Refuting Democratic suggestions that progressive groups were also swept up in the IRS probe of the tax status of Tea Party organizations, the Treasury Department's inspector general has revealed that just six progressive groups were targeted compared to 292 conservative groups.
In a letter to congressional Democrats, the inspector general also said that 100 percent of Tea Party groups seeking special tax status were put under IRS review, while only 30 percent of the progressive groups felt the same pressure.
The Wednesday letter to the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee punched a huge hole in Democratic claims that progressive groups were targeted as much as the Tea Party groups from May 2010-May 2012, the height of the Tea Party movement.
The letter from the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed that there just weren't many progressive groups who even sought special tax exempt status. A total of 20 sought it, and six were probed. All 292 Tea Party groups, meanwhile, were part of the IRS witchhunt.
"At this point, the evidence shows us that conservative groups were not only flagged, but targeted and abused by the IRS," said Sarah Swinehart spokeswoman for the Ways and Means Committee.
"As we gather the facts, we will follow them wherever they lead us. Chairman [Rep. David] Camp encourages all groups, regardless of political affiliation, that feel they may have been targeted to come forward and share their story."
Democrats had noticed that the word "progressives" was on the so-called Be On The Lookout, or BOLO, list. But the Treasury IG suggested that the list wasn't used.
The operative paragraph from the IG letter:
"Based on the information you flagged regarding the existence of a 'Progressives' entry on BOLO lists, TIGTA performed additional research which determined that six tax-exempt applications filed between May 2010 and May 2012 having the words 'progress' or 'progressive' in their names were included in the 298 cases the IRS identified as potential political cases. We also determined that 14 tax-exempt applications filed between May 2010 and May 2012 using the words 'progress' or 'progressive' in their names were not referred for added scrutiny as potential political cases. In total, 30 percent of the organizations we identified with the words 'progress' or "progressive" in their names were processed as potential political cases. In comparison, our audit found that 100 percent of the tax-exempt applications with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were processed as potential political cases during the timeframe of our audit."
Kent, Ohio - In a letter to members of the U.S. House and Senate today, eighty-five Ohio based TEA Party/Conservative Groups pledged to stand with Conservative Representatives for the defunding of Obamacare. In releasing the letter, Portage County TEA Party Executive Director, Tom Zawistowski said "At this critical movement in our nation's history, we wanted to make clear our support for those Representative who are standing up to defend Liberty and the American people. Our letter is intended to make public the support of our groups, their tens of thousands of members, and the hundreds of thousands of TEA Party supporters in Ohio, and to clarify our position for all Americans." Any citizen can sign their name to the letter online at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/i-support-the-defunding-of-obamacare/The letter reads as follows:
Members of the US Senate and the US House of Representatives:
We, the members of TEA Party and other Liberty and Conservative groups in Ohio, by our signatures below, hereby thank the conservative members of the United States House of Representatives for protecting our families from the destruction of Obamacare. For standing with the people and living up to their promise to us to do everything in their power to stop the government takeover of health care, commonly known as Obamacare, from being implemented. While we acknowledge that their power is limited, just as the President, the Senate, and the Supreme Court's power is limited, it is none-the-less their responsibility to exercise their power in a manner that most benefits the welfare of all Americans. Not just politically connected big businesses, government employees and big unions who have or will get exemptions from Obamacare, which are unfairly being denied to all American Citizens by the President and the Senate.
We accept that they have no power to repeal Obamacare at this time. However, Congress does have the power of the purse and we rightfully expect them to exercise it in balancing the power of the other branches of government. We therefore pledge our support for their decision to fund the rest of our federal government, and not to fund Obamacare, and we ask them to stand strong on that principle for however long it takes to stop this catastrophe from being imposed upon our nation. Particularly while the Senate, at the behest of the President, refuses to negotiate through a conference committee which is a fundamental abrogation of their constitutional obligation.
