Non-accountability marches onward at the IRS

IRS_logo-2From, By: John Hayward, June 10th, 2013 – How is the great crusade to bring accountability to the IRS coming along?  According to Eliana Johnson at National Reviewthe Director of Rulings and Agreements, Holly Paz, just became “the fifth Washington D.C.-based IRS official involved in the current scandal to leave her position.”

According to the House Oversight Committee, Paz was involved in an internal IRS investigation that in May 2012 concluded that the agency had been discriminating against conservative groups.

That was a year before a Treasury Department inspector General’s report reached the same conclusion, but Paz and others at the IRS failed to inform Congress of the findings of the internal investigation. During the inspector general’s own investigation, Paz, who National Review Online revealed is a donor to Barack Obama, sat in on the vast majority of the interviews conducted by the inspector general’s team. House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa harshly criticized inspector general J. Russell for allowing that, saying it was “inappropriate” to include anybody in the agency in the interviews who could have participated in the targeting of conservative groups.

Well, it sure does sound like she had to go.  What became of former Director of Rulings and Agreements Paz?  Run out of town on a rail?  Tarred and feathered?  Hung on the rack and forced to read Maureen Dowd columns until her mind broke, and she began referring to herself as “Reek?”

The IRS source says the memo did not indicate whether [Paz] has been moved to a new position, placed on leave, or fired.

Oh.  So American taxpayers with unfashionable political views may yet be at her mercy.  I don’t see anything in there about punishment or reprimand.  Politico also has a story about Paz, and they don’t know what happened to her, either.  They inquired with the IRS, but the agency “didn’t immediately respond to questions about the personnel change.”

What about the other four scalps claimed by this scandal in Eliana Johnson’s tally?  Did I miss some sort of bureaucratic massacre while I was writing juicy emails to keep the boys at the NSA Department of Omniscience entertained?

Paz is the fifth Washington, D.C.-based IRS official involved in the current scandal to leave her position. She follows Carter Hull, a tax law specialist accused of micromanaging Cincinnati’s handling of tea-party applications; Joseph Grant, the head of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities division, who retired on June 3, just eight days after being promoted; acting commissioner Steven Miller, who announced his resignation days after news of the scandal broke; and Lois Lerner, the director of the Exempt Organizations division and the figure most closely associated with the targeting of conservative groups, who was placed on paid administrative leave after refusing to tender her resignation.

Nope, looks like I didn’t miss anything.  No one has been fired over this scandal.  If Paz actually did get sacked, she would be the first… and the agency’s reluctance to disclose her fate means they’re not exactly making an example out of her.  Carter Hull is retiring gracefully later this summer.  Joseph Grant was also allowed to retire without censure or reprimand.  The official IRS announcement of his departure, issued on May 16, read as follows:

Joseph Grant, Commissioner of Tax Exempt/Government Entities Division, has announced his plans to retire on June 3rd.  Before this position Joseph was the Deputy Commissioner, TE/GE. He joined the IRS in August 2005, as Director of the EP Rulings & Agreements division, became the Director of Employee Plans in 2006, and became TE/GE Deputy Commissioner in 2007.  Before that, he was the Chief Operating Officer and a Deputy Executive Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Joseph also served on the staff of the Oversight and Social Security subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Nothing about unacceptable behavior, abuse of power, or political dirty tricks in there!  As Johnson mentioned, Grant became head of his department only a week before his retirement was announced.  His predecessor, Sara Hall Ingram – who was in charge while that mighty legion of “renegade low-level employees” was busy suppressing the Tea Party vote – was promoted to head of the ObamaCare enforcement division.

Acting IRS Commissioner Steve “Customer Service” Miller was a temporary appointee whose term expired on schedule – he didn’t get sacked or punished.  And of course, the infamous Lois Lerner is currently enjoying a paid holiday at taxpayer expense.  She didn’t lose her job, and in fact she refused to resign when Miller supposedly asked her to – a request we only know about through a third party, Republican Senator Charles Grassley of the Finance Committee.

