Everybody knows the “phony scandal” with the IRS involved just a couple of boneheaded employees at one office who on their own decided to stall applications for nonprofit status, right?
At least that seems to be the White House version that’s circulating around liberal circles.
But House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, a Maryland Republican, said on Tuesday that the IRS did more than that. It also targeted existing conservative nonprofit groups for audits and monitoring.
The IRS began targeting conservative applicants for nonprofit status as early as 2010, according to the findings of congressional hearings. But Camp said, “At Washington, DC’s direction, dozens of groups operating as 501(c)(4)s were flagged for IRS surveillance, including monitoring of the groups’ activities, websites and any other publicly available information. Of these groups, 83 percent were right-leaning. And of the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100% were right-leaning.”
His comments came during a meeting where committee members were expected to vote on whether to block new Obama Administration rules that would effectively shut down 501(c)(4) “social welfare” groups by barring them from engaging in “get out the vote” efforts, candidates’ forums and other activities. The new rules would not stop labor unions, organized as 501(c)(5) groups, from engaging in political activities.
Camp pointed out the directions to audit conservatives came from Washington, D.C., not some isolated IRS office in Cincinnati or elsewhere as IRS officials tried to claim when the scandal first broke.
Committee Democrats of course pooh-pooh all such allegations because they and their party are the beneficiaries of the Obama Administration’s abuse of power.
The IRS scandal is just one of dozens in which this Administration is willfully breaking the law, and it’s clearly going after groups that are on President Obama’s and the Democrats’ enemies lists.
The whole truth may never come out, but if the orders to target conservatives didn’t originate in the White House it would be a true surprise. This president and the powers behind his throne have made no secret of their disdain for conservative Americans or anyone else who thinks independently of the White House agenda.
The IRS itself is a rogue organization practically designed for this sort of political terrorism. If there were any sanity left in America, the IRS along with our archaic Marxist tax code would be eliminated.
It’s beyond any reasonable doubt that the Administration began using the IRS to harass conservatives as just one more means of manipulating the 2012 presidential election, and it will certainly continue to be used for that purpose. Along with the rigged voting machines, pre-stuffed ballot boxes and selective counting that usually goes on, fiscal chastisement of enemies so that they either disband or are hobbled come Election Day is a powerful tool.
Liberals think they’re invincible, so they don’t reckon that all the tricks they are pulling to undermine conservatives may one day be used against them, but history suggests it is inevitable.
That day can’t come soon enough.