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  • IRS to Rubber Stamp Tax-Exempt Status for Most Charities After Scandal

    07/13/2014 6:51:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 13, 2014 | Massimo Calabresi
    IRS head touts “efficiencies" but some groups fear fraud.Amid ongoing controversy over its scrutiny of non-profits, the Internal Revenue Service has decided it will no longer screen approximately 80% of the organizations seeking tax-exempt charitable status each year, a change that will ease the creation of small charities while doing away with a review intended to counter fraud and prevent political and other non-charitable groups from misusing the tax code. As of July 1, any group that pays a $400 fee and declares on a three-page online form that it has annual income of less than $50,000, total assets of...
  • Eric Holder: Palin Wasn't a Good VP Candidate, Even Worse Judge of Who Should Be Impeached

    07/13/2014 1:11:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    ABC News' This Week ^ | July 13, 2014 | Pierre Thomas, Mike Levine, Jack Date and Jack Cloherty
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Attorney General Eric Holder is challenging Republicans who are calling for his and President Obama's impeachment, and denouncing what he calls a "gridlocked Washington" stalled by what he says is a Republican Party bent on blocking any of the administration's efforts. “For whatever reason, [some] Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were just simply not going to cooperate with,” Holder said in a rare interview with ABC News' Pierre Thomas. "And over the past five-and-a-half years, we have seen demonstrations of that, where the president has reached out his hand, offered compromises that have simply not...
  • IRS UNION BOSS COLLEEN KELLEY: The Missing Link to Obama?

    07/13/2014 1:03:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | July 12, 2014 | Lawrence Sellin
    On March 31, 2010, the day before the Inspector General's report says the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began its scheme to target tea party and conservative groups, the White House Visitors Log reveals that President Barack Obama met with IRS union boss Colleen Kelley. In a notable feat of investigative journalism, American Spectator reporter Jeffrey Lord exposed what appears to be an unholy alliance among the White House, Democrat members of Congress and the thousands of IRS employees, who are members of the far-left, anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). The NTEU, which supported Obama in 2008 and 2012,...
  • MSNBC panel convinces themselves that no one cares about the IRS scandal

    06/30/2014 8:46:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 30, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    On Monday, the majority of a panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe attempted to convince themselves of a flawed premise: that the public largely is not convinced that the scandal involving the IRS targeting conservative groups, misleading investigators, and then failing to produce evidence relating to that investigation because they had destroyed it, is that big of a deal. The panel went on to explore an equally flawed premise regarding why the public is not incandescent with rage over this evolving controversy. “People separate the IRS from big government,” Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson hoped in the form of an assertion....
  • How to control the IRS and America's untouchable caste of bureaucrats

    06/28/2014 4:45:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 26, 2014 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Multiple illegalities coming to light in the IRS scandal provide a composite sketch of why government is America's oldest, biggest and most pervasive lawbreaker -- with no close second. And, it's getting worse. Government bureaucrats have become America's caste of untouchables. Their arrogance was displayed by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in hearings before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Koskinen refused to apologize for lost -- or destroyed -- emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials linked to the political targeting of conservatives, and claimed no criminal acts were committed at the IRS. Too many government bureaucrats...
  • Obama: 'They're Phony Scandals'

    06/27/2014 2:56:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Susan Jones
    President Obama warned people in Minnesota Friday not to believe what they hear on television: "They're fabricated issues, they're phony scandals that are generated. It's all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base. It's not on the level," the president insisted. Here are his remarks in context: I don't -- I don't watch TV news generally, or cable shows, but I suspect if you're out here and going to work and picking up your kids and taking them to soccer or at night sitting there paying the bills, and you just turn on the TV, sometimes it...
  • Texas Congressmen Introduce Bill Offering $1 M for IRS Emails

    06/26/2014 10:22:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | June 26, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Texas Congressmen Louie Gohmert and Bill Flores introduced legislation that offers a $1 million reward for any individual who can recover former IRS director Lois Lerner’s "lost" emails. An additional $500,000 would be given in exchange for information regarding the destruction of the emails. The Identify and Recover Sent E-mails (IRS) Act (H.R. 4958), if passed, would cut the salaries of IRS employees by 20 percent until the emails are recovered. Flores told Breitbart Texas that he was inspired to take action after groups in his district were unfairly targeted by the IRS. "A Tea Party group in my district...
  • IT Professional Gives Reasons Why IRS’ Claim That It ‘Lost’ 2 Years Emails Is ‘Simply Not Feasible’

