“The government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust,” President Obama said from the East Room of the White House Wednesday. “That’s especially true for the IRS.
“So, here’s what we’re going to do,” Obama continued. “First, we’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable.”
Obama then announced that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had asked for, and received, the resignation of acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. What Obama failed to mention is that Miller was not in charge of the IRS when the targeting of Obama’s political enemies actually occurred. Nor did Obama mention that under existing federal law Miller was scheduled to leave his post in just three weeks any way.
So, not only did Obama’s bold stroke at accountability punish the wrong person, it didn’t really even punish anyone at all.
Did Obama OK bonuses?
Meanwhile, The Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott reports that the IRS employee who was in charge of the tax-exempt division that targeted conservatives, Sarah Hall Ingram, was rewarded with more than $100,000 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012. Such large bonuses for career federal workers usually require presidential approval. And not only did Ingram get bonuses for her work, ABC News reports that she was also promoted to become the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office. In other words, the same woman who headed the office that persecuted conservative nonprofits is now in charge of enforcing Obamacare.
If this is Obama’s idea of accountability, no wonder public trust in the federal government has plummeted since Obama became president.
From The Washington Examiner
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Fox News, Second court invalidates Obama appointments to labor board: A national labor board which has long been accused of making union-friendly decisions was dealt another blow Thursday, after a second federal appeals court found President Obama exceeded his power when he bypassed the Senate to appoint its members.
BuzzFeed, OFA Tells Keystone Activists They Won’t Play Ball: President Obama’s grassroots operation has a message for environmentalists upset with their refusal to get involved with Keystone XL pipeline: Go someplace else.
Gallup, Most Agree That Both IRS and Benghazi Deserve Further Investigation: Most Americans agree that both the IRS and Benghazi situations are serious enough to warrant continuing investigation, with little difference in views of the two — 74 percent for the IRS matter and 69 percent for Benghazi.
Associated Press, White House Benghazi email release prompts GOP to demand more: The White House release of some 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans, who are demanding more information.
The Washington Post, FBI seeks source of Menendez allegations: Months after the FBI began probing allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez, investigators are looking at whether someone set out to smear the New Jersey Democrat while he was running for reelection last year and then ascending to his new post as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Josh Marshall notes that CBS News’ Major Garrett is unhappy with Republicans who altered quotes in the Benghazi emails.
Ezra Klein says all the Obama scandals are falling apart.
Jeff Connaughton asks, “Why did Wall Street get off easier than the AP and IRS?”
Stephen Hayes notes that nothing in the Benghazi emails mentions a YouTube video.
Kimberly Strassel says the Internal Revenue Service did exactly what the president said was the right and honorable thing to do.
Mark Krikorian notes that pro-amnesty Republicans sure are putting a lot of trust in Obama to enforce immigration laws.