Virginia Democrat Grills IRS Commissioner, Discovers Democrats’ 2014 Campaign Strategy

posted at 1:18 am on June 24, 2014 by Duane Patterson

What a grand day for the Democratic Party Monday turned out to be. Their soon-to-be supreme empress, Hillary Rodham Clinton, began the day with a print interview given to the Guardian that Ed talked about, where she tried to say no, really, we’re not rich, trust us. Even the Morning Joe panel on MSNBC recognized it was tone deaf. The CNN crew laughed spontaneously at her claim of poverty.

The Middle East continued to devolve into chaos as the day progressed, while President Obama simultaneously tried to make the story of the day something about too many pregnant women get fired for taking too many potty breaks or something.

Then came the nightcap, when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hosted an encore performance by John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioner Koskinen, you might recall, just gave a show-stopping performance in front of the House Ways & Means Committee last Friday, and being the giver he is, Koskinen was glad to appear in a special Monday night session in front of OGR. And when I say giver, I mean that in the Democratic Party donor sense, being that Koskinen has donated close to $100,000 over the last three and a half decades, beginning with Gary Hart in 1979, and as recent as Senator Mark Warner of Virginia in 2013, with gifts to Obama twice, both Clintons, the DCCC, DSCC, and the DNC as well. You’ll probably be as surprised to learn as Mr. Koskinen was in late 2013 that he was appointed seemingly out of nowhere to become the next commissioner of the IRS. (h/t Free Beacon)

The hearing went pretty much as expected over the next three and a half hours – Republicans going after Koskinen with ferocity, and Democrats trying to deflect. But about halfway in, Fairfax, Virginia Democrat Gerald Connolly took the defense to a whole new level.

Please, Democrats, you know you are tempted to go with this, but there’s a little voice of sanity desperately trying to fight for oxygen in your head. And that voice is trying to caution you that making the case that the IRS is the poor victim here, and that the poor IRS needs to have more money, power and authority to be able to thrive is probably a political message that is a little too tone deaf even for the modern day Democratic Party.

I beseech you. Do not listen to that voice. Grab a mental can of Raid and don’t let up on the button until Jiminy Cricket stops twitching. This is your campaign message. This is your rallying cry. Forget all those constituency groups that always bicker internally and give you headaches when their agendas clash. Your true base that galvanizes Americans? It’s the folks at the Internal Revenue Service, and all those Americans who look back at their experience with that august agency with fondness and affection. If you win over the auditors, you win over the voters.

Hearts and minds, Democrats. I’ll help you with the bumper stickers.

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Dismantle, dismantle, dismantle.

John the Libertarian on June 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

I.R.S. = Idiots Ruining Society

Xanatos90 on June 24, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Just think about all the Conservatives they could persecute with just another billion dollars….saving hard drives one at a time……

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 1:26 AM

OMG that looked like an old Laural & Hardy act….

http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/cms-assets/images/351401.laurel-and-hardyforjune7.jpg

redguy on June 24, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Gee. The 350 million dollars that Oregon used on their ObamaCare website launch that didn’t sign up one person could have offset the 350 million dollars taken away from the poor IRS. It’s not a matter of more money, it’s just a matter of re-distribution.

Marcus on June 24, 2014 at 1:30 AM

No wonder they expect us to do more with less. They’re in the same boat. They feel our pain. Just like Hillary and Joe.

Dan_Yul on June 24, 2014 at 1:34 AM

They need hammer-proof computers.

J.B. Say on June 24, 2014 at 1:35 AM

WTF? I have never seen a post above QOTD unless it was an open thread…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Excellent post Duane..:):)

Dire Straits on June 24, 2014 at 1:39 AM

It’s the corruption STUPID…

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Frucker from VA, this snake has a 2 billion budget set aside just for IT.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 1:41 AM

I hate posts that force you to watch a video to understand what the post is talking about. I want to read the news, not watch videos.

Warner Todd Huston on June 24, 2014 at 1:41 AM

Well, I guess, someone at HA had to mention the IRS hearing tonight………….?

