The devil made me do it
POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 4:01pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 3:49pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — I think there was a reason Lois Lerner of the IRS plead the Fifth Amendment.
The following is from the Washington Times this week:
"IRS employees were "acutely" aware in 2010 that President Obama wanted to crack down on conservative organizations. They say there were egged into targeting Tea Party groups by press reports mocking the emerging movement.This is according to an interim report being circulated Tuesday by House investigators.The report, by staffers for Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, quoted two Internal Revenue Service officials saying the tea party applications were singled out in the targeting program that has the agency under investigation because "they were likely to attract media attention."
In the report, the investigators do not find evidence that IRS employees received orders from politicians to target the Tea Party, and agency officials deny overt bias or political motives.
But, the report says the IRS was at least taking cues from political leaders and designed special policies to review Tea Party applications, including dispatching some of them to Washington to be vetted by headquarters.
Remember that old saw from the 1960's on the Flip Wilson show. Wilson would play a character by the name of Geraldine and would do some bad things, but she'd always say "the devil made me do it."
To me, this is what this sounds like. The times says in one of the key findings, investigators said negative press coverage of the Tea Party was one reason why the IRS gave the groups special scrutiny.
This sounds like the golden rule here. Those with the gold make the rules.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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