Treasury’s proposal to govern political activity of 501(c)(4) groups is a direct attack on the tea party. It provides the IRS with a tool to target conservative non-profits. The regulation would require conservative non-profits to prove their work is for social-welfare purposes. And if not, the government can revoke a tea party group’s non-profit status because it deems their work to be “political” activity. Just in time for the 2014 elections. The last time I checked, educating the public about the Marxist in the White House and his social welfare programs is not political, it’s common sense. Kimberley A. Strassel puts it best here:
The political insult is that President Obama is using his new targeting rule to wiggle out of liability for the last round. The same president who in May was “outraged” by the IRS’s actions now says it was all just some confusion over tax law (which his new rule fixes). He told Chris Matthews last week that the media had hyped what was a few poor IRS souls in Cincinnati who were “trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret . . . And they’ve got a list, and suddenly everybody’s outraged.”Everybody was outraged to discover the IRS was secretly targeting the president’s political opponents. They might be more outraged that the White House is now using the IRS to do the same thing in the brazen light of day.