IRSgate: Shuffling Off to Shame

© Miri WTPOTUS June 3, 2013

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There they are!  Our employees, doing the Cupid Shuffle.  The IRS reportedly spent $50 MILLION on 220 conferences between 2010 and 2012:  That’s a couple of conferences per week, averaging several thousand dollars per conference.  This, in a time of austerity, when critical employees like air traffic controllers are being furloughed to save money.  What hubris!  What waste!

The conference spending included $4 million for an August 2010 gathering in Anaheim, Calif., for which the agency did not negotiate lower room rates, even though that is standard government practice, according to a statement by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Instead, some of the 2,600 attendees received benefits, including baseball tickets and stays in presidential suites that normally cost $1,500 to $3,500 per night. In addition, 15 outside speakers were paid a total of $135,000 in fees, with one paid $17,000 to talk about “leadership through art,” the House committee said. [emphasis added]

Is line dancing “art”?  At one conference, our employees learned to do the Cupid Shuffle (see photo above).  Isn’t that cute?  Your hard-earned tax dollars at work, being wasted by the very people whose job it is to harass you, if necessary, in order to get you to pay up!

How does learning to line dance help them to do their jobs?  Who the hell knows?  But surely it enriches the friends of Barry, some way, somehow.

Not to worry, though!  This waste has already been nipped in the bud:

The Treasury Department released a statement Sunday saying the administration “has already taken aggressive and dramatic action to reduce conference spending.” [emphasis added]

“Aggressive” and “dramatic”!  Really?  Really?  Last time I checked, the Obama administration was in charge between 2010 and 2012, when the $50 million was being wasted.  Let’s guess that these aggressive, dramatic reductions began right about the time that Inspector J. Russell George was finishing his audit.

Obama is the very candidate who promised in 2008 to  go through the budget “line by line” to eliminate all wasteful spending:

In these challenging times, when we are facing both rising deficits and a sinking economy, budget reform is not an option. It is an imperative,” Obama said. “We cannot sustain a system that bleeds billions of taxpayer dollars on programs that have outlived their usefulness, or exist solely because of the power of a politicians, lobbyists, or interest groups. We simply cannot afford it. This isn’t about big government or small government. It’s about building a smarter government that focuses on what works. That is why I will ask my new team to think anew and act anew to meet our new challenges…. We will go through our federal budget – page by page, line by line – eliminating those programs we don’t need, and insisting that those we do operate in a sensible cost-effective way. [emphasis added]

Obama insisted that the government, under his future administration, be run “in a sensible cost-effective way.”  $50 million to learn to do the Cupid Shuffle?  That’s cost effective? Five years later, we’re still waiting for a budget that he can go through “line by line.”  The waste and fraud continues.

Upset about that?  Just do the Cupid Shuffle; you’ll feel better soon. Wikipedia informs us that the

Cupid Shuffle” is a song by Cupid from his 2007 studio album Time for a Change.

What a coincidence!  Time for a CHANGE.  Hope and change.  Impressive how they tie those themes together in the Obama administration.

Yesterday, California Republican Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affair Committee, said that interviews with IRS employees indicate that the targeting of Tea Party groups and other conservative citizens was orchestrated from Washington DC:

The agent in the Cincinnati office, in which the targeting took place, told congressional investigators that he or she was told by a supervisor in March 2010 to search for Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt status and that “Washington, D.C., wanted some cases.”

The agent said that by April the office had held up roughly 40 cases and at least seven were sent to Washington. The agent also said a second IRS employee asked for information on two other specific applicants in which Washington was interested in.

When asked by congressional investigators about allegations and press reports about two agents in Cincinnati essentially being responsible for the targeting, the agent responded:

“It’s impossible. As an agent we are controlled by many, many people. We have to submit many, many reports. So the chance of two agents being rogue and doing things like that could never happen. … They were basically throwing us underneath the bus.”

The administration has denied involvement in the scandal, repeatedly saying it was limited to the Cincinnati office.

Today, tomorrow, and Thursday, hearings will be held in which we should learn more about the outrageous behavior of the IRS.

The hearings will probably be shown live on CSPAN. Today’s hearing of the House Appropriations Committee will feature testimony from the new acting IRS Commissioner.  It begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on CSPAN3.

Tomorrow, members of conservative groups that the IRS admittedly targeted will testify before the House Ways and Means Committee, reportedly beginning at 10 a.m. ET; check CSPAN tomorrow to see if they have scheduled live coverage.

On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Issa, will look into IRS spending, based upon a report by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George, who audited (but did not INVESTIGATE) the agency.  Again, check CSPAN for times and possible live coverage.

Before all is said and done,

We the People would like to see somebody shuffling off to the slammer.

Our previous post about IRSgate is here.  We’ll try to cover the hearings and keep you updated on the juicy tidbits, as time allows.


57 responses to “IRSgate: Shuffling Off to Shame

  1. No sequester for them. 👿

    • Doesn’t that photo just crack you up? It truly is shameful. I’m listening to the hearing and will try to let you know if anything big happens. Werfel is there.

