White House: Well, the conduct “of a small number of IRS employees may have fallen short…”

posted at 1:21 pm on May 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

No need to be quite so modest here, White House — as to the most ‘recent media reports,’ we already learned this weekend that high-up agency leaders knew this tea-party targeting had been going on was going on for at least a couple of years now and certainly didn’t bother to stop it, and the fact that this was all performed by a relatively small number of employees in the workforce-hugeness of the IRS is really not a mitigating factor. Via ABC:

In a statement this morning White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the president is “concerned” the conduct of a few employees of the IRS has “fallen short” of the integrity expected of government officials. “The President believes that the American people expect and deserve to have the very best public servants with the highest levels of integrity working in government agencies on their behalf.  Based on recent media reports, he is concerned that the conduct of a small number of Internal Revenue Service employees may have fallen short of that standard.  We understand that the matter is currently under review by the Inspector General.  If the Inspector General finds that there were any rules broken or that conduct of government officials did not meet the standards required of them, the President expects that swift and appropriate steps will be taken to address any misconduct,” Carney said in the statement.

President Obama also glossed over the issue during his press conference with British PM David Cameron just before noon, obligatorily agreeing that it’s “outrageous,” that the “IRS as an independent agency has to act with absolute integrity” and that “I’ve got no patience for it and I will not tolerate it,” but ultimately demurring: “The IG is conducting their investigation and I’m not going to comment prematurely.” …Hmm, waiting for the IG report to comment? As fond as President Obama is of that politically safe route (where have we heard that before recently?), the IRS had been caught red-handed in official wrongdoing here, and it doesn’t look like the forthcoming IG report is going to be helping their case by any stretch of the imagination.

On MSNBC this morning, Tom Brokaw asserted that the time for action from the president is already nigh — and as Chuck Todd added, “Why aren’t there more Democrats jumping on this? This is outrageous no matter what political party you are.” Via Mediaite:


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Grant immunity and let it begin

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Wait, they’re not taking responsibility for something?? Not the Whitehouse *I* know….

Drunk Report on May 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Why aren’t there more Democrats jumping on this? This is outrageous no matter what political party you are.”

Because, to them, it doesn’t matter what the guy does so long as its your guy doing it.

Gatsu on May 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Pres. WhiteWash….

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The employees failed to confiscate everything Patriots had, but don’t worry HHS and DHS will get their guns.

tim c on May 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

White House: Well, the conduct “of a small number of IRS employees may have fallen short…”

Yeah, kind of like the show Survivor….you know, when
they have those Elimination matchups, a few fall short..

ToddPA on May 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

“We’ve assigned the best investigative journalists from MSNBC to the case.”

The Rogue Tomato on May 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The Chicago Democratic Machine at work.

This type of disgusting behavior is par for the course in the cesspool known as the People’s Republic of Illinois. We’re the joke of the country, and now one of our own is running the country, just like our state is run.

visions on May 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

“fallen short” of the integrity expected of government officials.

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Looks like Obama has failed even by his own standards!

geojed on May 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

“fallen short”

Is this Obama finally throwing Anthony Weiner under the bus? Questioning another’s manhood are we?

geojed on May 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

the conduct of a few employees of the IRS has “fallen short” of the integrity expected of government officials

That’s akin to saying that the Nazis hurt a few Jews in the 1930s and 40s.

As Rush pointed out, the IRS began the harassment the same month that Obamacare was signed into law and the IRS was named the enforcement agency. I don’t believe in such coincidences.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM

State Run Media: What is the best possible spin we can put on this absolutely devastating disclosure that this administration used the IRS to target its political opponents..?

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Grant immunity and let it begin

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

with threat of prosecution, loss of employment, loss of pension and anything else they can throw at them.

DanMan on May 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

“Swift” as in “Benghazi swift”?

(I.e., “We’ll get back to you in eight months with nothing, and then wave off any questions because it happened a long time ago.”)

LASue on May 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

It started in 2010 and continued for two to three years. How “small” can the number really be?

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Nixon is redeemed by Obama, go figure.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Wow, the story actually made it to Yahoo News Banner. And there is even a Hillary Clinton / Benghazi story.

