Skip to main content


The GOP thinks they have a political winner in the IRS Audit controversy.

The GOP thinks Darrell Issa is a very effective enforcer for their 1-sided talking points.

The GOP thinks the other members of Issa's Oversight Committee, those from the Democratic Party, indeed have No Constitutional right to speak.


The GOP has now 'officially' said that the microphone-cutting actions of chairman Darrell Issa -- are just fine by them ...  Grand-stand away Issa, let nobody challenge you ...


House won't censure Issa for shutting off microphones

by Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, usatoday.com -- March 6, 2014

[...]
The resolution from Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, sought to condemn Issa for walking out of a hearing on IRS scrutiny of Tea Party groups and cutting off the microphone of the committee's top Democrat before he could question a former IRS official.

But Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., asked that the resolution be tabled, and the House did so by a party-line vote of 211 to 186.
[...]

Boehner said Thursday that Issa was within his rights to end the hearing. "Darrell Issa is the chairman. He's done an effective job as chairman. And I support him," Boehner said.


The GOP thinks this IRS Audit issue will sweep them back into office, this fall.

Long as the 'other side' of their non-troversy story, never gets told ...


This is the objective tally that the GOP leaders, are doing their level-best to make sure that America never sees:


Figure 4: Breakdown of Potential Political Cases by Organization Name


larger image


When it comes to identifying Tax Cheats and non-qualified political Front Groups -- the IRS is an equal-opportunity Auditor!

It is what is in that 70% slice of the IRS Audit pie (the blue section) -- that's the GOP, and especially spokesman Issa, NEVER want us to find out about ...


Danny Werfel, IRS Chief, Says Inappropriate Screening Was Used More Broadly Than Disclosed
by Sam Stein, huffingtonpost.com -- 06/24/2013

[...]
The Associated Press has obtained an internal IRS document that reveals the other terms the agency screened for when deciding which groups should be granted tax exempt status. The news cuts against the original storyline that the tactic was used to target conservatives.
   An internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press said that besides ‘‘tea party,’’ lists used by screeners to pick groups for close examination also included the terms ‘‘Israel,’’ ‘‘Progressive’’ and ‘‘Occupy.’’ The document said an investigation into why specific terms were included was still underway.
[...]

The revelation complicates accusations that IRS officials screened groups in a concerted effort to sideline tea party organizations during the 2012 election. Instead, it would suggest that the filters were applied to ensure that applications for similar groups were reviewed in a consistent manner.


The GOP wants us to think that these IRS Audits were a one-sided effort -- only focused on 'non-profit' groups with "Tea Party" or "Patriots" in their names.

When the Inspector General's report on this issue gives us the facts -- that show far more progressive groups were audited by the IRS, than were conservative.

If this unbiased report were ever (allowed to be) entered into evidence, in one of Issa "star-chamber" hearings -- then the re-election drum-beat message that the GOP messengers have been banging, would suddenly lose its urgency, its sting ... its dumbed-downed red-state, two-sentence outrage.

And Darrell Issa would never have that.  And apparently now official House leaders too. They like the Issa 1-sided message about the Conservative-targeting IRS -- JUST THE WAY IT IS. Thank you very much.

No need to rock that boat, Boehner assures us.  Issa is doing just fine by them!  Keep telling 1-sided tales Darrell -- you're now GOP-approved.  Full BS Speed ahead!



EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site