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Sarah Palin On IRS Targeting Conservative Groups In 2012: 'I'm Sure Obama Is Grateful'

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) took to Facebook Friday night to tear into the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups during the 2012 election.

"I'm sure President Obama is grateful for all the help the IRS gave his reelection campaign, but, still, you have to wonder how the bureaucrats who tried to pull this off can sleep at night," Palin wrote.

In an apology Friday, Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS's exempt organizations division, revealed that groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status had received greater scrutiny in the 2012 election.

The White House said it was inappropriate for the IRS to target tea party groups for additional reviews. Despite the White House statements condemning the IRS's actions, Palin said the news was "another step in the unraveling of the Obama administration's self-proclaimed 'hope and change.'"

Republicans blasted the IRS, with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell calling for a White House review to assure that "thuggish practices" were not being used against Americans.

Read the full text of Palin's Facebook post below:

Let the Light Shine

Today we learned that our government targeted and harassed conservative Americans who simply wanted to be involved in the national discussion. Is it any wonder why Americans are so distrustful of D.C.? I'm sure President Obama is grateful for all the help the IRS gave his reelection campaign, but, still, you have to wonder how the bureaucrats who tried to pull this off can sleep at night.

So many Americans knew this was happening, but many felt defenseless and even helpless against a government that seems to roll along without accountability or sense of obligation to the people it’s supposed to serve. These Americans were mocked for being concerned about this, but now we see light shining on the truth, finally.

This IRS revelation is another step in the unraveling of the Obama administration's self-proclaimed “hope and change.” Between the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS targeting Obama’s political opponents, we see the corruption at the heart of big government.

Americans should remember that this same corrupt IRS will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare. And this same inept and corrupt government will supposedly secure our now unsecured borders in advance of immigration reform and will implement a completely ethical and non-political IPAB panel to make life and death health care decisions for you and your family. Forgive me for not trusting these big government promises any more than I trust the White House’s latest Benghazi spin or the IRS’ fairness.

Despite all of this, I still believe that this “fundamental transformation of America” is temporary. This attempted transformation into a disheartened, weakened, unrecognizable nation is so far below anything Americans deserve. It becomes permanent only if we throw up our hands and surrender to the corruption and cover-ups.

We must demand more light shine on all that’s transpiring in D.C.’s self-absorbed bubble. On the IRS scandal, we must have accountability and a full investigation. On Benghazi, Speaker Boehner must create a Select Committee with full investigative and subpoena authority to get to the bottom of the cover-up. Keep the faith, friends.

- Sarah Palin

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