The so IRS scandal involved the Internal Revenue Service targeting organizations with anti-Obama leanings, delaying their tax-exempt status. This lessened donations to anti-Obama candidates during the 2012 presidential election campaign.
It is not surprising that the IRS has pro-Democratic and Leftist bias. The Democratic Party stands for increasing the size and scope of government. IRS workers (of government employees) from the bottom to the top are more likely to see their personal income increase, along with their power, when Democrats control government. In addition, the Democrats are pro-organized labor. This leads to an incestuous relationship between government unionized employees and that Party. These unions donate substantial funds to the Democrats, who once in power, are in charge of negotiating the same unions’ contracts. This bizarre relationship should be illegal given the flagrant conflict of interest between the two and the People they are supposed to be serving.
When the scandal broke in 2013, President Obama went on the offensive acting incredulous about the obvious misdeeds of the IRS. His comments after reading the IG’s report included: “Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it,” and “it should not matter what political stripe you’re from. The fact of the matter is, the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity“. It is incredible just a year later how different the President acted and what he has since said. Just a half year later while when asked by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly: “So you’re saying there was no corruption there at all,” the President morphed his earlier stated of anger into saying: “there were some bone-headed decisions out of a local office” and more incredibly: “not even a smidgen of corruption.” These two stated positions cannot coexist.
Initially, the IRS with the backing of the Obama Administration, blamed the IRS’s illegal actions on a few rogue agents in Cincinnati, Ohio. That dog didn’t hunt very long. It has since been learned that high-level IRS employees in Washington, DC, including Lois Lerner who has taken the Fifth, refusing to testify in front of Congress, were involved in a scheme to thwart the rights of organizations with anti-Obama political views.
Fast-forward another few months and the scandal is starting to snowball into something bigger. First, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a sworn statement before Congress said that the IRS would turn over all Lois Lerner’s emails to Congress. A few months later in June 2014 he informed Congress that two years of Lois Lerner’s emails that were requested are gone because her hard drive was destroyed. (More incredibly, six other relevant IRS employee’s hard drives were also reportedly destroyed at the same time.) During his June testimony, Koskinen with attitude that demonstrated disdain for Congress and the People, testified that he learned of Lerner’s hard drive destruction in April, but he did not correct his earlier testimony to Congress until six weeks later during this testimony.
This past week the story gets more bizarre when it was learned the supposedly destroyed Lerner hard drive was merely scratched. In addition, while Koskinen previously testified that the backup tapes for the Lerner hard drive were destroyed, that testimony has since been changed indicating that backup tapes may actually still exist.
Included below is a video of IRS Commissioner Koskinen being grilled by Congressman Trey Gowdy, and experienced prosecutor prior to entering Congress. This exchange not only shows a lack of contrition by the IRS for its illegal behavior, but also an attitude that is at the very least bordering on obstruction of justice.
The IRS scandal has growing legs. Recent polling indicates that 70% of Americans want this matter thoroughly investigated to its completion. The IRS’s and the Administration’s stonewalling since day one has resulted in damning facts being trickled out. Between congresses investigation and some civil suits that are ongoing, it is likely that even more damning facts are yet to come.
As time moves on the IRS scandal is feeling more like the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s. It is already known that high level IRS employees used the power of the IRS to attempt to change the political landscape during the 2012 election. This is a dangerous and scary proposition on its own. However, there is likely even more. Already produced emails indicate pressure from certain Democrat Senators and Congressmen on the IRS to go after conservative political action groups. There are also emails between the IRS and the Justice Department on similar issues. Given the facts already exposed, it is likely that politicos in the White House were involved with the IRS’s illegal actions. That leaves the question of how high in the White House this goes. The answers are likely in September as the Country focuses on the November midterm elections.