Thursday, May 30, 2013

Former IRS Head Went To White House 118 Times During Scandal Years

by / Personal Liberty Digest

Former IRS Head Went To White House 118 Times During Scandal Years
Douglas Shulman served as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service from 2008 until late 2012.
Douglas Shulman, who served as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from 2008 until late 2012, was a tremendously frequent visitor to President Barack Obama’s White House during the time the agency was involved in actively discriminating against Tea Party conservatives.

According to the Washington Examiner, Shulman, a George W. Bush appointee who nonetheless made campaign donation to the Democratic National Committee, visited with the Presidential Administration an average of one time a week between 2010 and 2011. His five-year term expired in November.

By contrast, former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson, who served under George W. Bush from 2003-2007,told the Examiner he visited the White House only a single time during his entire tenure, saying that experience left him feeling like he’d “moved to Siberia” because of the aloofness of the Bush Administration from the agency’s operational activities.

IRS Acting Director Steven Miller, who succeeded Shulman in November, also made repeated visits to the White House.
Shulman said he couldn’t remember why he went to the White House so frequently, though some of the visits were probably about the IRS’ role in implementing Obama’s health care reforms, he told a congressional committee. Logs show Shulman met with two West Wing officials working on health care.
“The IRS has a major role in the money flow,” Shulman explained to Congress.
But while the health care-related visits were explained in the logs, many others included no explanation. Other sources said the IRS and White House were also talking at the time about an investigation into excessive IRS spending on employee conferences, travel and awards.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Shulman’s frequent visits make it hard to believe that the IRS and White House never talked about the investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups, which was going on at the time — something the White House vigorously denies.
Indeed, the extent of the ongoing interaction between the Obama Administration and the IRS casts doubt on the President’s already implausible claim that, under his leadership, the agency had operated independently of influence from the executive branch. And aside from its own sinister implications, the oft-repeated excuse that Obamacare would need the IRS as a deployment, data-gathering and enforcement arm doesn’t line up with the number or timing of the 118 visits — a fact not lost on Commentary magazine’s John Steele Gordon:
Obama’s sole interest in the tax code has been to raise rates on high earners. So what was the commissioner doing going to the White House more than once a week on average?
One explanation would be the statutory involvement of the IRS in implementing Obamacare. But that bill was signed into law in early 2010. White House logs show on several occasions that he [Shulman] talked with White House staff about health care, but many other times no reason is given for his visit or whom he saw, which in itself is odd.
By his own admission he knew by the spring of 2012 (he resigned in November, 2012) that organizations with the words “Tea Party” in their names were being targeted for extra scrutiny. Is it really believable that someone who had a Wall Street career before coming to Washington five years ago was so politically naïve that he didn’t see the potential for scandal in that information and give the White House a heads-up? And, assuming he did so, is it believable that none of those White House staffers–who can hardly claim political naiveté–did not pass the information along to the president, leaving him to learn of it in the papers?
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Shulman testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight last week that, of those 118 times, he met with the President on four occasions, the last of which he said took place on June 5, 2012. He also testified he’d not once discussed any Tea Party complaints with any Administration official during any of his visits.

During that same two-year period, Shulman received more than 130 separate complaints from conservative members of Congress requesting the IRS look into the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups.
Criminal Minds at the IRS  
Robert Knight/ Townhall Columnist

It’s pretty clear that the Internal Revenue Service acted illegally in its abuse of tea parties and other conservative groups and individuals since 2009
Why else would Lois G. Lerner, director of the IRS’s division of exempt organizations, plead the Fifth before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee?

She invoked it last Wednesday after reading a statement in which she claimed, “I have not done anything wrong.” My lying eyes conclude that the lady has something to hide but hates the idea that we think so. By contrast, most organized crime figures who are dragged before congressional committees shrug, look down, plead the Fifth, and don’t bother pretending that they’re innocent.

That’s why they have lawyers.

For the past three years, the IRS has behaved like Soviet-style apparatchiks, using power and fear to stunt a grassroots movement that flexed mightily in 2010 but then mysteriously quieted down. Now we know why. When the IRS began carpet bombing conservatives with punitive audits and demanded to know things like what kind of prayers were uttered at meetings, the Big Chill was under way.

