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The IRS Will Never Stop Discriminating Against Conservatives

Abolish the IRS
Last week’s Capitol Hill revelations that IRS discrimination against conservative organizations continues proved that the IRS has become the enforcement arm of the Democratic Party, yet the establishment media all but ignored the story.

No doubt that is because the media long ago became the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, but that’s another column.

What we are concerned with today is whole notion that the IRS should be the arbiter of free speech in America.

Attorney Cleta Mitchell, who represents a number of the conservative organizations targeted for special scrutiny by the IRS doesn’t think so.

As Mitchell observed during last week’s hearings, and later on Fox News’ Mike Huckabee program, she believes that the White House was targeting such groups because "the government is afraid of the people — and because they were afraid of the people rising up as they did in 2010 to fight Obamacare, to fight out-of-control spending, that's exactly what they're afraid of in 2014.”

According to our friend Todd Beamon of NewsMax, Mitchell disputed comments by President Barack Obama in his interview with Bill O'Reilly of Fox News before the Super Bowl that not even a "smidgen" of corruption existed in the IRS. 

"It is not the truth," she said. "Remember, this is the same man who declared last summer that the IRS scandal was a phony scandal. He's done everything he can to divert attention from what really has been going on and is still going on at the IRS."

In an exclusive interview with Cathy Burke and John Bachman on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," Mitchell blasted proposed new IRS rules on regulating tax-exempt groups participating in political activities, likening the restrictions to "big, fat, permanent duct tape across the mouths of citizens" trying to "hold their elected officials accountable."

Mitchell said Obama administration officials "don't really understand what the fuss is about" when it comes to the IRS targeting scandal.

"They view the activities of conservatives and tea party groups as somehow odd," she said. ""They're used to from the college campuses and from the mainstream media and from their public officials — from the White House and the president on down — attacking conservative activists and grassroots tea party organizations and leaders.

"They think that they're doing what they're supposed to be doing by excessively scrutinizing and trying to figure out what these strange people are doing."

Tea party activists are ramping up efforts to fight the proposed IRS rules, rallying people to file their opposition with the agency before the Feb. 27 deadline — even as Mitchell said she's collecting documents related to the proposed rules.

"When these rules were posted, [the] agency is supposed to include any background materials and documents related to the proposed rulemaking," she noted. "The IRS says there are none; zero," she said, adding that the Treasury Department later conceded it'll take until April to collect the documents she requested.

"They're lying when they say there are no background documents," she said. "They've been working on these regulations for a long time and have been trying to figure out a way to . . . take away the tax-exempt status that they were forced to grant [tea party groups] in the last year."

Mitchell predicted that even if the new rules are adopted, they'll never be enforced equally because "that's just the way it's always been." 

We agree with Cleta Mitchell about the IRS, but we think she got one thing wrong when she said Obama administration officials "don't really understand what the fuss is about" when it comes to the IRS targeting scandal.

We think the Obama administration knows exactly “what all the fuss is about,” and they are using all of the considerable power the IRS presently holds over free speech to stifle conservative opposition and drain and distract conservative organizations in the run-up to the 2014 and 2016 elections.

To post your comments in favor of free speech and in opposition to the new IRS rules on public policy work by not-for-profit tax exempt organizations click this linkSign our letter of support for Ted Cruz's efforts to abolish the IRS and petition demanding reimbursement for IRS-targeted conservatives.

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