Sunday, August 18, 2013

3 Months After IRS Scandal Broke and We STILL Don't Have Answers

Not only that, but it appears the IRS is STILL holding up approval of Tea Party groups!
I’ve reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog’s report, and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives. --Obama, May 13, 2013
In that same statement Obama promised to 1. "hold the responsible parties accountable," 2. "we’re going to put in place new safeguards to make sure this kind of behavior cannot happen again" and 3. "we will work with Congress as it performs its oversight role. And our administration has to make sure that we are working hand in hand with Congress to get this thing fixed."

As with all Obama's speeches, it sounds good but there's no action behind it.

Is this what Obama calls cooperation with Congressional
oversight? IRS sends blacked out documents.
In the three months since Obama said those words we still don't know who it was at the IRS who gave the orders to persecute Tea Party groups (contrary to liberal propaganda, left leaning groups were NOT singled out. 292 conservative groups were held in limbo. Requests for documents by a congressional committee charged with oversight (see Obama's 3rd point above)have been met by the IRS with submissions of blacked out pages.

And what about the Administration's own investigation? According to Jay Sekulow, the attorney representing many of the Tea Party groups kept in limbo by the IRS, the FBI has still not contacted a single one of these groups. It's like a robbery took place the police can't even be bothered to interview the victim! The Administration is also slow walking court procedures to force action on behalf of Tea Party groups. They are now requesting a two month delay in answering questions related to the case and leave the door open for more delays after that.

Worse still are reports that the IRS is STILL engaged in blocking determinations of Tea Party requests for the tax exempt status they need to operate. (1,2)

Obama calls this a "phony scandal." But what's really phony here is any claim by him to get to the bottom of this mess!

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