    06/14/2014 7:51:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 13, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A veteran IT professional tells TheBlaze that the IRS’ claim that the agency lost two years’ worth of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails is “simply not feasible.” On Friday, members of Congress revealed that the IRS would not be able to hand over Lerner’s emails to and from other IRS employees from January 2009 to April 2011, possibly due to a “glitch” or “crash.” Lawmakers were seeking the emails as part of their investigation into the IRS targeting scandal. Norman Cillo, an Army veteran who worked in intelligence and a former program manager at Microsoft, argued it is very...
  • Ted Cruz grills FBI director, shuts up rude Democrat chairman in spirited hearing

    05/24/2014 1:19:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Biz-Pac Review ^ | May 21, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    FBI Director James Comey was back before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and had few answers to offer a passionate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, about the ongoing IRS investigation. Cruz began his line of questioning with a focus on what he called the “persistent stonewalling from the administration on this matter.” “It has been 372 days, just over a year, since President Obama and Attorney General Holder both publicly stated that they were outraged at the IRS‘ improper targeting of conservative groups and individuals,” he said. “And yet, despite the passage of time, very little has happened.” But...
  • MSNBC Slams 'Right' Over 'Knockout Game' and IRS Scandal, 'Want to Stoke Issues of Race'

    01/01/2014 10:05:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 31, 2013 | Brad Wilmouth
    On special edition of MSNBC's PoliticsNation on Monday in which a panel of MSNBC regulars selected awards for the year 2013, MSNBC contributor Joy Reid asserted that the "Knockout Game" was the "most overrated story of the year," as she complained that conservatives "went absolutely ballistic" and "wanted[ed] to stoke issues of race." MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams then brought up the IRS scandal in which conservative organizations were given closer scrutiny before the 2012 elections, with Williams charging, "Ain't nothing there. Never was, never will be," and with fellow panel member Krystal Ball chiming in that "It's not even a...
  • Sad day for America: Loyal public servant Lois Lerner retires

    09/23/2013 4:49:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 23, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Thankfully, she’ll no longer be in a position to affect policy as a government employee. Unfortunately, she’ll likely soon be back in a position to affect policy as a government lobbyist, making several times the salary she made before. Taxpayers will remember her fondly as someone who, when asked for her help in uncovering potential IRS malfeasance against the president’s political enemies, clammed up and refused to cooperate for fear of incriminating herself. Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal, is retiring, the agency confirmed Monday. Lerner headed the IRS division...
  • Busted! Lois Lerner Emails Just Released: Tea Party “Very Dangerous"

    09/12/2013 3:25:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 12, 2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    Shady former IRS official Lois Lerner has been the prime operative of one of the biggest IRS scandals in history. Lerner purposely targeted Tea Parties across the country as well as other conservative groups. The IRS Scandal involves: •At least 292 conservative groups targeted •At least 5 pro-Israel groups targeted •Constitutional groups targeted •Groups that criticized Obama administration were targeted •At least two pro-life groups targeted •A Texas voting-rights group was targeted •Conservative activists and businesses were targeted •At least 88 IRS agents were involved in the targeting scandal •At least one conservative Hispanic group was targeted •IRS continued to...
  • Rogue IRS Shamefully Targets Nation’s Veterans

    08/26/2013 6:53:10 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 26, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandals: One of the nation's largest veterans groups is being required to provide proof of membership eligibility. Posts that can't or won't comply face heavy fines. Your government thanks you for your service. The IRS scandal, which President Obama says is "phony," along with the body-bag scandals of Benghazi and Fast and Furious, was once the object of faux presidential scorn. When the president announced acting Commissioner Steven Miller had resigned over his agency's "inexcusable" targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups who had applied for tax-exempt status, he feigned concern. "I reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog's report and...
  • Top Republican Confirms: IRS Targeting of Conservatives DID NOT Start in Cincinnati

    06/13/2013 7:45:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters yesterday that investigators have found the IRS targeting scandal did not start in Cincinnati. Cincinnati IRS Agents Say Targeting Orders Came From Washington– (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The Hill reported: The IRS’s singling out of conservative groups did not originate in Cincinnati, the House Republican in charge of tax policy said Wednesday. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said bipartisan interviews conducted by House investigators had found out that the targeting did not occur in the IRS offices in Ohio that have been at...
  • Becky Gerritson FTW! (‘I’m not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born free American woman’)

    06/04/2013 6:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | June 4, 2013 | Smitty
    “I am not here as a serf or vassal. I am not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born free American woman, wife, mother and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well-being, and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. Your post, the post that you occupy, exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty. And you have faltered.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)
  • Poor Democrats Look Sad and Despondent at IRS Scandal Hearing

    06/04/2013 5:41:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 4, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The House Ways and Means Committee Hearing today shocked America. But it destroyed Democrats. No matter what the Democrats tried to do to deflect attention away from the scandal targeting conservatives, nothing worked. They don’t have an answer. The Democrats on the panel looked sad and despondent by the end of the hearing today.
  • McDermott to tea-party: You brought scrutiny on yourselves by applying for tax exemption, you know

    06/04/2013 12:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 4, 2013 | Allahpundit
    If you’re going to step in the ring with your government, you should expect to get punched in the face. And by “step in the ring,” I of course mean “avail yourself of the same perfectly legal tax strategies that are routinely permitted to liberal nonprofits.” I confess, while I expected some stupid and predictable Democratic scandal spin this week, I didn’t expect to watch a congressman indirectly defend government discrimination on grounds that the victims could have avoided it by simply not asserting their statutory rights in the first place. And yet here we are. That’s not the only...
  • Treasury IG official compares IRS scandal to Nixon

    06/03/2013 6:01:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill's On The Money ^ | June 3, 2013 | Peter Schroeder
    The Treasury Inspector General who uncovered the improper targeting of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service said Monday he was stunned by what his investigation uncovered. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), said the targeting at the IRS his probe discovered was "unprecedented," and the closest comparison that came to mind was the targeting of political enemies by the administration of Richard Nixon. "During the Nixon administration, there were attempts to use the Internal Revenue Services in manners that might be comparable in terms of misusing it. I'm not saying the actions taken here...
  • What Initiated the IRS Targeting of the Tea Party?

    06/03/2013 1:26:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | June 3, 2013 | John Sexton
    Did news coverage of a Tea Party group launching a 501(c)(4) in February 2010--including a story at NPR-- launch the two year scrutiny of Tea Party groups? It's impossible to tell for certain but the IG report does offer some clues that suggest this could be the case. Other news outlets have speculated about what might have prompted the scrutiny but no firm conclusion seems possible since the IG report redacts the event which initiated the scrutiny. However the report does offer clues. A detailed timeline included in the report indicates the whole affair began with a February 25, 2010...
  • IRS Targeting Extended to Conservative, Republican Groups, According to Agency Employee

    06/02/2013 9:15:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | June 2, 2013 | Eliana Johnson
    An Internal Revenue Service employee based in the agency’s Cincinnati office told the House Oversight Committee that the targeting of tea-party groups for inappropriate scrutiny was intended also to extend to conservative and Republican groups more broadly. “Was it your understanding that the purpose of the Be On the Lookout list was to identify conservative groups?” committee inevestigators asked the employee, according to a partial transcript of their interview with the witness released by the Oversight Committee on Sunday. “Yes, it was,” the employee responded. The “Be On the Lookout” list helped IRS agents identify which applications for tax exemption...
  • First on CNN: IRS collects docs from 88 employees in investigation

    05/31/2013 6:59:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | May 31, 2013 | Dana Bash, chief congressional correspondent
    The Internal Revenue Service has told House GOP investigators they have identified 88 IRS employees who may have documents relevant to the congressional investigation into targeting of conservative groups, according to a congressional source familiar with the investigation. The IRS asked these employees to preserve all the "responsive documents" on their computers, and it has been in the process of collecting it all to comply with congressional requests for information. The IRS missed its May 21st deadline to turn over documents to the House Ways and Means Committee. The same source said the IRS argues it missed its deadline because...
  • IRS Scandal: Abuse Committed By Higher-Ups Outside Ohio

    05/29/2013 5:56:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 29, 2013 | John Nolte
    The Obama administration's spin that only two rogue agents in Cincinnati, Ohio were behind the systematic harassment of conservative groups by the IRS, continues to unravel. NBC News reports that a number of targeted conservative groups received letters from IRS higher-ups from offices outside of Cincinnati -- including Washington DC. Moreover, one conservative group claims to have received a harassing IRS letter just three weeks ago. Jay Sekulow is a one-time trial lawyer who represented the IRS in tax-exempt cases. Today, though, he represents 27 conservative groups singled out by the IRS. The lawsuit he intends to file includes letters...
  • Obama Is Particularly Vulnerable to These Scandals

