Sigh. How sad is it that you’ve just summed up the race?
Sane corporate hack that dismantles more of public safety net or crazy nutball who also dismantles public safety net. Lucky lucky Virginians………
Ain’t that the truth. I’m pretty sure the guy is cuckoo for cocoa puffs. Some people are smarmy and disingenuous, you tend to think they’re saying what you want to hear. I get the impression this guy genuinely believes the crap he spouts. Scary.
The alternative is allowing Virginia to be Talibanland. I’m going to grudgingly vote for McAuliffe in this instance. I can not stand Kookinelli.
If you say I wish so and so was dead and that person dies, guess who shows up at your door?
You become a suspect based on your statements.
It absolutely makes sense that anti tax folks be investigated to ensure they aren’t using a privilege extended as a loophole.
Tax exempt status is a privilege. They weren’t being questioned because they were organizing, they were being questioned because they were seeking a status that has requirements.
As it is if I want to take a deduction I need to remit proof of eligibility should I be asked to provide it. Why should these bozos get “special” status for TAX EXEMPT? They shouldn’t.
Apparently he slept through the ACORN debacle. Conservatives are always in some useful snit or another and if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.
Aren’t you just thrilled? Apparently spying on Quakers who don’t support a war, is okay. Spying on people exercising their first Amendment rights and protesting banksters, absolutely peachy. Sending out memos suggesting that VETERANS might be susceptible to fringe groups and should be watched, also perfectly fine.
The administration has to draw the line at rich conservative PAC donors seeking tax exempt status though. Wouldn’t want their fee fees to be hurt with all the pesky questions.
Have I mentioned lately that I think that this administration may be the dumbest I’ve seen during my lifetime?
That’s my point, at this time it IS being applied uniformly. You have the GOP actively doing everything to defund Planned Parenthood due to political motivation but you aren’t going to hear them whine when THEY are the ones engaging in politically motivated acts. Oh no! No,they only whine whenever it’s their pet organizations that are being questioned and the rules inconvenience them. My thought on that is too freaking bad hypocrites.
Dude, since when is “harassment” to require that any politically motivated group comply with the law prior to getting a PRIVILEGE that only these groups enjoy?
It isn’t. There should be MORE scrutiny when it comes to allowing these groups to operate on a tax exempt basis,not less. And I’d add the same should go for churches that want to argue politics.
Tax exempt status is a privilege,not a right. It isn’t harassment to ensure that the privilege not be abused. It’s actually the government’s job to do so. That the GOP is coaching it as “harassment” isn’t surprising. They coach everything that doesn’t work out to their advantage as some big ol’ plot and utilize it as a means to decimate rules they don’t like.
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cwaltz commented on the blog post In Defense of Republicans’ 37th Obamacare Repeal Vote
Meh. I disagree with the false construct that has been set up by the Republicans AND Democrats on health care. I disagree with the Administration or Democratic viewpoint that in order for Americans to have health care we have to have a private system that guarantees for profit insurance companies gobs of money AND I disagree with the GOP that it isn’t a governmental responsibility that it regulate the health industry and exercise due diligence to ensure that every man,woman, and child have access to a standard quality of care when faced with an illness.
So technically I don’t think this particular vote is for anyone other than the status quo proles who are simply arguing on which party deserves all that sweet,sweet insurance money kickbacks.
The Republicans and Democrats play games. Sadly whenever either party opens their mouth the first thing ANY of us should be thinking is how exactly do they plan on using this to screw me over. If you think that way then 90% of the time you aren’t going to be far off.
Republicans whining that wealthy PACS weren’t able to easily get tax exempt status because mean ol’ IRS people asked them questions and made them wait is real low on my Washington get er’ done priority list. Tax exempt organizations SHOULD be scrutinized in my opinion. They are getting a privilege, not a right.
Admitting what truth?
The truth that Washington DC is full of political people who have objectives and sometimes those objectives clash based on ideology?
If people didn’t realize that until now then they haven’t been paying much attention. It’s been that way for years and will likely continue to be that way for years.
Who determines what is nefarious though and what is simply a human reaction?
It’s going to be an individual call and it’s going to be based on values.
In the big scheme of things these IRS workers did EXACTLY what is being done to Planned Parenthood in a sundry of states. I don’t see the Republicans frothing at the mouth about that though. Oh wait, that’s because THEY are the ones doing it in a variety of states. So much for the whole government shouldn’t be political arguement.
There are times I truly believe I could work with people within the TEA party and then one of them opens their mouth and calls what is happening socialism and I get turned off again all over.
I do wish them well in affecting the GOP party though. I get the whole entire uphill battle when you don’t have the millions in bribe money the affluent have.
Politicians are going to act like politicians. They’ll play on the outrage to obtain objectives. Activists need to keep what the objective is when a politician starts foaming at the mouth about a subject. Then they need to determine whether that objective is helpful or harmful to their belief set and act accordingly.
I think some of the problem is in how people define political success. I get the concept that jettisoning principles to achieve success can diminish that success.
In this particular instance though I see this as politics rather than a breach of fairness.
As a matter of fact, I think the privilege of tax exempt status should warrant extra scrutiny. If it isn’t given to the average citizen then it should be something monitored carefully to ensure that there is complaince with the laws regarding non profit status.
There isn’t a cure for “human nature.” The reality is that in order to achieve an objective, there are going to be people who will exploit the rules. I’m all for eliminating that. However, I’m only for eliminating it if I know that it will be applied equally. I’ve seen absolutely no evidence to suggest that Republicans haven’t targeted groups like Planned Parenthood or Labor groups to achieve their objectives. It’d be absolutely ignorant for groups from the left to kick their own activists for doing EXACTLY what the right side does. Which,of course, is why this administration is determined to do just that.
Morals are nice. However,the poor can’t eat them. Workers can’t cash them in for housing. And they sure as heck aren’t going to prevent a rape victim from dying in childbirth.
I’m not a Democrat. Haven’t been one for years. From an INDEPENDANT standpoint the complaint is ignorant because it absolutely ignores the fact that this isn’t new and that this was spurred on by politicians who are using the fact to make political hay. All that’s missing is the GOP saying the IRS should be dismantled as a result of these horrible,horrible actions. Because you know that totally wouldn’t be a political objective of the GOP at all(rolls eyes).
Clearly what needs to happen is we need a million dollar investigation and study done to find out why Washington is so political (Pssst,it’s infested with politicians who make MONEY off political ideology.)
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