Paul L. Caron
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 889

IRS Logo 2Canada Free Press op-ed:  Priorities: Why Obama Coddles Iran But Sicks the IRS on You, by Herman Cain:

If you want to know someone’s priorities, pay attention to when they’re meticulous – and to when they act like they just can’t be bothered to put in half an effort.

Take, for example, the Obama Administration. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that nuclear inspectors acting under the nuclear deal President Obama and John Kerry negotiated with the ayatollahs have pronounced themselves pleased with self-inspected soil samples submitted by Iran from its Parchin nuclear facility. The idea of a terrorist-supporting regime being allowed to gather and send in its own soil samples has been compared to letting Alex Rodriguez send the commissioner’s office his urine sample via FedEx. Anyone who is serious about preventing a rogue regime from getting nuclear weapons would instantly recognize how insane this is.

So why didn’t the Obama Administration hold out for a more rigid inspection process? Are they too dumb? No. They didn’t insist on real inspections because it’s just not that important to them. What they cared about was getting a deal done – and if the deal wasn’t in the best interests of the U.S. or the cause of global security, they didn’t care.

And I’m confident of this because I see what they do when something is important to them. Consider their approach to tax-exemption applications from conservative nonprofit groups. Does the IRS simply ask these groups to send in an affirmation that what they’re doing is legal and consistent with the law governing nonprofit tax exemptions? Of course not. The IRS often drags out the process for months or even years, in some cases even demanding that these groups disclose their donor lists and who they’ve recently had as speakers. ...

If Obama viewed conservatives the same way he views Iran, he would instruct the IRS to let us self-submit our own audits, and then just smile and thank us for our trouble. If he viewed oil companies the way he views Cuba, he would not only let them build pipelines, he would ask them what else they need for their trouble.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/10/the-irs-scandal-day-889.html

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Comments

Does the IRS ask taxpayer to "send in an affirmation that what they’re doing is legal and consistent with the law governing nonprofit tax exemptions?" Actually, for the vast, vast majority of applicants, the answer is "yes."

Posted by: Publius Novus | Oct 15, 2015 7:00:28 AM

Americans should only be so lucky that 0v0mit would view us as Iranians. Instead, we're the enemy.

Posted by: DJ | Oct 15, 2015 8:39:13 AM

Publius- You forgot the "simply" and the next sentence, both of which make Cain's point.

Posted by: Yo Gabba Gabba | Oct 15, 2015 1:04:03 PM