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How big is the IRS scandal? Does it surprise you at all?

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 How far do you think this scandal goes? Does it surprise you to learn that the IRS is likely doing this to people?

"The IRS inspector general will release an audit sometime this week, but congressional aides gave several media outlets a draft of the audit. According to the document, IRS employees in the Cincinnati office used several troublesome phrases to single out 501(c)4 applicants for review — including, at various points between 2010 and May 2012, groups that 'criticize how the country is being run,' aim to educate Americans 'on the Constitution and Bill of Rights,' and lobby to 'make America a better place to live.'" [full story here]

 



by on May. 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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littlemoments99
by Member on May. 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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Not surprised at all. The government is completely corrupt. 

grandmab125
by Gold Member on May. 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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 Even though this started in 2010, the IRS Commissioner, Douglas Shulman told congressional investigators that it was not happening in 2011.

Part of an article on FNC 5/13/13:

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday also called the IRS activities chilling and said she was disappointed that President Obama had not condemned the actions. 

"This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government," Collins told CNN's "State of the Union." "It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review. And I think that it's very disappointing that the president hasn't personally condemned this." 

At about the same time, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney released a statement saying: "If the inspector general finds that there were any rules broken or that conduct of government officials did not meet the standards required of them, the president expects that swift and appropriate steps will be taken to address any misconduct." 

Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Friday his committee will hold a hearing on the issue. 

The IRS said Friday that it was sorry for what it called the "inappropriate" targeting of the conservative groups during the 2012 elections. 

Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias. 

But on June 29, 2011, Lerner found out that such groups were being targeted, according to the inspector general's report. 

She was told at a meeting that groups with "Tea Party," "Patriot" or "9/12 Project" in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report states. 

The 9/12 Project is a group started by conservative TV personality Glenn Beck. 

Collins also said she does not believe the activity was limited to "a couple of rogue IRS employees." 

"After all," she added, "groups with `progressive' in their names were not targeted similarly." 



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/13/irs-scrutiny-went-beyond-tea-party-criteria-broader-than-thought/#ixzz2TBne507c

 

NWP
by guerrilla girl on May. 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Are you under the assumption that this is new and that the IRS has not always been a tool for the government to target groups and individuals?

Quoting candlegal:


Does it surprise you at all?

Not even a tiny little bit.  This administration seems to be all about shutting people up.  How many of the Benghazi whistleblowers were threatened and demoted?


Neon Washable Paint

Meadowchik
by Silver Member on May. 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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Yes it's sick and should be carefully investigated.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on May. 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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Nope Nixon tried it.

It was part of the articles of Impeachment drafted against him.

I am certain that you are for equal justice, yes?

Quoting NWP:

Are you under the assumption that this is new and that the IRS has not always been a tool for the government to target groups and individuals?

Quoting candlegal:

 

Does it surprise you at all?

Not even a tiny little bit.  This administration seems to be all about shutting people up.  How many of the Benghazi whistleblowers were threatened and demoted?



 

Lunarprancer
by Silver Member on May. 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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 It's Big and no, it doesn't surprise me.  There was a guest on Herman Cain this morning talking about he was targeted and the extent to which the "audit" went.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on May. 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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Are you under the assumption that Nixon was the first? Or that the IRS wasn't also used for political gain in that very case as well?

Why are people surprised that the IRS is a political tool? Ask how they caught Al Capone...and countless others when other avenues failed.

Quoting Billiejeens:


Nope Nixon tried it.

It was part of the articles of Impeachment drafted against him.

I am certain that you are for equal justice, yes?

Quoting NWP:

Are you under the assumption that this is new and that the IRS has not always been a tool for the government to target groups and individuals?

Quoting candlegal:


Does it surprise you at all?

Not even a tiny little bit.  This administration seems to be all about shutting people up.  How many of the Benghazi whistleblowers were threatened and demoted?





Neon Washable Paint

tnmomofive
by Bronze Member on May. 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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Wouldn't it be nice if the current admin was held to the same standards? BWHAHAHAH yeah right when pigs fly!

Quoting Billiejeens:


Nope Nixon tried it.

It was part of the articles of Impeachment drafted against him.

I am certain that you are for equal justice, yes?

Quoting NWP:

Are you under the assumption that this is new and that the IRS has not always been a tool for the government to target groups and individuals?

Quoting candlegal:


Does it surprise you at all?

Not even a tiny little bit.  This administration seems to be all about shutting people up.  How many of the Benghazi whistleblowers were threatened and demoted?






Billiejeens
by Gold Member on May. 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM
Quoting NWP:




So your answer is no.


Carpy
by Ruby Member on May. 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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You do realize they admitted it? You do realize both sides of the congressional aisle are pretty angry about it? You do realize Senator Carl Levin D of my home state is REALLY angry and pushing for heads yo roll? You do realize how ignorant it makes a person look to dismiss things simply because a post links to FOX? Granted, I realize as a Marxist you approve of silencing people who do not agree with you.

Quoting Goodwoman614:




Quoting candlegal:


Does it surprise you at all?

Not even a tiny little bit.  This administration seems to be all about shutting people up.  How many of the Benghazi whistleblowers were threatened and demoted?

Oh yes. 

Because if we say it, it must be true.

Because if we heard it on Fux Newz it must be true.



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