From “moderately libertarian” Megan McArdle at the otherwise lefty Daily Beast:
the IRS method for dealing with the volume was to take an unrandom sample. And how did they decide that you deserved extra scrutiny? Because you had “tea party” or “patriot” in your name. Since the Tea Party was a brand-new movement in 2010, they couldn’t possibly have had any data indicating that such groups were more likely to be doing something improper. So how exactly did they come up with this filter?
Yet she comes up with the answer:
There is no answer that does not ultimately resolve to “political bias.”
The current commissioner knew for a full year that the agency was targeting Tea Party groups and other opposition organization for aggressive auditing? And in the middle of an election year, no less? And yet, today Barack Obama insists that he knew nothing of this practice until last Friday.
This is either the most incompetent administration ever, or one of the least honest.
Ed, remember this is the same administration that sent guns to Mexican narcoterrorist cartels, murdering hundreds of Mexicans and two US federal agents, and then exerted executive privilege to hush it all up. I’d hate to see a poll between Putin and Obama on who people would trust more.
Rumsfeld’s book released this week stated that businessmen don’t speak up against the government because the IRS is used as a weapon against them. This isn’t really news, it’s just confirmation of what we already know.
“Having been in the position of a chief executive officer, I can understand why a businessman might be reluctant to speak out against the actions of federal agencies that have the power to harm their enterprises,” he wrote in Rumsfeld’s Rules, which goes on sale Tuesday.
“By doing so, corporate leaders could expose themselves and their companies to government retaliation–from the IRS, the SEC, congressional committees, or the many other agencies of the federal government that regulate and oversee their operations,” he added.
“President [Michael] Crow and the board of regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS,” he joked.
The thing to remember is the enemy was elected. A street-level Chicago agitator is who we have as president, someone who was raised by communists in the Alinsky and Ayers mold, someone who views political power as the only end, and someone whose administration and subordinates are of like mindset.
The only question I’d like answered is why did the IRS come out and apologize last Friday?
Who was going to break this story if the IRS didn’t apologize?
Or is this all to deflect from Benghazi?