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Obama calls alleged IRS misdeeds “outrageous,” won’t tolerate them

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HERE‘s the story:

President Barack Obama strongly condemned officials at the Internal Revenue Service for singling out conservative groups during the lead-up to the 2012 elections.

In a press conference on Monday, Obama called the reports “outrageous” and intolerable, while saying he would reserve harsher judgement for when a fuller report on the IRS’s actions is formally released.

“This is pretty straightforward,” said Obama. “If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that is outrageous, and there is no place for it, and they have to be held fully accountable, because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity and people have to have confidence that they are applying the laws in a non-partisan way. You should feel that way regardless of party.”

“But I have got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it, and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this,” he added.

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  1. Steve Berg

    Enough strong condemnation. Where are the handcuffs? One of the Articles of Impeachment for Nixon was that he had misused the IRS to go after his supposed enemies. This is a serious matter, and heads should roll. It is about time that Attorney General Holder actually did some prosecuting.

  2. Let’s not forget, Richard Nixon had an enemies list of 20, which he planned to have the IRS target with tax audits. He later updated that to a master list of all his political opponents. He planned to use government agencies against them.

    Nixon was the grand-daddy of dirty tricks against the democrats. The apples haven’t fallen far from the tree.

  3. Neftali

    “The apples haven’t fallen far from the tree.” – Why are you trying to say, Tex? That there is some connection between Nixon and present day IRS people? You’re not making any sense.

  4. Robert

    Can anybody on the right tell me how this is socialist behavior coming from the guy in White House? Citizens United was just the beginning. The more I look at the guy I voted for, the more I realize he’s there to bring the left along, throwing bits of red meat out in terms of social issues, but he’s there for the corporations first (no matter how much he implies he’s looking out for the people, he’s looking out for the party). How the right can be so blinded by their insatiable hatred, hatred that’s fueled by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Neil Boorts, Glenn Beck and Fox News, is really a sign of just how narrow these minds on the right are.

    …”amid growing domestic unrest with the Obama administration’s plans to include new political powers for corporations in the deal.”…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/13/obama-cameron-trade-corporations_n_3269002.html

  5. That’s a pretty lame comment Nef. Especially for someone who pretends to know so much about politics. I think you just pretend not to see your party’s dirty tricks. Richard Nixon had many dirty tricks up his sleeve. One of them was tax audits on his enemies. The Republicans of today follow in his footsteps. Like getting as much mileage as possible from this. Like it hasn’t happened before.

    You probably didn’t know that the NAACP was audited in 2004, because they denounced GWB’s war. Did the Republicans complain then?

    You’re probably too wet behind the ears to remember the name Ken Starr, and his dirty tricks to keep the Clintons off balance. But you should remember recent events like birtherism, obstructionism, Benghazism, austerity (to keep the economy from improving), voter id laws, a promise to make him a one term president, and all the other dirty tricks the Republicans have used on this president. Yes sir. The Republicans of today certainly inherited dirty tricks from old “Tricky Dicky.”

  6. Neftali

    No tex, its your own comments that are lame and misinformed.

    I’m well aware of the NAACP audit of 2004. But the NAACP is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. There are very specific guidelines that must be followed in regards to political activity of charitable organizations. Details here:

    http://www.asaecenter.org/Resources/whitepaperdetail.cfm?ItemNumber=12202

    So having this organization be the target of a random audit is not that uncommon, or unreasonable. This is in contrast to almost all tea party organizations, which are not listed as 501(c)(3) status, but were unfairly targeted.

    As your other comments, I’ll borrow from one of Pat’s favorite phrases, and point out they are part of the popular liberal boobsie. (I think that’s the word)

    Ken Starr and Clinton? Completed justified. I could care less about the President’s personal relations, but lying under oath is a crime. Bitherism? Irrelevant. Obstructionism? Probably a bit excessive at times, but usually justified. Beghazism? That’s a new one. But that’s completely justified. The more info that comes out, the worse it gets. Voter id laws? Despite all the left-wing paranoia, it really didn’t make much of a difference. As for the one-term President comment from Cheney, it was never a promise, it was a remark at a campaign rally, something the every opposing party has done since the beginning of time.

    Nope, what you are most upset about Tex, is that the liberal agenda doesn’t have a cakewalk through Congress and that they actually must be held accountable for their actions instead of running in the dictatorship style that you want.

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