WASHINGTON, DC – You know the saying that just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone’s not out to get you.
Just ask the folks on Richard Nixon’s Internal Revenue Service enemies list.
Now, it appears the IRS is back to its old tricks, targeting groups for political reasons, specifically tea party and other conservative organizations that sprang up during President Obama’s first term.
Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican said, “I don’t care if you’re a conservative, a liberal, a Democrat or Republican, this should send a chill up your spine.”
California Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein told a weekend talk show that she is ‘concerned’ and that congress will have to ‘take a good look at it.’ Sounds more like something a parent might say about a weird looking booger rather than federal abuse of power.
When rumors of this bubbled up in March 2012, the IRS told members of Congress not to believe their lyin’ eyes.
Now the IRS admits ‘senior’ leadership was not aware, and that officials were just trying to deal with the large influx of new tax-exempt requests.
President Obama called accusations outrageous, if true, “If you’ve got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and non-partisan way then that is outrageous.”
It appears at least one pro-Israel group may have received the special treatment.
Z STREET is suing the IRS, claiming the agency demanded the organization describe its religious beliefs toward the state of Israel.
We should know more in a few days, ironically, when an inspector general ‘audit’ of the IRS becomes public.