IRS head resigns amid scandal, President Obama announces

This May 9, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama walking from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board Marine One. (AP Photo)

This May 9, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama walking from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board Marine One. (AP Photo)

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— Hurrying to check a growing controversy, President Barack Obama ousted the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service late Wednesday amid an outcry over revelations that the agency had improperly targeted tea party groups for scrutiny when they filed for tax-exempt status.

Obama said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had asked for and accepted Steven T. Miller's resignation. Obama made no public criticism of Miller but spoke of inexcusable "misconduct" by IRS employees and said new leadership at the agency was critical.

"Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it," Obama said in a televised statement from the White House. "I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives."

Miller's ouster came five days after an IRS supervisor publicly revealed that agents had improperly targeted groups with "tea party" or "patriots" in their applications for tax exempt status. It came a day after an inspector general's report blamed ineffective management in Washington for allowing it to happen for more than 18 months.

The report said tea party groups were asked inappropriate questions about their donors, their political affiliations and their positions on political issues, resulting in delays averaging nearing two years for applications to be processed.

Miller's departure hardly ends the matter. Three congressional committees are investigating, and the FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations at the IRS, Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier Wednesday.

Other potential crimes include making false statements to authorities and violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities, Holder said.

Miller, a 25-year IRS veteran, took over the agency in November when the five-year term of Commissioner Douglas Shulman ended. Shulman was appointed by President George W. Bush.

Obama has yet to nominate a permanent successor. A new acting commissioner was not announced Wednesday evening.

In an email to employees, Miller said, "This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation's tax agency. I believe the service will benefit from having a new acting commissioner in place during this challenging period."

In Lew's letter asking for Miller's resignation, Lew wrote that the inspector general's report "has created an urgent need to restore public trust and confidence in the IRS by installing new leadership for the service."

At the time when tea party groups were targeted, Miller was a deputy commissioner who oversaw the division that dealt with tax-exempt organizations.

The report by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration does not indicate that Miller knew conservative groups were being targeted until after the practice ended. But documents show that Miller repeatedly failed to tell Congress that tea party groups were being targeted, even after he had been briefed on the matter.

The IRS said Miller was first informed on May, 3, 2012, that applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups were inappropriately singled out for extra, sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

At least twice after the briefing, Miller wrote letters to members of Congress to explain the process of reviewing applications for tax-exempt status without revealing that tea party groups had been targeted. On July 25, 2012, Miller testified before the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee but again was not forthcoming on the issue — despite being asked about it.

In all, members of Congress sent at least eight letters to the IRS over the past two years, asking about complaints from conservative groups that they were being harassed by the IRS. None of the IRS responses acknowledged that conservative groups were targeted.

Miller was scheduled to testify Friday at a Ways and Means hearing. A committee aide said Wednesday evening that Miller was still expected to attend the hearing.

"More than two years after the problem began, and a year after the IRS told us there was no problem, the president is beginning to take action," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. "These allegations are serious — that there was an effort to bring the power of the federal government to bear on those the administration disagreed with, in the middle of a heated national election. We are determined to get answers."

The Justice department opened its criminal investigation on Friday, Holder said.

"I can assure you and the American people that we will take a dispassionate view of this," Holder told the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing Wednesday. "This will not be about parties, this will not be about ideological persuasions. Anybody who has broken the law will be held accountable."

But, Holder said, it will take time to determine if there was criminal wrongdoing.

Legal experts, however, said it could be difficult to prove that IRS officials or employees knowingly violated the civil rights of conservative groups. If there is a violation, the experts said, investigators can sometimes prove more easily that officials made false statements or obstructed justice in some other way.

"I think it's doubtful that any of these knuckleheads who engaged in the conduct that gave rise to this controversy knowingly believed that they were violating the law," said David H. Laufman, a former Justice Department lawyer. "But that remains to be seen. That's what investigations are for."

The IRS started targeting groups with "Tea Party," ''Patriots" or "9/12 Project" in their applications for tax exempt status in March 2010, the inspector general's report said. The criteria later evolved to include groups that promoted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Wednesday's hearing was the first of several in Congress that will focus on the issue.

