POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Leaders upset about IRS revelation

Many of Gwinnett's representatives in Congress were up in arms last week, about the IRS admission that conservative groups were targeted for additional screening.

"It is no wonder that more Americans are losing faith in their federal government as incidents like this one continue to arise," U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, said. "We don't need more spin; we need serious answers about fixing this administration's mistakes. Daily, the fibers of trust between government and the American people continue to be torn. Weary of apologies, citizens deserve better."

"The President promised that his would be the 'most transparent administration in history,' so let's end the spin and the cover-ups and lay the facts bare for all citizens to consider."

Next week, Woodall will be directly involved in the issue, when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson took action last week, co-sponsoring two pieces of legislation in response to the controversy.

"The targeting of conservative groups by the IRS completely undermines the American public's confidence in the agency's integrity. We need to get to the bottom of what happened at the IRS because the American people deserve answers," said Isakson, who is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the IRS. "I am proud to co-sponsor these bills to help ensure that this type of outrageous political discrimination never happens again."

Also, Isakson joined his Georgia colleague Saxby Chambliss and other Republican colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama demanding full compliance with congressional investigation requests for information on how the IRS targeted conservative groups.

"Despite the resignation of the acting IRS administrator, President Obama continues to search for a scapegoat for his own administration's misdeeds," Chambliss said in a statement about the resignation. "This insufficient action comes more than two years after this offensive abuse of power. Meanwhile, the American public continues to lose trust in a government that this president seeks to give even more power."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.


BuzzG 2 years, 4 months ago

It is time to jail those most responsible for this incredible abuse of power. You can bet we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

What did Obama know and when did he know it.


FordGalaxy 2 years, 4 months ago

I keep hearing people cryig out for someone to be jailed for this, yet these same people never mention on what charges. BuzzG - What charge should those involved be tried and incarcerated on?

Note that I'm not trying to put down the cause, I'm just saying that it's one thing to cry for someone to go to jail. It's another to have factual reasoning behind your cries.


bestoinkdooley 2 years, 4 months ago

this is all right wing republican noise. Don't forget that "liberal" churches were targeted duging the Bush administration. It all has to do with 501c(a) registration of political action groups. They are supposed to be used for charity-not a way to funnel money to candidates without naming donors.


agneskravitz 2 years, 4 months ago

Is this the best Congressman Woodall can do? Liberal organizations were targeted too. The REAL crime is that IRS didn't go after the bigger groups like Karl Rove's group. Those types of organizations are just fronts for right wingers. Let's take back our country from these people.


kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

If there are any real leaders left in Congress, they should bring that woman who refused to even talk about her role in this, to trial, period. You don't let a public employee tell you what they are going to do and get away with it. Come on Woodall, where are your guts? They work for us and do what we want them to do, not the other way around. This just shows you the "culture" that the Obama administration has built in Washington. We sure have some idiots that vote these days; no common sense or guts to take back their government. at this point in time, "political" talk is so useless. We need t vote for people based on their actions, not their words.


Haughton 2 years, 4 months ago

It would be nice if liberals would provide facts from reputable sources to back up their claims. The unfortunate reality is they cannot. Two more new BHO defenders both using GWB as an excuse.


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