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Why Liberals Should be Outraged that the IRS Targeted Conservatives

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The IRS started targeting Tea Party members, "Patriots" and similar conservatives starting in 2010

But the IRS' harassment of conservatives expanded way beyond those groups.

As United Press International reports:

U.S. Internal Revenue Service inquiry of conservative groups included those lobbying to "make America a better place to live," new details emerging about the IRS investigation indicated. That lever goes beyond what the IRS admitted Friday, which was that it targeted groups with "Tea Party" or "patriot" in their names, several media outlets reported Monday, based on draft findings from disclosures to congressional investigators by the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration.

 

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At various points over the past two years, the Cincinnati IRS office, which is in charge of evaluating applications for tax-exempt status, focused on groups making statements that "criticize how the country is being run" and those involved in educating Americans "on the Constitution and Bill of Rights," the draft report cited by The Washington Post indicated.

 

By June 2011 some IRS specialists were probing applications of groups focusing on "government spending, government debt or taxes [and] education of the public by advocacy/lobbying to 'make America a better place to live,'" the report cited by the Journal indicated.

 

The inspector general's investigation also found the head of the IRS tax-exempt-organizations division knew as early as June 2011 conservative groups were being inappropriately targeted -- several months before Douglas Shulman, IRS commissioner at the time, denied to a congressional committee the agency was targeting conservative groups, the newspapers said

Liberals should not assume that this is the "other guy's" fight.

The targeting of conservatives under a Democratic administration could switch to a targeting of liberals under a subsequent Republican administration.

Congressman Mike Rogers is correct when he says:

I don't care if you're a conservative, a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, this should send a chill up your spine.

Remember, governments always target the "out" group first, and - if we don't protest -  spread the abuse to include everyone.

It is ironic - and downright Orwellian - that the IRS targeted people trying to educate Americans on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Unfortunately, this is not entirely surprising, given that the Bill of Rights have been fatally wounded by the Bush and Obama administrations, and that liking the Founding Fathers or being  “reverent of individual liberty”  could get one branded as a potential terrorist.

And the IRS is acting like Big Brother ... spying on our shopping records, travel, social interactions, health records and files from other government investigators. The IRS targeting those who try to educate people about taxes is analogous to the Federal Reserve using web-based counter-espionage to attack critics of Fed policies.

Welcome to modern America ...

Postscript: Those who assume that the Tea Party is made up of a bunch of crazies may be interested in learning that - despite the divide-and-conquer tricks that the mainstream media peddles - the Occupy movement and the Tea Party were originally protesting the exact same things: the malignant, symbiotic relationship between big government and big corporations, and the destruction to our economy  caused by the unchecked power of the Federal Reserve.

 

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Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:12 | 3560565 De minimus
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Well, Marxists will be Marxists. Oh, and by the way, the media just sent not one but two shots across the bow of the Marxist carrier group "Obama" regarding eavesdropping on media members and the message is, 'you can do it to anyone else you want but not to us'.

These people are their "friends". Just imagine what they are doing with your average person and their information.....

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 08:43 | 3559807 TrulyStupid
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The fact is that Tea Partiers and the ChristianRight aided and abetted the outrageous. illegal military and Homeland Security expenditures of the current and all previous administrations....AND refused to pay for them by raising their own taxes as they should, in accordance with true conservative (balanced budget) principles.

Somehow they now believe they are over taxed in spite of the annual spiralling deficits at all levels of government which are the real measure of undertaxation.

