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The Taxman vs. the Tea Party
New York Times, by Ross Douthat

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/12/2013 11:33:04 AM

AS a taxpayer and a conservative who hopes to remain on good terms with the Internal Revenue Service for many April 15ths to come, I don’t want to speculate too freely about the motives of the “low level” I.R.S. employees who decided to single out Tea Party groups for an inappropriate level of attention during the heat of the 2012 campaign. But I’m willing to guess this much: Even though an American Civil Liberties Union official described their excessive interest in right-wing groups as “about as constitutionally troubling as it gets,” the bureaucrats in question probably thought

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rael, 5/12/2013 12:14:58 PM     (No. 9322800)

Just the NY Times making excuses for Obama again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Magdalene, 5/12/2013 12:28:31 PM     (No. 9322840)

The comment section is hilarious for its left-wing ranting.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: artman1746, 5/12/2013 12:50:56 PM     (No. 9322869)

There is one obvious cause of the Benghazi and IRS scandals; the confidence the Obama administration has that the MSM will block any serious investigation of their criminality and corruption.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 5/12/2013 1:25:43 PM     (No. 9322930)

And there is no way this was instigated by low-level employees in Cleveland. This smells like David Axelrod.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nonsense, 5/12/2013 2:35:44 PM     (No. 9323060)

Agree with #2 about the comments after the article. Liberalism is a mental disorder, and there is no dialogue with those who are blinded by ideology.

The Leftists/Liberals/Progressives who made comments had no idea of the "facts" of the IRS targeting the Tea Party groups. They kept writing that the Tea Party should pay taxes. Just have to shake your head at the ignorance.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MattMusson, 5/12/2013 4:00:18 PM     (No. 9323166)

First they went after the Tea Party.

Then, they went after the Jews who support Israel.

I figured the NTY would excuse the first. Let´s see them excuse the second.

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