  2. Rosemary Woodhouse

    We all should take agreessive action and stop funding them. The IRS is nothing more than an agency of extortion. Our government officials are thieves. When’s the last time you heard of insider John Corzine (MF Global) and all of the money that just…..disappeared? How about TARP 1 & 2. They are stealing from we, the taxpayer to fund their extravagant lifestyles (and offshore accounts).

    • how bout we all “take agressive action and stop”….. paying TAXES till they straighten up, which may go for many years !!!!!!

      • “Fifth the Fifteenth” As is plead the fifth stamped on the form.

      • I heard someone on radio this morning suggest that everybody simply file for an extension.

      • Did anyone read the article on WND’s site about the man the IRS feared? How does one “not” pay taxes when your employer deducts them? Only self-employed people can do that. The only thing I can do is not file or file an extension.

    • I think we had that news a while ago. It was on another thread. I was going to make this an open thread but I changed my mind, so we can just keep this week’s IRS stuff in one place. Okay? Hopefully, we’ll get up a new open thread tomorrow.

  3. The head of the committee gave a tough opening statement, basically calling the IRS bullies. He blasted them on their waste and said they won’t be getting more money easily, based upon their behavior.

    Rep. Jose Serrano (D) of NY pretends to be outraged over the targeting and the fact that they were earlier lied to, in March, when told that it wasn’t happening. FYI: He’s a socialist. Serrano seems to think that they need to fix the problems and MOVE ON. (Sound familiar?) He, of course, thinks they need more money. Less money, he says, will lead to “more scandals” and “trouble.” (Say what?)

  4. Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) has the most distinguished voice! Reminds me of the very credible old journalists we used to hear as kids. He says they’re NOT going to tolerate another “enemies list”. He’s talking about the waste, the targeting, AND the “improper tax refunds” (in the billions). I’m glad he’s going to go after that, too. That’s just another WASTE that the IRS allows.

    J. Russell George is there to testify, too. The chairman is Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL). Who’s Werfel?

    ” Biographical information on Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Daniel Werfel:

    NAME — Daniel Werfel.

    AGE — 42.

    EDUCATION — Bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University; J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.

    EXPERIENCE — Controller of the Office of Management and Budget, 2009-present. Prior positions with the Office of Management and Budget: deputy controller, chief of the Financial Integrity and Analysis Branch, budget examiner in the Education Branch, and policy analyst in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Former trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

    FAMILY — Wife, Beth; two children.”

    He’s speaking now and of course, he’s going to fix everything. He says he’s ordering them to get going on the backlog, especially the conservative cases held up for years. He says he told them to make sure they do the reviews in a non-ideological manner, unbiased, as they’re supposed to. (In which case, like they fast-tracked Malik’s application and all progressive applications, he should immediately approve and rubber-stamp all the held-up applications!)

  5. George is speaking now and made sure, once again, to point out that his review was an AUDIT and not an investigation. He confirms the targeting once again. They are still going to look into whether any improper influence from elsewhere led to the political targeting.

    Wow. Again, a member of Congress (Crenshaw) points out that the IRS system is (allegedly) voluntary–people voluntarily pay their taxes. Right. Crenshaw’s bloviating and not asking questions. Oy! Ok. So he asks Werfel if the IRS has betrayed the people’s trust. Wow. That’s hard-hitting. NOT! What does he expect Werfel to say? Of course he agrees. Werfel says he needs to get the facts out, find who’s to blame, and fix the problem. Find the “root causes” and fix it so it never happens again (how’s about a new administration top to bottom?). He commits to “full cooperation.”

    Serrano asks what the COMMITTEE can do to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Werfel says hearings, questions to ensure transparency, helping them evaluate fixes, how do you set up an appropriate review process for the groups? (They’re ONLY JUST NOW GETTING AROUND TO MAKING UP A PROCESS FOR THE IRS TO FOLLOW? THERE’S YOUR PROBLEM. OY.) Werfel amazingly says the solution isn’t more money. They need oversight and the right leadership.

    George says this was a “gross mismanagement” of a “key” function of the IRS. Serrano asks whether the mismanagement was political or just incompetence. George says they’re still reviewing but it was a little of both.

    Rogers asks about the $92 million in bonuses, including for the key mismanagers (my word) in this scandal, including promotions for some of these key people who were supposed to oversee this department. All these bonuses had to be approved by the president. Right? Werfel says only a small subset are approved by the POTUS. Rogers says the guidelines say that over $25,000, then they must be approved by POTUS. Did Obama approve these? Werfel says he’s not sure. He will get back to Rogers. When everybody else’s pay is frozen, how can they be paying bonuses? Werfel says it speaks to the “larger issue in the IRS to improve overall management oversight.” Rogers says if they received them, by OPM guidelines, and POTUS didn’t approve them, shouldn’t they have to pay them back? Werfel will get back to him on that. George says they have an on-going audit on the IRS bonuses, report due this fall.

    Rogers says $13.6 billion were overpaid in low income tax credits, more than the entire IRS budget. HOW is this happening? George claims it’s more expensive to go after these cheaters to get the money back than to just “write it off” and let the scofflaws keep the money. He says it’s long-standing for decades. Has anybody been fired over this? Not to their knowledge. Will they be? If there’s malfeasance instead of just complexity in programs and identifying eligibility, then there will be firings. Rogers says 1 of every 5 dollars handed out via these low-income tax credits is improper!