For three and a half years, we have been told by pollsters, think tanks, economists, doctors and plenty of politicians that Obamacare will "destroy our economy" and will "destroy our health care system." However, the major concern of those of us in the TEA Party movement, is the loss of liberty that a government-controlled health care system portends for our future and that of our children and grandchildren when it controls everything from what we eat, to what we believe, to what we do with our lives.
We do not need polls or think tanks or experts, to tell us that Obamacare is not in our best personal interest, or that of our nation. We have seen with our own eyes our doctors retiring or leaving the profession, insurance premiums soaring, and employers unwilling to create new full-time jobs and cutting full-time jobs because of the overhead Obamacare adds to that decision. We have already been subject to the intrusive questions about our sex lives, our gun ownership, and our personal activities that are being forced upon us through our healthcare providers by an out of control federal government. We have seen what a single-payer healthcare system looks like, which the supporters of Obamacare openly state is their ultimate goal. We have seen it in the horrific performance of the Veterans Administration in treating our veterans, where wait times are as long as a year and "choices" are severely restricted because of bureaucratic incompetence, even when given adequate funding.
No person in this great nation wants our government to have direct access to our medical information, to have the ability to extort our most intimate personal information through the threat of withholding medical treatment. No one wants to allow the government to be able to correlate our health records with our financial records through the IRS. We do not and never have believed the lies about caring for the poor, cutting healthcare costs or improving treatment and outcomes. The facts disprove it all. This is not about health care, or economics. This is about a government that wants to control everything in our lives and our unwillingness to give up our hard-earned individual liberty for anything, much less a flawed healthcare scheme.
So, we say to the members of the Senate and the House, when faced with a chance to vote on such a momentous issue, how could any one of you vote to destroy our economy and enslave our people—under ANY circumstance? If you were under the threat of physical harm, it would be better for you to lay down your own lives for your country than to knowingly vote to destroy our economy or allow this government intrusion into the lives of free men and women. However, no one is asking you to lay down your lives, as so many brave men and women have done for our country. We are simply asking you to cast a RIGHTEOUS VOTE FOR LIBERTY. The pundits and Washington elitists say that you have no choice but to capitulate, and sell the citizens you swore an oath to serve into perpetual dependency. We say you have no choice but to protect and defend our and your freedom no matter what the personal cost.
Those who have chosen to sign below, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, mutually pledge to each other, and to those Representatives who stand strong with the people at this historic time, our lives, our fortunes and our most sacred honor in defense of our liberty.
Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director
Portage County TEA Party
Glenn Newman, Founder
Citizens for fair taxation - Avon Lake OH
John McAvoy, Founder
NW Ohio Conservative Coalition
Toledo Tea Party
Stephanie R. Kremer & Tiffany G. Hoelscher
Co-Chairmans of the Mercer County Liberty Group
Duane Plessinger, Director & Jim Eilert, Treasurer
Wayne County TEA Party
Carol Caudill, Founder
The Ohio Valley Tea Party
Steve & Cynthea Sabolich
Westshore Tea Party Ohio
James W. Hellyer, Chairman
Licking County Tea Party
John R. Sans, Treasurer,
Akron Tea Party
Jill S. Russell
Athens/SE Ohio 9/12
Amanda Suffecool, Director
REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition
Anderson Tea Party
Westerville TEA Party
Beth Cox, Leadership Team
Preble County Liberty Group
North Ridgeville TEA Party Patriots
Rick & Sue Burkholder
Licking County Conservatives
Fairfield County Executive Central Committeeman
Rita Scott, Founder
Aurora Friends and Neighbors
Jack A Deem, Board Member
Preble County Liberty Group
Mary Ellen Buechter, Group Leader
Miami County Liberty Group
Women for Liberty
Hamilton County GOP
Licking County Conservatives
