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(Politico)   The IRS thing is back to being a scandal as Democrats question the Treasury IG about being truthful in testimony   (politico.com) divider line 57
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2013-06-28 09:53:52 AM
Tax exempt Social Welfare program:

www.eldercarechannel.com

NOT a tax exempt social welfare program:

www.yourblackworld.net
 
2013-06-28 09:56:45 AM
I hope it is true that the IRS targeted Progressive leaning groups just as much as Conservative leaning groups.

It would be nice to have something in common in this day in age
 
2013-06-28 10:10:41 AM
It won't matter. As Twain said so succintly, a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
 
2013-06-28 10:19:25 AM
No, it's not.

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2013-06-28 10:20:26 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: No, it's not.

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I'm convinced!
 
2013-06-28 10:23:32 AM
Apparently when progressive groups asked for tax-exempt status, they waited patiently and answered all the questions because they understand that that's the way large bureaucracies work.

The tea-party groups were all like zOMFG it's a CONSPIRACY!!!  WHAR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS?? WHAR??

This explains a lot.
 
2013-06-28 10:26:37 AM

DamnYankees: It won't matter. As Twain said so succintly, a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.


And thus was Fox News born.
 
2013-06-28 10:28:01 AM
To be fair there is a lot more money in hate. It's harder for the conservative groups to not turn a profit hating Obama.
 
2013-06-28 10:33:48 AM
I the Democrats are smart (yeah, I know) they will not let this go... it will put the Republicans in the position where they will have to defend the IRS.

Plus it looks like Issa was using the IRS for political gain, that is just wrong.
 
2013-06-28 10:34:07 AM

uh_clem: Apparently when progressive groups asked for tax-exempt status, they waited patiently and answered all the questions because they understand that that's the way large bureaucracies work.

The tea-party groups were all like zOMFG it's a CONSPIRACY!!!  WHAR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS?? WHAR??

This explains a lot.


But liberals and poor peopel are the ones that are 'entitled'.
 
2013-06-28 10:35:36 AM

uh_clem: Apparently when progressive groups asked for tax-exempt status, they waited patiently and answered all the questions because they understand that that's the way large bureaucracies work.

The tea-party groups were all like zOMFG it's a CONSPIRACY!!!  WHAR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS?? WHAR??

This explains a lot.


Or they understood that they could still operate after submitting the application even during the questionnaire process.
 
2013-06-28 10:39:47 AM
At this point it's all subjective: it looks like BOLOs were put out against political groups of multiple stripes, and now we're just discussing if after the groups were flagged if conservative groups were held to a higher standard than liberal groups. The IG thinks they were, and a brief glance at how tea party group approval just dried up completely in 2011 seems to support that. However we also have the facts that only a liberal group was actually denied 501c4 status and that we really have no clue how timely the responses from thr groups were to these requests (especially since they were free to operate without approval.)

I think you aren't going to come to a satisfying conclusion where everyone can agree if the approval process was partisan.
 
2013-06-28 11:00:25 AM
let's all point and laugh at Issa. then thank him. he has made the republicans look like partisan hacks and damaged what little creditability they have. even among their most avid supporters there has to be some head scratching going on.*

*not meant to be a factual statement.
 
2013-06-28 11:12:22 AM
I know a few people who are bona fide, die-hard politics junkies. Not one of them bothers to read Politico.
 
2013-06-28 11:26:24 AM
What are you talking about?

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2013-06-28 11:38:45 AM
This issue is now dead. The repubs can't bring it up without the immediate Democratic response that progressive groups were also targeted. The repubs can bring up their counter-arguments but once you're obliged to switch from simple slogans to complex explanations and justifications, you've lost the propaganda battle. Since the battle is for the minds of the independents (neither repubs nor Democrats will change their positions regardless of the actual facts), this issue is now useless to the repubs.

