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June 20, 2014 - 7:41 am
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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a hearing on the Lois Lerner emails that the IRS claims to have lost, along with the emails of six other officials, in hard drive crashes. Those “lost” emails just happen to cover January 2009 to April 2011 — the most intense period during which the IRS targeted conservative groups.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) isn’t buying the IRS’ excuses. Today he lit into IRS Commisisoner John Koskinen.

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Notice at the beginning of the exchange, Ryan is given five minutes to speak. He speaks for less than four minutes before Democrats start disrupting him. It looks like Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), himself a suspect in the IRS targeting scandal, does the dirty work. Ryan ends up having about a minute of his time lopped off.

Koskinen displays a typical Obama administration official’s attitude toward wrongdoing: We didn’t do anything wrong, and you’re wasting your time investigating us.

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Allow me to also point out the obvious…if they had to resort to the transparently criminal and clearly desperate move of outright destroying evidence (without even a compelling lie as cover), those e-mails on those servers are addressed to and received from the White House, probably with names like Valerie Jarrett, Rahm Emanuel, David Plouffe and others at the top.
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In universities, because of tenure (one of the worst organizational ideas every created…but that’s an argument for another day), when a department runs into hard times and lacks funding, it is very hard to downsize since no one can be let go…you just have to wait for someone to retire and then eliminate that individual faculty line.

But there’s a loophole…you can eliminate the whole department and fire the entire lot of professors pretty much without cause and completely sidestep tenure protection.

As long as we collect taxes we will need someone to police fraud (even with the simplest flat tax)…so there will always be some entity like the IRS…that’s fine…but maybe we should just bypass all these employee protections and eliminate the department and spawn a new (much, much smaller) agency from scratch.

Related: Commissioner John Koskinen is a loathsome pig.
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I have never been an advocate for ending the IRS because I always viewed it as a necessary evil; the federal government needs some agency to collect revenue. But now the IRS has made it clear they are willing to be a political evil. It is time to close the agency, fire all them all, and prosecute the bosses for violation of federal law and conspiring to violate civil rights. Let the Treasury collect revenue from the states on a per capita basis.
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If individual malefactors can't be identified it's time to punish the IRS personnel collectively. Cut the agency's budget permanently.
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Hey, PJM, Grabien uck-says.
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There should be immediate calls for his resignation. And he and his agency should be punished. Like Glenn says, zero out the travel and conference budgets. But go farther. Eliminate all bonuses, step increases and grade promotions for one year. Hit 'em where it hurts. The House should go toe-to-toe with the Senate over these restrictions, refusing to grant Treasury any money without them. And then campaign on the issue for the next 15 months.
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Holder & Lerner held in contempt & they just laugh. Jay carney dizzying spin at WH press conferences with that smirk. One half of a % of government employees lose their jobs. Why are they union? Why do get bonuses? We're a joke to these people. None of this will change. Crony capitalist Republicans are holding hands with the DemocRats.
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Take a gander at the IRS requirements for us serfs to maintain, inviolate, OUR tax records and communications.

So just who are the masters and who are the...SLAVES.
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The fallout, five or ten years from now, when Citizen Committees do their own investigations and punishment?
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Koskinen came over from Fannie Mae.

Point taken?
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Of course it's a waste of time investigating this bunch because they are going to get away with every last damned bit of the criminal corruption for which we all know they should be accountable. Nothing we can do but bide our time until Obama is finally out of office in 2017.
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Obama may leave, but the bureaucracy STAYS!
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If only we had more Paul Ryans in Congress, not afraid to cut to the chase.
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The arrogance and appearance of being 'untouchable' is unmistakable and troubling. We've allowed this government entity to morph into a MONSTER. Like sooooo many other government agencies that have, lately, gone off the rails and become, for lack of a better word, enemies of the people...not our servants. Our politicians have done the same are are the designers and cause of these agencies going 'rogue'.
We need to rein these organizations in and regain 'control'. All the political 'drama' aside...action speaks louder than words. Regaining control of these 'Alphabet Soup Agencies' IS the only way to get this country back on track. Trust is DOA. Faith in the system policing itself is DOA as well. Trust and faith in our government is terrible thing to waste. Getting it back may prove to be impossible.
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It's almost as if he spoke with his boss before the hearings and was given carte blanche to say whatever supported the mission, without fear of retribution from above.
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