Mark Steyn on the growing IRS scandal swirling around Obama


Mark Steyn blogs about the massive IRS scandal that is engulfing the Obama administration:

Left-wing groups had their 501(c)(4) applications approved in weeks, right-wing groups were delayed for months and years and ordered to cough up everything from donor lists to Facebook posts, and those right-wing groups that were approved had their IRS files leaked to left-wing groups like ProPublica. The agency’s commissioner, a slippery weasel called Steven Miller, conceded before Congress that this was “horrible customer service” — which it was in the sense that your call is important to him and may be monitored by George Soros for quality control.

This hasn’t yet made news here, but the scandal is growing.

A civil “civil service” requires small government. Once government is ensnared in every aspect of life a bureaucracy grows increasingly capricious. The U.S. tax code ought to be an abomination to any free society, but the American people have become reconciled to it because of a complex web of so-called exemptions that massively empower the vast shadow state of the permanent bureaucracy. Under a simple tax system, your income is a legitimate tax issue. Under the IRS,everything is a legitimate tax issue: The books you read, the friends you recommend them to. There are no correct answers, only approved answers. Drew Ryun applied for permanent non-profit status for a group called “Media Trackers” in July 2011. Fifteen months later, he’d heard nothing. So he applied again under the eco-friendly name of “Greenhouse Solutions,” and was approved in three weeks.

That is telling. Someone must have ordered such a pogrom against centre-right organisations.

The president and the IRS commissioner are unable to name any individual who took the decision to target only conservative groups. It just kinda sorta happened, and, once it had, it growed like Topsy. But the lady who headed that office, Sarah Hall Ingram, is now in charge of the IRS office for Obamacare. Many countries around the world have introduced government health systems since 1945, but, as I wrote here last year, “only in America does ‘health’ ‘care’ ‘reform’ begin with the hiring of 16,500 new IRS agents tasked with determining whether your insurance policy merits a fine.” So now not only are your books and Facebook posts legitimate tax issues but so is your hernia, and your prostate, and your erectile dysfunction. Next time round, the IRS will be able to leak your incontinence pads to George Soros.

Pure coincidence I am sure.

Big Government is erecting a panopticon state — one that sees everything, and regulates everything. It’s great “customer service,” except that you can never get out of the store..


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  • blokeintakapuna

    The great paradox with America – the land of the free – is that
    they’ve needed to create so many laws to keep themselves “free” that they‘ve
    now become ensnared in those same laws on a daily basis and are now anything
    but “free”

    • Patrick

      Working in America years ago I was often asked “what’s it like to be in a free country?”. Poor brainwashed souls had more rules, regulations & “christian values” than any other place on earth even back then.

  • get a grip

    You have to laugh. The yankee buddies are now more state controlled than the USSR in the old days. Reminds me of the fall of the Roman empire….the great American dream is all turning to shite!

  • cows4me

    This administration is pure evil and nothing less then a fascist state will be good enough for the A holes. “This hasn’t made news here yet”, no fucking kidding, it will only be news here when they march the messiah off to Leavenworth . Till such time our dribbling, lefty, arse licking media will continue to worship the steam coming off his turd.

    • MarkF

      And the next one and the one after that will be no better. Washington is broke in both senses of the word!

      • Anonymouse Coward

        Yep MarkF this little saying illustrates;

        Elephants and asses trampling the masses.

  • Patrick

    The Left, paragons of moral virtues, they would never use the state as a tool to suppress opposition would they?…..Tui anyone?

  • Pita

    “Big Government is erecting a panopticon state — one that sees
    everything, and regulates everything. It’s great “customer service,”
    except that you can never get out of the store..”

    It seems the Eagles “Hotel California” has spread to encompass the entire US…