Paul Broun Asking the Tough Questions…


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Well one of those is a brutally repressive organization determined to control your life and make you submit to their own set of highly-codified and obscure laws, and the other is a bunch of terrorists. Hard to say, really. I’ll take the NSA for $500, Alex, but feel free to cast your own vote.



  1. Daniel N. Adams says:

    Truth be told, getting rid of one (The IRS… and the lion share of the revenue they steel) will actully go a long way of reducing the risk of the other. It would be hard to fund a National Offense if the federal gov was forced to prioritize.

  2. JeffHaffley says:

    IRA for a simple reason.

    “Al-Qaeda can take our lives, but they can’t take our freedom”.

  3. John Konop says:

    This is not funny at all. Comparing a government agency to a terrorist group especially as a congressman demonstrates this person should not be in office, via a lack of sanity and or maturity . Obviously we all know about the issue, but the vast majority of people working at the IRS are just doing their job. And if anything happens to any individual via comparing the workers to terrorist, Broun should be held liable! It is fine to disagree with issues, but this type of attack approaches treason……..

    • JeffHaffley says:

      “the vast majority of people working at the IRS are just doing their job—John Konop”

      The same thing could be said of the average Iraqi in Saddam’s day, the average Afghan, or the average German during WW1 or WW2.

      We can’t measure a government program by good intentions and hard work. After all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it takes a lot of hard work to pave the road.

    • pettifogger says:

      I’m not sure which is more absurd, comparing the IRS to AQ, or comparing Broun’s dumb ad to something approaching treason.

      Is this what it has come to? An out-there Congressman can’t talk **** about the IRS anymore? Who needs lessened civil liberties when we have a society filled with Konops.

    • seenbetrdayz says:

      It’s not intended to be funny, John.

      The question is are you afraid of a few ragheads in a cave in Afghanistan who use tin cans with strings to communicate, or are you afraid of an organization which has the full might and backing of the most powerful government in the world, an organization now exposed, without question, as being a useful tool for controlling political opposition.

  4. Daniel N. Adams says:

    John, I really don’t think this was presented to be funny. In all sincerity, and on a day to day existance, I do fear bureaucrats in my own government more to screw up my life and somehow bar me from my persuit of happiness, than I fear for my life or freedoms being taken away by a terrorist.

    • John Konop says:

      I would bet I deal with more bs than must via having multiple businesses……With that said, a civilized society works within the process……But to compare the bs… terrorist is way out of line, especially for a government official. Must people wake up every day and just want to do their job, and provide for their family……to incite violence against people doing their job is wrong bottom line……Our constitution does not guarantee results……it guarantees a voice at the ballet box……people like Broun on both sides are the problem not the solution….

      • John Knop says:

        Terrorism -The unlawful use or threatened use of force by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.

        Now, what happens to the leaders of an organization if that organization is denied its non-profit status and the IRS says they owe a bunch of taxes which are not paid?

        • Daniel N. Adams says:

          Well John, thanks for that definition… , I think you’d be supprised at how many out here paying taxes or have been audited would have had difficulty determining which one you were defining if you hadn’t led off with it. LOL.

          • Daniel N. Adams says:

            … guess it was the word ‘unlawful’ that would have given it away, if we had to have had to guess

          • John Knop says:

            That’s my point. I can’t tell a difference between the IRS and the Muslim vest wearers. By the way, be sure to not the last name. John Konop and John Knop are not the same.

        • John Konop says:

          You sound like you are advocating vigilantly justice…..the reason Middle East is so dysfunctional is because they tend to have vigilantly justice when one side wins… far as the taxes they could of filed without going to the IRS… requirement to check with them…..finally in Cherokee county a former republican office holder filed a compliant with the IRS against the local Tea Party. Are you now scared of republicans? What the IRS did was wrong, but promoting violence against IRS workers is even worse….

          • Daniel N. Adams says:

            WTH are you talking about John?… the question was which do you fear most. I never mentioned anything about violence… or using force or threat of force… that’s what those two groups do. I advocate for the “lawful” use of legislation to either reduce or take that power away from the IRS…. and not give them more power… aka ObamaCare.

            • John Konop says:

              If you worked for the IRS, and your job was compared to a terrorist organization that kills innocent people, you do not see how this would incite violence? Daniel we have know each other for a long time……can you not see how this steps way over the line?

                • Doug Grammer says:

                  There may be a few openings soon. You could apply, get hired, and then quit in protest.

                  • seenbetrdayz says:

                    Heh, I hear there’s no upward movement in the company. Unless you’re just really corrupt, you’ll never get promoted.

  5. Harry says:

    Looking at polling results on the IRS, this piece may be a pretty effective actually. IRS is hated almost universally. In my work I deal with their employees practically every day and see the ones at that level as being sincere, loyal good Germans just doing the job…but to many who have been victimized by their computers they are as much an enemy as a terrorist organization.

    • Rick Day says:

      Harry, you can not be naive enough to think this is ‘only’ about the IRS. If the GOP is in the long standing habit of fetishing over bashing the Monkey in the Parlor, what makes you think this is not how simple minds are manipulated into picking implied answer “O”?

      Grits for the simple folk in your base; nothing to see here of substance.

    • Ken says:

      Well of course, Harry.

      They’re obviously looking to solve some serious evil-doer mysteries, such as:

      1 – Who dropped a case for voter intimidation after it was already won?
      2 – Who approved the sale of weapons to criminals in a foreign country?
      3 – Who engineered the back-door pardon of tax-cheat and Friend of Bill Marc Rich?
      4 – Who approved going after the communications of AP reporters?
      5 – Who approved using the notorious Espionage Act of 1917 against a Fox News reporter?

      What? We already know who did all of this?!?!?!

      OK, never mind. I’m sure it was just an honest mistake probably caused by a couple of IRS agents hiding out in some second-tier Midwestern city. Yep, that’s it.

      • Harry says:

        “It was one of those days when I was thinking too much, too fast. Only it was more like the thoughts had a mind of their own and going all by themselves at a hundred miles a second, and I was just sitting back, feeling the growing paranoia inside of me.”
        ― Sasha Mizaree

          • Ken says:

            OK, I’ll give you a +4 on that one, grift. 🙂

            We’re still not sure about that one. Sadly, I’m not sure if Pres. Reagan actually knew.

              • Harry says:

                Right, thanks for that, I forgot. But just to make the distinction, the 1980s arms sales were to the Islamic Republic of Iran – who no matter what you think of them are not common criminals, unlike Operation Fast and Furious which put weapons directly in the hands of criminal drug cartels. And while we know the motivations for the Iran-Contra affair, so of us conspiracy nuts think the purpose of Fast and Furious putting guns in the hands of Mexican criminals MAY have been (we’ll never know for sure) to give Obama/Holder a smoking gun argument to restrict US gun sales to US citizens.

  6. jaybrd21 says:

    When you first read the question, it provokes serious thought because your personal welfare is on the line. Al-qaeda gets power by attacking the unwary and innocent with violence to wreak fear and havoc on society for whatever reason their warped minds may conjure up by using surprise or unexpected tactics. The IRS represents the power of the American Federal Government and rightly needs power to protect our financial ability, but use that knowledge of their power to force citizens to pay taxes we do not want to pay because of much unwarranted, wasteful spending. As citizens, we do not have the resources to withstand either, so a certain amount of fear is generated. It is a legitimate question. What is so effective about the line used by Ronald Reagan, ” I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. FEAR, either of abuse of power or ineffectiveness.

  7. Dave Bearse says:

    Tough questions?

    Is Broun positioning himself for a job at the Atlanta CBS affiliate after the election?

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