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IRS Lerner Sought Audit of Republican Senator

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IRS bullyThe hits just keep on coming. If Lois Lerner’s criminal prospects weren’t looking terrible already, newly discovered emails (no, not all the ones the IRS lost) have shown that she actively sought to have a sitting Republican senator audited – just because.

According to Yahoo news, Lerner accidentally received an email meant for  Sen. Charles Grassley:

The emails show former IRS official Lois Lerner mistakenly received an invitation to an event that was meant to go to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

The event organizer apparently offered to pay for Grassley’s wife to attend the event. In an email to another IRS official, Lerner suggests referring the matter for an audit, saying it might be inappropriate for the group to pay for his wife.

Whether or not it was inappropriate for the group to make the offer, Lerner apparently misunderstood IRS rules (or thought her communication would also get conveniently lost later on). Nothing had been done wrong by Sen. Grassley unless he accepted the gift – something even IRS subordinates knew. Another IRS official, Matthew Giuliano, pushed back on Lerner, telling her that an audit was unwarranted because not even Sen. Grassley had accepted an invitation – much less his wife.

Senator Grassley’s office stated that neither the Senator, nor his wife attended the event nor did they receive an invitation.

In an official statement, the IRS says that this kind of request could not result in an audit as “audits cannot be initiated solely by personal requests or suggestions by any one individual inside the IRS.” With the recent incredulous statements by lead IRS officials, adherence to policy and real integrity are not above question, but the quotation of policy is duly noted.

Americans are increasingly finding the IRS oppressive, rogue and acting as the strong arm of the Obama administration. Many don’t trust the organization to enforce revenue policy without bias.

It is up to the IRS to prove that they are simply applying written tax law without prejudice. If they cannot, Congress may have to act to reform the organization.

Let’s all sue the Internal Revenue Service!

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Unless you have been living under a rock or in a cave somewhere you have heard all about the I.R.S. scandals. The Internal Revenue Service, or should it be renamed the Internal Rectal Service has been intentionally performing financial colonoscopies on Conservatives from all walks of life for the past few years.

The so called “neutral” and “nonpartisan” I.R.S. has been poking, prodding, and picking on Conservatives and Conservative leaning groups and organizations by stonewalling, delaying, and outright denying their applications for funding and tax exempt statuses.

They have targeted Tea Party Groups as well as Conservative think tanks and even some Conservative Candidates running for elected office. They have targeted Conservative Jewish organizations opposed to the Obama Administration’s hostile positions in regard to Israel, and even targeted private citizens whose businesses or private tax returns mentioned the words, “Patriots” “Tea Party” or “Constitution”.

In stark contrast, leftist groups and liberal organizations had their applications moved right to the front of the line. Some Conservative groups had to wait as much as three years to get their applications approved; yet some liberal groups only had to wait as little as three weeks.

Like he has done in the past whenever there is a hot scandal, the President has taken the position of “ignorance is bliss” when it comes to the I.R.S. scandal. He claims he knew nothing about it. He claims he is outraged about it. He claims he just heard about it on television like all you other folks. The liar in chief not only knew about the scandal but he probably watched over it like he watched four Americans die a brutal death in Benghazi.

Here are two recent developments that show that the President had at least partial knowledge of the I.R.S. scandal:

According to the Daily Caller, The Director of the I.R.S. Exempt Organizations Division Lois Lerner who has subsequently been put on administrative leave signed paperwork granting Malik Obama’s shady charity tax exempt status in less than thirty days. This should not come as a shock because Mrs. Lerner’s husband Michael Miles works as a tax attorney for Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan. The firm actually hosted voter registration drives for the Obama Reelection Campaign; however somehow our Campaigner in Chief knew nothing about the scandal?

Here is more proof Barack Obama knew about the I.R.S. targeting Conservatives:

According to the Whitehouse.gov visiter logs, former I.R.S. Commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House a staggering 157 times, including 118 visits during the period in which the I.R.S. was targeting Conservatives. Mr. Shulman visited the White House more times than any other cabinet member, including corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder (62), tax cheat and current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (48), and head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano (34).

In contrast, Mr. Shulman’s predecessor Mark Everson only visited the George W. Bush White House one time in four years. So how is it even possible that Barack Obama did not know anything about the targeting scandal? Answer: there is no way he didn’t know. In fact, I predict it will come out sooner rather than later that not only did he know about it but what is more important is he may have likely directed it.

So what are we Conservatives to do? Are we supposed to just sit back and take it? Should we crawl up into the fetal position and ask for seconds? Should we be intimidated by the I.R.S.?

Hardly.

It has been reported that as many as 25 separate Tea Party affiliated groups have filed a lawsuit against the I.R.S. That is a great start, but it is not enough. It is estimated that hundreds if not thousands of individuals have been targeted. Famous Conservatives like Franklin Graham and even some Conservative Journalists have been audited.