The House Oversight Committee announced Wednesday that it would hold a hearing May 22, featuring Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS division that oversees tax exempt organizations, and Shulman, the former commissioner.

The Senate Finance Committee announced a hearing for next Tuesday.

Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said Wednesday that no union employees had been disciplined, as far as she knew. She noted that the IG's report said agents were not motivated by political bias.

Kelley told The Associated Press that low-level workers could not have specifically targeted conservative groups for long without the approval of supervisors. However, she noted, there are many levels of supervisors at the IRS.

"No processes or procedures or anything like that would ever be done just by front-line employees without any management involvement," Kelley said. "That's just not how it operates."

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August8 writes:

He was resigning anyway after Memorial Day, all more bs. Obama is up to his waste in stincky Doo-Doo, he's toast now !!!

26yearsonmarco writes:

I'm sure he will live large for the rest of his life on "We the Peoples" tax funded pension, just like the rest of the leaches.

WMissow writes:

Nixon was dumped for Watergate and lying. Obama's time for the road is long overdue.

1Paradiselost writes:

Your all dreaming in your personal witch hunt....

With all due respect read the main stream press. Nixon had paid crocks break into the democratic headquarters in the Watergate building. HUGH difference.. unless your looking for witches?

Have a drink and in 6 months I'll bet... All will be forgotten. Any takers?

ajm3s writes:

Consider the fact that Mr. Obama, in a recent graduation speech to the class of 2013 at Ohio State spoke down to a group of Americans which acts "to gum up the works" [time stamp 15:45}, or spreads fear "that tyranny is lurking around the corner" and completes his message by saying "we should reject these voices".

Folks, this is antithetical to what is purely American, the right to express views even views that are not in keeping with the current executive view.

And today we now begin to hear about the rumblings of the IRS attack on conservative American groups in filing for tax exempt status. I would call that "gumming up the works" by government NOT the American voices.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?i...

I will say it again and again, this executive branch understands power while the chief executive of this branch currently claiming that it did not know about the IRS detaining of filings by stalling and requesting information beyond the scope of policy.

Folks, this is tyranny! When a government agency calls out a specific group of Americans with certain leanings and makes requests to diminish their message by "gumming up the works".

I guess timing is everything to make take a message from the President and turn it upside down. Fate is fickle.

RayPray writes:

To me, anyone squalid enough to criticize the Great Obama or Kinnock Biden must be deemed 98% potential terrorist.

Our great Helmsman, diligently erecting his legacy, should, without apology, sic the IRS on such patriots like the rabid dog it is....

ajm3s writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Your all dreaming in your personal witch hunt....

With all due respect read the main stream press. Nixon had paid crocks break into the democratic headquarters in the Watergate building. HUGH difference.. unless your looking for witches?

Have a drink and in 6 months I'll bet... All will be forgotten. Any takers?

"All will be forgotten. Any takers."

Sounds eerily the same as Mr. Carney, White House press secretary, to those that pursued the Benghazi story more than 8 months ago.

I will have a drink, and toast those who seek the truth for families that lost their loved ones in that organized attack by terrorists. Those folks did not accept the government claim it was the result of a video by an American to stir anti-American fervor.

What I will predict, the lies, yes lies will NOT be swallowed whole by the mainstream media going forward, simply because Mr. Obama says it is so.

1Paradiselost writes:

ajm3s..... says...

"I will have a drink, and toast those who seek the truth for families that lost their loved ones in that organized attack by terrorists. Those folks did not accept the government claim it was the result of a video by an American to stir anti-American fervor".

.

I'll have a drink too when the right acknowledges the sins of their past in the following Foreign locations...

Question.... Where was all that concern for our men and women serving in embassies and consulates across the globe when all the other attacks and killings occurred?

Like in 2002 when the US Consulate in the Karachi, Pakistan, was attacked and 10 were killed?

Or in 2004 when the US embassy in Uzbekistan was attacked and two were killed and another nine injured?

How about in 2004, when the US Consulate in Saudi Arabia was stormed and 8 lost their lives?

WAIT... There is more: In 2006, armed men attacked the US Embassy in Syria and one was murdered.

Then in 2007 a grenade was thrown at the US Embassy in Athens.