Pay up and cancel all the pork barrel spending (this is really what most govt spending is). Balance the budget and right the ship.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 09:10 | 3559933 Fezter
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No...the Tea Party are secret death merchants bent on the destruction of the oil and gas industry through mind bending high frequency radio waves....The Christian Right are death merchants bent on the destruction ostrich farms through use of mind bending low frequecy radio waves. You can't compare the two.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 07:57 | 3559660 rsnoble
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I figured the liberals would be outraged because they were jealous that they also didn't get to pay higher taxes.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 07:54 | 3559652 Jim B
Tue, 05/14/2013 - 07:54 | 3559649 rustymason
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Assuming that libtard lefties have any understanding of honesty or decency, or any understanding of the longterm effects of their lying, thieving and murdering. You cannot guilt commies into righteousness because they have no conscience or rudimentary understanding of truth or honor.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 07:15 | 3559599 MickV
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When are you going to tell the truth GW? You are just the controlled opposition. THERE IS NO "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". It has been Usurped by the domestic enemy Usurper Obama (born British, of a British subject father, thus not natural born, and not eligible for the offce of POTUS), aided by the massive treason of Congress, and controlled by the banking elite of the New World order who seek to remove all national governments and borders and religion (Lennon was probably a Marxist), and put them and We the people under the ciontrol of a central world authority. There is a reason why an ineligible Usurper was musceled into the office, and why more ineligible potential "presidential candidates" wait in the wings, i.e Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz--- all childen of NON US CITIZEN PARENTS, and not eligible natural born Citizens---- it is not a coincidence, and proves that both sides of the aisle are committing treason. It is not a matter that their parents were "immigrants", but a matter of whether their parents were US Citizens, legally able to propagate the republic for their posterity (See the Preamble).

Natural Born Citizens attain their rights from Article 2 S. 1 C.4, the point in time of the ratification of the US Constitution when America was formed by the law of nature (i.e the natural born Citizens are those born of US Citizens on the soil), and those that were naturalized by residence in one of the new United States and adhering to the right of election to subject themselves to the Union. No other laws of US Citizenship existed. Those that were citizens of the original 13 states were eligible as well as the natural born Citizens (those born of US Citizens on the soil since the Declaration of Independence) since the natural born Citizens were at most 13 (the "Grandfather clause"--- "or a citizen, at the time of the ratification....") No one born after the ratification is eligible for the Presidency except the natural born Citizens, who still attain their municipal rights through the 2nd Amendment, while naturalized citizens attain them through the 14th Amendment (See Schneider v. Rusk).

Until you speak the truth that Obama's entire Presidency is illegitimate, and that our sovereigntty has been dissolved, you are merely a steam vent. The awakening to the truth of treason on a massive scale is necessary to restore the Republic, and you are hiding it. Are you a coward?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 08:50 | 3559834 TrulyStupid
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Keep harping on this Party of Stupid talking point... it will reap dividends at the ballot box, just like it did last time.

 

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 13:04 | 3561118 MickV
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Of course you are supposedly a "concerned Republican"-- a hologram of the Usurpers internet protection brigade, and of course you cannot refute any of it.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 14:17 | 3561545 TrulyStupid
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I am neither concerned nor a Republican, but it strikes me that anyone posting this discredited claptrap must be a Democrat troll trying to keep the birther movement fired up front and center... probably the main reason the Repubs lost a "can't lose" election..

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:49 | 3562893 MickV
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Of course you're not-- that's the halogram. Discredited by whom? Bootlicker of the Usurper is what you are.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 04:45 | 3559479 MeMadMax
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Liberals are no longer liberals in the general sense.

I remember liberals being anti-gov to the death... not this crap that we have today...

No, liberals are now socialists, and a bunch of brainless idiots... the complete opposite of what they started out as...

Way back when, liberals had a cause, end the government-military(vietnam) complex and social rights...

But now, the government is the military complex and social rights have been mission accomplished...

What we have now is a bunch of congressional/presidiential phycos playing games with the masses in order to score political points... nothing more...

The so called leaders(the garbage thats left from the 60's that is still alive today) refuse to admit that socially.... everything is pretty cool, at least compared to the 50's....

Liberals lack a real cause, and are actually creating a cause for the right.... or so the pendulum of politics swings back and forth... now its gonna go right, it is as inevitable as the rise and fall of the sun itself...

