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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

On Thursday afternoon, House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) led a seventh hearing on the IRS’ so-called “systematic delay and scrutiny” of Tea Party 501(c)(4) applications between 2010 and 2012.

During his opening remarks, Issa emphasized the significance of not jumping to conclusions without valid evidence.

Issa, however, has spent the past two months doing just that.

In an op-ed published by USA Today on Wednesday, Issa accused the Obama administration and “their allies in Congress and the news media” of trying to “push the scandal as far away from their own backyard as possible.” This comes a month after he accused the Obama administration of having played a direct role in the targeting and “cover-up.”

The chairman promised that Thursday’s hearing — featuring testimony from IRS Inspector General J. Russell George, Chief Counsel Michael McCarthy, revenue agent Elizabeth Hofacre, and retired tax law specialist Carter Hull — would finally reveal the truth behind the supposed scandal.

Carter Hull’s testimony was expected to support Issa’s claim that Washington played a role in the delayed tax-exemption status confirmations of numerous Tea Party organizations.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Hull had originally had told investigators that although his judgment about applications is normally enough to approve or deny an applicant’s tax-exempt status, in April 2010 he was ordered by a supervisor to pay “extra attention” to some Tea Party applications as a “trial run for how the agency might handle such cases going forward.” This new process required that Hull send the applications through Washington IRS senior official Lois Lerner’s and IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins’ offices for additional scrutiny and determination.

After Hull sent the applications, the process stalled until Hull met with Wilkins’ staff and Lerner’s senior advisor in August 2011.

The process described by Hull shows a system that effectively sent applications through an office that could ensure that a Democratic appointee and his staff could act as a filter for the conservative organizations’ applications.

At Thursday’s hearing, Hull testified that he found this new process “unusual” and that in his over-40-year career, he had never experienced anything like it. However, when pressed to answer if had ever received direct orders from Washington IRS officials, or had knowledge of White House involvement or political motivation on behalf of any IRS or White House official, he acknowledged that this was not the case. Hull testified that he never received direct orders from Washington IRS officials, and never had any knowledge of White House involvement or political motivation on behalf of any officials.

When House Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) — the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee — asked Cincinnati IRS revenue agent Elizabeth Hofacre if she had any knowledge of Cincinnati IRS officials’ political motives or bias, Hofacre testified that she did not.

Republicans on the committee took turns pressing Hofacre for more information about low-ranking IRS officials and their potential political motivations, but Hofacre said nothing to support the claim there was unequal treatment of conservative groups and progressive groups. Moreover, not a single Tea Party organization was denied tax-exempt status; the only 501(c)(4) applicant whose request for tax-exempt status was recently denied was progressive group, the Maine chapter of Emerge America.

  • Lynda Groom

    Representative Issa…you lie! Trying to say that he has never accused the White House of direct involvement is beyond bazaar, and out there where the buses don’t run. Maybe Issa will apologize to Carey for referring to him as the Presidents paid liar. Don’t hold your breath.

    • JDavidS

      Lynda…Take a deep breath, calm down and remember…Issa, like Lyin’ Ryan, is a mental midget and their only purpose on earth is to serve as comic relief.

      • Dominick Vila

        Not to mention a distraction to deflect attention from the inability of the Grand Old Party to come up with constructive ideas on how to solve our socio-economic and geo-political problems.

        • Lynda Groom

          They have nothing except the same tired old bromides and talking points. They’ve done virtually nothing for more than four years to improve the economy for a very good reason. They have no idea what to do. I’m not convinced the Democrats are much better, but at least they are trying. For the most part I believe that the leadership in our Congress, having no economic bona fides, just keep plugging along hoping the economy will fix itself. That’s a great plan they’ve got there…not!

          • Dominick Vila

            I agree. Let’s not forget that when Sen. McCain ran for President his only proposal was to let our market forces lead the recovery, at a time when our market forces were the ones that needed incentives and help to recover. Nothing new or viable has come from the party of NO since then, other than privatizing Social Security, dismantling MEDICARE, repealing ACA, and protecting the interests of the elite at the expense of the poor.
            Their fiscal “solutions” have been tried before with devastating consequences to our economy, Treasury, industry and job market. Incredibly, a segment of our population remains intent on repeating the same failed policies that brought our economy to its knees.

          • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

            The incredible thing is that poor white southerners have been duped, over and over again, into voting against their own self interest. What’s up with that?

