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Monday, November 9, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 914

Lawless 2Washington Post — The Volokh Conspiracy:  Obama Administration Lawlessness: The Top Five, by David Bernstein (George Mason):

The most frequent question I get about my book Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law is what I think are the administration’s most egregiously lawless actions. So here is my somewhat subjective list. ...

4. Failing to prosecute anyone at the IRS for the 501(c)(4) scandal. That the IRS put its massive bureaucratic thumb on the scales against conservative activist groups is one of the great political scandals in recent U.S. history. When the news first broke, President Obama properly declared that he “will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives.” But tolerate it his administration did.

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Comments

Tolerating it after learning about it means he approved of the actions and is complicit whether he gave the original order or not.

Posted by: wodun | Nov 9, 2015 10:20:14 AM

I don't doubt for a moment that there was a close cooperation between the enforcers at IRS and the Obama White House. I would bet that the President himself knew what was going down and so did his aides who implemented the decision. Can't prove it, but I know it in my gut. It's the way people like Nixon and Obama work. Difference is, Nixon couldn't pull it off because as his aide Jack Caufield told him "they are all Democrats at that agency". Nixon thought he was as powerful as FDR who regularly used the IRS against his political enemies...he wasn't.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Nov 9, 2015 1:20:19 PM

Actually, Mr. VoteOut, my sources tell me (and I will never reveal who they are) the progressives inside our federal bureaucracies are home grown. They don't need marching orders from the top. They are all too eager to join the progressive insurgency on their own. All they needed was the freedom to come out of the closet.

Don't forget Ms. Learner came from the elections commissions where she hated republicans.

The bad news is it will take a lot more than electing a conservative president to root these rascals out. I'm afraid our only option is to starve them to death by cutting the federal budget again and again and again.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Nov 10, 2015 6:48:01 AM