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Stephanie Cutter Attended WH Meetings With IRS

 

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” An interesting factoid emerges from a look at a transcript of last Friday’s edition of “The Lead With Jake Tapper”Stephanie Cutter was in on the White House meetings that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman attended. 

Cutter insists that Shulman was simply meeting about implementation of ObamaCare — and in fairness, one of her responsibilities was managing communications strategy for the unpopular law.  But as everyone knows, Stephanie Cutter’s expertise is not primarily in the policy area; it is in the realm of politics: Political strategy and communications.  She has been described by the Daily Beast as a partisan “pit bull.”  Her job isn’t the nuts and bolts of governing.  She is a political fixer.  That’s why she was a Deputy Campaign manager for the President’s re-election.”

 

 

Nothing political to see here . Now move along .

 

 

” Consider the following timeline:

May 2009 – Cutter moves to White House from Treasury Department

January 2010 – Citizens United is handed down; Democrats are hysterical

March 2010 – IRS begins targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups

April 2010 – Cutter assigned to sell health care reform; if meetings with Shulman didn’t occur before, presumably they did so afterwards.” 

 

 

   Stephanie Cutter is the poster girl for all things political . Having her involved with the Shulman IRS meetings stinks to high heavens . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The IRS Story Keeps Getting Worse

 

 

 

” The liberal line about the IRS and other administration scandals in the last week has been that even if there was some low-level wrongdoing, an American public that is worried about the economy isn’t really interested in any of it.”

 

Good luck with that.

 

” But the revelation of two new angles to the IRS story in recent days shows that contrary to the hopes of Democrats, it is not only not dying down but could get worse.”

 

Can’t say we are surprised.

 

” The news about Shulman’s liberal connections makes it impossible to go on arguing that the targeting happened while the IRS was run by a partisan Republican. Shulman donated money to the Democratic National Committee in 2004 and his wife Susan L. Anderson is the senior program advisor for Public Campaign, a liberal group that sought to prevent conservatives from getting nonprofit statusAs Breitbart.com reported, her Twitter feed was an ongoing Obama campaign ad.”

 

    The use of America’s most feared , despised and  intrusive agency as just another arm of the Democratic election campaign committee resonates with ALL taxpayers . 

 

” Far from Republicans overplaying their hand on this issue, we may have only just scratched the surface of misconduct.”

     This entire sordid affair serves only to highlight the entrenched power of the statist bureaucrats and just how partisan the Federal government agencies have become . In the words of our “illustrious” leader it is a “teachable moment” ,  just not the kind of lesson that the dems would prefer the voting public to learn .

 

 

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The Lois Lerner Defense

 

” We have the president of the United States’ word as a gentleman that he knew nothing about the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of his enemies until he “learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this.”

Furthermore, although the commissioner of the IRS, Douglas Shulman, visited Obama’s White House no fewer than 157 times, which is 156 times more than his predecessor Mark Everson ever visited the White House, we know that this was for legitimate Easter-egg rolls, as he testified to Congress, and meetings to discuss Obamacare. The Easter Bunny, one should note, visits the White House two to four times as often as the average IRS commissioner did before Mr. Shulman came along. But you can’t make a health-care omelet without breaking Easter eggs: It is one of the many distinctive features of Obama-style “health” “care” “reform” that, while it has not led to the hiring of a single additional doctor, nurse, or hospital janitor, it did require the biggest expansion of the IRS since the Second World War. So, when he wasn’t rolling Easter eggs and advising the moppets on whether they needed to declare the luxury Belgian white chocolate balls with praline filling, he was participating in vital meetings on how many extra SWAT teams he was going to need to enforce the new colonoscopy non-compliance penalty.”

 

 

 

 

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American Voters 4:1 In Favor Of Special Prosecutor For IRS Scandal

 

 

” American voters are getting the whiff of corruption emanating out of Washington D.C.. Quinnipiac surveyed voters and found a whopping 76%-17% in favor of a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal.

Even more surprising, Democrats favored 63%-30% further investigating the IRS’ targeting of pro-Constitution, Conservative, Christian and tea party groups. Furthermore, in the May 30th released poll, President Obama was given a negative 45%-49% job approval, which was just above water at 48%-45% on May 1st. Independent voters were at 37%-57% approval of President Obama.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRS’s Shulman Had More Public White House Visits Than Any Cabinet Member

 

Obama officials who've visited the White House (As prepared by The Daily Caller)

 

 

” An analysis by The Daily Caller of the White House’s public “visitor access records” showed that every current and former member of President Obama’s Cabinet would have had to rack up at least 60 more public visits to the president’s home to catch up with “Douglas Shulman.”

The visitor logs do not give a complete picture of White House access. Some high-level officials get cleared for access and do not have to sign in during visits. A Washington Post database of visitor log records cautions, “The log may include some scheduled visits that did not take place and exclude visits by members of Congress, top officials and others who are not required to sign in at security gates.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noonan: A Battering Ram Becomes A Stonewall

 

 

 

 

” “I don’t know.” “I don’t remember.” “I’m not familiar with that detail.” “It’s not my precise area.” “I’m not familiar with that letter.”

