IRS: Internal Revenge Service
Was the IRS used as a tool of revenge against Obamacare opponents?
It may sound unbelievable, but just a few weeks ago it would have sounded equally unbelievable that the IRS would admit to targeting American citizens for the "crime" of being “Patriots” – a Watergate-esque scandal that threw the White House into crisis, forced the head of the IRS to resign, and led a senior IRS official to plead the 5th Amendment while under oath on Capitol Hill.
Now that we know our government unfairly, and perhaps illegally, targeted American citizens, the next logical question is: why?
Here are the facts: the IRS targeted political opponents of the current administration, while repeatedly giving an easy ride to friends of the current administration – going so far as to retroactively approve a so-called charity which was run by the President’s brother, which just happened to be named after the President’s father.
This kind of thuggery and nepotism is usually only found in basket-case countries like North Korea, not in the United States. And yet, over the past few weeks, we have seen example after example of President Obama’s political friends and insiders getting fast-tracked by the IRS, while those of us who dare call ourselves “Patriots” were taken to the woodshed by the powerful tax agency.
So the question remains: was the IRS used to exact vengeance against American patriots who dared to oppose the current occupants of the White House and its signature legislation, Obamacare? And, if so, why?
To answer that question, let us go back to the early days of the IRS “Tea Party targeting” scandal, which just happens to coincide with the early days of the Tea Party Patriots’ opposition to Obamacare.
On January 19, 2010, modern-day Tea Partiers returned to the site of America’s first tea party – Boston – to deliver a shocking rebuke to the President of the United States and his self-named government power-grab, “Obamacare.” The Massachusetts Senate special election became a national referendum on Obamacare, and the American people overwhelmingly said “no.” When the ballots were counted, the Obama White House was shocked. Obamacare was so reviled by the American people that it caused President Obama to lose the safest Democratic seat in America (the late Ted Kennedy’s seat).
After the Boston Tea Party uprising of 2010, scores of Tea Party protests against Obamacare spread across America, culminating in 50,000 Tea Partiers descending on Capitol Hill to fight Obamacare on March, 20, 2010.
A few days later, according to an investigation of the IRS by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS began targeting the Tea Party by “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.'”
All of this would seem like black helicopter, tinfoil hat conspiracy talk – except the IRS and the White House have admitted to it all, and these shocking abuses of government power are now documented for all to see in the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report, dated May 14, 2013.
Is it vengeance? Or is it simply a government that has become too big and too powerful – with the natural consequence being that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely?
Historians and investigators will eventually uncover the answers. Until then, here is another piece of evidence to consider: The IRS is the government’s official Obamacare enforcer, with 2,137 IRS agents responsible for 47 separate Obamacare provisions, including Obamacare implementation and compliance.
As Senator John Cornyn pointed out, “The official who oversaw the targeting of Tea Party groups is now in charge of implementing Obamacare at the IRS... Now more than ever, we need to prevent the IRS from having any role in Americans’ health care.”
Here is another connection between the IRS that targeted political opponents of Obamacare and the IRS that will be implementing Obamacare: Congress is now investigating a possible IRS seizure of 60 million health records after the IRS “execut[ed] a search warrant at a California health care provider’s corporate headquarters in March 2011, improperly seized the personal medical records of millions of American citizens in possible violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
Now the IRS is being sued, with the lawsuit alleging that “15 IRS agents improperly stole medical records.”
If the IRS, which is the enforcer of Obamacare, wants to keep its abuses of power secret from the American people, then perhaps that explains why the IRS targeted those of us in the Tea Party Patriots who have the courage to speak up against Obamacare and against the power-hungry government agency responsible for enforcing Obamacare.
If they thought they could exact vengeance against the American people and get away with it, they were wrong. We will prove them wrong by raising our voices at the Tea Party Patriots’ “Audit the IRS Rally,” Wednesday, June 19 on Capitol Hill.