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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The IRS Scandal, Day 1706: Lois Lerner, Liberty, And Bureaucracy

IRS Logo 2Washington Times, Liberty Dies in Bureaucracy:

As Donald Trump finishes the first year of his presidency, the greatest political scandal story of the last generation is being mostly ignored.

In May 2013, then-IRS official Lois Lerner admitted the Internal Revenue Service had been targeting conservative groups in general, and Tea Party groups in particular. Mrs. Lerner was not trying to clear her conscience. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General was about to release a damning reporting on the politicization of the IRS and how that agency was targeting political opponents of the Obama regime.

Mrs. Lerner’s actions did not happen in a vacuum. Ninety-four percent of political contributions from IRS employees went to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. ...

If Republicans are serious about their commitment to liberty and freedom, there is only one option. The swamp must be drained. There must be a wholesale elimination of government departments and agencies. Civil service must be abolished and a lot of government workers need to be told to find other jobs.

If the Republican Party once again, haul up their freshly laundered white flag of surrender on the issue of a weaponized government that can be used against the enemies of the Democrats, America’s days as a free nation are over.

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Comments

I'd hate to say it, but I believe there were Republicans complicit in the IRS Targeting Scandal, which is why we haven't seen Lois Lerner's e-mails yet. Does anyone really believe "the hard-drive crashed" would have worked without someone being punished, if the Republicans really wanted those e-mails. Does anyone notice they never called any I.T. people to testify? They would have been my first witnesses called because I think they'd be less apt to lie than the rest of the political operatives.

Posted by: bflat879 | Jan 9, 2018 9:13:14 AM

> If the Republican Party once again, haul up their freshly laundered white flag of surrender on the issue of a weaponized government that can be used against the enemies of the Democrats, America’s days as a free nation are over.

The GOP knows little else, and Trump is the only one who gets it.

Posted by: Reformed Trombonist | Jan 9, 2018 9:17:43 AM

the Internal Revenue Service had been targeting conservative groups in general, and Tea Party groups in particular.

Don't forget the Jewish groups. Those groups also think they were spied on by Obama's intelligence agencies, much like the Trump campaign was.

Mrs. Lerner’s actions did not happen in a vacuum.

No, it didn't. It was part of a larger pattern of abuse of power and corruption that happened in every single agency controlled by Obama. Using illegal communication methods to avoid accountability and destruction of evidence was epidemic. The IRS, DOJ, FBI, and EPA were just some of the well known examples.

This all came directly from Obama.

Posted by: wodun | Jan 10, 2018 3:08:16 AM