We have been reporting for a while now that Ted Cruz had put forth an amendment to rectify current issues with the IRS and the targeting of conservative groups. The language would have been as follows:
“(a) Offense. — It shall be unlawful for any officer of the Internal Revenue Service to, regardless of whether the officer or employee is acting under the color of law, willfully act with the intent to injure, oppress, threaten, intimidate or single out and subject to undue scrutiny for purposes of harassment any person or organization of any state –
“(1) based solely or primarily on the political, economic or social positions held or expressed by the person or organization; or
“2) because the person or organization has expressed a particular political, economic, or social position using any words of writing allowed by law.”
As you can see it not only would have protected Tea Party groups, but any group that might come under assault for their beliefs. Unfortunately Liberty Unyielding is reporting that the Democrats, who control the Senate, used their power to kill the amendment. Per the usual strategy, those doing the dirty work are not up for reelection this year so they have plenty of time for the populace to forget their assault on freedom. Here is the list of shame:
Patrick Leahy of Vermont
Dianne Feinstein of California
Charles Schumer of New York
Richard Durbin of Illinois
Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota
Chris Coons of Delaware
Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
Mazie Hirono of Hawaii
So, the Democrats want to make sure that the IRS can continue to be used as a tool of political destruction. Of course, if the Republicans had controlled the Senate the vote would have probably have been similar just with different names. Neither side wants to give up that kind of power. Reason number (really big number goes here) that we should abolish the IRS and implement something that doesn’t resemble the East German Stasi circa 1950’s.
Article Source: http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/03/06/cynical-dems-kill-bill-prohibiting-irs-political-favoritism/
Just another nail in the coffin of freedom. Meanwhile, when it’s their Senatorial committee being spied on by the CIA, that’s some serious stuff. Can’t have that. There are laws! But people exercising their God-given rights of speech, dot Gov can suppress that any way they can — what’s the problem? Trot out the Constitution in defense of big-government.
“I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation of powers principles,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor. “I am not taking it lightly.”
Who cares about the IRS targeting people, but the ruling class can’t be spied on. I guess that law is, “No one but no one shall gore our Ox.”
(LA Times)”At some point during their work, Senate staff members gained access to the draft of an internal review the CIA had done of the interrogations. Senators say that internal review, which remains classified, was far more critical of the CIA than the agency’s official responses to their questions had been.CIA officials say the Senate aides were never supposed to have access to the draft, which they claim is covered by executive privilege. They began to investigate how the committee staff members had gained access to it.”
In fact, Dems will run interference for the IRS scandal. Sickening really.