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January 14, 2014 - 6:41 am

The FBI says criminal charges in the IRS abuse scandal aren’t likely.

The officials said investigators didn’t find the kind of political bias or “enemy hunting” that would amount to a violation of criminal law. Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy enforcing rules about tax-exemption applications it didn’t understand, according to the law-enforcement officials.

That’s bogus. President Obama himself at least set the tone that led to the abuse of conservative, Christian and Tea Party groups by calling for them to be investigated in several of his public comments. He may have done a whole lot more than just set the tone. Obama placed William Wilkins into the IRS counsel’s office, and that office was responsible for developing the IRS guidelines that led to the targeting of the president’s opponents. IRS chief counsel Wilkins met with President Obama just two days before his office handed out the guidelines that agents used to target the president’s opponents. A day after that, the head of the IRS workers union also met with President Obama. Either of these meetings looks bad, but both together look terrible. Also, then IRS commissioner Doug Shulman attended 118 meetings in the White House across the time of the abuse.

The IRS is a unionized government bureaucracy. If you want the lower-level functionaries in a unionized bureaucracy to do anything, you have to get buy-in from those above them in the bureaucracy. The BS has to roll downhill — unionized bureaucrats do not act on their own initiative, ever. Circumstantially, there’s evidence in the two meetings noted above for the BS to have been set on its path downhill to the IRS office in Cincinnati that functioned as the center of the abuse, by the president himself. President Obama has never explained what those meetings were for, if they weren’t for the purpose of starting the IRS off on its assignment to target his enemies and slow them down ahead of the 2012 election.

The White House counsel is also a politically appointed office that answers to the president. The White House counsel had developed a “careful plan” to roll out the scandal before the IRS’ Lois Lerner upset that plan with her own managed rollout.

That strongly suggests states plainly that the White House counsel — political appointee Kathryn Ruemmler at the time — knew about the abuse before it was known to the public. That’s because it did: The White House counsel knew of the targeting very early on.

The IRS targeted more than just groups formed to oppose the president. It went after individuals, too, including Christine O’Donnell and Catherine Engelbrecht. Engelbrecht, founder of the election integrity King Street Patriots group, has had to fend off an alphabet soup of federal executive branch agencies. Who has the power to coordinate the activities of all those agencies, and send them after someone doing something that the president, by suing states that enact voter ID, has made clear that he does not like? The power to make all those agencies jump rests in the White House. Nowhere else.

Unlike Chris Christie’s Bridgegate, which hardly anyone cares about, a majority of the American people have consistently believed that the IRS targeting was deliberate and political. Obama himself said it “outraged” him, before he fake-fired the interim IRS chief and put the fix in place by appointing one of his own political contributors, Barbara Bosserman, to “investigate” it. Now his political contributor says “Nothing to see here, move along.” His Treasury secretary, Jack Lew, calls the abuse a “fake scandal.” So much for the president’s alleged outrage.

Across all these revelations, just 10 of the 41 groups that the American Center for Law and Justice is representing in the IRS abuse case have even been contacted by the FBI. Just 10. Ever.

That’s not an investigation, but it was never intended to be an investigation. The fix was always in on this thing.

We had a good run as a republic, but if this stands and no one responsible is punished, then the Internal Revenue Service will be a tool of partisan politics for the foreseeable future. No one who criticizes a sitting president will be safe from harassment and abuse from a federal agency that can absolutely destroy lives.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Bill Clinton "weaponized" the bureaucracy and not just the federal bureaucracy. Every state government has a mirror function to almost every federal function. There is a comprehensive network of federal grants and contracts that feed Democrats nested in state and local governments and in Democrat front groups.

Typical of Republicans, GWB put in a thin veneer of Republican appointees at the top levels but left the Democrats in the government to become more and more powerful. It is true that personnel is policy, so if you let Democrats stay long enough to become hiring mangers, they can dictate the personality of an agency for decades. I've tried to get the Democrat stink out of a government and you need at least two full four year terms to get a good start on it. When we took over after two Democrat terms, I knew that a thorough mucking out would be a long difficult process, so I went on a very noisy whack a mole campaign to make all the Democrats put their heads down and behave; that's about the best you can do. After one term, we'd only replaced about a third of the appointees, so if former Governor Knowles had won in '06 rather than Sarah Palin, he'd have found most of his old second term administration sitting there locked and loaded to undo everything we'd done. Palin and now Parnell haven't done a whole lot better at getting the stink out and have even let the congenital 'crats take back some of the power we'd taken away from them. It ain't called the Stupid Party for nothing.

