Top-Down Targeting, Not IRS Rogues, Responsible For Scandal


An Investigative reporter in Cincinnati, the epicenter (so far as we know) of the Internal Revenue Service discrimination conspiracy against conservatives, has all but demolished President Barack Obama’s claim that the two-year hit job was the work of self-willed, autonomously acting “rogue” employees far down the chain of command.

Common sense would naturally tell anyone the same thing; and the known facts in this case do nothing but corroborate the suspicions of both liberals and conservatives convinced that the President was involved in the sandal, which obviously benefitted his re-election campaign, from the beginning.

Cincinnati’s FOX 19 investigative reporter Ben Swann checked into the administrative hierarchy within the IRS to determine where the supposedly “rogue,” low-level IRS grunts, whom the Obama Administration blames for targeting more than 300 Tea Party nonprofit groups, fit in.

Of the six IRS plebes (five IRS “agents” and one “supervisor”) Swann identified by name, none answers to the same manager. Instead, each answers to a separate manager, who in turn is managed by a “territory manager.”

But the process of applying for tax exemption — the very process the IRS used to green-light pro-Obama nonprofits while making sure the wheels fell off their conservative competitors — ultimately ends with one person. That person — Cindy Thomas, Program Manager of the Tax Exempt Division — is the one manager all the low-level agents, as well as their managers and those managers’ managers, have in common.

Swann explains the process:

When an application for tax exempt status comes into the IRS, agents have 270 days to work through that application. If the application is not processed within those 270 days, it automatically triggers flags in the system. When that happens, individual agents are required to input a status update on that individual case once a month, every month until the case is resolved.

Keep in mind, at least 300 groups were targeted out of Cincinnati alone. Those applications spent anywhere from 18 months to nearly three years in the system, and some still don’t have their nonprofit status. Three hundred groups multiplied by at least 18 months for each group means thousands of red flags would have been generated in the system.

Swann goes on to point to the events that have befallen the rest of the IRS chain of command since the scandal went public, noting that former Acting Commissioner Steven Miller and the Commissioner of Tax Exempt Entities, Joseph Grant, have both retired. Above them is Lois Lerner, head of Exempt Organizations, who took the stand Wednesday to tell Congress she’s pleading the Fifth on any questions about the fiasco. And the Director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations division, Holly Paz, has been subpoenaed and will soon have the same opportunity.

None of the administrators in the preceding paragraph is based in Cincinnati; they are all based in Washington, D.C.

Writing in The Washington Post Wednesday, Ed Rogers related the story of how far up the chain of command the scandal went before being shielded from Obama’s delicate eyes:

My personal favorite of all the new revelations from the Obama IRS scandal is that White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the impending IRS inspector general report, but of course the White House chief of staff did not tell the president.

I sat in a White House chief of staff’s office every day for more than two years. The only reason the legal counsel would tell the chief of staff about an impending report or disclosure would be so the chief of staff could tell the president… There are many valid reasons why the chief of staff would tell the president, but I can’t think of a reason why he and the legal counsel would both agree that this news nugget would go no further. It’s very odd.

It’s not just odd; it’s criminal. And everyone knows who the chief perpetrator is.

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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  • hippybiker

    Harry Truman said “The Buck Stops Here!” Barry Soetoro says “Uh, what, me worry.?” He is such a transparent little thug dictator.

    • shoemama

      Not only that, but Obama claims not to KNOW anything about anything illegal. IF that was true, he would be admitting that he’s just a clueless figurehead, ie completely incompetent.
      We, however, know he’s lying. He would NEVER admit to incompetence. He is too arrogant. EVERYTHING STARTED WITH HIM. He might not have known every detail, but the concepts were his (or whoever controls him) How would so many people think they could get away with all that illegal crap and NOT KNOW it was sanctioned from the TOP?
      Obama just thinks we’re all stupid enough to believe him

  • securityman

    no low level peon would have the ba**s to do anything like that on their own. it would have to come down from the very top to be put into effect.

  • rycsailor

    If low level operators were doing this, how did they justify their time records, were they doing this work off hours and off the books? For all this time, these workers didn’t have to account for their workload or time? Where were their managers, off shooting pool or gone fishing? The entire thing smells ripe and the odor goes all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

  • bonnieparmenter

    All I know is the IRS is bad. They always have been and that is why they have been granted even more power. I had to deal with them for the four past years and they intimidated, harassed, threatened, committed perjury, falsified records and are basically stealing.

  • Guest

    You know what? Even if they DO pin this on BHO, he’ll still slide. No one is going to make this clown into a jail bird. It’s just NOT going to happen. He could (and possibly HAS) get away with murder and never see a jail cell. The R’s and D’s are terrified what would happen if “the anointed one” were proven to be a criminal. (clue: think Rodney King times 1000)

    • jana66

      Good, I say bring it on. It gets tiresome when every one is afraid of it turning into a race war. It is already a race war. Maybe we need to fight back. Why should we be the only ones who have to remain “civilized”.

  • Motov

    Send Obozo to the “Big House”, That will send a message that the constitution is alive and well. Riots? Let them happen, It’ll still be a minor incident compare to what is going to happen when our dollar crashes and won’t buy anything.

    I rather have someone in office who can calm the masses than someone who will make the situation escalate by making more errors that will fuel a raging inferno!

    Obozo is not equipped to handle anything, He has no clue how to run the country, We are totally going the wrong direction and every constitutionally minded person knows this. We CANNOT SPEND ourselves out of a recession!

    The numbers of unemployed americans are deceptive at best, outright lies at worst, and the cretin in the white house still tries to paint a rosy picture when the opposite true. By increasing taxes to compensate a shrinking tax base, will cause the latter to shrink even faster, He has hired more federal workers that puts even more strain, on it, Then the moron in charge says he has created more jobs. Sorry to say adding more federal bureaucrats is creating more liabilities on assets they do NOT have!

    When they discuss cuts they are only talking about cuts on the increases they want to spend, and not actually cutting useless government programs.
    Instead they target Social Security, something people have paid into (unlike welfare,) So they are stealing even more from the people, and now I hear he wants 401 (k) too? This mad man must be stopped!
    The sooner the better!

  • 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

    Research the subject yourself…

    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!!!