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Just because the IRS has no friends doesn’t mean that the administration’s most reliable allies in the media can’t engage in some pushback against the narrative emerging about harassment and bullying of conservative groups by the tax agency.

And leading the media charge is the president’s most ardent supporter, the New York Times.

A no-brainer, yes? As expected as the morning sun — except that the Times appears to have taken the brazen tack that IRS scrutiny of conservative groups was necessary and proper, that they should have been more aggressive, and that conservative non-profits “masquerade” as a “social welfare” organizations.

First, an editorial headlined “IRS Audits are Condemned.” The passive voice is deliberate:

The Internal Revenue Service was absolutely correct to look into the abuse of the tax code by political organizations masquerading as “social welfare” groups over the last three years. The agency’s mistake — and it was a serious one — was focusing on groups with “Tea Party” in their name or those criticizing how the country is run.

Unfortunately, it appears as though the I.R.S. looked only at conservative groups applying for the exemption, an inexcusable mistake given its power over individuals, nonprofits and corporations, and the potential for abuse. It’s important to point out, though, that this is a far cry from President Richard Nixon’s interest in intimidating his political enemies through selective audits of personal tax records. There is no evidence President Obama knew about the audits by the I.R.S. The groups involved were seeking not to pay taxes on large amounts of income by claiming that they promote social welfare. No one has an automatic right to this tax exemption; those seeking one should expect close scrutiny from the government to ensure it is not evading taxes.

For many years, however, the I.R.S. hasn’t provided it. Democratic groups were the first ones to start abusing their social-welfare tax status in the 2004 election; the Republicans followed suit and became the biggest players in this field beginning in 2008. Far bigger than any Tea Party group, Crossroads GPS nakedly violated the tax code by spending tens of millions on behalf of Republican candidates, claiming it wasn’t political because it ran only “issue ads.” It never lost its tax exemption.

In 2011, when the director of the agency’s tax-exempt division, Lois Lerner, heard about Tea Party applicants being singled out for review through keyword searches in applications, she ordered that the focus be broadened to all political or lobbying organizations seeking such an exemption, The New York Times reported. Agency employees didn’t seem to get the message and kept the focus, wrongly, on conservative groups.

We’re seeing a lot of these bullet points around lefty sites and media outlets. The IRS was just doing its job, but “mistakes” were made. This isn’t Watergate because Nixon went after individuals and sought to intimidate them (talk to some tea party folk and ask if they didn’t feel “intimidated”). The proliferation of political groups purporting to be social welfare organizations justified the scrutiny. And despite being told to cease and desist in their efforts to target conservative groups, somehow — inexplicably — those “lower level” employees in Cincinnati kept up with the targeting efforts.

The major talking point is that the tea party groups don’t deserve tax-exempt status because they’re partisan in nature and so the IRS audits were proper. The only problem, says the Times, is that they were singled out. Piously, the Times proclaims their support for looking at both Democratic and Republican groups, but the whole point of developing criteria to separate applications for tax-exempt status was supposedly to make the job of the auditors easier. There were far more groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their name than any liberal-type designation.

You would have to be brain-dead if you worked for the IRS and didn’t realize the dangerous implications of developing such criteria. Someone in the agency wasn’t looking so much for a short cut to combing through tax-exempt applications, as much as they were looking for an excuse to target conservatives. A political judgment had been made that tea party and other conservative groups weren’t worthy of tax-exempt status while liberal groups were.

The Times continues this theme in one of their only “news” stories about the scandal, “Uneven I.R.S. Scrutiny Seen in Political Spending by Big Tax-Exempt Groups”:

Over the last two years, government watchdog groups filed more than a dozen complaints with the Internal Revenue Service seeking inquiries into whether large nonprofit organizations like those founded by the Republican political operative Karl Rove and former Obama administration aides had violated their tax-exempt status by spending tens of millions of dollars on political advertising.

The I.R.S. never responded.

During the same period, the agency singled out dozens of Tea Party-inspired groups that had applied for I.R.S. recognition, officials acknowledged on Friday, subjecting them to rounds of detailed questioning about their political activities. None of those groups were big spenders on political advertising; most were local Tea Party organizations with shoestring budgets.

For the I.R.S.’s bipartisan legion of critics, the agency’s record has underscored its contradictory and seemingly confused response to the fastest-growing corner in the world of unlimited political spending: tax-exempt groups that have paid for at least half a billion dollars in campaign ads during the last two election cycles.

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Mugging America, one destroyed freedom at a time.

The Agenda Media are co-conspirators in the gang rape of our liberties. And, the Daily Duranty has been a cesspool of treason for 50 years.

A dead border agent, 300 dead Mexicans, four dead in Benghazi...the body bags are filling. But the printing of the toe tags began the day the Agenda Media decided that there was no need to watchdog hard leftists because they wore the same uniform. Mugging America was...and is...first and foremost...a media crime.
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Would you still make the bet if you knew the auditors were the same people blocking tax exempt status for Tea Party groups? And if they are not the same individuals, what causes you to believe the auditors' political outlook would be any different?
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Yeah - that Obama didn't know about the IRS actions is like Hitler didn't know about Auschwitz - Treblinka, etc. Perhaps not since those days in the 1930's have we seen a bureaucracy so willing, compliant and eager to carry out every whim of the head of state.

The dangers of such a willing bureaucracy is in the history books for all to see. One can only wonder - without checks and balances where all this could have ended up. Could each and every email - post on an internet blog - cell phone conversation - etc - be used against American citizens? Is it quietly being done now? Every slight against Obama and the democrats recorded and scored for degrees of seriousness? Who knows how deep this runs?

So many questions - so few answers.
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If the Democrat Operatives, with and without bylines, couldn't lie to us about what the government is doing, they wouldn't be able to report anything at all; for if The Left told the truth about what they do and want to do, no one would support them at all.
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The core problem is having a system where political organizations are subject, or not subject, to the government power of taxation - at the discretion of govt agency employees.
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Absolutely...

I can recall during Clintons terms, the left demanding our leaders never mention God in speeches, or every campaign at a church.. a week later, Clinton was banging the pulpit at an NAACP church and praising God...

The silence about it was thundering..

When we mention God, we're exploiting peoples faith.. when a liberal does it, he's expressing a "deeply held conviction"

yeah yeah sure sure..

They don't even TRY to hide their contradiction.. their barking seal base would applaud if Obama read to them from a phone book, bright they are not..
1 year ago
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The vile nasty smell of the left wing jackbooted apologists..

oh it was far more than merely targeting the conservatives as we now know.. it was a blatant intimidation campaign ordered from a much higher level. Toobent is more repugnant that a "good German" looking the other way.. he's bringing donuts and coffee to the inquisition, and damning those "tax evaders" too a secular Hell of endless audits and having their personal information hand delivered to the left's political thug groups, and oh so happy to smear journalists.

They level false accusations, then praise the fasicist tactics of government harassment.

How much data mined from those millions of extraordinary information requests are now sitting in a Soros funded left wing hack groups data base? Your car vandalized, your employer heckled to fire you,.. you kids beaten around a school yard.. someone accosts you in public.. How will we ever know now if that isn't an orchestrated domestic political terror campaign?

They stole... then handed out illegally highly personal data..

and the left cheers like retarded kids at the circus... calling the bully the "hero".. sickening.. Even here, people are coming forward explaining how their all of a sudden audits.. all started at about the same time.. But the slimes says it's not directed at PERSONS.. just the people who inhabit these groups. The stench of a Chavezista banana republic is hanging thick, and the hard left is scratching it's head anyone would object.. I mean, they've been smearing these groups for merely exiting on the right for years now... didn't we get their message..

shut up.. or be "dealt with".

and the scumbag Media Matters chugs along spewing lies and propaganda tax exempt status UNQUESTIONED... because there is no wrong doing in leftopia.. just retribution being meted out to DESERVING peasants.

