(KPLR) – Wednesday on Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at using the IRS as a political weapon.
Those of you who have followed my radio and TV commentaries over the years know that I’m not a fan of the Tea Party. And that's putting it mildly. Calling the Tea Party and its follower’s extremist right-wing home-grown neo-fascists is probably the kindest I could possibly be. But the Tea Party has apparently been targeted by the IRS because of its politics. And somebody from the IRS needs to go to jail.
You know the story by now. The Internal Revenue Service took aim at the Tea Party and other similar organizations, allegedly because the IRS was worried about the huge numbers of seemingly political groups filing for tax-free status under section 501-c-4 of the tax code. That's usually been reserved for civic groups, credit unions and educational and charitable organizations.
But thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in several cases, political groups suddenly found themselves able to hide behind the charity section of the IRS code. And from the Tea Paty to the Obama-affiliated Organizing for America to Karl Rove's Crossroads Group, we were inundated with political groups claiming the same tax-free status has charities.
That's wrong. You know it. I know it. But instead of looking at all of them, the IRS only went after groups that had Tea Party or patriots or some similar right-wing code in their names. Which means the IRS wasn't looking at groups because they disguised politics as charity. They were only looking at hard-core anti-Obama conservative groups.
Shades of Richard Nixon. That means the IRS was going after the Obama administration's political enemies. Which is illegal. It’s also un-American under any definition of the term. The Tea Party should rise or fall on its ideas, not on persecution from tax collectors. So this leaves only two questions. Who from the IRS goes to jail? And for how long?
I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.