Eugene Delgaudio: OBAMA DIRECTED IRS TO STOP TEA PARTY
Politics and the IRS: Protesting Too Much
Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate says "the Internal Revenue Service clearly makes its audit decisions because of politics."
With each passing day, it's becoming ever harder to believe that the scandal was "not a political pursuit."
Andrew Stiles writes at National Review :
Defenders of the Obama administration and the IRS insist that the agency's targeting of conservative groups was not politically motivated. It was wrong and regrettable, they concede, but can be chalked up to incompetence, corner-cutting, or (seriously) lack of funding - politics had nothing to do with it. "We were not politically motivated in targeting conservative groups," acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller told members of Congress in May. "This was not a political pursuit," former White House adviser David Plouffe said Sunday on ABC's This Week.
That is becoming harder and harder to believe as we learn more about the IRS scandal and its key players. Karl Rove may have put it best in his response to Plouffe: "Baloney."
Take Douglas Shulman, the IRS commissioner from 2008 to 2012, who has refused to accept any personal responsibility for the inappropriate targeting, which began under his watch. Democrats are quick to point out that Shulman was appointed by George W. Bush. They are less likely to mention the fact that he donated $500 to the Democratic National Committee in 2004, and is married to Susan L. Anderson, a senior program adviser at Public Campaign, a liberal non-profit group dedicated to "sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics." Anderson also appears to have participated in the Occupy D.C. movement in 2011, and worked for the Obama campaign in 2012. Her Twitter feed displays an array of conventional left-wing views, although she stopped tweeting on May 12, two days after the scandal came to light.