So, the accusations have been confirmed. IRS Agents in Cincinnati targeted Tea Party groups who were filing for tax-exempt status. Via WaPo,
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday apologized for targeting groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, confirming long-standing accusations by some conservatives that their applications for tax-exempt status were being improperly delayed and scrutinized.
Among the improper scrutiny were illegal demands for full donor lists for some organizations, and even logs of all social media activity from sites like Facebook and Twitter. I kind of have to wonder if the lovely folks at Media Matters ever received this kind of anal probe.
Remember that when you pay federal taxes, a fraction of the money that comes out of your pocket goes into the pockets of every IRS worker at the Cincinnati office. Then think that your money just paid for these government workers to perform unethical and possibly illegal activities while performing public service.
When Barack Obama threatens that a minor percentage cut in the growth of future government spending will cause planes to fall out of the sky and entire cities to burn, these are the people he is really defending. These are the unionized public employees who funded his campaign.
Now they’re causing trouble for groups of private citizens, and in spite of the sound and fury from today, most likely nothing will happen.
A BEDROCK principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose. The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends.
So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.
It’s refreshing that this piece wasn’t written by some syndicated house conservative. Liberal readers will automatically reject an editorial by someone like Byron York or George Will, but when the editorial board takes a stance like this it’s much more difficult to ignore. Not that they won’t try. From the comments:
It is no secret that Tea party and so called Patriot organizations are the ones most likely to publicly express their hatred of United States government interference in their lives and the organizations most likely to directly and indirectly advocate its overthrow. We know too that such organization (with names like tea party and patriot in their names) will more than likely be outspoken Obama haters.
Now it may not be the right thing to “profile” those suspicious sounding organizations, but I think human nature would compel me to scrutinize and examine their applications more closely; yes closer than I otherwise would organizations with names like Progressive and Liberal in them simply because liberals and progressives do not advocate treason.
Right. Liberals and progressives do not advocate treason.