Paul L. Caron

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 815

IRS Logo 2Forbes:  19 Facts On IRS Targeting President Obama Can't Blame On Republicans, by Robert W. Wood:

On The Daily Show, President Obama blamed Republicans for the IRS scandal:

“You’ve got this back office, and they’re going after the Tea Party. Well, it turned out, no, Congress had passed a crummy law that didn’t give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly. The truth of the matter is that there was not some big conspiracy there. They were trying to sort out these conflicting demands. You don’t want all this money pouring through non-for- profits, but you also want to make sure everybody is being treated fairly.”

Really, Mr. President? For effect, perhaps he should reprise his testy “not even a smidgen of corruption” remark to Fox News. The President keeps claiming there is no evidence the IRS was used for political targeting. You be the judge:

[List of 19 facts about the targeting scandal.]

Washington Examiner, IRS Back Under Fire on Tea Party Targeting:

A series of new revelations Wednesday and Thursday put the Internal Revenue Service back under fire for its alleged efforts to curtail the power of conservative nonprofits.

First, the Government Accountability Office uncovered evidence that holes in the tax agency's procedure for selecting nonprofit groups to be audited could allow bias to seep into the process.

Then, during a heated House Ways and Means Committee hearing Thursday morning, lawmakers exposed the lack of safeguards that could prevent IRS officials from going after groups with which they disagreed.

Meanwhile, the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch released documents Wednesday that suggested the IRS targeted the donors of certain tax-exempt organizations.

The controversies focused renewed scrutiny on the embattled agency, which has been fending off allegations of discrimination against conservatives since 2013.

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19? Really? Fact #1 is Citizens United. A 5-4 Republican majority decision. Fact #4 is Douglas Shulman’s statement about no targeting of Tea Party orgs. Doug Shulman was a Republican and was appointed by a Republican. #8 is true as far as it goes. What it fails to say, however, is that the much-maligned LLerner twice ordered cessation of the BOLO lists and was twice ignored by the Cincinnati EO supervisor—who testified that he is a Republican. #10 says Democrats “claim” progressives were targeted too. The evidence is unequivocal that the BOLO lists included progressive terms and phrases. #14 is true, but what does it have to do with the price of Tea in China; moreover, the Republicans are clearly responsible for the six non-productive investigations. #19 is attributable to Chairman Issa’s inept handling of the LLerner testimony.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Aug 2, 2015 6:30:03 PM

Obama controls the IRS, not congress. It is amazing how Obama can order EPA and DOJ around but when it comes to the IRS, it isn't even part of his administration...

Posted by: wodun | Aug 2, 2015 10:35:39 AM