Paul L. Caron

Friday, July 22, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1170

IRS Logo 2Town Hall, Pushing Back the Bullies:

The most important thing to learn about bullies is that they don’t expect resistance, and when it comes, they often back down – but not if the pushback isn’t serious.

Several instances come to mind. ...

The best example of progressive bullying with no sufficient pushback is the Obama Administration’s use of the Internal Revenue Service as a political goon squad.

In 2010, Democrat U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (MT) openly pressured the Internal Revenue Service to investigate tea party groups, followed by similar letters to the IRS from other prominent Democrats. It worked. 

In the most egregious instance, after True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht applied for tax exempt status in 2010, she and her husband were subjected to six FBI domestic terrorism inquiries, an IRS “visit,” two IRS business audits, two IRS personal audits, and inspections of their business by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). No one has answered for these Soviet-style actions by the Obama Administration to silence her. 

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was brought in supposedly to clean up the mess left by departed nonprofit section official Lois Lerner and other partisan IRS employees.  Instead, he has effectively thwarted the effort.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee woke up long enough to vote along party lines on June 17 to censure Koskinen, but so what?  He’s still running the IRS.

Last Thursday, conservative House members finally paved the way for a possible floor vote later in the year to impeach Mr. Koskinen for blocking inquiries, lying under oath, “losing” emails (sound familiar?) and ignoring a congressional subpoena.

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