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Opinion

All for us, none for you

By From page A4 | March 10, 2014

The Friday Mountain Democrat carried a story about the IRS and the U.S. attorney in Sacramento indicting an El Dorado Hills man for alleged tax evasion.

“The prosecution of individuals who intentionally conceal income and evade taxes is a vital element in maintaining public confidence in our tax system. We should not expect the honest taxpayer to foot the bill for those who hide income from the IRS,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez.

We couldn’t agree more. That’s what people expect out of the IRS — fair and lawful collection of taxes and go after the tax scammers, crooks and deadbeats. Naturally we all fear an audit, but we all expect that audits are not done for political purposes. That is not something we believe with any assurance now, though.

The politicization of the IRS has become endemic during the Obama presidency. Between Obama and Senate Democrats it has become a perverted version of the Three Musketeers motto. It’s “all for us and none for you.”

President Obama last May said the IRS targeting conservative groups, as shown in an Inspector General’s Report, was outrageous actions,” and he promised to hold employees accountable. He said he was fully committed to fixing problems at the IRS.

That was then. Since that time he barnstormed the country, calling the IRS scandal and the death of Ambassador Stephens and three other in a terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “phony scandals.” He even blamed Fox News for the scandals. Then during a Feb. 4 Superbowl interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, President Obama claimed there was “not even a smidgen of corruption in the IRS.”

It is clear that is part of the “all for us and none for you” crowd, and he may very well be the leader of this bunch.

In March 2010 President Obama criticized conservative groups who have 501(c)(4) nonprofit status for engaging in politics. Then in a radio address Aug. 21 he called them “shadowy groups with harmless sounding names.”

“Shadowy groups?” After President Obama attacked them again in September 2010, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus asked the IRS to investigate these groups and in particular Americans for Job Security. This advocacy groups lists its goal as to “put forth a pro-growth, pro-jobs message to the American people.” One can only conclude that Baucus, a Montana Democrat, is opposed to growth and jobs.

Two years later in February 2012 seven Democratic senators wrote the IRS to demand an investigation of conservative 501(c)(4) groups. A month later the same wrecking crew writes the same letter again to the IRS. Then in July and August Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich writes to the IRS demanding nine groups be investigated, complained “bitterly” about them and called the failure to investigate them “unacceptable.”

The Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters on committee stationary to have the IRS investigate True the Vote and King Street Patriots, according to the groups’ founder Catherine Engelbrecht at a hearing last month.

And finally, there is Michigan Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who had his lawyer write Michigan TV stations to threaten their FCC licenses if they didn’t remove an ad he didn’t like. The ads featured Julie Boonstra, who was diagnosed five years ago with leukemia and said Obamacare canceled her insurance and she couldn’t afford her cancer treatments anymore.

“They’re not scaring me. Cancer scares me,” she told Fox News. “I battle cancer every day. They’re not going to intimidate me.”

Rep. Peters is acting more like Russian President Putin than the people’s representative. It’s “all for us and none for you.”

Mountain Democrat

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