Skip to comments.The Liberal Union Behind the IRS
Posted on 05/16/2013 4:46:52 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
Its about a union: the National Treasury Employees Union. The NTEU. A left-wing union representing 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies, including the IRS. A union that not only endorsed President Obama for election and re-election, but a union whose current president, Colleen Kelly, was a 14-year IRS agent and now is both union president and Obama administration appointee (of which more in a moment).
Its about 94% of NTEU union contributions going to Democrats in the Senate and House in 2012 candidates who campaigned as vociferous opponents of the Tea Party.
And the recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General? You will not find a single reference to the NTEU. Whose members are both player and referee in the exploding controversy over the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
Which raises the obvious question: how many NTEU members were involved in the writing of the Inspector Generals report?
Even more to the point, what contact what coordination has the Obama White House had with their allies in the NTEU leadership as both the White House and the NTEU race to get on top of a scandal that is rapidly engulfing both?
Did I mention that the NTEU has no comment on all of this? And that when President Obama went in front of cameras to make his statement on the IRS scandal he never once mentioned his very powerful union buddies that have the run of the IRS? Right down to the control of who gets a Blackberry? Literally.
Lets first see how the IRS/NTEU game with the Tea Party and conservatives is played, shall we?
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
This stinks of political coercion through the union thugs that backed Obama. The relationship between Obama, White House, IRS and thugs reeks. It stinks out loud. In itself it is an impeachable offense.
This is a scandal in itself! I had no idea about this and bet most conservatives didn’t as well.
God has given us several opportunities to set our country straight with the exposure of these democRAT scandals. The Republicans better put the pedal to the metal and use these golden opportunities to right some very evil wrongs.
Warning to Boehner and the GOP establishment: We’re watching!!!
With Steven Hayes’ excellent work on Benghazi to be followed up by this very detailed expose, the American Standard is shining at this point. Be it totally counter to Bill and Fred who are the poster children for elitist GOPe dogma.
It will be interesting to see how this revelation gets any additional talk and editing space.
FDR was entirely correct about one thing, unions have no place in civil service.
This article exposes something so mind-boggling as to cause one to wonder if the entire Obama government might fall.
make that American Spectator
A major scandal...we must shout it from the rooftops.
Public workers unions should all be outlawed, at every level.
This is really approaching pitchfork and torch time...
This kind of abuse of power cannot stand, and someone, preferably our elected representatives, need to do something about it.
I’m gonna email this story to Bret Baier.
BTTT - Jeffrey Lord, great article.
Man are we in trouble. End the IRS but end the NTEU even more. Leaking individual tax information is supposed to be a jailtime offense. Get them. Get them all.
This is breaking news and really should be treated as such.
They’re in everything gubmint...
Jim, you should see this article. Amazing that the IRS is actually controlled by a liberal, Obama-supporting union.
Just posted a link to my local Tea Party’s facebook page.
Dept. of Agriculture
Farm Service Agency
Food and Nutrition Service
Dept. of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
Dept. of Energy
Dept. of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Community Living
Food and Drug Administration
Health Resources and Services Administration
Indian Health Service
National Center for Health Statistics
Office of the Secretary
Program Support Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Dept. of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Dept. of the Interior
National Park Service
Dept. of the Treasury
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Bureau of the Public Debt
Financial Management Service
Internal Revenue Service
Office of Chief Counsel
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Tax and Trade Bureau
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Federal Election Commission
National Credit Union Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Securities and Exchange Commission
Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
Any way we can find out if any individuals in the groups listed in the following articles are also in this union
Were the four employees who “were just doing what the boss told them to do “ getting a bonus for their efforts? Where’d the money come from?
Two will be testifying Monday in front of congress
I’m certain that when the IRS was created (BTW, let’s quit calling it a “service,” it’s anything BUT a service), there were all kinds of assurances from the liberals of the day that taxation powers would never be used for political purposes or to squash a political party, oh how could you think such a thing, oh government would never stoop so low, etc, etc
This union is the ghost in the machine.
I wish they could write articles to be read instead of designed to boost page hits.
This should be in breaking news and stay there for a while. Very important article for ideals of conservatism and small government. Most of the important info is at the site as the article is excerpted. All freepers should read.
