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May 13, 2013 - 9:49 am

A Democratic senator has called on President Obama to “immediately condemn” the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups.

“The actions of the IRS are unacceptable and un-American. Government agencies using their bureaucratic muscle to target Americans for their political beliefs cannot be tolerated,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said today. “The president must immediately condemn this attack on our values, find those individuals in his administration who are responsible and fire them.”

The commissioner who was in charge during last campaign season, Douglas Shulman, left the administration three days after Obama was re-elected.

Manchin said the time is now to begin probing the scandal.

“While we await answers from the Inspector General, there must be a congressional investigation to determine how this happened and to prevent this from ever happening again,” he said.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, issued on Friday a more careful statement calling for a probe into the IRS’ enforcement of nonprofit rules.

“My subcommittee has been investigating the IRS’s failure to enforce the law requiring that tax-exempt 501(c)4s be engaged exclusively in social welfare activities, not partisan politics,” Levin said. “Today’s announcement by the IRS raises a second issue: whether the IRS, to the extent it has enforced its rules, has been impartial in doing so. Both issues require investigation.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Manchin knows that he is in trouble with the folks back home over his gun stance. He's just trying to get back in good. There is a reason why he has a "D" after his name.
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“The actions of the IRS are unacceptable and un-American. Government agencies using their bureaucratic muscle to target Americans for their political beliefs cannot be tolerated,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said today.

Oh, how wonderfully brave. Classic closing the barn door after the horses have left the pasture....
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Never going to happen, Marc. Manchin is much like our Begich, a guy who talks more like a Republican than most Republicans but votes with the Democrat caucus. To my mind, only one vote a Rep or Senator makes really counts, which caucus they choose to organize with.

If there are any firings of political appointees and they'll be ceremonial. The fired appointees will be given a chance to resign to "spend more time with their families" and will never miss a days' pay as they move seamlessly back to the university or into some Democrat/Leftist front group, union, or law firm. They may be arrogant enough to fire some career employees, but career employees who lose their jobs don't have Democrat sinecures to go to, so they do stuff like become whistleblowers, so that's at least a little dangerous for them to do. However, the Democrat slime machine can quickly gin up the rumors of corruption and poor poor performance and the phrase "disgruntled former employee" begins to creep into every discussion.
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“The president must immediately condemn this attack on our values, find those individuals in his administration who are responsible and fire them.”

Does the Constitution grant the president the authority to fire himself?

No matter, this president doesn't believe in that worthless scrap of paper, which was written by slave-owning homophobic DWEMs to protect The Man from the oppressed masses yearning for their ObamaPhones.
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Six months ago, liberal congresspersons would have been jumping on the "tar and feather the evil right wingers" bandwagon and would be backing the IRS to the hilt. Isn't it strange how rats tend to leave what they perceive as a sinking ship, for the moment anyway.
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You realize that Manchin's outrage is but a temporary thing, until he can meet with Pat Toomey [R-PA] to draw up a compromise bill that will allow selective IRS audits in some circumstances .... for the children.

When push comes to shove, Manchin will defend placing the Executive Branch above the law and Constitution, so long as a Democrat is in power.

Subotai Bahadur
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It's payback time. Punish your enemies. Chickens coming home to roost. The New Left and their gaggle of minority Identity Political Groups arent interested in equality before the law and of opportunity. They seek REVENGE.

Figure it out already. Universal suffrage was a big mistake.

Arm yourself.
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European Christendom is the target.
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How can Obammy fire the IRS keaders when he instructed them to take the dasterdly actions? Or are we expected to think that the IRS acts entirely on its own and targets conservative organizations when democrats are in power. What a non storey this is.
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I just taped a VIDEO RESPONSE to the IRS: ***Please note, the Tea Party I organized was in 2009!***

http://jennyhatch.com/2013/05/10/dear-lois-apology-not-accepted-tea-party-organizer-jenny-hatch-video-response/

Jenny Hatch 
Colorado Tea Party Organizer
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Senator Joe: OBAMA is unacceptable and un-American. His actions should not surprise any of us who could see through this man back in mid-2008.
(I attended WVU at the same time you did--I remember your stint at QB in the 1966 Spring Game...)
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Manchin knows that he is in trouble with the folks back home over his gun stance. He's just trying to get back in good. There is a reason why he has a "D" after his name.
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Yep, my first thought exactly. Demagoguery with no substance. Ive seen Lindsey Graham play that game over and over again. And he has a R behind his name.
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How many Dems have gone public in challenging/condemning the Obama administration over the last few days though? Especially in the Senate. We are getting into some interesting new territory, to say the least. If Obama feels like the tide of his own party is turning against him, he may do something *really* stupid and bring about his own downfall.

I'm not saying it is going to happen. But the winds are shifting. It's worth paying attention to.
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“The actions of the IRS are unacceptable and un-American. Government agencies using their bureaucratic muscle to target Americans for their political beliefs cannot be tolerated,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said today.

Oh, how wonderfully brave. Classic closing the barn door after the horses have left the pasture....
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They are criminal and unconstitutional. Joe Manchin = FAIL
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