IRS shows the need for limited government … again

posted at 12:41 pm on June 27, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The ongoing hearing today in the House Ways and Means Committee on the IRS scandals have been revealing, to say the least.  New IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel appeared on his 34th day on the job to brief the committee on his review of the agency’s activities, but he didn’t add much to the conversation — other than asking for a bigger budget, which prompted scorn from Paul Ryan.  Pointing to the millions wasted by IRS employees on travel, parties, and personal purchases, Ryan told Werfel that the problem might be that they have too much money.

Rep. Gerlach wondered aloud about all of the money that went out from Treasury in improper payments, which Werfel said needed to stop.  Gerlach asked what disciplinary actions had been taken for agents who authorized the payments, but Werfel shrugged off the question.  “I’m not sure that disciplinary actions would be appropriate in all of these cases,” Werfel replied to Gerlach’s vocal disappointment, who demanded to know whether IRS agents ever face disciplinary actions.

That led to Rep. Tom Price’s questions about the leak of confidential information from National Organization for Marriage to its political appointments.  Earlier, Werfel said that he had no specific knowledge of the case, nor whether it had been referred to investigators.  Price criticized Werfel’s answer and stated that the actions of the agency undermined what little trust Americans have in tax collection. Peter Roskam noted prior to that exchange that the IRS was a lot more parsimonious when it came to sharing information with Congress, showing an e-mail requested by the committee that had been redacted to the point that the only information left was the address bar.

Those weren’t the only criticisms:

Rep. Dave Camp, the GOP chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who presided over Thursday’s hearing, called Werfel’s initial report incomplete and led the tough questioning about the targeting.

“So far, the evidence only shows conservatives being targeted, not just flagged, but targeted,” Camp said. He also said that Werfel’s response “fails to deliver the accountability the American people deserve.”

Another GOP legislator, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, called Werfel’s report “a sham.”

Basically, the hearing was a demonstration of just how unaccountable and insular the IRS has become.  Thanks to a tax code that allows for all sorts of political machinations, the advent of ObamaCare, and a misguided campaign-finance reform regime, the IRS is at the nexus of the Big Government Project, I argue in my column today for The Fiscal Times — and the best argument for limited government:

An earlier report says the IRS spent more than $50 million on more than 200 employee conferences between 2010 and 2012, including one 2012 meeting in Anaheim, CA, that cost taxpayers $4 million. The Associated Press reported that many attendees were given perks including baseball tickets and hotel suites on the taxpayers’ dime.

The IRS, George noted on that occasion, didn’t even have a mechanism to enforce prompt payment of travel bills or to punish those who paid late. Is that the experience that taxpayers have when dealing with the IRS? I daresay that anyone who fails to pay taxes on time or at all will not find the same laxity as the agency’s employees do when handling funds entrusted to them by those same taxpayers.

Some might shrug off the few million dollars lost in these two reports, but another emerging scandal at the IRS  involves $500 million in contracts awarded by the agency – and yet another IRS executive taking the Fifth in front of Congress. …

At the same hearing where Roseman took the 5th, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) – who lost two legs and nearly lost an arm while serving in Iraq with the National Guard – ripped Castillo for making this claim. “I’m so glad that you would be willing to play football in prep school again ‘to protect this great country,’” Duckworth scornfully told Castillo. “Shame on you, Mr. Castillo. Shame on you. You may not have broken any laws, we’re not sure yet … but you certainly broke the trust of this nation.”

Indeed – and so has the IRS, which has demonstrated that it cannot provide accountability for the great power it wields now, let alone the power it will wield as Obamacare comes into force.  Fournier reluctantly recommended a special prosecutor to pursue the targeting scandal, but the real problem at the IRS is that it’s too large, too intrusive, too costly, and too insular – which means that it’s a microcosm of all the problems we have long predicted about big government.

The hearing probably didn’t draw many viewers this morning, but it was still quite enlightening.

 

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Wasn’t Mr. Werfel the “Don’t squeeze the Charmin” guy?

Flange on June 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

A sham??

Bald-faced lie is more like it.

And it wasn’t Werfel on his own dreaming up that bit of fiction.

When are the gloves gonna come off and all this required politeness going to be set aside?

