Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:04 am
As hard as they have tried, Republicans have been completely unable to find a bona-fide scandal to use against the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party. In the absence of anything authentic they have embarked on a series of pseudo-scandals. To make them appear legitimate, the Republican House leadership has withheld key information from the House and the public. One key example is the IRS scandal. The real scandal, once again, is how Republicans distorted the law to enable election theft. Finally a Democrat is doing something about it.
Thursday August 22, 2013, 4:41 am
God bless Chris Van Hollen and all with him! Hooray for you all TC – it is very wrong for a government agency like this to alter the law. (Wouldn't it be interesting if we knew who got this to happen - and who benefitted at the time!)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 4:43 am
PS you are right TC - if our comments (and the entire page in my case) disappears when you submit the comment, just go back into the site again and it is there - bewildering, but better than the thing vanishing altogether!
I agree, it is about time this whole mess was finally addressed and put to bed. I sure hope this comment or one of my comments show up sometime today or this year. (which does not mean that
Chris Van Hollen is sleeping with the IRS:)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:24 am
"Current law says the organizations must engage “exclusively” in so-called “social welfare” activities, while IRS regulations require that their “primary” purpose fall into that category…"
Well, let's hope he is successful because the gop has twisted the law and its intent into an unrecognizable form and this is one of the primary causes of the enormous jump in spending on elections we've seen. There is simply no reason to spend so much money on elections, which I don't think anyone can argue are social welfare activities, as we do here. And, of course, it only gets more expensive every election which is not only ridiculous waste but also one of the prime reasons it is so hard to defeat an incumbent no matter how bad he/she is. Our elections are far and away the most expensive in the world and we are not getting better candidates or elected officials out of it. Pricing the average Joe out of even running is what this has done and that is certainly not in the country's best interest. When only millionaires can afford to run, it is no surprise that we get legislation dealing only with their issues and not with the middle and lower classes apart from more restrictions on us. Our system is very broken, I hope this helps fix it.
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:03 pm
Kudos and lots of luck to Van Hollen...hope he takes this all the way because the GOP/TP Need to be stopped - all of their games and lies need to be aired out so their own voters will see them for exactly what they are...(censored).
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:17 pm
Well, I'll keep my fingers crossed that this actually goes somewhere.....and doesn't just get lost in the 24-hour news cycle. O'Donnell should be following up on this when Congress returns from vacation. So, I'll be keeping my eyes open. Thanks, Tom.
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:48 pm
Jason, the Democrats being reasonable is nothing new. For the most part they have always been the reasonable party for the last 80 years. What is new is the Republicans NEVER being reasonable. That started with Reagan, one of the 5 worst presidents ever.
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:29 pm
Since 2010s Citizen United, it is understandable that these organisations that have benefitted from both anonymity and unlimited spending in political advertising would want to keep the misinterpretation alive and functioning to their favour. And as Lawrence noted, not one Republicanus/Teabagger organisation was denied status under 501(c)(4), while 3 organisations in support of Democrats were denied standing.
But what happened in 1959 for the IRS to so badly misinterpret the law as written by Congress — "organizations must engage “exclusively” in so-called “social welfare” activities, while IRS regulations require that their “primary” purpose fall into that category…"? In 1959, Eisenhower, a Republican, was president, while Tricky Dicky Nixon was VP. Was Nixon getting an early start on political chicanery?
Personally, I don't think this should be a big deal — IRS policy/proceedures should be amended to reflect the law as passed by Congress. However, I fully expect the Republicanus/Teabaggers will fight tooth and nail to keep safe the identities of their corporate benefactors. As Chris Van Hollen said, all this suit will do is restore the law as written and put politically vested organisations in a category where their names are public, the way it should be.
As to the pseudo scandal the Republicanus/Teabaggers tried to launch re Democrats through the IRS "targeting" conservative organisations (Issa is such an ass!), I hope that accusation comes back to bite the Republicanus/Teabaggers (particularly that obnoxious Issa) in the ass, big time!
Thursday August 22, 2013, 4:27 pm
As Lawrence noted, not one Republicanus/Teabagger organisation was denied status under 501(c)(4), while 3 organisations in support of Democrats were denied standing. - So the Democrats have the underdog campaign against the the Hated IRS!
Thursday August 22, 2013, 8:21 pm
Transparency! It,s a must,otherwise you could have Vladimir Putin muscling in! The repugs would sure bend to his will & that would not be a good thing for this country!