I think what Johnson is driving at in her National Review post on Holly Paz is that a few senior officials in D.C. are experiencing some career disruption, which is incompatible with the fairy tale about a few wild and crazy cubicle gnomes in the sub-levels of the Cincinnati office taking Obama’s anti-Tea Party rhetoric too seriously.  But in truth, there has been no great push to hold anyone truly accountable, or clean house to prevent such abuses from occurring again.  There was some early noise from President Obama about how the politicized abuse of power was unacceptable, but he’s clearly not angry about it.  Most importantly, he’s not doing anything to get to the bottom of it.  If he sends high-level heads rolling, it would be an admission of wrongdoing… and it might motivate some of the unemployed, publicly humiliated officials to retaliate by telling stories the Administration would rather keep buried.  Give it another month, and the White House will begin referring to the story as “old news,” which only bloodthirsty partisans could still be upset about.

The most benign explanation for the IRS scandal is that a bunch of agents and supervisors spontaneously decided to abuse their authority for political ends, to help their beloved President and punish his enemies, while higher officials either remained clueless or looked the other way.  If that was true, you would think a lot of people involved would be named, shamed, and cut loose, to restore public confidence in the agency.  Instead, we’re left to wonder how many other agencies are filled with Obama loyalists who might “spontaneously” decide to use confidential information for political purposes.  Do you suppose anyone like that works for the National Security Agency?

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  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    ” Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ”

    “Here it is in a nutshell. The IRS is a private, debt collection agency for the private banking system known as the Federal Reserve Bank. The IRS is not a government agency. I repeat, the IRS is not a government agency. Never has been, never will be.

    The IRS is formerly the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) situated in and with authority only in the Philippine Islands (Trust Fund # 61), and moved into Puerto Rico (Trust Fund # 62). In the 1950’s, with the stroke of the pen, the BIR was transformed into the current notorious IRS and brought onto the 50 united States. This was done without any Congressional authority whatsoever. There is no Congressional authority for the IRS to exist and operate in the 50 states recorded anywhere in any law-books. Again, keep in mind, that the IRS is the “Private, debt collection agency for the private banking system known as the Federal Reserve Banks”.

    Due to the abysmal ignorance of the American people, most Americans do not realize that there are two title 26.

    Title 26, Internal Revenue Code, is the “Debt Collection Manual” for the IRS. This manual has nothing with “Constitutitonal Rights”. The IRS does not collect an “income tax”. The IRS is simply collecting a user fee due to the Federal Reserve Banks because we, Americans, are using a private credit systeem. The user fee had to be disguised as an “income tax” to fool the American people.

    Title 26, United States Code, is “non-positive” law, which means that no American Citizen is subject to it. However, all “U.S. citizens” are subject to it. In order to understand “U.S. citizen” you must go to 28 USC, section 3002. Most American Citizens have voluntarily given up their Sovereignty in exchange for “immunities and privileges” of the 14th Amendment.There are literally hundreds of unilateral contracts by which American Citizens declare themselves to be “U.S. citizens” and thus subject to both Title 26s. By becoming a “U.S. citizen”, every American Citizen declares him/herself to be an “indentured slave” to the Federal Reserve Banking system with no Constitutional Rights whatsoever. So then, Title 26, USC, is a private law that applies to “U.S. corporate ‘citizens'”, all employees of the corporation identified at 28 USC, section 3002.

    Consider this fact. When an IRS agent wants to seize property from a Citizen in a County, they must first contact the Sheriff of the County and request assistance in the seizure. This is simply because the IRS agent has no authority to seize any property at all. So the IRS agent bamboozles the Sheriff into committing the crime for the IRS. When the Sheriff seizes property from a Citizen under the non-authority of the IRS agent, the Sheriff has committed a Second Degree Felony, Conversion of Property. ”

    Type ” irs puerto rico collection agency” in to a search engine. ( I use which is anonymous – use g00gle at your own risk)

    do your own math…………

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