          • Dominick Vila

            In all fairness, opposition to a progressive agenda is not limited to white southerners. There is robust opposition throughout the country, especially in the Bible Belt, for reasons that often have little to do with common sense and how to improve our standard of living. The driving force is usually political ideology, religion, with a heavy infusion of ignorance in the mix. A large segment of our population is more inclined to be influenced by a cute 30-second commercial than be inclined to research and study issues with a focus on pragmatic solutions. I don’t agree with everything Democrats do, but more often than not the party I belong to is more likely to fight for the things that make a difference in the lives of the middle class than the Republican party does.

          • Steve Squared

            Dominck, you are the poster child for lib psuedo-intellect psycho babble. First of all, the only demographic that voted greater than 50% for obama were blacks and Hispanics making less than $50K/yr (23% of the overall vote, voting lib at an 85% clip). If you want a source go check lib university UCONN’s Roper Statistics department. So your stereotyping of voters is nothing short of asinine. Socio-economic issues? You mean like welfare-to-work programs the “give-em-a-fish” libs stipped and try to claim are bigoted? Helping people bootstrap out of poverty, bigoted, yeah right. No child left behind programs initiated by the repubs and stripped by the libs. Keep ’em poor, dumb, needy and voting is the lib way. It’s working too, with the most people on gov’t assistance (1 in 6 Americans) since the Great Depression. Obama just set race relations back 50 years with his handling of what even Trayvon’s mom said was not a racially motivated crime. Lib immigration reforms with zero forethought to what they’ll do when they get here (other than vote); vast majority of economists saying their pay will decrease. “Geo-political”? Are you kidding me? Global relations have been “reset-buttoned” back to the cold war with Russian and China. Spying, lack of any decisions or leadership on global crisis in Syria, Egypt, Israel, Iran, China, etc. The globe is laughing in the face of obama and respect for the US is at an all time low. How you can possibly blame any one other than those in charge the last 5 years for global incidents outside of Iraq/Afghanistan is just blithering nonsense. Frankly I have to question whether or not you even understand some of the terms you use, because your blame game is so misguided it waxes delusional.

          • Dominick Vila

            I am not planning to discuss the illogical and unsubstantiated FOX diatribes that people like you obediently repeat over an over again. The fact that a plurality of Americans disagreed with claims like the ones you made says it all.
            The only thing I feel compelled to clarify is that my comment about Jewish-Americans influencing the outcome of the last election referred to Florida, not the outcome of the election at a national level. Romney was ahead until the Orlando-Tampa area made the race in this state a toss up, and it went for Obama when the final tally in South Florida was counted. BTW, a majority of Cuban-Americans in South Florida voted for Romney, albeit for such as small margin than Republicans are concerned about a potential shift in voting preferences for that segment of our population.
            Yes, the overwhelming majority of African-Americans, who constitute 12% if the U.S. population voted for Obama, and almost two thirds of Latinos voted for him as well at a national level. So did a plurality of women and young Americans.

          • RecklessProcess

            You cannot defend your positions? Why am I not surprised?

          • Dominick Vila

            I defend my positions every day. More often than not they involve policies championed by Democrats, sometimes they involve things that are not too popular with Democrats, such as my support of the Patriot Act, but there are times when other matters take precedence or when the arguments are so illogical that repeating the same things over and over again become a nuisance and lead nowhere.
            If in doubt about my willingness to debate issues, read the posts above.

          • CPAinNewYork

            Square Steve:
            Twenty years ago, the top one percent of the American population in terms of personal wealth controlled ten percent of the total national wealth. Now it’s twenty percent. Doesn’t this continuing concentration of personal wealth ring a danger bell in your addled brain?
            You’re a typical Republican conservative, Steve. You’re concerned only with the upper crust and totally against any social or financial gains that may accrue to the middle and poorer classes.
            You are the kind of blind fool that that causes revolutions.

          • CPAinNewYork

            Maybe they’re just stupid.

          • RecklessProcess

            By the party of NO I assume you mean the democrats because the House has passed many bipartisan bills for the economy and Hairy Reed refuses to let them see the light of day in the Senate. The lie that Republicans are obstructing anything is silly. The Senate has to pass a bill and send it to the House in order for the House to obstruct it and the democrats are just not passing anything or offering anything to the House.

          • Dominick Vila

            Make up your mind, either the Democratic party has championed and signed legislation that is destroying America, or we are the party of NO. You can’t have it both ways.
            The few pieces of legislation passed by the House included riders that were unacceptable to Democrats. Claiming bipartisanship when a piece of legislation includes a rider that cuts the funding of social programs that most Americans benefit from, or is inconsistent with Democratic goals has little to do with saying NO and a lot to do with pursuing goals designed to improve our standard of living and doing everything possible to minimize new terrorist attacks on U.S. soil or against our interests abroad.
            Bear in mind that the GOP does not even hide the fact that they have been obstructing President Obama’s agenda, in fact, Mitch McConnell boasted about it and John Boehner said last week that the performance of this Congress should not be judged by how many pieces of legislation it passed but how many times they said no to proposals made by the administration.

