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… Earth to I.R.S. — You Have a Problem [#F.O.I.A.]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,August 23rd,2016

.. the I.R.S. may think that it is above it all . However , it is not …

.. the I.R.S. received an F.O.I.A. request for documents . They are public documents , not private ones related to anyone ‘ s tax file . So , Infernal Service , you guys and gals have a problem …

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com]..
.. [link] to the blog column ..

.. the documents are already in the public domain . They relate to a ” sue and settle ” stunt that the Infernal Service pulled with the radicals from the Freedom from Religion Foundation . They did that so the loonie lefties could get their way , and try to keep the information out of the public eye . Fat chance …

.. uh , guys . That court settlement is public record . So those documents are of the public record . So the I.R.S. is subject to the Freedom of Information Act , and must respond to the requests of the A.D.F and Judicial Watch …

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… This One could get Interesting [Supreme Court case // IRS powers]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 11th,2014

.. this one is not about a request for information .

.. this one comes in the normal course of doing business , including in the performance of an audit or an examination . It is done all of the time …

.. what it is about is the next step in the process , a summons . This one carries legal teeth . In effect , it is a subpoena . It carries the same effects as one . These are usually approved by courts as a matter of course …

.. The Infernal Revenue Service is not used to people balking at summons . Those ” hush puppies ” have teeth . But , they can be challenged .

.. [h/t — TAS]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. this one is about a taxpayer challenging the legality and authority of an IRS summons . I am guessing that the Service is plenty surprised by this . But , the taxpayer is right , in this case . the Service has to have legal authority for the summons ..

.. when a taxpayer decides to due this (go to war with theService) , they are getting themselves a world of trouble . I am presuming that this fellow has a tax lawyer , and , in addition , a good appeals lawyer , to boot . But , they should be darned sure of their position , If they are , then go to it . The Service has to have a legal basis for what it is doing .

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… Hmm , Get the Proffer [Lois Lerner & Immunity] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

.. this tasty nugget comes from the Daily Caller …

IRS scandal figure Lois Lerner is negotiating through her lawyers with Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about possibly gaining immunity to testify again in the committee’s investigative hearings.

“The Chairman did not adjourn the hearing, he recessed it. Ms. Lerner remains under subpoena. The Committee has not made

Darrell E. Issa, American politician

… Congressman Darrell E. Issa [R-Ca] …(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

any offer of immunity to Ms. Lerner. The Committee has, however, indicated a willingness to listen to any offers from her attorney about what she would testify to if it was offered,” Oversight Committee adviser Ali Ahmad told The Daily Caller.

“I don’t have any update for you on timing,” Ahmad said in regard to when Lerner will be called back before the committee.

Though Lerner, who apologized for her IRS division’s improper scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, can be called back before Issa’s committee without immunity, and even arrested if she doesn’t show up, Oversight seems to be taking a more diplomatic approach to get information out of her.

Washington-based Lerner tried to plead the Fifth to avoid self-incrimination in congressional testimony in May, but the Oversight Committee ruled that she waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she said “I have not broken any laws” before attempting her plea.

Emails released this month show Lerner appearing to collude with Democratic operatives and the Federal Election Commission in targeting tea party groups in 2011.

The IRS did not return a request for comment on the nature of Lerner’s negotiations with investigators.

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… Lois Lerner should be fired …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 24th,2013

.. she should not be allowed to retire . She must not be allowed to retire . She is guilty of crimes , and the Department of inJustice is refusing to do its job to bring her before the bar of Justice , and thereby see that she be held to account for her actions while at the Infernal Revenue Service . She must not be allowed to get away with her criminal acts …

.. How anyone can let her retire is beyond me . Why she still draws a paycheck , any paycheck , of any kind is incredible . She is clearly guilty , and the Department of InJustice should be held to account for why she has not been held account for her actions .

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… What is the Government Think [I.R.S. Compliance Coaching]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 15th,2013

.. ya might think , huh ?

.. yea , this is serious . Normally , you would go and get your expert advice from a C.P.A. , a tax consultant , or a tax expert who is a tax lawyer . You get it from the private sector . Now , if you have political connections , you just might end up getting a little higher level of assistance . But this high ?

.. I am talking about the actions of the Congressional Black Caucus . They ended up getting some serious high – level help ,

English: Douglas Shulman

English: Douglas Shulman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

indeed . Say , like the Commissioner of the I.R.S. , Douglas Shulman , and the Attorney General of the United States , Eric Holder . One might think , why ?

.. These folks are tasked with the enforcement of the law . They end up giving aid and assistance of a political nature to ministers and to churches , and they get it on , basically , how to “effectively evade” the law . Their advice tells the ministers and the churches where and how far that they can go without breaking the law during a political campaign …

… from the Daily Caller

Eric Holder, IRS officials coached tax-exempt black ministers on how to engage in political activity

Posted By Patrick Howley On 3:21 PM 09/13/2013 In Politics | No Comments

Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS officials advised black ministers on how to engage in political activity during the 2012 election without violating their tax-exempt status.

Holder, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, and Peter Lorenzetti, a senior official in the scandal-plagued agency’s exempt organizations division, participated in a May 2012 training session for black ministers from the Conference of National Black Churches at the U.S. Capitol hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Holder spoke at the event.

“We’re going to, first of all, equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot

English: Eric Holder, Attorney General Nominee

… Attorney General Eric Holder , Department of InJustice … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

say in the church that would violate their 501(c)(3) status with the IRS,” said then-CBC chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri. “In fact, we’re going to have the IRS administrator there. We’re going to have Attorney General Eric Holder there…the ACLU.”

Cleaver’s session advised black ministers on “draconian laws” including voter ID laws. Cleaver was a sharp critic during the 2012 campaign of Republican Mitt Romney’s policies.

As The Daily Caller has extensively reported, the IRS harassed conservative and tea party groups during the 2012 election cycle with improper reviews of their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt applications.

“[The CBC] had the IRS members there specifically to advise them on how far to go campaigning without violating their tax-exempt status,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told The Daily Caller.

“I viewed the meeting as highly problematic. Eric Holder heads the agency that prosecutes organizations who give false information to the government. The Justice Department coordinates with the IRS on actions taken against not-for-profits. These ministries are given not-for-profit status on the basis that they are not engaging in any political activities. Here, the Obama administration was clearly encouraging them to maximize their efforts by showing them where the lines were drawn in federal case law,” Turley said.

“It is a fundamental precept that cabinet members should not engage in political activities. The most important of those cabinet members would be the attorney general of the United States. To have the attorney general actively advising political allies of the president showed remarkably poor judgment on his part,” Turley told TheDC.

“I believe this session undermined the integrity of the justice department, signaled to other Justice Department officials that the attorney general wants to support these black ministries as much as possible,” Turley said.

Obama won 93 percent of the black vote in 2012, according to exit polling.

“This event was open to all faiths, denominations, colors, creeds, and political affiliations,” Rep. Cleaver told TheDC in a statement. “We were pleased to have leaders from our government provide information on compliance with the law and participation in our electoral system.”

The IRS and DOJ did not return requests for comment.

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… The Situation is Fairly Clear – Cut and Simple … [American Legion IRS Controversy] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,August 27th,2013

.. It has come to my attention recently that the I.R.S. has been on the case of individual American Legion Posts , different regions of the Legion (Departments , or the State level) , and the national level of the legion itself .

.. You might wonder what they all have done to draw the ire of the Service . I wondered quite a bit , myself . I did some research on the subject , and , then , WOW . It seems that the I.R.S. is trying to harass and intimidate individual A.L. posts , by micromanaging their membership requirements . Their requirements are taut enough , believe you me . I am an Sons of the American Legion , or S.A.L. (an auxillary) member of a Detachment . That Detachment is attached to an individual Post , which is its sponsor .

.. An individual post cannot play around with the membership requirements . They are mandated by Congress (for the Legion) by service in a time of War . A veteran must certify that they have served , and present their honourable discharge (basically , a certified copy) to the post officers . The post officers make the relevant photocopies , and are required to make and keep meticulous records . Those requirements are also imposed via the National Post , and the Department – level (or State) . The process for the S.A.L. is similar . Records are meticulous , and are kept up the line for every single individual member . Yes , they have to be that stringent .

.. The individual Post , along with the groups up the line , are non – for – profit groups . As a result , they do not pay income taxes . They have to file income tax returns , nonetheless , and a financial disclosure form (Form 990) with the Service . One sees the requirements are tough enough .

.. Now , the Service wants to make it tougher . They have played around with the I.R.S. audit manual , specific to veterans and fraternal organizations . The problem is that they have done so in contravention to logic , good sense , and the law . The government itself maintains the dates of service records at the Department of Defense . The Department of Veterans Affairs receives the update when the individual veteran applies for veterans ‘ benefits , via the honourable discharge form (the D.D. -214). Court precedent protects individual non – profit groups membership lists from prying eyes . There has to be one hell of a good reason for a court to order a individual group to cough up its membership list . Otherwise , they cannot be touched . Most of all , by the government . Why the I.R.S. wants to breach this is nuts . They should damn well know better . The government itself maintains the record . Why would they need or want to harass an individual group over its not-for-profit status over something so petty as this ?

.. The I.R.S. is going to get sued over this . They deserve to be sued . They do have a job to do , to enforce the laws on our country ‘ s Internal Revenue Code . What they do no , should not , and cannot do is waste everyone ‘ s valuable time and money on something that has already been done somewhere else . They are also doing so clearly in contravention of the law . After the infamy of the I.R.S. scandals , they should know better . They are going to lose , and lose big time .

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… Earth to Jay Carney [the World Wonders] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 31st,2013

.. about your comments (many different times) about Benghazi , as to :

[-] Benghazi is a “phony ” scandal , when it is very , very real ,

[-] he refers things to the F.B.I. , when the media well knows who is responsible ,

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing.

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[-] survivors of the attack are being made to sign legally questionable non – disclosure agreements . These NDAs are in vioation of public policy , and are thusly non legal or enforcable . Those forcing them are guilty of conspiracy , and obstruction of justice , to say the least ,

[-] these same survivors are being ordered not to talk to congressional investigators , members of law enforcement , and sitting members of Congress ? See previous ,

[-] What exactly happened with the E.O.P. and the E.O.SecState during the attack ? The World Wonders ?!?!

… to be rather blunt , and honest , LIAR , LIAR , PANTS ON FIRE !!!!

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… It makes You Wonder …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. I am going to highly recommend that you go through , and visit the post at Patrick Frey ‘ s Patterico . com site . Then , let things simmer about the timeline , and then go back to the other post @ theOtherMcCain .

