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IRS Commissioners Shulman and Miller also Unconstitutionally Implemented ObamaCare

ObamaCare Trojan Horse

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and current Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller have been the subjects of intense questioning from Congress over the past two weeks over their relation to the Tea Party targeting scandal.  For Shulman, questions remain as to whether he may have lied in front of the House Ways and Means Committee in March 2012 when questioned about allegations of targeting that at the time were simmering without mainstream awareness. He appeared to be less than forthright in his responses when questioned by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday. Miller has already tendered his resignation under pressure.

But there’s another IRS scandal waiting to gain widespread awareness, and this time it undeniably has Shumlan’s and MIller’s fingerprints all over it.  The IRS is unconstitutionally implementing ObamaCare exchange subsidies in states that refuse to establish an exchange.

What PPACA Says

No, the Income Tax isn’t Voluntary

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.” — Chief Justice John Marshall

The congressional hearings over the IRS scandal led to many interesting claims and comments about our tax system, one of which was made during last Friday during the House Ways and Means inquiry on agency’s targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.

During his questioning of former acting-IRS Commissioner Steven Miller and Treasury Department Inspector General, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) twice referred to the income tax as “voluntary.”

“Let key off, Mr. Miller, with something you said. You said, ‘Foolish mistakes were made.’ I think the President actually said it better. He said that the handling of those tax-exempt applications in that process at the IRS was ‘outrageous’ and ‘intolerable.’ No excuse,” Becerra told the former acting-agency commissioner. “And, as much as we know the folks at IRS have a thankless job, because they have to go and tell their fellow Americans that they may be audited or they have to do this work understaffed, we have to maintain the confidence in the system, because it’s a voluntary system of payment of our taxes.”

“Agreed,” interrupted Miller.

“And so, you are right — it’s a foolish mistake. But the President’s even more correct that it was outrageous and intolerable,” said Becerra

He then turned his attention to J. Russell George, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General. “Now, let me also focus on something, Mr. George, you said. When you were asked, ‘Is there any finding or evidence of political motivation here,’ you said, ‘No,’” he recalled.

“That’s correct, sir,” said George.

IRS Asked Pro-Life Group About Content of Prayers

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It wasn’t just Tea Party and other limited-government groups that were targeted by the IRS. The bureaucratic agency, which is apparently too big for the Obama Administration to know what’s going on, also targeted an Iowa-based pro-life group:

On June 22, 2009, the Coalition for Life of Iowa received a letter from the IRS office in Cincinnati, Ohio, that oversees tax exemptions requesting details about how often members pray and whether their prayers are “considered educational.”

“Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood, are considered educational as defined under 501(c)(3),” reads the letter, made public by the Thomas More Society, a public interest law firm that collected evidence about the IRS practices. “Organizations exempt under 501(c)(3) may present opinions with scientific or medical facts. Please explain in detail the activities at these prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organizations spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization.”

Unbelievable. Regardless of how one my feel about the abortion issue, this sort of questioning is completely inappropriate, and it is very much a religious liberty issue. What difference does the content of their prayers actually make and why does the government need to know about it? And why do they need to know how often or what percentage of their meetings are spent in prayer?

BREAKING: Acting IRS Commissioner Resigns

Steven Miller

In the wake of a very serious scandal that involved his agency singling out Tea Party groups, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew asked for and received the resignation of acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.

President Barack Obama announced this development during a short statement to this press this afternoon. He took no questions, but added that the recommendations made by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General will be implemented.

Quoting a congressional source earlier today, CNN noted that two Cincinnati-based staffers were largely responsible for the discrimination toward Tea Party groups. They have, according to the story, “already been disciplined,” though specifics weren’t provided.

While it’s good that there has been some accountability, much more needs to be done to prevent this from ever happening again. Moreover, President Obama’s response, to this point, had been woefully inadequate. Just Tuesday, the White House still didn’t want to own up that a mistake had been made, despite an admission and apology from the IRS.

The IRS is the problem. It’s very nature is to harass Americans into complying with the United States’ completely incoherent tax code. Couple that with the intimidating nature of this White House, and it’s a recipe for what happened to these Tea Party groups.


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