Doug and HR Pence
Sidney Shelby Liberty Group
Miami Valley Citizens Informed
Kirsten Hill, Chairman
Totally Engaged Americans
Don Birdsall, President
Dayton TEA Party
Fred and Chris Engelhardt, Group Leaders
The Constitution/TEA Group
Anderson and Cincinnati Tea Parties
Judy Guju & Susan Hardenbergh
Anderson Tea Party and
Members of Hamilton County Republican Central Committee
Garry Harper, President & Linda Studer, Director
Wayne County T.E.A. Party
Kathie Phillips, President
Hardin County Common Sense Tea Party
George Momirov, Director
Julie Klusty, Assistant Director
Susan Maxey, Assistant Director
Upper Arlington 912 Group
Sharon Blocher, Group Leader
Patriots of Liberty Tuscarawas
Paula Litton, President
Union County 912
Jim Lewis & Pam Jones
West Chester TEA Party
Cheryl Blakely, Co-Organizer
Findlay 9.12 Project
Northwest Region Board Member
The Ohio Liberty Coalition
Kelly Kohls, Chairman
Warren County Tea Party
Nelson Hack, Coordinator
Morrow County Tea Party
Jane Deeter, Group Leader
Huber Heights Liberty Group
Eagle Forum of Ohio
Springfield TEA Party
Fayette County Coordinator
Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom
Central Ohio OLC Board Member
Jason Dover, President
Fairfield County Tea Party Patriots
Lorain County Totally Engaged Americans (LCTEA)
Lake County Liberty Coalition
Mary Lou Cook
Voices of Liberty
Marion, Ohio Tea Party
Gary Young, Founder
North Ridgeville Tea Party Patriots
Amy Brighton, Co-founder and Co-coordinator
Medina Tea Party Patriots
Nan Zawistowski & Anne Kaczmarek
Liberty Camp for Kids
George & Darla Lee, Grant Wisener,
Bill & Linda Barry, Joy Kantner, Carol Berg,
Auglaize County. Patriots, Steering Committee
George A. Moorman
Northern Montgomery County Liberty Group
John J. Currid, President
South Euclid GOP
North Olmstead Republican Club
Bob Longshore and Member of the Fair Tent Committee
Members of the US Senate and the US House of Representatives,
I am writing to express what I believe to be the opinion of the majority of the 2,500 members in my organization and that of the majority of other TEA Party Leaders in Ohio. It is critical that you heed our call at this historic moment.
From our perspective, there simply is no option or compromise available other than to defund ObamaCare. We have been told by pollsters, think tanks, economists, doctors and plenty of politicians, for three and a half years, that Obamacare will "destroy our economy" and will "destroy our medical system". However, the major concern of those of us in the TEA Party movement is what the loss of Liberty that a government controlled health care system, designed to control everything from what we eat, to how we live, to what we do with our lives, portends for our future and that of our children and grandchildren.
We do not need polls or think tanks or experts, or even you, to tell us that ObamaCare is not in our best personal interest, or that of our nation. We have seen with our own eyes our doctors retiring or leaving the profession, insurance premiums soaring, and employers unwilling to create new full time jobs because of the overhead Obamacare adds to that decision. We have already been subject to the intrusive questions about our sex lives, our gun ownership, and our personal activities, that are being forced upon our health care providers by an out of control federal government. We have seen what a single payer healthcare system looks like, which the supporters of Obamacare openly state is their real goal. We have seen it in the horrific performance of the Veterans Administration in treating our veterans, where wait times are as long as a year and "choices" are severely restricted because of bureaucratic incompetence, even when given adequate funding.
Let us be clear, this fight was never just about health care, it is about Liberty, it is about control of our lives. No person in this nation wants our government to have direct access to our medical information, to have the ability to extort our most intimate personal information with the threat of withholding medical treatment, or wants to allow the government to be able to correlate our health records with the our financial records, through the IRS. We do not, and never have believed the lies about cutting health care costs or improving treatment and outcomes. The facts disprove it all. This is not just about health care, or economics, this is about a government that wants to control everything in our lives and our unwillingness to give up our individual Liberty for anything, let alone a flawed health care scheme.
