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May 17, 2013 - 10:22 am

In today’s hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee, outgoing not-really-fired commissioner Steven Miller admitted that a high-ranking member of the Internal Revenue Service planted the question that led to the agency’s apology for targeting conservatives.

[IRS official] Lerner disclosed the information last Friday while speaking at a tax conference organized by the American Bar Association. Asked about the incident, she said only that she answered honestly a question that was posed to her. The question, however, was posed to Lerner by Celia Roady, a Washington, D.C. tax lawyer who sits on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities.

Miller indicated today that Roady was in fact instructed by the IRS to ask the question, and the Lerner knew about the question in advance.

“Who told her to ask the question?” asked Republican representative Kenny Marchant.

“I don’t know, actually, I’m not sure, might have been Lois Lerner,” Miller responded. He went on to say that the IRS intended simultaneously to inform Congress, but admitted the agency only inquired about the congressional calendar.

Prior to the hearings, Lisa Myers reported that the IRS deliberately delayed acknowledging the abuse until after the 2012 election.

The IRS commissioner “has known for at least a year that this was going on,” said Myers, “and that this had happened. And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year? Members of Congress were saying conservatives are being targeted. What’s going on here? The IRS denied it. Then when — after these officials are briefed by the IG that this is going on, they don’t disclose it. In fact, the commissioner sent a letter to Congress in September on this subject and did not reveal this. Imagine if we — if you can — what would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different.”

The outlines of this scandal are now, that the IRS intentionally, maliciously and systematically abused groups opposed to President Obama’s re-election and agenda. The agency delayed acknowledging that until after the election was over, and only acknowledged it after the fact, once Obama was safely in office for another four years and when its officials believed they could low-ball the news.

When he was asked point blank whether he or anyone else in the White House knew about the abuse, President Obama gave a distracting, non-responsive answer.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So the IRS knew for a year this was going. That's obviously bad. Main stream media kept their head in sand during same time - not investigating, not questioning, not reporting honestly. Well...lets not go there again. Both impact election. Mission accomplished bedfellows!.
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87,000 pages of an Outdated, 18th century Tax Code (yes, Abraham Lincoln's Recovery Act of 1800's)done on a gazillion forms (environmentalist's nightmares), being ferreted by IRS auditors using pdf files for examination and reviews of some:1)160,000,000-odd American citizens;2) another 3,000,000 corporations;3) another 1,000,000-odd foreign nationals, and 4)still another 1,500,000 foreign corporations ALL ON PAPER . Enter OBAMACARE and an additional 15,000 new IRS auditors. THIS IS 18TH CENTURY INSANITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY! IRS GONE AMUK!!!!
Solution! F-L-A-T-T-A-X of 15%. Defund IRS ASAP! Disband all IRS employees, buildings, courts, tax courts, judges, bankruptcy courts, attorneys, judges...dovetail all of these into existing civil courts and small claims courts.
Savings would go to electronically receiving and disbursing of revenues, Funding a building with sufficient data gathering and processing capacity to audit (online, real time) a "ping" if you will, fraud, corruption and slight-of-hand operations. 21st century solutions for a 21st century problem...why, keep on massaging a stupid, worthless Woodrow Wilson 16th amendment? Repeal the dumb idea. After all the author (Wilson) was a pencil shy of a full box.Pray. Amen...No more INDIVIDUALS to accuse Americans of guilt, having to spend countless millions on proving their innocence...pure, unadulterated... IRS TYRANNY.
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Our government has apparantly declared war on half the country.
1 year ago
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We are being governed by malevolent children. They don't want the rules to apply to their actions. They will overwhelm congresses oversight abilities. This is done with malice aforethought. That what they want to do has been done and failed before is of no matter. This time it will be different.
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What does it matter?
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Yeah! The important thing is to make sure it never happens again! :-)
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