Gary L. Bauer
Campaign for Working Families
Tea Party, pro-life and other conservative groups were denied IRS tax-exempt recognition, resulting in some groups literally shutting down. The apparent purpose was to intimidate and harass the administration's perceived political enemies. It worked.
Americans rightly resist Big Government -- and especially the IRS -- precisely because of this kind of abuse. It is also why so many Americans do not want the IRS involved in our healthcare. We've already seen partisan abuse, but just imagine having to deal with the IRS when it comes to the bypass surgery you need!
Well, guess what? News broke last night that Sarah Hall Ingram, the commissioner who led the department at the center of the IRS scandal while the abuses were taking place, is now the director of the IRS' Affordable Care Act Office. And get this -- she received more than $100,000 in bonuses when these abuses took place!
When told about Ingram's new job, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said, "Stunning, just stunning."
Was There A Cover-up?
When pressed to identify the individuals involved in the abuses, Miller could not offer any names. He had to know that question would come up today. But Miller either walked into that hearing room willfully ignorant or he again misled members of Congress.
Again, as happened with the infamous Benghazi talking points, was there a cover-up by officials within the Obama Administration to keep a lid on these abuses during last year's election? The answer seems obvious, and some in the media are now asking that very question.
Watergate's Woodward: Don't Dismiss Benghazi
"…this is one of the documents with the editing that one of the people in the State Department said, 'Oh, let's not let these things out.' And I have to go back 40 years to Watergate when Nixon put out his edited transcripts to the conversations, and he personally went through them and said, 'Oh, let's not tell this, let's not show this.'
"I would not dismiss Benghazi. It's a very serious issue … four people were killed. You look at the hydraulic pressure that was in the system to not tell the truth… we use this term and the government uses this term, talking points. Talking points, as we know, are like legal briefs. They're an argument on one side. What we need to do is get rid of talking point and they need to put out statements or papers that are truth documents."