News From the Swamp: IRS Targeting Continues

Aug. 14, 2013

THE FOUNDATION

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” –James Madison

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

News From the Swamp: IRS Targeting Continues

During congressional testimony on IRS political targeting of Tea Party and Patriot groups, an unidentified IRS agent revealed that, three months after the “phony scandal” broke, the IRS is still targeting the Tea Party. “[R]ight now we really don’t have any direction or we haven’t had any for the last month and a half,” the agent said. “At this point I would send [a Tea Party application] to secondary screening, political advocacy.”

In other words, applications for special tax status coming from Tea Party groups are still subject to additional scrutiny because the IRS hasn’t yet established new guidelines. But six weeks ago, acting IRS chief Danny Werfel promised Congress to end the IRS’s “be on the lookout” policy for conservative groups, which had continued into June. Even Barack Obama pledged, “I’ll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again by holding the responsible parties accountable, by putting in place new checks and new safeguards, and, going forward, by making sure that the law is applied as it should be – in a fair and impartial way.” Nothing of the sort has happened.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), chair of the Oversight subcommittee, are demanding that Werfel provide an explanation and a report on corrective action by Friday.

Meanwhile, it turns out that Lois “Plead the Fifth” Lerner was using a private email account to conduct her official duties. Needless to say, the Obama administration’s espoused virtue of transparency is not a byproduct of such behavior. Lerner isn’t the only Obama bureaucrat to have used private email, either. Since her admission of the targeting, followed by her refusal to testify, she remains on paid vacation. And she’s demanding immunity in exchange for testimony.

Editor’s Note

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And a correction: In Monday’s Digest, we inadvertently referred to Rep. James Clyburn as a Republican. He is a Democrat. Our sincerest apologies to the Republican Party and to the voters of South Carolina.

NATIONAL SECURITY

Obama: ‘Gosh, the NSA Needs Reform’

Barack Obama announced Friday that he really has been meaning all along to get around to reforming the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs, and that Edward Snowden’s revelations of the extent of those programs only highlighted the need. Except everyone knows that Obama had no intention of revisiting those programs until Snowden’s bombshell.

To demonstrate his seriousness, the president tapped Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to head an investigation into the NSA and its activities. Unfortunately, that would be the same James Clapper who earlier this year lied to Congress regarding the existence of the very programs he will now investigate. Trusting this administration was the issue from the beginning, and it will remain so.

And then there’s this gem from Obama’s Friday press conference: “[I]f you are the ordinary person and you start seeing a bunch of headlines saying, ‘U.S.-Big Brother looking down on you, collecting telephone records, et cetera,’ well, understandably, people would be concerned. I would be, too, if I wasn’t inside the government.” Lucky for him, he’s the president! As for the rest of you ordinary suckers…

Finally, after Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to Edward Snowden, Obama responded by canceling a planned meeting with Putin in Moscow next month. So much for that “reset” button. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg. When the commander in chief appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” however, he didn’t voice any anger over Snowden; he saved his displeasure for Russia’s new law against “LGBT” activists. U.S. standing in the world will continue to suffer while he remains in office.

ECONOMY

Around the Nation: Detroit’s Mismanagement

With Detroit languishing in bankruptcy, one would think city officials would be scrambling for every penny. Instead, a $1 million check from a local school district sat forgotten in a desk drawer for a month. If it seems odd that a million-dollar check would be sent in the first place rather than the funds transferred electronically, it is. Except in Detroit. The city that’s been ruled by Democrats for 50 years hasn’t invested in improving its computer system for efficiency since the 1990s and has no wire transfer capabilities. But it doesn’t end there. Detroit has no central computer system, period, and it still does everything from payroll to income tax receipts by hand. With inefficiencies like this, the only surprise is that bankruptcy didn’t come sooner.

Good thing Detroiters can still vote out incompetent leaders. If voters can get to the polls on the right day, that is. A billboard paid for by the city recently urged citizens to vote on Sept. 2. The election is Nov. 5. The mistake was set to be fixed yesterday – unless, of course, doing so involves any sort of computer, in which case all bets are off.

CULTURE

Department of Military Correctness: ‘Diversity Day’

Despite significant budget cuts resulting from the Obama sequester – let’s not forget it was the commander in chief’s idea – the military is now using what little available money it has to fund “Diversity Day” celebrations. Apparently they couldn’t think of a better way to spend your precious tax dollars – other than funding the first family’s junket to Martha’s Vineyard.

