from politico, proud print partner of msnbc:
IRS under siege with no friends - Lauren French and Kelsey Snell - POLITICO.comA steady stream of criticism directed at the IRS in recent weeks exploded with the disclosure that the agency targeted about 75 conservative groups for extra review because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their tax documents.
The GOP immediately pounced — and Democrats offered no defense. The result: The IRS is an agency under siege, facing its worst public relations debacle in years.
The revelation fuels Republican fears that the agency is targeting the administration’s political enemies. It also hands the GOP a fresh issue to use in attacking President Barack Obama’s administration at the same time they are stepping up their criticism of the way it handled the attack in Benghazi.
The reach of the IRS is so broad that the damage to the agency’s reputation could touch everything from its oversight of rapidly expanding nonprofit groups to the implementation of the health care law.
Top Republicans on Capitol Hill, including House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, immediately tied the IRS admission to some of the worst instances of government overreach, including Watergate.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) will convene a hearing on the matter in the coming weeks. Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will do the same.
“The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable,” Issa said. “The committee will aggressively follow up … and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”
McConnell said “an apology won’t put this issue to rest.”
Democrats didn’t lift a finger in defense of the agency, which is implementing some of the party’s top policy priorities like the health care overhaul.
Even Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, who pressed the IRS in 2010 to review the political activities of nonprofits, expressed outrage.
“We shouldn’t rush to judgment,” the Montana Democrat said. “But targeting groups based solely on their political views is not only inappropriate, it is intolerable.”
all the coverups, all the scrubs, all the threatening and intimidating of witnesses, all the hiding of survivors from benghazi
and now this---using the irs to punish political enemies
how downright nixonian
this has been going on for 2 years, all the way from texas to virginia
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because, after all, what good is a committed socialist without an energetic irs
it's gonna get a whole lot worse, and fast
next week, points out politico, treasury's ig is to issue its public report on this matter
which accounts for the agency's abject apology this am
in april, the aclu produced documents showing that employees at the irs CRIMINAL DIVISION assumed they had the right to examine YOUR emails and text messages WITHOUT A WARRANT
chicago strongarm methodologies federalized
house ways and means, dave camp, is already on that one, notes roger simon's journolisters
then there was that insipid star trek video, $60,000 worth, which no one knew what was worse, the waste or the sophomoric production values
Taxpayer money finances IRS "Star Trek" parody - CBS News
and of course this irs, operating outta this treasury dept, a subsidy of this most transparent white house ever, REFUSED to make public the star trek (as well as the gilligan's island) until after foia forced em forward
that's when we learned, march 22, this year, that the irs SPENT 4 MILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR ON A TV STUDIO it owns and operates to...
when is enough enough, emil?
america is NOT one great big chicago
roger simon's professional leftists next examine the cantankerous clamor over irs funding, major battleground on the obamacare front from the beginning
politico: "even democrats say dealing with the notoriously secretive agency is akin to dental surgery"
carl levin: "getting information out of them is like pulling teeth"
reminds me of the cir (extremely prestigious center for investigative reporting) just last week, demonstrating that the number of veterans waiting more than a year for their benefits has grown by TWO THOUSAND PERCENT under barack hussein obama
VA’s ability to quickly provide benefits plummets under Obama/CIR
but the cir, which produces for 20-20 and 60 minutes and is also the major source for million-dollar-bill moyers at pbs, seemed (no exaggeration) more put out by the va's vault-like, almost soviet secrecy than they were bothered even by the two tour lieutenant colonel with the brain injury and no electricity
so here, at the end, politico bravely goes to bat for the battered, beleaguered bookkeepers
it's the sequester, simon's sycophants suggest
do you think the white house will dare go there in public?
and the agency is overstretched these days, politico pleads, having to put in all that obamacare, for which republicans refuse to play nice, pony up
they haven't had an irs commissioner for 6 months...
you are going to hear an awful lot more about this one, house republicans guarantee
it's barack obama's black friday, indeed
party on, progressives