In fact, it’s still going on despite misleading media reports that all that bad stuff was in the distant past, such as 2012. As Hillary Clinton might insist, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

A 40-page memorandum released on May 20 by Cleta Mitchell, a prominent attorney representing conservative nonprofit organizations, shows exactly why the IRS is still a threat to our constitutional republic.

“Prior to 2010, the time frame for review and receipt of IRS tax exempt status would
typically be three months to one year for a 501(c)(3) organization and 3 to 6 months for a 501(c)(4) or (c)(6) organization,” she writes. In 2010, the IRS “changed its system for reviewing and processing applications. The timeline for some of the clients I currently represent demonstrates that the IRS is STILL holding up the applications for exempt status recognition of dozens — if not hundreds — of conservative organizations.”

In four cases, she reveals a pattern of years-long indifference, followed by ever increasing scrutiny.

Here are some of the questions the IRS posed in letters that follow a statement warning respondents that they risk a criminal charge of perjury if they get anything wrong or leave anything out:

--Provide a list of all issues that are important to your organization. Indicate your position regarding each issue.”

--Have you conducted or will you conduct rallies or exhibitions for or against any public
policies, legislations, public officers, political candidates, or like kinds?

--Provide the following for all the events you have conducted and will conduct for 2012 and 2013:
a. The time, location, and content schedule of each rally or exhibition.
b. Provide copies of handouts you provided or will provide to the public.
c. The names of persons from your organization and the amount of time they have spent or will spend on the event. Indicate the name and amount of time they spent on the event. Indicate the name and amount of compensation paid or will be paid to each person.

--Provide details regarding all of your activity on Facebook and Twitter.

Let’s see. “We took the dog to the beach today….”

Addressing the obvious targeting of tea parties, one IRS official claimed, “what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people who were trying to be more efficient in their workload selection."

Really? So changing the application from one with five to six short questions “to one that consisted of dozens of questions, necessitating volumes of materials and documents to be filed with the IRS was done in order to 'be more efficient'?” Mrs. Mitchell asks.

The agency first tried to finger two "rogue" employees in the Cincinnati IRS office as culprits. That ploy was “completely false,” Mrs. Mitchell writes. “In 2011, at least one of the Cincinnati IRS agents assigned to handle two clients' applications advised me that the Washington, DC office was actively involved in the decisions and processing.... The effort by senior IRS officials to lay this scheme at the hands of ‘a few low level' IRS employees is despicable and must not be tolerated.”

Mark D. West, founder and chairman of the Chattanooga Tea Party, told me that his group finally got its C-4 letter last month after nearly four years. He contrasted it with the treatment of a leftist group called Chattanooga Organizing for Action (COA), which applied in the summer of 2011 and received its tax letter in January 2013.

COA, which is not affiliated with Barack Obama’s Organizing for America campaign, says its mission is “to assist individuals and organizations in becoming the essential agents of real systemic change to achieve social, economic and environmental justice.” Not exactly a red flag to the current IRS.

The good news in all this is that the IRS itself is finally being put under a hot light at the table of public disclosure. It’s a little like the EPA getting caught dumping its garbage in a wildlife preserve.

And the Tea Parties are stirring again.

“Some of the perceived loss in enthusiasm and activity has been valid,” said Mr. West. “But it’s also been that we got smarter. Instead of time and treasure spent at rallies in Washington, D.C., we refocused our energies on more productive and effective efforts.”

In Chattanooga, that meant replacing a three-term, liberal city council member with a Chattanooga Tea Party board member in the April election, plus two more conservatives joining the council.

“This goes back to 2010, and a property tax increase,” said Mr. West. “Every single council member who voted for the tax increase was defeated. These are the battles that the mainstream media won’t focus on.”

Last Tuesday, with 24 hours’ notice, the Chattanooga Tea Party mounted a rally of 100 people at an IRS office as part of a national protest, he said.

“They think we’re dead,” he said.
Obama on the Ropes
By: Rich Galen / Townhall Columnist

All right. It's darn near June of the off year.

Over the past few weeks I've been writing like Grandma Moses painted: Sooooo very sweet.

Well, that's over. I don't have to write a sweet column again until Back to School on Labor day, so as Bette Davis (as Margo Channing) said in "All About Eve" in 1950:

"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night"

The IRS is going to be the death of the Obama Administration.