If Congress cannot go for the jugular…then why have these sham hearings anyway?

Sham?

A shame.

On all of us, on our Nation, and the Constitution.

coldwarrior on June 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Flat the tax, abolish the IRS.

John the Libertarian on June 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Werfel – throw…throw them all out.

Dissolve the IRS. They are as corrupt as it can get and Holder can’t be put in charge of the sheepleton. He is the biggest charlatan of the land, right after obama.

The IRS lawyers had an offsite, all of them in one location, Wolfgang Puck dinners, drinks galore, fancy accommodations…2.7 million of your hard labor.

Greta said “they are robbers, they steal from you, they have no morals and ethics”.

Holder is the biggest charlatan, after obama.

The IRS must go. Mueller is a huge disappointment. He ruined his whole life’s reputation for a bunch of crooks.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Great line by Lisbeth Salander, character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Daniel Craig’s character when talking about a sadistic killer.
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“May I kill him?”

avagreen on June 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Here’s the link.

Work harder!

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Wasn’t Mr. Werfel the “Don’t squeeze the Charmin” guy?

Flange on June 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Close. His main squeeze is the charmin’ Obama.

Drained Brain on June 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Are we sure she is a D? I men she really ripped him apart.

Johnnyreb on June 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

It is a coast to coast reservation and the IRS are the Reservation Enforcers.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Wasn’t Mr. Werfel the “Don’t squeeze the Charmin” guy?

Flange on June 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

His son maybe. :)

There is no end to the evidence of misconduct justifying the need to reduce and limit the federal government.

Of course that flies in the face of our DC elitist pols who are adamant that government isn’t big enough yet. To them there should be no limits at all.

hawkeye54 on June 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

You’re being spun, America. On the vital question of whether the Internal Revenue Service incompetently or corruptly targeted conservative groups, both the White House and GOP are rushing to judgment – and they want you to follow like lemmings.

Don’t do it.

Nearly six weeks ago, President Obama responded to an inspector general’s report detailing the targeting, which had been long denied by the IRS. “The misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” Obama said, vowing to “hold the responsible parties accountable.”

The IG report was based on a cursory audit. It was not a full-fledged investigation. And yet Democrats disingenuously claimed that it exonerated the Obama administration and the president’s re-election campaign from any involvement in IRS targeting.

To truly “hold the responsible parties accountable,” Obama still needed a thorough and impartial inquiry led by investigators who would question witnesses under oath, and would subpoena the White House and his own re-election campaign for related emails and other documents.

He did not ask for that.

From Drained Brain’s link, above.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

We are all Tax ID’s now.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Limits to government? We don’t need want no stinkin’ limits!

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

The Pappy Plan (first proposed about 2 years ago).

1. Seal the border.
Saves entitlements of all kinds, state budgets, lowers crime, etc.

2. 10% across the board Federal spending cuts.
Real cuts, not cuts in the growth. If the budget is $3.8 trillion then cut it to $3.4 trillion, then $3 trillion, then $2.6 trillion, and so on.

Bam. That’s the start.

PappyD61 on June 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Until and only until someone in congress seriously suggests cuts to the IRS budget then this remains what it is; a dog and pony show with no expectation that anything will change.

The IRS is thumbing its nose at congress because it knows that congress won’t do anything to change or eliminate what’s happening.

Every Republican congressperson should be screaming for budget cuts but instead we get crickets.

The IRS knows no one is serious so why should they act like it’s serious?

E9RET on June 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

But Obama was right to be angry about the IG audit. He knows how important it is for Americans to trust the IRS, an agency that keeps our secrets, that collects taxes to run government, and that will soon implement Obama’s own health care program.

What the IRS did, Obama said less than six weeks ago, was “inexcusable.” That’s a good word to describe what Republicans and Democrats in Washington are doing now — cherry-picking evidence from partisan and cursory inquiries, treating Americans like lemmings and the truth like a leper.

Dissolve the IRS. Don’t allow such a corrupt agency to run your health, to make decision on your life.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM

PappyD61 on June 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

With at least $1 trillion a year paying down the national debt. We’ll finally have it paid off in 22-25 years.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Shut it down. Fair/flat or national sales tax now. Kill the Beast.

