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Beginning in 2010, several different IRS offices – including those in Cincinnati, Ohio; El Monte, California; Laguna Niguel, California; and Washington D.C. systematically discriminated against conservative groups. The targeting was not the work of a few “rogue” agents, as IRS commissioner Steven Miller initially claimed.
The IRS targeted organizations who “criticize how the country is being run” - singling out those with “tea party”, “9/12” and “patriot” in their names.
The agency harassed right-leaning 501(c)(3) applicants with intrusive questions, including “please detail the content of your members’ prayers."
160 such applications were delayed for over 200 days – some for more than three years and two election cycles.
During this period, the IRS approved applications from several dozen groups who used words like “progressive”, “liberal” and “equality.” Media Trackers, a conservative applicant that had been delayed for 16 months, was approved in three weeks after it reapplied under the name “Greenhouse Solutions.”
The White House account of these events has changed several times. While the White House initially maintained that it had learned about the scandal through the media, it has since been revealed that both Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew were aware of the scandal a month prior.
Under the Obama Administration, IRS higher-ups have treated themselves to extravagant entertainment and lavish conferences on the taxpayers’ dime. The agency spent over $60,000 producing two short films for fun. In one instance, the IRS “paid for the construction of an elaborate mock-up of the bridge of the starship Enterprise.” The IRS also spent millions on luxurious accommodations for its managers – in violation of its own policies - and paid $135,000 fees to at least 15 outside speakers. One speaker was paid $17,000 to discuss “leadership through art.”
Democrats have attempted to shield themselves from blame by pointing out that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman was a Bush appointee. Shulman’s wife, however, is a senior employee at liberal group Public Campaign, an organization “dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics.”
Sarah Hall Ingram, who ran the IRS’ tax-exempt division during the targeting, is now the director of the IRS’ ObamaCare office. Since graduating from Georgetown Law, Ingram has never worked anywhere except the IRS. Interestingly, Ingram has visited the White House 165 times.
The IRS has been put in charge of enforcing ObamaCare. Federal agencies are currently assembling a “Federal Data Services Hub” in what has been called “the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic” by USA Today. Under ObamaCare, government-approved health insurance providers will submit reports about their customers to this database - where they will be monitored and cross-checked by the IRS. Although only 10% of Americans now say they have confidence in the IRS, we are apparently expected to trust the agency to oversee our healthcare.
This week, Americans across the nation on both sides of the Obamacare debate expressed surprise, not only at the decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), but at the reasoning used by Chief Justice Roberts in writing the majority opinion. In fact, the very reading of the decision caused much confusion.
Democracy and Power 107: Counting votesSuccessful … politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.– Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), American Journalist and Author
The Susquehanna Valley Tea Party Fights for Liberty
On Monday in Lewisburg Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna Valley Tea Party partnered with FreedomWorks as Ana Puig and Anastasia Przybylski trained over 100 activists on GOTV efforts for local, state and federal elections, the up-coming school choice battle, the strategy of FreedomWorks to elect principled conservatives like Evan Feinberg and for the all-important Senate take over in November of 2012.
Last week, the Mifflin County 912 Tea Party and the Williamsport Tea Party partnered with FreedomWorks and held successful events motivating and training citizen activists on key issues not only at the state level in Pennsylvania but at the national level as well.
The Bluffton Tea Party and FreedomWorks - Allies in the Fight for Freedom
Since 2009, hundreds of Tea Party groups have formed throughout the nation to lead the fight to bring back limited, constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. FreedomWorks has been an essential voice in this movement and on March 13, 2012, FreedomWorks North Carolina Grassroots Coordinator Joyce Krawiec took a trip down to Bluffton, South Carolina to speak to the Bluffton Tea Party.
It is axiomatic that there are as many visions of the current state and future prospects of the tea party movement as there are individuals who identify with its principles. But one thing is certain: the tea party is changing.
Indiana Tea Party Groups Hold Statewide Convention
On September 24, FreedomWorks joined Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate and over 300 activists from local groups across Indiana for a Tea Party Convention in Greenfield to decide which candidate they would support in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.
While American lawmakers and the president are watching their disastrous monetary and fiscal policies unfold with the credit downgrade of U.S. debt by Standard & Poor’s (S&P), some European countries are finally waking up to the reality of failed Keynesian economic policies that the tea party has been warning about for years. Last week, Italy and France have both proposed adding a Balanced Budget Amendment to their constitutions.
Repeated failure can have the tendency to dampen the spirit and one's ego adjusts accordingly. Conversely, a defiant Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared, “For the sake of our economy, it’s time for mainstream Republicans to stand up to the Tea Party and rejoin Democrats at the table to negotiate a responsible solution that cuts spending while protecting jobs.”
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