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Sandy Todd: IRS Agents ‘Sabotage’ Tea Party Activists? It’s FALSE NEWS!
It’s another day in the never-ending saga of the menacing IRS agents against the beleaguered Tea Party, some four years after the first set of applications made their way to the Cincinnati Tax Exempt Determinations Unit. The implication thus far has been that a small band of reprobate IRS agents from Cincinnati were intentionally obstructing the patriotic work of our most loyal citizens. This image is perpetuated by the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee with the most extreme rhetoric, stronger than anything we’re seeing in the media. It doesn’t conduct the investigation in a fair and impartial manner, which oddly enough is what the investigation claims was done to citizens. Instead, it leaks testimony, verbally insults witnesses, cuts off the microphone of committee members, and blasts a blatantly political heading, charging: “The IRS: Targeting Americans for Their Political Beliefs.”
This is unacceptable and false on so many levels. What’s worse, this completely bogus inquisition, put on by Congressman Darrell Issa, is maligning the integrity of so many agents doing nothing more than ensuring political organizations do not intentionally evade taxes they are required to pay. The only intentional “targeting” going on is by groups pretending they aren’t going to engage in campaign activity when they know they are.
Who are these government workers who are actually under criminal investigation, thanks to Chairman Issa? They are citizens like Elizabeth Hofacre, an Army veteran, Boston University MBA, and IRS employee since 1999. She was the “emerging issues coordinator” in April of 2010 and was one of the first to be confronted with the uptick in Tea Party applications. She did not say liberal cases were not processed, as has been misinterpreted by the media. She said they were not part of her role as an “emerging issues coordinator.” In her own words, she sent “those applications to general inventory since they were not within the scope of the Tea Party emerging issue.”
She coordinated with Carter Hull, an IRS tax law specialist in Washington DC, at the Rulings and Agreements office that has oversight of the Determinations Unit in Cincinnati. Carter Hull is a Vietnam veteran who received his degree in 1965 and then gave 48 years to the IRS. In his testimony, he states he received two test cases that he reviewed with Elizabeth Hofacre and then “drafted documents stating my recommendations and analysis.” He was charged with developing a template letter that would ensure a consistent line of questioning for groups that might illegally engage in lobbying and campaigning. In the fall of 2010, the Cincinnati manager, Cindy Thomas, a 35-year IRS veteran, told Holly Paz, a Washington DC manager, that this letter was not prepared. No cases were processed during this time, meaning no “emerging issue” organization was denied tax exempt status for any reason...
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Fri Mar 7, 2014, 06:34 PM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: Ukraine: No Rules, No Foul
The real story in Ukraine is what happens when somebody doesn’t play by the rules. It is one of the great examples of conflict resolution unresolved. It is frothed with personalities and political interests, historic sleights and economic targets, military force, diplomacy and big money rolled into a global storm. It’s also an old-fashioned tale. So far, without terrorism.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/03/05/ukraine-no-rules-no-foul/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Mar 5, 2014, 06:31 PM (0 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 3/3/14
Already a month overdue, the President’s budget proposal is expected to drop Tuesday. Various House committees are already poised to posture, pontificate and proclaim their dismay, disgust and dudgeon, or – as it’s known in Washington – hold hearings.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/03/03/stormy-monday-3314/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 02:23 AM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: Is Arizona the New Mississippi?
Rape. Sexual violence. Guns. Denial of health care. Food stamps. Religious liberty. Gays. Immigrants. Jobs. Deficits. Defense. Is Arizona the new Mississippi?
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/02/26/is-arizona-the-new-mississippi/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Feb 26, 2014, 07:32 PM (1 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 2/24/14
House Republicans return to Washington this week, and among a host of very bad things, will attempt to expedite the ALERRT Act. While it might sound like yet another example of famously bad rightwing spelling, “ALERRT” is an acronym for “Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency,” which means the bill is actually just another example of famously bad rightwing ideas.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/02/24/stormy-monday-22414/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Feb 24, 2014, 01:50 AM (0 replies)
Sandy Todd: Climate Change Is A Hoax? It’s FALSE NEWS!
There’s never a shortage of false news on the climate change front. This week is no exception with the climate deniers flooding the airwaves to counteract Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama as they seek to jumpstart the global discussion on climate change.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/02/20/climate-change-is-a-hoax-its-false-news/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:41 AM (1 replies)
Walter Rhett: Self-Defense: An Outlet for Violence and Murder?
Is it a delusion or a lie? A mistaken identity under stress and unreliable circumstances, or a catch-all fix, a safety outlet for violence and murder? The “I-thought-I-saw” defense?
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/02/19/self-defense-an-outlet-for-violence-and-murder/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Feb 19, 2014, 06:10 PM (1 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 2/17/14
Mere days after Republican capitulation on the debt ceiling, scientists don’t yet know whether the violent disruption of the space-time continuum will be temporary or permanent. Congressional Republicans aren’t waiting on a verdict, of course, since they’re already working on other ways to ensure that the government does very little actual, you know, governing. Plus they hate science anyway.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/02/16/stormy-monday-21714/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Sun Feb 16, 2014, 11:17 PM (0 replies)
Sandy Todd: Obamacare Destroying 2 Million Jobs?!? It’s FALSE NEWS!
Most have heard by now of the earth-shattering release of the OMB report on the Affordable Care Act and its devastating announcement of a loss of 2 million American jobs. You’ve probably also heard the White House response led by Jay Carney, and his now infamous remark that seems to indicate people should have no problem with not working and getting free Medicaid, if they want to. But here are a few details you might not have heard.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/02/14/obamacare-destroying-2-million-jobs-its-false-news/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Fri Feb 14, 2014, 12:07 PM (1 replies)
Sandy Todd: Health Insurance Downgrade? It’s FALSE NEWS!
An insurance company downgrade is such a serious act that it can, and does, alter the entire financial health of a company. It can easily send it into a downward tailspin. That’s why the recent news of the downgrade of the entire insurance industry was especially shocking and worrisome. When Moody’s, a leader in the analysis of capital markets, makes a credit rating, as the saying goes, people listen. And in the case of the right wing scream machine, they make sure everyone in America listens too. Unfortunately, they too often get it wrong, as Fox News, The Hill and others did in the case of the non-existent downgrade.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/02/11/health-insurance-downgrade-its-false-news/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 11:38 AM (0 replies)