The IRS has admitted to harassing conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, singling out for extra special scrutiny organizations which featured “patriot” or “tea party” designations in their name. We now know that a number of these groups were forced to withdraw their applications, being unable or unwilling to continue what in some cases had become a three year battle with the corrupt federal agency.
But few in the media have bothered to ask who directed the IRS to engage in this criminal behavior. It has been reported that Senators Chuck Schumer and Al Franken addressed a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in early 2012, “…demanding the IRS target conservative groups or face legislation forcing them to do so.”
Yet Democrat demands that the IRS investigate conservative organizations were nothing new. Senators Dick Durbin and Max Baucus offered their own “suggestions” that the Service concentrate their efforts on such groups in 2010, (2) Durbin claiming his missive resulted from the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision which “…created a rush for organizations seeking tax exempt status…” (3) Of course that “rush” excuse was a lie as the number of organizations seeking tax exempt status actually declined both during the year of the Citizens United decision (2010) and the year after.
But it appears the IRS shoe has finally dropped, right on Barack Hussein’s head. The story has broken that National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) President Colleen Kelley met with Obama on March 31st of 2010, exactly one day before the IRS began to target Tea Party and other conservative groups across the nation. As the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s report reveals, “April 1-2, 2010: The new Acting Manager, Technical Unit [of the IRS], suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager Agreed.”
Oddly enough, neither Colleen Kelley, the NTEU or Barack Hussein want to talk about that coincidentally timed, 2010 meeting. Responding to a Washington Post inquiry via email, Kelley said the “NTEU is working to get the facts but does not have any specifics at this time. Moreover, IRS employees are not permitted to discuss taxpayer cases. We cannot comment further at this time…”
And when Barack was asked about White House knowledge of IRS targeting, he did his best impersonation of Bill Clinton by ignoring the question that was asked and answering one that wasn’t. Bloomberg News asked Obama: “Can you assure the American people that nobody in the White House knew about the [IRS] actions before your Counsel’s Office found out on April 22nd?” Obama’s answer: “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.”
The IG report? Bloomberg didn’t ask about the IG report. The News service asked if anyone at the White House had prior knowledge of IRS corruption! When in doubt (or guilty as Hell), just Duck, Dodge and Hide!
Of all the corrupt schemes engineered by the Obama Regime, this is the most dangerous to their future plans. If Republicans remain steadfast in their criticism of Obama and continue the political pressure, the One might be forced to play defense during much of his last four years. That is certainly NOT what he had in mind after the election.