Politics.CorruptionIn breaking news, it now appears that the Treasury Department and the IRS, courtesy of everyone’s favorite IRS villain, Lois Lerner, were conspiring to limit the political speech of conservative groups “off book” in a way that wouldn’t be disclosed publicly. As reported today at the Daily Caller:

The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested.

We shouldn’t forget that in a pre-Superbowl interview last weekend, the president did his best to stifle an allegedly active, ongoing investigation by the FBI into possible criminal activity at the IRS. Obama, in an interview with Bill O’Reilly of FoxNews, said that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS surrounding the never-ending scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups.

Rewinding, in reference to the exploding IRS scandal, the president declared in a press conference in May 2013, “I have got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it, and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this.”

Since that time, the American people have had nothing but defiance and obfuscation from the president on down in response to get to the bottom of the scandal.

Read the rest of my American Spectator article here.


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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.