Government is TOO Big: Tea Party Protest in downtown Cincinnati at the IRS building

Before it was all said and done there were around 500 people who joined the crowd protesting the gross intrusion of the IRS into the lives of Tea Party Patriots.

CINCINNATI – The furor over the IRS’s improper targeting of conservative groups went on full display in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday.

More than 200 people turned out for a noon rally sponsored by local tea party groups, according to 9 On Your Side’s Scott Wegener. Some carried signs that read “Audit the IRS,” “Internal Revenge Service, Stop” and “Stop the Abuse of Power.” Some chanted, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the IRS has gotta go.”

“I think we need to do something about the abuses of government,” said Dennis Hogan of Maineville.

After gathering on Fountain Square, protesters marched two blocks to the IRS office at the federal building at 550 Main St. That where IRS workers improperly targeted conservative groups in their applications for tax-exempt status over the last few years, a Treasury Department inspector general’s report states.

Lined up along the sidewalk, protesters chanted, “You work for us. You work for us,” while Homeland Security officers stood nearby.

Tea_party_rally_at_IRS_office_20130521143833_320_240“It’s ungodly, it’s un-American and it’s just plain wrong to target Americans because of what they say about the government,” said Paul Johnson of the Grassroots tea party of Boone County.

“We want them to cease and desist harassing us conservatives,” said Andrew Pappas of the Anderson tea party.

To that end, protesters signed a large placard and Ann Becker, president of the Cincinnati tea party, gave it to officers to deliver to the IRS.

“This isn’t about party. It’s about individual freedom,” Becker said.

Becker has called for the immediate resignation of all involved in the targeting scandal.

“There shouldn’t be a political attack based on our beliefs, and we believe that’s what the IRS has done,” Becker said.

“That it turned out to be going on in the Cincinnati office is fairly ironic considering the strong tea party presence in this area,” said George Brunemann. “I’d say there’s about 20,000 members in Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont (counties).”

Brunemann said he and his wife were audited and his wife’s business was audited after they started the SouthWest Cincinnati tea party. He doesn’t believe the IRS officials who claim low-level Cincinnati IRS workers came up with the idea to target conservative groups.

“The IRS agent who told us we were being audited said it was directly because of our involvement with the tea party. She was almost apologetic,” Brunemann said.

He said he knows a small business owner who was audited by the IRS and investigated by OSHA after joining.

“To me, that’s what screams that this is not lower-lever IRS workers. This goes all the way up the food chain. The president might not be personally involved, but his people are,” Brunemann said.

Some tea party groups are planning lawsuits in connection with the investigation.

Five present or former Cincinnati IRS workers were called to Washington to give transcribed interviews in advance of a House committee hearing on Wednesday.

The scandal has already led to at least three congressional hearings.

You can read the Treasury inspector general’s report at http://goo.gl/o5mCN.

Read more: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/tea-party-groups-head-to-downtown-cincinnati-to-protest-irs-scandal#ixzz2Tyubk5h1

Rich Hoffman

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Justin Binik Thomas ‘Ways and Means’ Interviews: Matt Clark and Channel 9 get to the heart

I was at the Liberty Township Tea Party meeting when Katy Kern read the IRS harassment letter calling out Justin Binik Thomas as an individual.  Justin is from Deer Park nearly a half an hour to the south of Liberty Township, Ohio and had no connection at all to the Tea Party group in my community.  So the implication of why Justin, who was a founding member of the Cincinnati Tea Party, was obvious.  The IRS was letting Liberty Township know that the leaders of the Tea Party effort were going to be targeted, and unless they wanted the wrath of the IRS coming down on them—they’d keep their head down.  Well, it didn’t work.  The Liberty Township group hunkered down and Justin went on the offensive letting every media outlet in the country know about the harassment he received.  He’s been on virtually every news program in the country as a result and made a point to fly to Washington D.C. to attend the Ways and Means hearings.  Upon  arrival back into Cincinnati he gave two interviews, one to Channel 9 which is shown after the below video, and a radio interview with Matt Clark of WAAM in Ann Arbor, Michigan which can be seen and heard here:

The Channel 9 Interview is now listed below with the link to the original story here:

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/local-man-discusses-what-he-learned-during-us-house-ways–means-committee-hearing-on-irs-scandal

Posted: 05/18/2013

 By: WCPO Digital Staff

Justin Binik-Thomas wanted to know why a question about him was among 35 the Liberty Township Tea Party was instructed by the Internal Revenue Service to answer as part of the organization’s application for tax-exempt status last year.

Binik-Thomas, of Deer Park, believes he became the only individual to be singled out in any of the hundreds of questions asked by Cincinnati IRS employees who gave extra scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status filed by conservative groups.

The 31-year-old was so concerned that he flew to Washington, D.C., to be present during the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s hearing Friday.

While Binik-Thomas didn’t expect the hearings to give him answers, he told 9 On Your Side prior to his trip to Capitol Hill that he thought it was important to be there to show the face of someone who has been directly affected by the scandal.

9 On Your Side interviewed Binik-Thomas to get his opinion about what he learned during the hearing.

His responses can be viewed below:

Q. What did you learn from the hearings?

A. I left confident that Congress has taken the [inspector general’s] findings, IRS admission, and constituent concerns seriously. Special thanks to my representative, Congressman (Brad) Wenstrup, for working with Ways and Means colleagues on this issue. Congressman (Pat) Tibiri and Congressman (Erik) Paulsen included my story in their questioning.

Q. Are you satisfied with the answers you got from the experience?

A. There was little new information learned at the hearing proper, but there will be followup, written testimony and committee research over the coming weeks. I hope to learn more in this phase.

Q. What do you plan to do next?

A. I will continue to work with congress and this committee to support as needed and appropriate.

Q. What would you like to hear from IRS/administration officials?

A. I would like to know why I was included in the letter to Liberty Township Tea Party, what the information received will be used for, and where the information was shared. [I’d] also like assurances that it will not be used against me or my small business in the future. The same assurances should be offered to targeted groups.

 Q. What have you received in the way of support from the local community?

A. My family and community have been supportive. It is chilling to be called out by the government.

  Q. What would you like the public to know about what happened?

A. The IRS has identified an individual in a letter to an unrelated group. Risks include future audits to personal or business finances. It can happen to anyone unless there are systemic changes at the agency – true checks and balances – to assure this does not reoccur.

You can read the full story about Binik-Thomas at the following link: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/why-was-justin-binik-thomas-singled-out-in-irs-tea-party-application

Read more: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/local-man-discusses-what-he-learned-during-us-house-ways–means-committee-hearing-on-irs-scandal#ixzz2TjhXKDHL

What Justin said about being targeted in a letter to an unrelated group is the crux of the whole problem.  The IRS used Justin’s name as a way to intimidate the Liberty Township Tea Party, and in doing so, abused their power.  This is the reason that no one organization should ever have so much power that can behave like a dictatorship in such a fashion.  No matter who was at fault at the IRS, the deed was done and Justin has had to embark on at least two years of fearful harassment as a result.  The IRS owes Justin more than an apology.

I admire Justin’s professionalism in his responses.  He has a right to state his outrage in a much more colorful manner than he has, but he’s a nice guy who is immensely responsible.  As a founding member of the Cincinnati Tea Party he has shown a willingness to allow the legal process to work the way it should by working closely with his congressman to see justice done to the IRS.  For Justin’s sake, I hope he gets it.  But I have my doubts.  The IRS is a terribly corrupt organization that stands against virtually everything America was founded upon, so unless major reforms are put in place the status quo will remain and people like Justin will be attacked again.

Rich Hoffman

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