So, we say to the members of the Senate and the House, when faced with a chance to vote on such an important issue, how could anyone of you vote to "destroy our economy" and enslave our people - under ANY circumstance? If you were under the threat of physical harm it would be better for you to lay down your own life for your country than to knowingly vote to destroy our economy or allow this government intrusion into the lives of free men and women. No one is asking you to lay down your life as so many have done for our country. We are simply asking you to cast a righteous vote for Liberty. The pundits and Washington elitists say that you have no choice but to capitulate, and sell the citizens you swore an oath to serve, into perpetual dependency. We say, you have no choice but to protect and defend our freedom of choice as citizens no matter what your personal cost.
We the People demand that you defend us from the personal and financial harm that this government over-reach will inflict upon us. We demand that you defund Obamacare to protect our individual Liberty. Now is the time to implement the will of the people. No other act is worthy of an elected representative who believes their oath of office and reveres our Constitution.
Thomas R. Zawistowski
Portage County TEA Party
and Senate Democrats for “Shutdown” than Republicans.
Columbus, Ohio - Today, the Ohio Conservative Review (www.OhioConservativeReview.com) conducted an automated telephone poll of 514 Ohioans which showed that more Ohioans blame President Obama and the Democratic Senate for the Government “shutdown” than blame Republicans by a margin of 35.03% to 33.66%. Equally significant, the poll found that 31.31% of Ohioans blamed both Democrats and Republicans for not working together.
The survey then asked poll participants if they were aware from media reports that “Republican members of the US House have voted four times in the last week not to 'shutdown' the Government and that the Democratic Senate has voted to shut down the Government, one time simply to deny average Americans the same one year delay in Obamacare that the President has given to big business?” Over 35% of the poll participants said that they were not aware of the House votes to fund the Government from media reports.
Participants were then asked “Does the fact that Republicans in the House have voted to fund all parts of Government, except Obamacare, affect who you blame for the so called Government shutdown?” When participants were provided with this new information, the blame shifted strongly toward the President and Democratic Senate with 42.89% saying they were to blame, while blame for House Republicans dropped to 31.55% and the number who blamed both dropped to 27.47%.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:32
Colorado voters oust Democratic state senators over gun control
By Keith Coffman
DENVER | Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:55am EDT
(Reuters) - Colorado voters ousted two Democratic lawmakers, including the state senate president, in a historic recall vote on Tuesday over their support for tougher gun control laws, handing a major victory to gun rights supporters.
The recall races, the first in Colorado history, are at the epicenter of the national fight over gun control in the aftermath of a series of mass shootings last year, and were seen as a test of the sway of lobbyists on both sides of the debate.
State Senate President John Morse, who helped lead efforts in the state legislature to ban ammunition magazines with more than 15 rounds and to require background checks for private gun sales and transfers, said he had "absolutely no regrets" about pushing the gun-control measures.
"I said at the time if it costs me my political career, so be it," Morse told Reuters shortly after conceding. "That's nothing compared to what the families of (gun violence) victims go through every single day. We did the right thing."
A Colorado Springs Democrat, Morse trailed 50.96 percent to 49.04 percent, according to unofficial results from the Colorado Secretary of State's office.
Also unseated was Democrat state Senator Angela Giron of Pueblo, who conceded defeat as 56.01 percent of voters backed her ouster compared with 43.99 percent who wanted her to stay in office, according to the office.
The issue came to a head in Colorado after gun-rights activists accused Democrats of ramming through the gun control legislation in the aftermath of a series of shootings which included the killing of 12 people in a suburban Denver movie theatre last year.
Angered by the gun control push, gun rights advocates had sought the recall to send a message to current and future legislators that the bills had gone too far with efforts to curb firearm access. Opponents viewed the recall effort as a bullying tactic and not the proper way to handle a policy dispute.
Morse's Republican opponent, former Colorado Springs Councilman Bernie Herpin, said it was Morse's own unresponsiveness to constituents that prompted the recall effort, a process in which voters petition to remove an elected official before his or her term has ended.
"When you (have) 10,000 valid signatures on a recall petition, that's a powerful message," Herpin said before the voting ended.
