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The IRS' political targets

May 14, 2013

Last week, Internal Revenue Service officials insisted high-ranking leaders at the agency were not aware some conservative political groups were being harassed over tax matters....

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May-14-13 6:26 AM

The messiah reminds me of Sgt Schultz from Hogan's Heroes. "I KNOW NOTHING!"

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May-14-13 7:17 AM

The IRS has been used in previous administrations against the NAACP and other more liberal groups. They are simply doing what they do which is picking low hanging fruit.

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May-14-13 11:12 AM

It is now beyond any and all doubt or circumspection: Barack Obama is either the most sinister, deceitful, lying president in history...or frankly the most ignorant & disengaged. There is no in-between. Take your pick.

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May-14-13 12:44 PM

Well, there is one more supposition that is out there. The right wing need to get more facts, their congressmen should stop being the party of no, and you guys should stop listening to Fox and rush and the boys. Almost all of you don't know what the health care plan is all about anyway. You just regurgitate the right wing lies. Pathetic.

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May-14-13 2:23 PM

You want a lie, dusty? Well, ok. Dusty is a very intelligent, thoughtful person who investigate everything from independent sources. Enough??? As to the Health care law, I don't represent to know the ins and outs of the law and therefore I blog on this point very discriminately. In fact, mostly not at all. But, all I see from you righties is completely unsubstantiated rhetoric that you get from your right wing sources. At least you could try to be a little factual.

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May-14-13 7:18 PM

If the IRS has apologized for targeting conservative 501(c)4 applicants (Tea Party, Patriot, etc.), and if the IRS didn't target liberal 501(c)4 applicants (I don't know any, but I'm sure Veritas can find us some with his resources), I'd call it uneven. Not even close to fair and balanced governance.

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May-14-13 7:50 PM

DustOff, dare we say "oppressive government" which might apply if "somebody" was using a powerful arm of the government to intimidate people who have different ideas?

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May-14-13 8:14 PM

The faux "tea party" scheme is the scandal not the IRS scrutiny. I would have thought you people would be all for profiling which is what the IRS did. This whole thing feeds the ever present Republicon paranoia. They feel SO put upon. Hey, you wrote the darn tax code!

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May-14-13 10:06 PM

The only bad authoritarian is the other guy's. Apparently, this is the thinking by many leftists on here. As long as their tyrant continues to provide them "free" stuff at society's expense, then they will justify the ineptness, contempt and corruption of their own. Trying to get the leftists to take responsibility for their own actions is like trying to take a carcass from a starving mountain lion.

It's no coincidence whatsoever that our country is polluted with cronyism and self-entitlement, since a large part of our public sector is organized like a mob and encouraged by statists like Obama, to protect their own interests (arbitrarily defined "rights")and those who write their paychecks, or vote them in.

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May-14-13 10:07 PM

Meanwhile, the rest of us are constantly being threatened by the force of taxation to support the cancerous, statist policies that undermine the civil society generally and individual liberty specifically.

Rome, france, greece, spain, etc. didn't experience their rapid demise because people worked too hard for too little - it was because the entire society was being paid to be lazy and submit their liberties to the fatally conceited do-gooders.

Naturally, this is where we find ourselves in America today - more people subsidized by fewer earners and the subsidized voting for more government authoritarian types to force their fellow citizens from their hard earned money out of envy, jealousy, and irrationally concocted malice.

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May-15-13 3:16 AM

Congress finally has something to do.

Tax Reform - 0 Budget - 0

Partisanship - 10 Political partisanship - 10

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May-15-13 9:00 AM

notea4me.. Check your calendar. Its 2013 not 2002.. Obvious its not tea your consuming..

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May-15-13 9:01 AM

Obama.. 5 years ZERO budgets..

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May-15-13 9:13 AM

Congress - 5 years, "0" budgets.

Vetoed Budgets "0"

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May-15-13 9:24 PM

So, disty, that NCAAP thingy was just above board. Ya right. So, how many of the fake 403 applications to the fake non-political groups were denied? Were there any liberal applications denied? So, Karl Rove's group (crossroads) is non-political? Seems to me that you are as lacking in facts on this issue as you are on the rest. Oh, and after you paid your speeding ticket did you head up to Jordan to lead the movement of the freemen up there or did you just have a movement.

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May-15-13 11:33 PM

North Dakota is one of the nation's biggest welfare queens. Spare us the faux outrage.

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May-16-13 8:35 AM

Time Line:

January2010...In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court rules corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to elect and defeat candidates.

January 27, 2010 Obama State of the Union Chastised Supreme Court Justices

Out of nowhere (obama would like you to believe) Comes the rouge employees at the IRS. All efforts are made to stop Conservatives from getting legal status for Campaign groups..

What Obama has not factored in is the fact the IRS guys being hung out to dry will eventually become whistle blowers and all this will be traced back to Obama himself..

The fruit is ripe for the picking and getting riper by the day..

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May-16-13 10:03 AM

The only thing wrong is that all these so called charities should be tightly scrutinized by the IRS. Someone shouldn't be able to get a tax writeoff and be able to hide while funding political organizations.

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May-16-13 12:49 PM

Now, Dusty, does Karl Rove's crossroads group meet the criteria as a non-political organization? Just wondering, since you skipped that question to go to Planned parenthood.

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May-16-13 2:45 PM

"Do I give a rip about any con group being denied? NO. Do I give a rip about a lib group being denied? NO."

I can agree with DustOff on this.

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May-16-13 4:33 PM

First of all, with the lack of common sense from the Republicans, (36 votes to repeal without even a discussion of the jobs bill sent to them 14 months ago), you know nothing will happen... It is political theatre. If we don't repeal the supreme court decision to call corporations people, we wont have a chance to stop the proliferation of these fake groups. We have to throw the law out and if not, at a minimum, we must not keep their donors secret.

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May-17-13 10:10 AM

Centerfield. If you don't like the way the Republicans vote.. Then you need to organize and vote in Democrats..

Whats the hold up.. If the Democrats are so darn wonderful then how come there are any Republicans in Congress?

How come Center? How come?????

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May-17-13 10:12 AM

I don't recall. The Motto for the Democrats every time they are called up to Congress under oath!

Miller this morning.. I don't recall.

Obama.. I don't recall..

Holder I don't recall..

Hillary I don't recall.

Obvious none of them have a brain OR they are all liars,.. Take your pick.. No one can be that dumb and lack that much memory unless they are on drugs.. or have alzheimer's

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May-17-13 3:42 PM

Fool me once, shame on you. fool me,,,errr fool me again.....ah, don't fool me twice.

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May-18-13 10:01 AM

"There has been an explosion of wing dingers claiming to be exempt from paying taxes."

willgrr, with the Citizens United decision, there's probably been an ample amount of defty lefties applying for corporate status, perhaps even non-profit status, as well, don't ya think?

Your assertion seemed a little thin, so I added to it.

Now if you have a source to prove that it's only right-wing interests that have been applying, provide it and I'll retract my assertion.

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