LucyT, MestaMachine, butterdezillion
Pinging y’all to this topic.
Also see post #22!
Thank you for spreading this story. It’s mindboggling how this has slipped by so far without being noticed.
And this is exactly why public employee unions are unconstitutional.
This is the ‘chain of command’ Obama used. That way, the ‘orders’ are not traceable within the Administration.
I think it is time......this is utter BS!
I can’t think where they’d be unconstitutional,
but they definitely are inherently a conflict of interest to the detriment of the people of the USA.
Obama thinks he is so smart to have the unions controlling everything behind the scenes. Too smart by half.
I think Obama is going down.
Govt employee unions should be PROHIBITTED from using funds to support political candidates.
It is using tax dollars against taxpayers, plain and simple.
Government unions should be barred completely, in fact
Impeachment File on B. Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, a legal citizen of the sovereign Nation of Indonesia.
These demonstrations of connivance and perfidy do add up in the public mind, in that for each, the likelihood of the connections necessary for attribution increase. It becomes a pattern of behavior, the fearful obsession for total power, a delusional and paranoid narcissist grasping at every straw and tossing garbage cans in the alley to avoid pursuit.
The compulsory collection of union dues from unwilling workers is only one of the more egregious examples of public financing of the left but even that is exceeded by public funding of Planned Parenthood.
If we win this battle about the IRS and the public sector union no longer can distort the IRS to suppress free conservative speech, we will not have won a victory, we will merely have leveled the playing field. The left will go on to tilt the field elsewhere.
Imagine a situation where unionized prison guards are going to be laid off due to a falling prison population. They can coordinate with unionized police and court employees to correct the problem.
Its not far fetched at all. When prison guards here in Michigan were going to be laid off, Jenny Granholm made a deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger to import California prison inmates. California couldn’t pay us so Granholm just dumped the cost on Michigan taxpayers.
The best solution to that, AFAIC, is for conservative states to strictly enforce the 10th amendment,
and for people to vote with their feet.
One can only hope...and pray,,,and do everything in our power to make it so.
My gosh, these leftist are like termites; they eat the wood from inside out, and all looks good until it snaps and collapses.
I can’t believe how naive I have been about so much of this. In the back of my head I kept trying to figure out how this could possibly have happened at any major scale within the IRS. It must, by necessity, be neutral politically. Without this knowledge it seems plausible that this was a rogue set of individuals. But understanding this changes everything I assumed (wittingly or not) to be true about the situation.
If we are not emboldened to act by what we are seeing I fear nothing can wake us from this slumber.
This is getting to the point now where alone these scandals are huge but together so egregious that the administration must be severely toppled or neutered. If they somehow manage to push everything aside and go on as they have they will double down and what is then to stop them from going full crazy communist.V. Jarret said they don’t forget who is with them and against them - revenge will be their instinctual proclivity.
When there is no justice or repercussions for corruption then the people fear the government and the government becomes more abusive of it’s citizens. As in the old USSR. Definitely the perfect storm in the next 12 months.
The Liberal Union Behind the IRS
"Amazing that the IRS is actually controlled by a liberal, Obama-supporting union."
. . . . Check out article, then see list of unions at # 22.
Federal workers cheer Obama win but want pay unfrozen
November 9, 2012
Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said their support of Obama was never in question, as union members believe that Obama “has stood with federal employees 90% of the time.”
“President Obama recognizes the work that federal employees do,” said Kelley, whose union endorsed Obama. “You didn’t have to look very far on the Romney-Ryan plate to see how they valued federal workers.”
Kelley said she predicts the attacks on workers’ pay and benefits will “unfortunately continue.”
“Most of it came out of the House, and people like Paul Ryan, who passed his budget through the House, put a very big target on the back of federal employees. Kelley said. “And he’s still in Congress.”
Kelley said her No. 1 issue right now is getting federal worker salaries unfrozen on Jan. 1, even if that means working out a deal later in the year and making pay hikes retroactive to Jan. 1.
Obama budget raises federal worker pay and pension contributions
By Joe Davidson,April 10, 2013
Employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau arent just looking out for consumers interests theyre looking out for their own jobs, too.
