Posted: October 11, 20101:00 am Eastern Joseph Farah Â© 2010
Here we go again.
I've been through this nightmare before.
Any day now, you can expect to begin hearing that dozens of groups and individuals critical of Barack Obama and his policies have been subjected to Internal Revenue Service audits.
That's the way it happened during the last Democratic presidential administration. And this one is, if anything, more desperate, more ruthless and more cunning that the one run by Bill Clinton.
The evidence for my prediction is this: Administration officials, political appointees, are already accessing confidential tax information on Obama's critics.
In a late August conference call with reporters, Austan Goolsbee, chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, let it slip that he knew more than he should about the tax structure of Koch Industries, one of the primary funders of tea-party activity, including Dick Armey's FreedomWorks.
As a result, the treasury inspector general for tax administration plans to review what Goolsbee knew and how he knew it.
With a Republican midterm election landslide in the making, Democratic lawmakers are already demanding the IRS crack down on those paying for ads attacking them.
This is the way it starts.
I know because I've been there.
In 1996, an IRS agent visited the accountant who represented my non-profit news agency, the Western Journalism Center. He said the center was being audited and that it was a "political case" and the decision about our fate would be "made at the national level."
He wasn't kidding â€“ and he wasn't misinformed.
Later, another IRS agent asked me, my attorney and my accountant the following: "What do you expect to happen when you attack the president of the United States in an election year?"
In other words, we were getting what was coming to us.
We were hardly alone.