Tanning our hides, saving theirs

IRS bureaucrat's silence throws U.S. taxpayers under the bus

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What happens to bureaucrats? What takes them over like body snatchers and leads them to check their common sense, sense of duty, and patriotism at the door?


When the IRS scandal first broke, and few details were known, this page gave the agency all the benefit of the doubt. Much more so than an auditor might give you.

“To her great credit,” we wrote May 13, “Lois Lerner, chief of the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups, has acknowledged and even apologized for the offenses, which she said were carried out by low-level employees in Cincinnati. ...

“We appreciate her uncommon candor. And we certainly understand that, in a huge bureaucracy, there may be some rogue actors who act arbitrarily and contrary to rules and laws.”

As it turns out, we gave her far too much credit.

First off, we now know she knew about her agency’s atrocity for quite some time. We also now know she made the startling admission in a self-serving effort to get out in front of an Inspector General’s report she knew was going to reveal the scandal the following week. She was even more disingenuous than that: Her revelation was made in answer to an audience question that the IRS itself had planted.

Talk about conniving and manipulative!

And then on Wednesday, armed with her intimate knowledge and given the opportunity to shed light on perhaps the most ignoble and un-American scandal in memory, she pleads the fifth.

You think you could get away with that yourself when the IRS comes calling?

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was forced to respect her decision.

The rest of us are not.

For our part, we find her acts to be some of the most craven, despicable and egocentric in the checkered ranks of government bureaucrat history.

She’s a coward, and who knows what else. How dare she. She has thrown this country under the bus to protect herself – and perhaps those for whom she works.

As one congressman noted after her hasty exit from the committee hearing, she did a pretty good job invoking her own rights while the rest of ours were put into the shredder right under her nose.

Quite a patriot, she!

You know, in the movies it doesn’t happen this way. In Hollywood fantasies, the government insider who is privy to wrongdoing among her colleagues is brought before Congress or the courts and courageously tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And she does so at great peril, knowing her career may be over and that the stinging retribution of the powerful may be at hand. She ends up being a hero – someone who does the right thing and acts for the greater good at severe risk to self.

This is not Lois Lerner. And, sadly enough, this is not the typical bureaucrat of 21st century America. Exactly the opposite. These folks gladly take our money and invoke their right to save their own rear ends, and we’re supposed to respect it?

No, thanks. Words cannot express our contempt for what this woman has done, and any other taxpayer-supported sniveling poltroons who silently go along with blatant corruption in order to save their own hides. They are selling us down the river, and selling their own souls at a steep discount.

They have the legal right to be protected against self-incrimination.

Self-immolation is their own doing.

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justus4
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justus4 05/23/13 - 04:47 am
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The article appears to
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The article appears to violate the fundamental constitutional belief of being innocent until proven guilty, while sounding like constitutional beliefs are important. Which is it? Ms Lerner's use of the fifth is completely legal because the "game" is rigged (which everybody knows) and she would've NOT been able to satisfy the vultures who only want to attach some dirt to the president. She done good...but here is my question: Where was a hint of outrage when the Bush administration's IRS targeted the NAACP for their status? There was only silence then which means this is a red herring now. And where are the jobs? Ha!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/23/13 - 05:24 am
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Well these are the folks that

Well these are the folks that are going to enforce YOUR HEALTH CARE! We noted you contribute to Mitt Romney, sorry your application for a total hip requires you to purchase more health care insurance and fill out this document that tells use every body that attend the last political meeting you were at, then we will delay authorization for 2 or 3 years! The same for your wife's application for treatment of breast cancer!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/23/13 - 05:25 am
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Even the Democratic

Even the Democratic legislatures are up set!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/23/13 - 06:32 am
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5th Amendment

She works for the government and she’s taking the 5th at a Congressional hearing? Let a worker in private enterprise do something like that and see how long he has a job. But her opening statement before taking the 5th may be her undoing. Either you take the 5th and don’t say anything or you don’t. She opened herself to the questioning of her remarks. South Carolina Congressman Trey Goudy has it right. She can’t have it both ways. I’d get her back before the committee and demand answers or put her in jail immediately.

Don’t you love Spartanburg boy, former prosecutor Goudy, taking on these IRS bureaucratic weasels with aggressive common sense as they try to stonewall the truth. He's a blast to watch.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/23/13 - 07:36 am
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is he the full president, or just 3/5 of a president?

either he is in charge, or he isn't
his people in his IRS in his democratic party sharing his big government nanny state philosophy acted on his volatile rhetoric demonizing the Republican party
His party benefited, won, Ohio because the full force of his federal government was wrought upon the Republican party in Ohio
that we know, and it probably wasn't just Ohio
this is far worse than a little stain on a big blue dress
this is high crimes and misdemeanors
and if his Potemkin media saves him, freedom is just another word...

deestafford
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deestafford 05/23/13 - 10:31 am
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The vast majority of the IRS employees

are liberal, contributed to obama, and belong to a very liberal left leaning union.