The recall battle drew more than $3.5 million in campaign contributions. But the vast majority of the funds - nearly $3 million - came from opponents of the recall drive who support stricter gun control, figures from the secretary of state's office showed.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns, wrote a $350,000 personal check to the anti-recall campaigns. Los Angeles billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad kicked in another $250,000 to stave off the recalls.
After claiming victory late on Tuesday, Herpin said the push to derail the recall had "backfired" on the gun control lobby.
"In Colorado, we don't need some New York billionaire telling us what size soft drinks we can have, how much salt to put on our food, or the size of the ammunition magazines on our guns," he said.
Only about $500,000 came from the pro-gun lobby, mainly $368,000 donated by the National Rifle Association, the nation's biggest pro-gun lobby, which feted Morse's ouster late on Tuesday.
"The people of Colorado Springs sent a clear message to the Senate leader that his primary job was to defend their rights and freedoms and that he is ultimately accountable to them - his constituents, and not to the dollars or social engineering agendas of anti-gun billionaires," the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action said in a statement.
A poll conducted last month showed Colorado residents in general opposed the recall efforts, with 60 percent saying that when voters disagree with a legislator they should wait for re-election rather than mount a recall.
Morse was seen as the more vulnerable of the pair, as a quarter of his district sits in Colorado Springs, long a Republican stronghold, although registration in the Senate district is split almost evenly among Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters.
Republican Senate candidate and former Pueblo deputy police chief George Rivera, said Giron had been hurt by her support for other laws, including legislation to allow cities in the Denver area to draw water from the Arkansas River basin at the expense of local communities. But the primary issue remained gun control.
"That was the match that lit the fuse," he said.
(Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Richard Chang and Patrick Graham)
Ohioans Play Role in Victory:Ohio Based Buckeye Firearms Association paid to send three people to Colorado last week. They knocked on doors and visited gun stores. They attended political rallies and helped encourage others to get involved in the fight. Other people in Ohio volunteered to make phone calls to help get the vote out in support of the recall effort, while many others donated money to support our efforts. It was a true grassroots effort that may have been the key difference in Morse's race, which was won with only 50.9% of the vote. Elections matter, and every vote counts!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:13
Next Monthly Meeting: September 17th, 7:00 PM, Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2013
TEA PARTY "WARNS" PRESIDENT OBAMA
ABOUT SEPTEMBER 11th
Kent, OH - The Portage County TEA Party today released a statement "warning" President Obama that Wednesday is September 11, 2013. In making the statement, Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, "Though it may seem obvious, we wanted to warn President Obama and his senior advisors, that this Wednesday is September 11th and the Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America in 2001. We send this warning because it was apparent that last year, President Obama and his top advisors were so distracted by their political efforts to use the IRS, the FEC, the EPA, the FBI and other governmentagencies to stop TEA Party and other conservative groups from participating in the 2012 election, that they apparently forgot the 2012 Anniversary, and did not adequately prepare for the attacks on our embassies around the world. Instead of intercepting warnings of the planned attacks on our embassies on the September 11th 2012 Anniversary, the NSA, CIA, FBI and others were apparently tied up reading TEA Party emails, listening to our phone calls, and tracing our web searches in a successful effort to prevent a fair US presidential election. Unfortunately, they were not as successful in preventing multiple attacks across the world on our embassies which resulted in the still unexplained tragic deaths of our Ambassadorto Libya and three other brave Americans."
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "Our "warning" is also intended to help the President and his staff keep focused on the real threats to the United States, by real terrorists, and keep them from getting distracted by the perceived political threat of the TEA Party Movement. Therefore, we also want to make sure that the President and his staff are fully aware, in advance, that there will be a rally at the US Capital on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The TEA Party participants at that event will not be attacking the United States or burning the capital, just simply practicing their Constitutionally guaranteed right to free political speech and freedom of assembly. It is our sincere hope, that this warning will come in time, to prevent the President and his staff from being distracted again by the political issues currently surrounding the President, so that they can actually have our forces at home and around the globe on alert this Wednesday, September 11, 2013, to prevent a repeat of last year's horrific and embarrassing performance."
