Go-along Establishment Republicans in Washington have sold us out...again
New budget bill legalizes IRS abuse of power
January 21, 2014
Establishment Republicans have failed once again in protecting the American People from abuses by the Obama Administration. In agreeing to the omnibus budget bill they so proudly have touted as preventing another government shutdown they have sold the people down the river.
We all know the IRS has abused its power to collect taxes. It has used that power to suppress political speech, especially by the TEA Party and other conservative groups. Now what I august salons have done is legalize what was illegal. Not only did the FBI whitewash the law-breaking, now it will be virtually impossible to prevent such abuses in the future. And if you trust that it will not happen, we have a bridge in Brooklyn you just love the deal we will give you on it.
Scott Johnson, writing in the Wall Street Journal has the story. He writes:
Kimberly Strassel's weekly Wall Street Journal column "IRS targeting and 2014″ is something of a bombshell. As Mark Tapscott explains, Strassel reports that keeping the IRS "muzzle in place" for 2014 was Obama's top priority during negotiations with House Republicans on the just-passed omnibus spending bill. The vehicle for keeping the muzzle in place is the recently proposed IRS rule that proscribes all kinds of educational activities that 501(c)(4) non-profits have routinely conducted.
In other words, the Obama administration seeks to achieve legally by regulation in 2014 what it achieved illegally by agents acting under orders in the 2012 election cycle. What were once vices are now to become the law.
They are certainly a Democratic priority. With the proposed IRS regulation on the table in the recent omnibus budget negotiations, Democrats sacrificed other items on their wish list to preserve the IRS regulation:
It's IRS targeting all over again, only this time by administration design and with the raw political goal—as House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) notes—of putting "tea party groups out of business."
Congressional sources tell me that House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) had two priorities in the omnibus negotiations. One was getting in protection for groups that morally oppose ObamaCare's contraception-coverage requirement. The other was language that would put a hold on the IRS rule.
The White House and Senate Democrats had their own wish list, including an increase in funding for the International Monetary Fund, the president's prekindergarten program and more ObamaCare dollars.
Yet my sources say that throughout the negotiations Democrats went all in on keeping the IRS rule, even though it meant losing their own priorities. In the final hours before the omnibus was introduced Monday night, the administration made a last push for IMF money. Asked to negotiate that demand in the context of new IRS language, it refused.
Strassel implicitly concedes that IRS targeting in the 2012 election cycle was not "by administration design." It seems to me that her column equally supports the inference that the IRS targeting was by administration design the first time around. This time around they mean to regularize it.
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