Shockah.

PappyD61 on May 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Can you imagine what the IRS will do with all the information that will be available to them under ObamaCare..?

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

State Run Media: What is the best possible spin we can put on this absolutely devastating disclosure that this administration used the IRS to target its political opponents..?

No worries. If the SRM can’t figure the spin out on its own, Valerie Jarrett will be delighted to provide the talking points.

hawkeye54 on May 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I’m giving the Obama Campaign full credit for this operation. Lower level people can’t do things without his “gutsy calls” from the top. Same goes for Benghazi.

forest on May 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Did OFA and IRS confer on which groups were to be targeted..?

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM

“I’ve got no patience for it and I will not tolerate it,” but ultimately demurring: “The IG is conducting their investigation and I’m not going to comment prematurely…”

“And, mind you, we spent all weekend editing and developing the talking points on this IRS thing. How’s that for full disclosure?”

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

It started in 2010 and continued for two to three years. How “small” can the number really be?

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

And where were these people’s supervisors? Why did the top lawyer know about the practice but not the mid-level drone in charge of the tax-exemptions?

This was clearly an orchestrated operation. And what did they do with the information they illegally demanded and obtained?

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Imagine – they targeted outfits which teach the constitution.

The land is lost.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

“well, the conduct of a few employees, namely Patrick Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, resulted in the death of 4 Americans”….same thing, RIGHT?

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

By “fallen short” he was expressing disappointment that not enough “teabaggers” had been locked up.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

about time to recess this federal government for the rest of the year…

kirkill on May 13, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Shut down all other business of Congress (guns, amnesty, the gays, the budget, etc.) It is time to hold hearings. Get Lois Lerner up on the Hill under oath to explain the series of lies she laid out on Friday. Get representatives from the groups that have been victimized and intimidated and have them pack the galleries and visit legislators just like those despicable Newtown people did.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 1:38 PM

A nice timeline of the IRS debacle by ABC, no less, for us simpletons.

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The IRS is just testing the waters….
They want to see how far they can go with “enforcing” ObamaCare.

redguy on May 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

the President expects that swift and appropriate steps will be taken to address any misconduct

The President is in charge of the Executive Branch of government. The President is the one who is supposed to take swift and appropriate action.

What lazy, good for nothing, responsibility shirking, jerk. Look at the oath you took, jerk. It suggests you are supposed to do something for the privilege of living at the WH and earning that $400K salary you get each year.

Dusty on May 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

“We’ve assigned the “best” “investigative” “journalists” from MSNBC to the case.”

The Rogue Tomato on May 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Thread winner! Three words which should never appear in a sentence with “MSNBC”.

Upstreamer on May 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

about time to recess this federal government for the rest of the year…until 2016

kirkill on May 13, 2013 at 1:37 PM

redguy on May 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Blame it on the Star Trek video.

Ronnie on May 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

“The buck stops nowhere.”

- Modern Democrat Administrations

ShainS on May 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

“Why aren’t there more Democrats jumping on this?”

The New York Times said it best. Institutionalized government corruption just is not an issue modern Democrat garbage jump (or seize) on.

MNHawk on May 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

At least two departments of the IRS coordinating across several IRS districts does not seem to indicate a “small number of employees” to me. It indicates the problem is systemic and that there are partisans entrenched at the IRS that need to be rooted out.

crosspatch on May 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Pres. HalfWhiteWash….
hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Did I hear on Rush’s show that bho actually learned about this irs mess Friday? You have got to be stickin kidding me if bho did say this and he wants us to believe the lie? It boggles my mind how bho can be so totally uninformed what is going on in his administration!
L

letget on May 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda

Again, nothing will be done!

I don’t even trust Issa at this point…

Looks good on paper, but what HAS he done, seriously?

Biding my time…

Scrumpy on May 13, 2013 at 1:48 PM

‘The IG is conducting their investigation and I’m not going to comment prematurely.’

That never stopped him relative to Skip Gates and Trayvon Martin.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 1:48 PM

crosspatch on May 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Root out be damned…

Defund the IRS and get rid of it!!!

Period.

