Thursday, February 27, 2014

IRS Going After Conservative Groups


For John, BLUFThe IRS Scandal is a very slow leak.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Tax Professor Paul Caron calls attention to the fact that this is "The IRS Scandal, Day 294".

I am looking forward to next week, when Ms Lois Lerner is supposed to return to Capitol Hill and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  From an article by Bryon Preston at the PJ Tatler, we have "What Happens when Lois Lerner Returns to Testify Next Week?"  The lede:

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), has recalled IRS honcho Lois Lerner to testify on the agency’s abuse of Tea Party and conservative groups.  She has since retired from the IRS and is receiving a six-figure retirement income, making more money per year after leaving her government job in disgrace than most Americans make working full-time.
But, looking at the past, we have an examination of the Democrats attempting to steer the IRS.  Sometimes The Wall Street Journal lets something out beyond the paywall.  One of those items is Professor Bradley A. Smith's "Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal".  It is Mr Smith's contention that "The 'smoking gun' in the targeting of conservative groups has been hiding in plain sight."

Mr Smith is using the question asked by King Henry II of England in 1170 to illuminate the problem.  Speaking of Thomas à Becket, King Henry asks "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?"

Turned out four armed early IRS agents left the castle and drove down to Canterbury Cathedral.

Remember what the "Mahatma", Commonwealth State Senator (and Boston Ward 8 Boss) Martin Michael Lomasney told us a hundred years ago:

Never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink.
Hat tip to The InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

1 comment:

Neal said...

One wonders if the answer to all this political intrigue and endless power playing and posturing wouldn't be solved by simply requiring a balanced chamber of each of the Congressional houses.....an even number of Democrats and Republicans...nobody can then gain a partisan upper hand. Of course, if frogs had wings......

It has been Obama.....first, foremost, and forever. The rest are just his "trusted" knights who have sold their souls to the King for a handful of silver.

But.....nobody wants to hang the King.