Tuesday, May 28, 2013

They even conspire when they admit conspiring

From Legal Insurrection:

Nothing says “trust the IRS” quite like the IRS planting questions at Bar Association meetings
The fateful question came from a tax lawyer, in a room filled with dozens of them. It came at the end of a Friday morning panel, on the second day of the American Bar Association tax section’s big annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington D.C. The moderator had announced that it would be the panel’s last question. 
“Lois, a few months ago there were some concerns about the IRS’s review of 501(c)(4) organizations, of applications from tea party organizations,” Celia Roady, a veteran tax lawyer, asked Lois Lerner, head of the IRS’ tax-exempt organizations division, a few minutes after Lerner finished giving prepared remarks. “I was just wondering if you could provide an update.” 
The name of the panel was “News From The IRS And Treasury.” But few, if any, of those present could have anticipated the kind of news Lerner would make with her response to Roady’s question. 
Lerner began by describing the increase in 501(c)(4) applications the IRS received between 2010 and 2012. IRS employees in Cincinnati, Lerner said, had reacted by centralizing the applications for efficiency and consistency, something the IRS did “whenever we see an uptick in a new kind of application or something we haven’t seen before.” But in this case, Lerner said, the centralization had not been carried out properly. 
“Instead of referring to the cases as advocacy cases, they actually used case names on this list,” Lerner said, according to a transcript of the meeting. “They used names like Tea Party or Patriots and they selected cases simply because the applications had those names in the title. That was wrong, that was absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate — that’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review.”

Cornell law professor Bill Jacobson asks:

Why the sudden admission? Just coincidence, or an attempt by the IRS to get ahead of the pending release of the Inspector General Report? There was a strong suspicion that the question was planted based on the identity of the questioner. 
Now we know. At the hearings this morning, Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller admitted Lerner knew about the question in advance, and that it was planned by the IRS.

They conspire to violate the rights of thousands of Americans, with the obvious intent to sway the outcome of the 2012 election by abusing Obama's opponents, and then they conspire to admit to the conspiracy in a way that optimizes their damage control.

They even conspire to admit conspiring.

1 comment:

  1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    My favorite adjective is that this thuggery was "insensitive". As if it were a breach of etiquette, like a loud fart during the State of the Union speech.

    Perhaps worse, not only are IRS agents "insensitive", they are ignorant:
    IRS centers established to help people prepare their tax returns gave incorrect answers - or no answer at all - to 43 percent of the questions asked by Treasury Department investigators posing as taxpayers.
    --- CBS News (2010)

    So let's not forget that these ignorant boors will be managing a large piece of Obamacare.

    There's only one solution...

    What we need is MORE government to protect us from the government we have.
    --- Progressive Dogma IV.A.13(b)