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Archive for "May 22 2013"

The Juicebox Mafia Has Acquired Their Target

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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