.. It really makes You Wonder . Who tipped off Buzzfeed ? Who tipped off those nutcases ? Did they have anything in common ?

.. Maybe not , but I wonder …

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… It is Time to Tell the Truth , POTUS …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 25th,2013

.. The ObamaCrap White House keeps trying the line that the current spate of scandals are not scandals. The administration even tried the excuse that it is all a GOP witch hunt . H.R.C. on Benghazi tried, “What difference does it make?” POTUS

has insisted that he did not know or was not told about significant and unprecedented policies (e.g. surveilling reporters, creating a new criminal theory to punish reporting) . His chief spokesman has even tried the suggestion that it is a good thing for the president not to be told certain things (e.g. the IRS scandal) before he reads about it in the papers .

.. Are you Nuts ?!?!

.. The Boss is not going to know everything . God knows , the federal government is so goddamn big , it is impossible to know everything about everything that is going on . However , morally , as well as constitutionally , he is responsible . The military understands this , all to well , from the doctrine of “command responsibility.” Those people are presidential appointees or , they are career people at senior levels . He is responsible for them , and for their actions .

.. Throwing people “under the bus” certainly not the most senior figures responsible for a spasm of overreach , political witch-hunting and egregious incompetence. Firing underlings isn’t an effective strategy. It’s a start, but not the sort of advice the ObamaCrap White House should adopt with hopes this will all blow over in a month.

.. How about [these] steps?

[-] President Obama instructs everyone in his administration to grant full cooperation to Congress , inspectors general , and the FBI , in whatever investigations transpired . Senior officials would understand that it is not acceptable to take the Fifth.

[-] POTUS asks the State Department Accountability Review Board (already under scrutiny for its slap-dash job) to go back to work , and question Hillary Clinton and other senior officials , whom they did not bother to interview the first time on Benghazi.

[-] He offers his own staff to come clean on their roles in the IRS , MediaGate , and Benghazi scandals .

[-] Finding someone who might be responsible to fire . POTUS fires the AG for, among other things , failing to adhere to and make certain his department followed the practice of every other administration regarding the details of dealing with spying on reporters .

[-] He requests an independent prosecutor (not an independent counsel) to determine if he lied to Congress about the non-written recusal. He hires a respected, independent-minded AG .

[-] The president agrees to a clear-the-air press conference , with notice in advance to the news networks and the broadcast networks that it will be a looong one . He should be expected to answer all questions on Benghazi, the IRS, spying on reporters

[-] This presser should also be expected to deal with the HHS shakedown of the healthcare companies .

[-] He should offer an apology to members of the press who were surveilled . He should apologize to the press corpse , as a whole . He will not filibuster or impune the motives of those asking hard questions .

[-] The president then hires a senior & respected figure as chief of staff [ala Ronaldus Magnus] , who among other things , is directed to replace any member of the staff or the communications team who misled the media and the American people.

.. This administrations has , to say the least , acted in ways that enrage voters and citizens . Those actions embody the Chicago Way (reward your friends, destroy enemies, use the law as a weapon) . POTUS is going to have to try to break himself and his staff of these habits .

.. If he cannot break himself of the addiction to Chicago – style bare – knuckles brawling with political opponents , his presidency may well collapse. If he manages to rise above it , he might accomplish something in his second term .

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… the Plot Deepens …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 8th,2013

IRS Employees — We Targeted Conservative Groups on Orders from Washington …

.. I figure , see it for yourself , from the release from the House Oversight Committee , that these idiots are really getting themselves in

English: Aerial view of the White House in Was...

English: Aerial view of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

thick in the duck soup . The employees directly contradict IRS honcho Lois Lerner’s claim that the targeting was merely the work of “rogue” employees in the IRS Cincinnati office.

… … … …

Q: So is it your perspective that ultimately the responsible parties for the decisions that were reported by the IG are not in the Cincinnati office?

A: I don’t know how to answer that question.  I mean, from an agent standpoint, we didn’t do anything wrong.  We followed directions based on other people telling us what to do.

Q: And you ultimately followed directions from Washington; is that correct?

A: If direction had come down from Washington, yes.

Q: But with respect to the particular scrutiny that was given to Tea Party applications, those directions emanated from Washington; is that right ?

A: I believe so.

… … … …

Q: Did anyone else ever make a request that you send any cases to Washington ?

A:  [Different IRS employee] wanted to have two cases that she couldn’t ‑‑ Washington, D.C. wanted them, but she couldn’t find the paper.  So she requested me, through an email, to find these cases for her and to send them to Washington, D.C. Q: When was this, what time frame? A: I don’t recall the time frame, maybe May of 2010.

… … … …

Q: But just to be clear, she told you the specific names of these applicants.

A: Yes.

Q: And she told you that Washington, D.C. had requested these two specific applications be sent to D.C.

A: Yes, or parts of them.

… … … …

Q: Okay.  So she asked you to send particular parts of these applications.

A: Mm‑hmm.

Q: And that was unusual.  Did you say that ?

A: Yes.

Q: And she indicated that Washington had requested these specific parts of these specific applications; is that right ?

A: Correct.

.. The Congresscritters on the hill have ways to prove this . However , they need to keep their eyes on the ball . Especially before they decide to make any public comments . Someone was digging for deep ideological and and membership information on these groups that opposed the ObamaCraps ‘ agenda . “Rogue agents” who are career government workers are not going to come up with questions like that on their own , but someone who bounced back and forth between the Obama campaign and his White House might.

