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Romney donor targeted by Obama “enemies list” gets IRS and Labor Dept. audits

Romney donor targeted by Obama “enemies list” gets IRS and Labor Dept. audits

I’m sure this all entirely coincidental.  It’s just one of those random acts of Fate.  Who knows when Atropos may cut the thread of our destiny, and where the loose ends might land when they fall?

Back in April, Barack Obama’s campaign website published an “enemies list” of Romney donors, slandering them by insinuating they had “less-than-reputable records.”  Unlike, say, Jon Corzine or Tony Rezko.

Everyone saw this for the Chicago thug politics it was – a clear message to intimidate any who might dare to support Obama’s political opponent.

One of the Romney donors targeted by Obama was an Idaho businessman named Frank VanderSloot.  In less than two weeks, he caught a private investigator, who had a history of working for Democrat politicians, digging through his divorce records.

And now, in a breathtaking coincidence reported by Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, VanderSloot and his wife just got socked with a two-year IRS audit of their taxes.  He says he cannot ever recall being audited by federal tax authorities before, although he was once asked to provide some documentation for his charitable donations – a request he easily complied with.

But you know what’s really crazy?  The coincidences don’t stop there!  In a completely unrelated development that surely has absolutely nothing to do with the President’s political machine targeting him for reprisals, VanderSloot also just got audited by the Department of Labor!

I know, right?  What are the odds?  But it’s surely an innocent coincidence that Labor abruptly decided to review the temporary work visas of the three Mexican immigrants who have been legally working on his cattle ranch for the past five years.  According to Strassel, the letter from the Labor Department “requests an array of documents to ascertain whether Mr. VanderSloot’s ‘foreign workers are provided the full scope of protections’ under the visa program: information on the hours they’ve worked each day and their rate of pay, an explanation of their deductions, copies of contracts. And on and on.”

Chin up, Mr. VanderSloot!  I’m sure this all just a Lemony Snicket-style “series of unfortunate events.”  And if you believe you’re being treated unfairly, you can always lodge a complaint with Eric Holder’s Justice Department!

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