Sad day for America: Loyal public servant Lois Lerner retires

posted at 4:41 pm on September 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

Thankfully, she’ll no longer be in a position to affect policy as a government employee. Unfortunately, she’ll likely soon be back in a position to affect policy as a government lobbyist, making several times the salary she made before.

Taxpayers will remember her fondly as someone who, when asked for her help in uncovering potential IRS malfeasance against the president’s political enemies, clammed up and refused to cooperate for fear of incriminating herself.

Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal, is retiring, the agency confirmed Monday.

Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012.

Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

She was placed on “administrative leave” four months ago to the day, with Chuck Grassley saying at the time he’d heard that the interim director of the IRS had asked for Lerner’s resignation — and that she refused. Firing her was always an unlikely option, just because it’s hard to fire a federal employee under any circumstances, but I always assumed they placed her on leave initially with an eye to quietly reinstating her if/when the public storm over tea-party targeting finally blew over. (That’s what happened to the Benghazi Four, after all.) Chances of that evaporated last week, though, when the ACLJ released previously unknown e-mails from Lerner during her IRS days, one of which mentioned the tea-party matter being “very dangerous” for fear that it could be used to extend the “Citizens United” ruling to tax-exempt orgs. Then came the release of IRS documents scrutinizing groups for “anti-Obama rhetoric,” and that was probably it. Better for the agency to ease her out with some sort of retirement deal than keep her on and be dogged forever by questions about its impartiality. Politico, in fact, wondered last month if August would bring Lerner’s departure. Nope; evidently it took a few more black eyes for the IRS to make it happen.

Tough call now for Darrell Issa: Should he grant Lerner immunity to neutralize her privilege against self-incrimination and gain her testimony? Now that she’s no longer on Uncle Sam’s dime, she might be more candid than she’d otherwise be. Exit quotation:

Update: Looks like she’ll be keeping her pension, of course.


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Tough call now for Darrell Issa: Should he grant Lerner immunity to neutralize her privilege against self-incrimination and gain her testimony?

Unless she’s prepared to throw this administration under the bus, hell no. It’s prison time for Lerner.

Doughboy on September 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Update: Looks like she’ll be keeping her pension, of course.

She was a good little fascist for the regime. Why shouldn’t she be rewarded for her loyalty and hard work?

NotCoach on September 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

She s/b fired, stripped of all bennies, and in prison, the scumhag.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

What think tank will she be going to?

portlandon on September 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM

This admin. functions similar to Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Hopefully retiring to cell block D in some women’s correctional facility, she can fund the cost of her incarceration with her pension.

antipc on September 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I want her sharing a cell with Bertha, a 5’10″, 300 lb inmate, who rules the roost in Cell Block C.

BuckeyeSam on September 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Thankfully, she’ll no longer be in a position to affect policy as a government employee. Unfortunately, she’ll likely soon be back in a position to affect policy as a government lobbyist, making several times the salary she made before.

Hopefully, she’ll soon be a compulsory resident of some substandard federal housing. It would be damned nice if they could strip her of that pension, too.

trigon on September 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Probably double-dipping, either as a consultant to the IRS or a lobbyist.

I’ve heard the German government is looking for tourguides for Auschwitz; Lois would be a shoe-in.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Sorry

Probably double-dipping, either as a consultant to the IRS or a lobbyist.

I’ve heard the German government is looking for tourguides for Auschwitz; Lois would be a shoe-in.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The board found “neglect of duties” during her tenure as director of the agency’s exempt organizations division, and mismanagement consistent with an inspector general’s report issued in May, Levin’s statement said. The board, however, did not issue any findings of political bias or willful misconduct.

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

Cicero43 on September 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

May her troubles just have begun.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

She s/b fired, stripped of all bennies, and in prison, the scumhag.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I’d settle for bedsores and pneumonia in a nursing home.

CurtZHP on September 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Firing her was always an unlikely option, just because it’s hard to fire a federal employee under any circumstances,

And that is the problem in a nutshell, right there.

There are about 436 of them I’d fire in a heartbeat if I could get it done.

Tenwheeler on September 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Sad day? No, not at all as I just heard she will be taking an assistant director position at the NSA.

