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The Tea Party and the IRS “Scandal” The Actual Facts of the Case

This goes for political groups in general. The big differences between a 527 (straight-up political action committee) and a 501(c)(4) are DISCLOSURE and ENDORSEMENT — especially the endorsement of political candidates over general social welfare activities.

This is why groups like Planned Parenthood and labor unions (along with other conservative groups) will often have a 501(c)(3) [i.e. a tax-exempt charity for union members hit with disastrous events], a 501 (c)(4) [i.e. a group devoted to lobbying on labor issues like the minimum wage], and a 527 [i.e. a PAC that endorses and donates to candidates] — and never shall the pots o’ money meet.

If anything, this “scandal” illustrates the incompetence of the IRS when it comes to awarding the proper tax status to the proper type of group. Ideally, each group SHOULD be subject to scrutiny and rejected or accepted based upon said examination. That’s not happening and that’s the real scandal here.

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On the “But you guys do it too!” whining

bisabuelo replied to your post: Funny how you didn’t post anything about all the…

Can you make this post rebloggable?

Sure thing:

Funny how you didn’t post anything about all the liberals trying to relate the bombings to conservatives and the Tea Party. No, you posted a few things that a few conservatives said, instead of posting what several mainstream liberals have said.

  Anonymous

Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Hey, funny that I haven’t actually heard anyone relating it to conservatives or the Tea Party in any way, much less calling for the murder of Tea Partiers in retaliation like your pal Erik Rush. And I mostly follow liberal sites, dudebro.

I’m calling out an extreme, reactionary asshole.

Speaking of, check out the post by Myra Adams on Red State entitled “Why It Is Obvious That The Boston Marathon Attack Is Islamic Terrorism”.

Send me direct links where a mainstream liberal says the bombings are definitively related to the Tea Party and conservatives, with no other possible groups, or back away from the keyboard.

This is the link y’all keep sending me labeled “Chris Matthews blames terrorism on Tea Party.”

But here’s what he actually said:

“Well, Michael, tax day today. That came up. You know, I was thinking of all the iconic events that are being told about today. Of course I knew it was tax day because I got them in. But of course, it’s Patriots Day. It’s also the Boston Marathon. And would you as an expert be thinking domestic at this point? I don’t think tax day means a lot to the Arab world or Islamic world or certainly not to al-Qaeda in terms of their world. It doesn’t have iconic significance.”

Then his expert starts talking about how it could be the work of someone with too much time on their hands, who looks up making bombs, and who hates the government. If you think that describes your conservative and Tea Party compatriots, that’s cool and all, but I’m a little nicer than that.

There’s a big difference between saying “it could be” and “it was” — which is also why I’m highlighting racist, xenophobic bullshit about who it was versus any of the other premature speculation. Remember what happened post-9/11 in terms of hate crimes? The last thing that needs to happen is racist jerkoffs firing up fellow racist jerkoffs to beat the hell out of anyone who “looks” Muslim.

Cheers,

Meg

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Oklahoma Tea Party Founder Busted for Threats to Lawmaker Over 'Fringe' Agenda 21 Conspiracy

Well, well, well… Looks like threats of blackmail aren’t just the modus operandi of the Cody-Big Horn Basin Tea Party:

The founder of a tea party group in Oklahoma was charged with two felonies on Tuesday for allegedly sending threatening emails to a Republican lawmaker after he refused buy in to the notion that the United Nations was conspiring to transform the country into a communist dictatorship.

According to the Oklahoman, 54-year-old Sooner Tea Party founder Al Gerhart faces up to five years in prison for blackmail and violating the state computer crimes act.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation determined that Gerhart admitted sending an email to state Sen. Cliff Branan (R) “that was intended to threaten and intimidate him.” Gerhart had been angry because Branan refused to allow a vote on a bill that would have ensured Oklahoma cities do not participate in Agenda 21, a United Nations initiative to promote environmentally sustainable development…

“Branan, Get that bill heard or I will make sure you regret not doing it,” Gerhart wrote in the email. “I will make you the laughing stock of the Senate if I don’t hear that this bill will be heard and passed. We will dig into your past, yoru [sic] family, your associates and once we start on you there will be no end to it. This is a promise.”