Just for S's and Gs I went to a derp site (http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/05/31/obamas-top-twenty-scanda ls /  if you're interested) for a list of the "top 20 Obama scandals." They are:

  1. IRS. See above.
  2. Benghazi. The repubs will never let go of this but since Obama was able to win the election with it hanging over his head, it obviously has no traction with Independents.
 3. Associated Press scandal. This one seems to be one of the more legitimate scandals, and yet it again has little traction because of the repubs' ambivalence over defending members of the hated Mainstream Media.
 4. Jack Rosen scandal. Geez, I hadn't even heard of this one. Apparently the White House went after a Fox News reporter, or something. Whatever. Yawn.
  5. "Potential Holder perjury." Another metascandal in which Eric Holder's failure to do something related to another supposed Holder scandal is in fact a scandal. I think the author of the ran out of scandals to pad out his Top 20 list.
  6. Fast and Furious. Another actual-sort-of scandal which failed to garner Independent votes in 2012 and has now passed its expiration date.
  7. See No. 5 above. Eric Holder blah blah blah Fast and Furious blah blah blah. Yet another "scandal" which if "true" fails to involve Obama directly; if the argument could possibly be made that it did (or if any of them did), the House would already be drawing up articles of impeachment.
  8. and 12. Some sort of Sebelius scandal.. Apparently if a White House employee fails to cover his nose when he sneezes, it's a scandal and Obama's fault. Plus, repubs really hate Sebelius.
  9. The Pigford scandal. The dreaded "20 acres and a mule" for black farmers scandal that has rocked Des Moines.
10. GSA conference scandal. How dare those bastards line dance?
11. VA conference scandal. Slightly more scandalous, but more of the "dance monkey dance" torment the repubs like to inflict on poor people extended to government employees. I understand many of them own refrigerators.
13. Solyndra. Oh noes! A company went out of business! That's never happened before!
14. Lisa Jackson scandal. Who? What?
15. New Black Panthers scandal. I know I don't dare step outside my house for fear of scary black guys in berets. 'Nuff said.
16. Libya. How dare Obama competently and cost-effectively bring down a heinous dictator. The nerve!
17. Biden press scandal. Again, I'd never heard of this. Apparently Joe Biden is history's second greatest monster.
18. AKPD scandal. See comments on Lisa Jackson above.
19. Joe Sestak scandal. Tit for tat? In my politics? That's unheard of!
20. Using his executive powers to make laws when Congress has determined that No Laws Shall Be Passed.

The list is a month old so it omits the NSA scandal (I was surprised to not see Obama's illegal handling of bin Laden on it), but still, from item 6 on down they're essentially made-up bullshiat and fall into three categories: Obama micromanages and is therefore responsible for the failures of his subordinates; Obama doesn't micromanage and is therefore responsible for the failures of his subordinates; Obama is evil and black and is therefore responsible for anything that ever goes wrong anywhere.

Who knows what horrible scandals the repubs will turn up next month?
 
2013-06-28 11:56:11 AM

clambam: 1. IRS. See above.
2. Benghazi. The repubs will never let go of this but since Obama was able to win the election with it hanging over his head, it obviously has no traction with Independents.
3. Associated Press scandal. This one seems to be one of the more legitimate scandals, and yet it again has little traction because of the repubs' ambivalence over defending members of the hated Mainstream Media.
4. Jack Rosen scandal. Geez, I hadn't even heard of this one. Apparently the White House went after a Fox News reporter, or something. Whatever. Yawn.
5. "Potential Holder perjury." Another metascandal in which Eric Holder's failure to do something related to another supposed Holder scandal is in fact a scandal. I think the author of the ran out of scandals to pad out his Top 20 list.
6. Fast and Furious. Another actual-sort-of scandal which failed to garner Independent votes in 2012 and has now passed its expiration date.
7. See No. 5 above. Eric Holder blah blah blah Fast and Furious blah blah blah. Yet another "scandal" which if "true" fails to involve Obama directly; if the argument could possibly be made that it did (or if any of them did), the House would already be drawing up articles of impeachment.
8. and 12. Some sort of Sebelius scandal.. Apparently if a White House employee fails to cover his nose when he sneezes, it's a scandal and Obama's fault. Plus, repubs really hate Sebelius.
9. The Pigford scandal. The dreaded "20 acres and a mule" for black farmers scandal that has rocked Des Moines.
10. GSA conference scandal. How dare those bastards line dance?
11. VA conference scandal. Slightly more scandalous, but more of the "dance monkey dance" torment the repubs like to inflict on poor people extended to government employees. I understand many of them own refrigerators.
13. Solyndra. Oh noes! A company went out of business! That's never happened before!
14. Lisa Jackson scandal. Who? What?
15. New Black Panthers scandal. I know I ...


