Tagged Patriot

Accountability Has Become Such an Antiquated Concept

Gene Healy  on the president who is never there: “Hey, don’t look at me — I’m just the president!” That’s the common thread in President Obama’s response to his recent scandal eruptions, from IRS harassment of Tea Partiers to his Justice Department’s spying on AP reporters. Like everybody else, Obama learns about these things via cable news, according to press secretary Jay Carney.Obama’s flight from responsibility punctured the stratosphere in his recent speech on “the Future of Our Fight against Terrorism” at the National Defense University in D.C. In the speech Obama seemed to position himself as the loyal opposition…

Scandal Watch (More IRS Follies)

Sigh . . . The IRS has problems with you if you are a conservative group that wants to apply for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status. By contrast, the IRS has no problems whatsoever with itself when it wants to spend money like it is going out of style. 88 IRS employees have documents related to the investigation of the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Remember that this story is allegedly only a “so-called scandal,” and remember as well–as the CNN story points out–that the initial explanation given for the targeting of conservative groups is that a select few “low-level employees” in one…

Scandal Watch (The Saga that Won’t End)

The latest: The IRS targeting of conservative groups is only a “so-called scandal” in the eyes of some, who coincidentally, probably don’t like conservatives all that much. Equally coincidental, I am sure, those calling the IRS scandal a “so-called scandal” are members of the media, which we are repeatedly assured is never ideologically biased and treats both sides of the partisan divide fairly and honorably. Rich Lowry points out that the IRS scandal–which really is much more than a “so-called scandal”–“is a scandal of administrators and bureaucrats, of otherwise faceless people endowed with immense power over their fellow citizens and running free…

Scandal Watch (A Continuing Series)

So, let’s review the latest: Concerning the IRS scandal, we learn that Lois Lerner was “directly involved” in the targeting of conservative groups. This included signing letters that contained “a list of detailed questions of the kind that a Treasury inspector general’s audit found to be inappropriate.” Organizing for Action is a 501(c)(4), which means that it is supposed to act in a non-partisan capacity when engaging in advocacy. So naturally, the president of the United States–who is anything but non-partisan–has signed a fundraising letter on behalf of Organizing for Action, which includes a request to register at this site, which as you…

The IRS Scandal Continues to Unfold

If “senior White House officials were focused on shielding” the president, then that necessarily means that they were not focused on serving the American people by getting to the bottom of this scandal. Right? As soon as White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler heard about an upcoming inspector general’s report on the Internal Revenue Service, she knew she had a problem.The notice Ruemmler saw on April 24 gave her a thumbnail sketch of a disturbing finding: that the IRS had improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups. She shared the news with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other senior…

Good Question

As Stephen Bainbridge notes, any general counsel of a publicly held corporation would tell the CEO of that corporation about the presence and activities of misbehaving employees. So why on Earth weren’t Barack Obama and/or Treasury Secretary Jack Lew informed earlier about misconduct at the IRS? It’s one thing to want to make sure that there isn’t interference in the process from inappropriate quarters. But it is quite another to be left completely ignorant. Quoth Bainbridge: . . . First, telling the POTUS about an investigation governmental misconduct in now way suggests that the President interfered with said investigation. Second,…

Metastasis of the IRS Scandal

When Lois Lerner goes before the House to testify regarding the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, she is not going to offer much actual testimony at all: A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups. Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening — or why she didn’t disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III.…