who
would do harm to our lives and happiness. The government does this by
enforcing the laws, which is often referred to as exercising control over the
citizens. Every part of our government is a law enforcement agency.
The fact that they specialize in certain areas of the law does not change that
purpose. The IRS is concerned with taxes, the FDA deals with things we ingest,
etc. etc. etc.. Most of us would like to think that each of these
parts of government is super motivated to do the most complete and competent job
possible in their area.
It is a sad thing, but none the less appropriate to have the picture showing
goals of the conservatives hiding behind an American flag. I think
that the conservatives believe that if they are carrying an American flag,
people won’t notice their anti-America attitude.
This just feeds the fears of people who tend to not trust Government, who think
government beurocrats can become corrupt and start using their positions and
their departments, and their power, as social engineering tools to encourage
people to not get out of line or ask for change.The only thing that
could be worse than the IRS targetting conservatives for intimidation and
keeping them from organizing or getting politically involved would be for the
Dept of Homeland Security to target and list Conservatives and Christians as
"High Risk" of being domestic terrorists... oh wait... that already
happened.It's just not a good path to even START down.I hope they can nip it in the bud before we have other departments thinking
they are the SS... responsible for keeping the people in line with THEIR
politics. I can see this type of activity being acceptable in Nazi Germany...
but not in the United States.
Has there been a single conservative group that didn't get their tax status
as a result of this?
@conservative scientistOne of them is Secretary of the Treasury.
I remember a few years ago that Obama was having trouble filling his cabinet
because many of the people he was considering had not pain their income taxes.
What ever happened to any of those people?
@MaverickDoes that include the IRS collecting names of those who
contribute to conservative organizations and illegally distributing them? Or
does your fervor over tax cheats extend only to conservatives? Change we can
believe in? Sounds more like Richard Nixon.
Now we know what "fundamental change" looks like.
The IRS auditing tax cheats is what they did. I don't care whether they are
right wing or left wing. Prosecuting tax cheats is what they do. And I thank
them for it.