National Voices: Liberals ready to use government power against the tea party
by The Washington Examiner
January 29, 2014 04:53 PM | 643 views | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sen. Chuck Schumer’s endorsement of President Obama’s use of the IRS to target and harass Tea Party, conservative and evangelical nonprofits is further evidence that many contemporary liberals are comfortable using government power to squelch political opponents. They are even willing to steamroll one of America’s most cherished rights — freedom of speech — to thwart people with views contrary to their own. Speaking to the Center for American Progress last week, Schumer decried the Tea Party’s influence on House Republicans and declared that “there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies — we must redouble those efforts immediately.”

By “redouble,” does Schumer mean expand the IRS efforts beyond the more than 200 groups already targeted and harassed? The tax agency possesses a rich trove of tools with which it can make life miserable for those expressing unapproved views. So, does he have in mind censoring what can be said or published by these groups? Or is the New York senator thinking more along the lines of seizing assets from individuals associated with the proscribed groups? Might he be planning on introducing a Tea Party tax to be collected by the IRS?

Even more important, which “other government agencies” does Schumer have in mind? The FBI? The Pentagon? The National Security Agency? Since they don’t handle tax matters, what exactly would Schumer have those other federal agencies do to the Tea Party groups? Whatever the specifics might be, Talking Points Memo, a well-sourced and influential liberal blog, described Schumer’s plan as being intended to “crush” the Tea Party. Schumer’s defenders will say “crush” was meant metaphorically, but there was nothing metaphorical about how the IRS abused its power against the Tea Party during the 2010 and 2012 campaigns.

Schumer’s comments should spark some serious reflection among journalists as well. It’s not coincidental that the people who have no qualms about siccing federal agencies on political opponents also have no qualms about using the government to harass and intimidate the news media. As Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, recently noted, “The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before [emphasis added]. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.”

It’s difficult to think of two entities that are less alike than the liberal mainstream media and the Tea Party. Members of the former reside mainly in the affluent precincts of the Northeast and Pacific Coast, and the latter mostly attracts salt-of-the-earth types in the American heartland.

The one thing they share, however, is a capacity for upsetting the best-laid plans of ambitious politicians, either by voting against them or by reporting facts that undermine official spin. That threatens the Barack Obamas and Chuck Schumers of American politics.

Maybe it’s time the journalists and activists recognize their common jeopardy.

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East Cobb Senior
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January 30, 2014
Senator Shumer you are a pathetic example of an elected official supposedly charged with defending the Constitution with liberty and justice for all. Put aside your swearing to uphold the Constitution, which you have apparently done, and consider your Jewish heritage. At a minimum, as a member of the Jewish religion, you should be painfully aware of the consequences of government agencies, with deliberate sanction from superiors, targeting specific groups in an attempt to eradicate both their existence and influence. Shame on you Senator Shumer.
Kevin Foley
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January 30, 2014
East Cobb Senior (whom I believe to be Mel Fein) -

You are seriously invoking Hitler's persecution of the Jews to make your bogus uninformed point? Do you even know what the Examiner (a right wing media outlet) article is about? Do you know what Schumer even said? I didn't think so.

Have your attendants adjust your meds, Doc.

Kevin Foley
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January 30, 2014
First, understand there would be no tea party without the Koch brothers deep pockets.

Second, remember that the 5 conservative activists on the SCOTUS made it possible for the Koch's ("tea party elites") to spend whatever they want to elect candidates they choose.

Then, consider what Schumer actually said:

Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS.

“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,” Schumer said.

“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],” Schumer said. “Obviously the Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government.”

East Cobb Senior
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January 30, 2014
The Tea Party movement was not and is not an invention of the Koch Brothers. It is simply a belief, shared by the majority of conservatives, that we have a Federal Government that is out of control, too powerful, too intrusive, too regulatory and too taxing and it's time to say "Enough IS Enough". Who does Shumer think he is trying to sic agencies of the Federal Government on a legitimate group because "HE SHUMER" thinks they have a "financial advantage". You so conveniently ignore the George Soros's, the billionaire Hollywood moguls and Silicon Valley technocrats that pour millions upon millions into the coffers of the socialist left and Democrat Party.

Study history Foley, it is clear that Senator Shumer and you are deliberately ignoring history in pursuit of your dangerous and misguided aims. Hitler believed that the Jews controlled the banks, vast sums of money, the newspapers and the intelligencia. To counter this "Advantage", he and his minion henchmen unleashed the power of an agency of the "Federal Government", The Gestapo, to silence their influence and eradicate this perceived threat to their Nazi agenda. In your specious defense of Shumer it is so obvious that you are nothing more than an apologist for any and all that the liberal left undertakes in this country whether legal or illegal. You have it permanently imbedded in that thick bee bee brain that all Republicans and conservatives are "evil" and any all means to "eradicate" and "silence" them is justifiable. To you the end justifies the means: there are no boundaries beyond which you and your liberal leftist thugs will stoop to reach your goals. Lying, cheating, thuggery, demagoguery, character assassination, intimidation, it doesn't matter, just rid this country of anyone or group that espouses conservative views or may expose you and the liberal left's fallacious ideology and tactics. The Tea Party movement was not and is not an invention of the Koch Brothers. It is simply a belief, shared by the majority of conservatives, that we have a Federal Government that is out of control, too powerful, too intrusive, too regulatory and too taxing and it's time to say "Enough IS Enough". Who does Shumer think he is trying to sic agencies of the Federal Government on a legitimate group because "HE SHUMER" thinks they have a "financial advantage". You so conveniently ignore the George Soros's, the billionaire Hollywood moguls and Silicon Valley technocrats that pour millions upon millions into the coffers of the socialist left and Democrat Party.

Study history Foley, it is clear that Senator Shumer and you are deliberately ignoring history in pursuit of your dangerous and misguided aims. Hitler believed that the Jews controlled the banks, vast sums of money, the newspapers and the intelligencia. To counter this "Advantage", he and his minion henchmen unleashed the power of an agency of the "Federal Government", The Gestapo, to silence their influence and eradicate this perceived threat to their Nazi agenda. In your specious defense of Shumer it is so obvious that you are nothing more than an apologist for any and all that the liberal left undertakes in this country whether legal or illegal. You have it permanently embedded in that thick bee bee brain that all Republicans and Conservatives are "evil" and any all means to "eradicate" and "silence" them is justifiable. To you and apparently Shumer, the end justifies the means: there are no boundaries beyond which you and your liberal leftist thugs will stoop to reach your goals. Lying, cheating, thuggery, demagoguery, character assassination, intimidation, it doesn't matter, just rid this country of anyone or group that espouses conservative views or may expose you and the liberal left's fallacious ideology and tactics. George Santayana his book "Reason in Common Sense" is quoted "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it". What is also obvious is that you haven't read his book, probably because of its title "Reason in Common Sense" something definitely lacking in your demeanor.

And for your information I am not Melvyn Fein

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