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Steve Benson

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  1. HabaneroBuck

    HabaneroBuck said, over 3 years ago

    So now we are saying there is no scandal? The IRS was merely doing due diligence to prevent abuse of its rules, even though the IRS itself admitted to holding up right-wing causes in comparison to the fast-tracking of left-wing causes? This comic seems to imply that the organizations are crying foul when the IRS was doing the right thing, which is not at all what was reported.

  2. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Maybe, just maybe, the left wing causes were a little more honest in their reporting than the T-baggers? And if the IRS were suddenly tsunamied by an influx of those right wing groups, do you think they wouldn’t look target them for examination? The Republicans have spent decades making sure government can’t work well, then they complain when it doesn’t and use that as the excuse to make it work worse. And how many of those “social welfare” groups were denied their tax free status? None I hear, but oooh, they had to fill out forms!!! such torture. Call John Yoo.

  3. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    I want to say this again: Who believes that the Tea Party cares about “social” issues or “welfare”? Their entire MO is about permanently destroying social welfare.

    Why fault the IRS for doing what was extremely obvious?

    If the followers of this incredibly shallow and unpatriotic movement want to sacrifice the way people who pushed for labor rights, civil rights, womens rights, gay rights, they will have to reckon that it comes with a cost before they can be taken seriously.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    While you applaud “labor rights” the Tea Party Patriots support the free market system. That is also a labor rights issue just not one you agree with.

    While you support the current “civil rights” movement you ignore that those rights are for all citizens and the Tea Party Patriots also support current civil rights agendas BUT would limit government intrusion into a citizens life, which you seem to want more of.

    So I do have a question on what you think of when you use those terms. Women’s rights, is that only the right to birth control as is the meme in the news or are you in support of equality for all women and the right to disagree with your opinion?

    “GAYrights”? really? OK, I don’t care what two (or more) consenting adults do in their home. But, I also agree that those that view this practice as something to be avoided have the “right” to work against it. It IS a social issue but both sides of it have rights. The Tea Party Patriots have no official position pro or con on this issue. Personally, I think one should be responsible for supporting their own lifestyle (even straight couples) and tax advantages for “married” couples should be done away with. Also, laws should change to let the individual say who can or can not be involved in life issues. You should be able to take a name at random from the phone book and make them the one that makes those decisions if you so desire. So you see, by supporting the Tea Party Patriots stand on smaller government and less intrusion by it that issue would disappear.

    Quit swallowing the BS that your Liberals in Power have spread over the field of disunity that divide the common people into warring factions.

    Are they political issues as well? well how do you think labor rights, civil rights, womens rights, gay rights, are advanced? You lobby politicians and to get their help you MUST support their re-election efforts or pet projects.

    Please open your eyes and stop the hating

  5. thegreatack

    thegreatack said, over 3 years ago

    To take a page from the Republicans: Only those with something to hide need fear scrutiny.

  6. jerry6665

    jerry6665 said, over 3 years ago

    yep, nailed it is right! it is the responsibility of the irs to makesure 501-c’s are what they say they are. i, for one, am fed up with these groups (and that includes some religious groups) skating by, paying no taxes while they are obviously raking in the cash to push a political agenda.

    as for the comment about the bush appointee… seems to me that obama was showing his willingness to include republicans and their views which seems to backfire each time he tries to do so.

    as a now disillusioned and former repub, i am ashamed that the tea-party and repubs are so anti-america now.

  7. kamwick

    kamwick said, over 3 years ago

    Please please please, can we simplify the tax code and do away with exemptions entirely? Then the IRS won’t have to spend the time trying to figure out whether an obviously political org can call itself a “service organization”.

    By the way, have any other middle income taxpayers noticed that exemptions for work expenses, etc. don’t do diddly in reducing your tax liability? All the exemption “perks” are going to the big players.

  8. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The orgs that filed for the 501©(4) status piled more than a quarter billion dollars into shaping the last election. “Social Welfare”, my a$$. Bruce4671, you can support any organization you want, but don’t expect the American taxpayers to subsidize their political agendas – right or left.

  9. Kevin Robinson

    Kevin Robinson said, over 3 years ago

    Cry because they are using liberal tactics

  10. Ajax 4Hire

    Ajax 4Hire said, over 3 years ago

    When the Federal Government comes to tap your phones and monitor your speech, will you then want the Tea Party to help defend your Constitutional Rights?

    I though so.

    Too bad you do not see the irony of hundreds of groups forming to push back against the over-reaching and over-sized government being held down by an over-reaching and over-sized bureaucracy.

  11. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    The cartoon is right on both sides. The IRS played politics and 501c groups, Tea Party or other, have political agendas. The fact that money collected can be “disappeared” may be an extra incentive for some of these groups. The ultimate mattress under which to hide your money.
    Citizens United has created a great imbalance in our electoral system. It also gives incentives to the wealthy to hold on to their money instead of spending it so they can use it in the next election.
    A responsible legislature would see the damage this can do and would pass legislation to tighten the rules or get ride of the 501 groups entirely. Both parties see the benefits of having ’friends" who can donate privately in order to get friendly legislators into office.
    Everyone is paying politics, but a great nation is being sidelined and left to stagnate. This is not a good thing.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    They use the funds to buy tinfoil for inside their tricornered hats? Reagan had the IRS go after "liberaL groups, and neither side should, but when an individual, or a group, like well, “sovereigns”, not just “TEA party” jokers openly proclaim they intend to evade taxes, seek “protection” to contribute in violations of the laws, audits aren’t uncalled for.

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    No, they applied under the law that says if your main objective is “social welfare” then you can become tax exempt. That same law allows for the non main objective of political support under specified restrictions.

    Does Media Matters have a political agenda?

    From their mission statement: “A non-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation”

    And yet they are tax-exempt with no “special look” at what they do.

    So yes, some TEA Party groups – not a political party – applied for that same status and were delayed and put under heavy scrutiny because of their ideology.

    Any more clear?

  14. parkerfields

    parkerfields GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The liberals spin their lies again. The IRS abuses their power to hurt the conservatives, while giving liberals (who are usually using deception to begin with) a free pass. Then, the liberals accuse the conservatives, who have been scrutinized to death, of hiding things. The liberals will go to any length to hide their own wickedness and slander their opponents.

  15. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 3 years ago


    “Please please please, can we simplify the tax code and do away with exemptions entirely? "
    That would make too much sense and take away the left’s power to reward their rich friends by increasing everyone’s taxes and giving their buddies a break.

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