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  •  Yes, the selection was systematic (0+ / 0-)

    Specific terms were used to identify which applications would get extra scrutiny.

    And here's the key point - "without regard to their potential for not meeting the standard".

    That's false. There was regard to their potential for not meeting the standard. The potential was the fact that they were a new type of group, there was a high volume of applications, and in a short period of time, all of which create a potential for fraudsters and non-compliance.

    As I have noted - under different circumstances the trigger has been "environmental", "investment club", "Hurricane Katrina", etc.  

    This time the trigger was "tea party".  But again - the question is why was "tea party" a trigger?  The evidence suggests it was for the same reason that "environmental" was - the potential for fraudsters and non-compliance during a high-volume wave of new entities trying for tax exempt status.  

    If the IRS agents involved are interviewed, or we examine their emails/letters/etc. and discover that this was not the case - that they selected these groups in an attempt to damage the Tea Party cause - then by all means fire them, and hell, put Karl Rove in charge of an independent probe into whether this involved the White House.

    But that's not what the IG report says.

    In the end, the IG report is correct in saying that the IRS should have been more transparent about this, and communicated better about it.  These failures more than anything are what has led to the President's remarks and the IRS' apology.

    But let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater and say that a legitimate IRS practice of targeting certain groups or transactions due to the new and high volume nature of their activity is wrong.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed May 15, 2013 at 09:08:03 AM PDT

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    •  No I was referring to (0+ / 0-)

      african, or jewish.

      You make a case that the IRS itself doesn't make.

      The evidence suggests it was for the same reason that "environmental" was - the potential for fraudsters and non-compliance during a high-volume wave of new entities trying for tax exempt status.
       

      Why only those right wing terms? Why not progressive?

      I would the out the baby- but treat all babies fairly- which the IRS didn't do.

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