Last week the Los Angeles Air Force Base featured a performance by a drag queen group. The revelation comes even as Christian service members are increasingly persecuted for their faith. As one anonymous airman put it, “We can’t even have Bibles on our desks. … The [drag] display was totally inappropriate and offensive.”

A military spokesman, however, said, “Drag acts to this day represent the struggle for freedom and equality of the LGBT community, while at the same time providing a deep-rooted historical form of entertainment for the LGBT culture.” If you needed further proof of cultural degradation in the ranks, look no further: The Obama administration’s social experimentation with the military was not limited to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; nor will this administration let our dwindling military prowess get in the way of “tolerance.”

BRIEF OPINION

Essential Liberty

Reason’s Peter Suderman: “At a conference of state legislators and health officials this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius chided Republicans for their continued opposition to Obamacare. ‘This is no longer a political debate; this is what we call the law,’ she said… ‘It was passed and signed three years ago. It was upheld by the Supreme Court a year ago. The president was re-elected. This is the law of the land.’ That’s rich, given the administration’s recent track record. Sebelius and her colleagues in the White House may not like that Republicans are not eagerly lining up to assist the White House implement a law that they have always opposed. But their major forms of opposition – declining to expand state-based Medicaid programs, refusing to build state-run health care exchanges, saying mean things about the law – are all perfectly legal. … It is the Obama administration which has chosen to ignore the law of the land by selectively enforcing provisions, encouraging government agencies and ignoring clear legislative language that conflicts with the administration’s goals.”

For the Record

Economist Garrett Baldwin: “While speaking outside Phoenix, AZ’s Desert Vista High School [last week], the president rejected accusations of favoring ‘socialism’ in the housing markets. ‘I know that sounds confusing to folks who call me a "Socialist,”’ he said. ‘I think I saw some posters there on the way in.’ ‘But,’ he continued, ‘I actually believe in the free market.’ … The reality is that the president hasn’t embraced free-market capitalism. Instead, he’s embraced crony capitalism in the alternative energy markets, socialism for the bank bailouts, neo-feudalism with higher taxes and Fed policies, fascism with the healthcare markets, and statism with the ongoing programs that have spied on American citizens. The only hope for this country is real, accountable capitalism. Sadly, we don’t have any champions of this philosophy in the administration.“

Re: The Left

Columnist Arnold Ahlert: "In a 20-page opinion released Monday, U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. tossed out race discrimination claims made by former Savannah restaurant manager Lisa Jackson against celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers. … One suspects progressives would like nothing better than to use the power of the federal government to create a ‘standard of harmony’ for the entire nation. But for now, they will have to content themselves with the reality that Deen’s career may never be fully resurrected, irrespective of the numerous, high-profile apologies she has made. Such a fate may be insufficient for the racial grievance industry, still reeling from the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder case. Their reflexive charge of racism, based on Deen’s use of a single word that virtually every one of the ‘civil rights’ leaders have undoubtedly uttered themselves, reeks of hypocrisy.”

For more, visit The Right Opinion.

CHRONICLE QUOTES

Editorial Exegesis

National Review: “U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that New York City’s so-called stop-and-frisk approach to crimefighting is unconstitutional, a form of ‘indirect racial profiling.’ … Blacks and Hispanics make up 87 percent of stop-and-frisk targets, which is in fact lower than the share of crime suspects who are black and Hispanic, and significantly lower than the share of violent-crime suspects who are black and Hispanic. … Two points must be kept in mind: One, the police are looking for suspects in reported crimes and working from victim descriptions. Two, there is something that comes between the stop and the frisk – namely, questioning. If a police officer sees behavior that he believes is suspicious, he may initiate a conversation with the target, especially if that target fits the description of a suspect in a criminal investigation. If, after questioning, the officer believes that he has probable cause to frisk, he may do so. That is a long way from randomly hassling every non-white person within eyesight of a police officer. … It is possible that the standards for conducting stops are too loose, but there is no standard that takes into account reality that will not see blacks and Hispanics stopped at rates disproportionate to their share of the population. Judge Scheindlin can declare reality unconstitutional, but that does not change the facts of the case.”

