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Elspeth
11-30-2013, 04:08 AM
IRS Coming Up With New Method To Harass Conservative Groups, To Restrict Influence In 2014
http://weaselzippers.us/2013/11/29/irs-coming-up-with-new-method-to-harass-conservative-groups-to-restrict-influence-in-2014/

"Remember how the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups, harassing then and stalling their applications for years, simply because they had Tea Party or Patriot in their names? Some of the conservative groups are still waiting and others have filed law suits for the discriminatory behavior.

Now, in an ex post facto effort to justify their behavior, the IRS are trying to change the rules to redefine what qualifies as a “political group” so that these groups still waiting will then ultimately be invalidated and they will never have to give them approval. "


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdbkF3A73Bw

RobJohnson
11-30-2013, 04:24 AM
Our government is out of control.

Elspeth
11-30-2013, 04:39 AM
Our government is out of control.

And they're not giving any answers:

IRS Chief Counsel Testifies Before House Oversight Committee On Tea Party Targeting Scandal, Answers “I Don’t Recall” A Staggering 80 Times…
http://weaselzippers.us/2013/11/27/irs-chief-counsel-testifies-before-house-oversight-committee-on-tea-party-targeting-scandal-answers-i-dont-recall-a-staggering-80-times/

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/365080/william-wilkins-irs-chief-counsel-testifies-targeting-tea-party-groups-eliana-johnson

...Behind the scenes and nearly six months after the scandal first made headlines, the House Oversight Committee is quietly continuing its investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea-party groups. Since May, congressional investigators have interviewed over 30 witnesses and examined thousands of pages of documents.

The latest official called to testify before committee investigators is an important one: IRS chief counsel William Wilkins. Wilkins is one of just two political appointees at the IRS, a generous donor to Democratic candidates and causes, and once represented Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Evidence of his involvement in the targeting would spell trouble for the White House and bring renewed focus to a scandal that has largely receded from public consciousness.

The Oversight Committee has furnished none, to date, but it is expressing gross dissatisfaction with Wilkins’s testimony and, in a letter sent to him on Wednesday, offering him the opportunity to amend it. “In your testimony, you stated ‘I don’t recall’ a staggering 80 times in full or partial response to the Committee’s questions,” committee chairman Darrell Issa and Ohio representative Jim Jordan wrote. “Your failure to recollect important aspects of the Committee’s investigation suggests either a deliberate attempt to obfuscate your involvement in this matter or gross incompetence on your part.”


http://weaselzippers.us/wp-content/uploads/William-Wilkins.jpg

Elspeth
12-01-2013, 04:53 PM
Economic Intelligence
Open Season on the Tea Party
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/11/27/obama-administration-wrong-to-legalize-irs-targeting-of-tea-party-groups


In the 2010 midterm elections, the tea party delivered the president its famous "shellacking." Riding a wave of discontent over his health care law and out-of-control spending the movement took back control of the House of Representatives. In the 2012 presidential election, the movement's impact seemed more subdued, and President Obama won re-election.

One of the reasons why this may have happened became widely known only after the election: the IRS had singled out tea party and other conservative groups for special treatment when they applied for tax-exempt status, leading to costly delays and the elimination of part of the Republican Party's ground game. After initial claims that low-level employees in the IRS' Cincinnati office had been solely responsible for this targeting were shown to be false, two acting commissioners of the IRS, Steven Miller and Danny Werfel, and the head of its section on tax-exempt organizations, Lois Lerner, were forced to resign. In the aftermath of the revelations, President Obama referred to the IRS' activities as "outrageous," claimed that had been unaware, and called for accountability, "so that such conduct never happens again."

That was then. This Tuesday, the administration decided that instead of making sure the 2014 midterm elections will not be tainted by similar restrictions on the activities of 501(c)4 organizations, it was going to legalize and institutionalize the IRS' practices. I guess that's one way to do it. British comedian Harry Enfield first suggested this strategy in a skit about police officers in Amsterdam, a city well known for its lax attitude toward the consumption, possession and sale of soft drugs. In the skit, one of the Dutch policy officers explains that burglary used to be a major problem in Amsterdam, but then it was legalized, and the problem was solved.


That was arguably funny. The IRS' actions, of course, were deeply frustrating to the conservative activists involved, and went to the heart of people's trust in government and electoral competition. The tea party movement had, after all, had a major impact on an election just a few months before it became subject to the tax service's targeting.

In an article in the current issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, my coauthors Andreas Madestam (Stockholm University), Daniel Shoag and David Yanagizawa-Drott (both of the Harvard Kennedy School) and I explore just how big this impact was. Our estimates suggest that the tea party movement brought Republican candidates as many as 3 to 6 million votes in the 2010 elections for the House of Representatives, of a total of fewer than 45 million.

In other words, the movement's impact was massive. Reducing such a massive influx of votes even by just a fraction could still have a material impact on the outcome of House races all around the country in 2014. Let us hope that that is not the administration's intention.

Rockntractor
12-01-2013, 05:23 PM
Our government is out of control.
Our government left the building, this is a new group.

Odysseus
12-02-2013, 10:26 AM
And they're not giving any answers:

IRS Chief Counsel Testifies Before House Oversight Committee On Tea Party Targeting Scandal, Answers “I Don’t Recall” A Staggering 80 Times…
http://weaselzippers.us/2013/11/27/irs-chief-counsel-testifies-before-house-oversight-committee-on-tea-party-targeting-scandal-answers-i-dont-recall-a-staggering-80-times/

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/365080/william-wilkins-irs-chief-counsel-testifies-targeting-tea-party-groups-eliana-johnson

...Behind the scenes and nearly six months after the scandal first made headlines, the House Oversight Committee is quietly continuing its investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea-party groups. Since May, congressional investigators have interviewed over 30 witnesses and examined thousands of pages of documents.

The latest official called to testify before committee investigators is an important one: IRS chief counsel William Wilkins. Wilkins is one of just two political appointees at the IRS, a generous donor to Democratic candidates and causes, and once represented Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Evidence of his involvement in the targeting would spell trouble for the White House and bring renewed focus to a scandal that has largely receded from public consciousness.

The Oversight Committee has furnished none, to date, but it is expressing gross dissatisfaction with Wilkins’s testimony and, in a letter sent to him on Wednesday, offering him the opportunity to amend it. “In your testimony, you stated ‘I don’t recall’ a staggering 80 times in full or partial response to the Committee’s questions,” committee chairman Darrell Issa and Ohio representative Jim Jordan wrote. “Your failure to recollect important aspects of the Committee’s investigation suggests either a deliberate attempt to obfuscate your involvement in this matter or gross incompetence on your part.”


http://weaselzippers.us/wp-content/uploads/William-Wilkins.jpg

A pattern of denials of recollection can be used to build a perjury case. Of course, it would have to be referred to the Justice Department, and we know how that will go. They need to start impeaching these guys when then do this, starting with Holder.

Elspeth
12-02-2013, 02:24 PM
A pattern of denials of recollection can be used to build a perjury case. Of course, it would have to be referred to the Justice Department, and we know how that will go. They need to start impeaching these guys when then do this, starting with Holder.

Holder? We'll need a dead woman or a live boy, as the saying goes.