“…”The IRS commissioner was a Republican appointed by [former President George W.] Bush, who his term expired in November,” Brazile pointed out….”
The Pink Flamingo is beginning to wonder if the GOP has lost all reason? The IRS Commissioner who has allegedly targeted tea party groups is a Republican. Do they even comprehend how stupid they are when prevented with the salient facts?
- When is alleged abuse of power really not abuse of power?
- When is hand-wringing about abuse of power political grandstanding?
- When is the right going to get a life?
- What if alleged abuse of power were simply incompetence?
- What if the alleged abuse of power was based on conservative stupidity?
According to Kevin Drum:
“...The problem is that the explosion of 501(c)4 groups is a genuine problem: they really have grown like kudzu, lots of them really are used primarily as electioneering vehicles, and the IRS has been either unwilling or unable to regulate them properly. So the fact that some of the folks responsible for processing these applications were looking for a way to flag potentially dubious groups is sort of understandable.
But understandable or not, they bungled it horribly, leaving themselves open to equally understandable charges of politicizing the IRS. Conservative groups are as outraged as liberals would be if the Bush-era IRS were flagging groups with “environment” or “progressive” in their names. So even if, as seems likely, this whole thing turns out to have been mostly a misguided scheme cooked up by some too-clever IRS drones, it doesn’t matter. Conservatives are right to be outraged and right to demand a full investigation. They suspect there might be more to it, and so would I if the shoe were on the other foot. We need to find out for sure whether this episode was just moronic, or if it had some kind of partisan motivation.
What’s really unfortunate about all this is that it will probably put an end to any scrutiny of 501(c)4 groups, and that’s a shame. The IRS should be scrutinizing them, and it should be doing it on an ongoing basis. More than likely, though, Congress will step in to neuter them completely on this score, and the current Wild West character of 501(c)4 fundraising will continue unabated….”
What if this is all about Glenn Beck being targeted by the IRS for practices that, according to a Pink Flamingo source, were not quite kosher. So was Sarah Palin. Sean Hannity was ripping off his non-profit that went to go to vet’s children for college. Palin used the money from her group to support herself. Beck was taking money in various location and not accounting for it. The Pink Flamingo knows for a fact that Beck was collecting money, not giving receipts, and selling his book for far more than it cost on Amazon. Everyone who goes near Glenn Beck knows he’s crooked.
There are rumors that the GOP, tea parties, and far right in the 2012 election were dirty as hell. The FEC is terribly understaffed. Simply investigating Mitt Romney’s campaign and the dirty contributions there should provide job security for an IRS agent. When you add the money that came in from the Koch Machine, Sheldon Adelson, and the possibility that there was a conduit to funnel money from Saudi Arabia into Romney’s campaign that anyone who gets near it needs a shower it’s so dirty. We are looking at the most crooked, dirtiest, most illegal campaign season in history. When you consider how tacky the Clinton campaign was, and then go back to Nixon, this is pure unadulterated filth. It’s the political donation version of hard core S&M snuff porn. It’s that obscenely dirty. It is so dirty even a XXX rating isn’t enough. It is pure, unadulterated filth, hard-core abject political pornographic filth.
And…Karl Rove is even worse.
- Charles Koch
- David Koch
- Glenn Beck
- Mitt Romney
- Sheldon Adelson
- Pete Peterson
- Bradley Foundation
- Americans for Prosperty
- Freedom Works
- Tea Party Express
- Tea Party Nation
- Tea Party Patriots
- Michele Bachmann
- Allen West
- Jim DeMint
- Crossroads GPS
- American Crossroads
- Misc. “religious” organizations
These people deserve to be targeted!
Maybe if these organizations and groups like Z Street would play by the rules, maybe this kind of thing wouldn’t happen. But – they don’t play by the rules.
Once again, we are dealing with the fact that the far right doesn’t quite live in the real world. Have you ever considered applying for non-profit status with the IRS? Years ago, The Pink Flamingo did, with a lobby organization I had created. Trust me, it isn’t worth it. It was a pain in the tush. I finally gave up, after numerous meetings with an attorney and an accountant.
Anyone who has ever tried to do a tax-exempt non-profit knows how miserable the process is. The process is so expensive and so miserable, The Pink Flamingo wonders why each and every little tea party group wanted their own non-profit status. I finally gave up on the process. It just wasn’t worth it. None of this matters to the minions of the far right. All they can see is abuse of power, because Obama is in office. They are so determined that Barack Obama is the root of all evil that they can’t see the fact that the tea parties are dirtier than anything else the Democrats and the left are doing – currently.
From the Washington Post:
“…Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday called the Internal Revenue Service’s singling out of conservative groups for extra scrutiny “absolutely chilling” and called on President Obama to condemn the effort. “This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government,” Collins, a moderate Republican, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review, and I think it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out.”
The IRS apologized Friday for flagging groups seeking tax-exempt status with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names for extra attention. The official who oversees tax-exempt groups at the agency said the effort was not motivated by partisanship. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama was “concerned” about the reported behavior “of a small number” of IRS employees….”
A reasoned approach as suggested by Doug Mataconis.
“...“Mistakes were made,” the agency said in a statement. IRS official Lois Lerner explained that staffers used a “shortcut” to sort through a large number of applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status, highlighting organizations with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names. The IRS insisted emphatically that partisanship had nothing to do with it. However, it seems that groups with “progressive” in their titles did not receive the same scrutiny.If it was not partisanship, was it incompetence? Stupidity, on a breathtaking scale? At this point, the IRS has lost any standing to determine and report on what exactly happened. Certainly Congress will investigate, as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised. Mr. Obama also should guarantee an unimpeachably independent inquiry.One line of questioning should focus on how the IRS’s procedures failed to catch this “shortcut” before its employees began using it. Another should center on how this misguided practice came to light, and on what the IRS planned and plans to do about it. Ms. Lerner was responding to a question when the news first came out; it’s not clear whether the government intended otherwise to disclose what had happened. Nor have officials been clear whether disciplinary measures have been taken….”
Joe Klein has basically figured it out.
The right is forgetting about going after ACORN. We all know that Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is dirty. The process of filing for IRS non profit political status is egregious. You do get stuck answering absolutely absurd political questions. I’ve been there and done that. The American political memory is little more than walking amnesia. We forget that dozens of these organizations sprang up, almost over-night. Why would so darn many of these fly by night groups think they should be non-profit? They should not have non profit status – they are political organizations.
When I was working on my non-profit
political, lobby, education status, I was approved in South Carolina for a 501-C3 – if I could get my corporate status. In order to do the corporate status, I had to work with established groups to set up my organization with by-laws that would be approved.
Part II of Tea for Two & the IRS will conclude tomorrow with an expose of the roots of the tea party movement. Anyone who thinks this is simply about innocent politics is out of their minds. The Pink Flamingo figures someone near the Koch Machine is assuming they are in hot water with the IRS. Their tactics are to divide, conquer, then destroy.
The Pink Flamingo smells a Koch Rat in all of this.