Gotcha: IRS admits to targeting “Patriots” … turns attention to ObamaCare enforcement.

Just in case you missed the news last Friday, the IRS publicly admitted that it targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election … and then shielded itself behind a George Castanza defense.

Here is the WSJ summary of the IRS disclosure:

Yesterday,an Internal Revenue Service official disclosed for the first time, and by way of apologizing, that the agency that wields the taxing power of the federal government had targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny during the 2012 election season.

A spokeswoman acknowledged that the agency had flagged groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” to have their tax returns inspected.

In addition, the agency was targeting groups raising  “issues regarding government spending, government debt or taxes”,  or …  how to  ‘make America a better place to live’WSJ update

She added the tax inspections were carried out entirely by low-level workers in Cincinnati without any direction from Washington.

Here’s my take on the IRS revelations:

First, a couple of weeks ago Obama bristled at the thought that some (many ?) folks don’t trust the government. 

What does the jabrone expect if his administration turns its bulldogs on its political opponents?

Can you imagine the outcry if George Bush had told the IRS to key word search “Muslim”, “Islamic”,”Progressive” or “choice” and then said to go get ‘em.

All hell would have broken loose.

Second, about the “don’t blame me, it was somebody in my organization” defense …

That’s a fundamental difference between government and private business.

When I worked in the real world, I was accountable for all the acts of all the people in my organization.

If Louie made a mistake, it was my mistake … no dodges.

Only in government can these things be dismissed as “I was unaware — some low level employee did it”.  

You’ve got to be kidding me.

BTW: Were these low level employees fired?

I’m betting the under on that one.

Put those two offenses together — targeting opposition and “not my fault” –- and ask yourself …

Is it any surprise that gun owners are cool to the idea of the government logging inquiries re: the background of people buying guns?

Is it any surprise that some people don’t think a Federal database of our health records is that swell of an idea?

Is it a wild stretch of imagination to think the government might use the information to target groups or individuals?

Isn’t it reassuring to know that the IRS will be enforcing ObamaCare?

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2 Responses to “Gotcha: IRS admits to targeting “Patriots” … turns attention to ObamaCare enforcement.”

  1. david k waltz Says:

    Ken,

    With respect to the ‘don’t blame me’ defense, that seems to play out on the business side as well, gov’t doesn’t have a monopoly on that. Jamie Dimon survived his London Whale using it. Prior to Sarbanes Oxley CFO’s effectively used it as well. Seems more of a human tactic rather than the purview of any special organizational type.

  2. MVM Says:

    I liked this reaction … http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-13-2013/barack-trek–into-darkness?xrs=playershare_fb

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