Obama’s non-stick IRS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - JOHN M. DANIEL Leonard­town, Mary­land

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.

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