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Monday, November 10, 2014

Story Hidden By Election Excitement: IRS Admits It Hasn't Looked For Missing Emails

Here's the Nonsense:  The IRS scandal, like so many others, has shown that there's really nothing there to investigate.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Like all of the Obama administration's scandals, the IRS scandal investigation is nowhere near complete due to stonewalling, ignoring the law, and other various and outrageous acts by administration officials.  Maybe it's time Americans change the way things are handled in Washington.

With all the excitement resulting from last week's midterm election results, very few people were aware of another very important story that came out.  Judicial Watch has announced that "the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the 'missing' emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials."  So, what should be done about this and other situations where the administration, it's appointees, its departments and their leadership, clearly don't take seriously the investigations by Congress?  What should be done when there is blatant disregard for the rule of law, the authority of Congress, the authority of court orders, and the trust of the American people?

We've been told the emails were destroyed, lost, unable to be found, or whatever other excuse the officials at the IRS could think up, and all of that was obviously nothing but stalling tactics.  No private citizen or company would get away with it.  Yet the IRS, as part of the lawless Obama administration, has flagrantly ignored and essentially thumbed their noses at the Congressional investigation and court orders for their agency. 

Judicial Watch's press release says that, "IRS attorneys conceded that they failed to search the agency's servers for missing emails because they decided that 'the servers would not result in the recovery of any information.'"  

They went on to say that the IRS also admitted they didn't search the disaster recovery tapes because they didn't think the tapes could be a source from which they could obtain the emails.  

They also said they had not searched the government's backup system because they didn't believe it exists!  Who in their right mind wouldn't think that the United States government, home to the world's leading information gatherer that we know as the NSA, and a government that keeps copies of everything you can think of wouldn't have a government-wide backup system?  What utter nonsense!

What adds to this is that the Justice Department had said that all government computer records are backed up in case of catastrophe.  So, the IRS's attorneys, namely the Justice Department, knew it but the IRS didn't?  Even if the IRS didn't, wouldn't good legal counsel tell their client what they know in order to help them comply with a legal request from Congress?

Obviously the answer is no.  Why?  Because they don't care what they are supposed to do, regardless of whether it's a matter of complying with court orders and congressional investigations.  They only care about what they want to do.  

So, what do we do about situations like this?  Do we have any recourse?

Certainly many would argue that appointees by the president need to be held accountable.  And when you have a president who is himself lawless, there is little hope of the White House putting any pressure on to comply with the congressional  and court requests.  

Others would argue that presidential appointees are approved by the Senate and that obviously the Senators are not doing their due diligence when approving these appointees.  Senators like John McCain have stated that a president has the right to have the appointees he wants (he said that specifically referring to Barack Obama's appointments).  Obviously Senator McCain is foolish to hold such a view.  If the legislative branch of government is one part of the the 3 branch government that is to be a check-and-balance system, then it is his and the other senators' job to scrutinize, research, investigate, and make sure that only the best people are allowed to be appointed to a president's cabinet.  His words smack of the same good ol' boy attitude that has made Washington politicians a protected class unto themselves.  

So, when an appointee acts as we've seen so many of Obama's appointees act to run cover for the administration and their lawless ways, shouldn't there be another way to deal with this.  

Maybe it's time to consider giving Congress the authority to fire presidential appointees who we find to be avoiding accountability and compliance with laws, court orders, congressional requests, etc.  

Our government is out of control.  If you think the Republicans who were just given control of Congress are going to do much about it, then you've got another think coming.

Good change in America will only come from the people.