Saturday, May 11, 2013

Inappropriate **UPDATE**

The Friday afternoon news dump was huge this week.  I was working, so I couldn't follow the information fire-hose, but we learn that the IRS was targeting political organizations with names like "Tea" and "Patriot" to review their tax exempt status.

"What?" you ask, "The IRS was targeting political groups?"

Yeah.  Just like Nixon and JFK targeted groups that they didn't like.  We learn about this from the IRS itself, some apparatchik named Lois Lerner.
Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.
In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review," Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.
Really, Ms. Lerner?  And just exactly who got fired over this?  Congress should send a huge message to the IRS, in the form of slashing their budget in half.  If they've got time to target political groups, they've got way to many people on the payroll.

The Friday news dump keeps getting better.  Hot Air is all over this, and it looks like the scandal goes higher than some low-level employees in Cincinnatti.
 Another point: if the chief counsel knew about this in August 2011, how likely would it have been that IRS Commissioner Shulman would have been unaware of it when he testified before Congress in March 2012?  I think it’s time for Shulman to find a very good lawyer and start looking to make a deal.
Hot Air also wonders about some other things, like whether President Obama saw Mitt Romney's tax records and called on him to release them?   There may be a lot more here than meets the eye, and lots to dig through as we move to limit the damage through the second term.

It looks to me, between Benghazi, this new IRS scandal, the implementation of Obamacare, and getting out of the economic doldrums, the President should have lots to keep him busy without the added distraction of going after my guns.  Honestly, using the IRS to go after political enemies was one of the charges on Nixon's impeachment papers.  President Obama might do well to remember that.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

I'm wondering if they are just putting 'distractions' out there, planning on sneaking more regulations in, since they can't pass anything...