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‘Never Apologize, Never Explain’: the IRS Brazens It Out

June 21st, 2014 - 4:02 am

“Never apologize, never explain”: The IRS brazens it out

There are plenty of circumstances in which that pithy imperative —variously attributed to Disraeli, Queen VIctoria, and sundry other worthies — wins my admiration. “Never apologize, never explain”: I like the blunt, no-nonsense aroma it exudes, the hinted-at announcement that there will be no wallowing in unproductive self-recriminations or manufactured displays of contrition. There is a reason, I think, that the motto seems traceable to Victorian times: an era when manly forthrightness still had a prominent place in the economy of public life.

But context is everything. It is one thing to say “Never apologize, never explain” as an adjunct or symptom of cultural self-confidence, quite another in an atmosphere of duplicity, evasion, or brazen contempt. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen presented a breathtaking example of the latter when he blithely admitted that the IRS had simply “recycled,” I.e., tossed out, physically destroyed, Lois Lerner’s malfunctioning hard drive that (he claimed) was unrecoverable. “I don’t think an apology is owed,” he told a stunned House Ways and Means Committee.

Of course he doesn’t. Why should the head of an increasingly politicized government agency apology for the mendacity and obstructive behavior of his subordinates? As Barack Obama promised his acolytes on the eve of the 2008 election, he was out to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Remember that? One of the things he has managed to transform is the machinery of government. People have always been wary of agencies like the IRS, with their vast, often unappealable powers. But more and more people now fear and loathe them as instruments of political conformity and — it is not too strong a word — tyranny.

David Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, spoke for many when he told the Commissioner, “You can blame it on a technical glitch, but it is not a technical glitch to mislead the American people. You say that you have ‘lost’ the emails, but what you have lost is all credibility.”

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The arrogant and lawless behavior of the IRS bullies will continue. Indeed, it will get much worse. The impotence of the GOP in the House, which the public anger of its members only illuminates, emboldens the Commissioner's henchmen and lackeys. They know POTUS and Holder are with them. They fear no administrative or criminal sanction. In fact, even thought they act like arrogant teenagers, they'll probably get bonuses this year. As we twist in the wind, great harm--perhaps even irreparable harm--undermines our Constitutional protections while the House GOP feigns anger, indignation, and shock at the IRS criminality, obstruction, and cover up. Of course, after the hearings the Representatives all repair to a Capitol Hill or Georgetown bistro and share a drink. I judge people by what they do, not what they say. The House leadership says that it's outraged, while it DOES nothing. Worse, it allows Lerner to remain free and uncooperative when it has the Constitutional authority to arrest her, hold a hearing and incarcerate her 'til she purges the contempt. But they do nothing, and thereby abandon us to a clutch of petty dictators and their corrupt minions.

I ask you, who is worse? The Progressives who would usurp power and defile our Constitution, or the so-called Republicans who permit it.
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people now loathe them as instruments of political conformity and — it is not too strong a word — tyranny.

I removed the word 'fear'.

I see a tree that needs watering.
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All reasonable men understand that the government must have a mechanism for collecting taxes... But it does not follow that it must be this particular mechanism. (The IRS)

More and more, it appears that the IRS has degenerated beyond repair, leaving dissolution and a fresh start with a new, better-designed agency as the most appropriate and viable remedy.
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It is genetic, that leftwing supercilious smirk of baseless arrogance, that we see everywhere they appear. They don't even comprehend just how contemptible and foolish that makes them look.

It hurts their cause and they don't even know it nor care. Echhhhhhh!!!!
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"..... “Never apologize, never explain”: I like the blunt, no-nonsense aroma it exudes, the hinted-at announcement that there will be no wallowing in unproductive self-recriminations or manufactured displays of contrition. There is a reason, I think, that the motto seems traceable to Victorian times:..."

Let me add here that IMHO, only very slightly off-topic, but not in it's broader implications, that it is the very essence of British Colonial hubris.

Strange?, or not so much?, that our Kenyan-sourced Obama along with the rest of his artificiality, he who returned Churchill's Bust to their Embassy, is affecting this very same hubris in his "administration" where it's seeped down to the I.R.S., among other places.

This dude Obama is nothing if not a racist snob-in-reverse, demanding that all of the rest of us be very aware that times have changed.
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Perhaps the Sergeant of Arms in Congress should read the definition of raising your hand and taking an oath. In this administration where the ends justifies any means, an oath must seem like a curious and quaintly outdated notion. Or perhaps Koskinen thought that barely raising his hand was like crossing his fingers and negated any falsehoods. Until and unless the Sergeant of Arms marches a few of these liars (let's call it like it is ) to jail for a few months each, this will continue. How does anyone raise children today ! When adult leaders both D and R have so little respect for truth, how can we expect to raise children to be adults of character and integrity !
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Two points.
Lois Lerner should not have been able to plead the 5th as a government rep.

If no action is taken to uphold justice, the American people conclude the outrage shown by Republicans is only and act.
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Last May AG Holder announced an IRS investigation in this matter. An 0bama donor was given the assignment.
The first thing the DOJ investigators should have done is seized all of Lerner’s records, including her emails.

0bama can't have it both ways. Holder should be called out to produce those e-mails. If he doesn't he should lose his job.
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Losing his job sounds so lucrative. No pardons. Just trial and justice.
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CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE: YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
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That smug smirk on his face is as revealing as the frosty mug Lerner pushed out. We need whistle blowers, bounties and witness protection.
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Joe McCarthy tried.
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A de-facto COUP has taken place in the USA all the Alphabet Organs of Govt are under the control of agents of or sympathizers of the corrupt DemocRAT REGIME and they do the bidding of OBOZO and his evil coterie without even being instructed. They KNOW what the Regime wants just like the average German KNEW what Adolph and his NAZIS wanted, there's no need for written instructions when you are of like mind with your MASTERS. As for the DOJ controlled by the RACIST criminal Holder that is the key post to deflect and hold up all legal challenges to the REGIME just as OBOZO knew it would be.
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Agencies may junk old computers, but the data resides on a network. Nice try, commissioner.
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