IRS Scandal: Playing “count the lies” with Lois Lerner

After the revelations today about Lois Lerner, and her emails to her colleagues, perhaps quite a few of the victims of the IRS “special treatment” for conservative organizations would be wanting a good, stiff drink. While it might be a little reassuring to find out that Lerner really was behind the targeting of Tea Party organizations, what does that mean now? True, it’s come out that Lerner was communicating via email about the “very dangerous” matter of dealing with Tea Party organizations, but what now?

Lerner remains out of the loop, but she is still being paid by the taxpayers, and members of Congress have started screaming for accountability, but it’s not likely that anything meaningful will be done, at least not during this administration.

The activities that got Lerner in hot water in the first place are still happening now, and it’s not likely that Congress will manage to get bi-partisan support for any legislation that could possibly address the matter. That’s unlikely in itself, because this is a regulatory issue, as opposed to a legislative one, as in policies and procedures within the IRS have been misused for the political gain of the administration. However, at least one “mystery” has been solved. This probably is part of the reason why Lerner had pleaded the Fifth in her testimony.

Otherwise, the reaction from The Hill was at least a little interesting, with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) leading the charge to hold Lerner accountable:

“It certainly appears that the IRS was weaponized for the political purpose of one party,” Gohmert said on the House floor in reaction. “Here we are … with a group of Democratic operatives doing things with the IRS that Richard Nixon could only dream of doing.

“I think there are criminal implications here that need to be followed up.”

Yes, there probably are criminal implications that should be followed up, but by whom? The Department of Justice isn’t likely to carry out a legitimate investigation into wrongdoings by anyone in this administration, and certainly not against Lerner.

Now, what House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-Mich.) had to say does offer a small idea of where to go from here.

“There is increasing and overwhelming evidence that Lois Lerner and high-level IRS employees in Washington were abusing their power to prevent conservative groups from organizing and carrying out their missions,” he said. “There are still mountains of documents to go through, but it is clear the IRS is out of control and there will be consequences.”

If some members of Congress could sit down, and figure out how to draft a piece of legislation that would create a fail-safe on the IRS, to protect the private information of the public and organizations, that might be a solution to more than one problem. Essentially, if Congress restricted the powers of the IRS at least a little, when it comes to dealing with personal information, it would be a lot easier to hamstring the hated ObamaCare as well.

Lerner should be viewed as a gift at this point. String her up as a warning to all others, but most importantly, don’t just demand that she be punished for her crimes - restrict the IRS legally, one way or another, to prevent this from happening again. And it really shouldn’t be a hard sell to the public. The IRS is universally hated anyway.


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