Republicans in Congress were given a gift as big as Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress when the Inspector General disclosed his investigation into the way the IRS conducted its review of applications for 501 (c) 4 tax exemptions for “social welfare” organizations.
If history tells us anything about Washington DC, Congress will do nothing else for two years but investigate. Congress and the news media will be consumed with this so-called scandal, and others, until after the 2014 Congressional election– just as they were over that blue dress.
If you don’t’ believe it, look the last time a Democratic president began his second term. All the “scandals” Republicans investigated in Clinton’s first term–Whitewater, Travel-gate and the conspiracy theory that the Clintons killed a White House staffer and made it look like suicide, fell flat with voters. Clinton was re-elected.
Republicans did a post mortem and decided to put their investigations on steroids. They hired an “Independent Prosecutor” to drum up reasons to impeach the president, and they actually impeached him. Congress and the media were obsessed with this for two years. A funny thing happened; voters in 1998 expressed their disgust with the Republican obsession and elected more Democrats to Congress, reversing historical trends.
We are in the first year of another Democratic president’s first term. Republicans did their post mortem, and like their predecessors, have put their investigations on steroids. They are already throwing out the word “impeachment” before the “witch hunts” disguised as Congressional hearings, learn any facts. They have convicted the president before the trial. It is like an Iranian trial.
We don’t need an inquisition to conclude that the real scandal in this situation is that political organizations are tax exempt to begin with. Why should taxpayers subsidize political parties? Why should taxpayers subsidize political campaigns? This is a scam and that is the scandal.
Congress ought to be looking out how we stop this outrage
True, under the current law or interpretation of the law either one, one group should not be treated differently than other groups. That is wrong, and the president is right to be outraged. That is a symptom not the disease.
It is almost laughable that there is a scandal over the IRS giving scrutiny to a group that has the word “Party” in its name. Parties are not social welfare organizations by definition. There are perhaps 80 to 100 individuals sitting in Congress that either called themselves Tea Party Candidates, or they were put in office in large part by the Tea Party.
There is a Tea Party Caucus in Congress. Those Tea Party candidates held a news rally yesterday to blast the president of the United States. Many of those Tea Party politicians have been raising funds for their campaigns over this issue, as has the Republican Party.
Even though left-leaning groups ere not scrutinized by their name, they were scrutinized just the same; and one was denied approval. Liberal social welfare organizations that engage in political activity should not be subsidized by tax payers either.
It is an outrage that tax exempt status is given to any organization that expresses its first amendment rights to run political ads, or even mention the name of a candidate for office, or the name of an office holder it wants to target. These groups ran millions of dollars worth of political ads for Republican and Democratic candidates in the last election. They are running political ads today. Taxpayers are subsidizing that.
Political activity, political opinions, and political activism are a sacred rights guaranteed in our Constitution. There is no right that those organizations deserve a tax break for exercising their rights. If there is, then why not let tax exempt churches conduct their political activities in the open? Why let Churches conduct tax exempt political activity? In fact, why not get rid of the Hatch Act and let federal employees conduct partisan political activism on the job?
The law is the outrage and the Congressional witch hunts are the scandal.
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