The agencys workforce voted last week to join the National Treasury Employees Union, a federal union that also represents employees at other financial regulators, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Securities and Exchange Commission.
Why would employees at CFPB an agency with liberal bona fides, generous compensation and top-notch benefits want to form a union?
The push to organize was driven in large part by news that many employees in Washington would be forced to give up their private offices while the bureau renovates its headquarters, according to several people familiar with the situation.
Sources said D.C. staffers, which include top regulatory lawyers, economists and policymakers, were absolutely livid about their current office space, where groups of four or five people are often sharing single offices with very, very thin walls.
President Obama announced his appointment of the following individuals to key administration posts:
Stephen E. Condrey, Appointee for Chairman, Federal Salary Council
Stephen Condrey is senior associate and director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s human resource management assistance program and adjunct professor of public administration in the University of Georgias School of Public and International Affairs. He has over 25 years of professional experience in human resource management and has consulted nationally and internationally with over 500 organizations concerning personnel-related issues. Condrey received his B.S. from the University of Montevallo, his MPA from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
Lou Cannon, Appointee for Member, Federal Salary Council
Lou Cannon is the Chief of Police of the District of Columbia Protective Services Police Department and Deputy Director at the Department of Real Estate Services. In this role, he is responsible for all of the Departments operations, including security and law enforcement for over five hundred Government facilities. Prior to that, he served at the Department of Navy Office as Naval Intelligence Chief of Police and Commander of Law Enforcement Operations Emergency Preparedness and Anti-Terrorism. During his thirty-five plus years in law enforcement, Cannon also served with the Department of Treasury US Mint Police as Commander of Operations and Major Events, the Library of Congress Police Department, and the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department.
Jeffrey David Cox, Appointee for Member, Federal Salary Council
Jeffrey David Cox is the National Secretary Treasurer at the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Prior to serving in this role, Cox served more than 11 years as first executive vice president of the AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council and 18 years as president of Local 1738. He also served as co-chair of the VA National Partnership Council and is currently Vice Co-Chair of the AFL-CIOs Union Veterans Council.
Rex L. Facer, Appointee for Member, Federal Salary Council
Rex L. Facer is associate professor and the Warren Jones Fellow of Public Finance and Management in the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, where he teaches in the Master of Public Administration program. His current research focuses on alternative work schedules, financing infrastructure, the role of infrastructure in economic development, and budgetary decision-making. Facer earned his B.A. and MPA from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in Public Management, Public Policy Analysis, and Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
Bill Fenaughty, Appointee for Member, Federal Salary Council
Bill Fenaughty is the National Secretary-Treasurer of the National Federation of Federal Employees, a position that he has held since July, 2009. A 34-year veteran of the federal workforce at the Watervliet Arsenal, and a union member for nearly 30-years, Fenaughty holds extensive representational experience as both a local and national union officer. Prior to assuming the office of Secretary-Treasurer, Fenaughty worked as National Assistant Directing Business Representative (ADBR) from 2002-2009. Before joining the civilian federal workforce in 1973, Fenaughty served in the United States Navy from 1964-1968. He was also a long time member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving for 25 years until his retirement in 1990. He attended SUNY at Albany and is a graduate of the National Labor College, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies.
Colleen Kelley, Appointee for Member, Federal Salary Council
Colleen Kelley is the National President of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), representing approximately 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies. Kelley was elected NTEU president in 1999. She serves on the Employee Thrift Advisory Council of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund Board of Directors, and the Board of Governors of the Partnership for Public Service. Previously, Kelley was an IRS Revenue Agent for 14 years and served in various NTEU chapter leadership positions, including chapter president of NTEU Chapter 34 in Pittsburgh. She has a B.A. in accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jacqueline Simon, Appointee for Member, Federal Salary Council
Jacqueline Simon is currently the Public Policy Director at the American Federation of Government Employees. She has served as a spokesperson for the organization on wide range of issues related to federal government, advocated for federal employees, and organized labor more generally. Prior to her Public Policy Director role, Jacqueline Simon was an Economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an Economist at the AFL-CIO. In both capacities she dealt with union and labor research. Ms. Simon has a B.A. in Economics from The American University.