I'm not saying all IRS employees are bad people, but neither are all meter maids bad people - we just don't like to see them sniffing around our stuff.

Actually the IRS is not Obama's biggest strategic problem.

James Rosen is.

If you haven't been following the story, the Obama Administration has been trying to stop leaks from Executive Branch employees to the press corps.

James Rosen is one of the most senior - and most respected - reporters at Fox News. Unlike some of the night time hosts on Fox, Rosen is seen as a seasoned journalist who could be working at any major news outlet in Washington.

The Obama Administration decided that Rosen's reporting on North Korea was a national security issue and the Attorney General, Eric Holder, not only approved tapping into his email account(s), but also suggested that the investigation might have to go on for years.

The Department of Justice said that Rosen was "at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator" in the leaks about North Korea.

This is not new. Every administration - probably since Washington - has been trying to plug leaks to the press corps.

Henry Kissinger, in 1969 and 1970, allegedly authorized the FBI to employ wiretaps on 13 National Security Council Staff and at least four national reporters to find out who was leaking national security material to the press.

It is well documented that Richard Nixon didn't have the highest possible regard for the role and operating methods of the press corps.

That Barack Obama is being compared to Richard Nixon is ample evidence that his administration or, at a minimum, his legacy, is in big, big trouble.

So why is the Rosen case a bigger strategic problem than the IRS? Because if receiving information from an Executive Branch employee is a crime then, as one reporter said to me last week, "We are reduced to rewriting government press releases."

Because of the Rosen case, the Washington press corps - which contains some of Obama's most ardent defenders and supporters - is turning on him.

A week or so ago MSNBC's Chris Matthews said on the air that Obama, "Obviously likes giving speeches more than he does running the executive branch." reported Matthews as saying: "He doesn't like lobbying for the bills he cares about. He doesn't like selling to the press. He doesn't like giving orders or giving somebody the power to give orders. He doesn't seem to like being an executive."

As Lyndon Johnson is quoted as having said after a negative statement by Walter Cronkite about Viet Nam "If we've lost Cronkite, we've lost the war."

If Obama has lost Matthews, he's lost his Administration.

From this point onward there will be no such thing as a technical error in the Obama Administration. Like a lover scorned, Obama's former supporters in the press corps will see everything as a potential scandal unless proved otherwise.

He has no more Get Out Of Jail Free cards from national reporters.

The Internal Revenue Service is in business because Americans trust it to treat everyone equally without regard to politics or position.

The reports that the IRS was targeting that it believed were opposed to Obama's policies turned out to be true.

The woman who ran that shop refused to answer questions from a Committee of Congress, was asked to resign, refused, and was put on administrative leave meaning she is on a paid vacation.

If Obama's IRS was being used as a political tool, there is no one who will defend it, or him.

We are coming close to the beginning of the 2014 mid-term election cycle.

If House and Senate Democrats come to believe that Obama has become a negative in their districts, they will turn on him like, like Chris Matthews.

We have a lot going on: IRS, Rosen, Associated Press, Benghazi and who knows what else.

Barack Obama is losing his hold on the American people.

He has demonstrated zero skills that would lead us to believe he can get it back.
Has life on Mars been discovered 
By: Diane Sori

I have always said that we are NOT alone in the vastness of the universe...well guess what...the days of humans...of man...thinking we are all there is might just be over.

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has again been scouring the Red Planet for traces of life, and this time it’s captured a rodent-shaped ‘creature’ among dusty orange rocks.

These recently released photos were taken at the sandy ‘Rocknest’ site on the surface of Aeolis Palus, between Peace Vallis and Aeolis Mons. Here NASA was collecting sand samples to test for basaltic materials.

Some say the shape in the image could just be a rock, but NASA officially revealed that the Curiosity rover had indeed found evidence that suggested ancient Mars could have and still might support living microbes.

Well, if this image is truly what it appears to be (and I say 'if') then microbiotic life is NOT the only life on Mars...and that would be MAJOR.

Mars Science Laboratory project scientist John Grotzinger from the California Institute of Technology explained: "We have characterized a very ancient, but strangely new 'gray Mars', where conditions once were favorable for life...and still might be."

"Curiosity is on a mission of discovery and exploration, and as a team we feel there are many more exciting discoveries ahead of us in the months and years to come."