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:21 | 3560607 marathonman
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'Right' on the left/right spectrum implies less government control and more individual liberty.  That ain't gonna happen.  The 'right' you describe will just be a Republican big government fascist very similar to the 'left' Democrat big government fascist.  Ain't nobody on the true right getting through TPTB gauntlet.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 04:47 | 3559431 Benjamin Glutton
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It was Karla Rove in the Neo-Conservatory using the lapdog from AT Kearney, with the blessing of P.E,. trying to develop a mailing/hit list for 2012 whilst dumbo, President of The United Banks of America, pretended not to notice.

 

Get a Clue Bitchez!

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:28 | 3559367 Dre4dwolf
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The liberals can't win legitematly because their arguments are non-sensical, so they have to resort to bullying and over-taxing their competition.

Warning to liberals, bite the hand that feeds and its liable to slap you.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:30 | 3559327 williambanzai7
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The IRS and DOJ are part of the modern crony Tool Kit.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:47 | 3559340 The Wedge
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Might even describe DOJ and IRS as weapons.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 00:51 | 3559278 robnume
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Great post, as usual, GW. But I have to bring up Those Fucking Koch Brothers. Are they not the ones, financially and figuratively, who founded the Tea Party? Audit the shit out of them, I say! This is old news for anyone who's lived through the Nixon, et al., years.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:43 | 3559335 The Wedge
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No, the Koch brothers didn't figuratively or financially found the Tea Party. They did back at least 2 candidates in the Republican party that were Tea Party darlings. The Koch brothers are the lefts antithesis to Soros and all around boogy men. They're rich and captains of industry that donate to both sides like everyone else. I make no claim that they are saints but I prefer truth to lies. The amount of money they donate for politics and organizations is chump change compared to others on the left.

See http://www.opensecrets.org/

The Tea Party was a true grass roots movement that has been maligned, rode like a donkey, co-opted and just beat like an 8th grade geek. Some have attempted to proclaim themselves the leader but it is a De-centralized movement that will never be anything more than a punching bag for that very reason. Thousands of UN-affiliated groups all across this great land. It began when Rick Santellie made his now infamous rant on CNBC. About the same time 2 soccer moms from Tampa started their own Tea Party after getting fed up with bailouts and Obamacare. Which came first? Not sure but it was not "those fucking Koch brothers".  

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 09:23 | 3560009 Fezter
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Harumph

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:31 | 3559333 sadmamapatriot
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Rick Santelli and Karl Denninger founded the Tea Party movement. It is more Ron Paul like than Koch like. The Koch brothers are on to immigration amnesty, GRRRRR.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 23:51 | 3559208 jonjon831983
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My friend reminded me of this quote last week.

 

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me."

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 08:02 | 3559669 rustymason
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First they came for the liars and thieves, and I did not speak out because I was not a liar nor a thief.

Then they came for the torturers and rapists because I was not a torturer nor a rapist.

Then they came for the banksters and murderers and I did not speak out because I was not a bankster nor a murderer.

And when there were no more lying thieves, torturers, rapists, banksters and murderers, I was thankful.

Eat it, commie scum.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 23:50 | 3559206 q0paz
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<<The targeting of conservatives under a Democratic administration could switch to a targeting of liberals under a subsequent Republican administration.>>

liberals believe it's ok to steal other people's money to redistribute it to their favoured beneficiaries.

libertarians believe in enterprise, self reliance and individual property.

which type of person is more likely to take employment at the agency responsible for stealing other people's money for redistribution by the government ?

 

 

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:35 | 3559374 dunce
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First the liberals do not believe any audit would find anything wrong. They would not cosider the huge legal expenses incurred by an audit. Second they do not believe conservatives would do such a thing and are for the most part right. Nixon was an aberation and it was republicans who told him that he had to leave or be impeached. being honorable men they would have voted to impeach. It is impossible to believe the current bunch of democrats would vote to impeach no matter how damning the evidence.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 02:13 | 3563771 geekgrrl
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Nixon was not an aberration, he was a prototype.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:27 | 3560631 marathonman
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Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Chuck Shumer, Dianne Feinstein, and all the other scum bag Democrats are going to turn on their boy Obama?  Yeah right.  There is no honor among those thieves.  I'm surprised they haven't sent out the real leg breaking goons to target or silence the press leaking the current Obama does Nixon impersonation stories.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 23:49 | 3559205 q0paz
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<<The targeting of conservatives under a Democratic administration could switch to a targeting of liberals under a subsequent Republican administration.>>

liberals believe it's ok to steal other people's money to redistribute it to their favoured beneficiaries.

republicans believe in enterprise, self reliance and individual property.

which type of person is more likely to take employment at the agency responsible for stealing other people's money for redistribution by the government ?

 

 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 23:29 | 3559162 geekgrrl
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Add-on question: Has anyone seen a list of all the non-profit organizations audited by the IRS? I suspect that groups beyond conservatives were targeted, and I would be very interested in seeing a complete audit listing.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:27 | 3560633 Benjamin Glutton
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the total number of non profit pol. orgs audited was 300. 25% were "conservative"...seems about right to me.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:55 | 3563751 geekgrrl
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Except that 100% of groups with "Tea Party" in their name got audited.

I think this whole issue is complicated by Citizens United and all the fallout from that, but I have huge problems when a group is being persecuted by government merely because they oppose the positions and policies of that same government. (BTW, I am not a Tea Partier, but I believe in their right to express their beliefs, whether I or the government agrees with them or not).

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 07:03 | 3559584 New_Meat
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"I suspect that groups beyond conservatives were targeted,..."

Huh????

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:40 | 3563723 geekgrrl
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Ned: what I meant was that these edicts are usually aimed at anyone who opposes the status quo, and that is not limited to conservatives. A complete list would probably surprise everyone.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 23:18 | 3559136 geekgrrl
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I completely agree, GW, liberals should be screaming in the streets. Huffpost should be on fire if they really believed in the principles of fairness and equal treatment under the law. This is similar to the FBI's Cointelpro against the left in the '60s and '70s, and if the party faithful had an ounce of integrity, they would be able to see the defects of their own leadership. The IRS holds incredible unchecked power, and it should never, ever, be used as a political tool, for the left or right.

I bitched and moaned about Bush, but as I've said time and time again: Bush was at least honest about his intentions; depraved perhaps, but honest. He said the 1% were his base, whereas Obama runs this faux populism that is little more than the most cynical manipulation of an entire population. It's all lies, all the time, and the MSM plays along.

Although some folks here give you a hard time, your mantra that our problems are not left/right, liberal/conservative, democrat/republican are dead-on. In this case I am definitely siding with conservatives, who clearly HAVE been targeted for political reasons.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:23 | 3559040 nmewn
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"Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved with investigating conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups."

And the hits keep comin...lol.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-denounces-reported-irs-targeting-of-conservative-groups/2013/05/13/a0185644-bbdf-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_story.html

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 00:36 | 3559267 DeadFred
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This story wasn't dug up by some young reporter, the IRS confessed to it. Why, why, why? Add to it the revelation that AP's phones were tapped and they confessed to that. Add to that three highly trained insiders all with spook backgrounds give damning evidence on the Benghazi coverup. Obama's regime has made an art form of lies and cover-ups yet they trotted these things out back to back. As nasty as these things are they are a diversion. Something bigger is going on behind the curtain. Cover your wallet and watch what their other hand is doing like a hawk.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 06:47 | 3559559 Augustus
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The motivation for the confessions is that several Inspector General reports were about to be released.  These people were simply applying for 501(c)(4) status.  They had not operated as that type of organization so there was not anything to actually audit since there had been no activeties. 

The Taxed Enough Already Party groups were complaining in 2010 as their applications were being held up by the IRS.  There were a couple of law suits filed against the IRS and those were finally comming to some decision points - after three years - so that the IRS confession is an attempt to spin the horse manure.  Some of the more unusual requests from the IRS are shown here:

10 crazy things the IRS asked Tea Party groups
Tue, 05/14/2013 - 07:01 | 3559580 nmewn
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Exactly right.

