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Memo to Issa: IRS targeted Progressive groups more than Tea Party, per records

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Clearly, President Obama cooked the books in Benghazi while taking over the world with Obamacare in order to produce a new report that makes Darrell Issa look like the lying fool he is regarding the IRS "scandal." Why allow facts to get in the way of a good smear, right Dar?

Speaking of facts, Think Progress is reporting that Progressive groups got more scrutiny from the IRS than did those associated with the Tea Party. Are we surprised? No, we are not.

A series of IRS documents, provided to ThinkProgress under the Freedom of Information Act, appears to contradict the claims by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status “received systematic scrutiny because of their political beliefs.” The 22 “Be On the Look Out” keywords lists, distributed to staff reviewing applications between August 12, 2010 and April 19, 2013, included more explicit references to progressive groups, ACORN successors, and medical marijuana organizations than to Tea Party entities. [...]

[T]he actual IRS records indicate that at least some additional scrutiny was required for groups of all types that had names that sounded political — and that the explicit heightened scrutiny for left-leaning groups was even longer-standing than for Tea Party groups.

Oops. Sucks to be you, Dar. Even on a good day.

chart who the IRS really targeted

Issa has been proven wrong so many times, you'd think they'd come up with a FUBAR Award to commemorate his laughably pathetic achievements. Let's take a stroll down Memory Lane to remind of us of a few of his worst offenses:

-- Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) stated what many of us have been thinking about Darrell Issa

--Oops! Dems accuse Darrell Issa of leaking misinformation about #Obamacare

--Top Democrats rip Darrell Issa after his document dump endangered Libyans working with U.S., damaged U.S. efforts.

Issa's futile witch hunts-- including sniffing and digging and snooping around Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, The Affordable Care Act, and the IRS-- have led straight to nowhere. And they've wasted time, energy, and taxpayer money. He self-servingly leaks partial transcripts only to be called out by his fellow Congress members (when he allows them to speak, that is), and he continues to embarrass himself and what's left of his party.

Time to vote this guy out, California's 49th.

issa

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“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.

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Theater of the Absurd - The House of Representatives

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Waiting for Godot

I'm calling John Boehner ignorant. Let's start with what the term means in simple layman's terms. Here's how Merriam-Webster defines the word, ignorant:

Definition of ignorant:

1
a : destitute of knowledge or education <an ignorant society>; also : lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified <parents ignorant of modern mathematics>

b : resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence<ignorant errors>
2
: unaware, uninformed

Just before Congress went of their five week August break, they voted for a 13th time (not to be confused with the 40th time they voted to repeal Obamacare) to defund ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Thirteen times. They must really want to kill this bill badly. I think WE get it. The GOP hates ACORN.

But don't THEY get it? It's already dead. It was disbanded in the spring 2010 - over three years ago. What kind of communications do they used on the hill? Even pony express should have gotten the message to them by now.

Oh, and Speaker Boehner was there when it happened. So wasn't he listening, did he forget his vote or is he just plain ignorant?

"Word is the majority will also prohibit foreign aid to the Ottoman Empire this year," a Democratic congressional aide snarked to HuffPost. (Like ACORN, the Ottoman Empire does not exist.)

"Thirteen votes to defund a program that no longer exists. Forty votes to repeal a health care law that is transforming millions of lives," said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), comparing the anti-ACORN legislation to the House GOP's routine votes to repeal Obamacare. "If their agenda is to do nothing on a timeline of never, they're setting record pace."

This is truly like Theater of the Absurd. Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT. The GOP seem to be waiting for something that is never going to happen. That's because it already did happen. The GOP leadership is simply wasting our money and time that they could be putting into real legislating on our behalf, not in repealing a phantom bill.  Now if ignorant doesn't fit the definition perfectly than tell me what other word does?

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New GOP budget bill defunds the defunct. Apparently it's 2008 all over again and ACORN's back.

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Back in December, Public Policy Polling had some pretty pathetic survey results to report:

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.

Here's what big bad ACORN was all about:

ACORN was founded in 1970 as a grassroots organization to advocate for low-income families. By 2009, the group had 500,000 members and had expanded into a national network of federally funded organization that helped to develop affordable housing, offered foreclosure counseling, and conducted voter registration drives.

To repeat, before it disbanded, ACORN was indeed demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.

Additionally, ACORN was proved innocent of any illegality in the notorious James O'Keefe “pimp” affair, a federal judge declared defunding ACORN unconstitutional, and the Congressional Research Service found no evidence of voter fraud.

As The Brad Blog posted in May 2012:

[Y]ou’ve heard plenty about a handful of ACORN workersno actual ACORN officials, mind you, and they were never hired by the Democratic Party, and never led to a fraudulent vote — turning in fraudulent registration forms in past years.

But nobody who ever worked for the non-profit ACORN has ever been accused of what these Republican firms continue to do on behalf of the Republican officials who hire them, paying them per Republican registration, year after year, as is once again apparent in the allegations surfacing today against Momentum Political Services…

But it's okay if you're a Republican (IOKIYAR). Facts don't matter to them. They create their own reality-- it's so much easier!-- as is documented in this quote by an “unnamed Bush aide” (later identified as the now-very tarnished Karl Rove):

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out.”

Which brings me to this very surreal HuffPo report:

A new short-term budget bill introduced on Monday by House Republicans includes a bizarre provision banning federal funding to anti-poverty group ACORN, despite the fact that the group has already been stripped of federal funding -- and has been defunct for nearly three years.

ACORN leaders announced that the group was disbanding in March 2010, after Congress cut off all federal funding to the organization. The provision in the current GOP budget bill [PDF], buried on page 221 of 269, would duplicate legislation that has already passed, to target an organization that does not exist.

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What next, a new O'Keefe super ultra double secret video? And, oops, did the GOP forget about what happened in 2005? ACORN and Rick Perry passed a bill together!

Oh that's right. IOKIYAR.

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