The majority of cases investigated for unfair treatment by the IRS had "no work" done on them during the last 13 months, according to the TIGTA report. 160 cases were left open for the last 1-3+ years.
We will never be able to determine the impact of these actions, but this scandal was a direct attack on the very foundation of the American election process. As Rep. Kelly said, everyone should be outraged at this... but they aren't. I expect this to basically fall along party lines just like everything else, which is just depressing.
Yes, losing tax exempt status is clear worse than being murdered.
Americans dying because of incompetence is tragic. I'm not saying it's not.
But intimidating and harassing people of a certain political ideology, especially groups that are directly related to the election process, is an attack on the foundations of the country.
Whereas leaving diplomats exposed to attack even as they beg for more security support is as American as apple pie.
The only group that had it's tax free status removed and was found guilty of anything was a group of Democrats.
Out of 260 groups that were discriminatorily flagged for review(these were all conservative groups), 90% of them had their applications delayed longer than law allows. Some for more than 3 years.
Also, illegal information was required, including names of donors. One of the donors for one of these groups has been confirmed to have been leaked by the IRS. His name showed up on the Obama campaign site and his character was attacked. He was then subjected to four separate audits from the IRS.
That's just one confirmed story...
Then, to make matters worse, the union that the IRS workers belong to donated 92% of their total donations to Democratic candidates and groups.
The Inspector General's Report came to a very different conclusion.
http://www.salon.com/2013/05/16/wheres_ … t_partner/
As to the claim that the IRS union donated to Democratic candidates,
the has nothing to do with this and just dilutes and muddies the issue.
Which seems to be the order of the day in this series of outrages. Keep throwing things at the wall until something sticks.
Toward the end of this article they mention what I believe is the real issue that came
out of this IRS thing. The huge 501(c)4 organizations that are blatantly engaging solely in political campaigning. There is no reason these organizations deserve tax-exempt status. None. Whether their bent is left or right.
No. Salon re-posted a blog entry by Brad Friedman. The actual report found discriminatory targeting and illegal activity.
Sorry if you got confused between the IG's report and some blogger's blog post.
Oh, and in case you don't believe me, the very first line in the overview of what the report found says
"The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention."
Neither of these "scandals" address the real injustices:
The fact that the US is in Libya at all
The fact that the IRS taxes at all
The existence of these things should be a scandal.
I'll ask again, if these things are not important then why did Obama fire the acting head of the IRS and why is he personally outraged?
For a similar reason that a Walmart supervisor would fire an employee for farting in front of a customer: It's not the end of the world, but it makes the store look bad.
So, if he fired him and is outraged, why is it Obama's fault?
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