Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 943

Back in October, Forbes tax blogger Peter Reilly asked whether I had jumped the shark by continuing my daily coverage of the IRS Scandal.  My response ("very classy,'' said Peter) asked my readers whether I should continue daily coverage.  The response was overwhelming:  90% of the 973 voters directed me to continue daily coverage of the IRS Scandal:

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The comments were even more emphatic (one reader said "Quite possibly the greatest post in the history of TaxProf, regardless of what one thinks happened at the IRS.").

Yesterday, Brian Leiter (Chicago), a member of our Law Professor Blogs Network, asked his readers What is your opinion about the Taxprof blogs daily postings about an IRS scandal that has allegedly been going on for almost three years?  Here were the results of the 38 votes when I checked last night:


I suspect Brian's readers are very different from the readers of this blog, and he attributed nefarious motivations to my daily coverage which undoubtedly influenced the voting.  But it is fair to ask, as Peter did, when my daily coverage will end. My answer is the same as it has been throughout the scandal:  I will stop when the daily commentary in the press and blogosphere on the scandal (from both the right and the left) ends.  At several points in the scandal, as I was running out of content, a new chapter would unfold and my daily coverage would continue.  Currently, the scandal has gone mostly quiet and I have only a few posts left in the queue. So it may be that my daily coverage will end soon, and will be resumed if and when the scandal heats up again.

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Frightening to think so many people don't think using the IRS to persecute dissidents is a scandal. The other blogger should poll his readers if the non-Democrat groups targeted by Obama's IRS deserved what happened to them. That would be far more enlightening than asking whether or not coverage should continue.

Posted by: wodun | Dec 8, 2015 2:56:10 PM

Please ignore Leiter.

Posted by: AAReader | Dec 8, 2015 12:36:01 PM

How about ending it when the President and his corrupt bureaucratic appointees, including the Attorney General, are thrown in prison for violation of our civil rights, and obstruction of justice?

Posted by: Spamf Roming | Dec 8, 2015 12:04:53 PM

Paul, you have also become the most linked site by Instapundit in history. Nobody else has ever had a link per day from Reynolds. Don't ever stop.

Posted by: Kimmon D. Johnson | Dec 8, 2015 10:25:10 AM

The biggest part of the IRS Scandal is that we're in day 943, and so LITTLE has been done about it. Not only am I disgusted with the lies and deceit of the Obumble mis-administration, but I'm also disgusted with a Congress that can't understand this scandal greatly erodes their position in US government. Maybe we not only need to fire the current administration, but also Congress and every bureaucrat in DC.

Posted by: Mike Weatherford | Dec 8, 2015 9:47:46 AM

Please continue. The despicable MSM and their Democrat allies badly want this huge scandal to die through lack of alternative media oxygen. Next year hopefully when there's a Republican in the White House an honest DOJ will go after these crooks.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Dec 8, 2015 9:29:25 AM

Don't stop the coverage. There definitely was/is a scandal. Unfortunately it may only really come to light when a new administration takes over.

Posted by: nick boschert | Dec 8, 2015 8:41:38 AM

Paul, you are doing a public service with your posts. Ignore Leiter.

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Dec 8, 2015 8:05:14 AM

Thank you so much for your continued coverage of the IRS scandal.

Posted by: Genny | Dec 8, 2015 7:54:24 AM

Koskinen Impeachment, Hard evidence of criminal acts (taxpayer info released), tax exempt rulings still pending, FOIA requests still pending. The story is still ongoing.

Posted by: TimberJoey | Dec 8, 2015 7:11:17 AM

Wanting blog traffic is not a "nefarious" motive, not when you're the Blog Emperor!

Posted by: Brian | Dec 8, 2015 5:59:52 AM