The I.R.S. Abusing Americans Is Nothing New
The I.R.S. targeting of tea party groups in the United States is par for the course. It's not the first time the agency has been used for partisan political ends. Whether or not the targeting was undertaken as a directive from the White House, the agency's broad latitude in determining what constitutes partisan political activity is very problematic. The solutions offered by campaign finance reformers would unfortunately only give the agency more power.
Featuring: David Keating, President of the Center for Competitive Politics / Michael W. MacLeod-Ball, Chief Legislative and Policy Counsel, ACLU / John Samples, Director of the Cato Institute's Center for Representative Government / Gene Healy, Vice-President, Cato Institute
Related podcast/video with David Keating: http://www.cato.org/multimedia/daily-podcast/irs-takes-aim-tea-party
Related podcast with Michael MacLeod-Ball:
Video produced by Caleb O. Brown and Austin Bragg. Additional footage gathered by Lester Romero.