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May 22, 2013

Anderson: Draining the swamp

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Then last Friday Washington Times columnist Cheryl Chumley wrote that the IRS and 15 of its agents have been sued by a health care provider for wrongfully seizing 60 million medical records in 2011. Apparently the IRS had a search warrant for financial data on one employee and seized information on 10 million people, including state judges.

Republicans in Congress have already filed legislation removing the IRS as the enforcer of ObamaCare, which was always a bad idea, not just because of presidential keister-kissing managers. Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator has found that President Barack Obama met with the president of the National Treasury Employees Union’s Colleen Kelley, on March 31, 2010. The NTEU is “the 150,000 member union that represents IRS employees…”

The report from the inspector general of the Treasury Department, titled “Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review,” indicates that the IRS, in Lord’s words, “set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America” the very next day.

Taxpayer activists and tea party patriots: focus. Remember our purpose in being here is to drain the swamp.

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Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. She is a regular Salem News columnist.

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