Letters to the Editor, June 4, 2013
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Updated: July 5, 2013 6:01AM
Americans want answers from IRS about scandal
The IRS equally and rightfully outrages Republicans and Democrats over the focused targeting of conservative groups. The controversy has brought bipartisan alarm because the IRS is the governmental agency charged with collecting taxes, assessing penalties, and approving tax- exempt status for organizations. The IRS is supposed to remain neutral. Even if there were thousands more conservative applications for tax-exempt status than liberal, they deliberately applied two sets of rules to the process.
Elijah Cummings, a Democrat, was very clear at the congressional hearing when he said what happened at the agency was chilling. What he asked for next was the truth. Who directed field agents to delay or ignore tax-exempt applications? Why were the applications of conservative organizations targeted? How did President Obama’s brother’s organization receive tax-exempt status in three weeks while other applicants received nothing for months or years? This was more than inconvenient, it was wrong.
We the taxpayers have valid questions and we demand clear, true answers. Lois Lerner, Division Head of tax-exempt applications, has plead the Fifth so she does not have to answer. She is on administrative leave and still receiving her salary. Americans aren’t angry, we are livid. The integrity of the IRS is certainly in question. The bottom line is, someone in the IRS, Treasury, or White House wanted to slow down, discourage or intimidate American citizens seeking tax-exempt status. Let us get to the truth, move on with tax reform, and jail the ones responsible.
New immigration bill goes too far with amnesty offer
Eight Senate gang members have drafted an immigration bill that’s worse than the amnesty bill signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1986. SB 744 gives those here illegally instant Registered Provisional Immigrant status which means they are free from being deported if they register. Before there’s any increase in immigration law enforcement 11 million illegals will be given work permits and may apply for a social security card! Ken Palinkas, president of the union representing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has come out against the bill. He stated, “The culture at USCIS encourages all applications to be approved, discouraging proper investigation into red flags and discouraging the denial of any applications ... USCIS has been turned into an ‘approval machine.’ ”
We have to realize when the people in charge of handing out our immigrant visas are against this new immigration plan it has to be a real bad piece of legislation. It even includes a new guest worker visa that will bring in thousands of workers even though we can’t provide enough jobs for our own citizens Call Indiana Sens. Joe Donnelly 202-224-4814 and Dan Coats 202-224-5623 and tell them to vote against SB 744.