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The Chicago Way

May 31st, 2013 - 5:28 am

A pattern of abuse at the IRS:

A group of anti-abortion activists in Iowa had to promise the Internal Revenue Service it wouldn’t picket in front of Planned Parenthood.

Catherine Engelbrecht’s family and business in Texas were audited by the government after her voting-rights group sought tax-exempt status from the IRS.

Retired military veteran Mark Drabik of Nebraska became active in and donated to conservative causes, then found the IRS challenging his church donations.

I’m not sure the Chicago Machine currently embedded in DC really understands there’s anything wrong with this. After all, what’s a massive and powerful bureaucracy for, if not to punish and intimidate your enemies? David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett didn’t take some no-accomplishment state senator and rush him up to the levers of power, just so they could all admire how shiny they are.

More broadly, this is less an indictment of Obama or his Chicago crew or the Democratic party, than it is an indictment of Big Government. Once its reach grows this broad and this deep, somebody is going to abuse it.

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Okay, that no-picketing thing is a genuine addition to this mess. It's a pretty messed-up practice, but it's less messed-up than trying to ban free speech.
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