Scrumpy on May 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM

That never stopped him relative to Skip Gates and Trayvon Martin.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Maybe Obama has ‘evolved’? /

Liam on May 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Forget for a moment the corruption of 0bama and take him at his word for this..

These ‘fallen short’ employees now have guns to force you to buy ‘insurance’.

LegendHasIt on May 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

This can’t be the Andrea Mitchell I know:

Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

.@thefix: “I’d be stunned if GOP didn’t spend a lot more time on the #IRS than #Benghazi the coming weeks.” “There’s more wrongdoing here.”

BobMbx on May 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

In, I suppose, some level of fairness to Obama . . .

The vast majority of career federal employees are liberal/dems.
Thus, it is entirely possible that this was cooked up without Obama being involved or knowing about it.

Of course, for political reasons I am more than happy to see this used against Obama in the same way the left/media uses every scandal or stupid statement by any republican against all other republicans. I do not think it is unfair to hold Obama responsible for this even if he had nothing to do with it. That is the game-book and rules created by the left, and we need to play by their rules.

Monkeytoe on May 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

By “fallen short” he was expressing disappointment that not enough “teabaggers” had been locked up.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

You beat me to that completion, but I think I’m safe to this one (as I continue channelling ShorterObama):

“A few IRS employees fell short because they eventually approved most of the tax-exempt status requests from those eeeeeeeevil and raaaaacist baggers. They were supposed to deny them all.”

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

an independent agency” heh.

Isn’t this the same White House where Joe Biden said in an October debate that the State Department was not “part of the administration“? I’m mean, how could Barack be responsible for what goes on in those far flung independent agencies like State and the IRS??

And for the record – despite the comments on Friday about some low level people in the [snicker] Cincinnati office – isn’t it true that Cincinnati is THE location to process all non-profit applications? If this was going to happen, Cincinnati is the only place it would happen.

in_awe on May 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

It’s looking like the conduct of a small number of presidents has “fallen short”, too.

trigon on May 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

“But a review of political campaign contributions during the 2012 election cycle paints a slightly different picture, one that deviates from patterns of support found in the rest of the country. According to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, IRS employees donated over two-and-a-half times more to Barack Obama than to Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

IRS employees donated $54,116 to Barack Obama versus only $20,991 to Romney. Overall, IRS employees contributed $115,726 to political candidates: $75,116 of which went to Democrats versus just $40,610 to Republicans.

Still, despite the lopsided partisan giving totals, IRS chief of the tax-exempt division Lois G. Lerner maintains that the targeting of groups with: “patriot” and “tea party” in their titles; a mission focused on government spending, debt, and taxes; or who criticized “how the country is being run” was not a politically-driven attempt to silence and intimidate conservative voices….”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/13/IRS-Employees-Donated-Over-Twice-As-Much-To-Obama

workingclass artist on May 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Dusty on May 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

That was my reaction, too. The passive voice in that statement is very offensive and strange. Almost as if the American system of government is foreign to these people.

Missy on May 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

At least two departments of the IRS coordinating across several IRS districts does not seem to indicate a “small number of employees” to me. It indicates the problem is systemic and that there are partisans entrenched at the IRS that need needs to be rooted out of existence.

crosspatch on May 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

ReWrite™ engaged.

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I am sure a couple of low level IRS staffers got together over lunch and decided to target conservative and Jewish groups all on their own.

bw222 on May 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

It boggles my mind how bho can be so totally uninformed what is going on in his administration!

letget on May 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

It is selective ignorance. He didn’t have a clue about what was going on in Benghazi (nor did the Secretary of State by their version of events). Yet some low-level employee in the Cairo embassy pre-apologized for an attack. Apparently terrorists keep to the schedule about as well as the rat-eared coward.

He didn’t know that the IRS was harassing and spying on Americans.

But he was right there to give the kill shot when OBL was taken out. He knew enough to tell us that the Cambridge PD acted stupidly, Trayvon Martin was wrongfully shot, and the Fort Hood shootings were not terrorism.