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 1:44 AM

I hate posts that force you to watch a video to understand what the post is talking about. I want to read the news, not watch videos.

Warner Todd Huston on June 24, 2014 at 1:41 AM

Yep. I hear you and I refuse to watch the vid…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Gee, just think how many hard drives and Windows 7 licenses the IRS could have bought with the money they spent on all that ammo instead.

HiJack on June 24, 2014 at 1:44 AM

I just watched the Trey Gowdy masterpiece from the hearings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3UiQG_sREo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

For God’s sake, why isn’t this run in it’s entirety here?!

Marcus on June 24, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Sorry IRS, business has been a bit slow and I had to pawn all of my servers and workstations. I have no records. I begged my customers to pay me more money and they refused. I had to eat and everything first.

Oh, I’m free to go? Why thanks.

Borgcube on June 24, 2014 at 1:50 AM

ANOTHER very watchable 5 minutes from today’s hearings. This is glorious, too!

http://therightscoop.com/irs-commissioner-doesnt-remember-who-told-him-lois-lerners-emails-were-gone-in-april/

I think I’m going to get my IRS hearings videos off “Right Scoop” from now on. I can’t believe this and Trey Gowdy would be omitted here.

Marcus on June 24, 2014 at 1:56 AM

Maybe time for those pitchforks that Pat Buchanan is forever referring to.

trapeze on June 24, 2014 at 1:56 AM

posted at 1:18 am on June 24, 2014 by Duane Patterson

…as in AM?
(:->)
…join everybody for some tunes on the QOTD!…you’re alright Mustache!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 24, 2014 at 1:59 AM

The video doesn’t even load for me. Could we have a synopsis or a link of some sort?

TBSchemer on June 24, 2014 at 2:04 AM

The video doesn’t even load for me. Could we have a synopsis or a link of some sort?

TBSchemer on June 24, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Don’t worry, it was just bad acting anyway.

Diluculo on June 24, 2014 at 2:10 AM

The video doesn’t even load for me. Could we have a synopsis or a link of some sort?

TBSchemer on June 24, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Hack: Since you seem to be having computer problems and these e-mails seem so important, are you spending money to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

Commish: We don’t have any money.

Hack: Gee, why?!

Commish: Our budget has been cut every year.

Hack: “Cut, gee!”

Commish: “Cut!”

Hack: “Cut! And my colleagues are whining about a crash!”

Marcus on June 24, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Wow. Just wow. They are all hacks. All of them.

Theophile on June 24, 2014 at 2:18 AM

The video doesn’t even load for me. Could we have a synopsis or a link of some sort?

TBSchemer on June 24, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Democrat acts deeply, DEEPLY concerned about budget cuts at the IRS. Koskinen comes close to openly weeping with him about how poor the IRS is. Then the Democrat obliquely admonishes the Republicans for not asking this poor man what help he needs at the IRS.

Rusty Nail on June 24, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Dafuq? No one comes before the great Allahpundit, at least until 8 A.M. in the morning. I already hate you ‘Duane Patterson.’

Corporal Tunnel on June 24, 2014 at 2:29 AM

WTF? I have never seen a post above QOTD unless it was an open thread…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Little Me just said what you already said.

Corporal Tunnel on June 24, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Anymore, I am only here for Allahpundit and to a lesser degree… Ed. Ed is honest and good but lacks Allahpundit’s wit. He’s acceptable. Mary Katherine Ham and the Noobs here on hotgas are Allahpundit’s and Ed’s lessers.

Corporal Tunnel on June 24, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Marcus on June 24, 2014 at 1:47 AM
Marcus on June 24, 2014 at 1:56 AM

Good stuff Marcus.

Kenosha Kid on June 24, 2014 at 3:02 AM

The Middle East continued to devolve into chaos as the day progressed, while President Obama simultaneously tried to make the story of the day something about too many pregnant women get fired for taking too many potty breaks or something.
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https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 13h

Pres Obama calls for paid maternity leave for all working women and urges Congress to pass Pregnant Workers Fairness Act “without delay.”

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 13h

POTUS: “One of the nice perks about being president is that anybody will hand you their baby. I get this baby fix 2 or 3 times a week.”

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 13h

In speech to Summit on Working Families, Pres Obama laments that some women can’t get a paid day off to give birth.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 13h

Pres Obama says he discussed the often difficult balance between work and family with his lunch companions.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 17h

Addressing Summit on Working Families, VP Biden says “broad policies” are needed to accommodate workplace needs – esp of single moms.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 18h

Pres Obama also says many working families cannot afford to give up a day’s pay to take advantage of family leave.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 18h

In an interview with @NorahODonnell, Pres Obama said childcare is a “huge crisis for a lot of working families.”

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 18h

Pres Obama can order changes in federal workplace rules. Needs congressional action to do so in the private sector.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 18h

WH says “too many workplaces still have policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.”

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 18h

WH says Pres Obama is using the Summit to announce steps to “create more opportunities for hardworking families to get ahead.”

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 18h

The main WH event today is at a local hotel: a day-long summit on working families and the problems they face in the workplace.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · Jun 22

More about the Summit on Working Families and access to livestream coverage at http://workingfamiliessummit.org/about/

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · Jun 22

Tomorrow: the WH sponsors a summit at local hotel to address problems faced by working families. Pres & Mrs Obama, VP & Dr Biden take part.

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Okay, where’d Miss Newtie leave the bar keys? Where is everybody?
Wait. (Walks back outside, comes back in.) Where in the h3ll am I?

31giddyup on June 24, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Okay, where’d Miss Newtie leave the bar keys? Where is everybody?
Wait. (Walks back outside, comes back in.) Where in the h3ll am I?

31giddyup on June 24, 2014 at 3:18 AM

31giddyup: You are not on QOTD,..(sarc):0

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Whew! Good to see you Canopfor.
Thought I was having another Twilight Zone moment.
Thanks for all your postings. Yur one busy guy, for sure.

31giddyup on June 24, 2014 at 3:31 AM

Whew! Good to see you Canopfor.
Thought I was having another Twilight Zone moment.
Thanks for all your postings. Yur one busy guy, for sure.

31giddyup on June 24, 2014 at 3:31 AM

31giddyup: Good to see you as well, lol, Purgatory!
Ya,..still news hunting, almost ready for
da bed:0

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Drifting to a sleep myself.
Take care and sleep well.

31giddyup on June 24, 2014 at 3:48 AM

Hear that America? Next time the IRS is tightening the screws on you, destroy the evidence, then ask for money so you can be not destroy evidence in the future.

Dongemaharu on June 24, 2014 at 3:49 AM

I just finished watching “Atlas Shrugged” Part 1 (and part 2 tonight) before coming in to read this thread. As luck would have it, John Galt just extended his hand to me today…

Harbingeing on June 24, 2014 at 4:29 AM

A missing fact- The IRS is redacting and selecting what the committee sees, another case of the Fox’s Henhouse. Remember that the only evidence that anyone has of collusion between IRS and DoJ is an email through FOIA Judicial watch got that Oversight has, but all the outside cc’s were blacked out when IRS sent them.

gonnjos on June 24, 2014 at 4:32 AM

Interesting. Except even if their budget were $5 trillion, it wouldn’t matter-there are no crashed hard drives, no emails were lost, and they are simply lying.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 24, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Grab a mental can of Raid and don’t let up on the button until Jiminy Cricket stops twitching.

That’s some worthy snark there Duane!

Keep ‘em coming!

eyesky on June 24, 2014 at 5:41 AM

Theres never been a better case for eliminating the IRS.

TX-96 on June 24, 2014 at 6:31 AM

I’ll keep saying it until I am blue in the face:

The IRS isn’t the problem. The IRS is just a symptom.

The real problem – the disease itself – is the very concept of income tax.

Whether or not they misuse their power is irrelevant. The real scandal is that we have a system that gives them that power in the first place.

jr.ewing.78 on June 24, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Great linky Marcus….hes rightvip there with gowdy

cmsinaz on June 24, 2014 at 6:40 AM

___ that looked like an old Laural & Hardy act….

http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/cms-assets/images/351401.laurel-and-hardyforjune7.jpg

redguy on June 24, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Yup.
Trying to put out the fire.

itsnotaboutme on June 24, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Morning canopfor :)

cmsinaz on June 24, 2014 at 6:42 AM

Too contrived. It’s obviously scripted between the two.

ButterflyDragon on June 24, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Canopfor ….dear leader’s priorities I see

cmsinaz on June 24, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Given how destitute the IRS must be with these budget cuts, where ever did they find the financial resources to target and intimidate those who oppose Obama’s agenda?

ThePainfulTruth on June 24, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Yeah, let’s inflate their budgets even MORE, so we can have even MORE ABUSE!

Armyspouse on June 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

John Edwards was forever talking about two Americas. The Dems apparently live in the other one.

The one where a worthless grifter who (along with her husband) has netted over $100M since leaving the White House but she’s supposedly a pauper. Their brat talks about not caring about money during an interview in her $10.5M dollar Gramacy Park home. There isn’t a smidgen of corruption in the IRS, Obamacare is delivering healthcare to millions who were previously uninsured, and illegal aliens are not criminals but unauthorized migrants.

Things are more and more insane and Connolly is the epitome of what is wrong in DC.

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

I’ll keep saying it until I am blue in the face:

The IRS isn’t the problem. The IRS is just a symptom.

The real problem – the disease itself – is the very concept of income tax.

Whether or not they misuse their power is irrelevant. The real scandal is that we have a system that gives them that power in the first place.

jr.ewing.78 on June 24, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Still its frightening to watch these two. The whole thing is “Yes heir congressman, it is true our budget has been cut by thousands of Reichmarks and yet somehow it is expected we double the amount of trains running on time to the work camps and the gas chambers are now supposed to operate 24/7.”
I mean really were this to ever be completely exposed the media would cover it with deep stories about… the weather, uhm climate, and these two would just claim, as been done so many times in the past, that they were only following orders. Because I truly believe the alternative here leads to our intended enslavement and/or extinction.

onomo on June 24, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Wow! I really hope that the Dems, including Connolly who is always vulnerable in his district, run on giving the IRS more money. Maybe we Virginians can finally retire this old fool.

Esaus Message on June 24, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Wow! I really hope that the Dems, including Connolly who is always vulnerable in his district, run on giving the IRS more money. Maybe we Virginians can finally retire this old fool.

Esaus Message on June 24, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Not bloody likely given all the commies in Northern VA. At least Terry McAuliffe’s scheme to expand Medicaid for a bunch of parasites has been thwarted (for the time being anyway).

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Democrats/IRS 2014, FTW

22044 on June 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM

He’s a D Congressman from NoVA. The IRS is his constituency, unfortunately.

blammm on June 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Connolly’s line of defense for IRS sounds like a trial balloon: Grow IRS and demonize those who attack it.

Progs probably have high hopes and big plans for growing IRS as an enforcement arm of their ideology… something along the lines of the EPA model. EPA has CO2 and energy. IRS has your $$$ and your health care.

Totalitarianism.

petefrt on June 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Let it burn.

Nobody’s going to get angry enough about it until the IRS starts taking their children from them.

CurtZHP on June 24, 2014 at 7:46 AM

So I don’t get what is new. Throw more money at it. Been the Dim way since before I was born.

Flat Tax. Abolish the current IRS. Nothing new. Nothing is likely to change. Next.

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Flat tax….its time has come.

Cherokee on June 24, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Oh, may all the Dims and Dim leftist progressive supporters be anally audited.

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

*annually ; )

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

At least Trey wiped the smirk off that punk Koskinens face for a wee bit.

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Maybe time for those pitchforks that Pat Buchanan is forever referring to.

trapeze on June 24, 2014 at 1:56 AM

Why not? The Muslims were able to sexually abuse and kill an Ambassador and more in Benghazi over a video and walked away with the blame thrown on to some unknown schlub.

Here is your video. What more do you need?

Reuben Hick on June 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Perhaps instead of wasting money by giving bonuses to management and conducting persecutions of Tea Party groups, the IRS resources could have been put to better use buying new computers.

Personally, I don’t believe a word about these so called ‘budget cuts’. Baseline budgeting guarantees a budget increase. Further, I know government agencies always put money in the budget for new equipment, regardless of whether or not they need it. And the money is spent every year, because they worry that if they don’t spend it money may not get appropriated next year. That’s why you can find barely used equipment for sale at surplus disposal businesses.

r27cj on June 24, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

What difference at this point does a “n” and an “u” make?

Steve Eggleston on June 24, 2014 at 8:13 AM

What do you expect from those that support baby killing and an immoral platform. They are whitewashed tombs.

crosshugger on June 24, 2014 at 8:16 AM

” We’re right in the middle of filing season…
We’ll schedule your broken leg for next November 23rd”

You know its coming
/.

CaveatEmpty on June 24, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Steve Eggleston on June 24, 2014 at 8:13 AM

It will feel the same? Lolz!

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM

If Boehner was a man he would have had the IRS guy put in handcuffs, frog marched out of the hearing and taken to the holding cells in the basement of Capitol Building

georgealbert on June 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Grab a mental can of Raid

Eyes still a bit fuzzy. I saw Reid and laughed.

I watched the Koskinen Kabuki last night. At first, I thought Koskinen was just the third-shift sweep-up guy for this scandal.

But near the end, based on his elusive answers to very simple questions, I became convinced he’s fully immersed in it.

Tsar of Earth on June 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM

IRS employees: 89500
IT budget per employee: $20,111

Avg IT spend per employee in mid to large orgs: $13000

You’ve got enough money Nimrod!!

can_con on June 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Wow! I really hope that the Dems, including Connolly who is always vulnerable in his district, run on giving the IRS more money. Maybe we Virginians can finally retire this old fool.

Esaus Message on June 24, 2014 at 7:19 AM

I’m not sure about his vulnerability. District lines were redrawn prior to 2012. Imagine my surprise at the voting precinct. I thought I’d be voting against this fool…no, I was reassigned to a different district where my conservative congressman is secure.

The 11th District lost a lot of conservatives to the 1st District (which is quite conservative to begin with). Connolly is safe because of the Fairfax County crowd and the city dwellers in Prince William.

However, I’d love to see him sent packing this November.

freedomfirst on June 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Could Korskinen come off as any more of a pompous viper? There is no way this weasel conveys the least bit of concern about restoring any public trust.
A monocle and a Nazi helmet would be a good look for him.

lynncgb on June 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Nice read , Duane. Thank you.

lynncgb on June 24, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Pelosi to blame those greedy oil companies in 3..2…

can_con on June 24, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Maybe I missed it. Has the committee ever addressed the Exchange Server email repository? And from what I’ve heard, it seems there were two repositories where the emails would be:

1. The Exchange Server
2. The contractor’s backup

All I heard was talk about a hard-disk. That’s a strawman.

Tsar of Earth on June 24, 2014 at 8:45 AM

…could we have the actual numbers on IRS funding?

Ricard on June 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

And how the heck is Cummings aloud to even be part of the investigation when there are emails between him and the IRS encouraging targeting of tea party groups?

can_con on June 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Could Korskinen come off as any more of a pompous viper? There is no way this weasel conveys the least bit of concern about restoring any public trust.
A monocle and a Nazi helmet would be a good look for him.

lynncgb on June 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

You know what really irked me? The way he “raised” his right hand to swear his oath. I’ve seen too many D weasels do this. They hold out their hand like they’re trying to keep Fido from jumping up on their nice suit. They can’t even raise their hand…what’s with that?

freedomfirst on June 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Ricard on June 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

See above: $1.8 billion IT budget.

can_con on June 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM

They hold out their hand like they’re trying to keep Fido from jumping up on their nice suit. They can’t even raise their hand…what’s with that?

freedomfirst on June 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

I didn’t see the beginning of the hearing so I missed that.

That must be a “half swear” to tell half truths.

lynncgb on June 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM

If this serpent needs more money, how about eliminating the salaries and pensions of Lois Lerner and the other six hard drive liars, and reallocating the money? Nonexistent problem solved! Although that money should be reallocated to the prison system to house these hoodlums.

MrKleenexMuscles on June 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM

You know what really irked me? The way he “raised” his right hand to swear his oath. I’ve seen too many D weasels do this. They hold out their hand like they’re trying to keep Fido from jumping up on their nice suit. They can’t even raise their hand…what’s with that?

freedomfirst on June 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Surely you understand that they’d like to extend the arm a lot straighter and elevate it to a little above shoulder height; now that would feel comfortable to them.

/inclusiveness

Dolce Far Niente on June 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Was it a lack of money that caused the IRS not to backup the data as they were supposed to? Was it lack of money that caused them not to print out the emails as they were supposed to? Did they not pay the bill to the backup company or run out of money to buy paper?

Someone please ask Connolly what specifically needed more funding to avoid this situation?

VinceOfDoom on June 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 17h

Addressing Summit on Working Families, VP Biden says “broad policies” are needed to accommodate workplace needs – esp of single moms.

If you want more of something, in this case bastardy, subsidize it and you’ll get it. But remember, every penny that goes to the tarts popping out future car thieves is one less penny that the IRS will get. So, hard choices.

Akzed on June 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The IRS only has 100,000 people on the payroll, who actually don’t get paid money, they panhandle after work and sleep in their offices.

Akzed on June 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Gee… that was an amazing off-the-cuff discussion about the IRS budget cuts in real dollars today vs. several years ago, and how much more the IRS budget is being cut. It’s almost like they were reading from a script reading each other’s minds.

Meryl Yourish on June 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Socialism: When doing a bad job (or lying/cheating) means you need more of other people’s money.

LancerDL on June 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

The IRS thing has the potential to resonate in a way that “you didn’t build that” never did. Obnoxious though Obama’s attitude toward business owners is, the reality is that the vast majority of Americans are employees, not employers, and “Obama’s being too hard on your boss” didn’t connect.

The IRS will. Everyone hates the IRS, and because everyone hates the IRS, they’ll have no trouble believing this story (unfortunately, believability is more important than facts when it comes to stories getting off the ground), and for that reason, this will catch on.

LukeinNE on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Mmmm… nice one. So there isn’t a line item in the IRS budget for “upgrading email archive hardware”.

But we’re supposed to overlook the $13.5 Billion budget and not think the IRS could probably get by without screwing up with the kind of budget ? Or we could just look at the fact that their budget went UP a full one billion dollars in just 2 years.

The idea that the IRS doesn’t have the money for email backups is a laugh riot. But they have the money to go on a witch hunt, specifically spending extra money to target the Tea Party.

deadrody on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

That Gerald Connoll – John Koskinen skit was so clearly rehearsed!

Koskinen messed up his line, though. He was supposed to say that his budget has been cut every year for the last 4 years (the implication being that the GOP House is responsible, since Boehner became speaker on 1/3/2011), but he messed up and said his budget had been cut “every 4 years”.

This Democrat strategy of blaming the email “loss” on Republican budget cuts will NOT be a winning strategy with “We the People”.

David Burge @iowahawkblog · Jun 18

Why Wrapping My Dad’s Camry Around a Tree Shows Why I Need a Ferrari #VoxPitches

David Burge @iowahawkblog · Jun 18

My Forgetting To Pay Income Taxes For The Past 3 Years Shows Why I Deserve a Raise #VoxPitches

ITguy on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

No need for change, stick with a winner. :)

S. D. on June 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Party apparatchiks like Koskinen (and Lerner) need more money to give to the Demos.

Sounds like all those municipal unions whose pensions are going belly up.

formwiz on June 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Indeed, let’s give the IRS more power to destroy Americans.

And don’t call me Shirley.

tbradshaw on June 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Well, he’s still sticking with this today. Bless his heart.

PetecminMd on June 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

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