“This new info should put nail in coffin of GOP claims that IRS politically motivated, targeted only one side"

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stfu shut your pie hole

Those hypocritical, desperate Republicans and their weepy, manipulative "We're the victims!" ways. See, GOP, if you're going to do the "poor little us" thing, at least make an effort to be honest about it. This is why you've been busted by Dems and the media so many times.

Why, here's one of those times now!

The Hill:

House Democrats said Tuesday that the IRS closely scrutinized potential successors to ACORN [the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] and other Democratic groups — evidence they say proves that the agency’s treatment of Tea Party groups was not politically motivated.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) released new IRS training materials on Tuesday that listed progressive and Tea Party groups as potentially political organizations seeking tax-exempt status.

ACORN-style groups were among those they referred to. ACORN, an anti-poverty organization, was defunded years ago. (And before it disbanded, ACORN was demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.)

But back to the "Don't pick on us!" GOP talking point...

This new information should put a nail in the coffin of the Republican claims that the IRS's actions were politically motivated or were targeted at only one side of the political spectrum,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement. “It is time for House Republicans to stop trying to score political points and start to focus on reforming the IRS.”

House Republicans should stop trying to score political points? What? Is he serious? Cummings must have missed this: Issa vows to expand Benghazi probe.

nice try smaller

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  • Mark

    The IRS has been used as an attack dog before by the Executive Branch. Lost in all the "he said...she said" garbage of which political party felt aggrieved is the fact that this is not new. Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon used the IRS to tarnish or in some cases to even try to destroy people (especially those who spoke out against the war).
    This is historical fact and not something to forget in the context of today's political scene.

    The fact that Tea Party groups were being formed in large numbers is hardly a surprise once Obama took office. His agenda clearly didn't mesh with theirs. It was a natural grassroots reaction that occurs naturally when the other party is in office. It only makes sense that the IRS would have more conservative or libertarian groups to investigate...they were flowering in great numbers.

    I still remember the outrage around the world when Bush announced the decision to invade Iraq, and MILLIONS of people took to the streets in a show of anti-war solidarity. What bothers me about the left sometimes here is that in their efforts to paint the Tea Party as a radical fringe group full of racists and Obama haters...there are a lot of regular Americans who are simply frustrated with what BOTH parties have orchestrated and the Tea Party movement provided a viable outlet. And yes, we all know some elements of the Tea Party are wackaloons.

    We can get lost in trying to figure out if the IRS is truly partisan and does not operate under the influence (or even the explicit direction) of the executive branch. But the larger issue is buried by this distraction. Should we really have an IRS at all? Does it do more harm than good? Can it be used as a threat/weapon to stifle dissent? I don't pretend to have the answers but Republican whining about the "injustice" they were dealt is much ado about nothing and does not address the larger issue.