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Media circle wagons on IRS attacks on Tea Party applicants: Blame Bush!

Image: Snip from The Washington Post.Some days you have to wonder if most members of the media are mentally stable. A meme is emerging in the Obama administration’s latest scandal—blame President George W. Bush for the IRS giving small government groups a hard time over applications for tax exempt status.

Media finally began to take note of the story recently, but concerns had been raised by libertarian-leaning sites like The Blaze for more than a year.

Various articles in legacy media, often the same content purchased from a wire service, pointed out the commissioner of the IRS during the political persecution of these groups was Douglas Shulman. The articles noted that Shulman was a Bush 43 appointee. That is accurate; Bush appointed Shulman in the waning months of the president’s final term—in March, 2008.

That's just part of the donkey tale, however.

At Forbes, leftist pundit Rick Ungar picked up the blame Bush meme, writing one of the most ridiculous headers I’ve seen recently:

No Dirty Politics In IRS Investigations Of Tea Party

When a reader pointed out Shulman had donated [$500] to the Democrat National Committee, Ungar said:

Interesting comment. The problem is I can’t find anything to back it up. I’ve found a few comments to other articles saying this. The closest thing I can find to a credible source is Allgov.com-but that one is kind of weird. It runs Shulman’s biography and then there is a line that says he gave $500 to DNC.

Ungar didn’t look very hard, apparently. The Washington Post, bastion of the leftwing movement and mother of Journolist, notes that Shulman did indeed give $500 to the DNC. WaPo cited the Federal Election Commission as source.

Ungar sank to the level of a fungus on the ground when he pointed out that one tea party organizer had filed for personal bankruptcy and owed the IRS money. What, exactly, does that have to with the ethical failure of bureaucrats at one of the most powerful agencies in the world?

Furthermore, the Bush camp of the Republican Party isn’t wild about tea partiers. That’s common knowledge. The GOP old guard isn’t wild about tea partiers either—see Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) ‘wacko birds’ comment about small government heroes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)

IRS’ apology to tea party groups applying for tax exempt status is certainly a sign that matters had gone astray. The persecution of these groups—some simply gave up trying—is typical in governments dominated by socialist policy. Regardless of who appointed the commissioner, rogue employees were conducting their own little war on “We, the people.”

The buck stops with the commissioner and the practice casts another in a long line of negatives on bureaucrats determined to oppress Americans by misusing their positions.

Even the wire service admitted senior officials at IRS knew tea party groups were being targeted in 2011. Obama was on duty at that time and his campaign handlers knew what was coming down the pike in November, 2012.

Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, ongoing racialism and class warfare,  and now an assault on Americans. Two things you can count on with the Democrat Party, other than an obsession with tax hikes—scandals and media coverups.

Federal employees were a top donor to Obama. The Sunlight Foundation said [boldface added]:

Another group interested in the sequester, one that contributed heavily to Obama's campaign, are federal government employees. Those listing "US Government" as an occupation were his fourth biggest source of funds. Add in the more than $680,000 that came from employees and their family members of the Departments of Justice and State, and federal employees climb to the top spot on Obama's donor list. Over all, public officials and civil servants gave his campaign nearly $8.4 million. That may be one reason why Obama has been trying to avert the sequester...

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 12, 2013)

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Reader Comments (1)

"The persecution of these groups—some simply gave up trying—is typical in governments dominated by socialist policy."

No, they are dominated by Fascist policy - i.e. the worship of government as god.

May 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim Kress
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