I am sure by now that everyone has heard that the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS, has targeted conservatives over the last several years for special attention. I am sure that everyone has heard that now the IRS is getting special attention from Congress, the media, etc. I have NO SYMPATHY for the IRS!!! But I do think that the process should be fair, balanced, and equitable.
For some background, the following are some questions that the IRS was asking individuals and organizations:
“Probing questions, long delays for tea party groups” – CNN
“Documents from March 2012 provided to CNN by Ken Johnson of the Indiana group shows the IRS asked for copies of “the pages” of its website — including social networking sites — and a “list” of the group’s “activities to date,” including a description of each event.
The IRS also asked the group to “provide a list of your communication to your members or others,” including speeches, e-mails, flyers, billboards and “other literature.””
“Weirdest IRS Questions for the Tea Party: Views, Donors, and Etymology” – ABC
“Here are some of the weirdest and most notable questions and requests that ABC found in roughly half a dozen IRS questionnaires sent to tea party groups from 2010 to 2012:
- “Provide a list of all issues that are important to your organization. Indicate your position regarding each issue.”
- “Please explain in detail the derivation of your organization’s name.” (in a letter to the Ohio-based 1851 Center for Constitutional Law)
- “Please explain in detail your organization’s involvement with the Tea Party.”
- “Provide details regarding your relationship with Justin Binik-Thomas.” (a Cincinnati-area Tea-Party activist)
- “Provide information regarding the Butler County Teen Age Republicans and your relationship.”
- “Submit the following information relating to your past and present directors, officers, and key employees: a) Provide a resume for each.”
- “The names of the donors, contributors, and grantors. … The amounts of each of the donations, contributions, and grants and the dates you received them.”
- “The names of persons from your organization and the amount of time they spent on the event or program.” (for events)
- “Provide copies of the handbills you distributed at your monthly meetings.”
- “Fully describe your youth outreach program with the local school.”
- “Please provide copies of all your current web pages, including your Blog posts. Please provide copies of all of your newsletters, bulletins, flyers, newsletters or any other media or literature you have disseminated to your members or others. Please provide copies of stories and articles that have been published about you.”
- “Are you on Facebook or other social networking sites? If yes, provide copies of these pages.”
- “Provide copies of the agendas and minutes of your Board meetings and, if applicable, members ship meetings, including a description of legislative and electoral issues discussed, and whether candidates for political office were invited to address the meeting.”
- “Do your issue-related advocacy communications compare to the positions of candidates or slates of candidates on these issues with your positions? Provide copies of these communications. What percentage do these constitute of your issue-related advocacy communications?”
- “Do you have a close relationship with any candidate for political office or political party? If so describe fully the nature of that relationship.”
- “Apart from your responses to the preceding, estimate the percentage of your time and what percentage of your resources you will devote to activities in the 2012 election cycle, in which you will explicitly or implicitly support or oppose a candidate, candidates or slates of candidates, for public office.”“
“7 unnecessary questions the IRS asked Tea Party groups” – USA Today
“1. Requests the names of donors.
2. Requests a list of all issues that are important to the organization and asks that the organization indicate its position regarding such issues.
3. Requests 1) the roles and activities of the audience and participants other than members in the activity and 2) the type of conversations and discussions members and participants had during the activity.
4. Asks whether the officer, director, etc., has run or will run for public office.
5. Requests the political affiliation of the officer, director, speakers, candidates supported, etc., or otherwise refers to the relationship with identified political party–related organizations.
6. Requests information regarding employment, other than for the organization, including hours worked.
7. Requests information regarding activities of another organization – not just the relationship of the other organization to the applicant”
“IRS demands alarm Florida tea partyers” – Sun Sentinal
There are MANY, MANY, MANY more articles, if you would like to see more do a google search. Did I say MANY?? That may be an understatement.
Anyway, in order to be fair, I have started a list of questions THAT EVERY SINGLE CURRENT AND PAST EMPLOYEE OF THE IRS, NEEDS TO PUBLICLY ANSWER, before they are allowed to continue their employment. After we have examined these answers, we may expand to the Department of the Treasury, which oversees the IRS, and then maybe we will move to the White House, which IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL AGENCIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.
Here we go:
1. What did you have for Breakfast today? Include the exact amount of every ingredient, the process used to move that ingredient from inception to the final product, the duration of the event, who else was present (within 250′), what was discussed by any of those persons, if any decisions were made, what those decisions were, and any other information that someone might find interesting.
2. Answer question #1 for EVERY previous day of your life.
3. Answer question #1 for EVERY day of the rest of your life.
4. Provide information on every person that lives within 1 mile of your primary residence.
5. Provide minutes for every meeting that you have ever been present for, include video conferences, half time meetings, parent teacher conferences, doctor visits, or anytime that someone besides yourself has been near enough to have heard you speak in a normal voice.
6. Provide a detailed, minute by minute, schedule of what you did yesterday, include the names and birth dates, of everyone that you came within 50 feet.
7. Answer question #6 for EVERY previous day of your life.
8. Answer question #6 for EVERY day of the rest of your life.
9. Answer question #6 for everyday of your immediate family members and all of their relatives.
10. What did you think about today? Please explain any gaps.
I think 10 questions is more than reasonable. If you disagree, go back and look at the questions that THEY ASKED FIRST.
After, we have compiled than answers for each employee, they will then be subject to an AUDIT, no more rigorous than what they have done to Frank VanderSloot.
I only want to be FAIR!!! And let NO ONE forget, Tim “I can’t run Turbo Tax” Geithner was the one in charge of the Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS, during the egregious targeting of conservative groups. Tim Geithner should be held RESPONSIBLE for this blatent law breaking!!!
After this examination is complete, dismantle the IRS, make the system SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT FORWARD, see a suggestion here.