Paul L. Caron

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 590

IRS Logo 2The Blaze:  The IRS Must Be Put Down Like a Rabid Dog, by John Linder (former Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-2011):

Since it was first disclosed that the IRS abused the taxpayers and the law, the Democrat refrain has been, “…it is clear that there was no White House involvement…” Well, now it is clear that there was White House involvement, but it is against the law to disclose it.

A watchdog group, Cause of Action, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for email between the IRS and the White House. They have been informed by the Treasury Department that 2,509 such emails exist, but: “These pages consist of return information protected by 26 U.S.C. § 6103 and may not be disclosed absent an express statutory exception. Because no such exception exists here, we are withholding those.”

So, it is a felony to disclose the information that the IRS disclosed to the White House unless Congress passes a statutory exemption that will not become law unless this president, who broke the law, agrees to sign the statute so that we can see how he broke the law. Fat chance!

That, dear reader, is why the much talked about tax reform in the new Congress will fail. Any tax reform that leaves a corrupt system in place will be abused again by future administrations as unscrupulous as the Obama administration. ...

[T]he IRS will be put down like a rabid dog. No agency of government should have the power to abuse our personal information for political gain, which the IRS has proven its willing to do.

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Even if one believes the President would veto such a law, why not give him the opportunity to not veto it or to explain why he is vetoing it?

Posted by: Joseph W. Mooney | Dec 21, 2014 6:32:58 AM

This has passed point of ridiculous. Now it's 2,509 emails between the IRS and the WH. No, Mr. Linder, it is not so. It was 2,509 PAGES of documents identified, of which 2,043 pages may be responsive to the FOIA request made by Cause of Action. Nor do we need legislation, because the tax-writing committees of Congress, both of which will be chaired by Republicans come January, can have the 2,043 pages of documents--which, BTW, are investigatory records, not emails--for the asking. So why don't they ask?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 20, 2014 12:08:20 PM