The public should be ready for a lot more of this kind of thing. The Gestapo tactics of this President will only get worse as his administration starts to unravel. Like a drowning swimmer, they will take down anyone they have to in order to try to stay above water no matter what.
Attkisson was one of the few members of the progressive media establishment interested in covering the Fast & Furious scandal, as well as the Benghazi. She has been so far reaching in her work that she was dubbed a “persistent voice of media skepticism” by The Washington Post.
Her work got her praise and rumors that her boss, David Rhodes, may fire her for being too effective. Ben Rhodes, the CBS executive’s brother, also happens to be one of the operatives in the Obama administration directly involved in the Benghazi cover-up.
Now, in an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Attkisson says that she has been frozen out by Obama’s White House.
Kimberly Strassel of The Wall Street Journal writes what we all know; that the tone of an administration is set by the person at the top. And in the case of the IRS targeting conservative, pro-liberty and Jewish groups, the tone was set by the Obama-Fuhrer. For quite some time now Obama has been saying right out in the open just how terrible he thinks that these Tea Party groups are, along with any other organization that seeks to promote limited government, the constitution and the rule of law. His subordinates have been doing the same. So it is no wonder that the agencies that work for the executive branch have gone right along with the “progressive” agenda of hate, smears and destruction. They have only been doing what Obama has said in public that he thinks should be done.
Mr. Obama now professes shock and outrage that bureaucrats at the IRS did exactly what the president of the United States said was the right and honorable thing to do. “He put a target on our backs, and he’s now going to blame the people who are shooting at us?” asks Idaho businessman and longtime Republican donor Frank VanderSloot.
Mr. VanderSloot is the Obama target who in 2011 made a sizable donation to a group supporting Mitt Romney. In April 2012, an Obama campaign website named and slurred eight Romney donors. It tarred Mr. VanderSloot as a “wealthy individual” with a “less-than-reputable record.” Other donors were described as having been “on the wrong side of the law.”
This was the Obama version of the phone call—put out to every government investigator (and liberal activist) in the land.
Twelve days later, a man working for a political opposition-research firm called an Idaho courthouse for Mr. VanderSloot’s divorce records. In June, the IRS informed Mr. VanderSloot and his wife of an audit of two years of their taxes. In July, the Department of Labor informed him of an audit of the guest workers on his Idaho cattle ranch. In September, the IRS informed him of a second audit, of one of his businesses. Mr. VanderSloot, who had never been audited before, was subject to three in the four months after Mr. Obama teed him up for such scrutiny.
The last of these audits was only concluded in recent weeks. Not one resulted in a fine or penalty. But Mr. VanderSloot has been waiting more than 20 months for a sizable refund and estimates his legal bills are $80,000. That figure doesn’t account for what the president’s vilification has done to his business and reputation.
The Obama call for scrutiny wasn’t a mistake; it was the president’s strategy—one pursued throughout 2012. The way to limit Romney money was to intimidate donors from giving. Donate, and the president would at best tie you to Big Oil or Wall Street, at worst put your name in bold, and flag you as “less than reputable” to everyone who worked for him: the IRS, the SEC, the Justice Department. The president didn’t need a telephone; he had a megaphone
The hearings with the IRS on Friday were spectacular to say the least. The arrogance, smugness and hubris the IRS were on display for all the world to see. But don’t take my word for it. Here are a few examples that allow us to see the true face of IRS tyranny and the abuse of power that has come to be the dominant theme of this administration. Also included here are a few clips from Fox News coverage that provide us with some needed analysis and background information.
The left will always use power for evil. Always. Fay Voshell gives us a historical tour of just how bad it can get when the left is running thing and they use the power of the state to intimidate, silence and punish, just like the IRS seems to be doing now.
First, don’t let people forget: the IRS scandal is not about conservative accusations. The Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury issued a report finding that the Internal Revenue Service sharply discriminated against conservative organizations. This is confirmed by Treasury’s Inspector General.
Second, a group’s political beliefs and positions ought to be totally irrelevant. Tax exemption must be based on what an organization does, not what it believes or what positions it supports. Whether a group teaches the Constitution or teaches union tactics doesn’t matter, it is educating either way. Therefore, the IRS should not have been looking at the name of the organization, whether liberal or conservative, but on the substance of the organization.
