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Re: “Satisfied”

posted at 6:40 pm on May 29, 2013 by

[My note: See AP’s homepage post on this for more].  The lesson: This White House is preposterously easy to “satisfy” when nominal satisfaction is the goal.  The subtext: They really do think we’re stupid.

Consider these decidedly unsatisfactory details:

Let’s recall just how “responsive” they’ve been so far.  Lois Lerner, the woman at the heart of the scandal refused to answer any questions, regardless of subject.  Carney declined to offer an opinion on her performance last week, but now the verdict is in: Satisfactory.  Former IRS chief Douglas Shulman couldn’t quite recall whether he’d discussed IRS abuse during any of his 118 White House visits between 2010 and 2011. This is a man who furnished Congress with false information about whether inappropriate targeting was taking place in 2012, then chose not to correct the record when he discovered the truth (which he claims to have found out weeks after his infamous Congressional testimony).  Amidst a blizzard of carefully-worded obfuscations and evasions of personal responsibility, Shulman said he was “very comfortable” with his job performance.  The IRS’ now-departing acting commissioner chalked up his organization’s deliberate program of abuse to “horrible customer service.”  Neither Shulman nor Miller could (read: would) name a single name regarding who, specifically, was responsible for the targeting abuse. Even the IRS’ Inspector General couldn’t adequately explain why his findings were delayed until after the election — or why he didn’t keep Congressional investigators updated on the key findings of his audit as it unfolded, as required by law.

Shorter Carney: Heckuva job, Lois & Co.

– Consider the president’s rhetoric about the IRS targeting scandal when the story went public.  Obama declared himself “angry” over the “inexcusable” practice,  vowing to “do everything in my power to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again, by holding the responsible parties accountable.”  Outrage, accountability, etc.   Now juxtapose Obama’s words with his spokesman’s  new posture that the White House is “satisfied” with the manner in which IRS honchos have conducted themselves during Congressional hearings.  I’m not sure how you can read Carney’s assessment as anything other than an endorsement of parsed, cynical stonewalling.  What an embarrassing answer.  Will Garrett et al press Carney on this tomorrow?


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What we need is a ‘I don’t know’ law for government workers, one that has prison and up to the death penalty for these type of lies. I’ll bet then they will sing like canaries. No accountability leads to these outrages that keep on coming becuase no one is held accountable.

mustng66 on May 29, 2013 at 9:36 PM

The question is, what is anyone going to do about it? I think the evidence is pretty clear what this administration thinks the answer is to that question( their actions and bold faced lies say it all)….nothing.

They think no one can or will do anything about it but yap their mouths, criticize on blogs, ask a few uncomfortable questions and…well…that’s about it. I hate to think, it grieves me to conclude, they may just be right.

I sincerely hope they are dead wrong.

Alinsky on May 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Just further evidence that we are nearing the end of the republic, embracing further tyranny. There will be no consequences when the favored folks do wrong; soon enough even asking these questions will get you more trouble than an IRS audit.

Midas on May 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

No, no, these are the drones we’re looking for and the forces just isn’t with you Jay.

onomo on May 30, 2013 at 7:04 AM

I’m not sure how you can read Carney’s assessment as anything other than an endorsement of parsed, cynical stonewalling.

It’s more than an endorsement of stonewalling – it’s an endorsement of the corruption and crimes that happened.

It’s not a mystery how a culture of corruption developed in the Obama administration and Carney is clearly demonstrating it.

gwelf on May 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM