Cartoon courtesy of Americans for Limited Government
Remember when President Obama said the following at Ohio State University on May 6:
Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
I find that ironic.
Jay Sekulow is filing suit Wednesday on behalf of 25 conservative organizations who were targeted by the IRS. The lawsuit will require serious answers from the IRS.
Some conservative groups have been waiting for up to 25 months for approval.
There was no influx of applications in 2010 to explain away the delays. That was a claim made by the IRS officials during the hearings and it was untrue. That is made clear in the Inspector General’s (IG’s) report. Read about that here.
The IRS and some Democrats actually want to solve the problem of IRS targeting by making the IRS even bigger on the false claim that they don’t have enough money or help and were merely overwhelmed.
It was not one rogue agency or a couple rogue agents who did it – the IRS target letters came from five different agencies in DC, not Cincinnati. Read about that here.
The White House knew what was going on because they tried to handle the situation before the IG report came out.
Democrats in Congress sent letters to the IRS asking for the investigations and they now express outrage that the IRS did what they asked. Click this link for that information.
The targeting still continues. Intrusive letters were sent as recently as May 6, 2013. The most recent letter, posted here, was dated May 6, 2013. House press secretary Jay Carney gave inaccurate information to reporters when he said that “The misconduct had stopped in May of 2012.” Read more at the ACLJ.
In one case, the American Center for Law and Justice provided 688 pages of data and the IRS is still not satisfied. Of 27 original clients, ten are still not approved. Getting approval has taken 4 months to 25 months to date with the vast majority taking over a year.
Some of the unnecessary questions identified by IG Report though there are many more:
Religious organizations such as Billy Graham’s Evangelical ministries have been asked for the content of their prayers. The IRS is not the thought police but they apparently think they are.