Jindal and Walker: IRS Scandal 'Big Brother Come to Life'

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 02:05 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Republican Govs. Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker are demanding that President Barack Obama fire the Internal Revenue Service officials responsible for targeting Tea Party groups.

Jindal of Louisiana and Walker of Wisconsin, the chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Republican Governors Association, also called for an probe into the IRS's handling of all conservative groups.

"To be blunt, this is Big Brother come to life and a witch hunt to prevent Americans from exercising their First Amendment rights," Jindal and Walker wrote.

"The actions of the IRS are an attempt to gag the voices of Americans who may disagree with the policies and left-leaning ideology of your administration. Quite frankly, this is un-American."

The Treasury Department has admitted the IRS targeted political groups aligned with the tea party and groups with the word "patriot" in their names — a that Obama on Monday called "outrageous" and "contrary to our traditions."

The two governors called for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate if laws were broken.

"The bottom line is that regardless of one’s political beliefs, conservatives and liberals alike must be able to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear that the federal government will abuse them for having differing opinions," they wrote.



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