LA Times Hack Lauds IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups
Writer whitewashes feds’ punishment of government critics as routine act of regulation
Paul Joseph Watson
May 15, 2013
The scandal involving the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups over their political leanings has been slammed as “intolerable and inexcusable” by Barack Obama himself, but the witch hunt has at least one vehement supporter – the LA Times’ Michael Hiltzik.
In an article entitled The real IRS scandal, Hiltzik sardonically downplays how “everyone is screaming about the “scandal” of the Internal Revenue Service scrutinizing conservative nonprofits before granting them tax-exempt status.”
For Hiltzik, the fact that “political organizations are being allowed to masquerade as charities” is the real scandal. “It’s about time the IRS subjected all of these outfits to scrutiny,” he urges.
He goes on to whitewash the IRS’s deliberate targeting of groups based on their political backgrounds, dismissing the entire issue as a routine act of regulation on the part of the federal agency.
“Once again, now that the agency has tried to regulate, the regulated parties have blown its efforts up into a “scandal,” he writes, scoffing at claims that the IRS’s actions were “chilling” or “un-American.”
Let’s remind ourselves of exactly what criteria the IRS followed in targeting political groups and individuals for audits and withholding of tax exempt status.
The Inspector General’s report lists the following terms as criteria for extra scrutiny;
– Whether “Tea Party,” “Patriots” or “9/12 Project” was referenced in the case file.
– Whether the issues outlined in the application included government spending, government debt or taxes.
– Whether there was advocating or lobbying to “make America a better place to live.”
– Whether a statement in the case file criticized how the country is being run.
– Whether it advocated education about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
According to Hiltzik, the fact that the IRS is punishing people with financial audits if they criticize the government or speak about the Constitution is not “chilling” at all, and neither is the fact that while liberal groups had their tax exempt applications approved swiftly, Tea Party groups had to wait 27 months, with many of them giving up altogether.
“Memo to Hiltzik: the IRS itself has apologized and said that their targeting of conservatives was inappropriate. How much of a hack do you have to be to defend them after they admitted what they did was wrong?” writes the Patterico blog.
This again underscores how liberals will scream bloody murder about government malfeasance only when a Republican is in the White House. Imagine if leftist political organizations had been hit with audits and delayed applications as a form of ideological punishment under the Bush administration – would Hiltzik have characterized that as a regulatory necessity?
Both Republicans and Democrats will continue to ignore and even run defense for the corruption of the political class so long as their puppet is behind the teleprompter, which is one of the primary reasons why Americans of every political persuasion continue to see their rights eroded no matter which brand of front man occupies the White House.
» FLASHBACK: Hillary Clinton Fired From Watergate Investigation For ‘Lying, Unethical Behavior’ « Pat Dollard
Excerpted from EO-History: The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes.
Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.
“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
Cleta Mitchell, one of Washington’s most respected elections attorneys, told Newsmax she has tangible proof that high-ranking IRS officials in Washington were fully aware of the agency’s campaign to target conservative groups for heightened scrutiny, despite their denials.
Senator slams administration on Benghazi, IRS, AP phone tap scandals.
During a conference call with reporters, senior IRS official Lois Lerner uttered words that are now reverberating across the blogosphere: “I’m not good at math.”
Don’t worry, Lois, neither is anyone else. And the less you can do math, the happier you’ll be at the IRS where, let’s face it, no two people ever come up with the same answer for any given tax return.
This utterance bubbled out of Lois’s mouth in the middle of a conference call concerning the stunning revelations that the IRS targeted conservative groups for punitive audits during the 2012 elections. Yep, when you’re not a gung-ho supporter for the socialist agenda, IRS agents just happen to come knocking on your door. The IRS apologized for the punitive targeting, but that’s hardly enough. People should be going to jail over this.
The IRS targeted groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the Constitution
WASHINGTON — In the 28 months that the IRS put a hold on all Tea Party applications for non-profit status, it also approved numerous applications from similar liberal and progressive groups a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.
As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like “Progress” or “Progressive,” the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.
The division of the Internal Revenue Service that improperly scrutinized the tax-exempt status of conservative groups sent confidential information on 31 conservative groups to the well-funded liberal nonprofit journalism organization ProPublica, according to a revelation made by ProPublica Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service 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.IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
Bachmann, a former tax attorney, told WND in an interview the IRS admission means the credibility of the 2012 election is in doubt.
Americans, she said, should be wondering whether Obamacare, which is to be enforced by the IRS, will target conservative voices opposed to President Obama with delays or denials of medical care.
The Internet Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.