          • CPAinNewYork

            That is because Republicans are regressive ideologues at best. At worst, their greed will push this country into a violent social revolution.

          • Steve Squared

            Nothing? Go read the Time article on why the deficit has been reduced. It’s because of the implemented spending cuts due to the sequestration that the Congress wouldn’t cave in on. Now Oblamer is trying to take credit for something he lobbied the American people non-stop to go against. Planes were going to crash, the world would stop turning. Now he’s out fear mongering on more of the same programs that continue to put the US economy and jobs in peril (obamacare, blocking energy production, etc.). Your notion that Congress should just rollover on wasteful stim programs identical to those that have already flopped or bills loaded with pork and taxes would be irresponsible. In two simple steps, the economy could experience a massive lift. Quit blocking domestic energy production and end this obamacare nonsense that has businesses in a permanent hiring freeze (ending the $2B obamaphone program and $80B spying on non-suspect Americans program wouldn’t hurt either). And please don’t lap up the nonsense that domestic fuel production will harm our environment, when the risks and damages of off-shore / import oil shipping could not be equaled in 1000 years.

          • pburgrunner

            Obamacare from all I hear is already cutting premuims in half in New York and is lowering premuims in all states that have implimented it. I read a report that showed The cost of health care for the first time in 50yrs have declined. If all of this is true, then It will confirm for me that most people is just against anything Obama comes up with and to me that is just wrong.

          • RecklessProcess

            Obamacare is doubling premiums every where but New York.

          • pburgrunner

            Reckless, This statement on your reply to my question is a incorrect statement. I am just trying to find the truth because everything I hear and read on the net is leading me to believe that the only thing really wrong with Obamacare is Obama. Am I wrong?

          • CPAinNewYork

            No.

          • CPAinNewYork

            Somehow, that doesn’t ring true. Care to specify which states and the amounts?

          • CPAinNewYork

            On a personal note: i just received a letter from one of my insurers that because of Obamacare I’m getting about $50.00 off my next premium bill.

          • Alabama Outlaw

            YOU LIE!!!!

          • CPAinNewYork

            You are evidently a redneck boor.

          • RecklessProcess

            There are over forty jobs bills and recovery bills gathering dust in the drawer of chief obstructer Hairy Reed. He refuses to allow the Senate to even see these bills from the House much less discuss or vote on them. The Republicans have done a great deal but the democrat party of obstruction blocks everything the republicans do.

    • CPAinNewYork

      Linda:
      Tsk, tsk. You misspelled “bizarre.”

    • scott

      Well to be fair Carney has lied publicly before and he is getting paid. I dont know which one of them is a bigger liar.

  • charleo1

    I don’t know what’s worse. Having Republicans in charge. And getting DOMA,
    Terri Shivo, 9/11 The Patriot Act, Iraq, a colossal world wide economic crisis,
    And, 5 trillion dollars more debt, with nothing to show for it. Or having Democrats
    in charge, and getting, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Darrell Issa, and a
    throbbing headache!

    • LotusJoan

      The fact that you mentioned Speaker of
      the House, Boehner indicates that you know full well that the Democrats are not
      in change of the House. They have the White House (in perpetuity thanks
      to the GOP) and a narrow lead in the Senate (not enough to overcome a filibuster
      and the GOP filibusters everything)

      • charleo1

        true.

    • elw

      I am a little confused, how are the Democrats responsible for Boehner, McConnel and Darrel Issa? They are all Republicans who were voted in by Republicans.

      • BDC_57

        You are right I don’t see how the Democrats had anything to do with the idiots.

