At the conclusion of a week where we were treated to discovery after stomach-turning discovery, showing IRS abuses that seemed more like Mafia standard protocol than Good Governance, two points were made painstakingly clear:
- The IRS holds both the American tax payer and Congressional oversight utterly in contempt.
- IRS acting commissioner Steven Miller is a lousy liar.
During their Congressional hearings yesterday, we were informed by Miller that “it is absolutely NOT illegal” for the IRS to target Conservatives. As infuriating as that was, we were also fed an entire panoply of lies and distortions, including the mega-sized whopper that “he didn’t mislead Congress” when asked in 2012 by the House Ways and Means Committee if inappropriate targeting activity was taking place.
“Mislead” must be yet another of those terms which the Obama White House has redefined.
But my very favorite (the best of the worst, if you will) was the following, as Miller attempted to spin these reprehensible activities in the least damaging way:
So, deliberately harassing and intimidating groups which have a particular ideology is now to be termed “Horrible Customer Service”??
Even acknowledging the self-evident fact that the IRS is an ineptly run agency, this statement is exceptional. If that’s the new standard for “horrible service”, it sets the stage for any number of potential applications:
— justturnright (@justturnright) May 17, 2013
Frankly, if the tax-paying public accepts these pathetic prevarications and excuses from the very agency entrusted to enforce Obamacare next year; …if we allow them to behave as if they’re above the law; …if we don’t insist for this to finally be changed, now; …
…then maybe we really ARE idiots.