Lerner’s Coverup Uncovered And More *Weekend Open Thread*

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Oh, yeah – this is a good one, and is exactly what many of us expected: Lois Lerner is most DEFINITELY biased against Conservatives.

Hey, don’t take my word for it. Take hers, via the Daily Caller:

New emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday provide more evidence that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner is not fond of conservatives.

“So we don’t need to worry about teRroists [sic]. It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” Lerner wrote in a Nov. 9, 2012 email exchange with an IRS colleague.

Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp revealed the emails in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. […]

I have little doubt that Ms. Lerner is guilty of wrongdoing. Again, her own words convict her:

[…] Lerner’s email mocking conservative “crazies” came at the end of an exchange with an unnamed colleague.

“Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP. The US is through; too many foreigners sucking the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food, and prepare for the end. The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to,” wrote Lerner’s correspondent.

“And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows,” the colleague wrote. “The callers are rabid.”

“Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many assholes,” replied Lerner in the email, though the pejorative was redacted in the email provided by Camp.

In his letter, Camp reminds Holder of other possible biases displayed by Lerner. In response to a news article about the pro-Obama non-profit Organizing for Action, Lerner wrote to another colleague, “Oh – maybe I can get the DC office job!”

Yeah, it’s like that. That is the way this woman, who held so much power over all of these groups, conducted herself ON THE JOB in an agency that is meant to be, and should be, non-partisan. Rep. Camp highlights Lerner’s discriminatory behavior:

[…] “This email shows that Ms. Lerner’s mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives,” Camp wrote.

“This new evidence clearly demonstrates why Ms. Lerner not only targeted conservatives, but denied such groups their rights to due process and equal protection under the law.”

Camp claims that the emails “build on ample evidence” that Lerner used her official position “to improperly influence agency action against only conservative organizations.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

No kidding. But wait, there is more. You may recall some time ago, I mentioned in a post (“IRScrewed“) that it wasn’t just Conservative groups that were targeted, but religious groups, specifically Jewish ones, as well. Thanks to a link provided from a friend to CainTV.com, was a link to this WSJ article, “The IRS’s Foreign Policy.” As you might gather, the article addresses how groups which are supportive of Israel have also been treated by the IRS. From the WSJ:

[…] In 2009 the Pennsylvania group Z Street applied for tax-exempt status for its mission of educating people about Israel-related issues. In 2010 an IRS agent told Z Street that its application was delayed because the tax agency’s Washington, D.C. office was giving special scrutiny to groups whose missions might conflict with Administration policies. The IRS’s “Be On the Lookout” list that November also included red flags for groups referring to “disputed territories.”

Z Street sued in August 2010 for viewpoint discrimination and its case is headed for discovery in federal court. Now emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee show that the IRS and State Department were conferring in 2009 about pro-Israel groups like Z Street and considering arguments to deny their tax-exempt applications.

In an April 16, 2009 email, Treasury attache to the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem Katherine Bauer sent IRS and Treasury colleagues a 1997 JTA News article sent to her by State Department foreign service officer Breeann McCusker. The subject was whether 501(c) groups buying land in Israel’s disputed territories were engaged in “possible violations of U.S. tax laws.” The article chronicles the controversy and whether “ideological activity” can “legally be financed with the help of U.S. [tax] dollars.”

“Thought you might find the below article of interest—looks like we’ve been down this road before,” Ms. Bauer wrote. “Although I believe you’ve said you can’t speak to on-going investigations, I thought it was worth flagging the 1997 investigation mentioned below for you if it can be of any use internally when looking for precedence [sic] for the current cases.” A Treasury spokesman declined comment on Ms. Bauer’s behalf.

“Rogue agents,” my derriere. This was clearly a systemic process, and far-reaching, even into Foreign Policy. In light of the recent events in Israel, this is particularly disturbing. You know there is more:

The “current cases” would have been applications like Z Street’s in which Israel-related activity was apparently being scrutinized for its ideological and policy content. The government says Z Street got special scrutiny because it was focused in a region with a higher risk of terrorism, which is hard to believe and in any case doesn’t explain all of the IRS’s behavior.

It doesn’t cover, for instance, why one questionnaire we’ve seen from the IRS to another Jewish group applying for tax-exempt status asked, “Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?” and “Describe your organization’s religious belief system toward the land of Israel.” No matter the answers, they should not affect the processing of an application for 501(c) status. The State-IRS emails reveal a political motivation for IRS scrutiny that gives Z Street powerful evidence for its suit charging IRS bias. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yep, this just begs more questions than it answers, doesn’t it?

The political targeting by the IRS doesn’t just extend to conservative groups, but to groups with connections to Israel. I am seeing that in a whole new light now, aren’t you? Truly disturbing.

And because I love y’all so much, I will leave you with this outstanding video of our beloved Rep. Trey Gowdy on the very issue of the IRS:

This is your Weekend Open Thread. Tons going on in the news, so feel free to talk about any of the above, or any of the other news. Have at it!

Personal Note: I will be heading down to Grand Cayman for two weeks starting August 9th. As usual, while I will do my best to respond to comments, I will be stepping away from the computer as much as possible. Having both our 10 yr old grandnephew there for 8 days, and our 22 yr old godson there for 6 days, I expect to be pretty busy having fun with the boys.

As always, anyone who wishes to have a post put up in my absence, please let me know, and I would be delighted to do so. Our Katherine B. has kindly offered a post on her experiences in Israel, a very timely subject. Thanks so much, Katherine!

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6 Responses to “Lerner’s Coverup Uncovered And More *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Sending condolences to Amy and family on their loss. ❤

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    The potus is shrinking. 🙂

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Something to think about

    If you had purchased $1000.00 worth of Delta Airlines stock 10 years ago you would have $49.00 today.

    If you had purchased $1000.00 worth of AIG stock 10 years ago you would have $33.00 today.

    If you had purchased $1000.00 worth of Lehman Brothers stock 10 years ago you would have $00.00 today.

    BUT if you had purchased $1000.00 worth of beer 1 year ago, drank all the beer and then recycled the cans you would have $214.00 today. Based on that information it would appear the best investment is to drink heavily and recycle. It’s called the 401-Keg.

    As a bonus a recent study found that the average American walks 900 miles a year. Another study found that the average American drinks 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

    That means the average American gets 41 miles to the gallon.

    Makes you proud to be an American doesn’t it?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Holy smokes, that IS something abt which to think. And funny, to boot. Thanks, Marge!

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