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May 26, 2013

This past week has revealed the Obama administration is governing in a way we have never seen in this nation's history....

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Tedeaux

May-26-13 4:41 AM

The Democrats using their influence to slowly consolidate their power with the eventual goal of smashing all competition for higher office. Targeting certain groups sounds a lot like what the Nazis would do. Our very basic right to vote is being compromised by these actions by the Democrats.

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Bufftrev1

May-26-13 6:13 AM

Hahaha.. Erik..

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CHayes

May-26-13 6:23 AM

"Regardless how you feel about non-profit organizations, the IRS has been not just playing favorites, but deliberately targeting conservative applications for scrutiny that should make any American frightened."

Sure they were "deliberately targeting conservative applications". Why out of 298 applications set aside for additional scrutiny, 96 or about 30% were from conservative organizations.

Someone please remind me again why a political business shouldn't have to pay taxes like every other small business in the US?

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CHayes

May-26-13 6:26 AM

"Back in 2011, the White House attempted to exclude Fox News from a round of interviews with "executive pay" czar Kenneth Feinberg."

So? The White House, now as ALWAYS has every right to grant or revoke press passes from ANY organization it sees fit.

Why should the WH grant press access to Fox "News"? There are high school newspapers all over the country with higher journalistic standards than Fox, yet they don't get press passes.

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ToTEXASfromPA

May-26-13 6:41 AM

It doesn't matter whether it is a Democrat or Republican Party in control of the White House, Senate or House, we should expect and demand integrity, morality, fairness, and servanthood.

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Ritty77

May-26-13 6:50 AM

"Why out of 298 applications set aside for additional scrutiny, 96 or about 30% were from conservative organizations."

Why? I don't know. How about the person in charge, instead of taking the 5th, offers and explains those exculpatory statistics to Congress and the American people.

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spike2

May-26-13 7:07 AM

How about we ask about the amount of time for approval of all Non=Profits? I'm a Democrat, our business was nonpolitical, no profit beyond the costs of business expenses, we had a lawyer an accountant and the help of our local Republican congressman. The questionnaire still came. We had help from a retired local Judge. Tea Party groups were apparently targeted but it was not a smooth ride for any of us.Erik, what is the name of the brother who was approved in one month and/or the name of his organization. It takes more than a month to get registered and apply for a tax exemption within your own state, have your organizational name approved, etc.

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CHayes

May-26-13 7:14 AM

" "Why out of 298 applications set aside for additional scrutiny, 96 or about 30% were from conservative organizations."

Why? I don't know"

You apparently have a rather broad definition of the phrase "singled out".

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CHayes

May-26-13 7:19 AM

It's like listening to a bunch of spoiled children throwing a fit that they couldn't get their cookie fast enough. Of course in this case, the "cookie" is millions of American taxpayer dollars.

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CHayes

May-26-13 7:38 AM

WAAAAAA! We think we got one jelly bean less than everyone else, but if you try and tell how many jelly beans everyone got, its the same as the Nazi death camps!

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eriklatranyi

May-26-13 7:55 AM

From the Jacksonville dot com:

Barack H. Obama Foundation, which was soliciting tax-deductible contributions from the public although it was not tax exempt. The Foundation is named for Obama's father and is based in Kenya. Its founder and chairman is Abon'go Malik Obama, whose father is also the father of President Obama.

The IRS not only failed to investigate, but in June 2011 it retroactively granted the Obama Foundation tax-exempt status.

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CarlHiller

May-26-13 8:10 AM

Lois Lerner not only approved and signed the paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which had operated illegally for a number of years, she broke with the standards of tax-exemption approval status by granting the "charity" retroactive tax-exempt status. The Obama Foundation "charity" is headed by the Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, and had operated illegally for years. Dear Lois approved the tax status within a month of filing. This is an extremely short time which stands in complete contrast to those conservative organizations that have been waiting in many cases for more than three years.