      • charleo1

        Sure. My fellow Democrats, which I love. Especially the progressive,
        forward looking, types. That are the first to ask, how will this effect
        the least of my constituents. Those without a lobby. And how can I
        help preserve, and protect the Middle Class? We lost a lot of them
        in 2010. And the GOP, and T-Party wasn’t that good, for heaven’s
        sake! We Democrats were that bad. We sat home, and lost what
        I think, was the best Speaker the Country ever had. (My opinion)
        So Republicans got an excellent chance, by the Democrats losing
        the House. (Notice I said Democrats losing the House,) to be like
        the GOP,for the last 20 years, they always seem to get, when they can’t run the entire show. 4 year old showboats! Remember Clinton? It was one constant Congressional investigation after the next. Special Prosecutors, subpoenaed witnesses, sleazy tabloid journalists. Just like Issa. Always digging, just never finding bottom.
        And, why was it that way? Because Democrats, which I love, did
        the same thing to Clinton, they did to Obama. Come the first Mid-
        term, they sat home, and the GOP took our President’s Congress
        away from him. If Speaker Pelosi still had the gavel, Darrell Issa
        would be a back bencher, relegated to Fox News, where I wouldn’t
        need to see him. Boehner would be the minority leader, bitching,
        but unable, by controlling the process, to bring the government,
        and our President’s agenda to a complete stop. I don’t believe I’ve
        had an opportunity to write to you, elw. I enjoy your posts, and
        contributions immensely! The way I see it, we are the majority Party in this Country. And as such, we can no longer say the Republicans beat us. We must be honest, and say we allowed the Republicans to beat us. What do you think?

        • elw

          OK, I understand what you are trying to say. Yes I agree elections count and so does every vote. It is why I always tell everyone they need to vote, even if they think their candidate is going to lose. I also tell people if they didn’t vote they cannot complain. I am glad you enjoy what I write, I consider that a complement – thank you. I get a lot of nasty name calling from the Conservatives that post on these blogs.

          • charleo1

            If you aren’t getting nasty comments from Conservatives,
            you may be missing some important facts. Or, put another
            way. The most facts you use, the nastier the comments
            get! Congratulations all around, are then in order!

          • elw

            Yah, the Radicalized Conservatives hate it when you say anything that shakes their alternative reality or makes them think for a minute.

          • charleo1

            Well, it’s interesting to say the least. They go in so heavily
            invested, and very sure of themselves, and their correctness.
            The propaganda just oozing out of their fallaciously cultivated
            opinions. You can take one fact that’s been intentionally left
            out of the story they’ve been told. And it’s like pulling out the
            one pin that holds their entire argument together. And here
            comes the names!!!! But some do care, and they think
            about it. No one holds all the answers. But on the whole,
            the Right has gotten much more wrong, than they’ve gotten
            right. Until, they’ve gotten outrageous, radical, and down right, dangerous.

          • willi0000000

            from The Book of Wonderfulness™

            “We’re not perfect, but they’re nuts.” – Barney Frank

        • willi0000000

          charleo1, spot on.

          vote every election, pay attention to the down-ballot races. your choices for school committee matter!

  • gmccpa

    I thought this ‘unraveled’ weeks ago.

    • MVH1

      It did but Issa has no reason to exist unless he continues to beat a hole in the drum.

    • plc97477

      It did Assa Issa didn’t get the memo.

  • Mike Maricle

    What an Assa

    • goyakhla ghandhi

      agreed Issa is a assa

      • BDC_57

        He’s also a criminal.

  • docb

    This balloon burst weeks ago..issa, the arsonist, just keeps digging his own grave deeper!

    • MVH1

      So when will they push him in and cover him up already? 🙂

  • Catskinner

    Actually, it seemed to me like Issa’s case against the IRS is stronger than ever, after the most recent hearings.

    • MVH1

      It would to you.

      • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

        ‘skinner is definitely divorced from reality, as is shown by his/her posts.

        • TheSkalawag929

          Divorced? He/she was never even introduced to reality.

      • BDC_57

        Yeah he just as stupid as assa.

        • MVH1

          Unfortunately, Issa is not stupid. He’s a master crook and criminal. A very good one. All ill-gotten gains. Who says crime doesn’t pay?

          • BDC_57

            And good one for getting away with it.

          • MVH1

            Right. That’s the only reason he’s a “good” one. I probably should have said “master” or “successful”.

    • Dominick Vila

      The most recent hearings, and the reason Issa is backtracking, confirm the investigations were led by a conservative Republican office manager, and that there were false statements – or errors if you want to mitigate wrongdoing – in some of the applications for tax exempt status submitted by Tea Party supporters. Issa and his fellow Inquisitors are well aware of the dangers of pursuing this course of action and are trying to extricate themselves from the mess they created by blaming their target for what they did.

      • Catskinner

        Actually, after the testimony of the Carter Hull fellow, it looks like Issa has been right on track all along, and the rats are starting to jump the sinking ship.

        • edwardw69

          Name one rat that’s made the jump.

          • Catskinner

            I guess that was badly stated. The rats are actually not the ones who are jumping.

          • Sand_Cat

            Your whole argument was badly stated because it’s a bad argument, based on prejudice and apparent right-wing desperation to pin some scandal on Obama as revenge for all the well-deserved scandals which past Republican presidents precipitated. The most depressing thing of all is that – despite some rather nasty comments I’ve made in the past – you really don’t seem to be a nasty, malicious, or stupid person, yet you cling to the low-life bottom feeder Issa and others like him as if your life depended on it. Wake up and smell the coffee!

