“Justice delayed, is justice denied,” and although this is a small victory for the thousands of men and woman targeted by the IRS under the Obama régime, it’s a victory nevertheless. While there was sparse news coverage of what actually took place under the Obama Administration – targeting conservatives because of their political points of view is one of the darkest chapters within America’s history. Reminiscent of the tragic events in Benghazi, the media fell silent.
Obama and his minions (with the help of the media) are masters at covering their numerous acts of malfeasance.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press initially reported that conservative groups were the subjects of illegal and unwarranted scrutiny by the federal agency solely for political purposes.
“It shows that when a government agency desires to target citizens based on their viewpoints, a price will be paid,” said Edward Greim, a lawyer who led the class-action case in federal court in Cincinnati.
The IRS agreed to a declaratory judgment, stating that “it is wrong” to purposely scrutinize a tax return because of a taxpayer’s name or political philosophy, the report said. Along with the favorable judgment, the conservative groups received a “sincere apology” from the IRS…
Under the tutelage of former President Obama, then-senior executive of the IRS, Lois Lerner, became aware of the targeting in 2011 of conservative groups legally applying for tax exemptions – however encouraged auditors to target them.
And yet Lerner, a former IRS senior executive, requested that her testimony be sealed – and it was.
Her lawyers claimed that there was “exceedingly low” public interest in having their depositions released, and they said tea party groups are pushing for disclosure out of “spite.”
“The public disclosure of this personal and sensitive information and details of the harassment would further no legitimate end while undermining substantial privacy and physical safety interests,” the women said in briefs filed by their lawyers.
The settlement appears to be a “pay-off” or perhaps more bluntly a “bribe” not to pursue any further with the class-action lawsuit.
The Justice Department under then President Obama personally cleared Lerner of any wrongdoing, even praising her in a public statement for stopping the targeting of conservatives when she learned of the infraction. In Leftist World, the fact that this version contradicts the sworn testimony of others just doesn’t matter.
The #NeverTrump media has reported its shock, dismay and anger over the Trump administration’s seizure of passports from American citizens. This was reported as more evidence of the specious media narrative that Trump pursues anti-immigration and racist policies.
It should be noted that possessing a passport is not a right of citizenship. That’s right. We do not have a fundamental right to obtain a passport. The granting or refusing to grant a passport is an administrative or law enforcement decision. Passports are often seized from people to prevent them from leaving the country to avoid prosecution. Passports are seized if there is reason to believe that they had been obtained fraudulently.
The left-wing media folks report that the persons whose passports have been seized are being denied due process in the courts. First of all, the seizure is not a judicial matter, but an executive decision – and there are procedures by which the individual can fight the decision.
This seems to be another example of the left’s propensity to give non-citizens exceptional rights to break American laws. We should simply forget enforcing the law when a person crosses our border illegally. We should not enforce the law when a foreign person takes a job in America illegally. We should not press charges when an illegal alien defrauds our welfare system. We should not prevent non-citizens from voting illegally. We should not turn over illegal aliens wanted for crimes to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). We should not take action against undocumented people who illegally acquire false documents. And now, we should not be concerned if a person used such false documents to fraudulently obtain a certification of citizenship.
After a day or two of the far-left media blasting the Trump administration, and Trump personally, over this terrible activity – even comparing it to what dictatorial regimes might do – the facts started coming out.
Fact number one. This is not a new policy or something introduced by the Trump administration. It has been going on for years. Both the Bush and Obama administrations engaged in the practice.
Fact number two. The seizure is because there is reason to believe that the person obtained their certification of citizenship with fraudulent documents. If that is the case, they are not American citizens.
Fact number three. The seizure of passports during the Trump administration has been down 60 percent compared to the Bush and Obama administrations.
Fact number four. There have been fewer than 70 cases since 2008. This fact was offered up by one of the media’s regular liberal panelists, who said the entire story is overblown.
With malice of forethought, the left-wing media grossly misrepresented the facts. The media gave this nothing-burger propagandized story significant coverage and analysis – all accusatory against Trump. This is the sort of slanted reporting that gives a level of credibility to Trump’s frequent use of the term “fake news.”