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:35
Holy cripes! They actually went and did it! They shut down the federal government!
OK, well, sort of.
They shut down the parts no one really needs. Which means they shut it down in the same way 3 inches of snow in Washington, D.C., shuts down the federal government.
These are not the times that try men's souls. These are, rather, the times that give taxpayers a glimpse of all of the things the federal government is willing to admit are nonessential.
Somebody make a list. It's bound to come in handy when the big crash comes and we have to admit that the Feds ran out of money $17 trillion ago, and that governments at all levels have made $122 trillion in promises that they have no idea how to keep.
The big crash won't come when there's a fight over the debt ceiling, either. (That's our next scheduled crisis, for those of you who didn't grab a program on your way into the political theater.)
But come it will. And it will be most inconvenient for a people who have been tempted, cajoled, bullied and ordered into the embrace of a government whose promises aren't worth the paper the Federal Reserve prints them on.
A part of me hopes it comes sooner rather than later, because it would be a shame if the baby boomers don't live to experience it, since their relentless pursuit of immediate gratification with deferred payment will have been its main cause.
But chances of its occurring before the election of 2016 are slim, with all the short-sighted masters of political and economic fiction in charge of Washington. So the off-year election won't be about the big unkept promises. It will be about the little ones - again - and about who gets the blame.
The Republicans will blame one another, because that's what Republicans do these days. The constitutionalists and the Democrats-lite will be openly at war in some congressional districts, and those whose first concern is tidiness will fret and fume.
The Democrats, meanwhile, will run on Obamacare, which still won't be in full operation by then, but will be even less popular than it is today. And the Democrats will portray its many blemishes as the fault of everyone except the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's architects and implementers.
'Obstructionist Republicans' will be roundly pilloried, of course, because the Democratic faithful can't get enough of that stuff - and because it will be true: The Republicans, called to account by the true conservatives in their ranks, have been surprisingly stalwart in trying to stop a government health care disaster.
But that line of Democratic argument will be mere boilerplate.
The players in the Obamacare debacle who will be the star villains will be the health insurance companies, which are about to find out what a deal with the devil really entails.
Remember when Obamacare was being written - late at night in Nancy Pelosi's office, with the door locked and the shades drawn?
Insurance companies were the ultimate bad guys then, and Obamacare - whatever it turned out to be - was going to fix them good.
The insurers, not relishing the prospect of a fight for survival, switched sides. And once the deal was done, it looked like a good one: The federal government was going to force everyone to buy what they were selling. Sure, the insurers would be captives, but they'd be well-compensated captives and they'd have friends in high places.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
They're about to get the Moammar Gadhafi treatment.
Blaming the Republicans directly for the bureaucratic and medical nightmare Obamacare is unleashing won't be all that credible to voters with functioning brains. The Republicans had nothing to do with it and have tried only to stop it.
Blaming insurance companies will be credible, though - especially to true-believing
Democrats ill-served by the health care system and in the market for an excuse that lets them keep their big-government fantasies intact.
In five years as president, Barack Obama has never stopped running against Washington. He has never taken responsibility for a single failure - and heaven knows he's had opportunities.
He and his congressional helpers wrote every word of the law that is Obamacare, have broken that law when it suited them, and have made every rule for its implementation. Obama owns this thing, lock, stock and death panel.
Yet he won't hesitate one second to argue that others are responsible for its shortcomings and that forces that oppose him are standing in the way of his diligent efforts to make it deliver as promised.
And what are the insurance companies supposed to do? Argue publicly with the boss?
They got outmaneuvered. They thought they'd made a deal to avoid being put out of business by single-payer. They grasped at the wrong straw. And now, they've outlived their usefulness, except as the whipping boys for 2016.
O'Brien is The Plain Dealer's deputy editorial page editor.