  6. Democrat Nita Lowey asks if there’s any evidence of political targeting or whether Barry directed it. Both say no evidence as of today but GEORGE points out that he did NOT look into this aspect or for that evidence. They both say they have no evidence now, but the point is that George did NOT look for that evidence and Werfel answers based only upon George’s audit. George says his work is on-going and they will go where the facts lead them. She asks why nobody recognized this was wrong and correct it or report it? George says that somebody in DC ordered correction but at some point they “reverted back” to using inappropriate criteria. (It makes little sense, I know. They dance and dance and dance and lie by omission and by misrepresenting audits versus INVESTIGATIONS.)

  7. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) asks Werfel if he was briefed by the WH for this investigation? Werfel says no. Did he talk to Barry about this? He did generally. Barry asked for a plan to get to the bottom and hold appropriate people accountable. Does he plan on cleaning house, terminating anyone, or holding people accountable? He says holding people accountable. What’s his definition of that? Figure out if the person can no longer hold a position of public trust; the representative points out that Werfel already agreed that the IRS has totally lost the public’s trust. Has anyone been held accountable, yes or no. Werfel says yes–new leadership. Who has been held accountable? The leaders who were replaced. Were they terminated? In most cases resigned. Voluntarily? Asked to resign? He says Miller. Is Lerner on leave, being paid, accountability? Yes or no? Facts aren’t in yet. Has either of them asked the people in Cincinnati who ordered this? Has ANYONE been asked?

    George says yes, but nobody would acknowledge who provided the direction. Werfel–are you satisfied with that response. He says no and he will uncover every fact. Right. He didn’t answer the question. (George can’t subpoena or ask people under oath, because he’s not investigating.) Rep. Mike Quigley of IL (D) is doing the usual spin–it’s hard to find the answers fast, right? Right. It will take time (let me guess–about 4 years).

  8. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) asks how many groups still unconstitutionally are being denied their approval. Werfel doesn’t answer, twice, but spins that it’s not yet determined that this is “unconstitutional”. He finally says 132 cases are “overdue”, but he’s directed them to submit a PLAN by this week. How many have been in process for more than 2 years? Werfel doesn’t know. Will he inform them by the end of today? Yes. Does George have any info? It’s dated info, as of 12/17/12: 160 (54%) were open for a long time and 129 were open for more than 1 year. Rep. says they asked this same stuff from the previous guy and Shulman either misled the committee or didn’t tell the whole truth. Is the audit committee also targeting individuals for audits based upon their donations or beliefs? Werfel isn’t aware of anything but has ordered them to look. Did George find anything? They haven’t looked for that.

    Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) again asks George if he found evidence that groups were targeted for political beliefs. He says 79 were DEFINITELY put aside because of their names–Tea Party, patriot, 9/12. They’re continuing to look at it. They found NONE that were readily identifiable as LIBERAL that were targeted. (Again, playing games. Misrepresenting the facts. Making it appear AS IF an audit is an investigation.)

    George says of the 298 that were singled out, not all were C(4)s, some were C(3)s (89), and they WERE singled out because of their names, associated with conservative causes. 72 Tea Party, 13 patriots, 11 9/12 categories. (Numbers don’t add up to me, but who knows what they’re talking about?) Why the Cincinnati office? Werfel says that’s where the “determinations unit” is found and their job is to review the applications for the whole country; George points out some others throughout the country were involved, though.

  9. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) is concerned because he represents constituents that come from countries where routinely the government targets people for their beliefs. He thinks this is worse–an assault on our democracy and our freedoms. Do they think he exaggerates how dangerous and unacceptable this is? Werfel says it’s “inexcusable” and “damaging” (to the IRS, it sounds like). They failed in the core principle. Devastates the AGENCY and its people. (He’s not talking about the damage to our country, though.) He says more analysis and investigation is needed to find the motivation. (Oh, right! We can’t guess.) Again with the “inexcusable”. It’s “appalling” and “upsetting”. Diaz-Balart says it’s the BASIS OF OUR COUNTRY that we shouldn’t have to FEAR our government because of our beliefs. Werfel says he “agrees”. Diaz-Balart says Werfel can “change the story and cover it up” or he can “get to the bottom of it” and make sure the people have a “clear understanding of WHO did what.” The right thing is “ABSOLUTE TRANSPARENCY.” Does Werfel agree? He says yes. (But note: They already missed deadlines for producing records.)

