If you can’t defeat your political opponents with your ideas, you resort to government thuggery.
New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D) doubled down on his previous calls for President Obama to use the IRS to target Tea Party groups while speaking before the extreme-left, tax-exempt Center for American Progress (CAP) yesterday.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Schumer advocated that Tea Party organizations be targeted, saying, “the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS.”
He’s not even hiding his intentions.
Schumer is further quoted as saying: “It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies — we must redouble those efforts immediately.”
The founders established bicameral government for a reason. But that’s just a detail to the self-righteous Democrats.
Furthermore, the House has passed far more bills than the Democrat controlled Senate.
“One of the great advantages the Tea Party has is the huge holes in our campaign finance laws created [by] the ill advised decision [Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission].”
The irony is that CAP, which is a tax-exempt nonprofit “charity” whose sole purpose is political education, is exactly what Schumer claims to abhor about Tea Party groups. CAP even has an “Action Fund” that is the exact same tax category as the small, local Tea Party groups Schumer fears.
Currently, the IRS has proposed regulations that would institutionalize the political targeting that Schumer urges. If they became law, and were equally applied, CAP, the Sierra Club and a number of George Soros’s front groups, including ProgressNow, would be at the front of the line for IRS scrutiny.
One of the brakes on one party’s abuse of government power against its political opponents is the presumption that the same could happen to them when they are in the minority.
Schumer apparently has no fear that far-left advocacy groups will suffer from the same IRS targeting fate, making this political equivalent of mutually assured destruction moot.
It may be that the weak stance congressional Republicans have taken in response to the end of Senate filibusters on most executive and judicial nominations has emboldened Schumer to believe that a Republican administration would shrink away from applying the same targeting standards to the left’s tax-exempt political machine.
It is likely that Schumer is betting that a combination of media pressure and an inate sense that political speech should be protected will prevent a future Republican from blatantly using the IRS to target political enemies.
He knows the NYT and other members of Big Baloney will always have the Democrats’ back.