These are quotes from the Internal Revenue Service officials who testified this week before the House and Senate. That is the authentic sound of stonewalling, and from the kind of people who run Washington in the modern age—smooth, highly credentialed and unaccountable. They’re surrounded by legal and employment protections, they know how to parse a careful response, they know how to blur the essential point of a question in a blizzard of unconnected factoids. They came across as people arrogant enough to target Americans for abuse and harassment and think they’d get away with it.

So what did we learn the past week, and what are the essentials to keep in mind?”

 

In December 2010 the FBI came to ask about a person who’d attended a King Street Patriots function. In January 2011 the FBI had more questions. The same month the IRS audited her business tax returns. In May 2011 the FBI called again for a general inquiry about King Street Patriots. In June 2011 Engelbrecht’s personal tax returns were audited and the FBI called again. In October 2011 a round of questions on True the Vote. In November 2011 another call from the FBI. The next month, more questions from the FBI. In February 2012 a third round of IRS questions on True the Vote. In February 2012 a first round of questions on King Street Patriots. The same month the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms did an unscheduled audit of her business. (It had a license to make firearms but didn’t make them.) In July 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did an unscheduled audit. In November 2012 more IRS questions on True the Vote. In March 2013, more questions. In April 2013 a second ATF audit.

All this because she requested tax-exempt status for a local conservative group and for one that registers voters and tries to get dead people off the rolls. Her attorney, Cleta Mitchell, who provided the timeline above, told me: “These people, they are just regular Americans. They try to get dead people off the voter rolls, you would think that they are serial killers.”

 

 

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Former IRS Head Douglas Shulman Visited White House 118 Times

 

 

 

 

” Investigating the IRS scandal has become something like an Easter egg hunt as Congressional committee members question IRS officials and get blank stares and varied phrasing of “I don’t know.” According to a May 22 report on the Wall Street Journal Market Watch, former IRS head Douglas Shulman couldn’t remember much of anything that he discussed in his 118 visits to the White House, but he did recall the White House Easter egg roll.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TENSE EXCHANGE BETWEEN REP. TREY GOWDY AND THE FORMER IRS HEAD YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR…AND IT DOESN’T DISAPPOINT

 

 

 

” South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy showed up to Wednesday’s House hearing on the Internal Revue Service scandal in a fighting mood (as noted here on TheBlaze) and he only became more fired up as the day wore on.

“If there’s inappropriate conduct being done on your watch in the IRS,” Rep. Gowdy said, “then that inappropriate conduct can last as long as the inspector general’s investigation lasts.”

The congressman’s remarks were in response to former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman saying he didn’t stop the agency’s political targeting of conservative groups because the IG was looking into it.”

Damage Control For Dummies

 

 

 

 

” Writing a column on the recent IRS abuses is a hazardous undertaking. The scandal is expanding so quickly that it’s hard to get a paragraph on paper without having to revise it with new, shocking details. As I write this, an unctuous-looking former IRS commissioner by the name of Douglas Shulman is telling the Senate Finance Committee that he knows nothing, to the consternation of Senator Max Baucus. A Democratic senator angry at a Bush-appointed bureaucrat over the targeting of Tea Party groups—strange times on Capitol Hill.

But even in post-scandal Washington, some things always stay the same. One of them is the inclination of many progressives to defend the president at all costs, no matter what the accusation. Some of these arguments—with their logical contortions and obstinate immunity to new facts—have been downright impressive. Media Matters, head to the job fair. America has a hack surplus.

Let’s take a look at six of these rationalizations that have been circulating on the left.”

 

 

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These right-wingers are just upset that the IRS is doing its job.

 

 

 

 

 

The Treasury’s Inspector General Just Released A Damning Report About the IRS Targeting Tea Party Groups

 

 

” On Friday of last week a representative of the IRS admitted that the agency had singled out conservative groups seeking nonprofit status for extra scrutiny. A new report released this afternoon by the Office of Inspector General of the Treasury–which you can read in full below–confirms that Tea Party groups were in fact being targeted for their politics. Here’s the summary of findings: 

The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.  Ineffective management: 1) allowed inappropriate criteria to be developed and stay in place for more than 18 months, 2) resulted in substantial delays in processing certain applications, and 3) allowed unnecessary information requests to be issued.”

 

 

 

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Here is the official report .

 

 

 

 

Recharged Tea Party Demands Justice In IRS Targeting Scandal

 

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” “The Tea Party Patriots rejects the apology from the Internal Revenue Service,” Martin said in a statement. “The IRS lied. They lied before Congress in 2011, and they lied again [in the agency’s apology]. We must know how many more lies they have been telling, and how high up the chain the cover-up goes.”

Attracting fury from Republicans and Democrats alike, the scandal gives recharged legs to the hands-off government network, which has seen a dip in influence since ushering into the Capitol a wave of freshman purists in 2010. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Mn , who’s largely faded from public view since her splashy but ultimately failed presidential bid, berated the “stunning abuse of power” arising from “political beliefs.” “