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February 9, 2014 - 7:22 am
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This is really quite the novel approach to the IRS targeting scandal by congressional Democrats.

Seeking to change the narrative in order to get on top of scandal, Democrats have hit upon the idea to blame the IRS Inspector General, Russell George, for the scandal getting out of hand.

How do they figure that? It appears that many Democrats were unhappy with Mr. George’s initial report on the scandal, believing it to be “misleading.” Mmmkay, whatever. But now they’ve got a mind to file an ethics complaint against George because they think he is conspiring with Darrell Issa’s oversight committee to make the Democrats look bad and the IRS scandal worse than it really is.

Just “connect the dots,” says Rep. Connolly.

The Hill reports:

Democrats have for months said that George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, crafted a flawed, misleading report that helped fan the flames of the IRS targeting controversy.

Now Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) are sharply criticizing George for agreeing to brief GOP staff at a late January meeting on the Affordable Care Act without Democrats in attendance.

Aides say they now know of multiple meetings of George with the staff of Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) from which Democrats were excluded.

Two Democratic members of that panel – Reps. Matt Cartwright (Pa.) and Connolly – lodged a complaint on Wednesday about George’s original report on the IRS targeting last year, questioning his “independence, ethics, competence, and quality control” with an oversight board for inspectors general.

“If you want to connect the dots, a reasonable observer could be expected to conclude that he colluded with Issa’s staff to limit his report and the path of his investigation,” Connolly told The Hill concerning George.

“They have a tainted IG doing their bidding for them and making sure that the line of investigation is limited to what they want,” Connolly added.

Um, no — a reasonable observer would conclude that George only scratched the surface of the scandal, given what has come out since his initial report. What began as a rogue office of IRS partisans has morphed into an agency-wide effort to target conservative groups.

And how many liberal groups were “targeted” like Tea Party groups? There were 20 liberal groups who applied for tax-exempt status during the period of time in question and only six were singled out for special treatment.

Meanwhile, all 292 conservative groups came in for special scrutiny.

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Don't know where Trey Gowdy lands in the mix but, if I had to bet on a horse, he'd be my pick to cross the finish line.
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The best defense is a good ...slander.

That's the Alinsky way.
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"And how many liberal groups were “targeted” like Tea Party groups? There were 20 liberal groups who applied for tax exempt status during the period of time in question and only 6 were singled out for special treatment.

Meanwhile, all 292 conservative groups came in for special scrutiny."


There are so many holes in this logic:

1) Why did it take 6 weeks after the story broke to find a leftwing group that was "singled out" for scrutiny? If that was true, why didn't they come forward immediately? Was it because they had to figure out a way to twist and spin a minor delay because they didn't dot all the "i's" on their paperwork?

2) What exactly was the "extra scrutiny" the lefties were subjected to? The conservative groups spelled out exactly what they were asked for: donor lists, every facebook post and tweet from the leaders and family members, contents of prayers, all published materials ever, any connections to politicians, who spoke before their group, who did they intend to have speak to them, ad nauseum. However, I have yet to see any of these leftwing groups detail the onerous questions they had to answer, probably because they weren't held to anywhere near the same standards.

3) Of the 20 leftwing groups, how many were held up an average of 28 months, like the conservative applicants? From what I've seen, the lefties were asked a few perfunctory questions and then sailed right on through.

4) How many of the leftwing groups were not approved prior to the 2012 election? I suspect none. How many of the rightwing groups were? Ans: Every last one of them, and quite a few are still awaiting determinations up to 4 years later.

5) How did Obama's brother in Africa, with ties to terrorist groups, get approved retroactively after illegally taking donations for two years by none other than Lois the Fifth Lerner herself?

6) Why did it only take Organizing for America, the highly political arm of the President's own campaign, get approved in weeks during this same period?

7) I'd like to see a list of all 501c3, 501c4, 501c5 (unions) and 527 groups. I'd venture to say that for every rightwing group there are already 10 leftwing groups that have been operating, many for decades. The Tea Party is just a couple years old and have already had a devastating impact on the left. This harassment and the proposed rules are just a way to keep the right from narrowing the huge gap after Citizens United allowed them to speak too.

8)) The White House knew about this harassment of conservative groups long before the 2012 elections. Why did they delay admitting it until May of 2013. (That's rhetorical, we already know the answer.)

In fact, a recent study from Harvard researchers (so we know it must be good) found that it may have cost Romney 5-8.5 million votes in 2012. And only several hundred thousand votes, in swing states where many of the conservative applicants were from, and we're looking at President Romney right now.

9) In her pre-written response to a planted question, Lois Lerner, the highly partisan head of the IRS 501 approval process for the entire time of the targeting, admitted and apologized for harassing conservative groups. She didn't say anything about a general program that just happened to pick up mostly rightwing groups. Yet the entire leftwing apparatus is now claiming she must have been lying all along.

This was a despicable and successful vote-suppression program run by the very same lefties that are always accusing the right of it. Projection is the mother's milk of the left.

This is war, and we had better realize and act accordingly.
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Incomplete? Heck, I want a fumble returned for a touchdown
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Dem ants scurry to rebuild their mound, crying, "Must not disturb the mound. Sting the enemy!"
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A hail mary pass that is going to fall incomplete in the end zone.

We Packer fans have already been through your scenario with Seattle two years ago. If the refs are bought or incompetent, that interception in the end zone can be called a touchdown for the opponents and it will stand. In fact, that play will forever be known in the annals of football as the "Fail Mary" play.

Watch the refs (the "unbiased", "objective" "news" media) call this one a touchdown too.
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Of course the IG is partisan. After all he actually looked for the truth and exposed it, instead of covering things up like everybody else was supposed to do. The worst things about this is congressional dems. During past repub scandals, like Nixon, or Iran Contra, congressional repubs were at least somewhat interested in finding the truth, wherever it led. But todays congressional dems are acting like defense lawyers, putting out spin, not representatives looking for the truth. Any organization that cant or wont clean out their own corruption, will eventually pay a stiff price as that corruption gets steadily worse, and eventually cripples the organization.
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And these are the people who see absolutely no conflict with a major Obama donor leading the DoJ investigation of the IRS.
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And yet even as this piece is written the IRS and administration are still at it and are only allowing a few conservative 504 groups tax exempt status - and only after court ordered rulings it seems.

The fact is the federal government is waging war on We The People. Until that is absorbed into the thick heads of We The People we will continue to lose freedoms - fast!


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I know it is a cliche but isn't this a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.
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It's all of a piece, isn't it? The President has said that "there is not even a smidgeon of corruption" in the IRS scandal, and therefore House Dems demand an ethics investigation into someone who cooperated (in the most scanty manner imaginable,) with an investigation into the accuracy of the President's assertion.

Disregard the statements of the Premier and be subject to punishment for counter-revolutionary activity.
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I keep waiting for these conservative organizations to pool their resources, enlist the help of a legal aid group (such as the ACLJ), and file a massive class action lawsuit against the IRS AND the Obama regime, claiming that they violated their civil rights. Since the IRS has already admitted that they DID target these groups, such a lawsuit could also facilitate finding out who was responsible for ordering such an action, via subpoenas of documents, e-mails, and live testimony from current and former IRS officials.
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Hmmm. Let's see here.
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