Yesterday, a group of Journolistas were spotted entering the West Wing, and today we’re getting a glimpse of how the White House instructed them to deal with the gathering storm involving the IRS: burn the witch!
In the current political climate, that may well be good legal advice. And she has every right to take it and may be wise to do so. But that’s a decision that simply is not consistent with her remaining in her job. Whether or not she should be fired for whatever she did in the scandal itself, deciding to take the fifth means she needs to be removed from her position.
Josh Marshall – “She Has To Go”
But then there’s the offense that everyone agrees did occur: A number of IRS employees developed criteria that was politically biased both in appearance and in effect. They were reined in once by their superiors, and then they changed the criteria again, and had to be reined in a second time. Their actions called the fairness of the agency into question and kicked off a national scandal. Even if their intent was pure, they showed bad judgment, more than a bit of incompetence, and perhaps even a touch of insubordination. That isreason enough to fire people, even if the process is difficult.
Ezra Klein – “Yes, heads should roll at the IRS”
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Two columnists at that bastion of white privilege, New Republic, along with a like-minded colleague at the New Yorker, have taken to their organizations’ publications to defend the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of minority groups, justifying the IRS’s actions to their overwhelmingly white, well-to-do readerships.
We begin this review of naked bigotry with Alec McGillis’s disinformation campaign to justify this abhorrent corruption of America’s polity:
You are in your cubicle in Cincinnati, and your office is suddenly swamped with a surge in applications—rising from 1,500 to 3,400 the past few years. This surge is driven by two factors. One is the series of court rulings, such as the Supreme Court’sCitizens United decision, that encourage political operatives to use 501(c)(4)’s as a way to funnel huge undisclosed donations into television ads, regardless of the IRS rules for the groups. The other is the swell in grassroots activism that is coming almost entirely from the right thanks to post-2008 tea party ferment.
McGillis is repeating a shameless, self-serving lie uttered by IRS apparatchiks:
Both Steven Miller, the agency’s acting commissioner until he stepped down Wednesday, and Lois Lerner, director of the agency’s exempt-organization division, have said over the past week that IRS officials started the scrutiny after observing a surge in applications for status as 501(c)(4) “social welfare” groups. Both officials cited an increase from about 1,500 applications in 2010 and to nearly 3,500 in 2012. President Obama ask Mr. Miller to resign on Wednesday.
The scrutiny began, however, in March 2010, before an uptick could have been observed, according to data contained in the audit released Tuesday from the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration.
The number of 501(c)(4) applications for all of 2010 was actually less than in 2009.
That “Big Lie” is still being used to justify the IRS’s actions by like-minded bigots across the country.
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Who in the White House was confident enough to have said the following:
“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over….”
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