Complaints were flooding into the IG and have been for years. Every newspaper editor in the country knew about it too.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:59 | 3559343 The Wedge
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The cover up is Bengahzi. Tap gate and IRS gate is intended to muddy the water. Confuses the average media grazer that will not want to dig into the details. It already has. The masses will just see all of this as political foder. This will go away.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:15 | 3559023 BuckShotJones
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GW....it certainly did not take long for your point to be made.  It has been reported today that the government has been tapping the phones of reporters. The reporters seem to be stunned that their government would do this to "them".  If the so-called "free" press openly mocks the second amendment, shrugs about breaches on the freedom of assembly/redress ( IRS targeting) and even applaud restrictions on the right to practice one's faith ( forced mandate of contraceptives on Catholic Hospitals via Obamacare)  -  how can they now be shocked about wire taps on their phone lines?

The freedom of the press obviously needs government oversight to ensure commonsense solutions are in place for the benefit of all Americans. It is simply a reasonable approach to perform mandatory background checks on reporters stories before they sell them to the public. Survillence is a small price to pay if it can save just one politician's political life.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:06 | 3558997 GeorgeHayduke
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Could switch? Most non-mainstream organizations that most folks would call liberal, like environmental groups, labor organizations, occupy Wall Street etc...have already been infiltrated or targeted by various government agencies. Sure, it may not have been the IRS, but such organizations have been targets for quite some time. Maybe now the conservatives understand their situation instead of just writing them off as hippies, eco-nuts, etc...

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 06:03 | 3559520 The Heart
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"Most non-mainstream organizations that most folks would call liberal,"

Is liberal another word for communist?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 10:02 | 3560212 GeorgeHayduke
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Statements like this are the reason you guys come off like a bunch of backwoods idiots who have never traveled more then 10 miles from the hillbilly cabin you were born in and raised while playing with your uncle-brother. Hence the reason most thoughts are beyond your capability. It's either this OR it's that. There are no uncertain gray areas in your brain as you have already defined everything, including all concepts beyond your understanding (which is most everything), into either the good camp or the bad camp.

Is it any wonder that anyone with a few brain cells sees the tea party as a cartoonish bunch of buffoons?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 10:03 | 3560224 WHATDIFFERENCED...
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When we compare ourselves with others, it can be quite embarrasing, don't you agree?

 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:29 | 3558864 MrBoompi
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What does "targeting" mean? Were they just investigated, or was there any enforcement action taken? I don't like being spied on, or having my online activities monitored, but I sure don't want people to get away with tax evasion either, regardless of what side of the aisle they're on. Who has the money in this country? Who can really use tax accountants, offshore accounts, tax loopholes, or tax exempt organizations anyway? The dirty 47%? So they looked into tea party groups. Cry me a fucking river.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 03:15 | 3559410 The Wedge
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A perfect example of a media grazer mindlessly chewing its cud not realizing rancher, IRS GOV, will eventually send all the cows to slaughter. But the brilliant bovine detested the 53% with a greener pasture until they shrugged. A new found respect for the 53% was the result of the yoke placed firmly on the dazzling bovines back. Unfortunately the bovine didn't get to taste the greener grass but instead went on the last ride. When rancher lost 53% of the herd he was left with no choice but to close the ranch and liquidate all assets.

The End

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:54 | 3558958 PrintemDano
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They targeted Ozero's political enemies you fucking douche bag.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:41 | 3558727 FormerTurbineGuy
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We are missing the bigger picture here people...

Steve Forbes was right....

We need either some sort of Fair Tax or Very Simple Flat Tax with a de minimis IRS organization, that boarders on a stripped down book-keeping firm performing the most mundane and ancillary duties, because the system is that simple.

The corruption is in the code, take it away, take away their power to do stuff like this. Take away the shrimp buffets from the K-Street Lobbyist and their fellow oinkers over in the House and Senate...

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 10:06 | 3560238 Lord Blankcheck
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End the direct tax and go to a consumtion tax.Rich people spend more and thus pay more.Illegal aliens spend and will contribute.No more IRS and the political bully tool that has been used since it's inception.

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