.. The claim that “rogue agents” came up with the Be On the Lookout (BOLO) list never made any sense. The claim that “rogue agents” came up with the many detailed questions that conservative groups were subjected to never made any sense. The claim that “rogue agents” would come up with so much extra work for themselves, outside their normal responsibilities and outside their union contract, never made any sense. Getting unionized workers to do extra work requires the union’s buy-in. Getting bureaucrats to do extra work requires orders from their superiors. That’s how government works.

.. The Infernal Service itself has blown Lerner ’ s story to smithereens , saying that as many 88 employees are being looked at . Nice going .

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… A Special Counsel for the IRS Scandal — Yes or No …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 8th,2013

.. I wanted to include these columns from theses esteemed writers . I follow them both , and hold them in very high regard . Both have served our country , more than once , and just might do so again . On this subject , I wanted to give you both sides of the debate .

.. I am undecided . I expect that there will eventually be a special counsel appointed in terms of the I.R.S. affair . When that will happen , to be honest , I do not know . But , it will happen . It also has to be balanced against the accountability that is needed to our country for the actions of the ObamaCraps in the gross misconduct of the I.R.S. . How high up it goes , and how far , I am not sure …

… from the National Review …

… No …

.. No Special Counsel for the IRS Scandal

It would address the symptoms, not the underlying cancer.

Andrew C. McCarthy

It is the Washington way. Egregious misconduct surfaces, showcasing the militantly officious nature of bloated big-government bureaucracy. But the Beltway and the commentariat cry in unison for a special counsel, ensuring that the symptoms — a few corrupt bureaucrats — will get all the attention while the underlying cancer metastasizes.

In the unfolding IRS scandal, we already know President Obama’s conservative political opponents were targeted for the revenue agency’s version of waterboarding. On cue, prominent Republicans and conservatives are starting to call for a special counsel — clearly under the misimpression that a “special counsel” would mean a prosecutor “independent” of the Obama Justice Department. Here at NRO, my friend Larry Kudlow lends his voice to those advising the GOP that a special counsel is the way to go. With due respect, I think it would be a blunder.

The special counsel is a legal anomaly. More important, pushing for one sends entirely the wrong signals. It indicates that criminal culpability takes precedence over political accountability. Worse, it suggests that the evil here is the malfeasance of a few government officials. To the contrary, the problem is a perversely complex regulatory framework that gives the IRS — which should simply collect taxes based on an easily knowable formula — enormous discretionary power to discriminate and intimidate. That makes the IRS an un-American weapon, particularly when it is controlled by an Alinskyite will-to-power administration. Sure, we can worry about prosecuting the weapon-wielders at some point. The urgent problem here, though, is the weapon itself. Our energy should be devoted to exposing the scandal in the light of day and shaming Washington into dismantling the IRS — which is actually planned to swell markedly, and grow even more intrusively offensive, under Obamacare.

Let’s start with the law. Special-counsel proponents seem to think “special” means “independent.” Larry, for example, contends that “an independent special counsel can investigate any possible White House connections with senior Treasury officials, connections that could lead to the Oval Office” (emphasis in original) — adding in conclusion that “only an independent special counsel could possibly straighten this mess out.” Under our law, however, special counsels are not independent of the administration in power.

A quarter-century ago, Justice Antonin Scalia presciently argued against the independent counsel in his famous Morrison v. Olson dissent. In our constitutional system, all executive power is reposed in the president. The conduct of criminal investigations is, unquestionably, a purely executive power. Consequently, there cannot be any legitimate federal exercise of prosecutorial authority independent of the executive branch.

“Special” counsels may be special in the sense that they are singularly dedicated to a particular investigation. They may even be exempted from the Justice Department’s ordinary prosecutorial structure (in which each case is investigated by the U.S. attorney’s office in the district with jurisdiction over the offenses alleged to have taken place). But special counsels are not independent of the executive branch. They still answer to the attorney general and, ultimately, the president.

Any other arrangement violates the Constitution’s separation-of-powers principle. It deprives the president of control over the exercise of executive power. It creates a politically unaccountable fourth branch of government, whose myopic mission is to pursue one target (or set of targets), burdened by none of the constraints — political, budgetary, substantive, or procedural — that ameliorate the Justice Department’s aggressiveness.

Our historical experience with independent counsels has demonstrated them to be just the monstrosity Justice Scalia foresaw. Although the Morrison Court upheld the independent-counsel provisions enacted by the post-Watergate Congress (in the 1978 Ethics in Government Act), Congress prudently allowed statutory authority for independent counsels to lapse in 1999. By then, both parties’ oxen had been gored aplenty, from Iran-Contra through Monica Lewinsky.

We have had “special” counsels since that time, but no independent ones in the sense of formal autonomy from the Justice Department and the president. And the more independent the charters of special counsels have been, the more strident have been the complaints about their zeal. In the most recent example, Patrick Fitzgerald (full disclosure: a longtime friend of mine) was given an especially wide berth by the Bush Justice Department to investigate an allegedly felonious leak of classified information. As it turned out, the leak was not unlawful, yet Fitzgerald ended up first jailing journalist Judy Miller for contempt (Miller refused, for a time, to identify her sources to his grand jury), then prosecuting Scooter Libby not for the leak but for “process crimes” (i.e., offenses — perjury and lying to agents — alleged to have been committed during the investigative process). Those legitimately worried about leaks were left unsatisfied while Libby admirers remain convinced that he was railroaded.