I think I've seen maybe half of those go fark worthy of scandalness but for the most part, that's a pretty sad list
 
2013-06-28 11:56:27 AM

vernonFL: Tax exempt Social Welfare program:



NOT a tax exempt social welfare program:


The rules aren't perfect, thefore the state should ignore them.

Nothing could possibly go wrong with that, right?
 
2013-06-28 01:15:38 PM
Gee, it would sure be nice if members of either party gave half the attention to the lying James Clapper did to congress on domestic spying than they are to the idea that IRS representatives lied about something that isn't a scandal to begin with.
 
2013-06-28 02:24:54 PM
And there's no evidence - so far - to suggest that left leaning groups that were flagged encountered the same type of scrutiny as conservative organizations,

Who needs facts? The Obama fanboy playbook is just to wave scandal off and declare it over. The Omedia is usually more than happy to comply, up until now.

That's why liberals are getting even more whiny than usual. Parts of the media are getting tired of the Obama cheerleading thing, with more to come. They want to do something else. It's also known as the Second Presidential Term.
 
2013-06-28 03:03:43 PM

barneyfifesbullet: And there's no evidence - so far - to suggest that left leaning groups that were flagged encountered the same type of scrutiny as conservative organizations,

Who needs facts? The Obama fanboy playbook is just to wave scandal off and declare it over. The Omedia is usually more than happy to comply, up until now.

That's why liberals are getting even more whiny than usual. Parts of the media are getting tired of the Obama cheerleading thing, with more to come. They want to do something else. It's also known as the Second Presidential Term.


I know, right.  The empty suited Kenyan with the fake law degree who never held a job, and used the Chicago machine to go from terrorist loving community organizer to POTUS, had total control of the media for the last 5 years plus to the point where scandals can't touch him.

That does lead to one really important question-  Shouldn't it be easy for the GOP find a Republicans who can control the media even better than the guy in the White House did? 2016 amiright!  It's coming.  Just wait for 2016.
 
2013-06-28 03:31:56 PM
Funny thing, the part of the new TIGTA audit report the Republicans  aren'ttrumpeting from on high, is that 69% of the groups on the BOLO list  were engaged in significant political activity that would endanger their tax-exempt status. If the GOP talking point that 292 of the groups targeted were conservative (which they weren't, the first TIGTA report says as much) that means about 200 of them were engaged in activity prohibited by the very status for which they applied...and  not one was ultimately denied tax-exempt status.

So, yet again, we're back to the fact  tea party groups were openly exploiting tax law to engage in political activity.
 
2013-06-28 03:44:13 PM

Fart_Machine: Or they understood that they could still operate after submitting the application even during the questionnaire process.


...or they didn't commit perjury on their applications, and forswear they wouldn't engage in political activity while engaging in it...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/karl-rove-crossroads-gps_n_ 33 80401.html

http://www.propublica.org/article/controversial-dark-money-group-amo ng -five-that-told-irs-they-would-stay-out
 
2013-06-28 04:43:42 PM

Blathering Idjut: Gee, it would sure be nice if members of either party gave half the attention to the lying James Clapper did to congress on domestic spying than they are to the idea that IRS representatives lied about something that isn't a scandal to begin with.


Well the NSA is at least hypothetically targeting dangerous murderers with its gross overreaches of power whereas the IRS's entire function is to forcibly extract money from citizens who have done nothing wrong, I can understand someone ranking scrutiny of the latter over the former.

...This is probably an excessively kind assessment of Congress's motivations.
 
