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IRS unites nation with shoddy treatment of tea party groups

May 14, 2013|By Robin Abcarian
  • The IRS official has apologized for singling out for extra scrutiny groups that had the words "tea party" in their names.
The IRS official has apologized for singling out for extra scrutiny groups… (Susan Walsh / Associated…)

Finally, a small cadre of busybody bureaucrats has discovered a way to bring this divided country together.

Thank you, IRS, for pulling off what no politician has been able to do.

Mortal political enemies on both sides of the aisle agree: The IRS badly misstepped when it singled out for scrutiny groups with the words “tea party” and “patriots” in their names who had applied for tax-exempt status. That is a Nixon-worthy no-no.

Regardless of whether this practice simply represented a shortcut in the agency’s larger effort to evaluate the flood of applications for tax-exempt status in 2010 and 2011, as the agency maintains, it’s a ham-fisted way of doing business.

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