Despite talking points, the IRS did NOT target Progressive groups

Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the “Progressives” identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012…

The inappropriate criteria used to select potential political cases for review did not include the term “Progressives.”

From,
J. Russell George
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
June 26, 2013

Full letter here.

The Democrats’ attempt to make the IRS corruption appear apolitical is worse than the original crime, “We know they did it, but we don’t care.”

"Will No One Rid Me of This Meddlesome Priest?" -Henry II, 1170

This Kimberly Strassel piece documents the most recent behavioral conditioning of the IRS: To regard the words “tea party” as Winston Smith regarded rats. Read it, and see why things haven’t much changed since 1170, or 1949; when Smith was the protagonist in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Nobody had to give any direct order to even barely conscious union members astute employees of the IRS (EPA, OSHA, et. al.) whose self-interest is so exquisitely aligned with that of Big Government politicians.

Read the Strassel piece, but I must note this particularly risible quote from the man heading the most opaque administration since FDR; and who employed Richard Windsor Lisa Jackson, still employs Eric Holder and just promoted Susan Rice: “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” -Barack Obama, 2010
(How can I fit a reference to Lois Lerner in here? Oh.)

The Democrat harping on mysterious “foreign contributers” is hard to take from a guy who accepted credit card donations from anywhere; not bothering to employ simple, and standard, ways to prevent such illegal donations.

On the NSA surveillance of every phone number ever dialed, and where and for what every credit card is used: No doubt this is a result of the Patriot Act – i.e., Big Government under George Bush. Seriously, it’s what Big Government does. George and Barack are just following the lead of Woodrow and Franklin. And Henry, of course, but we did break with That Sort of overreach circa 1776.

George Orwell labeled one manifestation of this tendency “Thought Police.” Many other things were illegal in Orwell’s Oceania, you’d be surprised by the similarities.

While what the Obama Administration has done with the NSA appears ‘legal’ to me, the president is certainly open to the charge of hypocrisy. George McGovern didn’t whine so much about Constitutional violations as did Senator Obama.

Obama’s hypocrisy, however, isn’t the point. The point is that Big Government will unfailingly use whatever powers it has to increase the power it has – whoever is in charge. None of these scandals are failures of our current system, they are the system. None of it is overreach, it’s how serfs are treated.

This is the simple point the tea party has been politely making. It’s why they were targeted.

More IRS protest coverage

Meanwhile, Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, will take the 5th in her non-testimony to Congress.

It’s curious that a high-level IRS official would have to invoke non-self-incrimination in a situation where she apologized for low-level people who were solely responsible. Since when does “bad customer service” require that?

No telling, really, when these people will decide to respect Constitutional Law.

Rein in the IRS Protest, East Lansing MI

Warm and overcast, threat of thunderstorms here today.

There were 25 – 30 very polite people, some couldn’t stay long so we averaged about 25 at any given time. Many drove an hour or more to attend. Most were older, but there was a 2 year old with his mother, and these young ladies. Nice to see. They’re all home-schooled, by the way.


We were not allowed on the private property wherein the IRS rents its office space, so we marched up and down West Road in front of the building.

The building manager was nervous, perhaps frightened, and quickly escalated from a firm but polite eviction speech to threatening to call the police. He didn’t, but his mannerisms when he got to that point (about 30 seconds) were quite agitated. I don’t think he understands who it is that shows up for tea party protests.

It wouldn’t have taken long for the police to arrive. There were 2 squad cars the entire time (some others cruised through) and a Homeland Security vehicle.

Update: Thanks to Instapundit for the link.