Jack Lew on IRS scandal – What political pressure?

posted at 5:01 pm on July 28, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew was trotted out for the Sunday morning show circuit again this week, this time to remind everybody that the entire IRS mess is nothing to see here, so move along, peasants.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Sunday the Internal Revenue Service exhibited “equal opportunity bad judgment” in the improper targeting of political groups, and there was no evidence of political pressure.

Just days after President Obama accused Washington of focusing attention on “phony scandals,” Lew said on “Fox News Sunday” mistakes were made in the IRS, but there is no evidence the White House or political officials drove the improper targeting.

“There’s no political official who condoned it or authorized it,” he said, adding that the mistakes that were made were “unacceptable” and “unjustifiable.”

Well, I’m glad that’s all cleared up then. But seriously, I have to ask the same question that Rick Moran did… What did you expect him to say?

Some liberal groups got virtually a free pass from the IRS on the decision regarding their tax exempt status. I have yet to hear of any conservative group treated so gently. And why the difference in the questions asked? If this was “equal opportunity bad judgment,” shouldn’t the questions posed by the IRS have been the same?

This dog ain’t hunting, Jack. You’re going to have to come up with better talking points than this if you want to get your boss off the hook.

Now, Jack would have been remiss if he didn’t reiterate the “phony scandal” meme which the White House has been shopping around for weeks now. Fear not! He didn’t get to it on Fox, but he dashed right over to the set of ABC’s studios and reminded everyone that there are a new set of budget negotiations on the horizon, and President Obama isn’t about to let them get hamstrung by any made up nonsense.

“Congress can’t let us default. Congress has to do its work,” Lew said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” adding the president has has been “crystal clear” that raising the country’s debt limit this fall is not an issue of negotiation between Congress and the White House…

“I certainly hope that Congress isn’t looking to create confrontations and false crises because we did see, in 2011, how bad that is for the American economy,” Lew said. “The mere fact of negotiating over the debt limit, after 2011, would introduce this notion that somehow there’s a question about whether or not we’re going to pay our bills, whether or not we’re going to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.”

The really sad part here is that absolutely nothing has changed in the White House playbook. And I’m not just talking in the broad strokes here, but rather a case where it looks as if they failed to dispose of the daily talking points sheets from last year. It’s the same phrasing, pitch and tone, right down to the letter. Protect the full faith and credit came from everyone on the 2012 campaign team. The whole portion of we’re going to pay our bills was on the menu for these same shows all through the fall. Has George Stephanopoulos undergone some form of selective memory loss, or are we just phoning it in now? It’s as if the last six months never even happened and the Obama team plans to march straight off the same cliff again without so much as looking at the boot prints leading over the edge.

Washington is great town. Everything old is new again, and these days you don’t even have to wait for it to actually get old.


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Another Obama mouthpiece preaching the party line. The congress should hold on to the IRS investigation like a bulldog until they shake the rest of the complicit Obama stooges out of the corrupt tree.

rplat on July 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The real scandal here? Fox’s Chris Wallace was the only host to even ask Lew about this. Steffie and Candy Crowley were incurious, and David Gregory only asked about it at the very end of his “hard hitting” interview, and never followed up.

Crowley, in fact, thought it was more important to ask Lew what he thought about Elliott Spitzer and Detroit.

Dr. Goebbels award of the day to all of them.

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Screw Lew.

He may think there’s nothing for us to see, but many of us are aware he has nothing to say that will change our minds. Because he works for a corrupt Administration means he, too, is corrupt.

He needs to get a real job.

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

FYI – FACTS YOU’LL NEVER HEAR FROM THE CORRUPT, LEFTIST MEDIA: Massive HYPOCRITE and TAX-EVADER Jack Lew, who is OBOZO’s latest despicable Sec of Treasury, has MILLIONS stashed in off-shore accounts – many in the Cayman Islands. He out-does anything US corporations can come up with in tax havens – in fact, he’s the ROLE MODEL for many of them as welll as for many of his tax-cheating, tax-evading d-cRAT socialist pals (including OBOZO).

TeaPartyNation on July 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

This is one of those “Why not try it?” gambits — based on the media’s long-term efforts to either cover up or not follow up on the worst of the Obama Administration’s scandals, why not brazen it out and pretend there are no scandals to begin with?

For Team Obama, the worst that can happen is they get called on it by the media for a couple of weeks, and may have to come up with some new modified limited hangout, until some Republican says or does something outrageously outrageous, and then the outraged media will completely drop whatever questions they have for Obama and will focus on that. And even if it’s picked up again, you’ve kicked the can another 90-120 days down the road, allowing the “This is old news” spin to be used, if the House GOP can’t come up with new revelations.

jon1979 on July 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Congress holds the purse strings.

Cut $1 billion dollars from the IRS for failure to violations of the Hatch Act and the Privacy Act.

Cut $2 billion dollars from the Treasury for failure to properly supervise the IRS.

No pay raises for 5 years. That should get all of them in a serious frame of mind.

patch on July 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Denial isn’t a river in Egypt. I am disgusted by everyone associated with this corrupt administration.

trs on July 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

He works for the rat eared bastard so he is a lying sack of shit

Rio Linda Refugee on July 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Is everybody in the Obama admin a turd like him?

crosshugger on July 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Lew is no different than Obama: they open their mouths and they either lie or they don’t know what they’re talking about. Obama would not have nominated him without that characteristic and blind loyalty.

johncorn on July 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Jack Loo…

d1carter on July 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

The real scandal here? Fox’s Chris Wallace was the only host to even ask Lew about this. Steffie and Candy Crowley were incurious, and David Gregory only asked about it at the very end of his “hard hitting” interview, and never followed up.

What do you expect? Jack Lew is a highly respected and deeply religious man who’s integrity has never been questioned over his long career. Did you actually think that when Lew didn’t offer an answer that played into your conspiracy theory Wallace would to treat him like a degenerate liar?

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Leftist scandals are all phony.

bayam is a bigger liar than obama.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Why do you — a Canadian if I’m not mistaken — come here?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

So much for the rule of law in Obama’s America.

Second, the issue of internet governance is about to become very contentious. Given what we now know about how the US and its satraps have been abusing their privileged position in the global infrastructure, the idea that the western powers can be allowed to continue to control it has become untenable.

Third, as Evgeny Morozov has pointed out, the Obama administration’s “internet freedom agenda” has been exposed as patronising cant. “Today,” he writes, “the rhetoric of the ‘internet freedom agenda’ looks as trustworthy as George Bush’s ‘freedom agenda’ after Abu Ghraib.”

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Why do you — a Canadian if I’m not mistaken — come here?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Freudean

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Freudean

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I get ticked off when foreign liberals dare come to a Conservative site and presume to tell Americans how we should believe.

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Why do you — a Canadian if I’m not mistaken — come here?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

To educate us. Funny how we don’t go eff with them on the Canadian version of Hot Air eh?

arnold ziffel on July 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Lying Lew.

VorDaj on July 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I get ticked off when foreign liberals dare come to a Conservative site and presume to tell Americans how we should believe.

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Don’t. Laugh at them, deride the fools and tyrants. They just escape their own latrines, the rats. They are like preachers…don’t give up until all others are stinky.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

To educate us. Funny how we don’t go eff with them on the Canadian version of Hot Air eh?

arnold ziffel on July 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Yeah, well, we Conservatives got our education from that little thing called ‘reality’.

No liberal can ever honestly claim he or she has been a Conservative. But many Conservatives used to be liberal.

If I want an ‘education’, I’ll ask a Conservative like you for answers. Liberals can go f*ck fluffy ducks.

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

American liberals are bad enough. Foreigners are worse. A foreign liberal telling us what we should believe is like asking a Frenchman how to win a war.

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Why do you — a Canadian if I’m not mistaken — come here?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

You’re mistaken- I’m not Canadian and have never made a reference to Canadian citizenship on this site. Most likely someone threw out that accusation and others assumed it was a fact.

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I stand corrected then, on that detail. Fair enough, and I apologize for getting that wrong.

My main point remains, however: Why do you come here? You obviously don’t like us. So, what’s the reason? Do you write your stuff just to p*ss us off?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Jack Lew is a highly respected and deeply religious man who’s integrity has never been questioned over his long career.

Really? I seem to recall a lot of questions about his role at Citibank and big bonus after it was bailed out.

Resist We Much on July 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

SMH

The only thing encouraging I see right now is that many of the states are fighting back! God bless them.

The FED is completely out of control….

deedtrader on July 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Did Jack Lew break Jewish holiday for IRS scandal…or did Obama lie?

It’s weird.

‘Very religious’ rightie = nutter

‘Very religious’ leftie = virtuous, pious, noble

Offshore bank accounts in the Caymans in the name of a rightie = economic traitor

Offshore bank accounts in the Caymans in the name of a leftie = Nothing to see here.

Resist We Much on July 28, 2013 at 6:37 PM

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I stand corrected then, on that detail. Fair enough, and I apologize for getting that wrong.

I appreciate the civil remarks.

My main point remains, however: Why do you come here? You obviously don’t like us. So, what’s the reason? Do you write your stuff just to p*ss us off?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:26 PM

I have conservative friends and grew up in a very conservative part of the country. Often people on both the left and right demonize those on the other side of the aisle as beholden to dark motives and unpatriotic intentions. In the democracy envisioned by the founding fathers, it’s important for people to engage in a town hall where ideas are freely exchanged. It’s far easier and too convenient to demonize people when you don’t understand or respect their point of view, instead ascribing their political beliefs to malice. I don’t think the sole intention of any community forum is to foster an echo chamber, but to virtualize the town hall discussion that’s important in a democracy.

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Jack Lew Oversaw Up to 113 Cayman Island Investment Funds

I guess Jack Lew ‘bet against America’ … just like Mitt Romney did according to Barack Obama.

Resist We Much on July 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Rand Paul voted to confirm Lew. Ted Cruz voted against confirming Lew.

Tripwhipper on July 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

He needs to get a real job.

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Preferably making license plates.

CurtZHP on July 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Write a speech like that on a liberal site, and you’ll be banned immediately, with any other posts you made thrown down the memory hole as well.

America was NEVER intended to be a democracy. We’re a representative republic. Finer points of detail there.

But, and really, you don’t like us. Is this the only place that lets you spew, because all the liberal sites won’t have you?

This site is no echo chamber. We spend more time batting around Republicans than we do liberals. We argue a lot amongst ourselves, too. But, at the end of the day, we remain friends with one common goal: Support of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.

You are an outsider to that. As I have seen, you are a troll among us. You offer nothing to us except ceaseless badgering and self-centered lecturing of adult men and women who are Conservative and of good character.

Really — who the hell do you think you are, to presume you can do that?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

He needs to get a real job.

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Preferably making license plates.

CurtZHP on July 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Nice touch! LOL

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

‘Very religious’ rightie = nutter

‘Very religious’ leftie = virtuous, pious, noble

Ha ha that’s generally true.

Jack Lew is a highly respected and deeply religious man who’s integrity has never been questioned over his long career.

Really? I seem to recall a lot of questions about his role at Citibank and big bonus after it was bailed out.

Resist We Much on July 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Yes, his contract at Citi was generous but I wasn’t aware it presented any grounds for questioning his integrity. In negotiating an employment agreement, you have every right to press for the best compensation terms possible.

Now if your’e going to say that Lew and others shouldn’t be permitted to rotate between public service and private employment, I couldn’t agree more, and concur with Jack Abromoff’s recommendations re shutting down the revolving door. If there’s any place where the conflict of interest is overly apparent, it’s Wall Street and Treasury.

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Yes, his contract at Citi was generous but I wasn’t aware it presented any grounds for questioning his integrity. In negotiating an employment agreement, you have every right to press for the best compensation terms possible.

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:49 PM

You wouldn’t say the same thing about a Bush appointee of similar credentials, would you?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Bayam, yes, I want the revolving door closed. I also want real scandals like the IRS investigated, those guilty prosecuted, and for people to stop claiming that they are phony.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if only conservative groups were targeted. What they did is unAmerican and should never be allowed to stand. In the past when the Federal government has used the power of the IRS to go after people – while absolutely wrong – they were very rich and powerful. Now, we have the power of the Federal government being used to trample on the rights and silence ‘normal, every day’ Americans, most of whom are not wealthy enough to either fight it or weather it out.

I know that it is old, but if this had happened under Bush or another Republican, it would be a full-blown scandal. Yes, the b@stard Republicans would probably attempt to call it ‘phony,’ but the media would never let them get away with it. This is already proving not to be the case with Obama and remember we have him on the record in MAY OF 2013 – two months ago – expressing all sorts of outrageous outrage and promising to hold those accountable.

Meanwhile, Lois Lerner is still on the payroll.

We can look at other scandals, too. Even if you approve of what the government is doing with the NSA, don’t forget that both the Director of National Intelligence, Jim Clapper, and the Director of the NSA, Keith Alexander, LIED UNDER OATH TO CONGRESS. How is THAT not a scandal?

