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May 11, 2013 - 1:41 pm

The plot thickens.

The Associated Press
is reporting that senior officials of the IRS knew back in June of 2011 that the agency was targeting groups with “Tea Party,” “Patriot,” and “9/12 Project” in their names. At that point, Lois Lerner, who oversees the IRS department dealing with tax-exempt status, told the employees to change the criteria for flagging tax-exempt groups “immediately.”

But the criteria weren’t changed until January of 2012:

The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration is expected to release the results of a nearly yearlong investigation in the coming week. The AP obtained part of the draft report, which has been shared with congressional aides.

Among the other revelations, on Aug. 4, 2011, staffers in the IRS’ Rulings and Agreements office “held a meeting with chief counsel so that everyone would have the latest information on the issue.”

On Jan, 25, 2012, the criteria for flagging suspect groups was changed to, “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement,” the report says.

While this was happening, several committees in Congress were writing IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to express concern because tea party groups were complaining of IRS harassment.

In Shulman’s responses, he did not acknowledge targeting of tea party groups. At a congressional hearing March 22, 2012, Shulman was adamant in his denials.

“There’s absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people” who apply for tax-exempt status, Shulman said at the House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing.

The portion of the draft report reviewed by the AP does not say whether Shulman or anyone else in the Obama administration outside the IRS was informed of the targeting. But it is standard procedure for agency heads to consult with staff before responding to congressional inquiries.

Shulman was appointed by President George W. Bush, a Republican. His 6-year term ended in November. President Barack Obama has yet to nominate a successor. The agency is now run by an acting commissioner, Steven Miller.

It appears that the IRS didn’t cease and desist until it became clear that Congress was getting suspicious. Are they seriously making the argument that they found out about the practice in June of 2011 and then it took seven months to change the criteria after Ms. Lerner ordered the practice halted “immediately”? What were they doing over those seven months while conservatives were being harassed and bullied? And who promulgated the original criteria in the first place?

And what do you make of the timing of this political hot potato? Out of the clear, blue sky Lois Lerner volunteers this dynamite information, dropping it on a lazy Friday afternoon with Benghazi sucking up all the oxygen in the media universe. Not exactly subtle are they?

The administration will go to the ends of the earth to keep Obama from any taint of scandal here. Using the IRS for political purposes is just the sort of thing conservatives have been looking for since Obama took office.

One of the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon was his use of the IRS to harass and destroy his political enemies.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Wait - so this is something you consider impeachable? And all that silly stuff about Benghazi isn't?

And that's why you wrote that other piece? Because you want people to jump on this bandwagon instead?

Well. Bad as this is, I still consider letting people die to be a worse offense. And one more directly attributable to the president.

I just don't get you.
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Why didn't somebody tell Obama? I'm sure he would have put a stop to such criminal activity done on his behalf long ago if anyone had told him.
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"Using the IRS for political purposes is just the sort of thing conservatives have been looking for since Obama took office."

No, it is what we have been *predicting* since Obama became the nominee in Jun of '08. Some of us knew exactly what we were seeing. Obama's a monster.
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Wait - so this is something you consider impeachable? And all that silly stuff about Benghazi isn't?

And that's why you wrote that other piece? Because you want people to jump on this bandwagon instead?

Well. Bad as this is, I still consider letting people die to be a worse offense. And one more directly attributable to the president.

I just don't get you.
1 year ago
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Precisely.

Who cares that Stevens was running weapons to al Qaeda?

Who cares that al Qaeda then killed Stevens?

Who cares that the administration is trying to cover all of it up?

As Hillary "Rick Moran" Clinton said, at this point, what difference does it make?!
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Benghazi might have been a misjudgement initially, before it became a coverup. Targeting political enemies for IRS harassment was deliberate from the git go.
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Good point, SongDog. Arming al Qaeda to transfer weapons to Syria was definitely just a misjudgment.

Certainly not an "impeachable offense". That just makes you sound like a nutty Constitutionalist. One of the "Tea Party" people trying so hard to dismantle Rick Moran's Republican Party.

What we really need a Nationalist Progressive in the Whitehouse, like ole G.W. Those whacky Internationalist Progressives like Obama are just too out there for good Republicans.
1 year ago
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Wake up, Rick Moran. This is your moderate, legitimate, America-loving President at work. Don't you just love him?
1 year ago
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I told you not to miss any of your remedial reading classes at the JC. Now look what happened. You are functionally illiterate again.

I have written about 3, 000 blog posts, articles, and essays all over the net since 2007 when Obama announced his candidacy. There may be a dozen or so that say anything nice about the president and thousands that skewer him.

