The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) pursue criminal action against former senior IRS official Lois Lerner in response to the criminal activity uncovered during the House’s own investigation into the recent IRS scandal in which Tea Party organizations were specifically singled out for undue scrutiny in 501(c)(4) applications.
Republican Congressional leaders, less than three hundred miles from Fort Sumter where the Confederates fired on the federal government and launched a horrific four-year American Civil War, are meeting to declare a civil war against conservatives who are the base of the Republican Party.
Both Mitch McConnell and that worthless slug John Boehner in the House need to go--definitely from leadership, but also from their seats in congress as well. They have proven themselves to be not only an impediment to the advancement of conservative values, but an enemy of those values.
It is an article of faith in Washington among the ruling class that were it not for those unreasonable conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee that Republicans would control the Senate. Those are the types, so the mantra goes, who win primaries and then lose elections that could otherwise be won. like Richard Murdock of Indiana and Todd Akin of Missouri. But what about the anointed "reasonable" Republicans? How have they done in recent elections?
Upsetting the status quo means shaking up and displacing an entrenched, comfortable political establishment. For Tea Partiers, this means not just the opposition party, but also the establishment in its own party – the Republican Party. Take, for instance, the current primary challenge in Kentucky by Tea Partier Matt Bevin against Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.
In Texas, the lieutenant governor is almost as powerful as the governor, serving at the head of the state Senate, which requires 21 out of 31 votes to bring anything to the floor. Quite simply, if the lieutenant governor doesn’t like your bill, it is dead. National political writers miss this important point as they autopsy the meaning of the Texas Republican primary elections.
A lot has happened since former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations head Lois Lerner refused to testify in May 2013 about the agency targeting of the tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations, asserting her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. For starters, it turns out the scandal goes much higher than was originally stated.
140,000 comments. That’s how many groups and individuals weighed in on the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations that would normalize the IRS’ targeting of tea party groups, and a review of a sampling of these comments reveals a startling new reality – they overwhelmingly came from conservative/limited government supporters. It seems the tea party has grown up, and not a second too soon.
Have you ever watched a person or a group of people who always seem to find a way to lose? They are the ones for whom the statement was made about "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory." Consider what is perhaps the most clear example of this exasperating behavior from the Republican establishment.
Tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Applications for tax exempt status were delayed even as groups indicated they intended to engage in political activities that were allowed by law and regulation for (c)(4)s. In the meantime, agency officials considering the applications feigned ignorance over what was allowable while thousands of existing (c)(4)s were unaffected by the new standard.Next Page »
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964