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The IRS has admitted to targeting conservative groups in 2011 and 2012. The IRS admitted these things, not because they are forthright and wanted to admit their "mistakes", but because they got caught. They were about to be exposed in the agency's Inspector General (IG) report, which has not yet been released, but has been leaked to the press. Prior to the report's findings, the IRS had denied all wrongdoing going back to 2011. From The Washington Post:
The report said the IRS targeted groups with names containing “tea party” and “patriot” and that delays occurred in processing returns of conservative applicants, said the aide, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss information that has not been released to the public.
The IRS made no mention of targeting conservative groups in five separate responses to congressional inquiries between Nov. 18, 2011, and June 15, 2012, according to the TIGTA timeline.
The only reason there was an IG report in the first place was because of all the complaints from targeted conservative groups. The facts are, the IRS covered up their wrongdoings for as long as they could. When they could no longer hide what they did, they said "we apologize" over the phone, as if that was supposed to be the end of it. It should be only the beginning.
After top IRS officials discovered Glenn Beck was being harassed in particular, the IRS changed course...and went about the business of harassing conservative and libertarian groups in general. If wasn't only "tea party" and "patriot" that put the IRS bullseye on people's backs. There were other criteria as well. Also from The Washington Post:
[IRS] officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution...The documents...described giving special attention to instances where “statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run.”
Yes, we musn't criticize the government or educate the people about that Constitution thingy. Heaven forbid. That could interfere with the government's big plans for us. All that First Amendment, free speech stuff is so 18th century. That is even longer ago than Benghazi. Like Hillary said, what difference does it make now ? Those whiny conservatives are complaining about being singled out for persecution. They are just being partisan. Listen to Obama, who told us the other day to stop giving credence to those cynical people who keep warning us about government tyranny. That never happens...except when it does. Obama says the government is your buddy, your pal. No worries. You probably won't be harassed by the IRS or some other government body, provided you do and say the right things, of course. It's a trade-off. It's kinda like old Soviet Russia, but with the IPhone and XBox now. A great leap forward.
The IRS kept evolving it's targeting of political groups:
...six months later, the agency decided to target “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform movement.
Notice how the IRS kept expanding the number of people it targeted. Through all these different iterations of targeting, it never occurred to them to merely treat all political groups the same. What better symbol of bureaucracy gone wild ?
I'd be astounded at the behavior of the IRS, but I'm actually getting used to this type of behavior from our government. These assaults are becoming a regularity, which may be the most chilling part of all.
Next, the IRS is going to expand greatly in order to enforce the most complicated legislation in the history of the country, known as ObamaCare. That should work out just swell.