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  •  and when I say IRS is the big one (11+ / 0-)

    I don't mean there's much there, I mean that's the one the public soaks up.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Thu May 16, 2013 at 04:58:49 AM PDT

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    •  I'm glad you clairifed that, Greg, (7+ / 0-)

      because the IRS "scandal" doesn't have much there there either.

      “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

      by SoCalSal on Thu May 16, 2013 at 05:34:14 AM PDT

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      •  Conservative victim complex (2+ / 0-)
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        SoCalSal, skohayes

        The right-wing will love the IRS one because it feeds into their self-victimization narrative.  It was by all means politically incorrect of the IRS to use "tea party" as a screen; however, it is fully understandable given (a) the rapid growth of tea party groups at the time and (b) their blatantly political nature. There really wouldn't be a comparable term for groups on the left-wing at the time; Occupy groups have never done direct politicking of the sort that Tea party groups do.

        I had a long debate with one of my dad's cousin's (the one who, amusingly enough, had been in a video years ago on young Republican Jews--not joking) yesterday on the IRS scandal, and when he tried to argue that it had an undeniable effect on the 2012 election, I could only laugh.  

        We've seen direct, uneven political targeting with the IRS before--and that was under Bush:  when he targeted the NAACP and the church in Pasadena, for instance, for criticizing him (while, of course, never thinking to investigate the conservative churches that handed out voter guides around the election).  

        The problem is that 501 (c) 4's are kind of in a fuzzy area by design.  501 (c) 3's are banned from all political activity; 501 (c) 4's, on the other hand, can do political activity--but only up to 49% of what they do.  That's a difficult thing to determine and should have more defined laws than currently exist.  Requiring disclosure for all 501 (c) 4's would also be a great step forward because it prevents groups from using them just to shield their donors (which you can't do with a PAC).

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