When Obama brought his appointees in, Clinton's Democrats were sitting there waiting to be unleashed. There was a reason the Democrats/media went nuts about GWB trying to fire attorneys that he had a perfect legal right to fire; the Democrats are invested in making sure that the federal bureaucracy is thoroughly and permanently in Democrat hands. If the Republicans ever get the Presidency back, and at this point I'm not at all certain they will, a new Republican President absolutely has to fire everyone in the government that s/he has an arguable legal right to fire and s/he needs to do it as The Bible is still warm from his/her hand.

Then the long process of mucking it out at the lower levels can begin starting with examining which "career" positions should be serve at the pleasure appointees instead. I don't believe there should be any "career" attorneys; attorneys are just too dangerous to allow them to have job security. I'd also take a hard look at not allowing the agencies to have their own attorneys, but rather have them all under the AG with department assignments where necessary. It is clear that the Soros Junta is using a network of attorneys to coordinate actions between the campaign, Democrat front groups, and the operating agencies of the government and hiding it behind attorney-client privilege. Use of the privilege in such a fashion can be pierced but it takes time and you might lose in some courts if the judge is thinking about having a Democrat appoint him/her to some higher court.
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You must have missed the formation of the Committee on investigating the appointment of donors to investigate claims of fraud and abuse against citizens claiming constitutional rights that are circumvented by lawless agencies acting under the direction of those who will be called to testify and will refuse.

I mean, if that doesn't instill confidence in getting to the root of the problem, I don't know what will.
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"Can't they just be wrong?"

"Isn't this just hyperbole?"

"Why be 'an hysteric'?"

The IRS was just innocently doing its mundane bean counting job and happened to take an innocent look at opponents to massive government overreach...and oops, got so interested in the project that they forgot to parcel out equal justice. Only an insider and contributor to Obama could possibly understand the "nuanced" complexity of how that could happen.

And Lois Lerner plead the fifth not as a sign of guilt, but as a showcase for how the system works effectively for everyone.

Just thought I would get a jump on the weekend.
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The Constitution of the United States
Article I - The Legislative Branch
Section 8 - Powers of Congress

"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;"

Shall be uniform - that is, until the 16th amendment came along and introduced "Progressivism" into our government. "Progressive Income Tax" - it's progressive in more than one way, and it's absolutely intended to penalize.

The framers had it right originally, everyone pays, and everyone pays uniformly - either a set amount or a set percentage. I think the percentage is the fairest method, and we should leave it at that. No breaks for anyone.

Once you begin giving out "allowances", you begin to set up favorites - punishing enemies and rewarding friends.
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Is anyone surprised? The only 'fix' for We the People will be something like The FairTax. It's a consumption tax that is collected at the cash register. More importantly...it also gets rid of the IRS completely. HR25 is ready when you are. You just have to DEMAND It! Your reps will never do it without a real hard PUSH from their constituents. They like the current system. They designed it after all. Decades of the special deals for their special friends have resulted in the mess we deal with every April 15th. Don't let this nightmare continue. The FairTax IS the remedy. We need this 'CURE' now!
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No criminal charges? Whew! For a moment there I thought Lois Lerner invoking the fifth amendment against self-incrimination might prevent us from getting at the truth.

What a relief! And those "rogue agents" in Cincy can now come forward with no fears as well!

Outstanding! And all without ever having to spend taxpayers money by going to the offended parties and asking a single question. Efficient!

Now...on to Fast and Furious which has Eric Holder investigating ...Eric Holder.

And Benghazi, where Ham has egg on his face and Rice is wild!

Isn't transformation great!
48 weeks ago
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Yeah and how impotent is the supposedly co-equal branch of government, the United States Congress, to just keep letting this bunch of subversive yahoos get away with criminality like the IRS and Benghazi ?
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How do you get one corrupted arm of government to properly investigate another? At this stage in our national de-evolution, is there an uncorrupted (or even lightly corrupted) arm left?
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An illiberal, thin-skinned, emotive-led ideologue of a president whose sitting audience is almost solely to/ for unrealized lives insofar, illiberal-aged college-aged kids (Cwis Maffews 'interview' most recently), public sector unionistas and Uhbama's constant campaigning with/ to like-minded statists, career illiberal grifters..

Whereas the IRS - a SUPPOSEDLY 'unbiased', non-political entity & this recent scandal is but a 'random' act by a 'few' politically motivated people is insultingly false.

A public sector union such as the IRS whose appointees and those hired are overwhelmingly Democratic party voters. As well as Mr. Preston noting IRS' top brass visiting the WH nearly TEN DOZEN times in a short period of time (recall the WH is less than forthcoming with their visitor's log!?), the Uhbama administration's blatant cronyism with their placing donors in upper level positions and the ahem 'investigator'/ Uhbama donor finding 'No problems' - oy.