Let’s put law and atmospherics aside and try to be completely practical. The imperative in the IRS scandal is not criminal prosecution. It is political accountability: to lay bare what corrupt officials have done, for the purpose of swiftly determining whether they are unfit to hold offices of public trust and whether the system in which they operate tends to corruption. The appointment of a special counsel would undermine that goal.

The moment a prosecutor — special or otherwise — takes over, the public flow of information stops. All witnesses will claim that the pendency of a criminal investigation means they cannot discuss the matter “on advice of counsel.” They will cease cooperating with congressional investigators. The prosecutor will claim that grand-jury secrecy rules bar comment about the expansive investigation (a claim the government routinely makes, even though the rules actually bar comment only by the prosecutor, investigative agents, and grand jurors — not the witnesses).

A special counsel chosen by Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama would be no different. It would not get us to accountability; it would be a severe impediment to accountability. And it would be a lifeline for the IRS.

… Yes …   No less than a special counsel

.. Larry Kudlow .. from moneynews.com ..

When you get right down to it, the political targeting and stalling of tax-exempt applications by the IRS was an effort to defund the tea party. Rick Santelli, one of the tea party founders and my CNBC colleague, was the first to make this point. I’ve taken it a step further: The IRS was taking the tea party out of play for the 2012 election, as it looked to avoid a repeat of 2010 and another tea party landslide.

There are a lot of numbers out there. Some say tea party applications for tax-exempt status averaged 27 months for approval, while applications from liberal groups averaged nine. In one extreme case, according to The Daily Caller, the IRS granted the Barack H. Obama Foundation tax-exempt status in a speedy one-month timeframe. Yet some conservative groups waited up to three years, and some still haven’t received approval.

But there can be only one reason for the stalled-out approval process for conservative groups. The IRS was trying to put them out of business. Thus far, there’s not one wit of contradictory evidence.

Think of this: If the IRS wasn’t politically targeting conservative groups, why did its leading spokespeople lie? This was not even cognitive dissonance. It was outright lying before Congress. Lois Lerner, a key player in the IRS’s tax-exempt division, is being accused by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee of no fewer than four lies. The inspector general’s report shows that she knew about the targeting problem in June 2011, but wouldn’t admit to it in correspondence with Congress over the next two years.

Then there’s former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, a Bush appointee. He apparently knew about the targeting in May 2012, but told Congress in August 2012 that he didn’t.

Or there’s former IRS acting director Steve Miller, who was just pushed out. He also knew about the targeting in May 2012, but later refused to admit it to Congress during testimony.

In fact, the whole bloody agency may have known about it on August 4, 2011. According to the Treasury Department IG report, various IRS big wigs met that day to talk about the conservative-targeting problem. That meeting may have included the IRS’s chief counsel; while the IG report says he was at the meeting, the IRS has denied that he was. But if one of his minions was at the meeting, the chief counsel would have known about the problem.

And it turns out, the Treasury’s inspector general, J. Russell George, told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 that he was auditing the IRS’s political-organization screening. That means White House appointees in the Treasury, including Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin, were aware of the IRS scandal before the presidential election. According to The New York Times, IG George “did not tell the officials of his conclusions that the targeting had been improper.”

No one knows the exact facts, which presumably will come out in the hearings. But this is important stuff. It is conspiracy stuff. Criminal stuff.

We already know that IRS employees gave heavily to Obama in 2008 and 2012, and very little to candidates McCain and Romney. But who was the quarterback in all this? Who was managing the targeting operation in the bowels of the IRS?

It could have been Sarah Hall Ingram. She served as commissioner of the IRS’s tax-exempt division between 2009 and 2012. And she got a $100,000 bonus for her efforts. And now — incredibly — she’s running the IRS’s Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) office, leaving her successor Joseph Grant to take the fall. But he just turned tail and resigned.

And now get this: President Obama has named OMB Controller Daniel Werfel the new acting director of the IRS. And he’s only going to serve between May 22 and the end of the fiscal year, which is September 30. Are you kidding?

In four months, we’re to believe Mr. Werfel is going to piece together the lies, finger the quarterback, and replace everybody who was involved, not just in the now-infamous Cincinnati office, but in offices in Washington, D.C., two towns in California, and even Austin, Texas. (That’s the latest count.) And this guy Werfel is also supposed to manage the agency which is adding Obamacare to its income-tax-collection responsibilities. In four months. Nuts.

An independent special counsel with subpoena power is the only possible solution. This counsel must find out exactly what happened and who was involved, and then come up with a fix so it never happens again. Of course, Obama charged Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with straightening this out. But Lew is an Obama political operative.

By the way, a special counsel will have to do a special investigation, since we’re already learning the inspector-general investigation was a very superficial operation. And an independent special counsel can investigate any possible White House connections with senior Treasury officials, connections that could lead to the Oval Office.

We may hate the IRS because of its taxing power. We may hate it more because of its new Obamacare power. But it is a massively important government agency. And now we know that it is fraught with corruption and a liberal-left political agenda.

Only an independent special counsel could possibly straighten this mess out.

