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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Papa Mueller and the Twelve Dancing Princes and/or Princesses

A dozen FBI agents, supposedly, have been assigned to investigating a criminal probe into Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative political groups, FBI Director (Papa) Robert Mueller said this past Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Most likely, the twelve princes and/or princesses will end up dancing in circles around the issue at hand  for a long time; and, be tardy in reporting, awhile most likely blaming the sequester's impact on performance expectations.

"It's a high-priority and it needs to be handled with care, but it also needs to be pushed aggressively," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing.

Define aggressively, Papa. 

What's the timeline on your report?

Are you getting them all new dancing shoes as bonus under the sequester like the IRS is giving $70 million dollars to their administrators and counsel under intense scrutiny?

Do they all know how to dance (investigate) gracefully (thoroughly)?

While Papa Mueller spoke, Tea Party conservatives rallied outside the US Capitol and at least 1,000 protesters assembled for an "Audit the IRS" event.

Yes, let’s have the dancing princes and/or princesses audit all the IRS administrators and counsels of Treasury and the IRS as well as the White House from March 1, 2010 – March 1, 2013; however, are they qualified to do audits?

Let's see how many wire transfers and cash deposits were made to their private accounts.

Come to think of it, Papa, I am not sure the princes and princesses are up to the job.

You'd better hire twelve CPA cobblers, Papa; to 'nail' them justly.

Non-partisan outside auditors with numbers know how rather than FBI agents are recommended to probe the existence of any personal money laundering aspects in connection with the IRS probe by counsels, advisers, and administrators of the IRS, Treasury, White House, and Congress.

Shhhh!...Hush Money...IRS to pass out $70 Million in Bonuses During Sequester

Photo credit: The Daily Caller

The Internal Revenue Service is about to pass out $70 million in bonuses to employees over the next few months.

Sen. Charles Grassley sent a letter Tuesday asking IRS acting chief Daniel Werfel to explain why the agency plans to give out the bonuses. 

Grassley conveyed that all bonus payments were supposed to be halted under the federal spending cuts, known as sequester.

"Does the IRS intend to execute an agreement to preserve approximately $70 million for union bonuses during sequestration?" wrote Grassley.

The IRS says it is legally bound to pay bonuses, if required by contracts worked out with the National Treasury Employees Union, according to its spokesman; it is said to be  acting under guidance of Sylvia Matthews Burwell , Director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget.

The bonus controversy comes at a time when the  IRS is being criminally investigated for  singling out Tea Party conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny prior, during, and after election years.

Yesterday, thousands Tea Party conservatives gathered on the west lawn of the Capitol Hill to protest the scandal and demand Congress "audit" the IRS.

NTEU's president. Colleen Kelley. said that the bonuses are awarded on merit and have been a part of the union contract with the IRS for decades. She said the bonuses are "legally required as part of the collective bargaining agreement."

I think taxpayers would rather see subsidies for poultry farmers than for partisan, and politically appointed tax administrators.

How about giving them boiled eggs instead?

You can't say then they weren't offered a bonus, Ms. Kelly.

The IRS, supposedly, has already been 'slammed' by the sequester. 

The IRS is one of several agencies forcing its staffers, nearly 90,000 employees, to take unpaid time off at home because of sequester. The agency shuttered nearly all of its offices last Friday, the second of five days this summer; it has also lost 10,000 employees to attrition in just the past two years, or over 9% of its total workforce. Sequester has prevented the agency from replacing staffers, meaning staff in some departments feel overworked.

Honey Boo-hoo.

Source: CNN 

Tea Party Protest a Huge Success

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

IRS Scandal Calendar

Tuesday's I.R.S. Scandal Roundup

Coming to Broadway and West End?
Dems release their own IRS transcripts
Leaders on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are escalating the battle over the investigation into the IRS tea party targeting scandal. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panel's top Democrat, released hundreds of pages of transcripts ...
 6 Surprising Things About The IRS Scandal
Hundreds of pages of transcribed interviews reveal that IRS employees in Washington were involved at an early stage in the improper targeting of Tea Party groups — but at least so far the trail stops well short of the White House. Based on interviews with two ...
IRS Official: Washington Was Not Involved In Targeting Of Conservative Groups
Huffington Post
Republican and Democratic committee staffers interviewed an IRS official on June 6 about the agency's decision to scrutinize a Tea Party group's application for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status. The official, who identified himself as "a conservative Republican" ...
IRS Scandal: Is Partisanship Overshadowing Facts?
Five weeks after the IRS acknowledged that at least one of its offices put undue scrutiny on conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, lawmakers are still sorting out the facts. That, however, hasn't stopped lawmakers from forming partisan complaints ...
IRS scandal brings out more charges of political audits
Merced Sun-Star
WASHINGTON — If reports of political targeting of conservatives by the Internal Revenue Service shocked the nation, they didn't seem that surprising to many other groups who experienced problems with the tax agency in the past. Liberal groups such as ...
Moving a Washington scandal out of town
Washington Times
The left is doing all that it can to keep the focus off Washington in this scandal. The latest attempt came just days ago when Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, one of the top House Democrats leading the congressional probe of the IRS, made the ...
Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul to speak at anti-IRS rally Wednesday
Kentucky's junior senator, Republican Rand Paul, will address the assembly, along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and several other members of Congress. Glenn Beck and other conservative leaders will also speak; calling attention to the IRS scandal, where ...
IRS official: Tea Party groups set aside for consistency's sake
The Hill
... a manager in the Cincinnati office at the center of the targeting scandal. Shafer also told investigators that there were no political considerations when the first Tea Party case was brought to him by an IRS reviewer for a second look, and when he decided to ...
The Real Cincinnati IRS Scandal
IREHR Update News Site
One of the featured speakers at the Tea Party Patriots “Audit the IRS” event in Washington DC on June 19 is Justin Binik-Thomas. The Ohio resident became a sudden celebrity in Tea Party circles after it was revealed that the IRS had asked a Tea Party group ...
The game Issa loves to play
MSNBC (blog)
The House Oversight Committee dispatched investigators to interview IRS employees in Cincinnati several weeks ago as part of the investigation into agency scrutiny of groups seeking tax-exempt status, and Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has seen the ... Indeed, as the controversy began to fade, and it became clearer that the political scandal was evaporating, Issa released carefully edited portions of the transcripts -- parts that Issa liked, without context -- in the hopes of fueling the controversy. Now, as ...
Republicans Can't Say That Obama Was Behind the IRS' Tea Party Campaign ...
Slate Magazine (blog)
After four weeks in the news, the IRS scandal is still the tentpole of the "scandal-plagued Obama administration" story line. Republicans have failed to prove that the White House ordered the IRS' nosy questionnaires of Tea Party applicants for nonprofit status, ...
Problem larger than IRS role
Sadder than that scandal is the realization that the IRS isn't the only leg of government that is turning campaign finance requirements into a joke. Congress, the president, and the Supreme Court have all failed to adequately protect the public from the ...
Don Polson The way I see it: Justice delayed, denied the right; left sails
Red Bluff Daily News
Writing in "The Real Scandals of the IRS" for the Daily Beast, Megan McArdle wrote on May 14, "It's true that 501 (c) 4 organizations are supposed to promote social welfare', but these days, most people have decided that the best way to promote social welfare ...
IRS scandal could change rules for non-profits
WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The scandal involving non-profit organizations and the Internal Revenue Service could bring clarity to rules governing non-profits, members of Congress say. Democrats and Republicans differ on how regulations should be ...
Distrust in Government Growing
Sunshine State News (blog)
Reports of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party and conservative groups have grown in volume and intensity over the past month, and the number of Americans following stories about the IRS scandal is now higher than ever. The poll shows ...
WARNING: Tea Party Patriots DC Rally Aims at Immigration Reform (and the IRS)
IREHR Update News Site
Early into the "Audit the IRS" rally planning conference call on June 13, Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin quickly pivoted from the IRS to immigration reform “In addition to thisIRS scandal, there's one other thing that we need to be paying attention to ...
Poll: 70 Percent Believe IRS Targeting Started in Washington DC
Town Hall
When senior IRS officials first admitted to unfair and inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, they claimed the targeting was carried out by a few rogue agents in a Cincinnati office. Weeks and mounds of evidence to the contrary later, a new Rasmussen ...
ABQ Journal
WHY PEOPLE are upset over the IRS scandal is not because of taxes on the tea party group(s). It is because they give nonprofit status to left-leaning groups. If people can think that it is OK, who will they target next? This agency has too much power to bring ...
IRS Fires Another...
American Thinker
The memo does not say if Paz was fired, placed on administrative leave or moved to another position inside the agency. Paz is just one of many IRS agents at the center of the Tea Party targeting scandal. Holly Paz is being replaced as director of the rulings ...
Letter: Don't look to Fox, Daystar for the truth
Gloucester Daily Times
To the editor: “You can listen to Fox and Daystar, and get the truth.” So says one Gloucester Times reader (Letters, the Times Thursday, June 13), who goes on to blame president Obama for what happened in Benghazi, something called the IRS scandal, etc.
Minnesota Poll: Minnesotans split on IRS scrutiny
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill Wednesday at the start of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave to Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, Associated ...A majority also say the Obama administration should be more forthcoming about the targeting scandal. A little more than half say the White House is ...
Moving a Washington Scandal Out of Town
American Center for Law and Justice
We have letters from Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations, and IRS attorney Carter Hull, and Cincinnati officials have said they were micromanaged by D.C. officials. Now, there is a new admission from another top IRS supervisor in Washington ...
Congress Weighs Revising Nonprofit Rules After IRS Flap
Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) (blog)

... value of charitable deductions. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday that Daniel Werfel, the acting IRS commissioner, will make recommendations next week on changes in the agency's policies arising from the scandal, The Wall Street Journal writes.
Source: Google News

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ways and Mean Committee to Hold Tuesday Hearing on I.R.S. Scandal

 Mesdames et Messieurs, où est le slush fund's spider hole?

Daniel Werfel's First Personnel Decision as Acting IRS Commissioner

Guess who was the Campus Manager of this Austin, Texas campus of the F.B.I. and I.R.S. when a plane plowed into it three years ago?

It's the same guy Daniel Werfel just chose to replace Lois Lerner as head of the tax-exempt division, Ken Corbin.

“In naming Ken Corbin as acting director to replace Lois Lerner, the administration has taken a strong step to address serious mistakes made by the IRS Exempt Organization Division,” Representative Sander Levin of Michigan, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement. “This and further corrective action are vital in restoring the confidence of the American people.”

Golly, I'm not so sure about that now, Senator.