          • MVH1

            Cat better hope he doesn’t have a car Issa likes.

        • Dominick Vila

          What did Carter Hull, a retired IRS tax specialist, say that implies or suggest wrongdoing. Does your comment refer to the statement made by Hull relative to the fact that once the Cincinnati IRS office identified a problem involving applications for tax exempt status, and realizing the political implications of the situation, they forwarded the information to the IRS counsel in Washington? Guess what, that is what every Federal government office nationwide does when they are involved or find something that seems like a controversial matter or that needs legal counsel to pursue.

          • Catskinner

            Carter Hull said they were asked to handle the applications differently than anything that had ever come up before, and that he felt uncomfortable about it.

        • MVH1

          You probably really do skin cats.

    • elw

      Yes, we know and Romney was going to win the Presidency until President Obama gave away all that free stuff to the 47%. OH! Wait! wasn’t that the percentage of voters who actually voted for Romeny?

  • MVH1

    The only “scandals” here are all related to Issa, past and present.

  • Dominick Vila

    Issa is the ultimate caricature of cynicism. After accusing President Obama and his administration of being behind the so-called IRS scandal (translation: government officials doing their jobs), now that he ended up with egg on his face he is blaming the President, the Administration, and the media for doing what he did. The worst part is that most Tea Partiers will take the bait and he will be able to add another one to his long list of wrongdoings.

    • rkief

      It’s called “projection,” which even Shakespeare – half a millennium ago – recognized, saying “methinks thou dost protest too much.” Even then, and probably before, it was recognized that hypercritical people (especially those in power, like Issa) were guilty of these same actions and tendencies, but shifted (or projected) the blame to others.

    • 788eddie

      I think it was Ambrose Bierce who defined a cynic as someone who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

      The definition seems to fit Representative Issa.

    • ralphkr

      I beg to differ with your statement ” government officials doing their jobs”, Dominick, as it is painfully obvious to me that the IRS officials were NOT doing their jobs. At least 90% of those organizations should not have been granted tax exempt status since their only reason for existence was politicking and not for public welfare purposes.

      • Dominick Vila

        The “government officials” I was talking about are the civil servants who caught the tax exempt violations in some of the applications they received.
        I agree with you on the larger issue of why are political, and for that matter, religious organizations tax exempt. The ones responsible for that are not civil servants, but our elected officials who are doing nothing to correct what, in my opinion, is a violation of the Constitution (separation of Church and State) and a contributing factor to our fiscal problems.

        • ralphkr

          That is just the thing, Dominick, some classes of tax-exempt organizations are not allowed to do ANY politicking and other classes are less restricted but they are still required to spend the majority of money on non-political matters but it appears that the majority of them spend a miniscule amount of their money on non-political matters which means they should not have been allowed that status. Another thing I found fascinating is that it is not illegal to claim to be tax exempt even though the IRS has not authorized that status.

          • Dominick Vila

            I wonder what will happen if you or I decide not to pay income taxes because we are trying to improve the welfare of our fellow citizens? My guess is that we will be spending the rest of our lives in a maximum security prison for tax evasion, with the spirit of Al Capone reminding us of our misdeed.

  • edwardw69

    He’s having about as much luck finding a scandal as he had getting the insurance company to pay him for the building he burned down.

  • DAK27

    Jumping to conclusions? Issa has been PUSHING people off the cliff in hopes they jump to those conclusions. Issa is a liar and a crook and should be in prison… not Congress.

  • [email protected]

    Why is there not a hearing on Congressman wasting our tax money conducting hearing when there is no evidence to support a scandal???

    • Independent1

      Because the Speaker of the House doesn’t have a clue on how to run an outhouse much less America’s House of Representatives.

  • hjs3

    This is what happens when you elect insulting high school graduates and ex-car thieves to Congress. Anyone wonder what it cost the tax payer to run a witch-hunt these days?

    • Independent1

      Not sure about that, but I heard somewhere that it costs about $1,000,000 plus when you factor in our Representatives’ time and the House clerical staffs’ efforts for just one round of votes on a piece of legislation. Which means that the GOP has basically tossed away about $50,000,000 over the past few years voting to repeal Obamacare 40 times, knowing in advance, of course, that every vote was a wasted effort. If those figures are close, it would seem that when Issa pulls together a committee meeting with witnesses and all that that goes with it and then spends hours going over nonsense, it’s got to be costing $5-10 million/whack. Correct me if you think my estimate is out of whack.

