Letter: IRS audits of Obamacare critic smack of retaliation

November 4, 2013 

Dr. Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who spoke at the president's prayer breakfast outlining a better health care plan for the nation, did not make the commander in chief very happy as the YouTube movie graphically displayed. Obama moved down in his seat as the doctor spoke, obviously not pleased with the good doctor's comments.

Later, Dr. Carson appeared on TV to explain that after he spoke out so frankly, he was contacted by the IRS and subjected to three years of audits. He noted that he had never had any previous questions about his taxes.

With the news that came out from IRS testimony about the enhanced scrutiny on conservative groups and with further congressional investigation pending, it would seem obvious that it would be wise to avoid stirring the waters in that particular area. But the Chicago mentality that holds sway at the White House embraces the principle of "Don't get mad, get even." Seems to me that Nixon's list was in a distant second place compared with this administration.

It should give citizens pause when they contemplate how much information this government has gathered on its citizens. Hope we all survive this institutional vindictiveness.

TOM BAKER, Waitsburg

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