Originally Posted by Roy
Where? In Section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code--the section under which they are claiming tax exempt status as "social welfare" organizations.
It goes on from there. At length. Now, you can argue these teabaggers are in fact a "social welfare organization", and they appear to have successfully done so, but the fact of the matter is that it's the IRS' job to ensure that organizations applying for tax exempt status conform to the statute.
Did you READ the entire thing? A political organization may or may not be taxable, and even if taxable, most of it's expenses are not taxed if they fall into the "social welfare" or "Public benefit" exclusions. All 40 plus pages of IRS regulations, plus God knows how many rulings, come down to a simple fact; a political organization is at worst taxed only minimally, for well defined activities that are easily avoided. The IRS hunt based on ideology ("tea baggers" OR "progressives") could not be justified by any of those regulations, rulings, or legal opinions. There was never any argument that these were political organizations of one sort or another. The IRS did not need to concern itself with the ideology of the organization; only the question of which exempt status applied, and to what parts of the organization. Not even a government minion needs to know if the organizations supports or opposes Gay Marriage, Tax breaks for the rich, or right to life issues to determine if the organization qualifies for exempt status and under which sections of the code.
The point is, you can howl about those evil tea baggers, and the schemes those rascals cook up, but when a government agency......any government agency.........starts using it's regulatory or legal authority to focus on individuals or organizations based on ideology we all ought to jump up and get all kinds of indignant.
Arguing about how justified the illegal acts are because the target happens to be an ideology we find repugnant just proves that the political Public Relations hacks have done a very good job of creating a "we VS them" mentality in the public. See, they know, that mentality closes off meaningful debate, creates a smoke screen they and their opponents use to hide their skulduggery and creates meaningless distinctions between the parties.
The Publicans and Dummycrats are so much alike, when you strip away all the rhetoric, that meaningful debate and real options for diversity in the political process are all but non existent.
Those gas bags created a medicine show we all stared agog at and while we were being entertained the rascals picked our pockets.
And now, they are sneaking up on us getting ready to enslave us.
In the name of "national security"