The left likes to make conservatives out to be crazy, conspiracy theorists — using terms “black helicopter” and “tin foil hats” to mock them. However, as the old saying goes, “Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.”
After two years of denials, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finally admitted that it had abused its power by going after conservative groups who oppose big government during the 2010 election. President Obama called it “outrageous” on Monday, but claimed to only know about it from news reports on Friday.
However, his spokesman, Jay Carney, said the White House counsel has known the truth since April. IRS top officials have known since 2011 that their agents were deliberately picking on right-wing groups, but saved the revelation until Mr. Obama was safely into his second term in the White House.
Congressional Republicans launched an investigation in June 2011 after getting widespread complaints from non-profit right-wing and Tea Party groups that their donors received letters from the IRS challenging them on not paying gift taxes for their donations.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and his committee repeatedly asked the IRS about the charges and were told there was nothing to it. Suddenly, the IRS executive who oversees tax-exempt organizations admitted in an off-camera speech last Friday that “mistakes” were made.
This confession came on the eve of the release of a report from the Treasury Department’s Inspector General that reportedly proves the accusations were true. The IRS’s acting commissioner, Steve Miller, who reportedly knew about the persecutions for a year, will face Mr. Camp’s committee this Friday. Congressional investigators were not notified in advance that the IRS leaders were changing their story about agents in Cincinnati.
The IRS has continued to say the accused were non-partisan employees, though they have not been named. And, so far, no one at the IRS has been disciplined in the matter.
Surprisingly, what these IRS agents did was not illegal, but merely a fireable offense. Rep. Michael Turner wants to fix that for the future. The Ohio Republican introduced a bill Monday to make it a crime for an IRS employee discriminate against an individual or group on the basis of their protected rights, which includes political expression.
The penalty for guilt would be a maximum $5,000 fine and five years in prison, which is the what a cabinet member would be sentenced to if found guilty of this offense. Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, filed the same legislation in the Senate Monday.
Many of the groups subjected to this shocking persecution by the federal government were founded from a grassroots uprising over the massive growth in federal power in the first years of the Obama administration. Their goal was to elect people to Congress who would scale back or prevent more stimulus spending and Obamacare programs.
This is a major scandal and coverup.
The White House needs to explain why the counsel’s office did not notify the president of the wrongdoing. Congressional investigators need to find out how far up the ladder directions were given, and whether the ringleaders were in Washington.
Politicians who want a big, powerful federal government will do anything to preserve it, even punishing their enemies though the tax system. This time, it’s a vast left-wing conspiracy that has to be exposed.