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  •  It makes me crazy that even people who should (1+ / 0-)
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    know better buy the Republican vocabulary and refer to these latest kerfluffles as "scandal."

    "While IRS bureaucrats did use inappropriate criteria when choosing to go after "tea party" groups seeking tax exempt status, . . " says Meteor Blades. I beg to differ. The criteria they used was exactly the criteria that would most efficiently and effectively achieve their purpose: to manage a mountain of paperwork and make judgments on the qualifications for recognition of applicants in a way that serves the interests of the US taxpayer. Entirely appropriate for them to group like organizations for processing, I'd say, and I think that's what Miller was saying today.

    Why should we give them so much as a quarter inch on this nonsense? There is real work to be done by our Congress. We should not credit for an instant their chronic avoidance of the real work.

    The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

    by Alice Olson on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:43:33 PM PDT

    •  From the Treasury's Inspector General's... (0+ / 0-)

      ...report linked in my diary:

      The Determinations Unit developed and used inappropriate criteria to identify applications fromorganizations with the words Tea Party in their names. These applications (hereafter referred to as potential political cases) were forwarded to a team of specialists for review.

      Subsequently, the Determinations Unit expanded the criteria to inappropriately include organizations with other specific names (Patriots and 9/12) or policy positions. While the criteria used by the Determinations Unit specified particular organization names, the team of specialists was also processing applications from groups with names other than those identified in the criteria. The inappropriate and changing criteria may have led to inconsistent treatment of organizations applying for tax-exempt status. For example, we identified some organizations’ applications with evidence of significant political campaign intervention that were not forwarded to the team of specialists for processing but should have been. We also identified applications that were forwarded to the team of specialists but did not have indications of significant political campaign intervention. All applications that were forwarded to the team of specialists experienced substantial delays in processing. Although the IRS has taken some action, it will need to do more so that the public has reasonable assurance that applications are processed without unreasonable delay in a fair and impartial manner in the future.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:26:28 PM PDT

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      •  So, they did it un-artfully, but really, what's (0+ / 0-)

        the scandal?  They tried to do their job more efficiently. What I understand the IG to say is that they shouldn't have used organization names for separating out some applications from the others, not that they conspired in some way to step on Obama's political opponents. A statement like ""While IRS bureaucrats did use inappropriate criteria when choosing to go after "tea party" groups seeking tax exempt status . . "  gives way too much ground to the conspiracy theorists and scandal mongers. They weren't "going after" Tea Party groups. They were simply trying to manage a mountain of paper in some way that made sense to their achieving the purpose of their jobs.

        The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

        by Alice Olson on Sun May 19, 2013 at 07:06:14 AM PDT

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