Just as soon as the agency figures out how to explain its latest government boondoggle. And as for the flaming liberals who read KCC with no cognitive thought process involved outside of old, tired, bob and weave tactics, rapid fire insults and topic changes thrown against the wall of reason until something sticks, just stop.
I’m tired of the “Doppler Effect,” defined as the tendency of stupid comments to seem smarter when they come rapidly. They’re still stupid.
So, the news is the IRS has been applying extra scrutiny to nonprofit applications that contain within their mission statements, a desire to “criticize how the country is run” or seek to educate the public on how to “make America a better place to live.” In essence designations that would indicate conservative political groups or leanings.
That doesn’t leave you cold? Maybe not, because it doesn’t affect you. But what if it did? You’re not immune, it can go both ways. There isn’t a much more powerful hammer in this nation than the IRS. And to the IRS, everything looks like a nail.
Here’s my question; when will the divisive partisan divide stand down long enough to allow law abiding Americans to say enough is enough regardless of party affiliation?
Maybe it’s starting, but I’m cynical enough to think there’s always a motive; nothing happens in the political arena just because it’s the right thing to do.
On Sunday, Sen. Susan Collins called the IRS moves a “truly outrageous” breach of public trust.
“It contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government,” the Maine Republican said on CNN‘s “State of the Union,” adding that President Barack Obama should offer a public condemnation of the IRS’ practices.
Then the President has to react, so Saturday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the President believes that the government should be staffed with “the very best public servants with the highest levels of integrity” and that “based on recent media reports, (the President) is concerned that the conduct of a small number of Internal Revenue Service employees may have fallen short of that standard.”
IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said at a March 2012 congressional hearing that his agency didn’t target conservative groups for political reasons.
“I can give you assurances. We pride ourselves in being a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization,” Shulman said. “There is absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens when people apply for 501(c) (4) status.”
I might add, was appointed by President George W. Bush.
So for grins, let’s start with the commissioner’s testimony as a basis of truthiness and assume that as of March 2012, this targeting was absolutely was not taking place.
The first problem is Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s oversight subcommittee, said of his committee’s report on the subject that, “This timeline reveals at least two extremely unethical actions by the IRS. One, as early as 2010, they targeted groups for political purposes. Two, they willfully and knowingly lied to Congress for years despite being aware that Congress was investigating this practice.”
Boustany went on to add that the report “raises serious questions as to who at IRS, Treasury and in the Administration knew about this, why this practice was allowed to continue for as long as it did, and how widespread it was.”
Remember, that’s in 2010.
Then in June of 2011, officials at the IRS said, through an Inspector General’s draft report, that they knew that their agents were targeting conservative groups for additional scrutiny on tax documents. Lois Lerner, the Director of the Department in charge of this area, publicly admitted Friday for the first time that “agents used the keywords “tea party” and “patriot” to flag applications for further review,” but she stressed “that was done as a “shortcut” for picking applications to review, not out of “political bias.”
They have a lot of work to do and shortcuts make perfect sense to me. I’m sure Democratic Tea Party applications were given no more or less scrutiny than Republican Tea Party applications.
I don’t care if you’re a conservative, liberal, Libertarian, Democrat or Republican, this should send a cold chill up your spine and raise the hairs on the back of your neck.
Then Friday, the IRS apologized for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. “The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.”
That would be inappropriate targeting that, according to Commissioner Shulman, absolutely does NOT take place.
Are we all on the same page now?
As for low level misguided people being the only ones acting this all out, I would consider the “Director” of the department in charge of nonprofit applications to be a reasonably high level person in the food chain. She reports to the person who reports to the Commissioner and she was in charge. Make up your own mind how much power she had, but “low level,” no.
And even with the recent turn of events, the IRS has still not said when Commissioner Shulman “found out” that Tea Party groups were being targeted. I’m hoping he now knows.
You know what the IRS is cooking is bad when Democrats come out of the woodwork to take a stand against the agency. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, Chuck Todd suggested MORE Democrats should be “jumping all over the IRS story,” adding he expects this scandal to have more legs, politically in 2014 than any other issue.
And Fox New host Chris Wallace and Dennis Kucinich stated unequivocally that this was political targeting at its worst. Calling himself a “liberal Democrat” who does not celebrate Tea Party politics, Kucinich added politics has no place within the IRS;
“We can not have a condition in America where people’s politics are the basis for IRS attacks,” Kucinich said.
Asked whether he buys the IRS claim that this was an isolated issue involving only select IRS agents in Cincinnati, Kucinich said the buck stops at the top. “The tone is set from the top…We are in a hyper-partisan, intensely partisan condition in Washington. The polarization is damaging to our country.”
Wallace asked if Kucinich thought the IRS’s actions were straight up political targeting and Kucinich answered, “How can it not be?”
I’ll close with these thoughts. Well meaning people, 65% of US households, give an incredible amount of cash to nonprofits each year. Nearly $300 billion in charitable giving in 2012 alone. We are – and rightfully so – a charitable, caring, compassionate nation. The church I attend gives nearly $500,000 each year to KC inner city school projects, complete rebuilds in many cases. That’s part of what makes us who we are. We care about our fellow man.
If Director Lerner wants to go after questionable non profits, why not the ones flying under a 501c3 that really do little with the money donated other than support themselves while giving tiny percentages to the causes people think they’re donating to?
Why not look at the Top five offenders last year as ranked by a major nonprofit tracking firm for excessive overhead and administration costs?
These organizations have CEO’s making excessive income, huge overheads, with little of the donated money making it to the cause.
Finally, we seem to have two hot issues brewing at the moment, Benghazi and the IRS. With the Benghazi talks, tension between the Clinton and Obama camps has to be at an all time high. The administration is doing its best to throw poor Hillary under the bus. How long do you think Bill is going to stand by and watch that happen without implementing a contingency plan?
The Daily Caller said sources close to the Clintons say that Bill Clinton has assembled an informal legal team to discuss how the Secretary of State should deal with the issue of being blamed for not preventing the Benghazi terrorist attack.
Stay tuned, things are getting interesting!