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Friday, May 17, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Day 8

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I guess everything on the IRS scandal has been covered. Certainly nothing is going to arise for Day 9, so, let's move on. ... Wait, what's this?! -- Rep. Charlie Rangel: ‘This Is Wrong to Abuse the Tax System’

Posted by: Woody | May 17, 2013 12:51:57 PM

I don't understand how these tea party groups wound up paying and/or doing so much in response to these questions. If the govt agency I normally dealt with sent me such an intrusive, politically charged series of questions, my next response would've been to go over the head of the bureaucrat in question. Possibly CCing the IRS inspector general and relevant House oversight people. I would've declined to answer the questions until the IRS showed actual guidelines and or relevance of each question, directly from the CFR or other official documents.

I mean, the actions of the IRS personnel are despicable and undoubtedly extends to the top. But any attorney who took these questions seriously was probably just lining his pocket.

I also like the warnings about perjury and what not. A simple reply would've been, "no, why don't you, under perjury, and under threat of other anti discrimination (i.e., 1983) laws detail that these questions are necessary and proper and in the regular course of conduct, etc. etc." And of course, cc:ing everyone between the bureaucrat in question and my local sympathetic congressman. Here's a chance for the IRS to explain why they're asking what they're asking and if there's any wrong answer, like what books or prayers are you concerned about?

But, I guess the IRS is a different government agency to deal with. There are usually rules and regulations and guidelines for action, not just rogue agents making it up as they go along. You know, oversight.

Posted by: joeinva | May 18, 2013 12:47:45 PM

The placement of these pictures is hilarious.

Posted by: andy | May 19, 2013 7:26:07 PM