The part of the scandal that seemed to implicate President Obama’s involvement was a simple note in the White House’s visitor log that suggested that Colleen Kelley met with the President on March 31, 2010 around 12:30pm. According to Jim Hoft’s article and many of the anti-IRS protestors, this was the nail in the coffin for Obama’s involvement. Colleen Kelley is the name of the National Treasury Employees Union President and her visit raised a few eyebrows, since it occurred just prior to some of the attacks on conservative organizations.
During a news conference last week, The President noted that if the allegations of the “outrageous” IRS behavior prove to be true, then “they have to be held accountable.” He also claimed to have only recently heard of the situation on local media only a few days prior to the conference.
Many of the protestors believe the President is whole wholeheartedly involved in the scandal and they intend fight for his impeachment. Some of the Tea Party Patriots and 9-12 members were already ready to Fire Obama for his other political policies and even some of his political speeches and messages.
One supporter claimed that the President asked voters to “vote for revenge.” Jose Lugo was referring to Obama’s “voting is the best revenge” response to an audience booing Romney in the past election campaigns. Tim Harnden’s article suggested that the President was not directly asking his audience to vote against the typical white president out of revenge, but to vote against those who would hold the country back in the same old standards. Lugo feels that Obama’s administration is attempting to overpower the white Republicans in America.
The majority of the rally participants just wanted liberty and freedom from the IRS and their intimidation techniques.
Harry McKay, dressed in the colonial garments of America’s forefathers, believes that it the main focus for the movement is to “put the Federal government and the IRS back in its constitutional box.”
Don Koffron added that the IRS is behaving unconstitutionally, because they are unlawfully attacking individuals and singling out groups and because they often intimidate people so much that they never question the audits and targeted attacks. Koffron spoke adamantly about the difference between taxable income and various forms of compensations. He believes that the words have become confused and people are being targeted, harassed, and even imprisoned without even “asking the IRS to quote the law they are enforcing and the penalty for it.”
Another rally member agrees that the IRS is abusing their power. He felt that the taxes were collected disproportionately as well as being wasted. He acknowledged the need for taxes, but he is tired of the abuse of power and intimidation.
Mary Lewis, from the Villages, believes that “the IRS is too loosey goosey” and she cannot tell “whose running the ship.” She commented on her personal experiences with IRS audits. “They are expensive and stressful because you have to hire help and have every aspect of your life scrutinized.”
She and other supporters just want to completely stop the IRS corruption and start using a Fair Tax.