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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Day 47

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"It is one thing to flag a group, it is quite another to repeatedly target and abuse" them, said Sarah Swinehart, a spokeswoman for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.)."

Posted by: Elmer Stoup | Jun 26, 2013 12:42:40 PM

The Inspector General's failure to disclose that organizations with the word "progressive" in the name were being targeted by the IRS was both inexplicable and extraordinary. The words "progressive" and "blue" appeared on the same IRS "Be On The Lookout" list as the words "tea party" and "patriot" that triggered this uproar. Indeed, they remained on that list even after "tea party" and "patriot" had been taken off. Yet the Inspector General chose to characterize the IRS's actions as targeting conservatives. He then failed to correct this mischaracterization for 47 days.

His name is J. Russell George. He started his government service under Bob Dole, worked in the budget office under George H.W. Bush, then became associate director for policy in the Office of National Service. When Clinton took office, he left government until Gingrich became Speaker, when he returned as chief counsel of a House oversight subcommittee. He was appointed to his current position by George W. Bush. I infer that he is a Republican.

I am left wondering whether his actions reflected an agenda, and if so what that agenda was.

Posted by: Theodore Seto | Jun 25, 2013 8:01:40 AM