In 2008, the US Embassy in Serbia was set on fire.

In 2008, bombings in the US Embassy in Yemen killed 10.

People in glass houses, well you know the rest. notice the dates above! Who was in charge then?

Question....Where was you outrage then?

How about this Republicans.. YOU cut funding to our diplomats back in 2011 or did you forget that? It's time to do something about helping the American people and stop the witch hunts...

REPUBLICANS... START WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE AND CUT THE SIDESHOW STUFF & FIND GOOD PAYING JOBS FOR AMERICANS!!!!

WMissow writes:

OBAMA, CLINTON AND RICE LIED AND FOUR GOOD AMERICANS DIED AS A RESULT OF THEIR INCOMPETENCY.

The IRS was used in an attempt to quiet free speech.

This is what we are now dealing with not what happened in the past.

ajm3s writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

ajm3s..... says...

"I will have a drink, and toast those who seek the truth for families that lost their loved ones in that organized attack by terrorists. Those folks did not accept the government claim it was the result of a video by an American to stir anti-American fervor".

.

I'll have a drink too when the right acknowledges the sins of their past in the following Foreign locations...

Question.... Where was all that concern for our men and women serving in embassies and consulates across the globe when all the other attacks and killings occurred?

Like in 2002 when the US Consulate in the Karachi, Pakistan, was attacked and 10 were killed?

Or in 2004 when the US embassy in Uzbekistan was attacked and two were killed and another nine injured?

How about in 2004, when the US Consulate in Saudi Arabia was stormed and 8 lost their lives?

WAIT... There is more: In 2006, armed men attacked the US Embassy in Syria and one was murdered.

Then in 2007 a grenade was thrown at the US Embassy in Athens.

In 2008, the US Embassy in Serbia was set on fire.

In 2008, bombings in the US Embassy in Yemen killed 10.

People in glass houses, well you know the rest. notice the dates above! Who was in charge then?

Question....Where was you outrage then?

How about this Republicans.. YOU cut funding to our diplomats back in 2011 or did you forget that? It's time to do something about helping the American people and stop the witch hunts...

REPUBLICANS... START WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE AND CUT THE SIDESHOW STUFF & FIND GOOD PAYING JOBS FOR AMERICANS!!!!

Sorry! I did not include my concern of past terrorist bombings but my comments are related to this story. But to those killings in a war zone, from Libya to Syria to Afghanistan I shall refrain from crying out .... for it is the nature of war; however, of the incidents you list, I did not read contemporary news reports from those on the ground that were disputing the narrative by our government at the time... until the Benghazi attack. The story is the false narrative initiated and supported by our government to create a zone of incredibility.

Now this is what makes me crazy about your response: they are always tinted with party affiliation. I could care less of Democrat vs Republican. If it was Nixon in 1973 or Obama today. I could give a rats a--. Is that descriptive enough to understand my position. Its the lie, especially at a fundamental level.

This relates to government power and how the government will protect its power especially executive branch to control a message to the detriment of its citizens and those in harms way.

If this story has legs it will be more because of the cover up in defense the actual actions or lack of taken during the attack.

I can only offer you Windex(R) to clean the glass and remove all the party slogans and stickers so you can at least see the issue in its simplest form: government credibility in its promotion of a false narrative and the power it exerts on individuals/groups to influence or stifle.... as evidenced through the now growing IRS debacle.

Nixon or Obama, from my perspective, does not matter because incredibility will fuel this story as it has in the past. The Benghazi story started simply as a FOX hunt, but now I sense a mass mainstream media frenzy. Is FOX responsible for the frenzy? NO! The distortions and outright LIES are fueling this whole debacle NOT simply the body count!!!

Or should I align with the perspective of the past Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton when she proclaims: "What difference does it make?" And have a discussion regarding all the political fallout?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/paul-bre...

I am a simple person...no political views, I just do not like the government making official statements that are outright LIES!

God help us all!

WMissow writes:

Politics or not, what gets me ill is when someone tries to ignore what is happening now because someone else got away with it in the past.

This is the same excuse little children make when Bobby gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but his brother got away with it yesterday without being caught.

