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IRS audits triple under Obama

Posted: June 10, 2013 at 7:45 am   /   by

Obama’s IRS targeting the rich, and possibly the Republican rich

No doubt Obama, if pressed, will claim that he would never, ever do something dastardly like use the IRS as a political weapon. Or that he’d just heard about it on CNN, and he’s shocked—SHOCKED!—to learn that such things might be going on.

But how should we explain a skyrocketing rate of IRS audits under Obama . . . for some income groups at triple the levels of those before he took office?

The question, says Hassett, is whether the IRS was just using income to pick targets, or whether it was trying to audit Republicans:  “The IRS has enough audit detail in its databases to reveal such political bias if it exists, and one can expect a flurry of data requests to flow from congressional Republicans in coming months. The tea-party scandal may well be just the tip of the iceberg.” [American Enterprise Institute, June 3]

An excellent question.

America is so far off course now that the pathway back is going to be hard and long indeed.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook