If you start from the idea they are all Marxists: IRS vs Tea Party edition

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If you start from the idea they are all Marxists: IRS vs Tea Party edition

Horn­blower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbend­ing he stiff­ened to atten­tion. He could rec­og­nize that type of man at once — the ser­vant of a tyrant, and in close per­sonal asso­ci­a­tion with him, mod­el­ing his con­duct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fan­cied should be the cor­rect behav­iour of a tyrant, far out-​Heroding Herod.

C.S. Forester Fly­ing Col­ors 1938

IRS dur­ing the 2012 elec­tion sea­son elec­tion season

IRS Com­mis­sioner Dou­glas Shul­man told Con­gress in March 2012 that the IRS was not tar­get­ing groups based on their polit­i­cal views.

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

IRS today with the elec­tion safely won:

The Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice inap­pro­pri­ately flagged con­ser­v­a­tive polit­i­cal groups for addi­tional reviews dur­ing the 2012 elec­tion to see if they were vio­lat­ing their tax-​exempt sta­tus, a top IRS offi­cial said Friday.

Orga­ni­za­tions were sin­gled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their appli­ca­tions for tax-​exempt sta­tus, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS divi­sion that over­sees tax-​exempt groups.

I’m sorry peo­ple this is pos­i­tively Nixon­ian and if this was a GOP pres­i­dent rather than Barack Obama there the entire press corps would be up in arms and wouldn’t stop shout­ing till he had resigned.

Class action anyone?

Update: A thought to for the MSM, after today I don’t want to hear a sin­gle word about how para­noid peo­ple on the right are over Manchin/​Toomey and guns ever again.

Update 2: Legal Insur­rec­tion fur­ther notes

Remem­ber, the IRS is the Oba­macare man­date enforcer. What level of con­fi­dence do you have as to fair enforce­ment, and that “low level” IRS employ­ees will not mis­use infor­ma­tion gained in con­nec­tion with assur­ing com­pli­ance with the health insur­ance require­ments? (I’ve been warn­ing about that since August 14, 2009, IRS The New Health Care Enforcer.)

With the expo­sure of the Beng­hazi deceit and the IRS polit­i­cal attacks, I have zero con­fi­dence that the Gang of 8 bor­der enforce­ment or other sup­posed pro­tec­tions actu­ally will be enforced.

Any­one who trusts these peo­ple are fools.

Update 3: Michelle Malkin,

Kudos to the Tea Party activists who first blew the whis­tle and to Mark Levin and the Land­mark Legal Foun­da­tion, who pushed back against the Bully Brigade

and Alla­pun­dit

News of the harass­ment made it all the way up to Con­gress last spring — and yet only now, months after the elec­tion, are we finally see­ing the IRS come clean. Go figure.

To this day, the left-​wing Demo­c­ra­tic water-​carrying hacks known as Media Mat­ters remain fully tax-​exempt. Con­gres­sional hear­ings are now a fait accom­pli; what I want to know is who’s get­ting fired in the mean­time. Obvi­ously house will be cleaned at the Cincin­nati branch. What about Lerner her­self? Stand by for updates.

I wish I could say I was surprised.

Update 4: Added the Horn­blower quote for those who insist it’s just a low level thing. Nobody is a big­ger tyrant than some­one who serves one.

Update 5: Mitch McConnell is demand­ing the White House inves­ti­gate, Bryan Pre­ston comments:

There should be an inves­ti­ga­tion. The White House should under no cir­cum­stances con­duct that investigation.

I agree.

Hornblower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbending he stiffened to attention. He could recognize that type of man at once—the servant of a tyrant, and in close personal association with him, modeling his conduct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fancied should be the correct behaviour of a tyrant, far out-Heroding Herod.

C.S. Forester Flying Colors 1938

IRS during the 2012 election season election season

IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress in March 2012 that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views.

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

IRS today with the election safely won:

The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.

Organizations were singled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.

I’m sorry people this is positively Nixonian and if this was a GOP president rather than Barack Obama there the entire press corps would be up in arms and wouldn’t stop shouting till he had resigned.

Class action anyone?

Update: A thought to for the MSM, after today I don’t want to hear a single word about how paranoid people on the right are over Manchin/Toomey and guns ever again.

Update 2: Legal Insurrection further notes

Remember, the IRS is the Obamacare mandate enforcer. What level of confidence do you have as to fair enforcement, and that “low level” IRS employees will not misuse information gained in connection with assuring compliance with the health insurance requirements? (I’ve been warning about that since August 14, 2009, IRS The New Health Care Enforcer.)

With the exposure of the Benghazi deceit and the IRS political attacks, I have zero confidence that the Gang of 8 border enforcement or other supposed protections actually will be enforced.

Anyone who trusts these people are fools.

Update 3: Michelle Malkin,

Kudos to the Tea Party activists who first blew the whistle and to Mark Levin and the Landmark Legal Foundation, who pushed back against the Bully Brigade

and Allapundit

News of the harassment made it all the way up to Congress last spring — and yet only now, months after the election, are we finally seeing the IRS come clean. Go figure.

To this day, the left-wing Democratic water-carrying hacks known as Media Matters remain fully tax-exempt. Congressional hearings are now a fait accompli; what I want to know is who’s getting fired in the meantime. Obviously house will be cleaned at the Cincinnati branch. What about Lerner herself? Stand by for updates.

I wish I could say I was surprised.

Update 4:  Added the Hornblower quote for those who insist it’s just a low level thing.  Nobody is a bigger tyrant than someone who serves one.

Update 5:  Mitch McConnell is demanding the White House investigate, Bryan Preston comments:

There should be an investigation. The White House should under no circumstances conduct that investigation.

I agree.