The PJ Tatler

New IRS Guy Says He'll Make Things Slightly Less Awful

Let the breath holding begin.

The new chief of the Internal Revenue Service told Congress on Monday the tax-collecting agency would fully investigate and repair the problems that led to the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel, appearing before Congress for the first time since moving into the top job two weeks ago, promised to restore the agency’s tattered image with a public accounting of the practices that have led to multiple investigations and a political firestorm.

Werfel pledged to “uncover every fact” about who was involved in the targeting and said an ongoing review of the agency would evaluate whether “additional personnel actions” were needed.

“I am prepared to follow the facts wherever they take us. It is the only way to restore trust,” Werfel told a sub-panel of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

I don’t know if there is anyone alive who can “restore trust” in an agency that no one has ever trusted. Seriously, this is like trusting your kid to do his own dental work.

Let us all settle in now for the creation of some new tax-draining oversight jobs and mild wrist slapping.