By now, you’d have to be living under a rock somewhere not to have heard that the Internal Revenue Service seems to have “lost” a bunch of emails sent and received by Lois Lerner which the House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed in connection with its investigation into IRS harassment of conservative groups.
This is the same Internal Revenue Service that requires electronic records retention from us mere taxpayers under the penalty of them trying to take from us everything we own.
And their own manual—available online—says that they have to treat email as any other record that must be archived and retained.
And they’re telling us that the dog ate this woman’s—who took the Fifth Amendment to avoid incrimination—emails?
As someone who wrote his first Fortran program while a freshman in high school on Bradley University’s IBM 360-25 and has been closely involved in computing ever since 1966, let me use the one word that comes to mind.
There is no way that those emails do not exist, and there is no way that they cannot find them. They can make all the excuses they want, but it simply doesn’t pass the smell test.
We can only conclude that there must be a real, serious smoking gun out there that could (and should) send her and her supervisors to prison for a long time.
That is the only reason I can think of that they are trying such a pathetic lie to avoid coughing up what Congress asked for.
I know that there are serious professionals at the IRS whose time and effort would be much better used doing something else. Establishing a huge bureaucracy to look into everyone’s income and get a share of it is like trying to stop people from smoking pot. It hasn’t worked and never will.
It’s way past time we changed our tax system to tax consumption as opposed to income.
First, it is fair.
It makes taxpayers out of everyone. What’s “regressive” about everyone paying some sort of tax?
Second, it keeps the government out of the business of knowing what you make, how you make it, and how much of the money you earn it is entitled to.
And third, it keeps people like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi (and their successors of any ideology) from using tax policy to achieve social goals many if not most of us do not share.
States have been collecting sales taxes for years without the intrusive apparatus used to collect income taxes.
And when everybody has a stake because everybody buys something, maybe we’ll be a little more picky about who we elect to spend that money–and even more picky about what we spend that money on.
Getting back to the email flap, pure and simple they’re lying to us right through their Federally insured Delta Dental Plan Tri-Care teeth. Anybody involved ought to go to prison. And we need a special prosecutor—I don’t mean Eric Holder; I mean a REAL prosecutor—appointed to impanel a grand jury and do a serious investigation.
Barring that, it’s time for the same Inspector General who uncovered the original issues with Lerner to go back to work and ferret out the violations of the IRS Manual we can all read online.
But what Congress really needs to do is wait until the Republicans take over the Senate in November and hand this President a bill changing our tax system.
And if he won’t sign it?
Impeach the lying bastard.
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