Other Voices | Wednesdays Wars: Say goodnight to the IRS Scandal

“It’s a nothingburger”. That’s how Chris Matthews described the Right’s effort to find a scandal in the IRS where there isn’t one. I agree. Indeed, when the dust settles, this matter will be more of a problem for the Right than the Left.

Let’s look at the essentials.

The Law. Since 1913, organizations that “engage exclusively in social welfare activities” are exempt from Federal Income Tax under the Internal Revenue Code.

The Regulations. In the 1950s, the IRS adopted a regulation that effectively changed the law to allow a tax exemption for organizations engaged “primarily” in social welfare activities.

If you find that weird, you’re right. The IRS, like all other government agencies, has no power (like zip, nada, bupkes) to change the clear requirements of a law passed by Congress.

Principled Republicans who believe in Constitutional government should be outraged by this usurpation of power by unelected bureaucrats at the IRS, of all places. The fact that they aren’t is evidence that the Party’s agenda is being driven by slick opportunists looking for any chance to tarnish Obama.

Targeting. The charge by the Right is that the IRS targeted groups with right-wing sounding names and went easy on groups with left-wing sounding names. That’s exactly what they should have been doing. Seriously. Continue Reading…….

Is it me or are industrial plants in Louisiana beginning to explode with regularity???

I tell you folks you know the class action set is happy happy these days.

Gas plant explosion in Washington Parish ~ Jay Vise

Just like with the fertilizer plant in Texas and last week’s explosion I’d be willing to wager safety corners have been cut.  We’ll see.

Welp, Team Gleason just picked up three more volunteers

Atlanta radio hosts fired for segment making fun of Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS ~ Katherine Terrell

Seeing Steve Gleason riding in a parade this past Mardi Gras, looking completely worn out relatively early on in the ride evoked an emotional response.   There are some things, like choosing how you live out your last days, that are one of those topics you stay away from and the jocks from Atlanta found that out. In any event, welcome aboard Team Gleason guys as the process of juicing the lemons begins.