"people using the IRS for their own little weapon to silence those with which they disagree"<quoted text>
That actually is something I am interested in, but no time to look at it right now. But that is completely irrelevant to the bigger issue. Groups were targeted and harassed for their IDEAS, that SHOULD bother even you on the Left.
...Bottom line, if even the press and Democrats are calling this indefensible, why is it you Left wing posters on here refuse to acknowledge the absolute danger to the principles this county was founded upon in people using the IRS for their own little weapon to silence those with which they disagree?
Because this is YOUR characterization which is not being born out by the facts.
The IRS And The Tea Party: Probe Finds Big Bungling But Scant Fuel For Scandal
Howard Gleckman, Contributor
5/15/2013 @ 3:57PM
The IRSs botched processing of requests for tax-exempt status by political groups isnt the new Watergate. It is, in fact, as scandals go, it is barely the Days Innbased on what weve learned from a much-anticipated report by the Treasury Departments Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
...Yet, despite dark conspiracy theories, TIGTA found no evidence of political meddling. Despite allegations that the agency singled out tea party groups for special scrutiny, of the nearly 300 cases the IRS labeled potentially political, only one-third were identified as tea party or other conservative organizations. And not one of those 300 cases, including the conservative groups, had its application for tax-exempt status denied, though some are still pending.
...In sum, TIGTA found an IRS staff scrambling to keep up with requests for tax-exempt status in an area it did not understand well. The staff seemed unaware of the political implications of what it was doing, and was poorly managed. Senior officials seemed to be aware of the problem as early as 2011, yet could not fix it for a year and a half.
This is a huge embarrassment for the IRS and likely to make it more difficult for the agency to police groups that have stepped over the political line. But based on what we know so far, this is no Watergate scandal.