D-fusit on June 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Hey,,, did you see in the NSA feed what Tax ID 444-22-0000 said to Tax ID 333-11-9999?

Pull them in by the FBI and lets get a hold on their assets.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Great line by Lisbeth Salander, character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Daniel Craig’s character when talking about a sadistic killer.
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avagreen on June 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

GREAT MOVIE.

ToddPA on June 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Earlier, Werfel said that he had no specific knowledge of the case, nor whether it had been referred to investigators.

It’s supposed to be a hearing.

Werfel: I don’t know whether or not that matter has been referred to investigators.

(Imaginary) Committee Member: You’re the head of the IRS, can you find out? How long will that take? When can I expect to receive the answer to the question? Do you consider the disclosure of confidential taxpayer information to be a serious matter? Then, why have you not found out who did it without my having to ask you to do it? Do we have to ask the FBI to find out who violated federal law or could you, perhaps, help us find out?

Why do these committees listen to answers and follow it with a speech? Do they want the answer to the question or not? NOW do we not understand the need for a professional prosecutor to run this charade?

IndieDogg on June 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

PappyD61 on June 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

With at least $1 trillion a year paying down the national debt. We’ll finally have it paid off in 22-25 years.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Ya got my vote.

hawkeye54 on June 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Danny Werfel is incapable of investigating the IRS…I’m not sure the Congress can either.

d1carter on June 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

They need to bring back Steve Miller…..

..the Rocker, not the IRS guy, he should be in Jail.

ToddPA on June 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

68 of the Senate voted for amnesty today.

Long way to go to freedoms arms.

We have work to do.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Gerlach asked what disciplinary actions had been taken for agents who authorized the payments, but Werfel shrugged off the question. “I’m not sure that disciplinary actions would be appropriate in all of these cases,” Werfel replied to Gerlach’s vocal disappointment, who demanded to know whether IRS agents ever face disciplinary actions.

They are all members of a politically connected public employee union.

So… No.

trigon on June 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

cloture vote, the final vote later today.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Werfel’s first report as head of the IRS is a sham and he stands by the sham.

The honorable thing to do would be to resign.

zdpl0a on June 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Someone pointed out yesterday that GWB declared that anyone who was in his administration would be fired if the took the the fifth in the Valerie Plame case. Again, clearly we were better off with GWB as our president. I do miss him.

SC.Charlie on June 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

How about we address all our tax returns “Attention Lois Lerner”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

avagreen on June 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

GREAT MOVIE.

ToddPA on June 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Be sure to catch the original Swedish version. Great book, too.

John the Libertarian on June 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

hawkeye54 on June 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The Federal budget for the year I was born (1958) was $82.4 billion.

If Washington can’t run on $2.4 trillion while paying $1 trillion a year on the national debt, something is very wrong.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Lsm focused on Zimmerman trial instead

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Werfel’s first report as head of the IRS is a sham and he stands by the sham.

The honorable thing to do would be to resign.

zdpl0a on June 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

No his taking the Fifth ………………… and, I don’t think he will be the last. If this man had honor, he would state just what he did do, who told him to do it and then resign in shame.

SC.Charlie on June 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The Government’s idea of doing more with less is doing more with less oversight, less regard for the truth and less respect for the tax paying citizens.
Somehow we need to wipe the slate clean and start over.

countrybumpkin on June 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I’m starting to believe that anyone (myself included) not working for the government in a union is a chump. Shoulda taken a govt. cheese job when I was 21 and be retired by now, laughing at all the private sector losers.

WitchDoctor on June 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Lsm focused on Zimmerman trial instead

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Whipping up that outrage early, in case Zimmerman is acquitted.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Werfel’s report is a travesty. It’s a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.

PackerBronco on June 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Someone pointed out yesterday that GWB declared that anyone who was in his administration would be fired if the took the the fifth in the Valerie Plame case. Again, clearly we were better off with GWB as our president. I do miss him.
 
SC.Charlie on June 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

 
I don’t remember hearing that at the time but, if true, that should be noted at each occurrence.
 
Not that it would matter at all to the any-means-necessary true believers, but it would help objective thinkers.

rogerb on June 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

You’re being spun, America. On the vital question of whether the Internal Revenue Service incompetently or corruptly targeted conservative groups, both the White House and GOP are rushing to judgment – and they want you to follow like lemmings.

Don’t do it.

Nearly six weeks ago, President Obama responded to an inspector general’s report detailing the targeting, which had been long denied by the IRS. “The misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” Obama said, vowing to “hold the responsible parties accountable.”

The IG report was based on a cursory audit. It was not a full-fledged investigation. And yet Democrats disingenuously claimed that it exonerated the Obama administration and the president’s re-election campaign from any involvement in IRS targeting.

To truly “hold the responsible parties accountable,” Obama still needed a thorough and impartial inquiry led by investigators who would question witnesses under oath, and would subpoena the White House and his own re-election campaign for related emails and other documents.

He did not ask for that.

From Drained Brain’s link, above.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

That’s a very good point.

The rest of the article isn’t so great, though. He pretends the answer is to turn it over to a nonpartisan special prosecutor, as if nonpartisan is synonymous with “interested only in the truth.” He pours as much scorn over the GOP “out for blood” as the people who were actually caught in the scandal.

Huge misconduct is apparent by the IRS, under direction from Washington that almost certainly originates in the White House. It’s not the GOP that needs to be told to back off at this point.

When one partisan side is clearly trying to use government power to help themselves, the appropriate thing is to allow the other partisan side to investigate. Hard. Criticizing them for being “out for blood” is just a revelation of how much Fournier wants to cover up for the White House.

At this point, the Democrats controlling and misusing the IRS need a full colorectal exam from the Republicans. If we turn it over to a special prosecutor, then the Obama administration will be able to keep on the way it’s been going through at least one more election cycle, and probably two, before all the details come out.

The most important thing at this point is not seeing people punished.

The most important thing at this point is to penetrate the coverup and make sure everybody knows exactly what has been going on. That will put a stop to the wrongdoing while the issue of punishment gets worked out.

A special prosecutor is only going to care about … prosecution. Eventually.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Representative Brady is my Rep. he’s just another big talker while voting for more big government.

MoreLiberty on June 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

This is an unexpected development…

workingclass artist on June 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Are we sure she is a D? I men she really ripped him apart.

Johnnyreb on June 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Some democrats are smart enough to know they need to, at the very least, look like they’re outraged by this stuff. It’s only for them to refer back to it when they run for reelection.

CurtZHP on June 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Yepper liam
He’s badgering that poor girl
-lsm

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

IRS shows the need for limited government … again

What is wanted is often the opposite of what is needed — as it is with this. I would argue that it isn’t the size of government that is the main problem, but the calloused immorality of those in it, and those who support it.

Don L on June 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

rogerb on June 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I have no words for the awesome that you are. /applause

nobar on June 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Yepper liam
He’s badgering that poor girl
-lsm

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

She changed her original statement to police, admits she didn’t write that letter she can’t read, deleted from Twitter dozens of incriminating posts, answered ‘yes’ when asked by Martin’s family attorney if she thought the case is racial, that attorney never provided that part of the recording to the defense, and claims she didn’t know the term ‘cracker’ is racist.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/27/Zimmerman-trial-Jeantel

When the defense gets done with her, I say it should move to dismiss all charges.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I don’t remember hearing that at the time but, if true, that should be noted at each occurrence. – rogerb on June 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2013/06/george-bush-demanded-level-of.html

George Bush “demanded a level of accountability and candor that this president has not.”

Jennifer Rubin, on today’s “Fox News Sunday”:

I think the question is whether the president is ever going to order his people to cooperate. Lois Lerner took the Fifth and was then put on [administrative leave]…. But [Obama] has not sent out an order as George Bush did, in the Valerie Plame decision, I do not want anyone in this administration to refuse to cooperate. That cost some people in his administration dearly. But no one took the Fifth in that case. Karl Rove testified, Scooter Libby testified. He demanded a level of accountability and candor that this president has not. And I think that whole hide the ball mentality, and the president’s unwillingness to push his people forward to give a complete story is going to hurt him as well.

