published Monday, June 30th, 2014

Smith: Washington IRS scandal exposes lies and corruption

By Robin Smith

Most of us have experienced some form of panic tied to a loss of data. Ranging from misfiling documents to a complete shutdown of an operating system, legitimate electronic "bugs" and glitches exist.

The topic of computer crashes has been hot lately.

The Internal Revenue Service has been under a microscope for its admitted targeting of groups that are pro-Israel, pro-Constitution and pro-Christian. Last week it was revealed a Republican U.S. senator was suggested for an "exam" based solely on an intercepted invitation to an event, under the hypothetical premise that he would attend and "inappropriately" bring his spouse.

Ultimately, Sen. Charles Grassley never attended the event with or without his wife, and the suggestion of an IRS audit over the issue was blocked by the actual IRS code.

IRS conduct has escalated from simple overreach to entrapment of an elected official in the legislative branch of government to, now, the absurd.

As we now know, emails of key players in the IRS scandal were not just lost but apparently destroyed.

Seeing that this tactic worked for the bureaucratic thugs at the IRS, the Environmental Protection Agency becomes the second Obama administration department that's envoking the "hardware failure" excuse.

An investigation has been in progress for over a year, with unsuccessful attempts to obtain documentation from the EPA and its representatives regarding allegations of "employee misconduct." An agency employee, along with his team, has been engaged in obstruction and attempts to "kill" a private energy exploration project in Alaska.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said last week that the agency will be "unable to provide lawmakers all the documents they have requested ... because of a computer crash."

Really?

History is not kind to absolute and despicable corruption.

Whether the issue is the expansion of the Patriot Act by this administration's Department of Justice, the politicization of the Treasury Department's enforcement agency of the tax code, the unenforced immigration laws or just the casual practice of lying under oath in congressional hearings, the public is witnessing the literal destruction of our rule of law.

The Roman senator Publius Cornelius Tacitus, who also served as historian of the Roman Empire, made an astute observation: "In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous."

That statement, however, implies the reach of corruption can be held at bay by laws that increase in number. The assumption is that government will enforce and obey those laws.

What the United States is experiencing is a government, led by Barack Obama, deliberately refusing to uphold the laws as written; enforcing laws on a selective basis, and, in the case of its own behavior and conduct, breaking the laws to cover its corruption.

It's time for Americans -- Democrats, Republicans and independents -- to demand that our government enforce, observe and obey the laws. It's also time that those who are corrupt be criminally charged and removed.

Robin Smith served as chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party, 2007 to 2009. She is a partner at the SmithWaterhouse Strategies business development and strategic planning firm and serves on Tennessee's Economic Council on Women.

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inquiringmind said...

Robin, why do you persist in an exercise of pointless futility, creating lies as you go?

You say, "As we now know, emails of key players in the IRS scandal were not just lost but apparently destroyed."

"As we know know??" Yet there is at this date no evidence showing e-mails were destroyed. Unlike the missing 18 minutes.

No one has matched the corruption seen under the Republican Richard M. Nixon in the common era but you are seeking to sink the whole establishment to its depth.

June 30, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.
timbo said...

Inquiringmind....YOU JUST TOLD ANOTHER BALD FACED LIE. I have already answered you on that subject in another post. You can't say you didn't know. This is a definite lie from a partisan trying to make excuses for Obama.

The official explanation of the missing 18.5 minutes was that Nixon's secretary accidentally erased them.

This is in Wikipedia, "According to President Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, on September 29, 1973 she was reviewing a tape of the June 20, 1972, recordings[4] when she said she had made "a terrible mistake" during transcription. While playing the tape on a Uher 5000, she answered a phone call. Reaching for the Uher 5000 stop button, she said that she mistakenly hit the button next to it, the record button. For the duration of the phone call, about 5 minutes, she kept her foot on the device's pedal, causing a five-minute portion of the tape to be re-recorded. When she listened to the tape, the gap had grown to 18½ minutes and she later insisted that she was not responsible for the remaining 13 minutes of buzz."

Now, tell that lie just one more time. Robin has just as much evidence that the IRS tapes were destroyed as you have saying that Nixon ordered the tapes erased. To this day, no one knows for sure what happened in either case.

Common sense tells a reasonable adult that Nixon probably ordered those minutes erased and that the IRS e-mails were purposefully destroyed. Anyone who believes otherwise is either, stupid, dishonest, or lying to make a partisan point. Which is it???

Is there a smoking gun for Obama...not yet..and there might never be because he might of "burned those damn tapes."

June 30, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.
timbo said...

...by the way Robin...Rhonda is going to win. Sorry about the disappointment.

June 30, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.
timbo said...

inquiringmind....By the way...using the IRS for political purposes was the 2nd Article of Impeachement for Nixon. There was no direct proof of that either.

June 30, 2014 at 11:46 a.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

Robin, I know you're too busy trying to whip up your base to read the constitution but the House creates budgets. Budgets fund government spending (or not as is often the case). If we expect the government to serve us why in the name of all that is good do we not budget for it? We didn't fund the Iraq wars, the Space Shuttle flew with 1980s vintage computers and the government agencies operate with obsolete, awful IT systems. Incompetence makes me mad so let's vote out bums on both sides. They're incompetent for God's sake, not corrupt. Note the difference!

June 30, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.
TheJackDennis said...

If we had video of Lerner lobbing a grenade at her PC, Inquiring would say, "that proves nothing."

June 30, 2014 at 12:02 p.m.
timbo said...

Hunter_Bluff...Typical liberal comment...throw money at it. The IRS dishonesty and incompetence was our fault all along. We can now blame everybody but Obama. He is just a victim of the rest of our incompetence.

All hail the almighty Obama.....

June 30, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
tipper said...

Does anyone know to what address I can send Robin Smith a fresh dead horse to beat while nothing of importance gets done?

June 30, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

timbo, you are using a classic rhetorical trick to falsely argue the case using unconnected statements. If Nixon caused the tapes to be erased by we can't prove it, then the absence of e-mail justifies alleging someone destroyed them. You argue without any evidence.

By the way, no one has said anyone "accidentally" did anything with the hard drive, it crashed. What statement are you calling a lie? That here is no evidence someone destroyed e-mail? No, that can't be it. That Nixon was involved in the 18 minute erasure? No that can't be it. That Robin is seeking to drag us to the depths of the Nixon white house years? No, that can't be it.

timbo, Nixon was not impeached, he resigned first. He would have been though, and the crime was lying about not being a crook ("I am no crook!"). Remember, he was given a Presidential pardon.

Just glad you are on prehistoric AM.

June 30, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.
conservative said...

Inquiringmind

You can run from me but you can't hide from me.

Do you consider the practice of Homosexuality/sodomy to be sin?

June 30, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

And how convenient Robin brings up the Patriot Act. Any doubt where she stood when it was first passed by Bush???

ConMan, do you believe oral sex to be a sin?

June 30, 2014 at 8:28 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++

I have always admired Robin's writing style.

Malleus Deum

June 30, 2014 at 10:52 p.m.
conservative said...

GaussianInteger said...

"Again, if you take that verse from Corinthians to heart, ConMan, as you proclaim."

===================

You don't take the verses to heart because....

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NAS

July 1, 2014 at 7:24 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Prov. 17:28: "Even fools who keep silent are considered wise; when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent. "

July 1, 2014 at 7:46 a.m.
conservative said...

Inquiringmind

You can run from me but you can't hide from me.

Do you consider the practice of Homosexuality/sodomy to be sin?

July 1, 2014 at 7:51 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Prov. 26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who reverts to his folly.

July 1, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.
conservative said...

Inquiringmind

You can run from me but you can't hide from me.

Do you consider the practice of Homosexuality/sodomy to be sin?

July 1, 2014 at 8:05 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++

Much of this discussion will require that any blinders be taken off our eyes. We must see clearly to draw appropriate conclusions.

Malleus Deum

July 1, 2014 at 8:12 a.m.
timbo said...

iquiringmind....You said, ""As we know know??" Yet there is at this date no evidence showing e-mails were destroyed. Unlike the missing 18 minutes."

You are saying that there was evidence that Nixon erased or had someone erase those tapes. That is a lie. I have quoted you those facts twice and you wrote that anyway.

I said that "Common sense tells a reasonable adult that Nixon probably ordered those minutes erased and that the IRS e-mails were purposefully destroyed. Anyone who believes otherwise is either, stupid, dishonest, or lying to make a partisan point. Which is it???"

As you can see, I didn't say that there was proof. I said that common sense would indicate that in both cases someone destroyed evidence.

You are the master spinner but unlike the IRS, what you have written can be found and stuck up your nose.

You make no sense whatsoever. I think you are a lawyer who was an ex-Democrat party chairman. Your job on here is give the liberal/democrat line you get every day by fax or e-mail.

July 1, 2014 at 2:18 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

timbo common sense is nothing but habit telling you something is true. It is "spin" when you don't like it, it is "truth" when you do. How many of Nixon's minions went to jail trying to cover up his problem, Nixon avoiding it only by Presidential pardon.

No data presented thus far supports the conclusion either e-mails were erased or the e-mails were records, or that the hard drive was nefariously destroyed. You want to spin it that way but your common sense is just your conservative heritage pointing your mind where you want it to go.

btw, I'm sure if evidence does come to light the e-mails were destroyed and were records (they are reconstructing the e-mail record from recipients' e-mail), some prosecutor will seek to deal with it; but to connect the e-mails with President Obama requires quite the long reach and a vivid imagination.

You too have been hanging around the potty too long, or examining your own index finger too closely.

July 1, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.
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