This is not something new. The IRS targeted Ralph Reed and the Christian Coalition in 1991 and sued them for $5 million dollars. Reed and his group spent $2 million to fight it in court and the judge ruled a summary judgement and threw the IRS's case out as having no basis.

The answer is to get rid of the IRS by implementing the Fair Tax. Forty four million dollars went into the study and development of the Fair Tax...more money and study than any other tax proposal.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/23/13 - 07:53 am
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Issa can answer his own

Issa can answer his own questions. He's been receiving regular updates on the investigation from the Inspector General since June of 2012. He knows every answer, he just continues to play his game of political theater. He now can try to coerce names from her in exchange for a deal over the 5th Amendment rights issue. Never mind that she did nothing to waive her rights, especially since they're not in a court of law. If there's a dirty trick, it's in Issa's playbook. On the bright side, Rove and other Bush appointees showed us that Congressional subpoenas are merely suggestions that can be ignored at will.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 05/23/13 - 07:56 am
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well...

I will not, of course defend her (non) actions. But the worst? Oliver North sold weapons to a hostile nation, and the right wing made him into a hero. So...

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/23/13 - 08:00 am
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A rigged study with flawed

A rigged study with flawed research all slanted in favor of the Fair Tax. A windfall for the very rich and total destruction of the working class and middle class.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/23/13 - 08:08 am
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North only lost 46%-43% in

North only lost 46%-43% in the North Carolina Senate Race. We almost had a Senator who sold weapons to our enemies, who held US citizens hostages for over a years, and funneled the money to drug running, murdering thugs who killed and raped nuns and killed who knows how many people in Central America.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/23/13 - 08:11 am
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From ABC News

"One constitutional expert noted that generally people who claim the Fifth in hearings give no statement and it would be “unusual” to give a statement and still claim the Fifth.

“Most witnesses claiming the Fifth will not tempt fate by answering any questions,” said Michael Gerhardt, a University of North Carolina constitutional law professor who specializes in the relationship between Congress and the executive branch. “I suppose the witness might argue he or she is claiming the Fifth for limited purposes but then needs to have someone spell out the relevant scope.”

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/23/13 - 08:13 am
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Yeah, maybe Obama should have

Yeah, maybe Obama should have claimed executive privilege and prevented the IRS people from testifying. That would have been hilariously honest and ironic after his supposed interest in getting to the bottom of all this.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 05/23/13 - 08:33 am
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its a good thing these people

its a good thing these people work for us the taxpayer****imagine the arrogance and the forgetfulness if they didnt....remember a few of the supervisors were given bonues and promotions..so they got to be good right???????

allhans
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allhans 05/23/13 - 08:47 am
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Lois Lerner received bonuses

Lois Lerner received bonuses of $17,220 for 2010, $14,691 for 2011 and $10,620 for 2012, the most recent year for which the IRS said data was available.

Her annual salary in 2009 and 2010 was $172,200, and $177,000 in 2011 and 2012. With the bonuses, Lerner was paid a total of $740,931 for the four-year period.

The woman will quietly retire with an income larger than most of us can only dream of.... Note! taxpayers money

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 05/23/13 - 08:57 am
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according to liberals...it

according to liberals...it seems if someone on the right does something wrong ..it justifies the left doing it..isnt wrong wrong?? with that philosphy we should be able to run off a bridge in the middle of the night, drunk and flee the scene of deadly accident..then walk away.. ...why they [the dims]would probably look in the other direction if their sitting prez engaged in inmoral acts with an intern in the oval office..which would be a classic example of a manager using his position of power to intimidate a female in the work area..

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/23/13 - 09:12 am
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Some have no problem with

Some have no problem with using the IRS and most likely several other federal agencies assist in the re election of a president. This is what they do in third world banana republics or in Chicago. Does anyone remember how Obama won his senate seat in Illinois? His campaign somehow got sealed divorce records of his opponent and made them public, forcing his opponent to withdraw from the race. Same tactics.....different office !

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/23/13 - 09:17 am
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So Bod are you saying this is

So Bod are you saying this is like Valerie Plame where everyone knew it was Novak alone and the Bush administration had nothing to do it with but they decided to prosecute anyone they could anyways. I doubt that this is the case this time and someone is actually guilty of wrong doing.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/23/13 - 09:25 am
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Our liberal posters know that Ollie went to jail

they may have never asked themselves the question inate to all scandals
Who benefits?
The idea of freedom benefitted from Reagan's "scandal", not President Reagan himself
And Clinton the man, not Clinton the President, benefited from his scandal
But Obama's scandal(s)(s)(s) benefit Obama, liberals, democrats, and big government
the government has truly become severed from the governed
and we can thank liberals for that

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 05/23/13 - 10:42 am
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Same old game, different day

Isn't pleeding the 5th the same thing thing as her boss claiming executive priviledge over Fast and Furious? They lie and deceive until cornered, and then claim they don't know or pleed protection. They are all a tightly knit group bent on destrying this country from within, using our strengths against us. It makes me ashamed and embarrased to see what the rest of the world thinks of my country these days, not to mention the sickening feeling I get almost every day as new developments come to light.

