IRS Abuse of power: What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Other than the power to prosecute, the taxing authority is the most awesome power the government has. It can ruin people and companies. When wielded for political purposes, it is a violation of the basic contract the American people have with their government. The abuse admitted by Ms. Lerner can’t be dismissed in a casual apology on a casual Friday as no big deal. It’s a very big and bad deal.

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Washington Post editorial, Playing Politics With Tax Records:

A bedrock principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose. The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the IRS. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends.

So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.

The problem is that this is exactly what you would expect of the United States of today.

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One thought on “IRS Abuse of power: What did Obama know and when did he know it?

  1. crystal london

    The Hill blog “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for a top-to-bottom review by the administration of the federal government to ensure such “thuggish practices” are not in place elsewhere”

    Gee-does this mean they will review AND STOP the bullying of the 6-7 million American expats since 2009 (AKA OVDI, OVDP, FBAR Fundraiser, FATCA, 8938, 3520, 3520a, etc etc)? if these practises are not “thuggish” -what is?

    Roll on the tidal wave of renunciation. this is only way expats can currently protect themselves and their non USA families from the $17 trillion (current but rising) debt that “Homeland” is incurring and from which these expats derive almost no benefit.

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