VorDaj on September 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Tough call now for Darrell Issa: Should he grant Lerner immunity to neutralize her privilege against self-incrimination and gain her testimony?

Yeah right.

This woman relished the idea of what she was doing. Rat out her co-horts? Not a chance.

Can anyone identify a law she broke? Anyone?

BobMbx on September 23, 2013 at 4:56 PM

One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes comes to mind.

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

If you wonder why it impossible to shame those on the Left for their behavior, this is as good an explanation as I have found.

EA_MAN on September 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Can anyone identify a law she broke? Anyone?

BobMbx on September 23, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Well, we can start with perjury and work backwards from there.

antipc on September 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

She s/b fired, stripped of all bennies, and in prison, the scumhag.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I’d settle for bedsores and pneumonia in a nursing home.

CurtZHP on September 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I’d settle for….well, let’s just say
I truly despise this woman….may Life extract it’s
own punishment…there, I managed to do it.

ToddPA on September 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

See the Drudge headline: Takes the Fall

Drudge is a dope in this case. She’s not taking a fall, she’s going on to bigger things with many scalps on her belt.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Her head belongs on a pike. No justice, no peace!

Rational Thought on September 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

SWalker to the white courtesy phone; paging SWalker.

Midas on September 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Yep….. that pension is going to piss off the taxpayers a lot more than the paid leave of absence.

2nd Ammendment Mother on September 23, 2013 at 5:08 PM

First stop morning joe tomorrow am for her ‘thank you for your service’ tour

cmsinaz on September 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

What think tank will she be going to?

portlandon on September 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Center for American Progress, money to marbles.

herm2416 on September 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Can anyone identify a law she broke? Anyone?

BobMbx on September 23, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Abuse of office. Remember the liberals claiming Sarah Palin should be recalled or prosecuted for the alledged misuse of state police. That was a full court press by the progressives.

http://definitions.uslegal.com/a/abuse-of-public-office/

What say RWM?

smoothsailing on September 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Can anyone identify a law she broke? Anyone?

BobMbx on September 23, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Make sure that boulder doesn’t kill you.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

“Tough” position for Lerner. She keeps her mouth shut, she MAY land a cushy, well-paying lobbying job.

On the other hand, what firm wants to knowingly hire a “lightening rod”?

Scenario: Congressional Committee Hearing

Chairman: The next witness to testify before this committee is Ms Lois Lerner.

Congressman: Will she testify under oath or will she be evoking the 5th Amendment?

GarandFan on September 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Update: Looks like she’ll be keeping her pension, of course.

Nonsense! It’s time to play the newest & hottest game show “YOU BET YOUR PENSION!” By the time she’s through, she’ll be in jail for a loooooong time!

CiLH1 on September 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Or any lawyer who comments here. Abuse of office?

smoothsailing on September 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

There’s a saying about what should happen to tyrants; I can’t remember the details at the moment, though…

Midas on September 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Damn, I left my shocked face at the office.

D-fusit on September 23, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Only a sad day because she wasn’t hauled out of the IRS building in handcuffs.
Her retirement home needs to have bars on it.

dentarthurdent on September 23, 2013 at 5:22 PM

On the other hand, what firm wants to knowingly hire a “lightening rod”?
GarandFan on September 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

DailyKos, CNN, MSDNC, HuffPo, NY Times, most colleges,…..

dentarthurdent on September 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Unless she’s prepared to throw this administration under the bus, hell no. It’s prison time for Lerner.

Doughboy on September 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Bingo.

rbj on September 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Retired? How about thrown in jail with a bunch of butch bull dykes?

PD Quig on September 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Just think boys & girls we get to pay for her retirement for years.

Issa, please issue a subpoena for her butt now and let Gowdy handle the questioning.

D-fusit on September 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I can’t imagine any lobby-shop along K-Street that would be happy having their newest staffer spending all of her time on The Hill before Congressional Investigating Committees – something that Lois can look forward to if she doesn’t skedaddle off to a non-extradition country.

