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Monday, September 26, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1236

IRS Logo 2Wall Street Journal, Reputation Under Fire, the IRS Pulls a Gun—Al Capone’s:

The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t enjoy an abundance of favorable press. At present, it finds itself mired in controversy as its director, John Koskinen, hauled before Congress last week, tries to fend off an impeachment attempt.

On Tuesday, however, the IRS will participate in an unveiling ceremony it hopes will remind people of the positive things its agents have done. At least, one positive thing.

The agency is playing on the great American story of how Chicago mob boss Al Capone ended up in prison 85 years ago. It wasn’t the FBI’s “G-men” who put him in Alcatraz, nor Elliot Ness’s Prohibition-era agents. It wasn’t on account of gangland murders such as the 1929 Chicago Valentine’s Day Massacre, either.

Capone was undone by an undercover operation of the “T-men,” members of the Treasury Department’s IRS investigative division. He was pinched for cheating on his taxes.

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Comments

Corruption always starts from the head its said by many, from little that the People know the fish of State is completely rotten starting from the very top, first the "Pigford Scam" that cost the American tax payer 4.5 billion dollars concocted by Obama and Holder for 86,000 non-existant black farmers to just today when we find the head of the FBI and IRS are in the bag for what ever comes from Obama. Now at the winding down of 8 years of criminality we see a grab for more of the same with Mexican Nationals voting in our elections with complicit voter fraud coming up, the Tree of Liberty is thirsty and should be fed soon.

Posted by: ron norman | Sep 26, 2016 9:58:19 AM

The IRS used to bust mobsters, now they are mobsters.

Posted by: wodun | Sep 26, 2016 11:14:28 PM

"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is one of the better known of Aesop's Fables. May I commend it to Messrs. Norman and wodun? Number 210 in Perry's Index.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Sep 28, 2016 8:34:41 AM