Now it seems that the Obama administration got several of their hands caught in the cookie jar and are trying to blame it on others or earlier happenings. To name a few Holder, Obama and Clinton.

Yes Hillary, it does matter and matters quite a bit to the families of those killed and to many other people who would have to rely on your decisions.

WMissow writes:

Klaus,

Come on, he stopped it when the cow was out of the barn. All he did yesterday was for show, nothing more, nothing less.

1Paradiselost writes:

There are some sick SOB's who live here.. Glad I'm leaving shortly for my summer home.

The sad part of all this is When I come back many of you will still be unhappy...

FACT.. The gorilla weights 800 lbs. you will never remove him from the room. However while trying you will destroy you personal health with your anger.... and get nowhere, Very sad!

WMissow writes:

1P,

You are right about the gorilla and wrong about all else!

WMissow writes:

Now we find out that the women who was in charge of the IRS during the time that they were denying tax exemption to Conservative groups was given the job to monitor Obamacare.

She is not the one who was allowed to resign yesterday. The I am going to get to the bottom of this by Obama was just a dog and pony show by his majesty once again.

1Paradiselost writes:

NEWS FLASH!!! NEWS YOU WON"T SEE OR HEAR ON FIXED (FOX) NEWS!

"Late Benghazi U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens turned down offers of more security — twice: report

Stevens, killed in the terrorist attack with 3 other Americans, is said to have turned down direct offers from Army Gen. Carter Ham, the then-chief of the U.S. Africa Command.

The American Ambassador killed last Sept. 11 in a brutal attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi refused offers for more security at the compound, according to a bombshell report.

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, who was killed along with three other Americans after terrorists stormed the mission, twice turned down offers from senior military officials for additional security at the facility, McClatchy news services

“(Stevens) didn’t say why. He just turned it down,” an unnamed defense official told McClatchy.

In August, officials at the mission had drafted cables to Washington requesting “security upgrades, and staffing,” according to the report.

Shortly after the cable was sent, Stevens spoke by phone with Army Gen. Carter Ham, the then-chief of the U.S. Africa Command, who offered assistance, but Stevens refused the offer.

Stevens again turned down the offer from Ham when the two met for a previously scheduled meeting in Germany a few weeks later.

In the months since the assault, many have criticized the White House and the State Department for not providing sufficient security at the mission".

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/polit...

THE WITCH HUNT IS OVER. Ok guys, What is your next sideshow?

August8 writes:

in response to WMissow:

1P,

You are right about the gorilla and wrong about all else!

Why do you beat your head against the wall with this knuclehead, ill informed, aged person, talk with those that are constructive?

WMissow writes:

August,

You are correct. She is now quoting from the NY Daily News. You know the newspaper that needs to show lots of photos for its illiterate followers.

1Paradiselost writes:

Guys get real!

The same story in the Miami Herald....

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/14...

The same story in the Huffington Post... not as many pictures.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05...

The same story in The HILL (Washington)....

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefin...

I could go on, However, guys you have to admit according to the article above that the right wing is running a witch hunt? If one reads it with an open mind!

It's a real shame many of you dislike your country because "The black guy" is your president! This country is much more than one person, even the president. However your comments don't reflect your love of country.

Don't you think it's more important for the country as a whole, for your Republican Congress to create JOBS and stop wasting time on political sideshows!

Where's your outrage and common sense?

The American people see thru this Clown Car Sideshow. This type of politics has keep you and your Republicans a 2nd rate party. Your party so desperate for votes even welcomes the ultra right wing Tea Party to join you. I used to be a Republican, however the current party is being run by the lunatic fringe.

The Republican party has lost the majority vote 5 out of 6 presidential elections. The majority of Americans sees thru all this smoke.

When are you going to start asking you party "What have you done for America lately", except divide this great land.

WMissow writes:

"This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me."

WMissow writes:

Which of the following Cities have Republicans as their leaders.

Chicago
Detroit
Los Angeles
Miami
New York

Answer NONE: Each of these cities have the countries highest crime rate as well as the largest welfare rolls.

There are few other reasons why the democrats won a majority of votes.

Free handouts and minimal punishment for crimes.

Keep this up and whole country will have the same. NO THANK YOU!

