Taxes, both at the individual and corporate level, have "red flags" involved with certain claims, deductions, etc. If their radar blips enough, you're going to get a smarmy look from the Tax Man.
Frankly, the only way we can prove beyond the scope of doubt that this was a targeted issues is to look into how many new organizations with a demonstrable Democratic lean were getting poked and prodded by the Tax Man.
No, it's not worse than Watergate because the president was not involved.
I don't have any proof of this but I believe that some, if not all, of this happened because some people at the IRS were trying to score some brownie points.
The IRS definitely has way too much power (Yes, I have gone a few rounds with the IRS). Something needs to be done about that.
"If you don't know where you're going any road will get you there." ~ Lewis Carroll
It would absolutely be wrong for the IRS to be harassing and denying legal benefits to an organization that actually qualified for them. But the complaint here is that the process to deny these obviously political groups the tax exempt status reserved for non-political groups took longer than they like... it's an empty complaint. While the IRS may indeed have unclean hands in this situation, the organizations complaining have much much dirtier ones. I have no sympathy for them being given a hard time doing something they shouldn't be doing in the first place.
Putting one group of crooks at the top of the investigation is hardly scandalous. The real threat here is not from IRS not letting people illegally get out of paying their taxes. It's the loopholes that allow these groups the tax exempt status in the first place.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
They'll have to prove with documents or testimony that there was a conspiracy to target particular groups, not just who got investigated for no particular reason.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
Let me take a run at it...
If the GOP witch hunts that regularly accuse the President of committing impeachable crimes are unable to produce evidence, they are either incompetent investigators and should be fired or they harming the nation with their purely political accusations and should be fired.
See how that works.
For this to be worse than Watergate, you would need evidence that the President committed a crime and right now, though it seems clear that the filtering process the IRS used was inappropriate, there is still no evidence that it was criminal.
I think scandal mongering has become GOPorn, the fantasies of Republicans who can't seem to find any path to winning national elections in the foreseeable future unless they can find a way to destroy their potential adversaries.