Thank you for stopping by for a visit. You are invited to read and comment on anything posted on this blog. I advocate the maximum amount of Personal and Economic Liberty, consistent with the defense of individual rights. I am fiscally conservative yet socially tolerant, I favor lower taxes, free trade, individual rights, strong national defense and limited government. I subscribe to the Freedom Fighters Creed: I am an American Patriot, defender of the Constitution, First Principles and Essential Liberty.

I believe that buried deep down inside every Conservative you'll find a Libertarian - And Inside Every Liberal Is A Totalitarian Screaming To Get Out.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Exit the IRS Stage Left

Who is Gary Muthert? Well, he is the Internal Revenue Service officer in Cincinnati who gathered applications in 2010 -- presumably from the Tea Party and other conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. He did it, he says, at the behest of a local Cincinnati IRS manager who incidentally remains unidentified. According to transcripts of Muthert's testimony to the House investigative committee, the unidentified manager informed Muthert that "Washington, D.C. wanted some cases." That is to say, Tea Party cases.

Who is Elizabeth Hofacre? She too is an employee of the IRS in Cincinnati. She somehow received Muthert's cases, and whether on her own or at the direction of someone else she sought help with these cases from the Washington, D.C. office whose purview it is to oversee tax-exempt organizations. This gets complicated. Why were Muthert's cases not sent directly to Washington as the unidentified manager requested? How did Hofacre get involved?

Then there is Holly Paz. Who is she? Well, she is a career IRS lawyer with vast experience in several IRS posts. She coordinated with the Cincinnati office on matters of tax-exempt organizations. She seems to be pivotal in this smog of named and unnamed IRS officers, but for what?

These three employees of the IRS are but three named employees of that vast and bewildering smog that is emerging from the IRS scandal. If it continues to grow, soon it will drive all intelligent observers away. All these named and unnamed IRS officers have one thing in common. They were dealing almost exclusively with conservatives' applications for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012, which they insist is purely coincidental. That is what we are told.

Oh, and a few more things we do know about Holly Paz. Roel Campos, her lawyer, has notified us that she is "the hero" in this IRS smog. Moreover, she has been placed on administrative leave. And finally she is a good citizen. She contributed $4,000 to President Barack Obama's election campaign in 2008. Her lawyer assures us that "her political preferences have absolutely no impact on the discharge of her duties." Her donations were just another coincidence.

The IRS is again enmeshed in another political controversy. Franklin Roosevelt was the first American president to abuse the IRS. Then there was John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon. In the 1990s, I myself was visited by the IRS in a curious round of charges against the Clinton administration's use of the IRS for political purposes. As I recall, dozens of conservative organizations were then being stalked by government. For a year, the Heritage Foundation had IRS officers virtually working in its offices. Then the IRS was mysteriously exonerated by Official Washington -- Congress, the media, the White House, anyone who matters. Now it is ensnared once again by claims it has unfairly harassed conservatives and possibly suppressed voter turnout in 2012. CONTINUE READING

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