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Subject: Re: prez Damage Control Laughable Date: 5/16/2013 11:28 AM
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I agree with you for the most part. Benghazi is clearly a partisan BS trip, using a tragic event in a hail mary pass, desperately hoping to score. Revolting. The AP thing is the Justice Dept doing what it should do, and there's no reason to think there's a problem so far.

The IRS thing is where I have some concern. There does need to be an investigation, as the IRS should never be allowed to have even the hint of partisan abuse by the executive branch. There's zero evidence that is the case here.


You're right. The IRS shouldn't be a tool of political harassment and there's no evidence that that's what happened in this case. But there has already been an investigation. Here's the IG report:

http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2013reports/20131...

And a funny article from Forbes on it:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2013/05/15/have-som...

The part of the report that made me believe that much of the whining about this whole incident is phony is this:

"As of May 31, 2012, 32 (36 percent) of 89 I.R.C. § 501(c)(3) potential political cases were open more than 270 calendar days, and the organizations had responded timely to all requests for additional information, as required. As of the end of our fieldwork, none of these organizations had sued the IRS, even though they had the legal right. In another 38 open cases, organizations were timely in their responses to additional information requests, but the 270-calendar-day threshold had not been reached as of May 31, 2012. These 38 organizations may have the right to sue the IRS in the future if determinations are not made within the 270-calendar-day period."

So, none of the organizations that have the right to take the IRS to court over their exempt status determination being delayed have bothered to do so.


It goes on to note that none of the organizations in question were harmed in any way because they can operate without IRS approval while their applications are under review.

Unless you think the IRS IG's office is somehow in on the "conspiracy," there's nothing more to this than Republican scandal-mongering.
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