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Ritty77

May-26-13 8:16 AM

"There are high school newspapers all over the country with higher journalistic standards than Fox..."

Soon after the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident, the local authorities released the 911 call made by Zimmerman. In it, the dispatcher asked Zimmerman the race of the other party involved. Zimmerman replied, "He was Black."

When MSNBC played the 911 call, they edited out the dispatcher asking Zimmerman about race, making it appear that Zimmerman just said it. This was done to make the public think Zimmerman's motive was racial hatred.

MSNBC edited a tape to intentionally inflame racial tension in a fledgling criminal investigation of an event where a young man was dead and another would be going to trial for his own life.

Can you cite such an egregious violation of "journalistic standards" from FOX News?

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CHayes

May-26-13 8:19 AM

Lois Lerner is not only the person that brought this to light, but she is also the person that ordered staffers to stop using specific words to search for applications. She also is not willing to be dragged into your little political witch hunt that you want to use to distract the public from your failures.

There has not even been the accusation that a law has been broken, by Lois Lerner,or anyone else. But the one good thing that has come out of this completely manufactured scandal, is that these tax cheat groups (both liberal and conservative) are now receiving a great deal of scrutiny now.

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CHayes

May-26-13 8:21 AM

" Can you cite such an egregious violation of "journalistic standards" from FOX News?"

Sure, how about the one I cite often here. They reported that the LAPD had preordered 10,000 jet packs. A story that came directly, literally, from the Weekly World News.

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CHayes

May-26-13 8:23 AM

Darryl Issa knew about this investigation last year, but he said nothing. What is he trying to hide?

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Ritty77

May-26-13 8:24 AM

Lois Lerner admitted improperly targeting Conservative groups and apologized for it.

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philunderwood

May-26-13 8:43 AM

A great and truthful letter Erik.

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rick424

May-26-13 8:46 AM

You people really do hate Obama, imagine the hatred when we have our first woman president in 2016! Hillary 2016!!!

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gavinf56

May-26-13 9:11 AM

"You people really do hate Obama, imagine the hatred when we have our first woman president in 2016! Hillary 2016!!!" - rick424

If the debt goes over $20 trillion (which it will within a year of the 2016 election), it will never happen. The $20 trillion mark is a psychological barrier.

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Ritty77

May-26-13 9:14 AM

And Rick, you'll continue to assign the wrong, most egregious reasons for opposition to Obama all the while the Tea Party's concerns about big, overspending, overreaching government are being vindicated.

But you believe what you write and it makes you feel like a better person so nothing can be written to change that.

Others' motives must be hate, and since yours are not, you are superior. Or, since the "NRA are terrorists," and you're not a member of the NRA, you are not a terrorist, so you are superior.

Keep drinking.

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Ritty77

May-26-13 9:23 AM

"Darryl Issa knew about this investigation last year, but he said nothing. What is he trying to hide?"

If we could get people to answer questions honestly (or at all) maybe we could get those answers. Some GOPers are asking the same questions about Issa.

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CHayes

May-26-13 9:24 AM

" the while the Tea Party's concerns about big, overspending, overreaching government are being vindicated."

So the budget deficit is a big concern for tea party groups? If that was really an honest concern for tea party groups, why would they seek o evade paying taxes on their businesses, then whine that it isn't easy enough? That's pretty ballsy wouldn't you say?

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Ritty77

May-26-13 9:30 AM

Are you suggesting that only Republicans own political "businesses" and use all legal (and sometimes illegal) methods to lower or eliminate their taxes? Are you seriously suggesting that these practices are not bipartisan?

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CHayes

May-26-13 10:00 AM

" Are you suggesting that only Republicans own political "businesses" and use all legal (and sometimes illegal) methods to lower or eliminate their taxes"

Exactly who is that question directed at? Me? You know the guy that just said a few comments down that the heads of the Presidents Organizing for America should be in prison for tax evasion?

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