You're problem is that I don't hate him with the same, unreasoning, hysterical spite that you do. Sorry, but I don't do crazy very well.
1 year ago
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One thing that Prez Barack Hussein has made good on is fundamentally transformng the nation. It didn't seem so bad in the first place, but the transformations have come steadily, where the rule of law is transformed to be an option (not a requirement) in really important Progressive initiatives:

Obamacare wasn't passed legally, so it was "deemed" to have passed instead. Thus 18% of the economy passed into federal hands.

The Dream Act was implemented as an executive order without legislation from Congress. Thus was national sovereignty further deflated.

Big banks were declared too big too fail, thus guaranteeing their solvency with taxpayer dollars was put into law. Thus the principles of risk/reward and private property were harmed, but hey, the institution of crony capitalism got a big boost. Question: if a company is too big to fail, then isn't it too big to make a profit? Economics 101 used to teach that.

Homeowners have been given a series of taxpayer-funded bailouts for their underwater homes. Thus one of the first principles of free economics that "a deal is a deal" was put heroically pushed under the bus.

In the unneeded "rescue" of Detroit automakers, the principle of legal precedence was overthrown, screwing bondholders out of $20 billion and giving the dough to the UAW. Thus the notion of a predictable legal framework in which to invest and do business was nullified.

War was renamed "kinetic military action" and we went to war with Libya. Thus the requirement of Congressional declaration of war was wiped away once and for all.

There's more. We're on a roll. We are rolling downhill.
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Holy man, worse than all the foregoing is federal legislation, like that which created the CFPB, which transfers so much discretion to agency heads and cabinet officers, and in the case of the CFPB, attempting to put it beyond judicial review or Congressional restraint.
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Now the real questions are: 1) will this be treated as seriously by the media as it would had Bush done such a thing, and 2) will anything be done about it?

Forget Benghazi, here is you impeachable offense.
1 year ago
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Why wait to see if the media treat this properly. The IRS and Obama are targeting conservatives, why are conservatives waiting for the MSM to do something? Stand up for yourself Unions and Black Panthers don't hope the media see things their way. They act on their own behalf.
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Here's a question - other than their normal harassment, did they take any further enforcement actions? Did they find any violations?

I'm going to assume they did, and under the "even blind squirrel trips over a nut now and then" rule, it might even have been valid. But if it goes beyond that ... well, if it went beyond that, we might have heard about it by now.

Not but that the harassment part of it isn't plenty bad enough, the IRS even when they do their job honestly is a pain in the butt.
1 year ago
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Uh oh, Rick bad delved into the fruitcake right by using the "I" word! Watch it Rick, or some PJ Media blogger will accuse of using the tactics of the Statists.

Go to hell, Rick.
1 year ago
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" . . . bad delved into the fruitcake right . . ." Huh?

"I word," as in: internal?

The word "internal" will lead to accusations of being a statist? What?

This must be one of the least comprehensible comments on record. I can only assume the liberal mind at work, judging from the out-of-nowhere rudeness at the end. (Which also happens to be the only clear sentence.)
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Cell phone corrected it. Replace bad with has.

Immediately after admonishing Constitutionalists for wanting to impeach Obama over running weapons to al Qaeda through ambassador Stevens, letting him hang in the breeze while same al Qaeda kills Stevens, and then lying about it, Moran has the testicular fortitude to call for impeachment for using the IRS against political opponents.

Rick and you can go to hell if my so-called rudeness makes your lady-parts throb. I'm sick of the inconsistent flailing of Progressives. Moran can't tell if he's coming or going when he blogs, which might explain the rapid-fire posting of three articles - one in which he precludes people like me from saying impeachment, and two in which the pot screams "black!" at the kettle.
1 year ago
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Why didn't somebody tell Obama? I'm sure he would have put a stop to such criminal activity done on his behalf long ago if anyone had told him.
1 year ago
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Yes, if Father Stalin only knew SO many were being wrongly worked to death inside the labor camps, he would've swooped in and made those bad men stop.
1 year ago
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Friday document dumps tend to work best when there's no other major scandal already in the pipeline -- dumping the IRS information yesterday and today on top of the Benghazi revelations is more like pouring gasoline onto the brushfire, because it makes it even tougher for the Sunday shows to avoid talking about Obama Administration corruption in general and not tie the two together (though if David Gregory centers "Meet the Press" on Sunday around the Jodi Arias verdict and the release of the Cleveland hostages, it wouldn't be a shock. But I don't expect ABC and CBS to do the same this time around).
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Yet more evidence that liberals are mentally incapable of objectivity. You're born with it or you aren't. Which explains why they have no interest in western thought: it simply dumfounds them.

Do we really want to continue living with these people?

(BTW: I think you Quayled that potato.)
1 year ago
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"Using the IRS for political purposes is just the sort of thing conservatives have been looking for since Obama took office."

No, it is what we have been *predicting* since Obama became the nominee in Jun of '08. Some of us knew exactly what we were seeing. Obama's a monster.
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