Schumer calls for Obama to use IRS as weapon against Tea Party. UPDATE: Et tu, Booker?

Posted by: Phineas on January 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

**Posted by Phineas

A shark has a more sincere smile

A shark has a more sincere smile

Wait, didn’t we just have a national stink over the IRS harassing conservative and libertarian groups for their political beliefs? Yet now, not at all hiding his lack of understanding of or even his disdain for the principles that underlie our political system, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in a speech at the progressive Center for American Progress, has called on President Obama to use the IRS to limit the activities of these same groups.

Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS.

“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately,” Schumer said.

“One of the great advantages the Tea Party has is the huge holes in our campaign finance laws created [by] the ill advised decision [Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission],” Schumer said. “Obviously the Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government.”

What really upsets Chuck is free speech and that these groups are effective at getting their message out and that people respond to it. Citizens United merely respected the First Amendment and, in the process, somewhat leveled the playing field against liberal donor groups and the liberal MSM that gives the Democrats arguably illegal in-kind aid. Can’t have that.

Note also his acknowledgement that no further restrictions on political speech would pass the House. Smart man, that Chuck. What escapes him, or really what he refuses to admit, is that the massacre his party suffered in the 2010 midterms in the House was due to popular reaction against his party and its policies. Quite literally, the Republican Party, the majority party in the House –the People’s House–  represents the will of most of the American people.

His solution? Rule by decree via administrative rule-making, in defiance of that will. Use the power of big government to silence the proponents of limited government.

Admit it, Chuck: What you really want is an Enabling Act, not a Constitution.

It seems Chuckie also hates competition. Would-be tyrants usually do.

Schumer also proposed electoral reform in his speech. “Our very electoral structure has been rigged to favor Tea Party candidates in Republican primaries,” he said.

He argued that this is due to the political makeup of primary voters and gerrymandering by Republicans who “draw districts where a Democrat could never be elected.”

Schumer recommended a primary system “where all voters, members of every party, can vote and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, then enter a run-off.”

Whining against gerrymandering is rich, since Democrats have long benefited from the creation of safe seats. I don’t like it; I’d like to get rid of it. But those are the rules we have now, so, tough, Senator.Try enacting policies that don’t lead to a wipe out in state-level elections, and maybe on day your allies will control the process. And I’ll bet you’ll suddenly be a fan of the system, too.

The leaders of the Democratic Party sure have a problem with democracy, don’t they?

PS: Anyone else get a weird vibe from Schumer, like he’s sworn an oath to Don Corleone? The guy just oozes “made man.”

RELATED: Ted Cruz sends a letter to Eric Holder, demanding an independent prosecutor to look into the IRS scandal. Worth reading.

UPDATE: Just an hour ago on Twitter, Senator Cory “Imaginary Friend” Booker (D-NJ) had this to say about Senator Schumer’s call for restrictions on free speech:

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(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Schumer calls for Obama to use IRS as weapon against Tea Party. UPDATE: Et tu, Booker?”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Schumer obviously has never heard or believed the old saying about if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. In the recent IRS scandal, one of the prime motivations was a letter to the IRS signed by him and some other lefties directing them to do the illegal things they did.

    Two rogue agents from Cincinnati my a*s!

    Liberals always give themselves away by railing against those they most fear.

  2. JoyO says:

    Ted Cruz has a link on his Internet site that you can use to make comments on the proposed IRS regulation legalizing its unique and abusive treatment of Conservative Americans and Tea Party Groups. Over 750 people had commented as of this morning. We need a lot more people to comment. The regulation will not apply to 501(c)(3) –charities and non-profits or 501(c)(5) — unions. This is particularly concerning if the article I read the other day indicating that unions have contributed more than $4 billion to Democrats in the past decade is correct. This regulation violates The 501(c)(3) groups’ freedom of speech and right to assemble within specified time periods. The regulation could become the new Citizens United if it is implemented in its current discriminatory manner.

  3. Carlos says:

    Chucky Cheezy is too stupid to realize that the jackasses will not be in power forever. He’s even too stupid to realize that, even should the Democraps retain the WH in ’16, there is a good chance they will have neither house of Congress and the “enemy” (as the Democraps are fond of calling Republicans) will control all legislation.

    Kinda like Dingey Dingy, whose shortsightedness led him to change the Senate rules. When the Repubs control the Senate, you can bet every loudmouth dingbat from Chucky Cheezy to Dingy Harry to Hillarious to Obhammud will be screaming that the Repubs are cheaters and unfair, just for using the revised rules as Harry drew them up.

    In the meantime, if Cheezy wants to use the IRS to go after political opponents, he needs to pass legislation that allows that. As it stands right now, such activity is felonious. (Too bad nobody has been prosecuted for it, but I guess a muzzle has been placed on Mr. My People and he is slowly, ignominiously and quietly fading into distant [bad] memories.)

  4. Dale Behler says:

    The fact that Schumer has this kind of radical Nazi-like opinions does not surprise me as much as he feels it is now acceptable in this country to freely endorse government sponsored political repression of opponents, and in public. This is a very dangerous thought process which reflects his leftist arrogance and either a lack of understanding or disregard for what our Constitution stands for. I have always known Schumer was a radical liberal weasel who will use any method to win, and now he has gone public to prove it..

  5. Carlos says:

    Radical extremist terrorists like Schumer really need to be controlled and silenced.

    Well, isn’t that basically what Cheezy said about us?

    And Booker? He’s not much more of a political afterthought than the last dribble after going to the bathroom…

  6. Jay says:

    I live in Brooklyn and Schumer has been my Senator for a number of years. Schumer has disgraced all of us with his hateful remarks because he thinks after Reid is gone he will take over as head of the Democrat party in the Senate.

  7. Carlos says:

    He thinks he can run the Senate? Heck, the only thing I know he can do unfailingly is trample anyone between him and a camera!

    OTOH, maybe having him as Senate jackass leader would be the best thing that could happen for the Repubs. After all, he’s just another Slo Joe with a different name but the same incredible ability to verbally screw up ANY thought or sentence.

  8. Brontefan says:

    Democratic Marxists no longer pretend to be adhering to the Constitution? 0bama is altering and re-writing and creating LAW, which is a violation of his oath of office. And the IRS is now a Nazi group bent on eliminating any dissent?