There is a lot more to this article. Read the whole thing; it’s worth your time.
The Internal Revenue Service is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that more than 60 million personal medical records were improperly seized by agents from the embattled agency.
According to a story by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed healthcare provider in California is suing the IRS and 15 unnamed agents, alleging that they improperly seized some 60 million medical records of 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges on March 11, 2011.
According to the complaint, the IRS agents had a search warrant for financial data pertaining to a former employee of the “John Doe Company,” however, “it did not authorize any seizure of any healthcare or medical record of any persons, least of all third parties completely unrelated to the matter.”
This is one of the most important of the scandals that have broken out this week. The IRS went out of its way to target (can we use that word now?) conservative groups for audits and examination of the most intrusive sort. This is a clear violation of the 1st amendment rights of such groups as well as a gross abuse of power. Here is the original story that came out in The Washington Post.
Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.
IRS employees in Cincinnati also told conservatives seeking the status of “social welfare” groups that a task force in Washington was overseeing their applications, according to interviews with the activists.
Lois G. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS, told reporters on Friday the “absolutely inappropriate” actions were undertaken by “front-line people” working in Cincinnati to target groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names.
In one instance, however, Ron Bell, an IRS employee, informed an attorney representing a conservative group focused on voter fraud that the application was under review in Washington. On several other occasions, IRS officials in D.C. and California sent detailed questionaires to conservative groups asking more than a dozen questions about their voter outreach and other activities, according to the documents.
“For the IRS to say it was some low-level group in Cincinnati is simply false,” said Cleta Mitchell, a partner in the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP who sought to communicate with IRS headquarters about the delay in granting tax-exempt status to True the Vote.
There are a lot of scandals breaking out right now, but I wanted to post these video clips from earlier since I didn’t get to them before. The Obama administration would rather these things just go away, but four Americans are dead including an ambassador, and the President has yet to take responsibility for failing to help them when they needed it most.
Michelle Malkin reports on this story about Heritage Foundation scholar Jason Richwine, who by the way has now been fired by Heritage, and his doctoral thesis which has attracted unwanted attention from the political correctness gestapo. The problem for those on the left and the Republican establishment open boarders crowd is that his paper argues that the kind of immigration that we are being sold will cost the nation a gigantic $6.3 trillion dollars in government expenditures. This immigration plan does not benefit the country although proponents are claiming otherwise. The immigrants in question tend to use large amounts of government provided welfare and benefits. They do not, as a rule, produce enough to pay for those benefits. This means that you, the taxpaying citizen, will get to pick up the rest over the coming years to make up the difference.
The blank slate and equalists of both the left and the right continue to deny what most people understand instinctively. Not only do people vary in their talents and abilities; so do groups, at least on average. We wish it were not so, but the facts are what they are. For a comprehensive examination of the issue one should take a look at the now classic book, “The Bell Curve” by Murry and Herrenstein. While the full range of IQ can be found in all groups, the overall averages differ. This means that if you import very large numbers of people with lower IQs into the country, you will end up having to pay for them with various kinds of government transfers of wealth that can only come from those with higher levels of IQ and economic productivity.
Now if that is what you want, then fine. Just know what it is that you are buying. But the advocates of this immigration bill are selling it as a way to improve American productivity. It will do no such thing, and will in fact cost the country a staggering amount.
This is the common pattern seen when government attempts to adjust markets for political purposes, even when well intended. As the Austrian economists would point out, markets are self-directed and involve so much information that no one person or group of persons can be smart enough to guide it. Free markets use widely distributed knowledge that cannot be known to those who attempt central planning of economic outcomes. Thus any attempt to re-direct markets leads to results that are invariably less efficient that what would have been the case if they were allowed to function naturally.
Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker comments that The Elite Media Monoculture is having a very difficult time coming to grips with the apparent fact that the Boston terrorist bombers are not members of some Right Wingnut Extremist group or members of the Tea Party and sadly they don’t know Sarah Palin. (And I guess that they are not “White Hispanics” either.) Instead, they look to be Muslim terrorists of the Chechen variety.
Media types have been speculating for days, as we previously posted, that the bombers had to be some kind of right wing nuts or conservatives upset with health care or gun control laws or something. But now they are going to have to walk all of those notions back, unless of course the media just decides to ignore what they previously said and hope that it all goes away and no one remembers.