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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 9, 2013/ 3 Elul, 5773

PROOF confirmed! IRS caressed liberals, harassed conservatives

By Deroy Murdock




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | According to Team Obama's "phony scandal" narrative, when the Internal Revenue Service processed 501(c)(3) tax-exemption applications, it equally tormented liberals and conservatives. No big deal, the argument goes. The IRS suffers from even-handed inefficiency rather than an un-American habit of slamming critics of the president of the United States.

Unfortunately for the Obamites, actual facts annihilate their institutional-incompetence defense. New data deepen the suspicion that the IRS is the latest and most worrisome weapon in the left's arsenal.

Using his authority under Internal Revenue Code Section 6103, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., requested and received data from the IRS on the 298 "political advocacy" groups that the tax agency was subjecting to secondary screening as of May 31, 2012. Committee staffers compared these groups' names against identifiers on the IRS' "Be on the Lookout" list, namely "progressive" and "Tea Party," "Patriot," "9/12" and "conservative." This yielded 111 groups, of which staffers developed a snapshot on their status as of May 31, 2013.

Ways and Means confirmed conservatives' repeated lament: The IRS caresses institutions on the left and hammers those on the right.

Among these 111 targets, only seven were self-described "progressive" groups. The remaining 104 were right-of-center. So, among this sample, the institutions that the IRS placed under a microscope were 6.3 percent liberal and 93.7 percent conservative. That is not quite fair and balanced.


The IRS also scrutinized liberals far more lightly than it did conservatives. Ways and Means found that the IRS asked these leftist groups 4.7 questions, on average, while righties typically faced 14.9 queries -- more than thrice as many. Conservative complain that the IRS inappropriately demanded their donor lists, reports on books they were reading, whether applicants' relatives planned to run for office, and even descriptions of their prayers.

Among the seven liberal groups that Ways and Means examined, IRS authorized 100 percent of their proposals. Among conservatives, it only approved 46 percent.

Consequently, zero liberal groups in this sample await an IRS decision. In contrast, 56 conservative outfits either still wonder if the IRS will accept their submissions or they simply gave up.

When the committee released this information July 30, it did not name the groups it studied. However, the American Center for Law and Justice details how long conservative clubs have watched the IRS sit on their paperwork. ACLJ is suing the IRS on behalf of 41 such entities. Some faced unusually long intervals before their documents were approved (e.g., 30 months for Virginia's Richmond Tea Party and 32 months for Colorado's Four Corners Liberty Restoration Group). Others remain in limbo, amid IRS inaction. Consider, as of Tuesday, a 39-month ongoing wait for Michigan's Unite in Action, 41 months for California's PECAN -- Patriots Educating Concerned Americans Now, and 43 months for New Mexico's Albuquerque Tea Party.

The dogs that have not barked are the liberal groups that may have waited endlessly for IRS rulings or been asked about their contributors, reading material or prayer habits. If, say, Occupy Palm Beach, Americans for Higher Taxes, or Spend It All - NOW! had shared their IRS horror stories, this would be no scandal.

So, where are the IRS' liberal victims? Are they staying mum while this controversy poaches Team Obama in increasingly hot water? Or -- could it be? -- maybe the IRS has no leftist victims, since it barely targeted and never persecuted such groups.

Couple this information with revelations that confidential IRS records illegally got leaked to the Federal Election Commission and apparently to opponents of the National Organization for Marriage and 2010 senatorial nominee Christine O'Donnell, R-Del. A frightful portrait emerges of a thoroughly politicized federal agency that repeatedly abuses its police powers to the benefit of Barack Obama and his comrades on the left and the detriment of their rivals on the right.

This is far from phony and close to authoritarian.

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Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.



Previously:

08/02/13: ObamaCare should be defunded now

07/26/13: Obama drowns Americans in yet another geyser of words

07/19/13: Conservatives should fight liberal word games

07/12/13: Lies are fueling those who'd kill us

07/05/13: Washington merits Declaration of Incompetence

06/21/13: Celebs should visit, not boycott, Israel

06/14/13: Revive America's can-do spirit

06/07/13: What the IRS will do for ObamaCare

06/03/13: Quin Hillyer throws his metaphor into ring

05/24/13: Meet a few of the illegal aliens with rap sheets whom Team Obama flung onto America's streets