I’m just tired of he and his supporters act like he’s the smartest guy in the room when he clearly is lazy and ignorant.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

It’s looking like the conduct of a small number of presidents has “fallen short”, too.

trigon on May 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Four of the last four “falling short” is hardly a small number.

bw222 on May 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

That You Tube guy will soon have a cell mate.

You-Tube guy to IRS guy: What are you in here for?

IRS guy: I was mopping the floor at the IRS building and a SWAT team came in and took me to jail. They said I did something to the Tea Party. I don’t even know what the Tea Party is.

Alabama Infidel on May 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Harvard JFK Center for Good Government.

Reward your friends and punish your enemies.

wukong on May 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Ah, the old “You’ve caught me red-handed with bodies everywhere but I can’t comment on a pending investigation” trick.

viking01 on May 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Ah, the old Janet “Barbecue Reno’s “You’ve caught me red-handed with bodies everywhere but I can’t comment on a pending investigation” trick.

viking01 on May 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I am sure a couple of low level IRS staffers got together over lunch and decided to target conservative and Jewish groups all on their own.

bw222 on May 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Quite the scam the cooked up too! Imagine not one supervisor or other higher-up apparently tumbled to the fact that organizations with “tea party” or “patriot” were automatically singled out.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

They got caught doing this back in 2010. And in 2011. And in 2012.

They’ve had all this time to come up with one single example where they targeted a leftist organization the same way. If any leftist organization had been so targeted, we’d hear them screaming it from the rooftops right this minute, and it would be the lead on every leftist news show there is (i.e. most of them).

And yet, not one example has come forward or been presented. Why do you think that is? Could it be that they refused to ask such questions of leftists? Naw, just conservative conspiracy nuts. Got it.

And keep in mind, they’ve admitted it and apologized. You leftist trolls keep acting like everyone got treated unfairly by the IRS, and yet you completely ignore this fact. Is your partisanship really making you this blind?

runawayyyy on May 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Overall, IRS employees contributed $115,726 to political candidates: $75,116 of which went to Democrats versus just $40,610 to Republicans.

workingclass artist on May 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Expect some job openings at the IRS, as soon as the IRS union thugs track down the names attached to the 40k.

Alabama Infidel on May 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

IRS Lone Wolves.

ironked on May 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

not one supervisor or other higher-up apparently tumbled to the fact that organizations with “tea party” or “patriot” were automatically singled out.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

According to me third-hand knowledge, if a lower level employee were to attempt to perform such a query on their own, that fact would be flagged for review by higher ups, automatically.

It is my understanding that the selection criteria for audit / review is done at a higher level and that the cases that hit that screen are issued to the “font line” investigators in random order to try to prevent abuse.

It is also my understanding, also third-hand, that an individual can not set the criteria for closer scrutiny. That is done by an organization process that must be reviewed and signed off on. This also required coordination between two different branches of the IRS which implies that the direction must have come from a level in the organization common to both branches. It also appears that more than one IRS region was involved. If that is the case, then it had to come from a level common to both branches in multiple regions.

This doesn’t smell like the work of a lone partisan.

crosspatch on May 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

IRS Lone Wolves.

ironked on May 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Thread win.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

SO BARRY, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO START FIRING SOMEONE?

GarandFan on May 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Who is the President of the United States that supervises the State Department? (Benghazi TP edits)
Who is the President of the United States that supervises the Treasury Department (supervises the IRS)? (IRS selective enforcement)
Who is the President of the United States that supervises the Department of Defense? (Not helping the embassy people in Benghazi)

Once the media and Obama finds out who that may be, they are going to give them a good talking to.

It is really difficult for me to supervise a couple of dozen employees that work for me. My job is to manage the 4 people who manage people who manage the people that work for them. It is NOT easy. But if they make a mistake, it cost ME PERSONALLY.

I can’t imagine the difficulty to supervise millions of employees that work for the government. Obama supervises the 16 Cabinet Level Department. If he can’t manage them, then he needs to get better people.

But we all suffer because we elected someone who never supervised anyone.

barnone on May 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

It started in 2010 and continued for two to three years. How “small” can the number really be?

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

And where were these people’s supervisors? Why did the top lawyer know about the practice but not the mid-level drone in charge of the tax-exemptions?

