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Another layer of Obama onion is peeled back
Were you surprised when it was disclosed that the IRS commissioner knew about the targeting of conservative organizations (“IRS admits it targeted Tea Party groups,” May 11)? Or, did the disclosure appear to you as learning of just one more ugly activity of the Obama administration as another layer of the onion was peeled back?
A layer was peeled from the Energy Department, and it was discovered that billions of taxpayer dollars had been wasted funding entities run by Obama fundraisers. A closer look at the National Labor Relations Board revealed policies to reward labor unions for their support of Obama at our expense.
Look at the changes to the CIA’s report of what happened at Benghazi made by the State Department and White House to lead us to believe the attacks were caused by a video that almost no one had seen.
Obama sets a “tone at the top” that allows and supports using the government to achieve his political goals with no regard to the cost placed on taxpayers. I wonder what we would find if we peeled a layer of the onion at the Education Department, Health and Human Services Department, and other units of government?
Bill Halling, Edina
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Disgusting are efforts by the IRS to target a specific group — religious, ethnic, civic, etc. Even more disgusting is the IRS targeting a political party at odds with the current administration. But even worse is the IRS targeting a group that tries to educate Americans on the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution. Using the tools of the government to tear down the fabric of that very government is the beginning of the end for that form of government.
Andy Westerhaus, Burnsville
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The dust-up over IRS scrutiny of Tea Party and antigovernment groups is beyond ridiculous. These groups are based on the concept of overtaxation and opposition to the federal government. Tax protesters seeking tax-exempt status would logically require the IRS to red-flag and investigate these groups. I would be concerned if it weren’t investing extra scrutiny. The logic of this type of profiling is so obvious and the protest so absurd that we can be assured of months of Republican congressional witch hunts as soon as we finish beating the dead horse of Benghazi.
Michael Mummah, Brooklyn Park
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