The IRS is an enforcement tool. FDR used the IRS for his own political purposes. So did Tricky Dicky Nixon. A year ago various “Tea Party” and “Patriot” groups started complaining that they were being targeted for special attention by the IRS as they applied for tax exempt status. What did they expect? Did they really think the IRS was going to play nice? There’s a war going on. Didn’t they know that?
The IRS lies. Back in February 2012 when these groups started complaining about being asked for 500 pages of documentation that were due two days before a big convention, asking for names of donors and volunteers and family members and political ambitions, an IRS “spokesman” said:
Career civil servants [not thugs?] make all decisions on exemption applications in a fair, impartial manner and do so without regard to political party affiliation or ideology.
In March 2012 no less a worthy than the IRS Commissioner himself said there was “absolutely no targeting.”
Politicians rushed to the microphones. Mitch McConnell, the best of the breed, said:
Today’s acknowledgement by the Obama administration that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups in the heat of last year’s national election is not enough.
I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish [there’s that word again] practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.
That’s sure to happen, you bet.
Orrin Hatch, that 79%-of-a-conservative from Utah, wasn’t satisfied with the apology:
This, frankly, isn’t enough. We need to have ironclad guarantees from the IRS that it will adopt significant protocols to ensure this kind of harassment of groups that have a constitutional right to express their own view never happens again.
Don’t hold your breath. The IRS gives the word “probe” a whole new meaning.