Stop me if you’ve heard this one before …
Someone inform Obama it’s not a very funny joke if it’s true. Glenn Reynolds being quoted in the WSJ:
At his Arizona State University commencement speech last Wednesday, Mr. Obama noted that ASU had refused to grant him an honorary degree, citing his lack of experience, and the controversy this had caused. He then demonstrated ASU’s point by remarking, “I really thought this was much ado about nothing, but I do think we all learned an important lesson. I learned never again to pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA brackets. . . . President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”
Ha ha ha … what a knee slapper.
And then there’s this:
What is undeniable and suspicious is that the IRS has rapidly expanded its budget and personnel under President Obama. Nearly every Obama budget has requested large increases in the agency’s budget. This year the Obama administration requested a $1 billion increase to bring the IRS budget to $12.9 billion, a more than 7 percent hike when other domestic agencies are getting cut. From 2009 to 2012, the IRS budget increased by about 20 percent. It has hired 5,000 more agents, and most of the extra money has been dedicated to enforcement, not taxpayer assistance.
Not surprisingly, audits under the Obama administration have soared.
Nothing to be worried about. So, some conservative organizations were targeted for auditing by the IRS? No harm has been done:
Some Democrats took to the airwaves on the weekend to suggest that while the IRS shouldn’t have been targeting conservatives, no one was harmed. Former senior White House official and chief Obama politico David Plouffe tweeted that what the IRS did was “dumb and wrong,” but that it was “Impt to note GOP groups flourished last 2 elections, overwhelming Ds. And they will use this to raise more $.” In Mr. Plouffe’s moral universe, all that matters is partisan advantage rather than the apolitical tax enforcement Americans expect of their government.
Since conservative organizations “flourished” in the last election cycle- no harm was done. Of course … Obama won.
The harm is in fact real, if hard to measure precisely, because any missive from the IRS is enough to chill political spending and speech. Answering the IRS questionnaires can take hundreds of hours. The Jefferson Area Tea Party dropped its plan to register as a 501(c)(4) to avoid the atmosphere of intimidation.
And the “no harm was done” is about as valid as the ever-popular “everyone does it.”
Keith Koffler states it bluntly:
The organizations that were being probed by the IRS in early 2012 represented perhaps the single greatest threat at the time to President Obama’s reelection. They had millions of dollars ready to go for advertising while Republican National Committee was still getting its act together and Mitt Romney’s campaign was just starting to think about running against Obama.
There’s every reason to suspect someone very senior in the administration either ordered something or knew something.
Beyond the political implications of this scandle, the IRS has nearly infinate power to ruin your life, and is effectively run by civil servants, who trend liberal.
Progressives, and by this I include Obama, believe that the proper way to fund and grow the size of government, which is of course a social good, is to create an ever-bigger government agency to bully and investigate the citizens. Intimidation. You can’t make the tax code simpler with a flat tax, so compliance is more straightforward. No. A byzantine code makes much more sense, because … ?
This scandal is what is BOUND to happen when you create such a behemoth. Ninety-seven years of social engineering brought us this nightmare.
*I have the EXACT shirt worn by Morrissey in this video.