YES there are, and who knows what awaits us as we explore the unknown, and I am beyond proud that someone in my

family will be part of that exploration
The actors are in place...the trial is ready to take center stage
By: Diane Sori

While everybody is focused on the three-ring circus that is Attorney General Eric 'Fast & Furious' Holder, the theater of the absurd continues as Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Ft. Hood know the one Obama deemed 'workplace violence' now petitioning the court to represent himself when he goes to trial.

Instead of just turning a blind eye to yet another of Hasan's never ending requests, yesterday, military judge Colonel Tara Osborn ordered Hasan to undergo a physical exam to determine whether he’s physically capable to do so (Hasan is paralyzed from the chest down from gunshots fired during the attack by two Ft. Hood police officers) after ruling him mentally capable to defend himself, and issued a statement through a Ft. Hood spokesman, “The judge noted that a prior inquiry into Hasan’s mental health indicated that he had the mental capacity to conduct and assist in his own defense."

Now ordering the government to conduct the physical exam and file a medical report by tomorrow so she can rule on the results at Monday's scheduled hearing, this judge has been trying to keep the trial on schedule after countless Hasan initiated stalling tactics, including his stellar performance that as a muslim he should NOT be required to shave his beard to comply with military rules (Osborn set that issue aside).

And if by some chance the judge refuses Hasan’s request to defend himself, rest assured he will appeal to higher courts and request the trial be stayed, causing even further delays.

And so the delays will continue one way or another while we taxpayers foot the bill to keep Hasan well fed and laughing at how he's made a mockery of our justice system, because he knows that by defending himself new avenues for appeal become available if he's found guilty, and we all know he's guilty as charged. Defending himself also means that he’ll be able to question and cross-examine witnesses, including the very people he's charged with wounding, along with the family members of those he murdered in what was, whether Barack HUSSEIN Obama likes it or NOT, a terrorist attack.

But gentleman that he is (insert sarcasm and look of utter disgust here), Hasan has graciously offered to plead guilty on all charges if the death penalty is taken off the table (something he has previously twice asked for). Judge Osborn again refused the request because under military law a defendant cannot plead guilty to a capital death penalty crime, making Hasan's offer just more theater, and believe me he knows damn well the military rules regarding his type of case.

And it gets even more bombastically infuriating as in this theater of the absurd Nadal Hasan continues to get paid, racking up at least $278,000 in salary to date as he awaits the court-martial proceedings to begin, because under the Military Code of Justice, Hasan’s salary cannot be suspended unless he's proven guilty.

Never mind that the people he injured all saw who shot them...never mind that he was seen murdering 13...never mind all that because the Military Code says he has to be officially adjudicated with a guilty verdict before his pay can be suspended or forfeited.

Does anyone else see the absurdity in all this...

And this is being played out while the victims are still being denied the Purple Hearts they so rightly deserve...Purple Hearts deserved because they were indeed injured in battle NOT in an act of 'workplace violence' for this muslim bast*rd kept shouting 'allahu akbar' as he pumped bullets into them...Purple Hearts that would allow the victims additional medical care and benefits for their families.

And while the judge will explain to Hasan the many disadvantages of defending himself against 13 premeditated murder charges and 32 attempted premeditated murder charges, if she does rule Hasan is physically competent to represent himself at trial, she most probably will insist that defense attorneys be present to assist Hasan if he needs it, as military rules allow a judge to require a defendant representing himself pro se to still be advised by military lawyers thus preventing a possible mistrial due to what will assuredly be theatrical outbursts by the defendant.

And what will Hasan do in representing himself...what will his defense be...NOTHING but jihadist rhetoric and rants using the qur'an to justify his actions, and the liberals sitting in the jury box...and rest assured there will be some bleeding heart liberals in that box...will lap it up so as NOT to appear racist against muslims (who are NOT a race by the way, but are people of all colors and nationalities who follow the pseudo-religious cult known as islam and NOTHING more).

But if Hasan does become disruptive by spewing muslim garbage instead of questioning witnesses, which is very likely to happen, Hasan could lose the right to defend himself leaving it up to the judge and government lawyers to hold him accountable.

Oh what theater we're all in for as the judge's ruling on Monday will determine if this trial becomes just more play acting at political correctness or if justice finally prevails for the Ft. Hood victims and their families.

I've got my front row TV seat saved and my popcorn ready to be 'nuked' should be interesting to say the least.