 

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… Baghdad Jim is an Ass …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 4th,2013

Jim McDermott

Representative James McDermott (D-Wa)

… James McDermott is a member of Congress . He became infamous for his prewar trip to Iraq over a decade ago . Ergo , the tag line ” Baghdad Jim ” . Also , he is the only Dem in either chamber of Congress who is a doctor , albeit a “shrink.” Yeech !

… His conduct is abmoninable . Why the citizens of Washington State keep electing this creep back to Congress is beyond me . I saw some of the testimony this afternoon in front of the House Ways & Means (tax revenue / tax code writing) committee . What was done to them was waaaay beyond the pale . That was what the I.R.S. did to them . What the minority Dems did was worse .

.. Those social – welfare organizations are there for a reason . They are given a wide berth , and a great deal of latitude in what they stand for , and what they want to accomplish . Sometimes , these groups get up to the borderline of blatant electioneering , which is a no – no . However , where things are debatable , one should find in favour of the 1st Amendment , and free speech . Also , in favour of the Constitution and the 1st Amendment , where it comes to free organization and the redress of grievances .

.. These groups can be political . Politics is the nature of our system .  It is the lifeblood of our democracy . We should be encouraging it , not discouraging it . We should be enabling groups to form , and gain tax – exempt status . No matter what their viewpoint . And , Jimmy Boy , not harassing them because they came forward to testify about what the Infernal Service did to them .

.. Also , dumb – dumb , get better preparation before their hearing . They are seeking to keep their own money . They are also pooling it together , as a group , in order to work together for common goals and interests . As long as they are not blatantly electioneering , O.K. . They are not receiving a tax benefit . They are also receiving their privacy . From US Supreme Court precedent , contributor lists to these groups are private . The Government may not have them .

.. There is a more modern reason . In the Internet Age , it is a great deal easier for folks to search for who contributes to what cause and to what candidate . It has opened up , unfortunately , a large can of worms . Interest groups on different sides of issues are retaliating against contributors on the other side(s) of issue(s) . They are intimidating them , trying to scare them off , now , and in the future . Wrong move , and wrong idea .

[-] 501 c(4) status — this is the status that most groups were seeking . It allows them to organize as a non – profit . No taxation , but no tax deduction for contributions . Also , contributor lists are protected . more freedom of action for what one can do …

[-] 501 c(3) status — also being sought . less freedom of action . contributions are tax deductible .

[-] 501 c(5) status — principally for labour unions .

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… An I.R.S. Agent does not take a “Dump” without Guidance and Orders from On High …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 3rd,2013

.. An I.R.S. agent that is properly doing their job is enforcing our tax laws . They are doing so in an impartial and non – partisan matter . They execute plans that are set from much higher up , to carry out examinations and audits . They do not even , when needed , take a “Dump” without Guidance from higher ups . If you are not sure , a dump means check your “Six” when you go to the can .

.. I have represented people before the service . These people are thoroughly professional . They do not like to mess around . They generally do not like to waste time . If they are “messing around,” it usually means they have orders from much higher to do it . Generally , they do not do so .

.. I did not represent groups seeking 501c status . Remember , with this stuff , with so – called “social welfare” groups , political activities are permitted . It is blatant out – and – out electioneering (campaign activities) that are out-of-bounds. When a judgement is made , the judgement is supposed to made in favour of the 1st Amendment , and what they can do , instead of what they cannot .

.. When you seek this non – profit status , you should expect to answer questions . Also , expect to have to spend some money on accounting fees and legal fees , so that you do the job right . There are folks out there who specialize in this stuff . I did not . They can and will help you . No , they will not seek to run up their bills . Their job is to help you , not abuse you .

.. Sometimes , those questions are intrusive . I know , I saw them . What the Infernal Service has been doing with this stuff is far below the belt . It is beyond the pale of what should be asked . Ask the experts . The Government should bring its checkbook to settlement negotiations . And with it , a very generous balance .

.. These folks have had their civil rights violated . God willing , these people will be able to get and received justice . The Sekulows (father and Son) at the American Center for Law and Justice (the A.C.L.J.) are some of the very best in the business . The Landmark Legal Foundation is also another one . Keep it up , and keep going .

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… David Plouffe , Potty Mouth …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 3rd,2013

… if POTUS were smart , he would put David Plouffe in a box , then , in a cage , and then in a cell .

.. Better yet , on Devil ‘ s Island (the Guyanas) , where he can do no harm . Potty Mouth has a habit of sticking his feet in his mouth , and

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing.

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

then shooting them off . Way to go , dumb – dumb !! ..

[h/t — Patterico (Patrick Frey)]

Plouffe , or Fluff , as I prefer to call him is not doing his boss any good . Join the club . Jay Carney ‘ s credibility has been destroyed by all of these scandals going ka – blooey at the same time . He should resign . If not , then he should be fired . Plouffe should be silenced . Cheap shots from the Peanut Gallery do not help , and can hurt , especially when the opposition is royally pissed at you .

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… What were You Doing , Douggie ? Playing Tiddly Winks ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,May 31st,2013

.. When you visit the White House , it is usually for good reason . Short of being employed there (which is itself an honour) , when you are asked to come there , it is usually once or twice in a lifetime .  Sometimes more , if you are on the frequent tourist plan (ha!ha!) . Even people who work there (the West Wing) do , or should , think that it is a privilege to be there , much less to work there .

.. Even higher – ups in the government do no visit the White House all that often . In his predecessor ‘ s time . Mark Everson only visited the House (as it is often called) once . ONCE !

