It appears Lois "Liar" Lerner did indeed target tea party organizations:
Newly-released emails between disgraced Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and her staff may contradict earlier claims that the agency’s harsh treatment of conservative groups was not politically motivated.
One email shows Lerner, then the director of the tax-exempt organizations division, advising her staff in February 2011 that a Tea Party matter is “very dangerous,” and is something “Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on.”Yeah those crazy wacko tea party groups. We have to make sure they don't do anything dangerous and do something like forgo the law, abuse their power, and trample on constitutional rights. They've been known to do that.
Lerner knew exactly what the tea party is all about: keeping government power in check. She believed they were dangerous but not in the way she told her staff. She knows what we are all about. What's the saying about absolute power? Looks like corruption starts well before it becomes absolute:
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, said the emails from Ms. Lerner show a dangerous pattern.
“There is increasing and overwhelming evidence that Lois Lerner and high-level IRS employees in Washington were abusing their power to prevent conservative groups from organizing and carrying out their missions,” he said. “There are still mountains of documents to go through, but it is clear the IRS is out of control and there will be consequences.”
Democrats have argued that liberal groups were also scrutinized, though the latest emails suggest there was an effort to target tea party organizations.Yeah sure they were. See evidence is as stubborn as facts, and we don't have any for liberal groups. We sure as heck have reams of it for tea party groups. The IRS, remember, is going to be in charge of obamacare. Sounds delightful. Ok so they got rid of the bad apples. Everything will be smooth sailing though. No more corruption, right?
Last month, the Minnesota version of ObamaCare attracted attention for spending $9 million on advertisements featuring a giant statue of Paul Bunyan doing Super Dave Osborne tricks to promote the state exchange. If that didn’t amuse many Minnesotans, no one was laughing yesterday after an employee at the exchange e-mailed out confidential information on 2,400 agents to an insurance broker — reminding everyone that data security in the ObamaCare exchanges isn't exactly a top priorityOh so just the usual fraud and incompetence. But at least it's just the normal abuse instead of targeted abuse. Big government agencies just can't help themselves. They will abuse their power, they will go corrupt and the very BEST you can ever expect is run of the mill incompetence. This is not an outlier, this is inevitability. I hope we actually listen to the people and repeal this thing. IRS has proven itself to unreliable, untrustworthy, and corrupt. With HIPPA being basically thrown out the window once they get their claws into healthcare, the only way to deal with it is to support guys like Louie Gohmert:
Should the executive branch fail to provide answers or remedy the scandal, Gohmert continued, Congress should strip the agency of its funding.
“If the administration is not going to be forthcoming with information about the IRS, then it may be necessary to defund part of the executive branch until such time as they become truthful,” he said.
Personally, I don't see why there should be an "if" in his statement. It is necessary to defund the IRS. Remove it entirely. It's not going to get less corrupt. It's not going to get more competent. Government agencies are incapable of this.