    05/25/2013 8:11:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 25, 2013 | J.T. Young
    Scandal is the worst thing that can befall a president. Yet as debilitating as scandals always are, the ones Obama now faces are particularly so. They intimately and simultaneously strike at his public persona, which has been his strongest asset, while seemingly verifying his critics' worst accusations. Scandals leave a president weaker for four reasons. First, they are decidedly negative issues. No president, or politician for that matter, seeks out negative issues. All go after the overwhelmingly popular, which is why politicians so quickly and frequently embrace symbolic ones. When pressed, a president takes on "tough" substantive issues, which are...
  • Inside IRS Unit Under Fire: Office Rankled Other Groups With Its Aggressive Tactics

    05/25/2013 1:15:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 24, 2013 | Damien Paletta and Dionne Searcey
    The Internal Revenue Service unit under fire for its reviews of conservative organizations has a long history of targeting groups with extra scrutiny, including foreclosure-assistance charities, credit-counseling services and New York Jewish charities, interviews with current and former employees show. The scrutiny has included such tactics as listening to telephone calls between groups and their clients, according to one group's lawyer. In the case of tea-party organizations, IRS officials studied social-media postings to gauge political activity. Sometimes the tactic of extra scrutiny for particular kinds of groups seeking tax exemptions helped manage a flood of entities in areas where abuse...
  • Former NPR CEO Ken Stern: The IRS Had the Right Idea

    05/25/2013 1:09:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Daily Beast's Politics Beast ^ | May 25, 2013 | Ken Stern
    What’s so bad about the IRS investigating nonprofit applications? That’s their job. The real scandal is that the ensuing hubbub will discourage them from doing it again, writes Ken Stern. Over the last week, commentators have expressed great outrage over the handling by the IRS of applications by Tea Party groups and others for 501(c)(4) status. In the haste to trigger the next administration-crippling “gate,” these analyses have largely ignored one of the most surprising aspects of this entire episode—that the IRS was actually trying to do its job. A little context is warranted. There are more than 1.5 million...
  • Country singer John Rich to ‘plead the Fifth’ on next year’s tax return

    05/24/2013 8:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Twitchy ^ | May 23, 2013 | Staff
    John Rich ✔ @johnrich Instead of paying taxes next year I'm going to not pay and #pleadthe5th then say "I don't recall what happened" just like they're doing. 3:18 PM - 23 May 2013 291 Retweets 131 favorites Of all the scandals the Obama administration is currently juggling, some theorize that the IRS’ targeting of its political enemies could do the most damage. After all, no other organization seems to have such unchecked power to intimidate and harass the average American, not to mention the arrogance to match. So if the IRS can plead ignorance and get away with it,...
  • SCANDALOUS: IRS WILL NOT RETURN 60,000,000 Medical Records It Stole From California Company

    05/22/2013 11:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 22, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    They stole 60,000,000 medical records – And won’t give them back. Last week news broke that the IRS was facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges. In a case involving solely a tax matter involving a former employee of the company, these agents stole more than 60,000,000 medical records of more than 10,000,000 Americans, including at least 1,000,000 Californians. The lawsuit by John Doe Company against 15 John Doe IRS agents is seeking punitive damages for constitutional violations,...
  • Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting for Public Opinion to Turn Against Obama (Spin it, Jill!)

    05/22/2013 10:45:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 21, 2013 | Jill Lawrence
    The president has a base of loyalists that won't quit and, at least for now, there's no evidence he was involved in any scandals. Another day, another poll showing that President Obama's job-approval rating is not collapsing under the weight of scandals and controversies. Why is he holding steady? Will it last? And will Republicans take any cues from his staying power? Given the noise level on Capitol Hill, cable TV, and social media, Obama's 50 percent-plus showings in recent polls from CNN, Pew, and ABC/Washington Post seem somewhat surprising. But two veteran political pollsters, one from each party, say...
  • IRS figures find grilling before Congress taxing (What If We Don't Pay Taxes Next April?)

    05/22/2013 7:10:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2013 | Charles Hurt
    You know you are a serious societal pestilence when even politicians can kick you around. Which is why the Senate Finance Committee called Steven Miller, former acting IRS commissioner, to testify about the agency’s scheme targeting conservatives for tax punishment. Right away, Mr. Miller got down to the business of reminding everyone why we all hate the IRS so much. “Unfortunately, given time considerations,” he began, “the IRS was unable to prepare written testimony.” Given time considerations? Unable to prepare? Are you kidding us? Have you ever heard of April 15? Can you imagine if we called up the IRS...
  • ST. LOUIS REPORTER LARRY CONNORS IS FIRED – Posted on Facebook About IRS Harassment

    05/22/2013 3:25:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 22, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    BREAKING: KMOV FIRES LARRY CONNORS In April 2012 St. Louis News 4’s Larry Conners grilled President Barack Obama on his extravagant vacation schedule and on bullying the Supreme Court. “The economy is a big concern for folks, I mean the unemployment, trying to make ends meet, gas prices, food prices going up. Some of our viewers are complaining that they get frustrated and angered when they see the first family jetting around different vacations and so forth…” It was one of the few hard-hitting interviews the president sat through last year. Last week Larry Connors revealed that after his interview...
  • IRS Official Who Targeted Tea Party, Also Targeted Conservative Groups in the 90s

    05/21/2013 4:39:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | May 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Twice they say is a pattern. Or a charm. And there isn’t much charm in using government agencies to conduct an illegal war against the opposition. Perhaps no other IRS official is more intimately associated with the tax agency’s growing scandal than Lois Lerner, director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division. Since admitting the IRS harassed hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for over two years, Lerner has been criticized for a number of untruths—including the revelation that she apparently lied about planting a question at an American Bar Association conference where she first publicly acknowledged IRS misconduct. Prior...
  • Poll: Majority believes IRS targeting of Tea Party was intentional

    05/21/2013 11:08:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2013 | Meghashyam Mali
    A new poll finds that a majority of Americans believes the Internal Revenue Service targeting scandal was an intentional effort to harass conservative political groups. In a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday, 56 percent said the IRS use of higher scrutiny on Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status was a deliberate move, with 31 percent calling it an “administrative mistake.” A strong majority, 74 percent, said the IRS moves were inappropriate to 20 percent who said they were appropriate. Fifty-one percent also said they believe those actions were illegal to 44 who said they were inappropriate but not against...
  • The IRS Targeted Conservatives Because It Could

    05/21/2013 9:23:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run ^ | May 20, 2013 | Peter Suderman
    The opening day excuse for the IRS targeting conservative groups requesting tax exempt status was that the IRS was facing an unusual influx of applicants. But that turns out not to have been the case. Applications for tax exempt 501 groups didn’t surge in 2010. In fact, the number of applicants was down in every category from 2009. The new line on the scandal is that it was a product of poor management, incompetence, and a struggling, understaffed agency. Here, for example, is The New York Times, in a reported piece from yesterday: “Overseen by a revolving cast of midlevel...
  • Bam’s mythic gov’t: Reality is ugly — like the IRS

    05/20/2013 11:18:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 21, 2013 | Rich Lowry
    President Obama believes in the public sector. He thinks it should be made ever more expansive and entrusted with ever more complicated tasks. Its unions should be powerful. It should be hailed by all the great and good, and attract the nation’s best and brightest. This is how the president portrays the public sector at a level of glittering generality. Then there’s the reality of all that government that is too big for him to monitor, the workings of which he learns about only when he reads the newspapers and watches TV. There’s the incompetence, the dishonesty and the self-justification....
  • IRS targeted conservative college interns

    05/20/2013 10:52:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 20, 2013 | Patrick Howley, Investigative Reporter
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanded information about conservative groups’ college-aged interns, prompting outrage from one of the country’s top conservative activist organizations and leading one former intern to wonder whether his family’s pizza parlor would be endangered. The IRS requested, in an audit, the names of the conservative Leadership Institute’s 2008 interns, as well as specific information about their internship work and where the interns were employed in 2012, according to a document request the IRS sent to the Leadership Institute, dated February 14, 2012. The IRS requested: “Copies of applications for internships and summer programs; to include: lists...
  • Is the IRS scandal the worst political scandal in American history? I say “yes.”

