A few days have passed since my original post on the subject, and since then there are reports the emails from six more employees are missing. Let’s recap shall we?
An important update to yesterday’s post on the Lois Lerner email situation. The full letter sent to the chairman and ranking member of the Committee on Finance who requested documents and emails from the IRS concerning the application process for tax exempt organizations is now available. PLEASE read this post and share it with everyone … we need to take this as it is – another anecdote on how bad big government is – and move on.
The “Friday-at-5” IRS letter released by the House Ways and Means Committee indicated many of Lois Lerner’s emails between Jan. 2009 and April 2011 were lost due to a computer glitch. Of course, the lost emails were the ones sent and received from the White House, DOJ, FEC and many Democrats. Isn’t that convenient…
The IRS is supposed to simply implement the tax law as written and of course investigate while enforcing the tax code. Similar to law enforcement activity, the IRS can’t just change the ‘probable cause’ rules of investigation on a case-by-case basis. The IRS – at the highest level – outright targeted TEA Party groups because they didn’t like them.
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There is a short opinion piece in the Washington Times today about the IRS. It’s not just about the agency targeting conservative groups for scrutiny after applying for tax-exempt status, it’s about the systemic problems at the bloated federal agency charged with implementing the most complex tax code imaginable.
And this is the organization that will be in charge of the Obamacare mandates. Remember the Inspector General audit pointing out the targeting of TEA Party groups when it came to IRS tax-exempt approvals? We also have another audit – again published last summer and not released to the media prior to the election – pointing out a huge problem with the distribution of IRS refund checks.
I’ve been fighting – what seems to be an ever-long battle – to limit the scope of the federal government to Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. The state and commonwealth governments have the power – as determined by their state legislatures – to provide funding and support for all sorts of programs if the people want it. The problem with the federal government having this power is they are so far removed from the people, this kind of crap happens all the time.
On June 2, I wrote about the IRS conferences being held between 2010 and 2012. During that period, the inspector general’s report indicated the agency spent upwards of $50 million on conferences. About a year ago, then Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner – or someone answering his mail – outright lied and claimed the department had only spent $500,000 on conferences between 2005 and 2012.
Public service once meant something quite a bit different than it does today. Sure, the benefits have been very good to great for government employees for decades, but the reports we hear from agencies like the GSA and IRS sound like parties from the Internet tech boom of the 1990s.