Posted by Ann Althouse at 3:39 PM

Tags: Bush, IRS scandal, Jennifer Rubin, Libby, Lois Lerner, Obama is not like Bush, Obama scandals, Rove

SC.Charlie on June 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

“I’m not sure that disciplinary actions would be appropriate in all of these cases,” Werfel replied to Gerlach’s vocal disappointment, who demanded to know whether IRS agents ever face disciplinary actions.

Has anyone been fired from the IRS over this? Anyone?

Fallon on June 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Go to a flat tax,.. a single agency of CPA’s checking the figures, one tenth the size, and put everyone of these fascist sons o b1tches on the street..

If the tax code is bigger than three pages, it’s too big.

any American should be able to understand it, written in plain spoken English, no more high priesthood of tax preparers..

The IRS has become a “let them eat cake” while “we party like kings” on the saps money elitist snob scumbags. Jail is too good, long term unemployment and a life of minimum wage jobs seems more fair.

The government bureaucracy has become a state unto itself, laughing at us and punishing anyone who doesn’t toe the statist line.. people have had their lives ruined by these douches.. votes suppressed..

Abolish the IRS, or they’ll simply step back behind the curtain like the cowardly bully’s they are and do it all again.

mark81150 on June 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Ot: listening to the lsm….they are all for SSM benefits should be recognized by all states but aren’t they against the same thing with healthcare?..

Am I m missing something?

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Has anyone been fired from the IRS over this? Anyone?

Fallon on June 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I think Lois Lerner is on extended (and paid) leave. That’s kinda-sorta like firing her, isn’t it? She simply hasn’t been fired-fired.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

SC.Charlie on June 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Despite his flaws, George Bush has shown his superiority on every level to the thug Obama and his band of fascist state worshipers. He was a compassionate president, and is a good man.

Obama,.. isn’t fit to speak his name.

The media foisted a fraud on America, and now some are gleaning a glimmer of a clue, they put a fascist in the highest office… and are in deep denial about it. When the last days of his vulgar term are near, and there’s no chance that the truth will hurt him anymore.. the media might take an interest in finally allowing a full airing of his scandals.. but I doubt it.

A full blown out artery in the democrat party might interfere with Hillary’s coronation ceremony they’re planning.

mark81150 on June 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/house-spent-about-2m-of-taxpayers-money-on-coffee-pastries-foundation-finds/

“Let them eat cake!!!”

Most Americans start their day with at least one cup of coffee, maybe paying $2 to $5, but many might be surprised to know they also treat their members of Congress to some joe and a bagel or two, as well.

The Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog group advocating for government transparency, crunched the numbers for ABC News and found that the House of Representatives spent nearly $2 million on coffee and food in 2012 for events in and around the Capitol.

“Congress is spending an awful lot of money to entertain their members,” said Bill Allison, the foundation’s editorial director. “[It's] coffee and doughnuts and then some very nice catering places in Washington, D.C., as well.”

The money is part of lawmakers’ representational allowances, which can be used to pay for everything from sending mail to constituents to entertaining visitors. The foundation did not know who the visitors were.

Although lawmakers were paring back, Allison said, they hadn’t changed certain rules when it came to food and drink.

“Catering companies can get as much business from the House as they have in the past,” he said.

The Sunlight Foundation found that expensive catering was truly a bipartisan effort, with leaders hosting their own members. Republican House Speaker John Boehner spent $64,000. Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spent $61,000. and No. 2 Democrat Steny Hoyer spent $52,000.

The biggest spender in the House was No. 3 Republican Kevin McCarthy of California. On his Facebook page, pictures of meetings include fruit, bagels, croissants and coffee.

McCarthy’s 2012 grand total – $95,000, with an additional $4,000 being spent on bottled water – was enough to pay the salaries of two mid-level staffers on Capitol Hill.

“That’s a couple of jobs for the average American,” Allison said.

McCarthy declined an ABC News request for an interview.

When ABC News approached him as he walked down a hallway in the Capitol to ask about the nearly $100,000 spent to cater meetings and dinner, he responded: “You noticed. We cut it out.”

Actually, what ABC News noticed were the leftovers from a meeting McCarthy had just attended. A staffer even offered a bagel.

