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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Teabaggers Tortured by the IRS

Yes, Tortured!  It’s been a waking nightmare for patriotic Americans who simply wanted to take their country back to the 1800s.

Because they asked the IRS to give their organizations tax-exempt status — i.e. having their political activism subsidized by taxpayers — these patriots were subjected to the most unspeakable atrocities.  No, not beatings, cigarette burnings or electric shocks.  It was much much worse than that:  The IRS made them do paperwork!  These victims had to fill out forms and answer numerous questions about why their organizations were charitable instead of political, and why they should be subsidized by the American taxpayer.

The Agony!!!

One of these tortured IRS victims tearfully described her ordeal to a House of Representatives panel investigating the IRS.  Becky Gerritson sobbed::

“This was not an accident. This is a willful act of intimidation intended to discourage a point of view.  I'm not interested in scoring political points. I want to protect and preserve the America I grew up in.”

That last sentence again was “I want to protect and preserve the America I grew up in.”

Hello!?!?!?!  That’s not “charity” or “social welfare.”  That’s fuckin’ Politics, You Stupid Shit!!!

Even worse was the medieval torture inflicted upon Sue Martinek, president of the Coalition for Life of Iowa.  (Women and children, Read NO Further!)

In return for getting tax-exempt status from the IRS, Sue Martinek had to agree not to picket Planned Parenthood at taxpayers’ expense.  As she tearfully explained to House Republicans:

“We had done nothing wrong. We had not indicated that we would do anything but peaceably assemble and hold up signs like, 'Stop abortion' and 'Pray to end abortion.’”

At taxpayer expense.  Pay for it yourself, Asshole.

And in the most stomach-churning atrocity of all, Wealthy Americans who donated money to promote the war in Iraq were audited by the IRS.

Rep. Jim McDermott (D—Washington) tried to inject a shot of sanity and logic into the proceedings (not easy when you’re surrounded by Republicans):

“None of your organizations were kept from organizing or silenced. We're talking about whether or not the American taxpayers will subsidize your work. We're talking about a tax break.”

Well said.  Unfortunately, anyone who needed that simple fact spelled out for them probably didn’t understand all those big words.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

why use the IRS when you can use the EPA. What say you Gibson Guitar?

June 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

The real IRS scandal is why, in 1959, when they updated their regulations, they changed the wording of the law from exclusively social welfare to primarily social welfare. The IRS, on their own and without congressional authorization, changed the application of the law. The law allows no, zero, political activities, period!

That's the real scandal.

June 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is also the same group that has vowed to destroy the IRS!


June 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Erik...god(sic) told them to do it. Jeez.

June 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

Jerry Critter... The answer to that question revolves around non-profit hospitals and the biggest non-profit rip of them all, Blue Cross Blue Shield. The language was changed to allow them to lobby and still be tax-payer supported. In my home state, the Blues spend more money on lobbying than any other entity in the state but it amounts to only a fraction of their cash flow therefore, it slips in under the new language. I'll be damned!

June 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: I agree, the EPA could inflict even more excruciating tortures on plutocrats whose "property rights" are being violated by clean air and workers' safety regulations.

Jerry: Thanks for the information. I didn't know that. Funny how the GOP isn't very upset over that IRS scandal.

Erik: Let's hope the IRS destroys them first.

jadedj: And they do everything their angry god tells them to do.

Mr. C: Thanks for the info. I didn't know that about Blue Shield/Blue Cross, that they qualify as non-profit. All kinds of sleight-of-hand gimmicks going on.

June 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry but there was no reason for a swat team to close down Gibson Guitar other than the owner donated to the republican party But perhaps you are more content with your big government that you've been longing for

June 6, 2013 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

No argument in favor of the Gibson Guitar SWAT raid. I never followed that story closely, but I heard about it from a friend who's apolitical. I agree government sucks; I just think Democrats suck slightly less.

June 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

but only just slightly less if the latest news on phone tapping is accurate :(

June 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well don't believe everything they think you want to hear

June 6, 2013 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Joe Lieberman? I need him to explain the Patriot Act to me, again.

June 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM  
Anonymous DICK ALL THE TIME said...

Reminds me of the old song, "He's like Nixon on acid, but it's all legal."

June 7, 2013 at 2:34 AM  
Blogger Lisa G. said...

They are trying to turn this into a freedom of speech issue when it is not. Nobody infringed on their rights to free speech. In the Coalition of Life from Iowa, they still picket abortion clinics -which is their right, but not something the taxpayers should subsidize.

Again, no one was denied their tax exempt status (which I think is wrong - many of these groups should pay taxes because they are not promoting social welfare). They were made to fill out some extra forms - BFD. For them to be sobbing in front of Congress is pure political theater and they should have their tax exempt status for that action alone!

June 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous DICK ALL THE TIME said...

You made my case for closing down the public schools. And mass sterilization. Targeted, but pretty much everyone. Yes, I'm kidding. Fucked up world, competing interests, so many people.

June 8, 2013 at 2:59 AM  

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