Jordan Presses Administration on False Sequester Statements
House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questioned the Department of Education and the Department of Transportation over the political scare tactics deployed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Education Secretary Ray LaHood, at a hearingon the $67 billion worth of unimplemented recommendations agency Inspectors General have identified. In the first clip, Chairman Jordan asks the Education Department if they will respond to the Oversight Committee’s request about sequestration planning, and learns that the Education Department assumed the sequester would not happen.
The Education Department witness goes on to admit that no studies or surveys were conducted before Secretary Duncan declared that teachers would be getting “pink slips.”
The Transportation Department also admits that the “operational impacts” including flight delays publicly highlighted by Secretary LaHood were only “estimates” and not based on any specific study of sequestration impacts. In the second clip, Jordan asks both departments if they are aware of how much money has been spent on consultants, travel and conferences, including those more expensive per person than the infamous GSA conference in Las Vegas in 2010.
Both departments indicate they do not think additional savings can be found in conference and travel spending.
TAXPAYER ADVOCATE SERVICE KNEW OF IRS TARGETING OF OLC
ON FEBRUARY 21, 2012 AND DID NOT STOP THE PRACTICE
Akron - Tom Zawistowski, Past President of the Ohio Liberty Coalition (OLC) and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, today released documents showing that the National Taxpayer Advocate Service had direct knowledge of the "Targeting" of the Ohio Liberty Coalition by the IRS as early as February 21, 2012 and failed to bring an end to the "Targeting". Zawistowski released a document that was faxed from then Congressman Steve LaTourette's office to the Cleveland Taxpayer Advocate Service office on February 21, 2012, just five days after the OLC had notified the IRS that it would not answer what it found to be politically motivated questions. Congressman LaTourette's office apparently never received any report back from the Taxpayer Advocate Service until last week, 16 months after the original documents were delivered. This despite the fact that the National Taxpayer Advocate is supposed to serve as an advocate for taxpayers to the IRS and Congress to "help US taxpayers resolve problems and work with the IRS to correct systemic and procedural problems."
Zawistowski said "I was unaware that there even was a National Taxpayer Advocate Service until Congressman Dave Joyce's office contacted me last week saying that the NTA was asking the OLC to fill out a form giving them permission to share the OLC's information with Congress, which current OLC President Ted Stevenot did this week. I find it absolutely astonishing that so many people in the Administration, both inside and outside of the IRS, had first hand knowledge of this outrageous activity and did nothing to stop it. I look forward to Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, testifying in front of Congress and explaining, how, when it is the explicit purpose of the NTA to "inform Congress of the top 20 problems taxpayers face in their dealings with the IRS and make recommendations to protect taxpayer rights and mitigate tax payer problems", the NTA did not stop the "targeting" of TEA Party and other Conservative Groups when that is their job."
Zawistowski concluded by saying "This Keystone Cops routine of high ranking people in this Administration being over-paid and not doing their jobs is exactly why nobody trusts this Administration. The President claims he is "outraged" by what happened in the IRS but he has done nothing to hold accountable those who were involved and we demand to know why. This latest disclosure, combined with the embarrassing testimony by FBI Director Robert Muller, who claims to not even know who in the FBI is conducting the investigation six weeks after it started, shows that there is NO interest by this President in holding anyone accountable. Which leads me to conclude that he condones what was done to the TEA Party and Conservative groups, and may have been fully aware of the plan to "target" these groups from the very beginning. Actions speak louder than words and the President has done nothing to defend the rights of citizens, just like the rest of the Keystone Cops."
Today we honor the men and women who have given their lives in battle to provide us with our most valued possessions, individual Freedom and the opportunity to exercise it - which is Liberty. We also honor their spouses and children, parents, brothers and sisters, and extended family, who pay such a huge price in being without their loved ones for so many years.
The magnitude of their sacrifice on our behalf can not be calculated, nor can its value to those of us who benefit from it. Clearly, a "Thank you" is not enough. The only way to honor such tremendous sacrifice is to make sure that what they gave to us was not in vain. Today, Memorial Day 2013, let us not just honor them and their families, but let us each recommit ourselves to protect and defend those precious gifts of Freedom and Liberty, in their honor and for future generations to come.