This is one chilling video, and John Eastman nails it precisely:
Following that testimony, it was revealed that, concurrently, the IRS pisses away your money:
WASHINGTON—The 2010 Internal Revenue Service employee conference that has drawn criticism paid $17,000 to a keynote speaker who drew pictures of the singer Bono and the physicist Albert Einstein to inspire IRS employees to free up their thought process and find creative solutions to challenges, according to a report released Tuesday.
The conference for 2,609 employees in Anaheim, Calif., cost $4.1 million. Lawmakers had recently released some details of the conference—including videos of IRS workers engaged in a “Star Trek” parody and a line dance—but the full report wasn’t publicly available until Tuesday.
Republican Darrell Issa weighs in with logic:
“The wasteful Anaheim conference is one example of a culture of excess that plagues the IRS and many federal agencies,” said Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, (R., Calif.) in a statement released Tuesday. “Taxpayer money meant to pay for a core agency mission, the hiring of more enforcement personnel, was instead spent on a lavish party. Perhaps most disturbingly, there appears to have been little or no effort by the IRS to hold those responsible for this wasteful spending accountable.”
And watch the testimony of Becky Gerritson:
Rep. Jim McDermott (D., Wash.) gave the hearing a jolt when he questioned whether the conservatives were being unreasonable by claiming that they were entitled to a tax-advantaged status on a fast-track basis for political work. “Each of your groups is highly political,” Mr. McDermott said. “You are all entrenched in some of the most controversial political issues in the country, and with your applications you were asking the American public to pay for that work,” Mr. McDermott said.
That prompted a strong reaction from Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.).
“We have not heard any testimony that this is happening to groups that have the opposing views,” Mr. Ryan said, looking at Mr. McDermott. “So to suggest that these citizens are to blame for applying—I don’t understand how anyone can make that conclusion,” Mr. Ryan said.
These weren’t accidents. They were acts of overt intimidation. These acts were condoned by their administrations. The Obama Administration.
There are rules for those supporting Obama. There are separate rules for those opposing Obama. Who knew? Who gave the orders? When did they know it?
Yes. Your loving IRS.