This was clearly an orchestrated operation. And what did they do with the information they illegally demanded and obtained?

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

As another poster this weekend reminded us, you also have to work your way up the shadow management, ie the greedy government union, to find all the culprits.

During the air traffic controllers’ fake-sequester slowdown, we learned that the greedy union was actually pulling the strings. That’s probably the case here as well. If 70% of IRS employees are democratics, you can be sure 99% of the greedy-union bigs are democratics, and hard-left at that.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM

This actually gives me hope. The answers from both Obama and Carney are extremly lame. They are usually much slicker than this. They are sweating bullets in their expensive suits today. I wouldn’t want to be the WH laundress this week. Those ring-around-the-collar stains are tough to get out.

neyney on May 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

This actually gives me hope. The answers from both Obama and Carney are extremly lame. They are usually much slicker than this. They are sweating bullets in their expensive suits today. I wouldn’t want to be the WH laundress this week. Those ring-around-the-collar stains are tough to get out.

neyney on May 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

We can only hope. But we know, at the end of the day, nothing will happen to anyone. In 2008 they invented a new type of Impenetrable teflon and the first shipment went to this administration.

Alabama Infidel on May 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Takes a look at the reams of questions- most of them political, NOT tax-related- that these ‘handful’ came up with to demand answers from the Tea Parties. These came from FAR above, and we need to find out from whom.

michaelo on May 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

A ‘small number of IRS personnel’ wrote software that looked for certain words (like ‘Tea Party’, Patriot’, etc) to target those people associated with Conservative organizations, associated with Mitt Romney (Romney donor villainized & audited twice), etc & this software was used NATIONWIDE?

These few individuals were able to target Oba,a’s & the DNC’s ‘enemies’, have them audited, & punished financially (in some cases) without their superiors/anyone realizing what was going on since 2010?

This is one huge narcissistic, self-grandizing, pompous A$$ – does he truly think Americans are stupid enough to believe this B$ & that he is smarter than anyone else in the nation?!

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Grant immunity and let it begin

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

.
I think you’re right on the money, Con’4ev.
.
HEY … Hot’lib ! … nonpartisan ! … libfree’ ! … verbaluce ! … Bayam ! … sequest(something) ! …….. how do y’all like that idea ?

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Stick with Benghazi, do not be distracted the SOB was running weapons illegally

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Nixon was forced out for less.

Iblis on May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Grant immunity and let it begin

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

.
I think you’re right on the money, Con’4ev…..
listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

You would have to grant them equivalent income and benefits for the rest of their lives…

And probably put them in the Witness Protection Plan, because they would be demoted, fired or worse, by their corrupt masters.

LegendHasIt on May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Obama just found out that there is an IRS over the past weekend.

He’ll look into the matter and get back to the American people.

Some time in 2017.

profitsbeard on May 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Can Harry Reid (and Stephanie “Romney’s a felon” Cutter)be subpoenaed about Romney’s tax returns? Did he/they learn his tax status from “Bain employees” as Reid alleged, or did someone in the IRS leak Romney’s returns (assuming Reid didn’t make this up out of whole cloth). At the time I thought he was making this up, but in light of recent revelations he may have seen his tax returns which I do believe would be….>>>felonious<<<<<.

Buy Danish on May 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

h/t chimney sweep

@StevenTDennis Jay Carney: WH counsel’s office was alerted about IG investigation week of April 22, 2013

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Can Harry Reid (and Stephanie “Romney’s a felon” Cutter)be subpoenaed about Romney’s tax returns? Did he/they learn his tax status from “Bain employees” as Reid alleged, or did someone in the IRS leak Romney’s returns (assuming Reid didn’t make this up out of whole cloth). At the time I thought he was making this up, but in light of recent revelations he may have seen his tax returns which I do believe would be….>>>felonious<<<<<.

Buy Danish on May 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

It is my understanding that if Reid only talked about it on the Senate floor, he can’t be prosecuted for it.

cptacek on May 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Levin must be nuts” — bayam and co.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Will they fire and rehire folks like they did the guy wearing the Mr. T starter set in the tub in Vegas?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM

I wonder how many of the NEW 15,000+ IRS employees that are hired for Obamacare will be politically motivated towards the EXTERMINATION of Conservatives?

