Major media finally figured out the Obama administration doesn’t really qualify for sainthood just yet, and stories are popping about the White House collaborating with the president of the National Treasury Employees Union.
The American Spectator reported the union chief’s visit occurred just before the Internal Revenue Service began targeting tea party groups and other conservative organizations.
Targeting these groups, however, wasn’t just a tactic used by federal employees’ unions. Joining appointees in the persecution was Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who proved himself an eager beaver in persecuting conservative groups.
In November, 2011, Democrats shut down a Capitol Hill gathering of conservatives focusing on cutting government spending. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was responsible for the shutdown because he chaired the Senate Rules Committee that made the decision to silence those voices. The meeting had been arranged by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
In March, 2011, Schumer had likened tea party supporters to the “extreme” element of the Republican Party.
In March, 2012, Schumer put out a press release from his Senate website. That release indicated he and other Democrats wanted IRS to go after conservative groups:
“A group of seven Senate Democrats urged the Internal Revenue Service on Monday to impose a strict cap on the amount of political spending by tax-exempt, nonprofit groups.
The senators said the lack of clarity in the IRS rules has allowed political groups to improperly claim 501(c)4 status and may even be allowing donors to these groups to wrongly claim tax deductions for their contributions. The senators promised legislation if the IRS failed to act to fix these problems.’”
Leading Dem senators joined Schumer in targeting these organizations:
“The letter was signed by Senators Charles E. Schumer, Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall, Jeanne Shaheen and Al Franken. It follows an earlier letter, sent to the IRS by the same of group of senators last month, that also urged the IRS to better enforce rules pertaining to 501(c)4 organizations.”
Bear in mind Democrats have an abundance of unions, community organizing groups like the former ACORN and the activists at Moveon.org. And if Dems were really concerned about tax deductions for groups vested in politics, they could look directly at their friends at Media Matters.
The targeting of the Tea Party was a top down strategy, especially after the 2010 elections that showed American voters weren’t quite as stupid as the left believed.
Schumer was simply carrying out across the board policy, however. Our president had already dubbed a sizable portion of the electorate as “enemies” who needed to be punished.
President Barack Obama set the tone when he pandered to hispanic voters via Univision in October, 2010. Obama said:
If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder.”
Those of us who want a smaller, more efficient government and reduced debt and less intrusions on freedom are dubbed “enemies” of the state and that label came from the White House.
(Analysis by Kay B. Day/May 20, 2013)
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