We present to you a clip from the oft-contentious congressional hearings with HMFIC of the IRS and IRS scandal fall guy, Steven Miller, who was set to retire in June.
He would appear to have some problems with that whole 1st amendment thingy:
From the Washington Examiner:
During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa.
“Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa: ‘Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers,’" Schock declared.
“Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501 c3 applicant?” asked Schock. “The content of one’s prayers?”
“It pains me to say I can’t speak to that one either,” Miller replied.
After Schock pressed him further, Miller explained that although he couldn't comment on the specific case, it would "surprise him" if that question was asked.
We cannot think of a better reason for the 1st amendment than what you just witnessed.
That's it. That's the whole idea of the 1st amendment - to keep a meddlesome government out of your life and the fact that the man in charge of the tax collection agency of this country cannot give a definitive answer with respect to our most important amendment ought to scare the living hell out of everybody.
We tweeted the other day something along the lines that if you were still a big government liberal, you probably were'nt paying attention to things... for this is the end game of a progressive utopia.
Whether the low level IRS employees were acting on orders from their superiors or, worse, just acting upon the engrained culture at the IRS, this represents the abuse of unbridled and unchecked government power... and the man in charge gives every appearance of not really giving a damn about it.