.. Considering the role that the Infernal Service is set to play in ObamaCrapCare(O.C.C.) , one can understand a somewhat higher frequency of visits by senior people at the I.R.S. . The knuckleheads in the West Wing and the DemoCraps needed to know a lot to plan and set for implementation of O.C.C. . That would also include strategy , planning , strategic info , and other stuff the Administration needed .

.. But the I.R.S. Commissioner . 118 times ? 157 times ? GET REAL , FOLKS !!!!  It smells to high heaven . And , you can bet that it was not to play tiddly winks , either !

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… You have to Focus on the Infernal Service , and get Someone high up to Flip …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 26th,2013

.. the folks at the Infernal Revenue Service know that they are in very big trouble .They have been caught red – handed in political meddling , and they know that they should not have done so . Their image has been damaged , even if they had one already . Their ability to do their job is also compromised . What happens after all of this is largely open to question

.. The top IRS officials , whose agency was under investigation for targeting conservative groups, visited the Obama White House more than 100 times over two years while the probe was going on, far more often than in previous administrations and frequently enough that Republicans suspect White House officials knew about the targeting.

.. Lawmakers that are now investigating the Infernal Revenue Service practice have zeroed in on those nearly weekly White House meetings . They are trying to determine whether an IRS official — or someone even higher up in the administration — had approved the targeting and whether it was politically motivated . The frequent meetings also raised questions about the White House’s claims that it could not have instigated the targeting of conservative groups , because it took a hands – off approach to the tax agency . They are going so far as to describe it as independent of the administration , which is incorrect . The Service is actually a constituent part of the Treasury Department.

.. Former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman visited the White House 118 times between 2010 and 2011 . Acting Director Steven Miller, who took over at the IRS in November, also made numerous visits to the White House . Variations in the spelling of his name in White House visitor logs makes it difficult to determine exactly how many times . The frequent trips to the White House under ObamaCrap Administration far outnumber  the times other administrations felt the need to meet with the IRS .

 

.. Shulman said he couldn’t remember why he went to the White House so frequently, though some of the visits were probably about the IRS’ role in implementing Obama’s health care reforms, he told a congressional committee. Logs show Shulman met with two West Wing officials working on health care. “The IRS has a major role in the money flow,” Shulman explained to Congress . Yea , riight .

.. It helps to keep the pressure up on the bad guys . What they have done is really , really outrageous , and beyond the pale . The big thing , now , is to get someone to flip on the inside . Hopefully , it is someone that has or is being brought to justice , so that the legal pressure continues and increases . No better way to get someone to fink on the other bad guys and gals .

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… Branco : A Fifth …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 26th,2013

… of Lois Lerner . You see that Lois Lerner gets cooked really nicely by cartoonist A.F. Branco [Legal Insurrection] with his latest production . I normally do not get off on drinking – themed or – related cartoons , but this time I will make an exception .

.. What Lois Lerner and her cohorts have done is both unspeakable and unforgivable . The I.R.S. is supposed to be a non – partisan and professional agency . They have broken both …

... nice going , lois ... there goes your career down the rat hole ...

… nice going , lois … there goes your career down the rat hole …

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… Lois Lerner , You Really Goofed …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,May 23rd,2013

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten ame...

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. you in effect waived your 5th Amendment privilege , by making an opening statement before a congressional committee .

.. you also in effect waived it , by co operating with an internal IRS investigation on the same subject material , which would subject you to criminal liability .

.. the privilege is considered waived . You have to act to invoke it . You made an opening statement . Verbally . Huge Oops !!

.. You will be back , and under subpoena . And , this time , with or without use immunity . However , you will not be able to assert this privilege again .

… it seems that Congressman Issa agrees with me [h/t Politico]

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… Lois Lerner has Lied , and Now She Wants to ” plead the Fifth ” ??

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 22nd,2013

..  and she still has a job . as head of one of the senior groups in the InfernalRevenue Service ?

..  and now , she has been subpoenaed to appear before  the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee tommorrow . Worse than that , she has signaled her intentions  to , as they say , ” take the  fifth . ”

.. The ObamaCraps should make something clear to her . Either she should appear before Congress , honor the subpoena , and tell the truth , or she should resign . Only then , you can take the fifth . .

.. If they are willing to allow her to continue  in her job , after taking the fifth , without any repercussions , then that is damning evidence against the ObamaCraps .

.. And the I.R.S. scandal ratchets up the up the temperature scale quite a few notches …

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… Um , Dan , the Law is Never Irrelevant ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 19th,2013

.. Not only is Dan Pfeiffer a lousy liar , he thinks that the law is irrelevant . Well  , Dan , the law is never irrelevant . Bucko , your boss holds the office . You serve him . It is his sworn constitutional duty “to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States . Also , while he is at it , it is also his sworn constitutional duty to see to “the faithful execution of the law . ” [singular , as well as plural]

[h/t — the Weekly Standard]

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… Obama ‘ s Indifference to Stupidity and Incompetence …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 19th,2013

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

… POTUS in one of his not-so-fine moments …(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. I am amazed , matter of fact , astonished , at the Democrat ‘ s indifference to stupidity , corruption , and incompetence . Democrats in general , and liberals in particular cannot understand what all of the noise from Benghazi is about , though they are willing to concede that the deaths of the American ambassador and his three colleagues were a tragedy .

.. The families of the dead deserve the nation ‘ s thoughts . But whatever bad happened in Benghazi was a bureaucratic failure , and the word at the White House is that bureaucrats can fix it . God help up . Bureaucrats , to the rescue ? No thanks .

.. Our numbnut idiotic loonie left , which judges everything on the scales of expediency , cannot understand why special operators were so willing to jump into the fight , without orders , without being asked . They also cannot understand why these  same people were furious when they were given “stand down” orders .

.. Ordinary Americans have been thrilled with pride to the stories of blood and flesh spent to attempt the rescue of the helpless . Soldiers throughout our nation ‘ s history have redeemed the promise that no one will be left behind . Somebody tried .

.. There is no evidence that this White House appreciates courage , whether it is reckless or otherwise , and the can-do spirit that saves causes that are otherwise lost. Barack Obama prefers to lead from behind . He’ll take the credit if everything works out OK – and if nothing good  works out, he’ll make a nice speech . It is in the DNA .

.. A nation will not long survive the inability to recognize enemies , and the indifference to stupidity , corruption , and incompetence . Our country has to defend itself from all enemies , whether they are foreign , or that they are domestic .

.. So , let the investigations begin.

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… Dan Pfeiffer is a Lousy Liar …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 19th,2013

.. you figure that the ObamaCraps would have someone that is effective in the job of White House Communications Director . the WHCD appears often in the media , to carry forth the message of the Administration , and to , at times , put  out fires , when the team is in trouble . So , you figure this guy (or gal) would be effective at his or her job .

.. Well , in this case , Dan Pfeiffer is a washout . A total disaster . He does not know what he is doing . He is waaay in over his head . He should at least know what he is talking about , in basic terms , about policy and process . He does neither one particularly well , at all .

.. Most of all , the ObamaCraps need an effective “liar,” one who can spin the team ‘ s message , even in the toughest of times . Pfeiffer cannot even do that . He has to be believable to make his spin effective . He is most definitely not believable .

.. And , they could not find someone else to be the “water carrier” on the Sunday shows ? Yeah , right . No one wanted to damage their reputation , defending the indefensible …

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… Has Media Matters really Lost It ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,May 17th,2013

.. I should not be really surprised at Media Matters . As one of the various media organs of the ObamaCraps , they seem to suck up to them , like almost no one . But , yesterday ‘ s production is beyond outrageous .

.. I can understand a national security – related investigation . When sensitive or secret information is leaked , it is wrong . It is a crime . It is most definitely a serious offense . It is something that it not to be taken lightly .

.. However , going after the media with a broad brush is beyond outrageous . It is chilling . Whether there should be a federal media shield law is open to debate . This scandal has brought it back with a roar . But the media has a job to do . A good job . What they do is not a crime .  They will co – operate with the government , when there is good enough reason .

.. Doing what the ObamaCrap Department of InJustice has done is waaay over the line . What Media Matters did , with their talking points in support of the probe , is grotesque and beyond the pale .

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… Julian Bond is Outrageous ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,May 16th,2013

.. Julian Bond is a long – time figure in black politics in our country . He is , or , more specifically , was the national chairman of the N.A.A.L.C.P. .

 

.. Julian Bond has long been a historical figure in our body politic . However , he has more recently been getting away with things that no politician could or should do , or even think of doing .

.. Recently , on PMSNBC , Bond made grossly out – of – line accusations about the Tea Party organizations in general , and its participants in particular .

[-] Accusations of racism … hardly accurate … the Tea Party was strongly religious

and decent , and was extraordinarily strong in its self – discipline . Its speeches and

its actions were hardly racist .

[-] being the Taliban wing of American Politics … enough said .

[-] use of sexist and homophobic speeches and signs … see above . Much of the Tea

Party movement is very religious and traditionalist , and would not act in a sexist or

homophobic way , or use such speech , such as it would normally be defined .

.. Former NAACP chairman Julian Bond is perfectly fine with government coming down unfairly on people he hates. “Hates,” by the way, is not too strong a word. On MSNBC today , Bond dubbed the Tea Party the “Taliban wing of American politics” while opining that it’s fine with him if the IRS targets them while his group keeps its tax exempt status .

.. “I don’t think there’s a double standard at all , ” Bond said . “ I think it is entirely legitimate to look at the tea party . ” “I mean, here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who tried as best they can to harm President [Barack] Obama in every way they can,” Bond continued.

“They are the Taliban wing of American politics and we all ought to be a little worried about them , ” Bond asserted .

When asked if his assessment of the Tea Party was “a little harsh,” Bond said that it was not. “The truth hurts,” Bond insisted.

.. Bond here has launched one of those “ When did you stop beating your wife ? ”  attacks, to which there is no good response to a false allegation. It ’ s fundamentally unfair and grossly dishonest.

.. The NAACP went waaay over the line and accused then Gov. George W. Bush of being complicit in a black man’s murder. Under Bush, Texas convicted and eventually executed one of the men responsible for that crime. What more could he have done? No one from the NAACP has the right to call anyone else “overtly political” or accuse anyone of racism. George W. Bush’s chief sins in the Byrd murder were being white and being a Republican.

.. Julian Bond proves that at least some liberals do not believe conservatives deserve fair treatment under the law. He believes the law should be used as a weapon against them . Given what the NAACP is supposed to stand for , Bond ’ s stand is horribly ironic .  Hypocritcal . Racist . And dangerous .

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