In 2013, the world learned that the Obama/Biden Administration had been using the Internal Revenue Service to punish conservative organizations applying for tax exempt status. Conservative organizations, or organizations perceived to be conservative because they used certain names such as patriots, Tea Party, were placed under scrutiny by the IRS above and beyond the normal standard for organizations applying for tax-exempt status, including information not asked of other organizations.
Ultimately, the IRS apologized; Lois Lerner, Obama’s head of the tax exempt section of the IRS, apologized; Obama said it was inappropriate; and the Justice Department settled dozens of lawsuits against the IRS by groups which had been targeted.
Beyond that, nothing happened. Lerner retired from government service with full retirement; no one was charged with a crime and the Obama/Biden Administration swept the scandal under the rug and moved on to other scandals.
It seems Biden learned a valuable lesson in that episode: if you are a Democrat in power, you can do anything – legal, illegal, or questionable – and you walk free and clear.
Now that Biden thinks he is president, he has reverted to using the IRS, not to punish, at least it hasn’t been discovered yet, but as his public relations arm.
I recently received a letter from the IRS. Since it is tax season, I assumed it had to do with my tax return, which has already been filed and my overpayment of taxes last year has been returned to me.
When I opened the envelope, I discovered a letter on the letterhead of The White House and signed by Joseph R. Biden using the title of president.
Something struck me about the letter; it looked familiar. Then, I remembered asimilar letter in 2020 regarding the stimulus checks bearing President Trump’s signature and how perturbed I was that the government was spending millions of dollars to send me a letter telling me about something I had been hearing about almost non-stop for two months in newscasts. And, I wasn’t particularly happy that the letter which came from the IRS was signed by my president.
Biden’s letter told me that he had signed the American Rescue Plan, “a law that will help vaccinate America and deliver immediate economic relief to hundreds of millions of Americans, including you.”
He also pointed out that a key component of that law was a direct payment of $1,400 per person and that with the $600 direct payment in December, his promise to give every American $2,000 was fulfilled. And, this is where the two letters differed. Trump’s letter was a misadvised action; Biden’s letter was clearly a political statement.
Biden made that promise of a $2,000 payment Monday, January 4, 2021 as his effort to buy votes with tax dollars if Georgians would elect two Democrats running for the U.S. Senate from Georgia in the next day’s election. They won.
It didn’t take long for Georgians, including Democrats, to realize they had been scammed by one of the best scammers in American history. The January 19 headline on the Mediaite publication screamed out: “‘A Betrayal’: Georgia Voters Enraged After Democrats Promise of ‘$2000 Checks’ Becomes $1400 Under Biden Stimulus Plan.”
Democrats are good at claiming undeserved credit and placing unearned blame.
Barack Obama, for example, blamed his predecessor, George Bush, for the miserable failure of his eight-year tenure. Then, within a couple of months after Donald Trump was inaugurated, Obama was taking credit for the sudden turnaround in the economy.
Now, Biden has claimed Donald Trump’s $600 stimulus check as a fulfillment of a promise he made after those checks had already been delivered. Seems to me, that could be called ‘voodoo economics.’
Biden’s letter, via the IRS, continues on with some of his rambling banter and tells the recipient, “This has been a long, hard time for our nation...Our economy is on the mend...our children will be back in school.”
While Biden believes our economy is on the mend, you need not be an economist to understand that the once thriving economy created by Donald Trump and devastated by the Chinavirus has not much direction to go but up, and anyone in the White House now would be the benefactor of luck, not policy.
As for the children back in school, Biden holds a far off promise of another six months before he thinks it will be safe to reopen schools, notwithstanding the CDC pronouncement in February that, “Data suggest that it is possible for communities to bring down cases of COVID-19 while keeping schools open to in-person instruction....”
The misuse of government agencies for political gain, apparently will continue under Biden, as evidenced by this flak via the IRS.
We should not be surprised at the corruption in Washington. In the Book of Ecclesiastes of the old Testament, we are told: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
By the way, the Biden press announcement in the IRS envelope was printed in English on one side, Spanish on the other, in the event nosotros no entendemos ingles.© Jim Terry
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