2013-06-28 05:11:11 PM

Ned Stark: whereas the IRS's entire function is to forcibly extract money from citizens who have done nothing wrong


I didn't think you were one of those anti-tax people... or are you speaking from a hypothetical right-wing point of view?
 
2013-06-28 06:22:24 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: Ned Stark: whereas the IRS's entire function is to forcibly extract money from citizens who have done nothing wrong

I didn't think you were one of those anti-tax people... or are you speaking from a hypothetical right-wing point of view?


anti-tax wha? The IRS takes money and if you don't cough up they will jail and/or kill your ass. That's their job. Even if you (and I, for that matter) think that doing so is right, or at least necessary, that doesn't retroactively change their mission statement to love and butterflies.
 
2013-06-28 06:39:50 PM

Ned Stark: anti-tax wha? The IRS takes money and if you don't cough up they will jail and/or kill your ass. That's their job. Even if you (and I, for that matter) think that doing so is right, or at least necessary, that doesn't retroactively change their mission statement to love and butterflies.


The bolded just sounds like so much "Tax is theft." even if you agree that it needs done. While I do agree taxation needs to happen, I don't characterize it as forcibly extracted money from citizens who did nothing wrong.
 
2013-06-28 06:50:49 PM

Ned Stark: anti-tax wha? The IRS takes money and if you don't cough up they will jail and/or kill your ass. That's their job. Even if you (and I, for that matter) think that doing so is right, or at least necessary, that doesn't retroactively change their mission statement to love and butterflies.


...said via a communications network that started as a DARPA project, paid for by taxes.

...on a machine the theories and architecture was developed with federal funding, paid for by taxes.

...which uses electricity the public infrastructure for which was paid for by taxes.

So, in short, TATERS! TATERS N CHICKEN! MASHED TATERS ALL IN MY CHICKENS!
 
2013-06-28 07:07:20 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: Ned Stark: anti-tax wha? The IRS takes money and if you don't cough up they will jail and/or kill your ass. That's their job. Even if you (and I, for that matter) think that doing so is right, or at least necessary, that doesn't retroactively change their mission statement to love and butterflies.

The bolded just sounds like so much "Tax is theft." even if you agree that it needs done. While I do agree taxation needs to happen, I don't characterize it as forcibly extracted money from citizens who did nothing wrong.


Put more neutrally: people identify the IRS as an entity distinct from the government as a whole, and, for most people, their interactions with the IRS end up with then having less money. So the IRS gets perceived as the bad guy in a way that, say, the billing department at the power company usually doesn't.

Or put yet another way, people frequently fail to link the things the government does for them with the taxes used to finance those things (largely, I suspect, because of decades of anti-tax propaganda, but the part where the IRS takes "your" money makes it an easy sell).
 
2013-06-28 07:29:32 PM

Sergeant Grumbles:  even if you agree that it needs done. While I do agree taxation needs to happen, I don't characterize it as forcibly extracted money from citizens who did nothing wrong.

Is it voluntary?
Are the only ones liable criminals?
Is something besides money generally accepted?

unless you can answer yes to at least one of those, you're dodging.

that bosnian sniper: Ned Stark: anti-tax wha? The IRS takes money and if you don't cough up they will jail and/or kill your ass. That's their job. Even if you (and I, for that matter) think that doing so is right, or at least necessary, that doesn't retroactively change their mission statement to love and butterflies.

...said via a communications network that started as a DARPA project, paid for by taxes.

...on a machine the theories and architecture was developed with federal funding, paid for by taxes.

...which uses electricity the public infrastructure for which was paid for by taxes.

So, in short, TATERS! TATERS N CHICKEN! MASHED TATERS ALL IN MY CHICKENS!


I already said I think taxes are good*. Did you miss it? Or is this the "angrily agree with your opponent, pretend its a sick burn" school of argumentation?

*or a lesser evil anyway, but that's the next best thing.
 
2013-06-28 08:52:42 PM

Ned Stark: unless you can answer yes to at least one of those, you're dodging.


It is voluntary. You can leave if you want. You're just not allowed to leave with property that is only yours by virtue of the society you're trying to exit.
 
2013-06-28 09:28:12 PM

that bosnian sniper: So, in short, TATERS! TATERS N CHICKEN! MASHED TATERS ALL IN MY CHICKENS!


I don't think the white stuff mixed in with the blood and feathers is potato in origin.
 
2013-06-28 10:13:51 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: Ned Stark: unless you can answer yes to at least one of those, you're dodging.

It is voluntary. You can leave if you want. You're just not allowed to leave with property that is only yours by virtue of the society you're trying to exit.



Being forced to abandon your home, family, and all your friends is not actually something anyone with a functioning brain would call a reasonable "choice".
 
2013-06-28 10:24:49 PM

Ned Stark: Sergeant Grumbles: Ned Stark: unless you can answer yes to at least one of those, you're dodging.

It is voluntary. You can leave if you want. You're just not allowed to leave with property that is only yours by virtue of the society you're trying to exit.


Being forced to abandon your home, family, and all your friends is not actually something anyone with a functioning brain would call a reasonable "choice".


You can take your family with you.

And it's only your "home" because the government says so. Without the proper paperwork from the government, it's not your home.
 
2013-06-28 10:27:15 PM

Ned Stark: The IRS takes money and if you don't cough up they will jail and/or kill your ass. That's their job.


Not sure if serious.
 
2013-06-28 10:40:25 PM

Mrtraveler01: You can take your family with you.

And it's only your "home" because the government says so. Without the proper paperwork from the government, it's not your home.


Pretty much that. You can't pick and choose the parts of society you want to take with you, particularly the property law that says the land is yours. You want to own property with a system to enforce that ownership? Pay your property tax.
Really, no one is stopping you from leaving if you don't. It's just those trappings of a functional brain that make you think perhaps there's something to this whole civilization thing.
 
2013-06-28 11:06:48 PM

Mrtraveler01: Ned Stark: Sergeant Grumbles: Ned Stark: unless you can answer yes to at least one of those, you're dodging.

It is voluntary. You can leave if you want. You're just not allowed to leave with property that is only yours by virtue of the society you're trying to exit.


Being forced to abandon your home, family, and all your friends is not actually something anyone with a functioning brain would call a reasonable "choice".

You can take your family with you.

And it's only your "home" because the government says so. Without the proper paperwork from the government, it's not your home.


yep.
 
2013-06-28 11:10:57 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: Mrtraveler01: You can take your family with you.

And it's only your "home" because the government says so. Without the proper paperwork from the government, it's not your home.

Pretty much that. You can't pick and choose the parts of society you want to take with you, particularly the property law that says the land is yours. You want to own property with a system to enforce that ownership? Pay your property tax.
Really, no one is stopping you from leaving if you don't. It's just those trappings of a functional brain that make you think perhaps there's something to this whole civilization thing.


It's OK because ______. <i>Still</i> isn't a contradiction, 10 posts later.
 
2013-06-28 11:38:46 PM

Ned Stark: It's OK because ______. <i>Still</i> isn't a contradiction, 10 posts later.


What is the point you're trying to make here? You're the only one buried in contradiction. You agree taxation is necessary and yet also say it's theft by force? How do you reconcile those two viewpoints?
 
2013-06-28 11:41:35 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: Ned Stark: It's OK because ______. <i>Still</i> isn't a contradiction, 10 posts later.

What is the point you're trying to make here? You're the only one buried in contradiction. You agree taxation is necessary and yet also say it's theft by force? How do you reconcile those two viewpoints?


I never called it theft.
 
2013-06-28 11:56:51 PM

Ned Stark: I never called it theft.


Ned Stark: forcibly extract money from citizens who have done nothing wrong


Well, at least you can see where I got that idea, right?

I really have no idea what your position is, then.
 
2013-06-29 12:08:44 AM

Sergeant Grumbles: Ned Stark: I never called it theft.

Ned Stark: forcibly extract money from citizens who have done nothing wrong

Well, at least you can see where I got that idea, right?