Keep in mind now, all of this was taking place PRIOR to the 2012 elections! They faced the nation claimiong to be Americans. They are all great deceivers and should be tried for treason. We can only HOPE that Congress has the PATRIOTISM to pry out the truth from their jaws.

deestafford
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deestafford 05/23/13 - 10:44 am
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Two points for the liberals who let their ignorance get in the

way of the facts.

First, the study which determined the Fair Tax started out as a blank sheet of paper with the question being, "What would be the best tax system for the United States?" There was no such thing as the what has become known as the "Fair Tax" when the study was started. By the way, the study was done by one of the Ivy League universities...no hot bed of conservatism.

Second, when an IG does an investigation he does not put people under oath when he is questioning them. Ongoing IG investigations does not prevent or preclude the leadership of an organization from looking into what problem the IG is investigating. As a matter of fact, a good leader would want to know what is happening in his organization because there maybe a problem which needs IMMEDIATE attention that CANNOT wait for a lengthy IG investigation to be completed. It would pay our liberal commenters to acquire some knowledge about the IG process before accepting an IG investigation as the Holy Grail.

carcraft
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carcraft 05/23/13 - 10:48 am
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Bizkit, actually in the Plame

Bizkit, actually in the Plame mess it was a Liberal named Richard Armitage, who was a Democratic hold over. The special prosecuted knew it was Armitage. Early on but kept going and nailed Libey

allhans
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allhans 05/23/13 - 12:56 pm
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None of the crowd knows

None of the crowd knows anything...Hillary didn't know, anything when questioned about Benghazi....
...I would like to know if any one of them has given an acceptable answer when questioned .....

Rhetor
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Rhetor 05/23/13 - 12:55 pm
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hmm

Let me clarify. 1. Two wrongs don't make a right. My point is merely that if we're looking for the worst bureaucrat, I vote for Oliver North. 2. Oliver North did not go to jail. He got a suspended sentence.
Finally, I hope that the witch hunt ends, but I also hope that the authorities get to the bottom of the IRS thing, find out what really happened and why, and deal with it appropriately. The IRS should most certainly not take political sides.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 05/23/13 - 12:57 pm
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ps

Oh, and also, North's conviction was overturned on a technicality. Have a nice day.

allhans
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allhans 05/23/13 - 12:57 pm
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I don't see a witch hunt. I

I don't see a witch hunt. I think the witch has been found and had HIS/her broom taken away.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/23/13 - 01:11 pm
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Witch hunt? How is trying to
Unpublished

Witch hunt? How is trying to find out what happened a "witch hunt?" Please explain.

"The IRS should most certainly not take political sides."

Problem is, they DID. They both admitted and apologized for doing it. Now we need to find out who is responsible and punish them. How is THAT a witch hunt. We KNOW a crime was committed. In a real witch hunt, there was no real crime.

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dichotomy 05/23/13 - 01:17 pm
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"The IRS targeted Ralph Reed

"The IRS targeted Ralph Reed and the Christian Coalition in 1991 and sued them for $5 million dollars."

Yep, and this same woman, Lois Lerner, was also part of that travesty. She has a history or using the power of the IRS to persecute conservatives.

And her predecessor, the woman in charge of this "tax exempt" division when all of this started, is now in charge of the IRS Obamacare Division. That alone sends a chill down my spine.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/23/13 - 02:27 pm
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"A rigged study with flawed
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"A rigged study with flawed research all slanted in favor of the Fair Tax." Ok Bod.....try proving your baseless statement. Prove it's rigged. Prove the research is flawed. Prove these things or your statement is just plain false.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/23/13 - 02:28 pm
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"Never mind that she did
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"Never mind that she did nothing to waive her rights, especially since they're not in a court of law. "

If it's not a court of law, then the 5th doesn't apply. Yet another liberal who thinks they can have it both ways.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/23/13 - 02:32 pm
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Don't you love how the
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Don't you love how the liberals refer to Iran as a hostile nation in regards to Oliver North, but their tone changes greatly when you mention that they are working on Nuclear weapons in order to destroy Israel....then they aren't hostile at all.

As a matter of fact, North's name only came into this discussion as a means to divert attention from the person currently on the hot seat. Typical liberal divert and rationalize.

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