Then, there’s this…

Odious To The Nose Of Liberty: ‘Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash’

At its core, all of this is not about Republicans v Democrats or Conservatives v Liberals…at least for me anyway. It is about the Government v the People; the Powerful v the Powerless; and the Elite v Everyone Else.

Resist We Much on July 28, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Resist We Much on July 28, 2013 at 7:09 PM

You do realize all your brilliance is lost on liberals?

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Bayam, yes, I want the revolving door closed. I also want real scandals like the IRS investigated, those guilty prosecuted, and for people to stop claiming that they are phony.

I’ve always believed there’s more cause for hope, more common ground shared, than the talking heads would have us believe.

It goes largely ignored when both sides agree on curtailing the NSA or ending the conflicts of interest between public officials and Wall Street. None of the screaming voices of tv or radio want to explore shared positions. Instead of thinking through opportunities to leverage mutual agreement into real reform, all our energy is wasted on denouncing the other side on some point of disagreement, even when it’s a petty or inane issue. And that’s a real shame.

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 7:18 PM

bayam on July 28, 2013 at 7:18 PM

To interject: Destroy liberalism as a political force, and most problems are solved.

Liam on July 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Ask yourself- why would the White House feel a need to suddenly defend an institution already despised by most Americans before this criminal behavior occurred and you will start to smell the desperation.

If there was nothing to be defensive about then why send out the Chief of Staff to appear, well, defensive of the IRS?

Sorry, all the alarms are going off to indicate someone within the administration instructed, or had intimate knowledge of the IRS’ criminal behavior. This move was purely political and fits into the Obama campaign strategy perfectly.

Should we ignore the direct testimony of Carter Hull? Not likely.

My only question is not whether the White House was involved- it’s how high up does it go?

Marcus Traianus on July 28, 2013 at 7:28 PM

It’s very interesting that just a few weeks back when Barry learned about the IRS targeting people and groups who oppose his agenda when he was reading the newspaper, he thought it was just awful. He even gave a little speech to make sure everyone knew it.

Now that the trail has led to crony William Wilkins, whom Barry personally appointed to be IRS Chief Counsel, it’s a phony scandal. And he is making sure everyone knows that now too.

Blunt signal to the butt-kissers brigade that calls itself the news media. Lew is now reminding them of the Approved Narrative. Get to work, tools!

novaculus on July 28, 2013 at 7:50 PM

To those who mentioned a Canadian version of Hot Air: The closest I’ve seen is Small Dead Animals (SDA). That site was responsible for bringing down the Canadian Liberal Government. Just as at Hot Air, they are good people. A lot more humor and nostalgia there also. A great SUPPLEMENT to this blog, and they are not beholden to a media corporation. like HA.

Old Country Boy on July 28, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Lew should be embarrassed by his performance on Fox News Sunday today. Chris Wallace repeatedly asked him if he had asked chief counsel Wilkins about his role in the Tea Party applications, and Lew kept ducking the question … which implies either that (a) neither Lew nor anyone working for him asked Wilkins about it, (b) Lew doesn’t know whether anyone asked Wilkins about it, or (c) Wilkins was asked about it and Lew doesn’t want to tell us what Wilkins said.

J.S.K. on July 28, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Rubio voted to confirm this corruptocrat jackazz!

Jayrae on July 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Freaking moron.

We can pay our bills by CUTTING the size of government.

Wendya on July 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

I don’t think the sole intention of any community forum is to foster an echo chamber, but to virtualize the town hall discussion that’s important in a democracy.
 
bayam on July 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

 
Not to mention that you wouldn’t be welcome back to the microphone when you run out of town halls and drive home immediately after someone counters the argument you yourself introduce:
 

To anyone with Lupus or a similarly severe condition, it’s a well-known fact of life in the USA.
 
bayam on November 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

 

And again, no mention of her pursuing SS disability:
 

The Social Security Administration recognizes systemic lupus erythematosus as a potentially disabling illness and includes SLE in their listing of impairments.
 
- http://www.lupus.org

 
 
Feel free to try again.
 
rogerb on November 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

rogerb on July 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Obama put one of his stooges in charge of the “investigation” so you can rest assured that nothing will be done.

rplat on July 29, 2013 at 8:41 AM


“There’s no political official who condoned it or authorized it,” he said, adding that the mistakes that were made were “unacceptable” and “unjustifiable.”


Really? And those mistakes are accidentally continuing because ??

Oh yea, another election is just around the bend. Can’t let those TEA partiers operate yet.

TerryW on July 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM