Posted By LambChop
As the days and weeks wane on, the Obama administration is bracing itself for another scandal – the IRS openly targeting political groups for extra scrutiny.
Radio Talk Show host Mark Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation exposed the tyranny of the IRS actions as early as 2010. Levin contacted the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury rather than the IRS itself which is often a dead end for inquiries. In a letter dated March 23, 2012, Levin cited reports of unfair targeting, and reported: "The information demanded [of Tea Party groups] in many cases goes far beyond the appropriate level of inquiry [for tax-exempt status]."
Glenn Beck has been talking about this since the inception of the 912 Project last year, a grassroots organization that was targeted by the IRS at the time. The IRS went so far as to ask the organization for transcripts of speeches given as part of the project’s events.
It also turns out that the IRS target pro-Israeli secular and religious Jewish groups. The jewishpress.com cited a lawsuit filed in 2010 by pro-Israel group Z-STREET against the IRS. The IRS agent told Z-STREET that the organization was specifically targeted because of its “connection to Israel” and that the organization would receive additional scrutiny by “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.”
The criteria for flagging suspect groups were then expanded in January of 2012. Initially the IRS focused on groups with key words in their names like “tea party” and “patriot.” By 2012, the IRS mandate was to scrutinize any “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social/economic reform/movement.
The problem with an IRS scandal has ramifications well beyond the surface-level consequences to the Obama administration. Our system has been based on collective agreement and trust since President Lincoln created the position of commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay war expenses. Taxpayers have voluntarily paid for two reasons - general trust in government and belief that the system is inherently fair. This scandal rips at both the trust and the fairness of the tax system.
In 2014, the key piece of Obamacare will take effect. The Obama administration (despite sequestration) is on board to hire 16,000 new agents to enforce the tax mandate of Obamacare. Next year your medical records will be turned over to the IRS. Every filer will be required to fill out a separate form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. While we battle implementation of a national gun registry for the same reasons, we seem to lie down when it comes to the IRS.
This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Newt Gingrich said this: “Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?”
Back in 2009, President Obama who had been refused an honorary doctorate by Arizona State University, joked, “President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”
We cannot forget that Nixon’s Articles of Impeachment included this:
He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
Do you trust the IRS with your personal health information? You shouldn’t.