This is about as 'revelatory' as the public sector union Ap/AFP heavily leaning toward Illiberalism, Illiberal party.

It's not only the '..IRS is a unionized government bureaucracy' as Mr. Preston claims but I've found ALL public sector union AND government entities are self-serving turds.

Unlike the REAL WORLD, continually thriving private sector the aforementioned union & government businesses/ agencies DON'T have to come in/ under budget, have proven most times unable to complete assignments, projects in a timely, originally budgeted & proficient manner.

Going above & beyond, motivating one to excel, finding methods to save their company/ section money or man-hours is of little-NO interest, motivating factors to/ for union, government types because the aforementioned garner NO pay raise, motivation because their pay raises is overwhelmingly due to time in-grade/ step etc.,

I'm well aware there are many PJM commenters are retired union, government types & speak ill of the union but they'd stuck with these bullying organizations for 20, 30 or so years, collecting their pension and only afterward denounce said- unions.

This is no different than lifelong grifters, statists (by action not their inconsequential verbiage) from any party, much like Uhbama resorts to in hypocritically defaming the very government or 'the machine' they abuse mercilessly & could NEVER function, step up in a private sector capacity.
48 weeks ago
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Remember who the FBI works for. If Congress holds Holder in contempt and he and Lew stonewall on this what then? More Executive privioege and executive action. NSA intimidwtion of any outside the State Run Media™ who don't follow the Talking Points Memos. More IRS audits for those who stray off the plantation.
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Yeah.. The IRS just "misunderstood" their own regulations, over and over and over - and just coincidentally only against citizens representing Tea Party values.

The administration expects us to believe that?

I take that question back. They don't give a damn if we believe them or not. They have the power.. and they know it.
48 weeks ago
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This is the argument for abolishing the IRS and instituting a flat tax or some other simple/objective measurement for calculating and paying taxes. (I'm not arguing for the flat tax, that's not my point). I don't understand why my side isn't always pointing out that Obama and his minions have Weaponized the Bureaucracy against his political enemies. IRS, EPA, etc. Imagine how Hillary has been salvating at what she can accomplish now that all the previous mutually agreed upon lines of ... maybe I (Prez)could go there, but I won't ... have been buried by this guy.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Bill Clinton "weaponized" the bureaucracy and not just the federal bureaucracy. Every state government has a mirror function to almost every federal function. There is a comprehensive network of federal grants and contracts that feed Democrats nested in state and local governments and in Democrat front groups.

Typical of Republicans, GWB put in a thin veneer of Republican appointees at the top levels but left the Democrats in the government to become more and more powerful. It is true that personnel is policy, so if you let Democrats stay long enough to become hiring mangers, they can dictate the personality of an agency for decades. I've tried to get the Democrat stink out of a government and you need at least two full four year terms to get a good start on it. When we took over after two Democrat terms, I knew that a thorough mucking out would be a long difficult process, so I went on a very noisy whack a mole campaign to make all the Democrats put their heads down and behave; that's about the best you can do. After one term, we'd only replaced about a third of the appointees, so if former Governor Knowles had won in '06 rather than Sarah Palin, he'd have found most of his old second term administration sitting there locked and loaded to undo everything we'd done. Palin and now Parnell haven't done a whole lot better at getting the stink out and have even let the congenital 'crats take back some of the power we'd taken away from them. It ain't called the Stupid Party for nothing.

When Obama brought his appointees in, Clinton's Democrats were sitting there waiting to be unleashed. There was a reason the Democrats/media went nuts about GWB trying to fire attorneys that he had a perfect legal right to fire; the Democrats are invested in making sure that the federal bureaucracy is thoroughly and permanently in Democrat hands. If the Republicans ever get the Presidency back, and at this point I'm not at all certain they will, a new Republican President absolutely has to fire everyone in the government that s/he has an arguable legal right to fire and s/he needs to do it as The Bible is still warm from his/her hand.

Then the long process of mucking it out at the lower levels can begin starting with examining which "career" positions should be serve at the pleasure appointees instead. I don't believe there should be any "career" attorneys; attorneys are just too dangerous to allow them to have job security. I'd also take a hard look at not allowing the agencies to have their own attorneys, but rather have them all under the AG with department assignments where necessary. It is clear that the Soros Junta is using a network of attorneys to coordinate actions between the campaign, Democrat front groups, and the operating agencies of the government and hiding it behind attorney-client privilege. Use of the privilege in such a fashion can be pierced but it takes time and you might lose in some courts if the judge is thinking about having a Democrat appoint him/her to some higher court.
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The real betrayal is by the House leadership. But since the IRS targeted Tea Party, the Institutional Opposition Party doesn't mind all that much.

As others have said, it is long past time to get involved in GOP politics to throw those subservient time servers out of office.
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