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Brandon Killian @brandonkillian 5 years, 1 month ago

@jordanbosstick Is it completely unreasonable for a taxing organization to target anti-tax groups? Everyone knows that Tea Partiers want to abolish the IRS and not pay their fair share. I think it’s a good thing that the IRS targeted them. I hope they continue doing it.

         
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Kevin Davis @kevin-glenn-davis 5 years, 1 month ago

There has definitely been a lot of conduct by IRS personnel that crosses the boundaries of what they should and should not be able to use in questioning the validity and practices of a non-profit.

I suspect in due time, we’ll learn that not only was the conduct being observed happening with greater frequency, but that higher ups in the administration were aware of it for quite a long time.

         
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Two Cents @twocents 5 years, 1 month ago

Here’s an interesting point: Regardless of what the IRS did, they apologized and took responsibility so obviously it is scandalous. The acting director resigned of course. Funny thing is that the director was not the director at the time. The individual in charge at the time, Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax exempt organizations between 2009-2012, AKA the time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups, also during a heated Presidential election I might add. But Ingram has left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, AKA she is in charge of the office that implements Obamacare. CANT WAIT!

         
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Gary @grand-vizier 5 years, 1 month ago

I am really appalled by Brandon’s comments that since the “Tea Party” is against the IRS it is OK that the IRS targets the Tea Party.
The IRS is the most powerful government entity next to the military..
They are charged with collecting the revenue owed by citizens under laws passed by congress.
They have the ability to destroy lives financially.
By your strange logic you should believe the Military should seek out and target all those who oppose the Military or wished to close Quantanimo. Definitly anyone who opposed waterboarding should be targeted.
This is a Free Country with freedom of expression .
Opposing taxation was a signature part of the formation of the country (hence Tea Party).
I am stunned by your understanding of your country or lack thereof.

         
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Gary @grand-vizier 5 years, 1 month ago

I also have an issue with the statement that Tea Partiers don’t want to pay their “fair Share”
Maybe they just get tired of paying the shares of others and watching the money WASTED on stupid ideas like Fisker,A123 batteries, and litterally dozens of half baked ,unproven ,”experiments”that the dolts in politics think are “cool” whether they work or not.
Name ONE successful investment made with my tax dollars.

         
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Steve Sexton @calvin-reno 5 years, 1 month ago

The answer is both. It was made “political” when the “scandalous” act of abusing power was applied overwhelmingly to one political ideology only. The above comment wished for a continuation, but it’d be wise to remember that an abuse of power that suits one’s agenda today could (and almost assuredly would) rub against one’s grain tomorrow. I don’t think the Tea Party calls for complete elimination of taxes (we haven’t found Galt’s Gulch yet! ) as much as they do for a process that is at least a bit more fair. But…abuse of power is abuse of power and should be dealt with in the severest of measures. A simple slap on the wrist will do nothing to deter it from happening again.

         
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Andrew @smittyboss1 5 years, 1 month ago

I think that it is a scandal, but it was made a political issue. If this targeted either party, during any administration, whoever did it should be punished. However, I feel like it is being taken away from what it is.

         
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Tim @tcolquho 5 years, 1 month ago

Brandon, my fair share includes federal parks, highways, military etc. my fair share should not include the terrible spending habits if our federal government. You should define fair share, I have absolutely no problem paying my part but I disagree of having to pay for more than others simply because I’ve chosen to work in a setting that may pay more.

         
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GianniSanDiego @gqgianni 5 years, 1 month ago

@brandonkillian that has to be the most outrageously hypocritical thing I have ever read, honestly dude, are you that simple minded? You said the words “fair share” in your horrible argument. How is it FAIR that they target specific groups, this is called discrimination, remember? Yes, in 1964 the civil rights movement was passed to eliminate discrimination, and yes, it was headed up by MLK Jr, who, by the way was a REPUBLICAN.

         

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