      • hjs3

        I wouldn’t correct you because I truly don’t know but I sure won’t hold my breath waiting for Faux News to enlighten me either…:-)

        Guessing probably closer to the 5M but don’t truly know…

  • ATC333

    Three Hundred organizations targeted. Of those 300, only 100 were “Tea Party”, the remainder were Liberal, Progressive, and Moderate.seeking the same tax standing.

    It was interesting to note, no one questioned the blatantly political purposes of the Tea Party organizations chosen to “testify” as to the delays and scrutiny they underwent. What they described as their “educational purposes”, was very much in line with the same methodology and selective education offered by “Hitler Youth” during and proceeding WW II.

    It is not “Education” when only one limited view and purpose is being indoctrinated on our youth. It is for a political purpose, nothing more, nothing less..

    You go Mr. Issa! Dig your hole as wide and deep as you can. Keep it up, and may fall in on top of you.

  • howa4x

    The republican Congress works 24/7 with their Fox allies to manufacture scandal. When they are not busy repealing the Affordable health care act, they hold these show trials constantly accusing the administration of some kind of cover up or conspiracy . Whether it’s Benghazi, or fast and furious, we can always count on republicans to manufacture a scandal. Fox is the other side of this attack machine, constantly rerunning these hearings, out of context of course. I don’t see how Fox maintains it’s broadcast license having such one sided commentary. The other day they had John Bolton former Bush UN appointee, commenting why we need more involvement in Syria, like a no fly zone and supporting the rebels with heavier arms. This is the same man who told lies about WMD’s in Iraq. We are not even completely out of that country yet and still waging war in Afghanistan and republicans want intervention in another Mid east country. Problem is of course we are not sure of who is who on the rebel side.
    Now of course the republicans could start helping solve our problem but that would be too much for the ignorant base to handle. They want no compromise on anything, and now want to weaken the food stamp program. These are good supposedly Christians who want to take food out of the mouths of hungry kids in the name of Ayn Rand, who is a greedy venal selfish uncaring,role model and fits perfectly with the GOP

    • edwardw69

      Weaken the food stamp program? I believe they just voted to eliminate it.
      It is 2013, and one out of every five children in America lives in poverty: what a horrible picture that makes.

      • howa4x

        I know. this is from the white Christian party

        • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

          Dear Jesus, please save us from the Christians!

      • charleo1

        They cannot be shamed. They have none. It’s amazing to me how
        many local bureaucrats, school board members, condo association
        Busybodies, and the like, the Koch Brothers outfit had to cull through, before they came up with these, what 65/70 aberrations of evolution,
        proudly serving in Congress, under the T-Party brand. I’m thinking now of the local school board in TN. That forced a dozen or so elementary school kids, who’s lunch accounts were in arrears. One as little as 5 cents! To scrap their lunches out into the trash in front of their peers.
        And leave the lunch room, hungry. Who are these people? Is what I
        want to know. Where did they come from? Let’s find out, and please,
        send them back to the same rocks from under which they crawled
        out!

        • edwardw69

          Don’t blame the rock.
          There is a special place in Hell reserved for those who hurt children. You can find that in the teachings of the Jewish Rabbi, know to the Christians as Jesus.

          • charleo1

            I could not agree more! I’m not a particularly religious person.
            You know, like the Evangelicals, that think the T-Party is so
            special, for insisting cutting 20 billion dollars worth of food
            aid for the poor was not nearly enough cutting. Seeing as
            how the number of children in poverty increased more than
            any other group, in the recession. So, that was very Christ like, wasn’t it? True, the Bible doesn’t include children per say in lot of it’s teachings. But, one of my favorite stories, is all about, Jesus, and the kids. I think we can assume Jesus was a very charismatic man. And, as such the people when He came through, would love to sit, and ask Him his thoughts on various subjects. And, in my mind, I picture these little kids
            playing around, and making noise, as children do. And, perhaps, the smallest had even started crawling up on the great man’s lap. So, the adults as we do today when we have
            rowdy kids, and company, apologetically, went to corralling the the kids, and sending them out. And Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” In other words, you adults
            take care, and do whatever is necessary. Suffer, sacrifice,
            for the kids. Because they are the best thing this side of heaven! They must have forgotten that one.

    • Lovefacts

      What’s worse, these Republicans wrap themselves in the flag and Christianity, yet their very actions prove the opposite. They hate individual freedom, freedom of speech, and equal opportunity–especially if you’re a woman, black, Latino, or homosexual, then god help you. And while the claim to be Christians, they only got the message if you believe in me you’re saved, not Jesus’ message of feed, clothe, and house the poor. Maybe that’s why Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man getting into heaven.