Another Drew on September 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Firing her was always an unlikely option, just because it’s hard to fire a federal employee under any circumstances,

This is a myth. It is not hard to fire a Federal Employee, you just have to do it correctly and follow the process. The HR folks will gladly sit down with you and go over anything you need to know. Yes it can take time, but it is not really a very difficult process, if you follow the Labor Laws and document everything. A bad employee will literally fire themselves if you do your job as a manager. Continuous documentation of unacceptable behavior and counseling combined with progressive discipline is everything when you are trying to fire someone, but most managers would rather just let the employee move along rather than do their job as managers.

Johnnyreb on September 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

No pensions for criminals.

Lonetown on September 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Retired instead of fired, with a big fat pension, no doubt. Probably followed by a cushy job with Think Progress or other part of leftist infrastructure… Gubmint out of control.

And IRS has the gall still to insist it was neglect, not willful political targeting.

*spit*

petefrt on September 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

She served her purpose.

Philly on September 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I want her sharing a cell with Bertha, a 5’10″, 300 lb inmate, who rules the roost in Cell Block C.

BuckeyeSam on September 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Me too.

dogsoldier on September 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Start talking, lady. Prison time awaits.

John the Libertarian on September 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Even retired, this fascist beech can serve time in prison.

PROSECUTE. PROSECUTE. PROSECUTE.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Just think boys & girls we get to pay for her retirement for years.

Issa, please issue a subpoena for her butt now and let Gowdy handle the questioning.

D-fusit on September 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Wake up.

Issa is in on this.

He is just playing “tough cop” while doing nothing at all.

He has sent some faxes. That’s it.

tetriskid on September 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

What think tank will she be going to?

portlandon on September 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Center for American Progress, money to marbles.

herm2416 on September 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Ah yes, plaything of the democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge George Soros.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

That sounds hard to me.

It’s funny that you used the term “unacceptable behavior” if behavior is demonstrated without a firing, then it is obviously acceptable on some level. If the behavior is demonstrated again without a firing that it’s obviously even more acceptable. If the behavior is demonstrated such that “Continuous” documentation is necessary, then the behavior is obviously quite acceptable.

blink on September 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Not really, you just have to make sure the employee knows what behavior is unacceptable and you have to do that in accordance with Federal Labor Laws. You just have to document that what they did/are doing that is unacceptable. Coming to work late is unacceptable, but you can’t fire someone if they come to work late once.

So for our example let’s assume they are coming in late for work. You document and counsel the employee the first time, Warn (letter of Caution/Reprimand depends on the severity) the employee the second time and put them on a suspension if it happens a third time in a reasonable period. If or when time number 4 comes around you can fire them and the NLRB will have no problems with that if the employee files and appeal because you have demonstrated progressive discipline. Most managers do not do this and that is where the myth comes in.

The above does not apply to probationary employees. They can be terminated without cause anytime during the probationary period. Once again, if managers would do their job, most poor employees would not get past the probationary phase of their employment.

Johnnyreb on September 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

In Rome, the punishment for a corrupt official was to have their nose cut off, be sewn into a bag with a wild animal and be thrown in the river.

No wonder they call them ‘the good old days’.

trigon on September 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Uh huh. And ACORN was disbanded too…

Lanceman on September 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if this disgrace of a person decides to flee the country.

heretic on September 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

She s/b fired, stripped of all bennies, and in prison, the scumhag.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

No. I say just waterboard her and use the information to fire, strip of all bennies, and throw in prison all of her superiors who directed her to (willingly) break the law.

NOMOBO on September 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

No one will be held responsible for this. Obama can get away with whatever the heck he wants. He’s proven it time and time again now….it’s a sad sad country we live in now.

sadsushi on September 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Lois Lerner belongs in prison.

bw222 on September 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

She’s a terrorist. A drone should have shot her on sight or she should have been shipped to Gitmo.
And she’s not alone. Push back B. Nation of laws n such. Look forward to your Nuremberg trial.

onomo on September 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

She needs to be subpoenaed by Darrel Issa’s committee ASAP.

Then she can retire to share a Siberian dacha with Ed Snowden.

Steve Z on September 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Cockroach.

Jaibones on September 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

She should be doing hard time in “Federal pound-me-in-the-a$$” prison, forfeiting all pay since she began doing her thing and of course, forfeit pension…instead, she retires rich. Can’t wait for her multi-million dollar book deal to come thru.

AUINSC on September 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Johnnyreb on September 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

You might want to talk to one of my progeny that has been working on firing an unacceptable employee for the past 18 months. Because the local legal group wouldn’t send up all the documentation to the regional director the clown was let off the hook and it will take my progeny at least another year to get it done. You are correct that proper documentation is necessary. But if it is ignored then what can the manager do. BTW the way the Regional director found out that documentation wasn’t forwarded by the legal department and was livid but nothing can be done now since the director signed off on a lesser level of progressive discipline than was warranted.

chemman on September 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Being Drawn and Quartered should be the appropriate punishment for this b*tch, nothing less.

jeffinsjvca on September 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I will say this once again…..The problem with this country is not the Republicans, its not the Democrats…The problem is that the Press has chosen sides.

Put this IRS scandal in any decade previous to Clinton, and the press would have been all over it for ratings and career. Digging into the hole of government to hang everyone they could, regardless of Party!

PleaseFlyOver on September 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Johnnyreb on September 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

You are forgetting that those steps you have listed involve appeals processes through unions and legal reps that drag the time frame out.

chemman on September 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Just because she is retiring, there is nothing that is stopping the GOP House Leadership from continuing to pursue her, including subpoenas, in order to bring her to account for her malfeasance while a federal employee.

Nothing except the will to bring this scandal forward and to identify and punish all those involved in this massive abuse of power.

I really wonder just how much will there is with the GOP leadership to do their jobs and represent the American people who elected them? After all, they’ve totally dropped the ball regarding Fast & Furious and the massive bodycount that clusterfark facilitated.

Athos on September 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

She’s retired. Great.

Now subpoena the b!tch, immunize her, and tell her that her continued residence outside of a Federal pen depends on her honesty.

Also instruct her that as someone immune from prosecution, the Fifth Amendment does not apply in her case. Just to be sure she understands the situation.

If The One tries to pardon her to give her an out, that would be a giveaway in and of itself.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

She s/b fired, stripped of all bennies, and in prison, the scumhag.

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

…its a shame!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM

No one will be held responsible for this. Obama can get away with whatever the heck he wants. He’s proven it time and time again now….it’s a sad sad country we live in now.

sadsushi on September 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

True.
Look at Fast and Furious and Benghazi, to name just two.
Nobody will be held accountable.
Nothing will come of these scandals.
They will just quietly go away.
The Republicans are afraid to pursue them.
The media has enthusiastically accepted the role of propagandists for Obama and the Democrats.
The majority of Americans don’t have a clue about what is going on in D.C.

Turn out the lights. The party’s over.

justltl on September 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM

The final blow will be when the economy totally tanks.
It’s going to be very, very ugly when food and other basic necessities become scarce.
I suspect that it’s coming sooner than we think, what with our rodeo clown president, his evil minions and ignorant supporters as well as his impotent, inept and cowardly opposition.

During the worst part of the ammo shortage, my wife and I went grocery shopping. Walking through the aisles of fantastic abundance, it dawned on me just how quickly all of that can disappear and become nearly impossible to obtain. Just like the ammo. Things that we’ve taken for granted all of our lives are more tenuous than I dared think that they ever would be. Now I’m not a prepper, but, if I were smart and industrious, I would be.

justltl on September 24, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Wonder if obama hooked her up with a fat cat K street lobbying gig to the tune of 6 figures.

RETIREMENT with full pension and bennies, at her pay grade
thats a punishment?
Seems her and that other guy who left BOTH RETIRED with full goodies. For what going to a committee meeting and doing a song n dance without giving the truth.

Will obama give her a medal of freedom for falling on her sword to protect obama and his “HINTS” to the IRS to break the law and violate the constitutional rights of citizens during his reelection cycle.

sniffles1999 on September 24, 2013 at 7:18 AM

She should be strung up in the town square like Mussolini.
Where does she live? Where can she hide?

papertiger on September 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I think you forgot to close the sarcasm tag on that headline…..

MTinMN on September 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM