And the Other Shoe has Dropped … Senior IRS Officials Knew Tea Party was Targeted in 2011, not 2012 … Why Has No One Been Fired?
So we have a government agency that is targeting groups in the United States for their 1st Amendment political free speech and no one has been fired?
The other day when the IRS came out and apologized for targeting Conservative groups and Tea Party organization, we asked, is this the tip of the iceberg, where are the rest of the cockroaches? Others, like Powerline, were pondering as well as to why now the IRS would make such an apology. We now know why the IRS apologized. They were trying to get ahead of the real story that the Politico is saying is supposed to be released next week. But even in their apology, they lied. As reported by the AP, senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011. That is quite a bit different from the 2012 apology. Also, this is quite a bit different from IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman telling Congress in 2012 that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views. This would be called lying to Congress or perjury. Add another scandal to the Obama presidency … IRS-gate.
Tea Party 2009 - Nashville, TN (Pic- Scared Monkeys)
Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.
The IRS apologized Friday 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.
But on June 29, 2011, Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, learned at a meeting that groups were being targeted, according to the watchdog’s report. At the meeting, she was told that groups with “Tea Party,” ”Patriot” or “9/12 Project” in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report says.
Conservative Radio Talk Show Host Phil Valentine providing his 2 cents on government waste and overtaxation
A note to IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois G. Lerner, it is not wrong, it is not incorrect, insensitive or inappropriate … IT IS ILLEGAL!!! So now we are learning that the harassment and illegal targeting of Tea Party groups as an enemies list was happening in 2011, long before the 2012 president election season. Of course this was not done to prevent the Tea Party from having a greater impact in the 2012 elections was it? Never! We have been told that this was not done by political appointees, but rather career IRS employees. This is supposed to be a good thing? You mean we have bias, career employees in the IRS who have taken political sides? Hmm, an enemies list and a government agency acting in a “Gestapo” type manner … How Nixonian. SO WHY HASN’T ANYONE BEEN FIRED!!!
UPDATE I: CNS News is reporting that the Ways and Means to IRS: ‘Provide All Communications Containing Words ‘Tea Party,’ ‘Patriot,’ or ‘Conservative’—By Wednesday.
The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight has thrown down an investigative gauntlet to the Internal Revenue Service, demanding that the agency hand over by next Wednesday every communication in its records that includes the words “tea party,” “patriot” or “conservative.”
The committee is also demanding of the IRS that by next Wednesday it provide the committee with the names and titles of all individuals who were involved in targeting conservative non-profit groups for more intensive review of their applications for non-profit status.
How come we did not hear anything like this during George W. Bush?