Rancid Tea & Very Little Sympathy


Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 10.14.08 PMIt’s now so bad, that Republican Congressman Tom Price, from Georgia (where else) says that Barack Obama now no longer has the consent of the governed?  What?

This is also about the Koch Machine using fake outrage to demand the IRS be defunded.

Don’t political operatives on both sides of the aisle get tired of waxing irate all the time?  Currently, they are enjoying the best of times.  The far right is irate over the IRS targeting of the tea parties and the left is irate over the fact that an AP reporter has been subjected to – oh the pain – accountability – for outing a CIA undercover agent in a life and death situation.  The press has the right to do anything, with impunity, right?  It really doesn’t matter if our national security is compromised.  The ‘public’ has a right to know.  It is the very best of all worlds.  The liberal press is pissed.  The conservative pressed is pissed, John Boehner wants the IRS agents to allegedly went ‘rogue’ to go to prison.  They want Obama impeached for Benghazi.  And – the usual far right jerks get to lie about liberals not being targeted by the IRS.  Only their precious tea party darlings were harassed.

It’s all about fake outrage.

“..Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill and campaign finance watchdog groups are pressing to expand congressional hearings to encompass everything the IRS is doing concerning nonprofits, including whether such groups should be allowed to spend money on political efforts at all.

Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, which is conducting its own IRS investigation, has introduced legislation with Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski to require all groups spending money on politics to disclose their donors.

“These problems will continue as long as there is an absence of clear and enforceable rules,” Wyden told reporters yesterday. “In the absence of clear and enforceable rules the bureaucracy pretty much makes it up as they go along.”

Political spending by nonprofits incorporated under Section 501(c)(4) of the tax code has increased since the U.S. Supreme Court (1000L) in 2010 removed limits on independent corporate and union spending and other court rulings paved the way for wealthy individuals to spend unlimited sums in elections.
$1 Billion

Outside groups — including nonprofit social-welfare groups that don’t disclose their donors — spent $1 billion in the 2012 elections, three times as much as they did four years earlier, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, based in Washington.

“The real problem is that phony 501(c)(4) groups are exploiting the tax laws to protect donors who don’t want to be held accountable for vicious, deceitful political ads,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

In early 2011, the IRS denied the tax-exempt status of an affiliate of the San Francisco-based Emerge America, which trains Democratic women to run for office. The agency said it was disqualified because the group’s activities were “conducted primarily for the benefit of a political party and a private group of individuals, rather than the community as a whole.”…”


Political Carnival
Political Carnival

There’s just one little problem with the targeting of ONLY those pure, wonderful, precious, adorable little tea partiers who are basically laundering illegal campaign cash into extremist tea party candidates for the Koch Machine.  How do you explain this one?

“…In 2012, The Chicago Tribune reported on the IRS denying tax exempt status to a liberal political group, The IRS announced in May and June that it took the actions against two groups defined as tax-exempt under the 501(c)(4) section of the tax code. The IRS on Thursday declined comment on its tax-exempt final rulings. Tax-exempt groups raising money for both major political parties ahead of the Nov. 6 election walk a fine line between promoting “social welfare” for tax-exempt purposes and purely political interests.

A 501(c)(4) group denied tax-exempt status by the IRS would run afoul of Federal Election Commission rules and could be required to disclose its donors. Emerge America, a group which helps Democratic women seeking elected office, said it lost it tax-exempt status last October. The IRS invoked the “private benefit doctrine” barring 501(c)(4) status for any group promoting a candidate or political party. The IRS announced its final decision in May.

In June the IRS said it denied 501(c)(4) tax-exemption for an unnamed political group also under the private benefit doctrine. The IRS is barred by law from disclosing the group’s name and the group has not publicly identified itself. The group had one objective: to serve the political goals of its founder, the IRS said. A 501(c)(4) group can spend some funds on political advocacy, but electioneering cannot be its sole reason for existence or comprise a majority of its spending…”

We all know this is about the tea parties illegally dumping money from Charles & David Koch into their tea party candidates.

Never mind that, in the spring of 2012 something like 31 Republicans demanded that Eric Holder investigate the AP leak.  They seem to forget that elephants allegedly never forget.  These conservative fake elephants who reek of rancid tea forced upon them by the Koch Machine can’t remember a damn thing, right?

“…“The numerous national-security leaks reportedly originating out of the executive branch in recent months have been stunning,” they (Republicans) wrote to Holder. “If true, they reveal details of some of our nation’s most highly classified and sensitive military and intelligence matters, thereby risking our national security, as well as the lives of American citizens and our allies. If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it,” they wrote….”

They were for investigating the leaks before they were against them.  You can’t have it both ways – can you?  Is it possible all of this is to hide the fact that Obama has presided over the most rapid deficit reduction since World War II?  Is it possible that big spender Obama isn’t such a big spender at all, and the little tea party owned whores in the House and Senate are the real big spenders?  This can’t possibly be fun:

“...Here’s a real bitter irony for the GOP. At the same time as their ideology took an ugly beating in the reality department, the man they are determined to destroy has a better record at deficit reduction than any of their recent Presidents. In fact, government spending under President Obama has grown at a slower rate than it did under any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to Bloomberg (that’s over 50 years ago, if you’re counting). Ironically, this fact is due in part to their own obstructionism and President Obama’s endless compromises with them….”

It’s all about repeating the lies about Barack Obama.  If they can’t destroy him one way, they’ll try something else.

Politicus USA
Politicus USA

The Pink Flamingo never thought I would be in a position where I would be defending the IRS.  Just how much of the GOP Benghazi witch hunt costing?  Yep, I’m defending the IRS.  It isn’t about far right ire, but about destroying the IRS.  It’s about destroying the IRS to protect the Koch Machine.

It’s nothing more and nothing less.

Oh, it’s also about seeing how stupid the GOP in the House and Senate can possibly be.

It’s also about watching the far left wax poetic in their ire against the evil Obama Administration going after the poor little AP reporter who betrayed a CIA agent.

Evidently false ire is an equal opportunity emotion, for both the far right and the far left.

Beam me up Scotty, there’s no intelligent life here on this planet!