Obama’s non-stick IRS
Who knew that ensuring fair and lawful tax collection was so problematic? Internal Revenue Service agents recently admitted to delaying tea party and other conservative group applications for tax-exempt status, and composing non-standard questions for those applicants (“IRS refuses to abandon targeting criteria used against tea party, conservative groups,” Web Sept. 7). IRS Commissioner John G. Koskinen, shocked and appalled at such behavior, has allegedly put an end to the IRS’ surreptitious activities, saying, “There should be no doubt that the use of BOLO lists has not just been temporarily suspended, it has been eliminated.” Despite the self-congratulatory tenor of that statement, action was taken only after the illicit activities were revealed.
I remember when Mr. Koskinen appeared before Congress, and I was duly impressed by his imperious attitude and demeanor. The deck of Obama-embossed get-outof-jail-free cards he has in his back pocket might explain his arrogant bearing.
For those of us out here in taxpayer nirvana, this latest disclosure — the most recent in a long line of scandals, canards and malfeasance the Obama administration has had to navigate — has so far produced little in the way of accountability or disciplinary action. President Teflon and his loyal cadre of Teflonites in various government sinecures continue with business as usual, further proof of the immunity enjoyed by those in the liberal back-scratching club.
Mr. Koskinen’s fate will probably be similar to the consequences suffered by that other IRS luminary, Lois Lerner: Absolutely nothing.