The Airing of Grievances
Friday, October 29, 2004
Julian Bond & The IRS
AofG regular Kramer just sent along this article discussing threats by the IRS to revoke the NAACP's tax-exempt status because chairman, Julian Bond, "condemned the administration policies of George W. Bush" during a speech this summer. Here's what Kramer had to say:
"I am no fan of Mr. Bond. He taught a class I took in college and showed up inveterately at best.However, this appears to be the tactic of a bully, and ill-timed at that. Wait until after the election, duh. However, in the interests of egalitarian treatment, the IRS also investigated Pat Robertson through an arduous 10 year investigation on similar allegations."On first blush, I agreed with Kramer, the timing of this thing seems kinda stinky. But upon further consideration, I'm not so sure. Seems to me that news like this (only a few days before the election) should serve to further motivate pro-NAACP/anti-Bush folks to get out and vote on the second. Of course, not that they need much, but still ...