Christmas came early this year for Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh and Michele Bachmann when it was announced that the IRS had applied extra scrutiny on Tea Party and conservative organizations that requested non-profit status.
“It’s very important to ask, and now it is reasonable to ask, could there potentially be political implications regarding health care? Access to health care? Denial of health care? Will that happen based on a person’s political beliefs or their religiously held beliefs?” Rep. Bachmann asked during a Thursday press conference.
I would have been disappointed if she had said anything less crazy. Could you imagine a hospital denying health services to a citizen because they are Christian? Or Republican? Neither can I.
President Obama wasted no time in voicing his anger at this revelation and calling for the resignation of active IRS Commissioner, Steven Miller.
“It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it,” the President said.
The Treasury Inspector General’s report revealed the tactics had been used from 2010 to 2012, which actually falls under the term of former IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman. Appointed by former President George W. Bush, Schulman’s term spanned from March 24, 2008 to November 9, 2012. Steven Miller began his term on November 10, 2012.
Miller, who was Deputy Commissioner during the time period in question, explained the poor tactics on Friday as, “Foolish mistakes were made by people who were trying to be more efficient in their work.” The tactic was distributed by a Cincinnati office on a BOLO list (“Be On the Look Out”) as a response to the increased applications created by the Citizens United ruling.
Also nominated to their current position by former President Bush 43 is Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George. George concluded that the targeting was the result of mismanagement and there was no evidence of political motivation (as implied by Rep. Bachmann). George also determined there was no outside force pressuring the IRS to further review these specific groups.
President Obama has ordered Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to implement all of the Inspector General’s recommended changes for the IRS.
The investigation is ongoing, but I think it is safe to say nobody is going to be denying services and rights to people because of their political party affiliation. You know, unlike what happens to a specific faction of American citizens based on their sexual orientation. Something Michele Bachmann knows a lot about.