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And FYI, It Should Be Hard to Qualify for Non-Profit Tax-Exempt Status

Posted by on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Turns out, the IRS was screening not-for-profit tax-exempt applications for words like "occupy" and "open source" and "medical marijuana" as well as "Tea Party," out of concern that these might be money-making operations. Even some Republicans are now willing to admit that the IRS was not targeting conservative groups after all:

“We haven’t proved political motivation,” said Representative Charles Boustany Jr., a Louisiana Republican who, as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, is leading one inquiry.

Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, said that in retrospect, suggestions that Mr. Obama had orchestrated an I.R.S. attack on his political enemies were unwarranted. ... “Presidents have always been very careful about maintaining the appearance of keeping hands off the I.R.S.,” he said.

Not that the truth will change the popular narrative. It's too late for that. This myth of persecution at the hands of liberals will be forever engrained into the paranoid psyche of the American right. Dare to offer a factual refutation and you will be branded an idiot, a liar, or worse.

The tax-exempt martyrdom of the Tea Party will always be the truth, whatever the facts.


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raindrop 1
Nevertheless, President Obama was compelled to comment.
Posted by raindrop on July 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM · Report this
That fuck in the photo probably got scrutinized for having an idiotic name like "Jesse von Doom"
Posted by The CHZA on July 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM · Report this
Uh, it's not paranoia when it's been part of COINTELPRO since Eisenhower? The dominant political powers, dem and repub, have long used armies of accountants to shut down organizations, left and right. It's the equivalent of a cop searching your car because they observed you "rolling through a stop sign". Republicans may be jumping up and down about it now but that's only because this is baby's first taste of real repression (really it's not tho, they just have short term memories). Communists/Socialists/ and others of the left have been living under this as part and parcel for the tactics of COINTELPRO for somewhere over half a century. Reagan's IRS tried to shutter Mother Jones magazine for godsakes. What a selective memory people have when trying to squelch their enemies.

Seriously, targeting organizations titled "occupy" because they shield for profit ventures? What doesn't smack of political repression about that?
Posted by Agrippa on July 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM · Report this

Meanwhile you allow commenters to use other people's image without penalty.

Where's all the talk about privacy now?

Slog. Your daily dose of hypocrazy.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
The screening of these organizations -- all of them -- is perfectly justified, because the chances they're violating the rules are high.
Posted by Fnarf on July 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Dougsf 6
I had a hard time getting excited about the original story here. If people that took the Home Office deduction or love writing meals off as a business expense were as paranoid and as well organized as the groups listed, it'd probably made the news as well.
Posted by Dougsf on July 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
@4: 0/10

Posted by MRM on July 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM · Report this
I would hate President Obama too if I watched Fox News. The president that Fox News has created in the minds of their viewers has no basis in reality. His wife wouldn't recognize the character they have created. Of course Fox News viewers believe these scandals that Fox News themselves are creating. How many of these "smoking guns" need to be proven false before their viewers realize that the only real scandal is the deceitful and unprofessional behavior of Fox News?
Posted by MarkusTaylor on July 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 9
The American people, at least the people with sense and reason, have watched the character assassination the Republicans have used for many years and are well aware. By now they are also aware of the liars and crooks the teabaggers are.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM · Report this

The Tea Party is not a party.

It has no candidates.

There is no politician with a (T) at the end of their name on CNN.

If they want to make a 3rd party, then get going. It's the worst of all world's now where they piggyback on the GOP.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Unfortunately, whenever conservatives squawk that they've been targeted---the IRS non-scandal, Shirley Sherrod, Obama like the political coward that he is, bends over backward to defend them, unlike the left among his own base--Scott Walker's opponent, occupy, whistleblowers and their supporters.
Posted by neo-realist on July 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
"The tax-exempt martyrdom of the Tea Party will always be the truth, whatever the facts."

How can something be true if it goes against the facts?
Posted by Patricia Kayden on July 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 13
@12 Good question. See Creationism.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Turns out, Goldstein will forever remain clueless!

Exactly how many times must I repeat the obvous: the IRS, in a roundabout manner, received confidential tax haven information (Edward Snowden's previous gig as a contractor with the CIA was the penetration of offshore tax havens in Switzerland and elsewhere --- now where do you suppose the actual origin of that confidential tax haven data was?); on May 9th, the IRS announced the largest tax investigation in history, in conjunction with the UK and Australia, into offshore tax havens and tax evasion/avoidance --- and within a matter of days, the IRS commissioner, Miller, was fired --- ostensibly for the bullcrap that Goldy just mentioned!,-Aus………

[sgt_doom is getting mighty tired of repeating himself. . .]
Posted by sgt_doom on July 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM · Report this
@11, neo-realist douchetard,,

Negative, sonny, as long as douchetards like yourself fall for the obvious political theater of the absurd, they will keep showing it, creating it, and spewing it forth for you benefit!

Obama, like Bush #2, the Clintons, Bush #1, Reagan et al., (back to LBJ and Eisenhower), follow the Wall Street script, or suffer the consequences. The payoff is mighty big: within one year of leaving the White House the Clintons were worth a cool $100 million!

The global elites reward their visible lackeys --- it's those low-visibility types they get rid of!
Posted by sgt_doom on July 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM · Report this
Christ, if the IRS hadn't buckled two decades ago, we wouldn't be dealing with those idiot Scientologists anymore.
Posted by Joel_are on July 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 17
Conservative groups feel persecuted and blame liberals and government?

I'm shocked... shocked!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on July 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM · Report this
The IRS apologized - they did it and admitted to it. The only FAUX news I can see is your desperate attempts to blame the victims. Shame.
Posted by MammaTully on July 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 19

Whoopsie! Seems like you actually don't know what happened.
Posted by undead ayn rand on July 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 20
Not to mention…

Slither away, troll.
Posted by undead ayn rand on July 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM · Report this

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