Upright

Columnist Michelle Malkin: “Why is gun control the only policy we’re allowed to discuss when horrific murders occur? In the liberal mindset, ‘root causes’ of crime begin and end with the Second Amendment. But who pays the price when our public guardians fail to secure our borders, refuse to deport serial criminal offenders, and enable drug-crazed menaces to prey upon innocent citizens?”

Insight

President Herbert Hoover: “If our youth is rightly instructed in the faith of our fathers; in the traditions of our country; in the dignity of each individual man, then our power will be stronger than any weapon of destruction that man can devise. … The great documents of [our] heritage … are from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Within them alone can the safeguards of freedom survive.”

Demo-gogues

Barack Obama: “I do think what’s shifted is a notion that the wealthier you are, the more conspicuous consumption you engage in. The more successful you are, the more society should stay out of your way as you pursue the bigger house or the fancier jet or the bigger yacht.”

This from the “community organizer” who won the propaganda lotto and now engages in the most conspicuous consumption of all, living in the most expensive public housing, and using the fanciest transportation on earth. Obama is the Consummate Liberal Hypocrite.

From the ‘Non Compos Mentis’ File

Sen. Mark Pryor: “[ObamaCare’s] been an amazing success story so far.”

This Week’s ‘Alpha Jackass’ Award

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “[Republicans are] doing everything they can to make [Obama] fail. And I hope that it’s – and I say this seriously – I hope that it’s based on substance [and] not the fact that he’s an African-American.”

Village Idiots

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: “I hope there are no climate-change deniers in the Department of Interior.”

Short Cuts

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “Hey, Obama just arbitrarily delayed another part of Obamacare. At this rate, there will be no active parts of Obamacare left for Republicans to defund. I remember that old School House Rock song about how a bill becomes a law, but they totally left out the part where the president can just change implementation of the law in ‘consultation with businesses.’ They’ll have to add a whole other verse for that part.”

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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131 Comments

Wizrd Oz in Elgin,SC said:

How is it these officials at the top rungs of the federal gov. continue to do these crimes and then ask for immunity. It's like they could care less about being caught and they are being too smug about it. They seem to think they are above reproach. Anytime a President can talk about a sealed indictment something is very amiss in this country. If President Nixon declared his scandals were phony, What actions would have been waiting on him? Watergate was child's play compared to even just one of the many criminal acts created by this administration.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Brian in Newport News replied:

It is all part of the "too-big-to-fail" mentality; ie "I am too important to pay for my crimes."

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

I'm hoping the request for immunity is the tipping point. She knows the whole thing. Why not flip her? I'd do it today.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

It doesn't stop there. GOOGLE stated in court they have the right to read your Email, the IRS also targets liberal. I;ts a power to itself and always has been.
Google wants to be the power by reading your private communicades and says they have the right.
The question isn't the IRS for they've been doing this for decades. It's Google and the rest of them who will turn you into the gv. When does it end? We are looking at a small slice of the picture and no one wants to see what it all means or whats coming down the road.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/13/gmail-privacy_n_3751971.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

We are all equal, but some are more equal than others! Especially in government service. My boss in the government job I had made much more in salary and received government housing which was very low rent, nearly free, and then had all his yard and house repair work done free by his government employees. In the 32 years I was employed, I paid for a house, mowed my own lawn and paid for everything that was needed and repaired. As one of my colleagues lamented, "Not only does he make more than me, he gets to keep more of it."

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Carl X in North Carolina said:

Major metropolitan areas need at large elections encompassing a sufficient area around the urban areas so that reasonable governance can be achieved. The urban parts serve a much larger area that becomes dependent on their management. These areas need to participate in governance.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

RADDAD in Atlanta said:

I have colleagues in NASA for many years. One individual stated that the NASA is being transformed away from their initial objective and goals of space exploration, into a educational arm of the government.
Keep in mind that not every country has a space exploration program; This is just another paring down for the sake of "fair" or equalization.
Thousands of products have been the result of the space programs; so much for that innovation and job creation. NO Thanks mr president.,

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

PaulRod in Kansas City MO replied:

I'm told by one of the insiders that NASA now stands for "Never Accessing Space Again". I do believe he's right.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

John Cunningham in Lafayette said:

Who is going to stop them? Think about it. Obama has Holder and the FBI supposedly investigating. When are they going to start? Who is going to make them start? Just like everything else in this Regime, no one has the power to stop it let alone investigate. The House of Representatives are toothless. The Senate would stop any Impeachment proceedings. So why should we expect the midterm elections to be fair? Obama can basically do what he wants. If they steal next years election, who is going to investigate, Eric Holder? If Barack Obama keeps the Senate then he is safe. Next step would be to make sure Hillary Clinton is elected. Then she can protect Obama's legacy and even Pardon him for any investigations that may come up in the future. Remember Nixon being pardoned? I guess Republicans owe them one.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Robert in Santa Fe said:

He cancelled with Putin,Putin upped the launch fee
for NASA to 74 million dollars from 43 million.Now our
illustrious leader is worried about pink tutus?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Bob Loeb in Plano, TX said:

Lois Learner should be prosecuted for lying before Congress and for abuse of power and fired for miss-use of authority. She should not be paid (rewarded) for her obstruction of justice.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Robert A. Holloway in Cleveland, Ohio said:

Barack Obama sees himself as a ruling monarch rather than a U.S. President, a servant of the people. Hail the King, Barack Hussein Obama!!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

rab in jo,mo replied:

Viva le Roi! Le Roi es mort!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

Mr. Obama may think himself as anything he wants, including monarch, maybe even a dictator or a messiah. If so, he is delusional, a failed leader who has no principles or integrity and a mockery to the esteemed office of President. In short, he is a menace to the people.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

John Britt in Chula, GA said:

Lois Lerner's private email use is just like the former EPA head doing the same thing. Truth be known this was encouraged by BHO and/or his "czars". Transparency my foot. I believe that the NSA is probably used for political purposes by this administration also. The "deviant" media in this country is so enamored they certainly won't investigate any of this.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Tom C in Odessa said:

I think she should be treated as the criminal she is and prosecuted accordingly!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

JR-C in CA said:

If any body thinks this will stop or Obama will have a transparent government I have a bridge and a gold brick for sale. These people that have been put in place by Obama were put there for a reason and that is to do every thing in their power to hinder Conservative groups. If one digs deep enough you will find more corruption in the Obama administration.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Brian in Newport News replied:

One would only need a teaspoon to accomplish such a dig.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

The court ruling in regards to New York City Stop and Frisk only applied to racial profiling. Isn't the entire Stop and Frisk a violation of Article 4 of the Bill of Rights? Isn't it about time we had some judges that understand simple English.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Mr. Lloyd in Peoples republic of california replied:

Hey Howard, check US Supreme Court case Terry v. Ohio 392 US 1 from 1968. How about some judges who can read?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

HardThought in Kansas replied:

Durn right! And I am talking 2nd Amendment. Plain English.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Tyrone in Dayton, OH said:

The Obama regime no longer even pretends to be abiding by the Constitution and political precedent. It's now "in your face" and "what are you going to do about it?" mode. It is truly disheartening to watch a pathetic, sold out liberal media not even raise a howl. Just as discouraging is watching the GOP and other supposed guardians of the founding values simply politely protesting and wringing their hands in front of the camera. Are there no longer any patriots in positions of authority and power?
What are the Obama czars doing (to us) each day that we don't see or feel (yet)? I truly fear for out nation as Obama purposely and steadily pushes us to the tipping point of no return......

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Bill in MS said:

I'm still scratching my head wondering why the AG hasn't been charged for his part in Fast and Furious. I don't understand why and how the POTUS can go around the Constitution and no one in Congress will call him to task. All of the Congresspeople that are trying to restrict my rights to freedom of speech and my rights to be armed are breaking their oath to uphold the Constitution and they aren't being charged with treason.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

rab in jo,mo replied:

The Founding Fathers would be disappointed that we citizens have not taken up arms against such tyranny.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM

robert in mississippi replied:

when do we have our Bastille Day??

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Jim Knowles in Knoxville said:

No surprise here - Liars will lie! This President has taken prevarication to a new low - and when you "out-lie" Slick Willie, you're really doing something!
And isn't it interesting - most of the lies, distortions, deceptions, cover-ups, etc., etc., ad nauseam - all seem to come from the same "side of the aisle"! Fascinating! "Transparent Administration", indeed!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Jack in Tijeras, NM said:

"While he (Obama) remains in office"...he has no intention of ever leaving office! We haven't seen anything yet. Wait until after the 2014 elections when the re-pubicans lose the House! We will rapidly become a monarchy with King Barack at the helm.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM