I was going to link Taxprof’s Day 1183 of the IRS “Scandal” as an example of tilting at windmills, but then I read the article linked today and saw something that dropped my jaw.
From Forbes (obviously part of the We’re Better And Smarter Than You party judging from this article)
Heading The IRS Shouldn’t Be Mission Impossible: GOP Call To Impeach Koskinen Is Tragic Political Theater
I wish the first was, “Heading the IRS shouldn’t happen for much longer” as they dismantle it, but then, I like to fantasize, but I do agree with the last part. I might quibble with “tragic”, but it’s surely political theater (arf arf arf! honk honk honk! slap slap slap!).
Here’s where things get surreal.
Mr. Koskinen was a great choice to rescue the reviled but essential agency.
While I agree with that, it’s not for the reasons they give
And he truly has an exceptional sense of public service.
He previously served as the Deputy Mayor of the District of Columbia
DC gov’t is all corruptocrats. All. Lying, hypocritical, nearly-clintonian, corruptocrats.
Here is why I agree he was the best choice for the Obama admin
On April 23, 2009, he became the Principal Financial Officer (Of Freddie Mac)
Yeah, he was hired to hide that government malfeasance is what caused all the problems in 2008.
Which is exactly the job he was hired to do at the IRS.
More from Forbes
He probably didn’t anticipate that his hard work would result in some House leaders and the official GOP platform calling for his impeachment.
I bet. He figured they were as feckless I do.
So why are they impeaching him?
: some emails lost by IRS staff
Oh, you mean the deliberate destruction of every piece of evidence subpoenaed?
The Internal Revenue Service appears to have violated a court order once again requiring the preservation of evidence needed by investigators looking into questionable practices at the agency.
How dare anybody actually expect this fine public servant obey the law!?!?!?! He’s dedicated his life to public service. (recall Heinlein who said “public servant” is semantically equivalent to “public master”)
More from Forbes.
and making a House committee wait a few weeks before responding to a subpoena.
Oh, you mean this
In February of 2014, the Commissioner’s counsel Kate Duval identified a gap in Lerner’s emails. She learned several days later that the gap was a result of a 2011 hard drive crash. Mr. Koskinen was made aware of these missing emails, yet he withheld the information from Congress for four months until June 13, 2014.
A few months is made up of a few weeks I guess, but fuck you.
And of course, they’re ignoring this
Commissioner Koskinen again provided false testimony, claiming under oath that he had “confirmed” the information on the bulk of the back-up tapes was unrecoverable. Yet an inspector general found that of the 1,000 back-up tapes, approximately 700 hadn’t been erased and were in fact recoverable.
So basically we’re talking multiple times giving false testimony, destroying evidence and basically just telling Congress to suck his balls.
Now, I can appreciate the last bit as they are only good for sucking balls and telling me to suck their balls, but the first two are grounds for going to jail, not some stupid “impeachment” that means he’s fired and still gets his cushy gov’t pension from other bouts of public
More from Forbes,
The same Treasury inspector general who flagged the targeting of conservative groups called Koskinen “exceptionally cooperative.”
That begins with a lie, no inspector general flagged shit until after it came out in the media. And I’m sure Koskinen has been “exceptionally cooperative” with the Obama admin as they hide their use of the power of the Federal Gov’t to go after private citizens who they need to shut up.
This bit makes me laugh.
(AEI’s Norm Ornstein published an excellent dissection of what he calls the House “show trial” in The Atlantic.)
The words “published an excellent dissection” and “The Atlantic” should only be in the same sentence if the words “Unlike” are right before “The Atlantic”.
The big finish
Koskinen, who is tough as nails, will be okay,
Oh, I don’t disagree with that, recall his cushy pension and the protection of Minitrue and the rest of the Dems.
This is about the only true part of the Forbes article
but the damage to our fiscal system could be longer lasting.
Yeah using the IRS to go after private citizens will do that.
Remember, the job of Minitrue is not to provide information, it’s to provide affirmation and to obfuscate issues bad for Dems.
The rule of law, she is dead, and here we have Forbes simultaneously dancing and pissing on its grave.
Go Team Minitrue!