      • howa4x

        Very well put

  • MountainPenelope

    Issa’s biggest problem? He seems to believe everyone is as crooked as he.

  • Jack Wormer

    Issa, son and purveyor of that Middle Eastern “culture” with its congenital hypocrisy that gave mankind Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – as well as (in the 1950s) Nubar Gulbenkian and (today) Carlos Slim Elihu, both of Lebanese descent and both, at one time or another, “World’s Richest Man”……..

  • LotusJoan

    Issa is the Mexican jumping bean of leaping to conclusions before Any facts are in.

  • johninPCFL

    In Issa’s defense, he really has to do SOMETHING for the two days in August the House will be expected to work, and then the whole nine days in September. This is Issa doing nothing but whiling the hours away, banking his paycheck, while he dreams of vacation.

    • MVH1

      And who says being a crook doesn’t pay? He’s the wealthiest one there and when you see how he got the company that made him so much money to begin with, it’s all ill-gotten. It’s ironic Issa would wind up with an anti-car theft company that yells at you if you get close to the car with the device. “Get away from the car.” If only cars had that when he and his brother were out stealing them.

      • johninPCFL

        Yeah, even Rick Scott could learn a few things about being a crook from Issa.

        • MVH1

          Indeed. 🙂

  • elw

    Of course Representative Issa always rushes in with accusations, so no one should be surprised and the people in my district, who voted for him, should hang their head in shame. I think Issa owes the President, the Country and the people he represents an apology and he should resign for the dishonest behaviors he has been caught in. Shame on you, Representative Issa, shame on you.

    • MVH1

      Checking Issa’s history, I can bet you he never apologizes, he only comes up with another lie.

    • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

      So elw, you must live in Orange County. I know that there are many conservative Republicans there, but I thought that at least some of them have a modicum of intelligence. How on earth could a scumbag like Issa get elected? The folks there must be embarrassed that this moron has shown his true colors.

      • elw

        Issa represent the 49th district which mostly covers the Northern costal areas of San Diego County and a very small part of Orange Country. Nothern San Diego Country is as Conservative as Orange County. I wish the people here would get more embarrassed about him.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Forget about Issa for a moment. I’m rather shocked the The Memo made no mention of the wonderful news yesterday…. It’s off topic, but whatever…
    DemonRAT dreams have finally reached fruition.

    I just wanted to offer my congratulations to all of you DemonRATS!!!! Nice work!!! Well done!!!. You’ve finally moved Detroit over the brink of disaster and into bankruptcy with 50+ years of near 100% DemonRAT rule. This had to be your objective. After all, with the exception of the real useful idiots (many on here) no one, not even yourselves actually believe that socialist DemonRAT policies do anything but result in the destruction of the civil society and an economy. DETROIT IS EXAMPLE 1 OF THE FAILURE OF DEMONRAT POLICIES AND IDEAS. Of course, knowing how stupid most of you are, your little pea brains will think that the cure to Detroit’s ills will be much more of exactly what caused them in the first place because progressive liberalism is the disease that presents itself as its own cure.

    Congratulations, once more, on a glorious victory in the intentional destruction of an American city. Next stop, support for Obozo in his attempts to turn America into one giant Detroit!

    Have a nice weekend!

    “When men once get the habit of helping themselves to the property of others,” warned the New York Times in 1909 about the proposed federal income tax, “they are not easily cured of it.’”

    • Jon Ponder

      20 years ago it was the Republican stronghold of Orange County, CA, that went bankrupt. Republicans have controlled it since long before the 1960s.

      http://www.nytimes.com/1994/12/08/business/orange-county-s-bankruptcy-the-overview-orange-county-crisis-jolts-bond-market.html

      • ObozoMustGo

        I am certain that they went bankrupt because the Repubs were trying to spend like DemonRATS in that locale. But let’s not have you change the real topic by making phony comparisons. Detroit is nothing short of a 3rd world country within our country. The policies of Detroit have been exclusively 100% set by DemonRATS for 50 years. Detroit is the natural course of societal evolution underneath DemonRAT policies. You cannot run from this truth. DemonRAT policies and ideology played out over time result in Detroit. Sorry. That’s the way it is.
        I’d rather live in Orange Counta, CA than Detroit ANY DAY!!!!

        Have a nice day!

        • WhutHeSaid

          The reality is that history shows the Republicans to be the runaway champions of reckless fiscal policy. Whenever you hear a Republican talk about fiscal responsibility, they are trying to lie their way into an election so that they can attack women’s reproductive rights, minorities, and the poor — all so that they can fund more tax breaks and loopholes for their super-wealthy bigot-buddies.

