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Obama Bullies America’s Charities to Support His War on the Wealthy. by The Elephant's Child


The Government Accountability Institute analysis of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) figures has found that audits of tax-exempt charities have increased by 79 percent under the Obama administration. GAI President Peter Schweizer has found that from 2001-2008  the IRS has audited an average of 6.205 tax-exempt organization a year.  From 2009-2011, the average number of returns audited jumped to 11,111. They suddenly got more dishonest?

GAI said the increase in audits is not explained by a greater number of returns being filed. In fact, for the years examined, the IRS received a lower average rate of returns  under Obama (819,417) than under President George Bush (847,898). We’re all in favor of charities being honest about what they do with our contributions, but why the increase?

These findings come closely after a controversial White House gathering last month with the heads of charitable organizations, in which the Obama administration allegedly engaged in “bullying” and “intimidation “ tactics to scare charities into supporting Obama’s tax hikes on the wealthy or face the prospect of losing their tax-exempt status.

The president’s first term taught businesses a clear lesson: CEOs and businesses that support the president and his policies will be rewarded with taxpayer-funded corporate-welfare, and favorable regulation, and those who oppose him will receive no benefits, and no favorable treatment. Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), and Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) condemned the incident in a joint statement:

What the White House did today is disturbingly reminiscent of how it conducted itself during congressional consideration of Obamacare–telling groups that they better back the White House, or else. Bullying isn’t leading. These kind of intimidation tactics are unacceptable, and they need to stop now.

California Republican Party Chairman Thomas G. Del Beccaro  says that it is part of a war on charity designed to squelch the work charitable organizations provide because they detract from Obama’s big government agenda.

Obama truly is a big government liberal. He believes that government should be at the center of our lives. He believes government knows better and should set the rules for helping others. Look no farther than Obamacare to gauge his philosophy on caring for people. Simply stated, Obama doesn’t value private charities interfering with his vision of a centralized government.

How interesting that Obama is taking on charities because they are tax exempt but I notice that he is not taking on other tax exempt organizations like the big environmental charities like Sierra Club, NRDC, Audubon Society, Greenpeace, WWF, and dozens on others, nor the Foundations that are also tax exempt and in many cases not doing anything even close to what their founders intended. So it isn’t about seeing if charities are being honest with their funds, but about something quite different. The environmental organizations have been big Obama supporters, and he does their bidding.

Obama had no leadership or managerial experience when he chose to run for the presidency. The media fell in unconditional love with him from the beginning and didn’t bother to vet him or explain the huge holes in his resume. It has been clear from the start that he has a different view of the presidency. Most have embarked on the office hesitantly, unsure if they could measure up and serve the country well. Obama seemed quite sure of his ideological mission and his plans to reverse everything that the hated George W. Bush had done, and” fundamentally transform the United States of America.”


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