So Lois Lerner refuses to testify before the Congressional Committee. Are you surprised? I’m not. It has been reported that she has had death threats. Again I am not surprised. I actually kinda feel sorry for her. She is on the horns of a dilemma.
Let us consider what her dilemma might be. First she is not smart enough or, for that matter, stupid enough to pull off the situation she is accused of causing. Using an agency of our government to abuse any special interest group is dangerous to say the least. To pull this off requires more horsepower than she possessed. No, she had to have high powered help from the White House calling the shots. This brings up dilemma number two. The people she is covering for could make her life very uncomfortable if they chose to. All she has to do is keep her mouth shut, draw her sizable pension, and stay out of sight.
That would be doable if only the Congress would just leave her alone. But they apparently didn’t get the memo. Congressman Issa seems intent on getting to the bottom of this issue. If that is true, the next thing on the agenda is a grant of immunity for her testimony which would then render her claim of Fifth Amendment protection mute. Contempt of Congress would be the least of her worries. She could be facing serious jail time along with the people who got her into this regardless of the positions of those people.
All we need now is for the Congress to do the job we pay them to do. Not only does the House pay the bill for all government agencies, they also have the job of oversight. That includes insuring the IRS, or any government agency for that matter, obey the rules. The American people have the right to expect honesty from all agencies of our government. We also have the right to expect the Congress to do their job. Obama’s assertion that this is just another phony scandal is reminiscent of Clinton’s “move on” strategy. This administration seems intent on changing the subject. After all, it has worked in the past, so why not? We, the American people, will not let this just go away.
I believe the vast majority of IRS employees are honest, honorable, and capable. The IRS is necessary for our system of government to work. The bills have to be paid. If any employee of any government agency compromises that agency, we have a huge problem. The IRS is autonomous, therefore they absolutely have to be above reproach. As a country we absolutely cannot and will not allow malfeasance in our agencies to go unpunished nor can we allow any refusal to answer questions, period.
These so called “phony scandals” are not going away. Benghazi, NSA spying, gun giveaways to Mexican Cartels and IRS cheating are real and they will be solved. Obama’s intent is to ignore them and hope they disappear. Well, sorry, but that isn’t going to happen. Today I think his biggest fear is that he will indeed lose the Senate to the Republicans and that they will retain the House thereby eliminating his built in protection.
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of this dishonesty. I want answers. I want guilty people prosecuted. I want the media to quit acting like lap dogs for this administration and be diligent in seeking truth. We are not a third world dictatorship. We elect our representatives and we can get rid of them. The facts will come out, and the sooner the better.