The Republican hysteria over the targeting of Conservatives groups by the IRS in their pursuit of verification of granting tax exempt status of political advocacy groups grows every minute. One wonders if the city of
Washington or the state of Texas are big enough to
contain the phony outrage.
Louisiana Governor and Presidential wannabe Bobby Jindal has shrieked that people should go to jail for taking away the freedom of others. And professional Obama haters like Charles Krauthamer and Peggy Noonan can barely contain their spew. So it’s time to put the whole issue in perspective and do what the mainstream media has not done and will not do, examine the issues.
A section of the tax code, section 501(c)4 provides that groups that are formed to promote public welfare are exempt from paying income taxes. Unlike 501(c)3 organizations, donor may not deduct their contributions from their income taxes. Two very important points in the story are (1) the 501 (c) 4 groups do not need to disclose their donors and they are not allowed to engage in partisan political activity.
The IRS office in
with investigation and approving application for tax exempt status. For reasons known only to the idiots in that
office, they set up a criteria for special attention and investigation for
conservative groups. As a result
approval of tax exempt status was delayed for many of these organizations. And that’s it. Cincinnati
No organization was denied tax exempt status. No organization had to pay taxes. No organization was forced to reveal its donors. No one in the organization and no donors were singled out for examination of their personal taxes. No one was denied the right to campaign or support candidates of their choice. Nothing much happened.
The reason this is not Nixonian is that Nixonian abuses were aimed at individuals. Individuals were persecuted and the direction to persecute individuals came from the White House which saw the IRS as a way to attack its political enemies.
So this scandal simply exposes the managerial incompetence of the Obama administration, and the administration’s total lack of understanding the politics of the issue. In the end Conservatives and corruption of money in politics has won. Even if conservative political groups blatantly violate the law they now have immunity. That, not the political hysteria of the right is the lasting legacy of this idiocy.