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IRS and More: Time for Firings
In the wake of the IRS scandal, this is what we know. The former Commissioner of the IRS, Douglas Shulman said in March 2012 when asked by Rep. Tom Graves (Ga-14), there was no targeting of conservative organizations. In the campaign last year, Sen. Harry Reid, from the floor of the Senate, seemed to know how much in taxes Mitt Romney paid and the Koch brothers paid, before any tax returns were released. Finally on Friday, Lois G. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS, told reporters Friday that the “absolutely inappropriate” actions were undertaken by “front-line people” working in Cincinnati to target groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names.
There is no doubt there is a culture of corruption, to use the phrase of the best selling book by Michelle Malkin, in this administration. The IRS checks groups illegally, the VA gives bonuses in facilities that are substandard, the Justice department oversees “Fast and Furious,” and reviews phone records of AP reporters. And the Big Daddy of them all, the cover up of what happened at Benghazi where 4 Americans died, shows these guys and gals are not up to the job.
The president says he didn’t know, but this culture comes from the top at worst or it’s incompetence at best. We’ve reached critical mass.
People need to be fired at the IRS. People need to be fired at the VA. People need to be fired at the Justice Department. The cabinet heads or commissioners need to be fired and anyone involved needs to be fired. We can’t fire the president and I’m not sure this rises to the level of impeachment–yet. But the culture of musical chairs related to these kinds of scandals has got to stop. Working for the government should not be a lifetime appointment.
The taxpayers need to see their interests protected. Congress, it’s time for you to step up. We need more than hearings, we need results. The Democrats will say this is a Republican led witch hunt, but even some Democrats are worried about this pattern of events. It’s time for Democrats to go to the president and say, “Enough is enough.”