    05/20/2013 10:03:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Bookworm Room Blog ^ | May 18, 2013
    When it comes to the IRS’s ongoing, repressive behavior against conservative groups, you’re likely to hear different verdicts: The hard Left says, of course, that this is a molehill that the Republicans are scandalously trying to turn into a scandal. (The New York Times perfectly exemplifies this line of thinking.) Others on the Left admit incompetence, but refuse to assign moral blame. Conservatives are willing to assign moral blame but think that no one really cares. I believe that everyone should care because what we’re seeing now is a new type of scandal in American history, and the biggest crime...
  • Something at the IRS Doesn't "Add Up"

    05/19/2013 7:28:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 19, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    New defenses and distractions in the IRS scandal are going to come rolling out from the administration and its defenders like water off a duck's back. One ploy is evident in this sympathetic story from Friday's Washington Post seeking to portray the IRS Determinations Unit as a just a group of nice, non-partisan number-crunchers: The [determinations] staff member [in Cincinnati], who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job, said that the determinations unit is competent and without bias, that it grouped together conservative applications “for consistency’s sake” — so one application did not sail through...
  • A Tough Week, But Obama’s Agenda Isn’t Dead: Already moving to get back to business...

    05/19/2013 5:19:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 17, 2013 | Eleanor Clift
    President Obama didn’t take the bait when a reporter asked how he felt about the comparison some of his critics were making about the scandals in his administration with those that happened when Richard Nixon was in the White House. The question capped a weeklong orgy of rhetoric with Republicans assailing abuses of power at the IRS and Justice Department, and the media all but writing off Obama’s second term as a colossal management failure. Obama didn’t protest “I’m not Nixon,” which would have echoed the former president who once famously said in response to a question, “I’m not a...
  • Mainstream media can’t see scandal

    05/19/2013 4:23:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 19, 2013 | Professor Dennis Clayson
    A recent picture in Time magazine showed an Obama staffer leaning casually against a column in the White House portico. The caption read, “This White House chief of staff has been working to neutralize Washington’s toxic political environment.” The picture is of Denis McDonough, President Barack Obama’s new chief of staff. There is not a trace of irony in Time’s presentation, even though many Americans would wonder from which planet the editor came. The picture couldn’t have been more ironic if it had been taken in 1943 showing a German functionary at the Reichstag with a caption reading, “This official...
  • The Republican wolves are out for Obama but they are yet to draw blood

    05/19/2013 4:13:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 19, 2013 | Gary Younge
    The thing people often forget about the story of the boy who cried wolf was that, at the end of the day, there was a wolf. For the past six years – since Barack Obama announced his presidential intentions – Republicans have been crying themselves hoarse. Obama, if they were to be believed, was a Kenyan-born communist Muslim with a forged birth certificate who stole the election by registering millions of ineligible voters. "A lot of information about Obama's background is missing," said Abigail Billings, at a meeting of a 9-12 group (organised by the conservative former Fox host Glenn...
  • Charles Krauthammer: IRS Scandal Could Be a ‘Fatal Problem’ for Obama

    05/19/2013 1:22:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 18, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday said the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative organizations could be “fatal” for the Obama administration if it turns out that anyone in the White House was aware of it. Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Krauthammer called the IRS situation “the one scandal that people have a visceral sense about” — it’s the one U.S. institution, besides the military, that can do very serious harm. Going after conservative groups based on their politics is “a violation that everybody — left or right– understands,” he added. Krauthammer urged that there’s no suggestion that Obama knew...
  • The Treasury connection: Not merely an IRS scandal

    05/19/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | May 19, 2013 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Internal Revenue Service scandal may be the worst of all the current Obama administration fiascoes. It is an easily understood gross misuse of the powers of government to target opponents of the president. What is more, the administration’s supplicants in the lefty punditocracy can no longer claim this is just an IRS scandal. The Post reports: J. Russell George, the Treasury Department’s top tax watchdog, said Friday he had informed top Treasury officials starting last spring about problems related to the special attention the agency was paying some conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. George said he shared the information...
  • IRS breaks the rules (Take you blood pressure medicine before reading)

    05/19/2013 12:04:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 18, 2013 | Staff
    It eventually comes down to who — who at the IRS was responsible for targeting conservative and Tea Party groups for special scrutiny. Because, after all, you can’t put a “system” in jail. You can’t put a report in prison. You can’t indict a department for corruption. At the end of the day it’s people who are responsible for using the enormous powers of the Internal Revenue Service to go after other people and groups because of their political beliefs. U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) told the tale of one of his constituents who applied for tax-exempt status for her...
  • The Lying King

