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IRS Launches Stealth Tea Party Attack

by B. Christopher Agee, Western Journalism:

Still reeling from the widespread and deserved ridicule it received after blatantly targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny, reports indicate the Internal Revenue Service is still engaging in discrimination against Tea Party-backed organization.

As the contentious 2014 midterm election cycle approaches, many experts have criticized new rules limiting the communication potential of certain nonprofit outfits. According to Dave Camp, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, the recent changes appear to be directly related to the habits of many conservative efforts.

“The committee has reviewed thousands of tax-exempt applications,” Camp explained. “The new regulation so closely mirrors the abused tea-party group applications, it leads me to question if this new proposed regulation is simply another form of targeting.”

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    The Rumored Chase-Madoff Settlement Is Another Bad Joke By Matt Taibbi

    Since the AA mess, the state has been beyond hesitant to bring criminal charges against major employers for any reason. (The history of all of this is detailed in The Divide, a book I have coming out early next year.) The operating rationale here is concern for the “collateral consequences” of criminal prosecutions, i.e. the lost jobs that might result from bringing charges against a big company. This was apparently the thinking in the Madoff case as well. As the Times put it in its coverage of the rumored $2 billion settlement:

    The government has been reluctant to bring criminal charges against large corporations, fearing that such an action could imperil a company and throw innocent employees out of work. Those fears trace to the indictment of Enron’s accounting firm, Arthur Andersen . . .

    There’s only one thing to say about this “reluctance” to prosecute (and the “fear” and “concern” for lost jobs that allegedly drives it): It’s a joke.

    Yes, you might very well lose some jobs if you go around indicting huge companies on criminal charges. You might even want to avoid doing so from time to time, if the company is worth saving.

    But individuals? There’s absolutely no reason why the state can’t proceed against the actual people who are guilty of crimes.

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