THE LOSERS AT THE IRS LOSE THEIR MINDS, TRYING TO PULL OFF THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE DISAPPEARING ACT IN HISTORY … THE LIKES OF WHICH HASN’T BEEN SEEN SINCE HARRY HOUDINI MADE AN ELEPHANT DISAPPEAR IN NEW YORK CITY, AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
All right, folks, let’s try and deconstruct this amazing magic act by the corrupt bureaucrats at the IRS (Obama’s boys & girls, as a cynical social worker might describe them).
BAD NEWS BEARS
The revelation came in a typical Obama-administration news dump, late last Friday night — just coincidentally timed to arrive way too late for America’s newspapers & cable news shows to cover the bad news.
Could it be possible that the President and his minions wanted to avoid a weekend backlash against their shenanigans, while they plotted to come up with some kind of cover story to justify this latest of many White House misdeeds?
No, not possible with these experienced administrators … uhm, well, YES!
After all this is the Obama White House we’re talking about!
And what went down on Friday?
THE WORST CRASH IN AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE THE DEPRESSION
Well according to the Associated Press: “The IRS told Congress it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner’s emails, prior to 2011, because Ms. Lerner’s computer crashed during the summer of that year.”
And just in case you’ve forgotten, Lois “I’m Innocent, But I’m Taking The Fifth Amendment” Lerner once headed the IRS division that processed applications from political groups, for tax-exempt status.
So how nicely convenient that she wouldn’t be able to testify against her former IRS bosses – or, for that matter, against the evasive Obama White House.
And of course, the IRS – after much stalling & chronic prevaricating – finally acknowledged, last year, that its agents had deliberately set aside applications for tax-exempt status, by tea-party and other conservative groups … and then they illegally rejected those submissions in order to help Barack Obama win re-election in 2010.
What Congressional investigators have been trying to determine, since then, is whether the IRS probes were politically motivated and directed by the Obama White House?
And that’s not withstanding the astounding assertion by America’s community-organizer-in-chief that he first learned about the scandal when he read about these alleged IRS misdeeds in the newspaper.
Regardless, Congressional investigators were obviously hoping to find out the answers, to their suspicions, in Ms. Lerner’s emails.
Which takes us back to that bit of magic pulled off by the IRS bureaucracy – the mysterious disappearance of Ms. Lerner’s e-mail messages because of a coincidental computer crash.
NOT EVEN A SMIDGEN OF CORRUPTION
And recall that Barack Obama has adamantly rejected the allegation that the IRS was used for political purposes. “That’s not what happened,”he told Bill O’Reilly (of Fox News) in February. Rather, he said, IRS officials were confused about how to interpret the law governing those kinds of tax-exempt groups. “Not even a smidgen of corruption” occurred, he insisted. And his many supporters in the mainstream press dubbed the charges as a “phony scandal.”
But the supposition, that the IRS’s magic (e-mail) disappearing act is indeed a purposeful obstruction of Congress, is supported by evidence uncovered, this week, by Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee.
And what a surprise!
According to Issa, the IRS — just days before the 2010 election — shipped a database, consisting of 1.1 MILLION PAGES, about tax-exempt groups, to the FBI.
And what were these IRS culprits up to then?
Newly uncovered emails show that Department of Justice officials worked with Ms. Lerner to investigate groups critical of President Obama.
The IRS, in other words, was asking Eric Holder & friends to engage in a metaphorical fishing expedition for any groups who might be critical of Barack Obama in the upcoming election.
And Lois Lerner, in particular, sent a computer database, of 12,000 nonprofit tax returns – almost all of which were filed by conservative groups — to the FBI for further investigation.
Most important, the IRS has since admitted that this database included confidential taxpayer information — including donor details — for at least 33 nonprofit organizations (again mostly tea party or conservative PAQs).
The IRS still clings to its mendacious excuse that all this was “inadvertent”; and the Justice Department insists that neither it, nor the FBI, used any information for any “investigative purpose.”
Yet the longstanding legislation, on confidential taxpayer information, was created to prevent federal agencies from misusing this very kind of information.
And these latest revelations are a further refutation of Louis Lerner’s original lie that this IRS political targeting emanated from incompetent staff in the Cincinnati office.
And there is additional evidence that the IRS and Mr. Holder were motivated, to go after these targeted “opposition” groups, by frequent calls for action by both the corrupt Obama Administration and by Congressional Democrats.
Yet remember that it still took a year for the IRS to locate these Lerner exchanges with the justice department, even though these records had been subpoenaed by Darryl Issa’s Oversight Committee.
And the Justice Department only reluctantly agreed to comply with this subpoena, after being ordered to comply by a Circuit Court judge (threatening to bring criminal contempt of court charges against Holder & his cronies if they refused – meaning they would end up in the hoosegow if they didn’t comply).
Yet, the Justice Department has continued find every means possible to avoid complying with this judicial order, to provide the requested information which likely would incriminate the President & his closest advisers.
And now, presto, we have the amazing IRS magic act, of suddenly discovering the disappearance of two years of Lois Lerner emails.
Of course, many outraged Republicans are calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate all this skullduggery.
But should this actually happen, the Obama administration is likely to call in some favors from the Clintons, to learn all the tricks Hillary & Bill used to subvert the original Arkansas Whitewater investigation – as well as how they managed to turn the public against Congress’ attempt to impeach Bill Clinton for his, well, uhm, unsavory use of cigars.
A SIMPLER SOLUTION
So why not, instead, simply use the November election to throw all these scoundrels out of office – electing a veto-proof Republican senate?
It makes more sense to me!
[Murray Soupcoff is editor and co-author of “Good Buy Canada” and author of “Canada 1984”.
He was a founding member (and senior partner) of Ian Sone & Associates Ltd -- Canada’s first independent social-research company specializing in the evaluations of federal, provincial & municipal government projects in Canada.
He is also the publisher of the FREE “Soupcoff Report” investment newsletter, whose distribution is partly subsidized by paid subscriptions from former research clients.
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