Sure, I just dont see how youve hung onto the delusion through a dozen or so posts of denials.


I really have no idea what your position is, then.

...that subjecting an entity charged with using force upon the innocent general population to a higher level of scrutiny than that which is applied to one charged with using force upon evil doers as a matter of course is a perfectly reasonable point of view.
 
2013-06-29 12:19:59 AM

Ned Stark: ...that subjecting an entity charged with using force upon the innocent general population to a higher level of scrutiny than that which is applied to one charged with using force upon evil doers as a matter of course is a perfectly reasonable point of view.


I will have to remain in disagreement because I do not believe the IRS and NSA can be conflated and compared as such.

"An entity charged with using force upon the innocent general population" is just about the last thing I'd think of to describe tax collection and the IRS, especially in the context of whether or not tax-exempt organizations have to disclose their donor list.
 
2013-06-29 08:48:12 AM

cman: I hope it is true that the IRS targeted Progressive leaning groups just as much as Conservative leaning groups.

It would be nice to have something in common in this day in age


They didn't. The IG shut down the dumb liberal talking point in a letter to Rep Levin.

As soon as a liberal group can show their private documents were leaked to conservative media groups, they can claim equal abuse.
 
2013-06-29 08:50:23 AM

Curious: let's all point and laugh at Issa. then thank him. he has made the republicans look like partisan hacks and damaged what little creditability they have. even among their most avid supporters there has to be some head scratching going on.*

*not meant to be a factual statement.


Curious. Are liberals so insulated from reality they refuse to read the Wed IG followup letter destroying the democrats ignorant talking points?
 
2013-06-29 01:50:30 PM

Ned Stark: I never called it theft.


You've characterized taxation as the use of coercive force to deprive citizens of property.  That's pretty much the dictionary definition of theft. What you are doing isthe equivalent of,

Person 1: Hey, there's a bird that quacks, has webbed feet, and a bill swimming in a pond over there.

Person 2: So, it's a duck?

Person 1: I never called it a duck.
 
2013-06-29 02:33:06 PM
that bosnian sniper:  That's pretty much the dictionary definition of theft.

"Theft" is intrinsically a moral judgment of the event. It's not heft in the same way that shooting an enemy soldier on a battlefield generally isn't considered murder,
 
2013-06-29 02:47:42 PM

Ned Stark: "Theft" is intrinsically a moral judgment of the event. It's not heft in the same way that shooting an enemy soldier on a battlefield generally isn't considered murder,


Then what's your goddamn point, other presumably to derail the thread?
 
2013-06-29 03:41:01 PM

that bosnian sniper: Ned Stark: "Theft" is intrinsically a moral judgment of the event. It's not heft in the same way that shooting an enemy soldier on a battlefield generally isn't considered murder,

Then what's your goddamn point,


Ned Stark: ...that subjecting an entity charged with using force upon the innocent general population to a higher level of scrutiny than that which is applied to one charged with using force upon evil doers as a matter of course is a perfectly reasonable point of view.

other presumably to derail the thread?


Your the ones who all freaked the fark out over bland statements of fact.
 
2013-06-29 03:58:24 PM

Ned Stark: Your the ones who all freaked the fark out over bland statements of fact.


Except, of course, this is anything  but that which you just stated considering TIGTA found evidence of significant political activity in 69% of the BOLO list cases, and evidence of significant political activity in an estimated 175 other groups that  weren't on that list. Yet, very few if any of these groups were denied tax-exempt status on the basis of engaging in political activity, including a number of groups that actively perjured their applications.

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/tigta_final_response_to_ re p._levin_6.26.13.pdf

If the goal here is to  increase scrutiny on the IRS and to ensure they're doing their jobs properly and in good faith, with transparency and accountability, then you should be outraged at the GOP for making this about the criteria the IRS used to identify political cases, instead of what is apparently outstandingly lax investigatory methods, and at Congress for failing to institute proper regulations on political groups in the wake of  Citizens United. The  first TIGTA report laid the blame on Congress for failing to act in the wake of the case, for God's sake.
 
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