    05/18/2013 6:28:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | May 16, 2013 | Richard Fernandez
    At a dinner not long ago someone described the wonders of a new product which uploaded your vital signs to the Cloud, a process that was so much more accurate than having to take it yourself and write it down on a piece of paper. It’s a great idea and there are an increasing number of such services which plan to offer that feature such as this, which proclaims “doctors can now establish online CarePods™ to assemble extended care teams, share medical records, collect and analyze real-time clinical information, and coordinate treatment plans with patients, their families and health providers.”...
  • Obama’s Defenders: He’s Not Corrupt, Just Dishonest and Incompetent

    05/18/2013 1:47:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 17, 2013 | Seth Mandel
    There was a running joke in the fall of 2008 that John McCain should simply re-air Hillary Clinton’s “3 a.m. phone call” ad, which highlighted Barack Obama’s lack of experience and meager knowledge of world affairs, and just tack on “I’m John McCain, and I approve this message” at the end of the ad. The point was that thanks to the bitter primary battle between the Clintons and Obama, Democrats had already developed the most effective lines of attack against Obama, and Republicans needed only to nod their heads in agreement. Something similar is taking place amid the several Obama...
  • Watergate 2.0 -- why the IRS scandal is far worse

    05/18/2013 1:07:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2013 | Matt Kibbe
    In the wake of one of the worst abuses of government power in recent history, many are rushing to frame the Internal Revenue Service scandal as simply an attack on conservative activists. That view risks creating a partisan political football and misses a fundamentally scarier abuse that exceeds the scandals of Watergate or any other prior government abuse. The IRS has admitted that since May 2010 it targeted grassroots-conservative organizations that had applied for tax-exempt status, unfairly subjecting them to rigorous scrutiny due to their political leanings. Such groups were told they were required to comply with IRS requests, no...
  • IRS Oversight Board Admits Inappropriate Targeting and Breakdown of the Processing System

    05/17/2013 8:07:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 17, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Treasury has not one, but at least two departments tasked with keeping an eye on the IRS. We’ve heard from Treasury’s Inspector General already in his report released this week. Now, the IRS Oversight Board has chimed in. The Oversight Board is a nine-member independent body charged to oversee the IRS in its administration, management, conduct, direction, and supervision of the execution and application of the internal revenue laws. The Secretary of Treasury and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue are members of the Board. Today the IRS Oversight Board released this statement: The IRS Oversight Board is deeply troubled by...
  • All the President’s Concealers tainted the 2012 election

    05/17/2013 4:52:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 17, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    With each passing hour, it becomes more and more clear that the truth was concealed from the American public prior to the election about two major Obama administration scandals. Benghazi was very much in the news prior to the election. The concealment went to the culpability of the Obama administration in failing to heed warnings about security at the Benghazi consulate, the nature of the pre-planned al-Qaeda attack, the scrubbing of the talking points used by Susan Rice, the failure to go to the aid of Americans in trouble, and the claim that the attack was a result of a...
  • How to Tell If the IRS Is Eyeing You

    05/17/2013 4:24:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 17, 2013 | Kelley Holland
    You consider yourself a law abiding citizen, and you are not starting a nonprofit organization with conservative ties. Even so, you may be a candidate for a tax audit—and you may have no clue what you have done to warrant the attention of the IRS. The nation's tax collectors have long made it a practice to look for discrepancies, omissions and suspicious activity to uncover tax evasion and fraud. And lately, the IRS has expanded its monitoring to include social media. The agency now keeps an eye out for online discussions about nonpayment or underpayment of taxes, and even sale...
  • BREAKING: The Scandals are Falling Apart! (Laff riot)

    05/17/2013 4:13:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Protein Wisdom ^ | May 17, 2013 | Jeff G.
    So says Ezra Klein, who may turn out to be one of the stupidest people ever to be given column inches in a printed medium of any variety. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) After reading Klein’s desperate attempt to map onto reality his own desires, written in the form of a serious news piece, I’m tempted to say something like “fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” But then, the movie that comes from is, like, 35-years old. And back then, slave owners were still running things, and men in tri-cornered hats were acting all pissy and dumping perfectly...