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More candidates for jail in IRS "scandal?" In 2011 GOP Congressmen demanded the IRS audit AARP


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GOP ask IRS to go after AARP April 2011Link, April 2011

GOP ask IRS to go after AARP 2011Link, December 2011

One more time: It’s important to clarify to those who miss the point more often than not, that this isn’t about defending the IRS. It’s about the hypocrisy of some on the right.

And there's a whole lot of hypocrisy on the right to draw from; this is only the latest. The Hill, April 2011:

Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee asked federal tax authorities Friday to look into AARP's finances. [...] Democrats say Republicans are simply trying to punish the seniors' lobby for putting its considerable weight behind healthcare reform.

Above are screen shots of two letters, one from April 2011, one from December 2011, from Republicans requesting the audit.

To repeat, House Republicans called for an IRS probe into AARP when it supported passage of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. So who's going to jail for that scandal?


"The IRS admitted to targeting conservatives, even if the White House continues to be stuck on the word 'if.' My question isn't about who is going to resign. My question is who's going to jail over this scandal?"

H/t: Hugh Kaufman

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VIDEO: AARP crowd boos Paul Ryan, but TV commentators call it a "mixed reaction."


Here is a video of Paul Ryan addressing the AARP’s National Annual Conference in New Orleans. They weren't exactly supportive, yet he said:

"I had a feeling there'd be mixed reaction..."

This is what he calls mixed reaction? Ryan thinks a group "Boooooo!" means some of the audience members we're okay with what he said? Since when is video of a spontaneous, audible group "Booooo!" the least bit confusing?

Via Think Progress:

Ryan also denied that his proposal would offer seniors a voucher, despite previously claiming, “you can call it a voucher.”

Hypocrisy R Us.

Someone explain this to me: Paddy called me after watching reaction to this clip from Alex Wagner and Andrea Mitchell who also said the response from the AARP crowd was "mixed." Seriously? Were they watching the same segment we see here? Anyone hear a smattering of applause, coos of approval, or an "attaboy"?

Me neither.


GOP sets sights on AARP over its support for healthcare reform


I swear the R's sat around a table and made a list of the programs that help the elderly, young and poor the most then outlined the most divisive and nasty ways to go after them. Besides, how does having hearings on AARP of all things make jobs? Hmmmm.

Newly empowered House Republicans are getting ready to renew their attacks against AARP over its support for the healthcare reform law, The Hill has learned.

The Ways and Means health and oversight subcommittees are hauling in the seniors lobby's executives before the panel for an April 1 hearing on how the group stands to benefit from the law, among other topics. Republicans say AARP supported the law's $200 billion in cuts to the Medicare Advantage program because it stands to gain financially as seniors replace their MA plans with Medicare supplemental insurance — or Medigap — policies endorsed by the association.

The hearing will cover not only Medigap but "AARP’s organizational structure, management, and financial growth over the last decade."

An embarrassing hearing would not only hit AARP back for its support of the law, but fits in with the GOP's mantra that the law was written behind closed doors to favor Democratic allies. And policy-wise, it could empower Republicans to tackle Medigap policies, which many conservatives want to reform because they believe they contribute to over-utilization of the medical system by reducing out-of-pocket contributions.