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Higher ups in the IRS knew about targeting Tea Parties? You don’t say

I mean really, did you honestly believe that a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati did this on their own … for over two years?  Yeah, about as much as you believed the YouTube video caused Benghazi, huh?

Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups. At least one letter requesting information about one of the groups bears the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended director of the IRS Exempt Organizations department in Washington.

Lois Lerner … the IRS official who “knows nothing” and refuses to talk about any of it?


Among the letters were several that bore return IRS addresses other than Cincinnati, including “Department of the Treasury / Internal Revenue Service / Washington, D.C.,” and the signatures of IRS officials higher up the chain. Two letters with “Department of the Treasury / Internal Revenue Service / Washington, D.C.” letterhead were signed by “Tax Law Specialist(s)” from Exempt Organizations Technical Group 1 and Technical Group 2. Lerner’s signature, which appeared to be a stamp rather than an actual signature, appeared on a letter requesting additional information from the Ohio Liberty Council Corp.

Imagine that.  We have an administration full of “Sgt. Shultz’s” (see Hogan’s Heroes if you’re too young to know what that references).  They see nothing.  They know nothing.

But apparently, they’ll sign anything.


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15 Responses to Higher ups in the IRS knew about targeting Tea Parties? You don’t say

  • Lois Lerner … the IRS official who “knows nothing” and refuses to talk about any of it?


    Oh, it was WORSE than that, McQ.
    She “did nothing wrong”…but then took the 5th.
    There really is no question here…well, except in the gonzo world of moonbat talking points.
    You have a IRS Kommisar getting access to Pres. Sgt. Schultz on the average of ONCE a week.


    In August 2010, Austan Goolsbee, serving at the time as economic adviser to President Obama, told reporters during an anonymous background briefing that Koch Industries doesn’t pay corporate income taxes. That statement was made at the same time that top Democrats, including President Obama himself, were demonizing Charles and David Koch, the owners of Koch Industries, for giving money to Tea Party groups. Goolsbee’s remark led to a federal investigation, the results of which have never been released.

    And that was ONE such incident.  One.

    • Lois Lerner, Eric Holder, amazing the things these people sign that they don’t know anything about.
      Well, not really THAT much different from the day Big Ears signed Obamacare into law is it?

      • Don’t forget Old Walleyes Clinton, who signed communiques from her AMBASSADOR, warning of the need for security in Benghazi…
        b…b…but never read them.

        • “b…b…but never read them.”
          “And what is this one Colonel Hogan?   ”
          “Oh,  that’s the permission for the men to put on a little birthday celebration for the Fuhrer, you know how excited they get every year when his birthday rolls around.
          They were hoping to do a firework celebration for him, so that’s an authorization for a Screaming Mimi and some rockets for the party, I think you guys call it a Nebelwerfer.”
          “Ah good good, the Fuhrer likes rockets!”
          “Yeah, they originally had their hearts set on a buzz bomb, but the ramp is too hard to build”

          • HAHAHAHAHAHA!  I miss that show.  My 13 year old daughter discovered it last year on one of the cable channels. Can’t find it now. She LOVED it. Though I did have to explain what was going on…..and who the bad guys were.
            Public school education.  I didn’t realize until then that her history education was so lacking.  I’ve since fixed THAT.

  • The “rogue office” excuse accomplished its purpose. The willfully blind on the left and in the center heard that, and dismissed the whole issue. If you ask them, many of them would probably still parrot that line, since it gave them an excuse to tune out everything since then.

    Every article I see in NYT, etc. on any of the current scandals has typical lefty commenters constantly repeating “None of these are real scandals.” That’s the official narrative as far as they are concerned, and the simply fail to see anything that contradicts it. The “rogue office” excuse set up that narrative.

    I’ve said before that the follow on if/when that breaks down will be “The people responsible have resigned / been fired, so let’s move on.” The left is desperate to avoid facing the possibility that big government is, by nature, a flawed institution.

    • You’re so right. I work in the philanthropic industry, and the general attitude there is one of “who cares”
      I couldn’t be more disgusted. I bet if the IRS went after pro-gay marriage groups, we’d be hearing about it forever. Well, screw ’em. Someone here said it but they had the right idea: if this doesn’t get fixed, I want the next GOP Pres. to use the IRS to destroy any left groups.

        May 29, 2013
        “DOJ Tells Employees to Verbally Affirm Homosexuality”
        See? It is NOT about tolerance. It is about forced approbation.
        So they ARE going after pro-gay groups…in the sense they ARE a pro-gay group.

    • They AREN’T real scandals.  If they were REAL SCANDALS, there would be Republicans involved.

    • Ah the Officer Barbrady defense.
      And just as a technicality it was more about letting liberal groups away with something they didn’t allow conservative groups away with.  Selective enforcement is a problem.   Since I guarantee everyone here is violating something probably 2-3 times a month.  The problem is it prevents the violated groups or individuals from suing since they weren’t directly abused by the law, just these guys over there got away with it.

      Stiles on Fox News: ‘Everything Lois Lerner Said Initially Has Turned Out to be Misleading or Just False’
      ‘Course, that is from Fox News, so the epistemically closed will be able to ignore it.
      Right, Erp…???

    Scott & Elaina Johnson document what has Lerner worried…