The good thing.. is rank and file democrats are recoiling in horror and self preservation.. They want NO part of this.. the right is outraged by thugs running the IRS.. and little dimwitted progressives are shocked... shocked, there aren't parades for their bullyboys doing what they wish they could do.. smash citizens for opposing them, their views.. lives..

The moral difference between cheering on political persecutions.. and loading people into cattle cars isn't much.. a millimeter or two.. but then.. the NYT's cheered Stalin on too, didn't they?
1 year ago
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A stopped clock is right twice a day, and so is Rick Moran.

At least he keeps his opinion out of this article and for the most part sticks only to the facts. I do appreciate that he's standing against obvious government tyranny by posting this article. Good for you, Rick.
1 year ago
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Guess they took a page from the DOJ's book. Just doing their job - maybe a little more diligently in some cases than in others, but what the heck. It all evens out in the end, right?
1 year ago
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No question about that.

To really see the pervasiveness of the Left's propaganda campaign against the Tea Party, google this:

"Tea Party" fascist OR racist OR Nazi OR violent
returns 51,800,000 hits.

And then there's this:

Julian Bond, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said during a Tuesday interview on MSNBC that it’s only right and just that the federal government and the IRS target tea party groups.

Tea party groups are, after all, “overtly racist” and the “Taliban wing of American politics,” Mr. Bond said, Mediaite reported. The IRS ought to look over these groups’ shoulders, he said — at the same time condemning former President Bush, for what he alleged was that administration’s biased push for the IRS to investigate the NAACP.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/14/naacps-julien-bond-its-ok-irs-target-racist-tea-pa/
1 year ago
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Indeed, the irony of a racist member of an explicitly racist group (NAACP) calling someone else a racist is almost too much to bear.

What's crazy about it, is he says we're "admittedly racist". Because, you know, the 3 planks of the Tea Party openly admit to our racism:

1. Fiscal Responsibility
2. Free Markets
3. Constitutionally Limited Federal Government
1 year ago
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Of course, it doesn't take much to walk back through the last year or so of Rick Moran's articles on politics to see him calling the Tea Party "radical" and "extremist" and subtly suggesting in more than a few places that we're also bigots.

Rick decries our existence as if he's one of his self-described centrists who've been rudely shoved to the "sidelines" to watch as Constitutionalists try to shout down reasonable people and rend the Republican Party.

I'm actually more than a little surprised to see him going after the IRS on this issue. Just take a few minutes to breeze back to January 2012 and see what Rick has to say about people with whom he apparently disagrees. I'd think he'd be jumping on the "the basically deserved it" bandwagon.
1 year ago
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The NY Times editorial was written before the following news emerged:

WASHINGTON -- In the 27 months that the Internal Revenue Service put a hold on all Tea Party applications for non-profit status, it approved applications from similar liberal groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.

As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with obviously liberal names were approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," these groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.

www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/14/irs-gave-progressives-a-pass-tea-party-groups-put-on-hold/2159983/
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Mugging America, one destroyed freedom at a time.

The Agenda Media are co-conspirators in the gang rape of our liberties. And, the Daily Duranty has been a cesspool of treason for 50 years.

A dead border agent, 300 dead Mexicans, four dead in Benghazi...the body bags are filling. But the printing of the toe tags began the day the Agenda Media decided that there was no need to watchdog hard leftists because they wore the same uniform. Mugging America was...and is...first and foremost...a media crime.
1 year ago
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And the answers you have may be all you get. As long as the press sits on the sidelines, the administration can get away with stonewalling. Somewhere on the 'net this morning I read that a State Department spokesperson said " You will just have to trust us" concerning where the Benghazi talking points were re-written. They will get away with that unless and until the WaPo, CBS, the LA Times and similar organs begin to be publicly critical of the stonewalling and demand facts.
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