Clearly, having access to donor lists will assist these ‘few’ in their selection process.

(/sarc off?)

Freddy on May 13, 2013 at 3:42 PM

“Levin must be nuts” — bayam and co.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

No, those TWO are looking to whitewash this entire sordid event.

McCain HATES the Tea Party as much as the registered democrats do!

Freddy on May 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM

I wonder how many of the NEW 15,000+ IRS employees that are hired for Obamacare will be politically motivated towards the EXTERMINATION of Conservatives?

Clearly, having access to donor lists will assist these ‘few’ in their selection process.

(/sarc off?)

Freddy on May 13, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The IRS communicating with the Death Panels? Of course. The REB’s administration architect of Death Panels, the ghoulish Ezekiel Emanuel, has written about the concept of ‘community value’ of patients that should be used in making decisions. That means, what value is this person to ‘the people’, as well as age, etc.

That necessarily requires information about their occupation, whether they are a dirty capitalist or a noble community organizer, etc, etc.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 3:46 PM

It is my understanding that if Reid only talked about it on the Senate floor, he can’t be prosecuted for it.

cptacek on May 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Reid cannot be prosecuted for what he said, but he CAN be prosecuted for engaging in a conspiracy to gain that information! (I am not holding my breath waiting for that to happen.)

Freddy on May 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

“The IG is conducting their investigation and I’m not going to comment prematurely.”

Translation:

I have not had a chance to intimidate those who carried out my will. I will not throw them under the bus until I can ensure that they will not become a whistleblower.

weaselyone on May 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM

There is absolutely no one to stop them from doing what ever the hell they want to do…they have figured this out already, it would be nice if our side figured it out too and countered their blatant impunity in a more creative fashion..

In essence, the White House, Obama and friends, are laughing about this because they know NOTHING will happen to any one of them…nada, zilcho…

Am I wrong in thinking this? Someone please prove me wrong here…where has anyone in this admin suffered any real consequences due to their lies and corruption?

Why should they worry about any of this? I doubt they will even lose a wink of sleep.

Alinsky on May 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Alinsky on May 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM

As long as we all keep our mouths shut, nobody can touch us.
-Obama Administration.

weaselyone on May 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

It is my understanding that if Reid only talked about it on the Senate floor, he can’t be prosecuted for it.

cptacek on May 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

True, but he claimed someone from Bain saw Romney’s tax returns. Who was that person? I don’t think anyone at Bain told him anything but the IRS may have and he should have to reveal this info.

Buy Danish on May 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

And the final report of the IRS investigation will be “edited” by Bureaucrats up the line straight into the White House to cut out anything that’s damaging to the Administration… just like they did with the Benghazi Report. And 3 years later, the truth about all that will come out and we’ll be told that it “happened a long time ago” and they’ve since moved on.

Mahdi on May 13, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Did the media let Nixon claim the IRS was in “independent” agency when he got caught red handed doing the same thing? It appears Obama is doing the same speech as Nixon, but only left one thing out.

Richard Nixon – “I’m not a crook”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh163n1lJ4M

JeffinSac on May 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Time for whistleblowers!

Their superiors knew about it and lied to Congress.
Who gave the superiors the okay?

PattyJ on May 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

The investigation won’t lead to any disciplinary action unless someone decides to speak out then their lives will be destroyed.

Wigglesworth on May 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

The investigation won’t lead to any disciplinary action unless someone decides to speak out then their lives will be destroyed.

Wigglesworth on May 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

That’s the whole point of the investigation. It buys time to intimidate those who were involved into not talking about it.

weaselyone on May 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Obama: The police officer in MA the IRS agents acted stupidly.

Dasher on May 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Unfortunately the government is filled with political Zealots. That goes for the IRS, EPA, HHS, and any other agency on can think of.

Dasher on May 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

This whole affair is a great argument for the abolition of the IRS and institution of the Fair Tax. Remove the future temptation to do these kinds of things. Power corrupts.

trigon on May 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

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