August8 writes:

in response to WMissow:

August,

You are correct. She is now quoting from the NY Daily News. You know the newspaper that needs to show lots of photos for its illiterate followers.

Thank You, could that mean he is from the big city, would not surprise me.Your posts are excellent and add to constructive thought, don't stop !!
Oh, well, not sure, well, go ahead let's just hope that Obama and the Crat's along with their IRS are not reading our posts, could get expensive you know.

WMissow writes:

I believe that Obama and the Crat's have a great deal more to worry about than our posts.

Lies, misinformation, attempts at cover-up, etc.

I.R.S, and the A.P. are just the tip of the iceberg.

1Paradiselost writes:

The boogieman will be here shortly... Hide your wife and children...

Beware of the the man who posts the facts. Who does not get his news & information from shock jocks and people who hate America.

Soon the witches will be flying over head to take your soul and your mind...

What's left of it.

26yearsonmarco writes:

Can we please stick to the IRS story, and consider this event as the best reason ever to convert to a FLAT TAX, and do away with the IRS.

August8 writes:

in response to WMissow:

I believe that Obama and the Crat's have a great deal more to worry about than our posts.

Lies, misinformation, attempts at cover-up, etc.

I.R.S, and the A.P. are just the tip of the iceberg.

Folks who post like you and I are who they are looking for $$$$$$$

WMissow writes:

It would not surprise me, now, if conservative areas of this country were also included in IRS's illegal targeting.

What makes one think it is only groups like the Tea Party or Patriot groups.

Boy, can this open a can or worms for the IRS's attempts to tax these people.

ajm3s writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

NEWS FLASH!!! NEWS YOU WON"T SEE OR HEAR ON FIXED (FOX) NEWS!

"Late Benghazi U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens turned down offers of more security — twice: report

Stevens, killed in the terrorist attack with 3 other Americans, is said to have turned down direct offers from Army Gen. Carter Ham, the then-chief of the U.S. Africa Command.

The American Ambassador killed last Sept. 11 in a brutal attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi refused offers for more security at the compound, according to a bombshell report.

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, who was killed along with three other Americans after terrorists stormed the mission, twice turned down offers from senior military officials for additional security at the facility, McClatchy news services

“(Stevens) didn’t say why. He just turned it down,” an unnamed defense official told McClatchy.

In August, officials at the mission had drafted cables to Washington requesting “security upgrades, and staffing,” according to the report.

Shortly after the cable was sent, Stevens spoke by phone with Army Gen. Carter Ham, the then-chief of the U.S. Africa Command, who offered assistance, but Stevens refused the offer.

Stevens again turned down the offer from Ham when the two met for a previously scheduled meeting in Germany a few weeks later.

In the months since the assault, many have criticized the White House and the State Department for not providing sufficient security at the mission".

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/polit...

THE WITCH HUNT IS OVER. Ok guys, What is your next sideshow?

Wow! Thank God I guess this is the conclusive end to this story because....? I think NOT. If you read the NY Daily News story dated May 15th, the original source is McClatchy reported on May 12th with more detail and review:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/05/14...#.UZavocqucZn

And interestingly the article ends with the following:

"Traditionally, State Department officials have depended on the State Department’s own Diplomatic Security Service, local police and military forces and security contractors to secure embassies around the world. U.S. military personnel at embassies consist usually of Marines whose job it is to guard the perimeter of a compound and to protect classified documents and equipment inside. It is rare that U.S. forces would be called upon to guard embassy personnel traveling outside embassy grounds.

Any increase in U.S. military force would have required State Department approval. It’s unknown if Stevens might have passed along Ham’s offer to the State Department and been turned down, or whether he believed that the security team Ham offered would not provide the kind of security he needed.

Officials familiar with the exchanges between Ham and Stevens said they did not know whether Ham offered any other support than the security team.

“It was a brief conversation,” the defense official said."

So please, let the investigation go where the testimony leads including future testimony by Gen. Ham if brought before the committee based on information reported by McClatchy whose motto is "Truth to Power"

But then again, we are just sick SOB on a witch hunt.

WMissow writes:

ajm,

Kudos

1Paradiselost writes:

Please read the comments of your fellow Americans in the Daily News article.

