Paul L. Caron

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 626

IRS Logo 2Commentary, Contentions Obama Administration Again Proves It Cannot Be Trusted with Your Data:

Yesterday’s important ObamaCare revelation was the latest in a series of Obama-era developments in which big-government projects prove their conservative critics correct. This particular aspect of the administrative state is, however, worse than incompetence. It’s yet another proof that the government cannot be trusted with the private information it gathers from the public.

This has been an ongoing debate that conservatives have lately been winning handily. Democrats moved to require more transparency in those who make political donations, though the Democrats sought to protect major liberal donor groups like unions. Conservatives said the information would be used to harass and target donors. The Obama administration then promptly proved conservatives right, by doing just that.

Then the IRS scandal came to light. Conservative and pro-Israel groups were targeted for nonprofit status, and part of the targeting was invasive questioning. It was unnecessary and unfairly applied, but conservatives also said the IRS couldn’t be trusted with the information. The IRS then proved them right, going on a leaking spree and releasing confidential information, in some cases to ideological allies for cooperative (and very much illegal) targeting. Concerns about government use of private information have infused opposition to gun-control legislation as well.

And now comes perhaps the least surprising entry in the list: the government’s ObamaCare website is sharing insurance customers’ personal information with advertisers.

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Bill Belichick is the Lois Lerner of the NFL.

Posted by: Woody | Jan 25, 2015 11:00:48 PM

No exaggeration here. "Pro-Israel groups were targeted?" Only one group was involved, Z Street. And "targeting" has yet to be proved. "Leaking spree?" One leak was admitted; it was the result of negligence in responding to a FOIA request. As Goebbels said, keep repeating it and the public will come to believe it.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jan 25, 2015 7:32:35 AM