  10. Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) What is your relationship with the agency that you inspect? George says they were once part of the agency. They retain some responsibility but are also “pure” inspector generals. George says this is “unprecedented”. During Nixon administration there were attempts that MIGHT be comparable, but misuse causing a distrust is unprecedented! Wow. That’s sort of huge. I wish I had his exact quote. Somebody will. Womack says Werfel has the weight of the U.S. Constitution on his shoulders. He needs to restore the public trust and how will he? “Articulate a roadmap.” (Oh, that will work!) Womack says we EXPECT what he says he wants to do. Why are these people still drawing a paycheck? Has there been any consequence taken off the table for any perpetrators? Has the WH suggested that for any of these people (that they not be removed, he means)? He’s “not aware” of that. Has Treasury suggested that? He says NO. (Big difference between “not aware” for the WH and “no” for the Treasury Dept. Quibbling? Maybe, but who trusts these people? Not I. If he wants to be transparent, then all his meetings should be videotaped.) Is he prepared for the worst possible outcome–a large number of people who are culpable? Werfel is prepared, he says.

    Crenshaw again: It’s not just “mismanagement”. Common sense says that “just doesn’t happen.” Why did nobody speak up? A lot of people watched this take place and nobody spoke up. If that’s all there is, that’s scarier–a culture of intimidation and nobody says this is wrong. Did this just happen or did somebody give some direction? Who’s responsible? It’s not reasonable that it just happened and for 3 years they picked on people with a conservative philosophy and nobody said anything, so he’s concerned to hear Werfel talk about uncovering mismanagement in 120 days (apparently that’s how long he’ll be there)!

    Werfel says his statements need to be backed up: George is investigating, DOJ, and his team are investigating. (He says they’ll coordinate–oh, that’s comforting because that means HOLDER.) It’s a “process” and will “take time.” Crenshaw say the best way to stop it is to have it stopped. What is he going to do? Why did nobody say this isn’t right? Is Werfel going to talk to them and ask them how it happened? It’s simple: Ask those people how they decided to do this. Systems and road maps aren’t as good as “basic questions”. Werfel says a lot of people are asking questions, including himself. What questions? He’s asking his leadership to evaluate how the breakdown happened. Did he ask them why they just watched this? “It’s new leaders.” (That’s convenient. Guilty parties gone, so can’t be asked!)

    Serrano says some people won’t be satisfied until Barry is blamed and falsely says both of the witnesses have said it was just mismanagement. He points out again that George says there’s no “evidence” of political targeting but George has said MANY TIMES that he didn’t investigate THAT aspect. He found no evidence because he didn’t look for it. An audit is NOT an investigation.

  11. He basically says the same thing that the DemoncRATS on the committee are parroting. The talking points have gone down.

  12. Rep. Rogers says it’s “a matter of great importance” whether it was merely rogue employees or “directed from on high.” They want Werfel to “push the facts” to find out WHERE this policy came from, since he promised that he will pursue the facts wherever they go. Rogers brought up the agent who told Congress that the DC office requested specific files for Tea Party groups and directed this targeting. Pro-Life groups were targeted, too, and an agent asked them to NOT protest in exchange for getting their tax exempt status. Will he comment? Werfel says those types of questions are “inexcusable”. (There’s that word again.) Rogers says these orders “came from on high” and they will “not rest … until somebody gets … those answers.” Rogers says in the past they’ve put a “strait jacket” on agency monies in order to ensure that money won’t be forthcoming until they respond to the committee. The power of the purse rests with Congress and they will use it to get the truth.

    Rep. Kaptur suggests that “smart people” in Cincinnati were actually doing their job and identifying people who were trying to get tax exempt status unfairly. (What an ass. So any Tea Party, patriot, or 9/12 DESERVED to be targeted, just because.) Were other groups INAPPROPRIATELY asked to provide additional information? George says part of the group were “agnostic” by name. Of the ones placed in the group, 89 were Tea Party, patriot, and 9/12 (iirc, EVERY Tea Party, patriot, or 9/12 group was set aside).

    Rep. Graves: Has Werfel asked ANY of the employees who told them to target? He hasn’t asked yet. Who interviewed him? Dennis McDonough. Did you ask the WH chief of staff who ordered these special targets? He didn’t ask. So he was willing to take the job without knowing where this would go and he has yet to ask the Cincinnati employees who is guilty. Werfel says he has great respect for the employees at the IRS and that he thought he could be “helpful”. Asked the same of George–the employees wouldn’t answer who told them to target. Were they doing it on their own (protecting themselves) or hiding someone else’s identity? Seems he doesn’t know. In an audit, they’re looking at institutional stuff, not investigating motivations or who did what or who designed policies. So it’s Werfel’s job to find out WHO made this call. George and DOJ are looking into this and if Werfel inserts himself too much, it might impact their investigation (how sweet for them. An investigation is going on, so no questions can be asked. Just like Benghazi, et al). Did anybody say they felt pressure from Senate Democrats which led to targeting? George says nobody said so in the course of his audit, but he will go where the facts take them. Werfel: Were those targeted NOT political allies of Barry? Werfel says he believes some were singled out based on inappropriate criteria and they were associated with conservative groups, that he offers were not typically Barry’s allies. Would he agree that Lerner, Miller and others who KNEW earlier are subordinates of Barry and Werfel agrees. He can’t jump to conclusions, though. (Don’t you have a ton of faith that Werfel is going to tell us, when he finds out who ordered this?)

    Rep. Yoder: Determining the rationale is critical. How is this still a mystery? We’re left to believe that employees decided on their own that they were going to target people based upon their beliefs. Asks George who gave the orders. He doesn’t know. He wasn’t engaged in those interviews. Is he aware that these people at IRS are politically active? George has no information on that. We’re supposed to believe that these politically active front line employees did it all with no instruction from DC. What about the 157 visits Shulman made to WH? George didn’t know about it until he heard it in the media. (That’s because he didn’t INVESTIGATE who ordered this, as he’s said many, many times.) Has there been any investigation related to any conversation that WH had with IRS regarding targeting? That will fall under “additional review” and he can’t discuss it now. (Convenient.) Tells Werfel it’s “tragic and laughable” if this ends up laid at the feet of employees. His internal review still hasn’t uncovered who did this. Will you welcome a special prosecutor? Now Werfel says the FBI is investigating, too. He thinks the 4 investigations are sufficient and they should let the process go on and see if the job is getting done. Werfel isn’t the decision maker on special prosecutor but he will cooperate with any. Yoder says the idea that we would trust the administration to investigate itself is (my word) laughable.

    Diaz-Balart: How long do these approval processes usually take? Werfel says once it’s longer than 120 days, it’s out of bounds. What would be a fast one? He says George speaks of “gross mismanagement”. If it was consistent, it would be understandable as mismanagement; but it’s TARGETED mismanagement and EFFECTIVE targeted mismanagement. Speedy approval given to MALIK’S foundation in one month! And it was given RETROACTIVELY, which is very rare. So on one side you have effective management for the Obama Foundation but alleged mismanagement when it targets conservatives. George says when it was identified, she (Lerner, I presume) did try to effect change but people “reverted back to inappropriate behavior” but she didn’t check to see and so that was mismanagement. How many cases where liberal groups got approved fast–this takes action to do and it’s requires action, indicating TARGETING for special treatment or for stonewalling (my words). At best, it’s gross mismanagement but at worst, it’s a lot deeper. How should Diaz-Balart feel about giving the IRS a new and complicated procedure (Obamacare) to oversee? What does he tell his constituents? George says they’ve conducted two audits so far to see what they’re doing to prepare and so far it looks positive that they’re gearing up for it. But they need to create many new computer programs and they’ve historically had problems with software. Unless they get more money, it will be difficult. (He doesn’t answer how we’re supposed to TRUST them to not be biased in overseeing Obamacare, though!) Crenshaw points out that they could not waste money on conferences and instead use it for enforcement.

    The meeting is adjourned. Not much came from that, imho. Peace, out!


    “BREAKING: Sources Say IRS Scandal “About to Explode” – Paper Trail Leads “All The Way To Top Levels In DC” …”

    GP has tweets from Joseph Curl, editor of Drudge. One of them says that rumors are the some of the lower-level employees who suspected they’d be thrown under the bus KEPT A PAPER TRAIL that leads high up–not exactly Barry, but high.


    Smoking gun in IRS scandal? Rep. Darrell Issa says he’s close.

    … When Candy Crowley, the host of “State of the Union,” pushed Representative Issa for a clearer link — evidence of a direct order from Washington — he said his committee was following a paper trial to try to establish facts, but the White House had not yet supplied subpoenaed documents.

    It is part of an established Washington tradition. Congressional investigators from one party ask presidents for reams of documents in the name of transparency, presidents of the other party tell Congress to buzz off, saying Congress is on a political witch hunt, and the scandal survives for another week.

    In the meantime, Issa was careful not to specifically accuse anyone of anything — while making it clear that he doesn’t trust the Obama administration.

    He cited Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS division on tax-exempt organizations, who last month refused to answer questions posed by Issa’s committee, invoking her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

    The reason that Lois Lerner tried to take the fifth is not because there is a rogue in Cincinnati, it’s because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we’re getting to proving it,” he added.

    At one point, he even called White House spokesman Jay Carney a “paid liar.”

    “My gut tells me that too many people knew that this wrongdoing was going on before the election,” he said. “And at least by some sort of convenient benign neglect, allowed it to go on through the election — allowed these groups, these conservative groups, these, if you will, not friends of the president, to be disenfranchised through an election.”

    The idea that the Obama administration has played the part of an enabler, allowing a vindictive partisan culture to flourish in the American bureaucracy, was echoed by other Republicans Sunday morning.

    “The culture of the president calling tea party groups terrorists and tea-baggers, [THANK YOU!!! ABOUT TIME.] and that entire culture has been cultivated by the president and his people, and everyone has been following,” said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on “Fox News Sunday.”

    Added Republican strategist Karl Rove on ABC’s “This Week”: “People sitting in Cincinnati, Laguna Niguel, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., listen to people like Sen. Max Baucus, Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Obama. When President Obama goes out in 2010 and calls these groups ‘a threat to democracy,’ he’s blowing a dog whistle.

    Rove also said further investigation would reveal further discrimination.

