Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Slouching towards a Banana Republic (cont.)


Just a reminder, gang: this rogue, thuggish agency that from all evidence has served (is serving?) as the President’s and Democratic Party’s sic’em dogs will be the enforcement wing of the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare.

And do note that the President, when news of IRS targeting of conservative groups first broke, went from doing his “no one is more outraged than me” schtick to inferring it was a “phony scandal” in just six short months.

Stonewalling… it’s what they do.

From Investors Business Daily:

The IRS is stonewalling two congressional committees over new evidence it illegally targeted dissidents, this time citing employee confidentiality. If this means zero accountability for abuse of power, it's time for new laws.

Christine O'Donnell, a Tea Party candidate from a few years ago, may not be everyone's cup, but she was spot-on when she told the Washington Times on Sunday: "Unless this is all exposed, unless every level of inappropriateness and corruption is exposed, I certainly won't be the last person to be politically intimidated like this."

Back in 2010, as she campaigned for a Senate seat in Delaware, O'Donnell's private tax records were leaked by the IRS to her political opponents and phony claims about her tax liabilities were leaked to the press, all in a sleazy subterranean effort to keep her from winning that election.

And by remarkable coincidence, that was done by the same agency that has since admitted to targeting Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt status, harassing them with insanely intrusive questions and delaying their applications for years at a time — all to repress political groups disliked by President Obama, who made it clear his administration considered them "terrorists."

And let's not forget that Joe the Plumber's tax records were leaked in 2008 and conservative Commentary magazine was targeted for a "corruption" probe in 2009. Now Chuck Heath Jr., brother of Tea Party manque Sarah Palin, has declared on his Facebook page that their father was "horribly harassed" six times beginning in 2008, after 50 years of faithfully paying his taxes without a single IRS inquiry.

Please bear in mind that no one, repeat, no one has been held accountable for this criminal behavior. Lois Lerner, the woman central to the targeting, merely resigned with all her retirement benefits intact and full military honors in a manner of speaking.

And the reason for stonewalling? The IRS is claiming “employee confidentiality”. Yeah. We’ll bet. Because exposing the operating practices of the IRS is apparently sacred ground when it comes to how it is they come to harass and intimidate conservative groups.

The IRS needs to be abolished. Our fellow travelers on the right can bitch and moan about the NEA all they want but that's small potatoes and more importantly, no one is forcing us to the Piss Christ exhibit. Dealing with the IRS, however, is an involuntary exercise.

Of all the scandals crises surrounding this administration, not one better illustrates the naked aggression and top-down abuse of power starting from within the administration than this one.

Time for a national sales tax... we're open to any and all suggestions that would effectively replace this abusive institution.

Next stop, Zimbabwe.


1 comment:

K T Cat said...

Dude, seriously? You thought the IRS thing was a big deal? Hah! This crowd has cracked the code - the are no limits, no law. The government bodies that enforce laws on other government agencies are too slow and ponderous to do anything.