Campaign finance attorney and adjunct fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics Paul Jossey writes in The Federalist that, “the next Tea Party scandal is not only coming, it may already be happening” as President Obama’s IRS has shown no signs of stopping the targeting of conservative organizations.
As TruthRevolt previously reported, the IRS began to slowly approve the tax-exempt statuses for groups stuck in the system for the last seven years but has been in no hurry to do so. But as Jossey states, “The IRS scandal never ended, because the behavior never stopped. More importantly, the structural forces that nurtured it—piqued politicians demanding agencies ‘do something’ in accord with political objectives, and like-minded, eager-to-please career employees manning those agencies—means a repeat is not just predictable, it’s inevitable. In fact, it may already be occurring.”
The Obama administration promised that John Koskinen’s role at the IRS would be that of a “turnaround artist”; however, he has been nothing more than a “scam artist” as Jossey explains:
The IRS cover-up began in earnest with John Koskinen. He marred his tenure as IRS head with gross incompetence and perhaps willful obstruction. Yet he has achieved his mission. His middle finger to congressional investigations ensured destroyed evidence, denied justice, and perpetrators walking scot-free.
Before Koskinen, Lois Lerner was knee-deep in corruption at the tax agency. Like Hillary Clinton, tens of thousands of e-mails disappeared off of her “crashed” hard drive; e-mails that would later reveal exactly how she felt about conservatives, calling them “crazies” and “assholes.” Koskinen wasn’t interested in preserving Lerner’s data even though it might contain the information needed to pinpoint who exactly ordered the targeting of Tea Party groups. This obfuscation helped keep top-level officials safely above the law:
No IRS official ever suffered for the blatantly unconstitutional and unethical actions. Lerner pled the Fifth and then walked away with a $129,000 bonus and a pension that vests with 34 years of government “service”—she could receive almost $4 million over her lifetime. Koskinen impeachment talk fizzled, neutered by Republican leadership unwilling to stomach the difficult political fight. Even successful litigation will only result in victims getting official nonprofit status or, where a group’s privacy rights were violated, a damage award and perhaps payment of attorney’s fees.
And then there are top-ranking Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who is using other agencies to serve her political agenda including the Securities and Exchange Commission. Together with the IRS, they are identifying the “threat” and picking them off one by one.
“Whether Warren’s crusade… bears fruit likely does not matter,” Jossey writes. “Eventually companies that fund free-market nonprofits will be revealed in an illegal transfer to the SEC’s enforcement division a la Lerner, or the IRS will ‘accidently’ make donor lists public like it did with the National Organization for Marriage. Or DOJ’s anti-trust division, or the Environmental Protection Agency, or the hundred other federal agencies with large budgets and career employees who ‘get the message.’”
His piece ends with this warning: “The next Tea Party scandal is not only coming, it may already be happening. When it does, the charade will begin anew, and no one will pay a price. The only loss will be Americans’ constitutional rights. Once again, it will be old news.”
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