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Dem. Sen. Chuck Schumer: Obama should use IRS to curtail Tea Party

Chuck Schumer says Obama should bypass Congress, rule like dictator to squash Tea Party with IRS.
Chuck Schumer says Obama should bypass Congress, rule like dictator to squash Tea Party with IRS.
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While speaking to the far-left wing Center for American Progress Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Barack Obama should bypass Congress and use the IRS to curtail Tea Party activity, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately,” Schumer told the group.

“One of the great advantages the Tea Party has is the huge holes in our campaign finance laws created [by] the ill advised decision [Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission],” Schumer added. “Obviously the Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government.”

Last May, the IRS admitted it targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny, sparking a controversy that has yet to be settled.

Schumer also expressed concern that Tea Party candidates might run in Republican primaries and falsely claimed those primaries are "rigged" to favor those candidates. Those primaries are "rigged," he claimed, because of the makeup of primary voters and gerrymandering that favors Republicans.

“Our very electoral structure has been rigged to favor Tea Party candidates in Republican primaries,” he claimed, suggesting a different type of election process.

Schumer recommended a system similar to that used in Washington “where all voters, members of every party, can vote and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, then enter a run-off.”

Schumer also claimed that people are drawn to the movement because of racism, concerned about a country that “white Anglo-Saxon men are not exclusively running” anymore.

“The Tea Party rank-and-file know it’s a different America,” he said. “It looks different; it prays different; it works different. This is unsettling and angering to some.”

He also told the group the small-government mantra is the “core weakness of the Tea Party, and one we can exploit to turn American politics around to the benefit of our nation.”

The Free Beacon said the Tea Party's approval rating, at 30 percent according to Gallup, is even lower than President Obama's. Nevertheless, it seems the left is fearful enough of the movement to actually suggest using the force of agencies like the IRS to stop it.

Moreover, Schumer's comments appear to be proof of a growing fascism on the left, as liberals seek to silence any dissenting point of view.

Last Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, another liberal Democrat from New York, said conservatives who oppose abortion or believe in the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are extremists who "have no place" in his home state.

Bill de Blasio, the newly-elected mayor of New York, agreed.

After Democrats were shellacked in the 2010 midterm elections, the Center for American Progress said Obama should use all of his authority as president to bypass Congress and unilaterally enact his progressive agenda.



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