May 16th, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.
Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.
Grant announced today that he would retire June 3, despite being appointed as commissioner of the tax-exempt office May 8, a week ago.
As the House voted to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act Thursday evening, House Speaker John Boehner expressed “serious concerns” that the IRS is empowered as the law’s chief enforcer.
“Fully repealing ObamaCare will help us build a stronger, healthier economy, and will clear the way for patient-centered reforms that lower health care costs and protect jobs,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
“Obamacare empowers the agency that just violated the public’s trust by secretly targeting conservative groups,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., added. “Even by Washington’s standards, that’s unacceptable.”
Sen. John Cornyn even introduced a bill, the “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013,” which would prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury, or any delegate, including the IRS, from enforcing the Affordable Care Act.
“Now more than ever, we need to prevent the IRS from having any role in Americans’ health care,” Cornyn, R-Texas, stated. “I do not support Obamacare, and after the events of last week, I cannot support giving the IRS any more responsibility or taxpayer dollars to implement a broken law.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also reacted to the revelation late Thursday, stating the news was “stunning, just stunning.”
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ABC News’ Abby D. Phillip contributed to this report.
May 15th, 2013
It's all for show, ladies and gentlemen.
The fall-guy Commissioner, Steven Miller, who was already slated to leave in June as interim Commissioner, was fired by Obama today.
But there is one big problem.
Obama fall-guy Commissioner Steven Miller was not even in place until November of 2012.
Yes, indeed, hired on Nov. 10, 2012 is the actual date.
The IRS targeting took place all the way back into at least, 2011, and probably before that, as many of those who dissent and got punished can factually attest.
No, it would seem that we need to investigate the former commissioner, Douglas Schulman, who was hired in 2008 and left in 2012, when this story truly began percolating out into political circles and the media.
Indeed, he was the bureaucrat in charge of an agency that tried to make anyone who disagreed, or held a different belief or even faith, miserable for not bowing to the President's urgent need to transform America by any and all means available.
Obama apparently thinks the American people are well-beyond stupid, and he might be about half correct, at this point. But anyone who thinks this solves the entire problem and absolves the president has drank far too much Kool-aid.
May 15th, 2013
Apparently, Holder thinks it perfectly normal to delete all the contents of congressionally requested emails, other than the "To and From" headers.
He feins outrage, in fact, at being questioned about such a normal and typical thing, to him. A typical Saul Alinksy maneuver, by the way, feining outrage at the outraged response of doing a clearly outrageous thing.
When Issa challenged him on the blank emails, Holder stated this:
It is inappropriate and too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress," the attorney general said. "It is unacceptable. And it's shameful."
Unacceptable and Shameful? Quite frankly, Holders idiomatic response could be a neat summary of his frequent and illegitimate escapades as a US Attorney General.
This particlar drama is due to a congressional hearing being held on May 15, 2013 over a series of damaging revelations revolving around overall Government tyranny and foreign irresponsiblity.
May 14th, 2013
The Weekly StandardBy JOHN MCCORMACK
Lately, the White House and its allies have been drawing attention to the political activities of libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch. In an August 9 speech, President Obama singled out Americans for Prosperity, a free-market political group founded by David Koch in 2004. In the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, Obama said:
Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates all across the country. And they don't have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don't know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation. You don't know if it’s a big oil company, or a big bank. You don't know if it’s a insurance company that wants to see some of the provisions in health reform repealed because it’s good for their bottom line, even if it’s not good for the American people.
"Using a great deal" of research by the left-wing Center for American Progress, the New Yorker's Jane Mayer reported in the magazine's August 30 issue that the Kochs are "waging a war against Obama." Reason's Nick Gillespie argued that Mayer's report was nothing more than "sly innuendo and revelations as lame as they are breathless," but that hasn't stopped top Democrats from blasting the Kochs for funding the Democrats' political opposition.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Chris Van Hollen said in a September 10 TV appearance that "Americans for Prosperity which are the Koch Industries ... did well under the Bush administration economic policies," which is why AFP is opposing the Democrats. In a September 16 speech, President Obama again singled out Americans for Prosperity. Even Jimmy Carter took a whack at the Kochs last week.
While the attention is unwanted for the Kochs, if somewhat expected, a lawyer for Koch Industries now tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the administration may have crossed a line by revealing tax information about Koch Industries. According to Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel of Koch Industries, a senior Obama administration official told reporters at an August 27 on-the-record background briefing on corporate taxes:
So in this country we have partnerships, we have S corps, we have LLCs, we have a series of entities that do not pay corporate income tax. Some of which are really giant firms, you know Koch Industries is a multibillion dollar businesses. So that creates a narrower base because we've literally got something like 50 percent of the business income in the U.S. is going to businesses that don't pay any corporate income tax. They point out [in the report] you could review the boundary between corporate and non-corporate taxation as a way to broaden the base.
Holden tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that this quotation from a senior administration official "came to our attention from different avenues. We are very concerned about why this would be said about us, particularly in this setting. We are concerned where this information would have been obtained from. We also are concerned in light of recent events that we have been singled out by the government and others as a campaign against us because of our political views."
THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked White House press office officials in an email on Friday to verify the quotation's accuracy, but 72 hours later they have not replied. A White House press aide reached this morning on the phone said she would look into whether a transcript of the call exists. The aide has not yet responded. (Correction: The press aide replied just prior to publication of this report to say, "I haven’t been able to track a transcript down.")
But an independent source who participated in the briefing confirms to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the quotation matches the source's careful notes from the briefing.
Holden claims that the revelation of tax information could have been improper, depending on how the information was obtained by the White House:
May 14th, 2013
A Liberal Media Star who actually has the intellectual honesty to point out how absurd and completely wrong this Saul Alinsky-style Conservative-Christian targeting is, rather than trying to defend it like many Leftists.
This is the difference between a true Liberal and mindless, Left-Wing, apparatchiks.
You may not agree with him, on most political points, but at least you can respect him as one who stands on principle.
And Stewart runs a comedy show, for heaven's sake, albeit one highly successful....just sayin'