    We’re going to find that the IRS targeted conservative political groups, not liberal groups, and that they targeted specific individuals,” he said. …”


  15. I knew that Gateway Pundit would catch that quote by Mr. George that I missed. It was goooood.

    Treasury IG Compares IRS Scandal to Nixon Only Worse – “This Is Unprecedented”

    … “During the Nixon administration, there were attempts to use the Internal Revenue Services in manners that might be comparable in terms of misusing it. I’m not saying the actions taken here are comparable,” he told a House Appropriations subcommittee. “This is unprecedented.” …”

    • One of GP’s commenters points out that Nixon merely TALKED about using the IRS (as has Barry, infamously); this is actual action! That’s what’s unprecedented. Wishing and hoping and talking versus actually DOING! Barry “jokes” about auditing enemies and pines wistfully and speaks openly about how he wants to be a dictator, but sadly can’t. Or can he?

  16. this is all crystal clear.

    government intimidation. people are, indeed, afraid to speak out against the current administration. the silence is deafening. yes, people fear for their lives and their livelihoods.

    (i hear Richard Windsor has received many awards of excellence)

    this is Excellent Reporting Miri, thanks so much!

    • YW. I figured while I was watching, I may as well report for those who don’t want to watch hours of video or depend on the lamestream’s version of what happened. Speaking of Richard Windsor, did you know that other Obamabots used aliases, too? Note that this is the liberal NPR!

      Top Political Appointees Use Secret Email Accounts

      Some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including the secretary for Health and Human Services, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.

      The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees’ email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.

      The AP asked for the addresses following last year’s disclosures that the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts at work. [Lisa Jackson as Richard Windsor] The practice is separate from officials who use personal, non-government email accounts for work, which generally is discouraged — but often happens anyway — due to laws requiring that most federal records be preserved.

      The secret email accounts complicate an agency’s legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails in response to congressional or internal investigations, civil lawsuits or public records requests because employees assigned to compile such responses would necessarily need to know about the accounts to search them. [Uh, huh. See how that works? Evaders evading legal transparency and potentially honest employees trying to do their jopssssss.] Secret accounts also drive perceptions that government officials are trying to hide actions or decisions. …”

      Ya think? Nah! Never. Another interesting factoid:

      Wife of former IRS chief worked for Obama campaign, supported Occupy DC

      … Pickett posted some of Anderson’s tweets when she worked for OFA last year. [THIS WILL CRACK YOU UP! OFA, Obama’s campaign arm turned whatever it is now, is a 501(c)(4), exactly the same type of group that her husband TARGETED if they were conservatives. This stinks to high hell. Yes, it appears to me that OFA is NOT “political” but just dedicated to social welfare. Of course, obots think their very existence is good and others are evil, so it follows in their minds that they MUST be for “social welfare” while conservatives are bad, bad, bad and deserve no civil rights or constitutional rights to free speech, assembly, whatever.]

      “En route to airport after working 3 days 4 OFA, MiL just asks me If I know abt the Chrysler ads,” she wrote last November. [I’m guessing that MiL means her mother-in-law, which would be Shulman’s mom, huh? Who is she and whom does SHE work for? Could this be “Beth”?]

      “After spending the day in East Dayton w/union folks working 4 Obama, this America’s Future GM retirees’ ad rings rather false,” she tweeted a day earlier.

      Pickett said that Anderson also tweeted about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s taxes.

      Folks go to Caymans to dodge taxes or dive reefs – wanna bet what Mitt was doing there?” she asked last January.

      She also mentioned Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS in a tweet posted by Twitchy.

      Karl Rove, Crossroads, Get Money Out!” she tweeted last June. [She tweets as SHE works for groups exactly like Crossroads–groups that collect millions from the likes of Soros, as her husband is heading an organization that deliberately stalls the operation of conservative opponents, as she works FOR OBAMA. But his hands are clean and so are Anderson’s and Shulman’s. Right.]

      “Yes, that’s the same American Crossroads whose confidential documents were leaked by the IRS to ProPublica,” Twitchy added. [Oh, yeah. And leaked by whom, we wonders?]

      Twitchy said that Anderson’s tweets “reveal antipathy toward the Tea Party, the Republican Party, the NRA, Grover Norquist, and ‘Angry Old Rich Guys’ — in other words, most conservatives in America.

      If this has been posted already, forgive me. I think it bears repeating. It’s amazing; truly amazing.

      Whatever happened to the AP and Rosen scandal? Stalled due to having to wait for Holder to investigate himself?

      • I didn’t realize this was so illegal , to have an alternative name for emails. There’s a big controversy about the outgoing EPA lady Ms. Lisa Jackson using some man’s name to do all her emails with many, including with the white house. Nothing will probably come of it,now that she’s gone .

  17. Conservative groups are testifying right now about their experiences being targeted. I won’t have time this morning to cover it. It’s live here: This appears to be a summary of what happened so far, with updates promised:

    • ” … The leaders of six conservative groups who say they were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service told lawmakers Tuesday they have been mistreated for years by IRS agents who asked intrusive questions and delayed their applications for tax-exempt status.

      The leader of a small South Carolina tea party group said her organization first applied for tax-exempt status in 2010 – and is still waiting for the application to be processed. …

      Another group, the National Organization for Marriage, said the IRS publicly disclosed confidential information about donors. …

      For more than 18 months during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns, IRS agents in a Cincinnati office singled out tea party and other conservative groups for additional scrutiny when they sought tax-exempt status, according to a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury Department inspector general for tax administration.

