The scandal that is the IRS

Can you imagine being audited by the IRS and telling them you lost all your records and that they would just have to take your word for it? That is exactly what the IRS is asking the American people to do.

At issue is a House Oversight Committee subpoena for documents from the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups specifically the Tea Party. After stalling for a year, the IRS reports that the critical two years of messages from Lois Lerner, the head of the Internal Revenue Service’s division on tax-exempt organizations as well as six other persons of interest in the investigation, have conveniently disappeared. The computer backups of this correspondence are also lost. The hard drives from all seven persons of interest failed simultaneously. And the Obama administration refuses to release email correspondence with the IRS.

This is the same Lois Lerner that pleaded the fifth so as not to implicate herself in criminal activity during previous Congressional hearings. At that point it was already clear that she had lied to Congress, several other IRS officials directly contradicted her earlier statements.

In June, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed that he withheld key information from the congressional investigation and intentionally misled the Ways & Means Committee about Lois Lerner’s emails. In short, he lied.

How deep does this go? A March 2010 entry the White House Visitors Log, confirms the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, met with Obama. The very next day according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees, who are also NTEU members, began targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America. Coincidence perhaps, but I smell smoke.

President Obama, in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, said the IRS targeting scandal had “not even a smidgen of corruption.” Shortly after the IRS targeting hit the fan Obama said, “They’re phony scandals that are generated.” Does this look like a phony scandal to you?

America has become a banana republic. The most powerful agency with the ability to destroy your life with the click of a keyboard is so corrupt that it blatantly tamperswith evidence pertaining to their wrongdoing and is seemingly getting away with it. Where is the outrage? Where is the urgency to bring everyone involved to justice?

Representative Paul Ryan asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hard-working taxpayers and with a phone call, an email or a letter you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hang onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited, and you can’t keep six months’ worth of employee emails?” Exactly!

According to the World Bank, the U.S. ranking on the Corruption Index has steadily fallen during the Obama era. Prior to Obama, the U.S. had consistently ranked in the top 10 percent. The U.S. now ranks at the very bottom of the developed countries. Time will tell if this is the most corrupt administration in history. What we do know is this week a Quinnipiac University Poll named Obama the worst president in the last 75 years.

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