Sunday, May 19, 2013

More About The IRS "Scandal"

By Jeff Simpson

The IRS "scandal" is starting to dwindle and now the righties are desperate.  They want something, anything to stick on the president to cover up their own incompetenceHowever its just not working. 

Let's take a look at some real History that they keep leaving out.

First thing is " NOT Just right wing hate groups were "targeted"....

Of the 298 groups subjected to additional review, 72 were “tea party” groups, 11 were “9/12″ groups and 13 were “patriots” groups, according to the inspector general’s report.
Secondly.....really no one knew how to be vindictive and attack your opponents using the full force of OUR Government better than Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and George W Bush:

4. The Bush Justice Department Targeted Democrats for Prosecution. Back in 2007, the House Judiciary Committee investigated charges that attorney general Alberto Gonzales singled out prominent Democrats for prosecution, specifically Pennsylvania Democrats -- an assertion that was backed up by Dick Thornburgh, the attorney general under Reagan and Bush 41.
5. The Attorney Firing Scandal. Of course there was the attorney firing scandal in which the Bush Justice Department fired a slate of U.S. attorneys for strictly partisan reasons, either because the attorneys were prosecuting too many Republicans or because they weren't prosecuting enough Democrats.
6. The Bush IRS Audited Greenpeace and the NAACP. Not only was the NAACP suspiciously audited during Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, but high-profile Republicans like Joe Scarborough had previously supported an audit of the organization even though he's suddenly shocked by the current IRS audit story. Also in 2004, the Wall Street Journal reported that the IRS audited the hyper-liberal group Greenpeace at the request of Public Interest Watch, a group that's funded by Exxon-Mobil.

 Third, according to Statistical guru Nate Silver, it doesn't make logical sense.

The point is, however, that even with no political targeting at all, hundreds of thousands of conservative voters would have been chosen for audits in the I.R.S.’s normal course of business. Among these hundreds of thousands of voters, thousands would undoubtedly have gone beyond merely voting to become political activists.
The fact that Ms. Noonan has identified four conservatives from that group of thousands provides no evidence at all toward her hypothesis. Nor would it tell us very much if dozens or even hundreds of conservative activists disclosed that they had been audited. This is exactly what you would expect in a country where there are 1.5 million audits every year.


  1. Republicans to the IRS: Keep your hands off our money laundering operations!

  2. Great reasoning, "Bush did it too!!"

  3. No one is saying Bush did it so it's okay, they are pointing out hypocrisy. Of course if truly people or organizations were targeted for partisan reasons it is wrong. If one is going to whine about it they should be doubly sure their standards are across the board.