      The report said tea party groups were asked inappropriate questions about their donors, their political affiliations and their positions on political issues. The additional scrutiny delayed applications for an average of nearly two years, making it difficult for many of the groups to raise money. …”

      I’m hearing a little as I type this. Becky Gerritson (sp?) of a Tea Party group was on the verge of tears when she completed testifying about how “terrified” she feels that the America she knows is “slipping away.” John Eastman says people are “scared to death” that their government is out of control, with ATF and other agencies targeting people. People are AFRAID.

  18. We’ll need to find the video and post it, because this looks really compelling and well worth watching in full. They’re in the question and answer portion now.

  19. I’m still listening to some of the hearing. It’s so obvious that this is a case of people given power who went insane with USING their power to target and attack people with whom they disagree. It’s typical obot behavior. It’s encouraged from the top. At least a generation has been trained by progressives in academia and the media to think this way. To violate the rights of people who they believe DESERVE no rights because, in their opinion, these people with whom they politically disagree are simply EVIL and WRONG and therefore DESERVE to be stifled, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

    One of the speakers said that the IRS demanded the names of 7th graders who were volunteers for their organization! One said that it was OBVIOUS that the purpose of learning the names of the donors was so that these people could be intimidated, their businesses could be boycotted, and so that they would become fearful so that they would NOT donate again. The man said it DID reduce his donations and harmed his organization. He mentioned that these could be felonies that should be prosecuted.

    Just to see the REALNESS of these people versus the cold obotness (prevaricating evaders) of the Obama minions who testified. It’s chilling.

  20. This appears to be some of the testimony. It seems to begin in the middle (or without opening statements). I can’t find it on CSPAN videos yet.

    Rep. Nunes has names of some of the agents and wants more names and wants them called before the committee. Joseph Grant (who was promoted and then resigned), Lois Lerner, Fay Nye, Mr. Steel(e?), Joseph Herr, “Miss” Richards (who never gave her first name and who consulted with a “supervisor” during phone calls with the “harassee”).

    A Mr. Eastman’s tax information was leaked to someone, via the IRS. He says he doubts it was leaked from Cincinnati; his paperwork went to Utah.

  21. Powerful stuff. Becky Gerritson’s speech needs to be transcribed in full. She says she’s not there as a “serf or a vassal.” “What the government did to our little group … is un-American.” “They think they are our masters.” God bless her. I hope I can find her presentation transcribed somewhere. All I can find on video are these snippets, so far.


      ““We peacefully assemble. We petition our government. We exercise the right to free speech. And we don’t understand why the government tried to stop us,” Wetumpka Tea Party President Becky Gerritson said during her opening statement before the House Ways and Means Committee.

      I’m not here as a serf or a vassal,” she went on, beginning to choke up. “I’m not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born-free American woman, wife, mother and citizen.”

      And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well-being and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. Your post, the post that you occupy exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty. And you have faltered,” Gerritson said.”

  22. Mr. Eastman: He seems to say what I was trying to get at this morning: That the progressives think that the way THEY think is all “for the public good” whereas conservative thought is against the “public good” and so, therefore, conservative organizations don’t “qualify” for tax-exempt status as “social welfare organizations.” That’s “preposterous”, Eastman says. (Somewhere else, I read that Mr. Eastman is a constitutional lawyer.)

  23. Listen to McDermott “explain” how it’s not “targeting” and a violation of their rights just to not give them a tax exemption. (Forgetting, however, the likes of MoveOn and OFA, etc., which are NOT targeted. Not to mention MALIK Obama’s FAKE “charity”.) How outrageous can these people be? WILLFULLY ignorant. As Mr. Eastman said this morning, make a level playing field and he’s fine with it, but don’t give favors to favored political groups and refuse the same to opposition groups. TYRANNY. The witnesses used that word several times. God bless them.

  24. This lady was threatened with perjury penalties. She was even asked (3:40) about their violations of ordinances, breaches of order, arrests, and how they “conduct or promote illegal activities!” She makes a great crack about Occupy Oakland. Just think about ACORN as you listen to this patriot. My blood boils. (It’s probably members of ACORN who are persecuting the conservatives, as they sit on the butts on the public dime.)

  25. A good speech by Rep. Kelly but We the People HAVE COME to our government, over and over and over, about Barry’s ineligibility. They ignored us. NOW his “ACORN-like” jackboots are throughout our government and this is the result. As ACORN was corrupt, so are all these agencies infiltrated by his minions and being run surreptitiously via their alias emails and their non-trackable Blackberry communications. There WILL BE no smoking guns, unless the Congress GROWS SOME and doesn’t throw up their hands at the daunting task of rooting out the sheer number of crimes, big and small. Will they? We shall see. Or will they simply bloviate? That’s what’s “chilling”. WILL he stop the “culture of fear” that’s in our government now?