At a press conference last week, the tea party leader admitted that he sent the email. “Political pain and embarrassment will be necessary if the citizens expect to regain control of this Senate down here from the state chamber of commerce and special interests,” he insisted. “The time for ‘nice’ behavior is over with.”

As my dear husband remarked after I informed him of this story, “Same shit, different zip code.”

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The Cody-Big Horn Basin Tea Party and other horror stories

Submitted to me today. I’ve edited a tiny bit and embedded a few links (and gifs), but the message remains the same — this is a creepy eyewitness account of the Tea Party strain operating in Northwestern Wyoming. It’s also a long read, but worth it. I included my own commentary, plus information on blackmail of myself and another Wyoming journalist:

April 11

Cody Folks:

I don’t do this very often, but I believe this is important when something disturbing occurs that you are not likely to see in the local newspaper.

Besides, it’s always fun to sandbag the teabaggers. Or rather it would be fun, if that dubious rabble weren’t trying to usurp the public democratic process, that is…

Last night, the Tea Party cabal used the public meeting to discuss the City of Cody Master Plan for the community’s future as a venue to actively advance their own misguided/downright paranoid political agenda. They were accosting people — quietly, but accosting them nevertheless — to get signatures for a petition to repeal Senator Hank Coe’s SF104, [the] “Hill Bill” that reorganized the state Department of Education during this last legislative session. They were working the crowd while those citizens were trying to work through the comprehensive and complicated City Master Plan while city officials and Councilmen were trying to explain it to them.

Some context: Cindy Hill, the disgraced and all-but-ousted Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the darling of the state tea party movement, and was elected by them. The Cody-Big Horn chapter of these faux patriots and wingnuts who drape themselves in the flag while waving the Constitution at the rising full moon, are determined to get Cindy Hill back in office.

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Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I’d much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them.

Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is some sanity for women in the political world. It is up to the Christian rednecks and patriots to stand up for our country. Everyone has the right to vote now that’s 18 or over (who is) a legal citizen, and every person that’s 18 and over and a legal citizen should be active in local politics so they can make a change locally, make a change on the state level and make a change in Washington, D.C.

God bless America.

Janis Lane, president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party, on why women shouldn’t have the right to vote.

I assure you, this is not The Onion and she is a real person.

That said…

I just don’t even know what to say here. Words fail me. 

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History lesson time!

Today, the GOP is losing its collective shit over President Obama making a recess appointment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He chose former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray. Cordray, besides being a five-time Jeopardy champ, took on Bank of America and AIG as Ohio’s attorney general, and was endorsed by Elizabeth Warren to lead the CFPB. The attorneys general of other states also support his nomination.
As with anything else Obama wishes to put forth (besides kicking the door open to indefinite detention of Americans), the GOP said no. Since July, Republicans in the Senate have refused to consider his nomination because they hate Dodd-Frank. Seriously.
But Obama kicked a hornet’s nest by appointing Cordray during the Senate’s recess that is not technically, actually a recess. By holding pro-forma sessions, Senate Republicans allege the Senate has not recessed, thereby circumventing the requirement that the Senate approve nominations by the president. A pro-forma session does not require the Senate to meet in any meaningful way - essentially, one senator can bang the gavel, call the Senate to order, and then declare it in recess.
Brian Beutler has an interesting take on why Obama chose to challenge this at Talking Points Memo:

It’s customary for Presidents to heed this defensive tactic. But there’s nothing that says they have to. And Obama concluded he could move ahead. According to the Wall Street Journal the administration’s own attorneys don’t think they do — the Senate’s “pro forma” sessions are meaningless and Obama retains the Constitutional right to recess appoint whomever he wants until session begins in earnest.
This creates a significant new precedent — a bold power play in the face of an unprecedented act of GOP obstruction, but also something to which Obama (and Democrats more generally) have been pretty averse. Given that aversion, it’s hard to figure why Obama would choose to create a new precedent rather than avail himself of an existing one — unless you imagine he’s daring the GOP to make a big stink about it, and thus loudly side with Wall Street against him and middle-class consumers. It’s a safe bet that’s part of his thinking.

Because of GOP obstructionism, Obama has made a paltry 28 recess appointments in his entire term. Compare that with President Ronald Reagan’s 240 recess appointments, President George H. W. Bush’s 77 recess appointments, President Bill Clinton’s 140 recess appointments, and George W. Bush’s 171 appointments. So recess appointments have been done.
Former legal advisers to President George W. Bush agree Obama is in the right, and wrote of pro-forma sessions in 2010:

"The Senate cannot constitutionally thwart the president’s recess appointment power through pro forma sessions. Historically, the recess appointments clause has been given a practical interpretation. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 67, the clause enables the president to keep the government fully staffed when the Senate is not ‘in session for the appointment of officers.’
The Senate Judiciary Committee recognized that a “Recess of the Senate” occurs whenever the Senate is not sitting for the discharge of its functions and when it cannot ‘participate as a body in making appointments.’
This practice will inevitably become the standard operating procedure, and the recess appointment power could become a virtual dead letter - undermining what the Founders viewed as an essential tool for the effective functioning of our government.”


In summary, there’s nothing that says Obama can’t do it, and precedent appears to suggest he can make the appointment since the Senate cannot meet to confirm an appointment. He’s only made 28 appointments in recess. He appointed someone who was blocked from taking office for several months because Republicans want to eliminate the office he would assume. And yet, Mitch McConnell calls the president arrogant, and Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation issues this (metaphorical) call to arms:

Obama is acting like a dictator because he is not getting his way. The danger for the country is that no one is standing up to him. The one thing we have always learned about dictators and bullies is that someone must stand up to them and must do it early. When people do not stand up to dictators they keep grabbing more and more power until it is too late and impossible to stand up to them.   We must stand up, while we still can.

No one is standing up to him?! Have you seen the gridlock in Washington DC? When the GOP demands something, Obama has bent over backwards time and time again to “negotiate” - invariably crumbling in the process. Debt ceiling and health care reform anyone? If Obama were a dictator, Cordray would have been appointed, we might have had a public option, he wouldn’t have cared what the GOP thought about the debt ceiling or tax cuts, etc…
Remember this whole repeal tax cuts for the rich thing that happened this summer? You know, that didn’t happen? I’ll break it down for you:

If Obama’s a dictator, then what the hell does that make the reactionaries in the GOP?

History lesson time!

Today, the GOP is losing its collective shit over President Obama making a recess appointment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He chose former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray. Cordray, besides being a five-time Jeopardy champ, took on Bank of America and AIG as Ohio’s attorney general, and was endorsed by Elizabeth Warren to lead the CFPB. The attorneys general of other states also support his nomination.

As with anything else Obama wishes to put forth (besides kicking the door open to indefinite detention of Americans), the GOP said no. Since July, Republicans in the Senate have refused to consider his nomination because they hate Dodd-Frank. Seriously.

But Obama kicked a hornet’s nest by appointing Cordray during the Senate’s recess that is not technically, actually a recess. By holding pro-forma sessions, Senate Republicans allege the Senate has not recessed, thereby circumventing the requirement that the Senate approve nominations by the president. A pro-forma session does not require the Senate to meet in any meaningful way - essentially, one senator can bang the gavel, call the Senate to order, and then declare it in recess.

Brian Beutler has an interesting take on why Obama chose to challenge this at Talking Points Memo:

It’s customary for Presidents to heed this defensive tactic. But there’s nothing that says they have to. And Obama concluded he could move ahead. According to the Wall Street Journal the administration’s own attorneys don’t think they do — the Senate’s “pro forma” sessions are meaningless and Obama retains the Constitutional right to recess appoint whomever he wants until session begins in earnest.

This creates a significant new precedent — a bold power play in the face of an unprecedented act of GOP obstruction, but also something to which Obama (and Democrats more generally) have been pretty averse. Given that aversion, it’s hard to figure why Obama would choose to create a new precedent rather than avail himself of an existing one — unless you imagine he’s daring the GOP to make a big stink about it, and thus loudly side with Wall Street against him and middle-class consumers. It’s a safe bet that’s part of his thinking.

Because of GOP obstructionism, Obama has made a paltry 28 recess appointments in his entire term. Compare that with President Ronald Reagan’s 240 recess appointments, President George H. W. Bush’s 77 recess appointments, President Bill Clinton’s 140 recess appointments, and George W. Bush’s 171 appointments. So recess appointments have been done.

Former legal advisers to President George W. Bush agree Obama is in the right, and wrote of pro-forma sessions in 2010:

"The Senate cannot constitutionally thwart the president’s recess appointment power through pro forma sessions. Historically, the recess appointments clause has been given a practical interpretation. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 67, the clause enables the president to keep the government fully staffed when the Senate is not ‘in session for the appointment of officers.’

The Senate Judiciary Committee recognized that a “Recess of the Senate” occurs whenever the Senate is not sitting for the discharge of its functions and when it cannot ‘participate as a body in making appointments.’

This practice will inevitably become the standard operating procedure, and the recess appointment power could become a virtual dead letter - undermining what the Founders viewed as an essential tool for the effective functioning of our government.”

In summary, there’s nothing that says Obama can’t do it, and precedent appears to suggest he can make the appointment since the Senate cannot meet to confirm an appointment. He’s only made 28 appointments in recess. He appointed someone who was blocked from taking office for several months because Republicans want to eliminate the office he would assume. And yet, Mitch McConnell calls the president arrogant, and Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation issues this (metaphorical) call to arms:

Obama is acting like a dictator because he is not getting his way. The danger for the country is that no one is standing up to him. The one thing we have always learned about dictators and bullies is that someone must stand up to them and must do it early. When people do not stand up to dictators they keep grabbing more and more power until it is too late and impossible to stand up to them. We must stand up, while we still can.

No one is standing up to him?! Have you seen the gridlock in Washington DC? When the GOP demands something, Obama has bent over backwards time and time again to “negotiate” - invariably crumbling in the process. Debt ceiling and health care reform anyone? If Obama were a dictator, Cordray would have been appointed, we might have had a public option, he wouldn’t have cared what the GOP thought about the debt ceiling or tax cuts, etc…

Remember this whole repeal tax cuts for the rich thing that happened this summer? You know, that didn’t happen? I’ll break it down for you:

If Obama’s a dictator, then what the hell does that make the reactionaries in the GOP?

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The Tea Party voter guide for Iowa

First, pro-tip for the Tea Party: When you send out a voter guide, spell the names of the candidates correctly.

From the Tea Party Issues Ballot Guide - Iowa Edition:

STRAW POLL

  • Which candidate do you support for President?
  • Mitt Romney
  • Rick Santorum
  • Buddy Roemer
  • Michelle [sic] Bachman [sic] (Guys, it’s “Michele Bachmann”)
  • Ron Paul
  • Newt Gingrich  
  • Rick Perry
  • John [sic] Huntsman (Again, spell-check: It’s “Jon”)  
  • Other (write in)

Their chosen issues are just a titch terrifying. And putting instructions in all caps makes me think you’re screaming at me.

Wait… this is the Tea Party.

Anyhow, here’s their chosen issues. My comments are in bold and bracketed:

CHECK EVERY ISSUE YOU THINK SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE TEA PARTY VOTER GUIDE. YOU CAN CHECK AS MANY AS YOU’D LIKE. WE’LL SEND YOU THE GUIDE JUST BEFORE THE IOWA CAUCUSES.

Balanced budget amendment [You know those wars you are all so fond of? Couldn’t and wouldn’t happen with this.]

Balance budget by reducing spending to a level equal to our tax revenues [We’d be boned. You know who did that, by the way? A Democrat. President Bill Clinton balanced the budget.]

Reduce spending by elimination of waste, fraud and abuse in the Federal Government.

