"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Quick Thoughts on the IRS Scandal

The IRS admitted yesterday that its Cincinnati office had targeted 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations for audits where the words "tea party" or "patriot" appeared in their names.   In other words, they were using the power of government to harass political opponents.  The IRS claims that this was just "local" personnel.   But Cincinnati is the central IRS hub responsible for all 501(c)(4) organizations in the country, so that line of excuse shouldn't wash.   Moreover:

What state is Cincinnati in?


What state was the most important for the Obama campaign to win in 2012?


Where would it be most useful to the Obama campaign to tie up staff and funds of conservative activist groups in 2012?




Also...  why release the story on Friday?  
The Friday before Mother's Day weekend.
During a week where there were a lot of competing news stories: Benghazi, Jodi Arias, the Cleveland kidnapping.



Also... this is the same Obama campaign that had a major theme of demanding to see Mitt Romney's tax returns, which are supposedly private.

Does anybody really believe that an administration that sicced the IRS on its political opponents wouldn't violate the privacy of Mitt Romney and steal a look at his tax returns, see something in there they could use, and then gin up a controversy about why Romney won't release them?


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