IRS Scandal: Enforcer for Planned Parenthood

Al Capone IRS

We’ll  try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong  patriotic duty not to go to jail.
Dave Barry

Ronald Reagan used to say that in his neighborhood the IRS was regarded as a terrorist organization.  I think a more apt current description of it is as an enforcer for various political entities including Worse Than Murder, Inc:

Similarly, the nonprofit Thomas More Society is now alleging that the IRS withheld approval for tax-exempt status from two pro-life organizations because of their demonstrations against abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent “Ms. Richards” told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood. Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved…

In another similar case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for charitable tax-exempt recognition of Christian Voices for Life, questioning the group’s involvement with “40 Days for Life” and “Life Chain” events. The Fort Bend County, Texas, organization was subjected to repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.

Thomas More Society special counsel Sally Wagenmaker calls the IRS authority in these cases is “disturbing.”

Go here to The Blaze to read the rest. Due to the necessity of having tax funds to run the government, the IRS possesses broad and unique powers to financially ruin individuals and groups, and to bring criminal charges that can devastate the life of the individuals and groups on the receiving end.  Under the current administration this power has been used for blatantly political ends.  This is the very essence of tyranny.

“The IRS! They’re like the Mafia, they can take anything they want!”

Jerry Seinfeld

2 Responses to IRS Scandal: Enforcer for Planned Parenthood

  • I think it is clear that the IRS was twisted to political ends. The Executive Branch, in all of our pieces, constantly faces that danger. There is no area of law that an Administration can’t twist with a congress that will not exercise its responsibilities.

    We should be careful here.

    The government is staffed by many good and loyal civil servants and it is unwise to treat those rank and file as untrustworthy or tyrannical.

    It is even more unwise to treat Congress as heroic for showing up at the eleventh hour, when politics necessitates it, to the fight against tyranny. If this Congress did its job in checking the Executive Branch on an ongoing basis, we wouldn’t be in this mess!

  • You are so right David. Thanks for the good post.

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