Who controls the IRS? Some think it’s the devil. Most know there is no control. The agency is on it’s own. Congress has not controlled it except to set the rules for collecting taxes, rules that are mostly hidden from view because the IRS operates best from fear. The latest scandle won’t undermine the power of the purse that was handed over to the faceless bureaucrats. Nixon used the IRS to go after his Enemies List just like the Tea Parties are victims of a rogue agency doing the bidding of it’s masters.
Perhaps the IRS should have handled the torture programs but waterboarding takes too long, requires too many people and there are more effective ways to use torture. Tthe threat of torture is often sufficient to meet their goals of being more fearful than the Gestopo. A knock on the door is not as effective as a letter full of demands. It worked on the Tea Parties.
The rewards of political corruption only occur to those in the inner circle, like Obama’s brother whose foundation in Kenya was rewarded with a quick approval. From WTAM Cleveland radio:
Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years.
According to the organization’s filings, Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing, an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval.
Lerner also appears to have broken with the norms of tax-exemption approval by granting retroactive tax-exempt status to Malik Obama’s organization.
The National Legal and Policy Center filed an official complaint with the IRS in May 2011 asking why the foundation was being allowed to solicit tax-deductible contributions when it had not even applied for an IRS determination. In a New York Post article dated May 8, 2011, an officer of the foundation admitted, “We haven’t been able to find someone with the expertise” to apply for tax-exempt status.
Nevertheless, a month later, the Barack H. Obama Foundation had flown through the grueling application process. Lerner granted the organization a 501(c) determination and even gave it a retroactive tax exemption dating back to December 2008. Its president and founder, Abon’go “Roy’ Malik Obama, is Barack Obama’s half-brother and was the best man at his wedding, but he has a checkered past. In addition to running his charity, Malik Obama ran unsuccessfully to be the governor of Siaya County in Kenya. He was accused of being a wife beater and seducing the newest of his twelve wives while she was a 17-year-old school girl.
The group’s available paperwork suggests an extremely hurried application and approval process. For example, the group’s 990 filings for 2008 and 2009 were submitted to the IRS on May 30, 2011, and its 2010 filing was submitted on May 23, 2011.