Cut taxes. [Because that will totally work, considering the Bush tax cuts put us in the black. Wait…]

Enact the fair tax. [Cool. So GE is gonna pay taxes? Oh, not that kind of fair tax…]

Enact a consumption tax, IE a national sales tax. [I think you’re looking for “i.e.” - “IE” is the shitty browser most of you likely use.]

Repeal the 16th Amendment (the income tax amendment) [And fund government how? Magic fairy dust?]

Repeal Obamacare [You mean The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?]

Require any Supreme Court Justice to be prolife [Unbiased, independent judiciary says what?]

Abolish the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Um, no. You guys can’t get rid of a circuit because they made you sad and angry in your face.]

Abolish the Judgeships of activist judges [Hey, that’ll totally guarantee an independent judiciary. That’s not like a dictatorship at all </sarcasm>. Besides, you can’t just abolish their judgeship because reasons.]

Oppose Federal Tort Reform and protect the 7th Amendment (Civil Jury Trials)

Overturn Roe V. Wade

Increase Defense spending to at least the levels in years of the Bush administration. [And yet, you want to cut taxes and get rid of the income tax altogether. Oh, and defense spending under Obama increased. So that would be a decrease. See the chart below. True facts, y’all]


Withdraw from Afghanistan [Hooray rationality!]

Surge troops in Afghanistan so that the Taliban is defeated. [And there it goes. Ask Russia and Britain how the whole Afghanistan thing went.]

Start all foreign aid at zero. [Even Israel?]

Eliminate foreign aid. [Foreign aid = very tiny portion of our budget. Particularly against defense spending. Chart time!]

[Look! You can barely see the green bar!]

Stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. [Probably with magic fairy dust. Because that seems to be the only way to guarantee it. It’s not like Obama just sanctioned the hell out of Iran or anything…]

Work for regime change in Iran through covert action. [It’s not covert now </sarcasm>]

Impose trade sanctions on China [You know that’s where all the shit in Wal-Mart comes from, right?]

Support the Death Penalty [They support it so hard it becomes a proper noun.]

Oppose and defeat the “Internet free speech kill switch.” [Even a broken clock is right twice a day.]

Abolish the EPA [But for the other 1,438 minutes in the day, that broken clock is wrong. Who needs clean air anyhow? Smog builds character.]

Abolish the Department of Education [Book learnin’ is for socialists.]

Abolish the Department of Energy [Who needs safe energy development? Coal mine accidents = job openings, right? </sarcasm>] 

Repeal NAFTA and other free trade agreements. [I could deal…]

Increase Free trade agreements. [And there y’all go again with the whole irrationality thing…]

Reinstate Don’t ask Don’t Tell [Why? Because gay soldiers are fighting the War on Christmas, that’s why.]

Leave the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell intact. [You’re just bullshitting me now.]

Work to repeal Gun Control laws and protect the Second Amendment against state restrictions. [Hint: Gun rights expanded under Obama. Guns in federal parks, gun bans struck down in several cities, assault rifle ban NOT reinstated as Obama said it would be, etc. Plus, we just bought a record amount of guns as Christmas gifts this year. I’m going to quit joking about the War on Christmas now.]

Secure the Border [Oh, boy. This one’s always, um, entertaining.]

Have selective removal of illegal aliens [By what? Lottery? Church attendance?]

Remove all illegal aliens. [Because that’s not prohibitively expensive, especially after we get rid of taxes.]

Abolish birthright citizenship. [It’s not like it’s in the US Constitution or anything. Because it is. For supposed strict constitutionalists, you all sure like to dick with the US Constitution.]

Repeal Dodd-Frank [Regulations caused the financial crisis, right?]

Repeal Sarbanes Oxley [This was an act to increase corporate accountability in the wake of Enron and other scandals. Essentially, this means CEOs can be held responsible for fraud or otherwise cooked books. Sounds terrible.]

Repeal oppressive business regulations. [What else is left? The minimum wage? Oh, right… Remember, if things they don’t like aren’t repealed, Tea Party Nation believes businesses should stop hiring in protest. Really.]

If you’d like to submit your vote, it’s still open. I encourage you to do so.

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