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6/19/2013 10:52:00 AM
Letter: IRS hearings show sad state of D.C.


The congressional hearings on the IRS took a new twist on Tuesday as five victims of the IRS charitable qualifications department testified. We saw a new view of the selective discrimination as it was imposed on Tea Party, patriotic, pro-life and liberty-named organizations. The information requested clearly violated their First Amendment protections and stopped or limited their efforts for years.

While the previous hearing included the Inspector General of the IRS and former directors of the IRS, their testimony was less than informative. Their sworn testimony ranged from "I don't remember" to "I don't recall" - or, in other words, I will say nothing to perjure myself or help you conservative Republicans.

Then there was the very limited questioning or statements from the Democrat members of the oversight committee. It was telling to note most Democrats had to read their prepared statements as opposed to speaking from the heart.

All in all, for anyone with an IQ higher that room temperature, we were all exposed to a display of just how far apart the two political parties have become. Now we decide if we want to defend the actions of policymakers in the Obama administration, or do we seek to restore constitutional law that includes the amendments?

Hopefully, "We the People" will have our rights restored and protections put in place to prevent this from ever happening again. And it goes without saying we need to see those policymakers and their lieutenants are removed from their positions and any further government service.

Tom Steele

Prescott Valley

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