Even the mainstream media has been unable to ignore the (one of) the latest scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service and its thinly-disguised animosity towards conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. For instance, this Washington Post piece from yesterday acknowledges that the IRS was targeting for special scrutiny those organizations whose names included the phrases "tea party", "9/12", "patriot", "constitution"... you get the drift. Still questions remain. Lois Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups, told reporters that "front-line people in Cincinnati" were responsible, intimating that it was limited to those lower-level IRS operatives. However, IRS offices in Washington and California originated very intrusive questionnaires to conservative applicants.
By the way - Ms Lerner's apology makes plain that only conservative groups were targeted. To further amplify that point, consider the speedy, expeditious manner in which the application for a differently-oriented group was processed. It took one short month from application date. The charity was based in Arlington VA, but not registered in VA. The name of this charity? The Barack H. Obama Foundation! It's run by Malik Obama, the president's half-brother. Ain't that sweet??
Michele Bachmann, Chair of the House Tea Party Caucus, voiced her outrage at these revelations. I understand that the GOP leadership is talking of hearings. Let's hope that this saber-rattling of their is substantiated with some real back-bone.
Today I learned that the IRS, as part of their harassment of conservatives, targeted a local pro-life colleague of mine. Peter Shinn sought tax-exemption status for his Cherish Life organization - an organization that has as part of its mission the education of churches about the horrors of abortion. He was told that if he didn't present abortion from all perspectives (including the pro-murder one) that his organization was "political". He didn't back down. Here is the World Net Daily piece about this situation here.
The IRS also told the Pro-Life Coalition of Iowa that their non-profit status would not be granted unless they limited their picketing and protests at the local Planned Parenthood. The Thomas More Society is representing PLCI in their kerfuffle with the IRS.
The IRS has gone so far as to target the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I've no doubt it's because Franklin Graham has been outspoken regarding the threats of both Islam and "gay marriage". I'll post more as I learn more. But as I said, even the mainstream media is no longer ignoring this. For now, I'll leave you with this cheery thought: this Infernal Robbery Syndicate will be a key enforcer of Obamacare!
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