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Monday, June 10, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Day 32

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This is starting to look pretty much the way I thought it would end up. "Targeting" was an incendiary term used either by the unbelievably politically naive Lois Lerner or by the MSM. Note that over the weekend, "targeted" has morphed into "set aside." "Set aside" far more accurately describes what the examiners did in this case. They didn't target tea party groups for audit. They set aside Tea Party applications because they didn't know what to do with them, and wanted to ensure uniform treatment. So they classified them based on identifying tags like "tea party" and "patriot." Then they asked for interpretive help from technical experts in Washington, and Washington said, "send us a couple of cases." Washington needed a couple of cases (later seven more) because they couldn't address the questions in the abstract.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jun 10, 2013 6:47:45 AM