As much as “progressives” like Rachel Maddow might wish it, the IRS abuse of liberty is not going to go softly into that good night. The facts on the ground are inconvenient for the Left, to say the least. The latest fact blast is from the Treasury Department’s Inspector General.
Some on the Left whined that the IRS’ scrutiny was an equal-opportunity abuse of government power, in that “progressive” groups were just as much subject to unfair scrutiny as groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names. Uh, not so fast, says the IG in its report. From the Hill’s story:
“Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” George wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill.
The inspector general stressed that 100 percent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12” in their name were flagged for extra attention, while only 30 percent of the groups with “progress” or “progressive” were highlighted as potentially political.
Reasonable people may argue that neither conservative nor liberal groups should ever get tax exempt status. It is beyond reason that more than three times as many conservative groups received extra scrutiny, scrutiny in some instances approaching the taxman’s version of a colonoscopy.
As Peggy Noonan’s column has it today,
The evidence showed conservative groups were singled out for abuse by the IRS, not liberal groups. While some liberal groups might have wound up on a BOLO [Be On the LookOut] list, the IRS did not target them.
Your government, hard at work, trying to suppress those whose politics make them squirm.