Vulnerable Senate Dems to IRS: Save Us From The Tea Party

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The scandal involving the IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups during the lead up to the 2012 elections is unfortunately not over.  Our friends over at Investor’s Business Daily report that if vulnerable Democrats have their way, the IRS targeting of liberal legislators’ political opponents by this Obama administration has only just begun.  These Democrats are clamoring for the IRS to continue abusing their power to both tax and approve the tax-exempt status of conservative groups, in an effort to help defeat their Republican rivals in 2014.

Now, Senate Democrats who voted for ObamaCare and parroted President Obama’s lie of the year are asking the IRS to ensure that if they like their Senate seats they can keep their Senate seats. They want the IRS to be a campaign wing of the Democratic Party.  Leading the IRS call is Sen. Charles Schumer, N.Y., the Senate Democrats’ chief political strategist.  ‘The Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government,’ Schumer said in remarks at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Sharing that belief are vulnerable Democrats such as Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. He argues the IRS has power over such groups that engage in what he calls quasi-political activity. In reality, such groups are merely people organizing to petition for the redress of grievances, which include reckless spending, oppressive taxation and regulation, and, yes, ObamaCare.  “It is inherently an internal revenue matter,” Pryor is quoted in the Hill. “There are two things you don’t want in political money, in the fundraising world and expenditure world. You don’t want secret money, and you don’t want unlimited money, and that’s what we have now.

As IBD also notes, these same Democrats are not nearly as concerned about the unimpeded flow of money from unions, Hollywood and environmental groups into the liberal coffers.  They are not asking the IRS to target such groups.  Instead, it’s a flagrant “attempt to define conservative political speech out of existence.”  Since nobody was ever really held accountable for the IRS scandal in 2012, the Democrats are obviously feeling emboldened to continue their unconscionable, undemocratic and unconstitutional misbehavior.

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Jeff Allen is both a senior editor and columnist for BarbWire. He also serves as senior pastor in a mainline Christian church in Indiana. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jeff is involved in several community ministries.

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