Tea Party Up, IRS Down In Public Opinion


That the Internal Revenue Service has sunk even lower in the eyes of the general public over the past couple of weeks is no surprise to anyone who follows even mainstream news outlets.

No one likes the IRS, even for its designated function of dispassionately confiscating wealth and offering it up to the government for redistribution. But the idea that the agency is using its power to help the President’s friends and hurt his enemies gives a sharp new bitterness to what’s always been, for most people, a dull hatred.

A joint poll released Tuesday by ABC News and The Washington Post estimates that a majority of Americans blame the IRS hit job not on incompetence or administrative mistakes, but on deliberate targeting ordered by someone or coordinated by a group. Forty-five percent further believe that the Administration of President Barack Obama knows more about who’s to blame for all the discrimination than it’s telling.

What’s more surprising is the corresponding bump in the proportion of Americans who, according to a separate poll released Monday, approve of the Tea Party and its small-government message in the wake of the IRS scandal that gummed up the works (as Obama loves to say) for the conservative groups as they sought tax-exempt status.

Don’t expect the Tea Party to win any vapid mainstream popularity contests anytime soon. But the poll, conducted by CNN, saw public approval for the Tea Party climb from 28 percent only two months ago to 37 percent now — a number almost identical to the conservative movement’s all-time high in 2010.

The number of those who approve is still smaller than the proportion of Americans — 45 percent — who said they still have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party. But with the majority of Americans still getting their news from left-leaning and omissive mainstream media, it’s remarkable that the number’s not much higher — especially considering that both these polls were done by left-leaning and omissive mainstream media outlets.

But if lawsuits, such as the one filed this week against the IRS by a California Tea Party group, bring to light new evidence about who authorized the scandal and who was involved in covering everything up, the Tea Party movement could be welcoming — and educating — many more defectors from the partisan, business-as-usual political PR wars, as more and more regular Americans wake from their complicit indifference to the hidden crimes of the Obama Administration’s first four years.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Wiley2

    It seems more people are realizing that whatever Obama and his minions say can be reasonably assumed to be a lie. For example, a recent White House response to a petition to eliminate Obamacare contains the following:

    “The health care law won’t hurt jobs or the middle class, and it won’t force small businesses to close up shop. It will, however, make health care more affordable and expand health insurance coverage to millions of Americans in a way that allows our nation’s businesses to continue to thrive.”

    There is abundant evidence that each claim in that paragraph is false, yet the administration keeps spewing the same propaganda. No wonder their credibility has fallen to zero.

  • Steve E

    I bet there are some people that hate the idea that the Tea Party was right about too much government. The IRS scandal is only one reason why the Tea Partiers can say “I told you so”. But they would hate to hear that also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000256697636 Mark Litteral


  • http://www.facebook.com/barrylmick Barry McCleskey

    Sic semper Tyranus!

  • Michael Shreve

    HOW did the IRS ever get “UP” in the first place?

  • http://thecountyguard.org/ countyguard

    Folks, the IRS is a huge fraud, and you can prove it to yourself. Not only is it a “voluntary” system, which they obviously refute, they are illegally extracting most American’s money through the so-called “income” tax. Your wages, salary or compensation for service is NOT lawful “income” and was never
    originally intended as a target for taxation. You can prove this as well.
    Imagine not having ANY taxes on your wages.

    In addition, the IRS is not a government agency, is violating its own rules in procedures, and the IR code has no place where it makes most American’s liable for filing any 1040 form, among many other criminal issues they are involved. Clearly a case of Racketeering.

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to hear my case brought against the IRS on many of these issues, (after 9 other court cases over several years, where due process was denied, and the courts completely ignored the evidence), denied me due process, ignored its own laws and rules, declared that due process is dead for us all in this issue, and that the Constitution has no meaning any longer. The IRS waived its right to respond to the case, which is a default under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 55 which demands that any default be filed in the case. The Supreme Court did NOT follow this rule.

    (See docket at http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/12-6169.htm)

    Research the subject yourself…http://www.foundationfortruthinlaw.or…, and read for yourself what “income” is…

    and read the entire IRS suit and learn about the fraud…

    For other information…

    Knowing the truth, and standing on your rights and the laws that are in our favor are vital. We must “withdraw our consent” and put the IRS and other
    government agencies back into their own jurisdiction!!!