The Tax Man Goofeth

04ben gazzaraI suppose the reason ‘Pubs are still harping on this BenGazarra business months after BHO’s administration received the Accountability Review Board report prepared by Roger Pickering and acknowledged responsibility for a poor job of providing security is they’re scared shitless of Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations (assuming she has any, which I doubt).  Even other ‘Pubs find this obsession somewhat futile:

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, himself a Republican, mocked Republicans on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday for their criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi, saying they had a “cartoonish” impression of military capabilities. Gates also scoffed at the idea that the State Department engaged in a cover up to protect Hillary Clinton. When asked, his answer was a definitive, “No.”

He continued, “I worked with Secretary Clinton pretty closely for two and a half years, and I wouldn’t want to try and be somebody… trying to convince her to say something she did not think was true.” — politicsusa.com

But what’s truly puzzling is why they’re not concentrating on a much juicier issue handed them on a golden platter — namely the admission from the IRS that they behaved inappropriately by targeting conservative organizations for review of tax-exempt status.

The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said. —Denver Post

Already scrambling, the IRS claims the fault lies with low-level employees who misinterpreted directions, and when the problem was reported to higher authorities, the practice was abandoned.  Urk urk.  The check is in the mail, and Lance Armstrong was clean.

Deploying the IRS as a political weapon is about as filthy and un-American as your government can get.  If you don’t believe me, run down to hell and ask their resident expert, Richard Nixon.  The government imbeciles — whose salary and benefits you’re paying for if you’re even employed — that failed to realize immediately that they were behaving horribly wrong epitomize everything wrong with public service — clumsy, unthinking bureaucracy with the power to ruin whole lives while totally free of responsibility for their own actions. Heads should roll for this, but they probably won’t, which just makes the outrageous even outrageouser.

Anyway, it would be nice if the ‘Pubs took the lead on this one, and achieve something constructive for the nation for a change.  I won’t hold my breath.

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12 Responses to The Tax Man Goofeth

  1. HlwdCahoot@aol.com says:

    why isn’t Danny Ozark in the Hall of Fame?

  2. 60s Radical says:

    You must trust your gubmint! Nothing to see here…, move along…

    “That the power to tax involves the power to destroy [is] not to be denied .” John Marshal, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (17 U.S. 327)

    • "Esq." A Lawyer says:

      A very popular quote, if somewhat misapplied. Keep in mind the case was about the legality of a state taxing a Federal bank. Perhaps the more appropriate quote is from Daniel Webster (who quoted Marshall as well): “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,” 17 U.S. 327 (1819). Note the word “unlimited.”

      But in fact, none of this really applies to this matter. This was not about taxing per se, it was about using the IRS as a political weapon.

      • 60s Radical says:

        I recall the quote and the case from my Con Law classes in college in 1972. I believe the legal principal applies in this case where the perversion and misapplication of taxing authority is used as a weapon against perceived enemies. My source for this particular rant I gleaned from the interwebs.

        Source: This quotation comes from the words of DANIEL WEBSTER and those of JOHN MARSHALL in the Supreme Court case, McCulloch v. Maryland.Webster, in arguing the case, said: An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy, 17 U.S. 327 .In his decision, Chief Justice Marshall said: That the power of taxing it [the bank] by the States may be exercised so as to destroy it, is too obvious to be denied , and That the power to tax involves the power to destroy [is] not to be denied . • Excerpt from The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation Annotations of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States to June 30, 1952 • This quote is about taxes and taxation • Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
        – See more at: http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38275/#sthash.fy8Dg3aj.dpuf

  3. Frank of Oregon says:

    The only reason Republicans will take this matter up would be if they can get some political traction, and while it’s possible, it’s also likely that Democrats will join them in the popular sport of trashing the IRS, watering down their gains. It’s a sick system.

    • 60s Radical says:

      I do not hate or despise the IRS per se any more than I hate the meter maid or the traffic cop. These public officers simply apply and enforce the existing parking regulations and traffic laws. And, yes, there are corrupt cops and abusive meter maids.
      It is our elected and political officials who write and oversee the application of our laws.
      It is our elected and political officials who corrupt the system and need to be held to account.
      We, the people, need to stop electing and reelecting criminals and morons.
      It is political apathy that allows the corruption and it is the corruption that has defeated all the past, great empires such as Rome, Egypt, Greece, Persia and the rest.

    • Shitinme says:

      “It’s a sick system.”
      Are you shitinme? The IRS is now in charge of enforcing Obamacare. The “system” shall now be cured!
      “Hello, I’m from the IRS and I’m here to make you feel better and cure all that ails you.”.

  4. C. Howard Fields says:

    Forget the Republicans and the Democrats.
    What is YOUR Congressman from YOUR District and what are YOUR Senators from YOUR state doing?
    And, what are YOU going to do about it?

  5. Lo Expectations says:

    Exactly. When someone says they despise government and hates paying taxes we should ignore them and move on. THAT would be keeping up with the expectations of the fine, fine folks above me.

  6. Beardsley says:

    Good news! Florida’s baby-faced Senator Marco Rubio got right on this by firing off a letter to the White House:

    Furthermore, it is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership. Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.
    http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=bc8ce2a9-4e95-4792-8744-501d0c1b63b3

    I especially like that “effectively immediately.” It speaks to the “Is our children learning” era to which the Republican Party would have us return. But the real kicker is, he’s urging the WH to remove a non-existent position. The last IRS Commissioner resigned in November.

    This is your government at work — all show no substance. Baby face Rubio reveals himself as just another empty suit. And the band plays on.

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