The IRS Goes to Court – WSJ

It isn’t every day that judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declare themselves “shocked.” But that happened on Monday when an animated three-judge panel eviscerated the IRS and Justice Department during oral argument in a case alleging the agency delayed the tax-exempt application of a pro-Israel group due to its policy views.

In December 2009, Pennsylvania-based Z Street applied for 501(c)(3) status to pursue its pro-Israel educational mission. In July 2010, when the group called to check on what was taking so long, an IRS agent said that auditors had been instructed to give special attention to groups connected with Israel, and that they had sent some of those applications to a special IRS unit for additional review.

Z Street sued the IRS for viewpoint discrimination (Z Street v. Koskinen), and in May 2014 a federal district judge rejected the IRS’s motion to dismiss. The IRS appealed, a maneuver that halted discovery that could prove to be highly embarrassing. Justice says Z Street’s case should be dismissed because the Anti-Injunction Act bars litigation about “the assessment or collection of tax.” Problem is, Z Street isn’t suing for its tax-exempt status. It’s suing on grounds that the IRS can’t discriminate based on point of view.

via The IRS Goes to Court – WSJ.

The Democratic party, the party of big government, continues to weaponize government agencies against the citizenry.

6 thoughts on “The IRS Goes to Court – WSJ”

  1. While I wouldn’t mind Ted Cruz becoming President, I’m beginning to think that the best place for him would be as Attorney General with a mandate to investigate and prosecute all of the Lois Lerners in government. Put a few dozen in prison and the rest will think *very* carefully before pulling this crap again.

    1. Frankly, as POTUS he could get a good AG who would then tear a new anus for these people and send a passel of them to the big house. If the next POTUS isn’t Cruz, then nothing will be done and no one will be brought to book.

      1. The Deep State is one of the vile prog’s most powerful weapons, and they know it. If a conservative administration goes after it, the Left’s propaganda ministry will loudly decry it as a partisan witch-hunt – which will be half right, I’m pretty sure most bureaucrats weigh more than a duck, but only one party is abusing state power to further their power. Whoever takes point on this needs to be intelligent, articulate, and photogenic enough to go on the Sunday shows every week and embarrass the propagandists. The President cannot do that, he has other things on his plate, and I’m not aware of anyone else who matches Cruz in those qualities.

        I also don’t see any evidence for your claim that nobody but Cruz has the balls to take on the Deep State. Walker has already done it – granted in a limited sense – while I think Paul’s ideology would drive him to reduce the power of the state in any way possible.

        One thing that must be avoided at all costs is the idea that “my guy” is the only one who can save the Republic and the nation is DOOMED if anyone votes for another guy. That’s the attitude that got us Romney – possibly the only guy who could lose to Obama – in 2012.

        1. I’m undecided on who I favor, so far. And I’ve got some time to listen and judge.

          I’ll say this, one of the most troubling aspects of the Bush 43 presidency was the undeclared war on the White House waged fairly openly by both State and the CIA.

    2. I look around and don’t see anyone that would possibly take on the deep state other than Cruz. If he’s in charge he can keep an AG on track to take it on. If Cruz is AG, he will probably be restrained by the guy actually in charge as the rest of the bunch that have declared have already shown their feet of clay. With the vote on lifting sanctions against Iran, Cruz has placed a big question mark over himself now as well.

      Frankly, the country is in very deep trouble, with the rot racing through the body politic. I have a strong gut feeling the next election will be irrelevant anyway.

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