You will find your thinking is way out of touch with reality!

WMissow writes:

How low can you go?

The Daily News?

All the news that is not worth the print!

1Paradiselost writes:

The Daily News has a sports section with box scores!

Currently your team loosing!

WMissow writes:

Currently is the operative word, here. Isn't it now?

Who set the dogs loose? WUFF, WUFF

August8 writes:

in response to WMissow:

Currently is the operative word, here. Isn't it now?

Who set the dogs loose? WUFF, WUFF

It's who let the dogs out,?

1Paradiselost writes:

It's ... Who let the dogs out?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPI1nA...

WMissow writes:

WUFF, WUFF. Thank You.

WMissow writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

The Daily News has a sports section with box scores!

Currently your team loosing!

IP,

You missed the reason that I wrote loose.

I think you meant "your team is losing" not loosing.... ;-).

26yearsonmarco writes:

I hate to repeat myself, but, "Can we please stick to the IRS story, and consider this event as the best reason ever to convert to a FLAT TAX, and do away with the IRS."

Or, is everyone on this Blog, (except 1P & Klaus), afraid to speak up because you fear the IRS Gustavo will break down your front door and take everything you worked all your life for.

Welcome to the Once Great America!!!!

WMissow writes:

We need more tax payers paying fair taxes and fewer on welfare for generations.

WMissow writes:

BUT! None of the above has anything to do with WHO was responsible for telling IRS to go illegal by doing what they did regarding Conservative politcal groups.

Anything else is just plain smoke, mirrors and cover-up!

1Paradiselost writes:

No one should be afraid of the IRS unless your a tax cheat!

Guys your party needs to learn how to legislate. Time to stop chasing the Boogieman.

The black guy is not Bill Clinton! You guys hate this county! You would bring America to it's knees for something you used to do in the backseat of your car on a Saturday night.

Pathetic!

WMissow writes:

1P,

Your points have no point of fact. They are just another way to divert the conversation to your, quite frankly, rather sick references.

Fact: IRS did something illegal. Fact: The temporary person who was let go was not the only cause of this action. FACT: The person who was most responsible is now heading Obamacare.

What is "pathetic" is your constant references to body functions in justifying these and other actions perpetrated by this administration.

1Paradiselost writes:

Question.. Why did the Republicans try to impeach Bill Clinton? What act was he accused of?

That's right nothing more than you have done in your past.

WMissow writes:

Answer to Question:
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, on December 19, 1998.

Now lets try, once again, sticking with the IRS issue.

1Paradiselost writes:

You are Correct "one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, on December 19, 1998".

Question.... What did he lie about?

1Paradiselost writes:

Wanna talk about the IRS?

Shocking IRS Witch Hunt? Actually, It's a Time-Honored Tradition

Tea partiers join a club including the Communist Party, Christian schools—and Mother Jones

On Monday, President Obama weighed in on the alleged targeting of conservative nonprofit groups by the Internal Revenue Service, calling for a full investigation into what he said would constitute "outrageous" conduct. That's one way to put it. Here's another: depressingly normal. For much of the last century, abuse of the IRS for political ends has been the rule, not the exception. Under Republican and Democratic presidents alike, the IRS has gone after communists, students, black activists, young conservatives, and mainstream political rivals. Here are some prime examples:

Franklin D. Roosevelt: According to libertarian historian Burton W. Folsom's New Deal or Raw Deal, Elliott Roosevelt, the president's son, noted that FDR "may have been the originator of the concept of employing the IRS as a weapon of political retribution"—most notably against former Louisiana governor and senator Huey Long. (The famously corrupt Long, in fairness, was kind of asking for it.) Rep. Hamilton Fish, a New York Republican, alleged that Roosevelt's IRS had gone after him on trumped-up charges—and when that failed, handed the investigation over to the FBI instead. Roosevelt's longtime Treasury secretary, Henry Morgenthau Jr., admitted that the administration had deliberately targeted his Republican predecessor, Richard Mellon, on trumped-up charges of tax evasion.

Dwight Eisenhower: The FBI's counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO, relied heavily on the compliance of the IRS to go after members of the Communist Party. Per a 1976 Senate report, "In its efforts against the Communist Party, the FBI had unlimited access to tax returns; it never told the IRS why it wanted them, and IRS never attempted to find out."

