Do you understand that the IRS will not need to repeat 2012 targeting of Tea Party groups in 2014 because those groups ARE BEING PUMMELED INTO SILENCE instead?
Do you understand?
The wide-ranging “omnibus” spending bill just approved by Congress, with the cooperation of Republicans, failed to include a proposed provision reversing a new Obama regulation that will turn all those nonprofit groups – which had been targeted as potential violators of their tax-free status – into TAXABLE institutions.
So no need for targeting!
Keeping this provision out, according to Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, was the one thing on which Democrats would not compromise during negotiations over the bill.
Under the regulation, quietly brought out over Thanksgiving, the type of groups the IRS had targeted will have their “educational” activities reclassified as “political” activities, therefore making them no longer tax exempt.
It’s IRS targeting all over again, only this time by administration design and with the raw political goal—as House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) notes—of putting “tea party groups out of business.”
My sources say that throughout the negotiations Democrats went all in on keeping the IRS rule, even though it meant losing their own priorities.
Meanwhile, unions can keep right on performing the same types of activities unbothered by the taxman.
Instead of depoliticizing the IRS, the administration has doubled down. In a brutal act of political muscle, it’s rolling up the opposition. Invoking Plan B to silence the Tea Party. AND NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE.
The press certainly doesn’t mind. It’s focused instead on traffic cones on the George Washington Bridge.
Do you understand what’s going on here? Do you?
Have a nice weekend.