My suggestion is that we file a class action lawsuit against the I.R.S. I am not an attorney but I would think that the monetary damages incurred by Conservatives would warrant such a case. Think about the loss of funding, the expense of the applications, the time and manpower dedication. Then think about how much money Conservatives had to pay to tax accountants, financial advisors, and estate planners? If we filed a large enough lawsuit the I.R.S. might realize it is cheaper to settle than to go to court?

My job as a political strategist and radio talk show host is to think outside the box and come up with answers if not solutions. Again I am not an attorney so I do not claim to know the logistics of how the litigation process may work. What I do know is it is my duty to put it out there so maybe the right person can smooth out the rough edges and put my plan into action. A good idea can only become a great idea when it is acted upon.

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Easy fix to IRS corruption

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Sir John Dalberg-Acton famously observed, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” No federal agency enjoys more power than the “absolute power” wielded by the Internal Revenue Service. It’s little wonder, then, that under this power-drunk Obama regime, the IRS has become “corrupted absolutely.” It’s become the hammer to this president’s favorite nail: political dissent.

The bureaucratic cat’s out of the bag, and the evidence is undeniable. The Obama IRS has been illegally targeting conservative, Christian and Jewish groups and individuals for political retaliation, intimidation and, ultimately, destruction. These revelations have spurred calls for criminal prosecution and even impeachment. Still, little has been said about how to prevent such Stalinist abuses of power in the future.

We’ve been over-thinking the problem. Sometimes complicated questions come with easy answers. I wish I could take credit for it, but while I was participating in a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, hit on the simple solution. “The Constitution is a great place to go in order to rein in the rampant and repeated abuses at the IRS,” he suggested. Namely, the Fourth Amendment, which guarantees the following:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

No individual – and especially no federal agency – is above the law. Regrettably, and largely through both citizen and government acquiescence, the IRS has been brandishing arbitrary and extra-constitutional authority, unchecked, for well over a century.

Imagine if the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, or the ATF suddenly began “searching” and “seizing” the “persons, houses, papers, and effects,” of millions of U.S. citizens every year without a warrant – without probable cause or even reasonable suspicion that any criminal or civil violation had occurred. People would be outraged, and for good reason. Such actions would rightly and universally be decried as unconstitutional. The lawsuits would fly, heads would roll and the courts would immediately shut down such “unreasonable searches and seizures.” This is exactly the kind of government tyranny our founders endeavored to thwart.

So why has the IRS been allowed to do just that – to violate, systemically and systematically, the Fourth Amendment? How is it that this one federal agency, with neither probable cause nor a warrant, is permitted to invade your privacy and confiscate your “houses, papers and effects” on a whim? How is it that if you fail to comply with their warrantless searches and seizures, they have the authority to ruin you financially and even throw you in prison?

No warrant? No problem. When the IRS arbitrarily and capriciously says “jump,” America opens its doors wide and says, “how high?” Is this the IRS or the ISS? Either way, it’s time that “we the people” put an end to this unconstitutional abuse of power.

At least some good has come from Mr. Obama’s IRS-gate scandal. It’s exposed the unprecedented depths to which corruption has burrowed its way from the top down. It’s also underscored the autocratic nature of the contemporary IRS beast. It’s unified many Republicans, Democrats and independents around this fundamental reality: America must de-politicize the IRS.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle love to pay lip service to a need for “tax reform.” Well, honorable sirs and madams, put up or shut up. It’s time for a new federal “Taxpayer Bill of Rights.” A centerpiece to such legislation must be the simple codification of that which the Fourth Amendment already mandates; namely, that, when conducting “searches and seizures” (aka, audits), the IRS must adhere to the same U.S. Constitution that restricts every other federal agency.

Such a bill, notes Phillips, “would codify as federal law that no IRS audit (or any other agency audit) of a person, organization or business could be conducted without first having the IRS agent (or agent of the agency conducting the audit) to prepare an affidavit that is sworn to in front of a federal judge, federal magistrate or a tax court judge that states with specificity why there is probable cause to believe the audit will result in either the discovery of criminal activities or the discovery of civil wrong doing. It will be the functional equivalent of a search warrant.”

Phillips is on to something big here. Especially when you consider this last minor factoid: The IRS is also the OEA: the “Obamacare Enforcement Agency.”

If that doesn’t send a chill down your spine, then nothing will.

What do you get when you cross one tyrannical, hyper-politicized bureaucratic beast with another?

You get tyranny on steroids. You also get one happy Barack Hussein Obama.

Contact your legislators and A) respectfully request that they re-constitutionalize the IRS; B) that the IRS be required to observe the Fourth Amendment; and C) that they hold this president accountable for his unprecedented and despicable abuse of executive authority.

Finally, request that Congress pass a new Taxpayer Bill of Rights that covers “all of the above.”