Seems the Revenooers, falling all over themselves in apologies, have hit an unintended hot button in the recent admission that “conservative groups” seeking tax exemption may have been unfairly targeted with respect to their tax exempt status applications.
Of course, in the never-ending Obama manner of blaming Bush for every problem, the politicians populating the White House were quick to point out that the IRS Commissioner (Douglas Shulman) when all of this started, was a Bush appointee. We can hardly wait for the report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) report on all of this — due out this week.
Just last Friday, you see, the IRS functionary in charge of the tax-exempt organizations division (Lois Lerner) piped a few lines from that great Brenda Lee tune of the early 60s: “I’m sorry, so sorry, please accept my apology … and I was too blind to see…” in her bleat that the IRS was “apologetic” for what she termed “absolutely inappropriate” actions by a few IRS slobs at lower levels in the organization. Right — that’s believable.
And put this in your pipe and smoke it — IRS says the TIGTA report will aver that “IRS senior leadership was not aware of this level of specific details” at the time of the March, 2012 hearing at which Shulman denied any targeting of conservative groups.
And here we have this nice bridge which we would like to sell you…
TIGTA, we understand, will put forth a timeline indicating that IRS scrutiny of tea-party and other conservative groups began as early as 2010, and came to the attention of Ms. Lerner, by the following year.
Recall that Tea Party groups have been annoying Obama since almost the very beginning - kicking into action right after the first great Obama debacle, the “Stimulus” legislation, was propounded.
“We made some mistakes,” quoth Lerner. “Some people didn’t use good judgment.”
The Wall Street Journal notes that IRS has already gone on to say that the errors “were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale,” and that the improper actions were taken by career civil servants, not by political appointees.
We shall see — for sure, enough hackles have already been raised over this, that we shall definitely see, sooner or later.
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