Archive | April, 2012

IRS Harassment of Tea Party Groups

Ira Stoll notes at The Future of Capitalism that Congressman Tom McClintock, a Republican of California, has made the following remarks about the “IRS Harassment of Tea Party Groups.”

It seems that Tea Party groups are now being treated very differently than their counterparts on the political Left. For the last two years, many have been stone-walled by the IRS when they have sought to register as non-profits and most recently, they have been barraged with increasingly aggressive and threatening demands vastly outside the legal authority of the IRS. Indeed, the only conceivable purpose of some of these demands could be to intimidate and harass.

A Tea Party group in my district is typical of the reports we are hearing from all across the country. This group submitted articles of incorporation as a non-profit to the state of California, and received approval within a month. Then, they tried to register as a non-profit with the IRS. Despite repeated and numerous inquiries, the IRS stonewalled this group for a year and a half, at which time it demanded thousands of pages of documentation – and gave the group less than three weeks to produce it.

The IRS demanded the names of every participant at every meeting held over the last two years, transcripts of every speech given at those meetings, what positions they had taken on issues, the names of their volunteers and donors, and copies of communications they had with elected officials and on and on.

Perhaps most chilling of all, the organizer of this particular group soon found herself the object of a personal income tax audit by the IRS….


Books: Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government

Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government,
written by ARI executive director Yaron Brook and ARI fellow Don
Watkins will be available in bookstores on September 18, 2012. Here is the table of contents from the book’s site:

  1. The Incredible Unshrinking Government
    The Wealth of Free Nations
    Why the Last Swing to the Right Failed
    Conclusion: The Situation Today
  2. Why Government Grows
    The Least Controversial Idea
    The Argument from Need and the Argument from Greed
    Conclusion: A Moral Crisis
  3. With Friends Like These . . .
    Free Marketers vs. the Market
    The Right’s Crusade for Big Government
    Conclusion: In Search of a Defense of “More”
  4. The 2008 Housing Meltdown: A Crisis that Government Built
    The Federal Reserve Spikes the Punch
    Housing Policy Made Things Worse
    Financial Regulation Made Things a Disaster
    The Unlearned Lessons
    Conclusion: Freeing the Unfree Market
  5. Rethinking Selfishness
    The Prisoner and the Producer
    A Package Deal
    Conclusion: Unpacking the Package Deal
  6. The Morality of Success
    Selfishness Is Not Automatic
    Principle 1: Rationality
    Principle 2: Productiveness
    Principle 3: Trade
    A New Concept of Selfishness
    The Evil of Self-Sacrifice
    Conclusion: The Only Way to Be Selfish
  7. The Business of Business
    The Businessman: Parasite or Producer?
    A Fellowship of Traders
    Conclusion: The Great Liberator
  8. The Nobility of the Profit Motive
    What It Shall Profit a Man
    Profitable Principles
    The Altruistic Attack on Business Success
    Conclusion: The “Public Good” Be Damned
  9. Selfishness Unleashed
    A Society of Producers
    Protecting the Profit Motive
    Conclusion: Markets Are Moral
  10. The Dynamism of the Market
    The Division of Labor
    Government Intervention
    Conclusion: The Profit System
  11. The Regulatory State and Its Victims
    Protecting the Consumer
    Protecting the Worker
    Punishing the Producer
    Conclusion: Answering the Argument from Greed
  12. The Immoral Entitlement State
    Before the Entitlement State
    Born of Ideology
    The Entitlement State’s War on the Rational and Productive
    From Entitlement Morality to Entitlement Mentality
    Conclusion: Answering the Argument from Need
  13. You Are Not Your Brother’s Health Care Provider
    The Cause: How Government Made Health Care Inefficient and Expensive
    The Cure: Toward a Free Market in Health Care
    Conclusion: Freeing the Unfree Health Care Market
  14. Stopping the Growth of the State
    Why Only Rational Selfishness Will Do
    The Basic Contradiction
    Ayn Rand and the Free Market Revolution