Earlier this week, Mother Jones magazine went out of its way to insist that so-called progressives were targeted by the IRS in the same way Tea Party groups were.
Considering the fact some of the groups supposedly discriminated against share Obama’s ideological stance, at least rhetorically, Kroll’s argument didn’t make a lot of sense.
Well, it now turns out he was wrong. In fact, the harassment was focused exclusively on Tea Party and patriot groups and not progressives in bed with the Obama Democrats and other true believers and worshippers of state power.
On Wednesday, J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, told Rep. Sandy Levin, a Michigan Democrat, in a letter sent to the House Ways and Means Committee that the IRS in fact didn’t target progressives.
“Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” George explained.
“While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” George continued.
No word yet if Kroll and Mother Jones will set the record straight. Liberals, after all, really are not alarmed by the prospect of an out of control leviathan government persecuting people for their political beliefs, so long as those people are on the other side of the political divide.
If MSNC and the liberal echo chamber is any indicator, many Democrats and liberals actually like the idea of a Stalinist government conducting political purges.