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June 23, 2013

HOPKINS: Careful where you step around here

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First, we have an IRS that openly harassed Tea Party organizations during the 2012 election campaign. Several of these far-right groups were singled out for investigation by the agency.

Tea Party representatives vociferously complained about the IRS tactics during these probes, but no one paid too much attention; the Tea Party has been dismissed by many for being about as credible as the far left was in the 1980s.

It turns out the Tea Party was right (and I’m not talking about the political spectrum). Part of me wants to say I’m glad that the IRS was doing its job by ensuring that money was collected and used legally. However, that’s trumped by an obvious question: Why didn’t they apply their investigations across the entire political spectrum?

To me the answer is obvious: It wouldn’t have helped fund-raising to get their Conniver-in-Chief re-elected. Why should they investigate groups that share their own ideals?

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