05/20/13: Big government's new legacy of scandal

05/10/13: Why Benghazi is biggest coverup since Watergate

05/03/13: Obama puts U.S. at risk to slam GOP

04/25/13: U.S.-Mexican border welcomes terrorists

04/19/13: In Boston bombing, left wrongly blames right

04/12/13: U.S. tax code, 74,000 pages, lots of laughs

04/05/13: Obama should share in Americans' sacrifices

03/29/13: Karl Rove has no right to lecture conservatives

03/22/13: Black votes could be GOP's secret weapon

03/15/13: Dems, choose between rhetoric, reality

03/08/13: GOP leaders need courage and stagecraft

03/01/13: Sequester should chop federal fat, not bone

02/22/13: Chuck Hagel's Greatest Hits

02/08/13: Control government's guns

02/01/13: GOP lacks guts, imagination on spending cuts

01/25/13: How to guarantee the rich flee

01/18/13: Limitless and lawless bipartisanship

01/11/13: The most frightful environmental nightmare isn't

01/04/13: 'Fiscal cliff' leaves GOP dazed, confused and fractured

12/21/12: How sad that nearly every Democrat and too many Republicans cannot grasp a concept self-evident even to a Cuban Communist

12/07/12: A simple fact on which every American should meditate

11/30/12: GOP should hammer Left about racism

11/21/12: How Squanto became a Thanksgiving symbol

11/09/12: Obama's re-election bewilders

11/05/12: Actually, Obama is growing the economy

10/26/12: Romney's ignored Mitt-zvahs

10/19/12: Obama's most dangerous disappointment

10/12/12: About Behghazi, Obama lied, people died --- and few bother to cry (out)

10/05//12: Obama the exacerbater

09/28/12: Barack Obama, slacker-in-chief

09/24/12: Citizens or subjects? Candidates offer choice

08/17/12: Dems ignore own issues with Medicare

08/13/12: Speech Romney should give on Bain

07/20/12: Obama's green projects bleeding red

07/13/12: EPA, why fine oil firms over fantasy biofuel?

07/06/12: How about remembering Mexican victims of 'Fast and Furious'?

06/29/12: Health-care victory will give Obama headaches

06/22/12: Mitt Romney, get on bus

06/18/12: The 'racist' Florida vote purge obeys federal law

06/08/12: Scott Walker's win should propel big reforms, stiffen pols' spines

06/01/12: Regulators regulate, and that's a problem

05/25/12: WWII hero Karski to receive U.S. Medal of Freedom

05/18/12: Not the behavior of normal Americans

05/18/12: Spacemen to NASA: Cool it on global warming

05/04/12: Libs want to plunge the penthouse

04/27/12: Obama and company are pushing hard on the pedal for deadlier cars

04/20/12: We don't need no stinkin' budget?

04/14/12: New Reasons to Hate Obamacare

04/06/12: Team Obama plays energy policy for laughs

03/30/12: Twitchy Dems need to let workers put tax-cut money in retirement funds

03/23/12: Why not $100-an-hour minimum wage?

03/15/12: The real (high) cost of Obama's health care act

03/09/12: Race-baiting Dems oppose voter ID

03/02/12: Forget kids --- today's debt hurts adults

02/24/12: Dems arise against Obamacare

02/17/12: The voting dead are understated

02/10/12: Holder takes on 'racist' photo-ID cards: Prejudice is widespread --- even Obama backed them

02/03/12: On tax plans, Gingrich trumps Romney

01/27/12: Photo IDs can protect elections, let dead rest

01/20/12: Romney runs hot and cold on global warming

01/13/12: Economic freedom declines in U.S.

01/06/12: Time to yank off Mitt's mask

12/23/11: Boehner hands Dems a gift

12/15/11: The U.S. could learn much from Hong Kong

12/09/11:$687 billion is available to Congress free of strings

12/02/11: Obama criticizes Wall Street but takes money from it

11/18/11: Puerto Rico shows Washington the way

11/11/11: Take heed, America: In Ohio even left-wing unionists voted to repeal ObamaCare

10/28/11: Thanks, Netanyahu, for surge of hardened terrorists

10/24/11:The Obama Spend-O-Rama

10/17/11: Cain stakes his viable claim just by showing up

10/07/11: Green jobs are national scandal

10/04/11: Obama proudly declares class war

09/23/11: Obama wrong about ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress

09/16/11: Obama needs Ryan's vision on jobs

09/09/11: Reaganomics trounces Obamanomics

09/02/11: Labor leaders to Obama: Stop killing jobs

08/26/11: Pro-market Perry vaults over Romney in GOP race

08/19/11: Some rich Americans will not rest until Washington boosts their taxes

08/12/11: Hope, change and free birth control for all

08/05/11: Debt deal does virtually nothing

07/21/11: Dems pro-choice on abortion but little else

07/15/11: Debt deception: If only Dems were honest and GOPers were courageous

07/08/11: Congress' war on light bulb blows up





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