On Friday the IRS issued an apology after admitting the agency unfairly targeted conservative agencies in 2011. Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich had some strong words:
[Obama] owes every Tea Party in America, every group called patriot, every group that wants to study the Constitution an apology. How can you have an American government profile against the word “patriot”? I mean, there’s something culturally sick if the American government says “Boy, you put that word constitution in your name, we’re going to come after you.”
Come after you? Did they force the groups to undergo multiple audits, or investigated them for criminal activity on baseless accusations? Senior IRS official Lois Lerner issued an apology for her department’s actions:
Instead of referring to the cases as advocacy cases, they actually used case names on this list. They used names like Tea Party or Patriots and they selected cases simply because the applications had those names in the title. … also, in some cases, cases sat around for a while. They also sent some letters out that were far too broad, asking questions of these organizations that weren’t really necessary for the type of application. In some cases you probably read that they asked for contributor names.
Welp. That’s … unethical. But the way Gingrich exclaimed you’d think that the Obama administration was holding Republican babies at gunpoint.
Today on #TWiBRadio the Tea Party demands more than an apology, a Mother’s Day mass shooting or usual urban violence, and can a bad Whitney Houston cover be considered terrorism? Listen here:
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