          For bitter bigots like you, every day your world gets a little smaller. Bigots and racists are becoming less and less relevant, and all of the lies in the world aren’t going to change that progression. So by all means please continue to lie, whine, and blat about Obama and Democrats — it’s the sweet sound of bigoted neanderthals fading into the sunset.

          P.S. Obama is STILL your leader, and he’s STILL black!

          (hee-hee!)

          Have a nice day!

          • BDC_57

            you got that right they fading into the sunset.

  • DurkaDurka

    What NAZI queef wrote this article?

  • rangerider

    I guess that I am on a leftist web site by the silly comments. will not make this kind of error again:-) Peace:-)

  • bcmugger

    The title of this article proved it was a BS article. There is no such thing as a “witch hunt” when the witches are blatantly witching. Had the tables been turned and libaral groups had been targetted you`d all be whinning like gays.

  • tk69

    Tax are un american, immoral, and anti christian and should be abolished. All taxes should be voluntary, on a equal per person bases, not based upon needed revenue, and levien onto county governments with no filings ,liens, or penalties.

  • vesey

    are you stupid before you read The National Memo or stupid because you read TNM. America wants to know…………….

  • Tbeau

    Issa is nothing but a common car thief.

  • Steve Squared

    You guys are baffling as to how you can be lapping up stories about how the IRS did nothing wrong. Can you all really be that willing of subjects to soak-up damage control propaganda. I guess Lerner was lying for no reason when she said; “IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews
    because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their
    exemption applications. In some cases, groups were asked for
    lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases.” You can sit around here and laugh and poke fun at people investigating these claims, but before laughing too loud, you might want to leave the shelter of your little lib rag here and note that the scandal is actually growing, people are coming forward, and this little thing you guys like to ignore called “the truth” will be presented sooner or later and it’s looking very likely a special prosecutor will ultimately be assigned.

  • who622

    Funny that this reporter has a different take than any other one reporting on this targeting. Must be from the lib leaning area since so much of theit time is spent holding up the Democratic coverup that is going on.

  • James Harrison

    If people like Issa don’t endeavor to make this administration accountable, who will? It IS the constitutional duty of congress. It’s extremely dangerous for any administration to break the law and target citizens for their political beliefs and share their private information with political campaigns. If this is all BS, why would Lerner attempt to take the fifth and not testify? You people had better learn, a government that will do anything for you is a government that will do anything to you.

  • zaskar

    why did Leaner plead the fifth ? she did nothing wrong !

  • RecklessProcess

    Obama gave speeches where he said these are my enemies and people should og after them. He published a damned enemies list on the White house web site and the IRS used his list to target those individuals for audit after audit.
    Obama is guilty as sin. And the IRS has be taken under control and restrained.

  • shoemama

    The Tea Party and other conservative groups were (and ARE) being HELD UP for years! If they had been denied; at least, they could have appealed! Just because Obama doesn’t personally call someone to hold the Tea Partiers, up DOESN’T mean he wasn’t involved! Remember there were many many White House meetings. Do you think they were just having “tea”????

  • RossPoldark

    The Obama administration makes the Nixon Administration look like a innocent walk in the park. None of the scandals from Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Sylendra, IRS, etc phony. Obama knows this and is trying desperately to deflect peoples attention away from these events. Too bad many of the Sheeple refuse to see him for what he is, and that is a liar and thief.

  • CPAinNewYork

    The Tea Party applicants are all political organizations, so none qualify for not-for-profit tax status. Look what happened to the Sierra Club. It lost its tax free status because the developers convinced the IRS that it was lobbying.

  • Don

    Thank You Rep. Issa for helping to expose the most corrupt gov’t in the world…in all of history.

  • scott

    It is interesting to me how democrats go on and on about how stupid and blind republicans are. So many comments about getting their info from fox news etc..If you ever read comments on a repuiblican leaning article you will see how the republicans go on and on about democrats being stupid and brainwashed by the mainstream media. Each side thinks their political party is protecting their best interest while the other group is a bunch of liars and idiots. So Issa is probably a corrupt and inept person. This current adminstration is also probably corrupt and inept. I always read comments after I read political articles and I amazed at people spewing “facts” about how their political party saves jobs, helps the economy, promotes world peace etc. I feel sorry for my country when I see how blinded we have all become to these people in government and how we defend their positions. There are those of you who think issues like spying on your own people, the IRS abusing their power, or creating huge government programs like Obamacare are not “real” problems or concerns. I guess we shall find out.