“I first learned about this from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this…blah,blah, blah. Really? I don’t believe you. But, let’s say he’s telling the truth.
What did he learn on Friday? On Friday, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division responsible for reviewing applications for tax exempt status, admitted and apologized at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association for the IRS subjecting organizations with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their name to heightened scrutiny.
What does Obama say in his next sentence? “This is pretty straightforward. If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, blah, blah, blah.” If he learned anything on Friday like he claimed, then he would know IT ALREADY IS FACT! They did engage in illegal practices and they did admit to intentionally targeting specific groups. If he paid attention, he would have also learned that they even apologized for their actions.. “You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased.” It already admitted that it was! What bothers me in their behavior is targeting the word “patriot.” That’s a red flag? Who ordered that?
He continues, “If you got the IRS operating in anything less than neutral and non-partisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions.” (I wish, he would have said contrary to our laws). Again, if he heard about this on Friday like he claims, then he knows that is exactly how they have been operating. Remember when Obama hired all those IRS agents? Was it to push his agenda? Highly possible.
He speaks of the IG conducting an investigation. What do we know so far? A timeline of Internal Revenue Service activities that was developed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and provided to congressional staff indicates that early last year–as the nation was headed toward a presidential election–the IRS issued a “be on the lookout order” (BOLO) for officials in its “Determinations Unit” to ferret out for heightened scrutiny organizations applying for tax exempt status that were involved in educating Americans “on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.” The inspector general’s timeline indicates that as early as March 2010 the IRS’s “Determinations Unit” had begun targeting for special scrutiny organizations that used in their tax-exempt applications the words “Tea Party” or “Patriots.” The IG’s timeline says that in March-April 2010: “The Determinations Unit began searching for other requests for tax exemption involving the Tea Party, Patriots, 9/12 and I.R.C. § 501(c)(4) applications involving political sounding names, e.g., ‘We the People’ or ‘Take Back the Country.’” In July 2010, according to the IG’s timeline: “Determinations Unit management requested its specialists to be on the lookout for Tea Party applications.” But by the beginning of the 2012 election year, the IRS had adjusted its “be on the lookout order” to more generally target groups that were involved in teaching people about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. On Jan. 25, 2012, according to the inspector general’s timeline: “The criteria was revised as ‘political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement.’”
“So, we’ll wait and see what exactly all the details and facts are” (seems like years worth of abuse) “but I’ve got no patience for it” (can we see immediate action?) and “I will not tolerate it” (we”ll see.)