Remember way back when (like last weekend) President Obama mocked those who warn against government tyranny? We learn today that during the election season the Obama administration used the IRS to unfairly target conservatives and harass them. And you thought government was out to get you.
“If you remember, we had 9/12 groups and TEA Party groups calling us and saying, ‘Glenn, we are getting letters from the IRS.’ Everybody was getting a letter from the IRS and I said, you know, that seems like too much to be a coincidence here. Lois Lerner who heads the group that oversees tax‑exempt groups said organizations that include the word ‘TEA Party’ or ‘patriot’ in their applications for tax‑exempt status were singled out for additional reviews,” Glenn said.
“Good news, America: The IRS has just I believe doubled their staff because the IRS is the one in charge of all of your medical records and all of your medical stuff. They are the enforcement arm coming in 2014. Congratulations. Now the tax man is going to be there helping make medical decisions. But I’m sure nothing would go out because we can trust the government. Remember the president says those who tell you not to about tyranny, tyranny is a thing of the past.Tyranny doesn’t happen.”
“Well, what is tyranny? Is tyranny using the IRS as a weapon? Is tyranny making sure that you’re harassed by the government if you happen to disagree with the government? That certainly seems like tyranny, Mr. President.”
The Internal Revenue Service “inappropriately flagged” conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.
Organizations were singled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.
In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
“That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.
“The IRS would like to apologize for that,” she added.
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