PappyD61 on June 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

That led to Rep. Tom Price’s questions about the leak of confidential information from National Organization for Marriage to its political appointments.

Whatever Snowden is charged with, all of the IRS agents responsible for this should be similarly treated.

blammm on June 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Thanks, IRS, for destroying Progressives’ argument that ‘government is good.’ Between you, the NSA, the DOJ, the EPA, the White House, and Obamacare, those of us that advocate small, limited government owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude. You’ve done more for our cause in the last few months than we’ve been able to accomplish in, like, FOR-EVAH!

Resist We Much on June 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I can understand now why all the government unions will readily do Democrats dirty work and keep them in power. Where else can you get these kind of working conditions? In fact it’s a joke to call what these Ya Yas do as work.

Herb on June 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Another GOP legislator, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, called Werfel’s report “a sham.”

It’s a fake fraud of a facsimile of a phony farce sham.

ghostwalker1 on June 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Wasn’t he a Redskins QB?

Akzed on June 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

At the very end of this hearing TWO critical points were uncovered.

1) Werful is working with the Treasury in this investigation. This means that the ‘wall’ between the treasury and the IRS has been removed.

2) Werful admitted that he had reviewed his report DIRECTLY with Obama several days BEFORE he sent it to congress. In this meeting, he said he told Obama that ‘NO PROOF OF WRONGDOING’ has been found and that he was stating this in his report.

With Wurfull NOT acting INDEPENDENTLY, he simply cannot be trusted.

Freddy on June 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Lsm focused on Zimmerman trial instead

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Whipping up that outrage early, in case Zimmerman is acquitted.

If Zimmerman is acquitted there will be outrage alright! Rioting in the streets, burning, and looting as the angry response to such a travesty of justice!

?S

hawkeye54 on June 27, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Yepper liam
He’s badgering that poor girl
-lsm

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

She changed her original statement to police, admits she didn’t write that letter she can’t read, deleted from Twitter dozens of incriminating posts, answered ‘yes’ when asked by Martin’s family attorney if she thought the case is racial, that attorney never provided that part of the recording to the defense, and claims she didn’t know the term ‘cracker’ is racist.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/27/Zimmerman-trial-Jeantel

When the defense gets done with her, I say it should move to dismiss all charges.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Wait. Are you referring to the prosecution’s “Star Witness” who gave “chilling testimony” about the night Zimmerman shot Martin?

At least, that’s the way ABC was characterizing it.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

And shucks and/or thanks respectively, although you shouldn’t think too highly. Google does all the real work.

rogerb on June 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Wasn’t he a Redskins QB?

Not the same.

That Danny Wuerffel has led a non-profit organization engaged in Christian mission and charitable work in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana in his more productive and useful work beyond football than this Weasel, er, Werfel.

hawkeye54 on June 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

It is a coast to coast reservation and the IRS are the Reservation Enforcers.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I think they may be closer to the geheime staatspolizei and the beginnings of einsatzgruppen.

Oldnuke on June 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Shut it down. Fair/flat or national sales tax now. Kill the Beast.

D-fusit on June 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

We can stab it with our steely knives but we just can’t kill the beast.

Oldnuke on June 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Close. His main squeeze is the charmin’ Obama.

Drained Brain on June 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I know this is serious business, but I couldn’t help but laughing at that picture of Alfred E. Newman from behind sitting in that chair. It is priceless and the image so brings Obutthead into the proper focus.

NOMOBO on June 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

The problem with a Flat Tax is that it won’t stay flat. The Fair Tax is better in that respect, but even there it has to be made explicit that it can only be applied across-the-board, no setting one tax rate for one category of item and another rate for another category. Any possibility of market or social manipulation through taxation has to be expressly ruled out.

PersonFromPorlock on June 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM

To the People who care about the future of the Republic;
If you live near an IRS office, follow the IRS employees to their homes, then post their names, photos, and addresses, car make and model, and license plate number on the web.
There are no longer any “innocents” working in the government.
III

dirtengineer on June 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Werfel has the studied nonchalance of another Obama buddy, Holder. Except he isn’t responsible for the death of hundreds of Mexican nationals, yet.

trl on June 27, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Blow it up!

ardenenoch on June 27, 2013 at 9:21 PM