John F. Kennedy: In 1961, Attorney General Robert Kennedy teamed up with United Auto Workers president Walter Reuther to produce the "Reuther Memorandum," which proposed curtailing the influence of far-right groups in two ways. The first was the enforcement of the Federal Communication Commision's "Fairness Doctrine," to limit their use of the airwaves. The second was the IRS, through an initiative called "The Ideological Organizations Audit Project," which explored the political activities of conservative nonprofits. The program eventually expanded to the other of the side of political spectrum, but according to the 1976 Senate investigation, that was mostly a facade of non-partisanship.

Please see next post.....

1Paradiselost writes:

Richard Nixon: The godfather of "Nixonian tactics" believed he'd been a political target of the agency in the Truman administration—not that he needed an excuse to use the Internal Revenue Service as a tool with which to dispatch "enemies." Under Tricky Dick, the IRS created the Special Services Staff (SSS) to investigate thousands of perceived enemy groups and individuals. (Nixon aide Pat Buchanan feared that groups like the Ford Foundation and Brookings Institution were acting essentially as Democratic organs.) White House counsel John Dean testified that the administration pushed the IRS to audit reporters who wrote stories critical of Nixon, such as Newsday's Robert Greene. Nixon himself wanted the SSS to focus on political adversaries like 1972 presidential challenger George McGovern, student groups, and civil rights organizations like the NAACP. When the IRS audited Billy Graham, a Nixon ally, the president responded with force: "Get the word down to the IRS that I want them to conduct field audits of those who are our opponents, if they're going to do in our friends."

Jimmy Carter: Republicans accused the born-again Christian president of an "unconstitutional regulatory vendetta" against religious institutions after his IRS director, Jerome Kurtz, introduced new regulation to end the tax-exempt status of Christian schools. Kurtz ultimately had to retain Secret Service protection after a wave of death threats from supporters of religious education.

Ronald Reagan: This one hit close to home. Mother Jones had been around for six years when, in 1981, Ronald Reagan's IRS tried to shut it down. The agency concluded that the magazine was not living up to its tax-exempt motives and instead functioned like any other publishing house, with the goal of making as much money as possible. That was weird, given that Mother Jones had to that point never made a profit. The timing was also suspicious—a half-dozen or so other left-of-center publications came in for the same scrutiny by the agency. MoJo eventually won—but not until it had burned hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Bill Clinton: The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which filed a string of lawsuits against the administration centering on public records, alleged that it was in the crosshairs of the Clinton White House—along with a dozen other groups and individuals that had gotten on the president's bad side. The list of of audited parties in the Clinton era included Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, the Heritage Foundation, and the National Rifle Association. Documents later released by the IRS during the Bush administration revealed that high-ranking Democrats, including a half-dozen members of Congress, had written to the IRS requesting an investigation into Judicial Watch’s nonprofit status. One IRS official allegedly told the group, "What do you expect when you sue the president?"

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1Paradiselost writes:

George W. Bush: The NAACP experienced an unwelcome case of Nixon Nostaliga in 2004, when it found itself under IRS scrutiny after the group's chairman, Julian Bond, told attendees of its annual convention to oust Bush. (The president had been invited to the convention but declined.) After a two-year investigation, the IRS backed off.

The bottom line... This stuff has been going on for years as the above article shows. If you notice Both Republicans AND democrats have dirty Hands.. agree?

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones! Case closed another sideshow in American history.

PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS AND TRY TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT IRS LAW! Like it or not!

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

WMissow writes:

Oh I now get it!!!!!! Doing something that is wrong over and over again makes it OK for the last guy who gets caught.

Gee, officer I was not the only person who was speeding, excuse! Try again.

1Paradiselost writes:

Point is your guys are as dirty as the new guys.

When your lily clean let us know.

Maybe you know this one....

Jesus faced a mob that was eager to execute a woman caught in adultery. He put a stop to it with a simple challenge: anyone who has no sin in their life should step forward and throw the first stone. That sentence is often cited as a reminder to avoid judging others when there are faults in your own life that need to be addressed.

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