    • There are a whole lot of these videos if you just search “IRS” at You Tube. This is the outrageous presentation that Mr. Eastman responded to, wherein this representative implied that standing up for traditional marriage and opposing gay marriage is NOT promoting “social welfare” or the “public good”. We’ve encountered this before, haven’t we? They’re right; we’re wrong. They’re good; we’re evil. This is ALINSKY 101. Somehow, disagreeing with them makes us enemies UNDESERVING of Constitutional rights to free speech, free assembly, and EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW AND BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. We are less than Americans. Like dhimmis. To be tolerated, perhaps taxed for our existence, so long as we SUBMIT and accept second class status. Fascists. What ELSE can we call them?

      • precisely

        there should have been charges brought by now. many, many crimes have been committed on many, many fronts

        … who is James Rosen’s lawyer? we’ve been drenched in what happened but nothing since the story broke. What’s he doing about it?
        What is the Fox organiaztion doing about it? Press charges.

  26. Sorry for the double post please delete one. 🙂

  27. Werfel responded, “My understanding is that there is a small sub class of bonuses called presidential rank awards that are approved by the president, but they’re relatively small in number.” He added, “There’s maybe a couple hundred throughout the entire government. The larger amount of bonuses in terms of quantity are typically approved by the agency head.”

    Who are these people? There must be a schedule somewhere.

    • One of the representatives went on to inform him that, no, if the bonuses are greater than $25,000, then the POtuS is required to approve them. They’re supposed to get back to the committee on that, whether Barry approved or not. Lerner got a huge bonus, iirc, more than $100,000, but I could be wrong.

      • i got stuck on this line:

        The larger amount of bonuses in terms of quantity are typically approved by the agency head.”

        the agency head? like who?

        • Who knows? They’re not telling! Shulman? Miller (now gone)? Their work was meritorious because they did a smash-up jop of targeting the enemies of Barry.

      • and she got to be “The Enforcer” of obama’s slavery device.

  28. Of course the JournOlist has been activated, and so Martin Bashir rears his ugly head:

    MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Says ‘IRS’ Is the new ‘N****r’

    The GOP is using the term “IRS” in place of the term “N****r,” MSNBC host Martin Bashir claimed on his Wednesday show.

    “Republicans are using [the IRS scandal] as their latest weapon in the war against the black man,” he suggested. ”IRS” is the new “N****r.” …”

    Video at the link. This tells us that they KNOW this has legs. They’re worried. It’s going to be tracked back, and so they need to prepare the race card meme. Alinsky 101. It’s all they have.

    You’d think that by now, all things considered, the entire country would do a double take on the issue of that danged “birth certificate”. Barry’s credibility has dropped like a rock, especially with “independents”, according to polls. NOW IS THE TIME. I hope Zullo and company push FORWARD.

    Bashir is such a liar and all the rest of them are, too. There’s no “evidence” because (1) George did a statistical AUDIT, not an investigation and (2) of the four investigations, NONE IS COMPLETE.

  29. IRS: The gift that keeps on giving:

    Top IRS Official For Obamacare Implementation Placed On Administrative Leave

    Sources say a key official in charge of overseeing health reform implementation, as well as another staffer, have been put on leave for accepting more than $1,000 in free meals and other items at a 2010 conference.

    The IRS has put a top official in charge of implementing Obamacare on administrative leave after it was discovered he had accepted $1,162 in free food and other items during a 2010 conference.

    In a statement, the IRS confirmed that two employees have been placed on administrative leave — which is paid — and have begun the process of removing them.

    “[Acting IRS Director] Danny Werfel learned of the situation last night and immediately asked his leadership team to take action. He has also been in contact with key congressional committees about the situation,” the service said in the statement.

    “When I came to IRS, part of my job was to hold people accountable,” Werfel said. “There was clearly inappropriate behavior involved in this situation, and immediate action is needed.”

    The IRS informed congressional staff investigating the agency that Fred Schindler had been put on leave for accepting the gifts. A second unnamed staffer in the division was also put on leave for accepting the gifts, the aides said.

    According to congressional sources, the food was provided by an event planner organizing the conference during an “after hours” party. One source says the incident was referred to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution but it was not acted upon.

    An IRS spokesman declined to comment on whether the issue was sent to DOJ.

    Schindler is the deputy for Sarah Hall Ingram, who is heading up implementation of the Affordable Care Act for the IRS. Ingram has come under scrutiny recently because she oversaw the division of the IRS which targeted conservative organizations seeking nonprofit status. …”

    Getting out ahead of that hearing tomorrow.

    Ya think the announcement of Rice’s appointment is designed to be a “distraction” just as that Senate hearing on “sexual abuse” in the military distracted from yesterday’s IRS hearing testimony by their victims? Is the bribery from the SAME conference for which the IRS suddenly claims to have lost all the receipts?

    The IRS Claims It Didn’t Do This One Thing Millions of Americans Do Every Day

    A recent audit of the Internal Revenue Service’s lavish employee conferences may be inaccurate due to the fact that agency officials say they are unable to locate all of the “documentation” detailing their expenses — or in other words, they don’t have all of their receipts.

    Take a minute to think about that. IRS officials say they can’t provide their expense documentation. So whereas millions of Americans every day track their spending and monitor possible deductions for the IRS by holding tight to their receipts, it seems the IRS wasn’t able to do it for itself. …”

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