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Sunday, November 15, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 920

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Never ever does anything serious seem to happen to government officials who fail to do their jobs properly, waste massive amounts of taxpayers' money, harm the innocent unfairly or even engage in criminal activities. It is happening again in the Internal Revenue Service scandal.

IRS officials in the section headed by Lois Lerner singled out conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for special treatment. It included lengthy delays and sometimes, outright harassment.

Lerner herself was allowed to retire from the IRS — after refusing to testify at two congressional hearings. Then, investigators were told some of her official emails pertinent to the probe had been lost when her computer crashed, ever so conveniently.

Recently, the Justice Department announced it had concluded an investigation of the matter — and would be filing criminal charges against no one.

DOJ officials admitted they found "mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia" that contributed to the IRS problem.

No one has received any substantial punishment for what happened. Lerner will enjoy her full pension. Those she left behind will continue to cruise through the IRS bureaucracy until they, too, retire.

Nowhere in the government — not at the IRS, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency or any of the other places where actions demand accountability has it occurred.

Why? More important, why does no one in Congress do anything about it?

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Comments

Most people in the USA have not heard of this scandal. The MSM lies by omission.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Nov 15, 2015 9:06:24 AM

I don't know how many times I have read that "Lerner . . . was allowed to retire from the IRS." Lerner was not "allowed" to retire. She retired. Non-defense federal agencies cannot stop employees from retiring.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 15, 2015 11:54:36 AM

That is right Publius. She was not forced to retire. She was not asked to step down. She retired on her own, contrary claims of our friends to the left.

It is appalling that people think there has been no accountability. Lerner and her co conspirators received bonuses for their work. That is accountability and it is her bosses saying that she did a good job.

Posted by: wodun | Nov 15, 2015 12:38:57 PM