Setting the scene: JoshuaPundit has a brief audio featuring Herhonorableness, Miz Pelosi, the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, in an appearance on a hometown AM radio call-in program.
In the clip, she is evidently annoyed that San Franciscans are asking her about zoning problems (can you say “Ground Zero Mosque”?) in New York City. I don’t think she answered the callers’ questions. Instead, she
rants responds, with some acerbity, that there has been a “concerted effort to make this a political effort by some”…
Yep. That’s true. We concert as much as possible on this issue. Or at least most of us do. But never mind the devout Imam Rauf. Miz Pelosi wants to investigate the funding sources of those who are in opposition to the GZM.
The opposition is all of us out here, about seventy per cent of Americans now, demanding that they go somewhere else…
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Not only is it the VastRightWingConspiracy, but it’s also independent voters, conservatives, and people who feel strongly about what gets built in, around or near “hallowed ground”. The same reaction the Walt Disney Corporation felt when it tried to build a theme park near a major Civil War battlefield.
So are we all about to be investigated by the new IRS agents they have to hire to make sure the Obamacare health bill
functions like a police state is being followed? While the new bureaucrats they’ll have to hire are waiting for the 2011 IRS returns to begin coming in with their proof of citizens’ sufficient health insurance, why not put them to work checking out all those evil bloggers who have the temerity to object to this latest Sharia move against the U.S.?
Never mind the murky Muslim funding that Rauf can’t quite explain. Pelosi doesn’t care — that’s New York City’s problem. Instead, let’s
threaten investigate those who oppose a wrong idea in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Politicians have a history of such operations. You can ask any number of the Clinton victims, those “white trash, vast right wing conspiracy idiots” who dared to question high-handed decisions like the wholesale slaughter of the Travelgate lambs. I wonder if those poor people are still paying their lawyers.
And let’s not forget the looong list of TOHB — Targets of Hillary and Bill. It doesn’t pay to look too deeply into those stories, though. You begin to question your own sanity. Just to be cautious let’s just leave out of our calculations the unexplained deaths on that page. And to avoid paranoia, we could randomly subtract, oh, say, seventy-five per cent of the other stories. We’re still left with an appalling number of proved, unethical attacks by the Clintons and their followers against those who dared to cross them.
From 2002, this report:
An official with the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that legal opponents of former President Bill Clinton were singled out for tax audits, according to court documents made public this week.
“What do you expect when you sue the president?” senior IRS official Paul Breslan told Judicial Watch, the Washington-based legal watchdog group that had filed 50-plus legal actions against the Clinton administration and subsequently found itself in the IRS’s cross hairs.
Breslan’s quote is cited in Judicial Watch’s complaint against the tax agency, based on a host of what look to be politically-inspired audits that make the worst abuses of the Nixon administration appear puny by comparison.
“There were literally six witnesses in the room when Breslan told us we should have expected an audit,” Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman revealed to NewsMax.com. “Four of them were lawyers.”
The legal group became the target of an IRS audit in 1998, just four days after it filed an independent impeachment report against Clinton, based on years of investigation into everything from Chinagate to the Paula Jones case.
But Judicial Watch wasn’t alone. Witnesses bearing damaging testimony against the president were a favorite target of the Clinton IRS. Those singled out for audits include:
Clinton paramours Gennifer Flowers and Liz Ward Gracen, sexual assault accusers Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick, and fired White House Travel Office Director Billy Dale.
As the Judicial Watch complaint notes, the Clinton IRS also went after organizations and even media companies it perceived as politically hostile, including:
The National Rifle Association, The Heritage Foundation, The National Review, The American Spectator, Freedom Alliance, National Center for Public Policy Research, American Policy Center, American Cause, Citizens Against Government Waste, Citizens for Honest Government, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Concerned Women for America and the San Diego Chapter of Christian Coalition.
Fox News Channel analyst Bill O’Reilly, a frequent critic of Bill and Hillary Clinton, has also pointed out how the IRS has repeatedly audited him.
I wish I could say it changed under Bush, but that doesn’t seem to be the case:
…[T]he IRS’s intimidation tactics continue into the Bush administration, which has failed to sack Clinton’s IRS Commissioner Charles Rosotti.
After Judicial Watch won the release of thousands of pages of documents from Vice President Dick Cheney’s Energy Task Force last month, a badge-wearing IRS agent showed up at the group’s offices.
That report was written in 2002. Whether or not such sleazy practices continued on into Bush’s remaining seven years is an open question. However, given the MSM screech level and the general tenor of Bush Derangement Syndrome throughout his years in office, I doubt such behavior would have gone unreported or unpunished. Had Bush used the bully-boy tactics which were standard operating procedure under the Clintons, they would have been used as more ammunition in the impeachment fairytales the Far-Out Left continued to tell one another during the course of Bush’s term.
But now we have Dirty Tricks Pelosi & Company hot on the trail of funding sources for the Sassy Seventy Per Cent. Just like the fantasy spittle at that Tea Party demonstration, we’ve got fantasy theories about the evil slush funds of the Ground Zero Mosque opponents.
Let’s see when the round-ups begin, hmm?