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Thursday, May 16, 2013
OBAMA CLASSMATE AUDITED 2 YEARS AGO NOW VIDICATED
Obama classmate audited 2 years ago now 'vindicated'
Critic charges IRS abuse part of plan to destroy opposition
Published: 19 hours ago
Art Moore entered the media
world as a public relations assistant for the Seattle Mariners and a
correspondent covering pro and college sports for Associated Press
Radio. He reported for a daily newspaper and served as senior news
writer for Christianity Today magazine before joining WND shortly after
9/11. He holds a master's degree in communications from Wheaton College
As Attorney General Eric Holder orders an investigation of the
Internal Revenue Service after a top official admitted targeting
conservative groups with extra scrutiny, an outspoken critic of Obama
who claimed more than half a year ago that the administration was using
the IRS to punish him is feeling vindicated.
“I feel like a million bucks. I feel absolutely vindicated. I knew this was going on,” Wayne Allen Root told WND.
Root, the Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate in 2008 who
has claimed Obama was strangely unknown to him and his fellow Columbia
University classmates, recounted his story to WND last October of becoming the target of unusual audits, beginning in January 2011, despite a “spotless” 30-year tax record.
He charged in October that the order to audit him came from Obama himself, and he is even more convinced now.
“I believe this is not rogue agents, who would be risking their pension and careers,” he said.
In October, Root said the order to audit him “must have come from the highest levels of government.”
“Obama is using the power of the IRS and other government agencies
to punish his political opposition and intimidate and silence his
critics,” Root charged at the time.
At that time he was calling for congressional hearings “to
determine if the Obama administration is misusing its power to damage or
ruin the lives, drain the finances, or just distract Obama’s critics
and political opposition.”
Now, the House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a formal hearing for Friday to probe the IRS scandal.
In March 2012 hearings before the Financial Services and the Ways
and Means Oversight subcommittees, former IRS Commissioner Douglas
Shulman twice denied that the IRS had targeted conservative groups.
On Monday, Root contacted the office of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offering to testify before Congress.
Root said that until this week, he would not have expected scrutiny
of the Obama administration to get much traction, but with the news
Monday that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of
telephone records of Associated Press journalists, he thinks the media
“woke up overnight and realized this is a tyrant that we’ve got in
Root has been a relentless critic of Obama in thousands of
appearances on political talk shows on TV and radio over the past four
and a half years, focusing on what he calls the president’s
anti-capitalist policies. He also writes columns and commentaries for
many popular conservative websites.
A pre-law and political science major in the class of 1983, like
the president, Root told WND that he received an “unsettling” telephone
call from an IRS agent in January 2011 who called himself a fan of his
and considered it “an honor” to audit him.
Root won a complete victory last summer in tax court, which found
no taxes owed in his 2007 and 2008 filings. But then, he said, he and
his tax attorney were shocked when he was hit with a new audit just five
days later, for 2009 and 2010.
Root told WND in October he knew of many cases like his that
pointed to a pattern of abuse by the Obama administration, including
audits of high-profile friends who contribute to the Republican Party
and GOP bundlers.
This week, Root has received many emails from people who identify
as conservative and believe the IRS has been harassing them for
He said he was contacted by a Mormon man who said everyone he knew
in his small Mormon community was being audited for the first time in
The man told Root the Mormons are easy to identify because their
tax forms show they give 10 percent of their income to the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Root said the Mormon man told him, “Everywhere I go, I run into
people who are being audited, and they have never been audited before.”
Root sees the alleged targeting of Mormons as consistent with the
report Tuesday that the IRS was targeting Jewish groups that are
“Who in America would be more conservative Republican and donate more to Romney than Mormons?” he asked.
Cloward and Piven
Root has charged that Obama is borrowing from the radical,
collectivist strategy of former Columbia professors Richard Cloward and
Frances Fox Piven.
The aim is to overwhelm the welfare system for the purpose of
collapsing it and replacing it with a system of guaranteed annual
“I’ve been saying it since he was elected in 2008,” Root said of
Obama, “his goal is the Cloward and Piven plan we learned at Columbia
University – you’ve got to bankrupt your opposition and you’ve got to
bankrupt the United States of America. You’ve got to bankrupt it with
debts, entitlements and spending. And it’s all happening in front of our
The new admission by the IRS, he said, supports his contention that
Obama aims to attack business owners who fund conservative candidates
and causes until they have no money left.
“If you raise people’s taxes and regulate them to death, and assess
IRS liens and audit them to death, eventually the people who write all
the big checks to conservative causes will go bankrupt,” he said.
Root acknowledges his assessment of Obama opens himself to charges
that he is extreme, but he insists anyone who has met him “would
describe him as a family man or a man of faith” who does not exaggerate
or “wear a tin foil hat.”
“And yet,” he said. “I believe with every bone in my body that
Barack Obama is a Marxist out to destroy capitalism and the United
States of America.”
Now, he said, as Obama is hit with a perfect storm of scandals, “you tell me if anything I’ve said now appears to be extreme.”
“No,” he said, “the only extremists here are the radical Marxists sitting in the White House.”
After Obama’s inaugural speech in January, House Speaker John
Boehner seemed to agree that Obama was undertaking a scorched-earth
political strategy, notably declaring that he believed the president
wanted to “annihilate” the Republican Party.
Boehner said the broader goal of the administration was “to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”
Recalling Boehner’s statement, Root commented: “That’s how you become a communist or socialist nation.”
Root drew wide attention as the Libertarian Party vice presidential
candidate in 2008 when he contended that although he and Obama were
both pre-law and political science majors in Columbia’s class of 1983,
he never even heard of Obama during his time at the university. None of
the classmates with whom he’s spoken knew of him either, he claimed.