The IRS Blues

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The IRS and the Secret Police

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The IRS is on the carpet these days for behavior more representative of the secret police in a totalitarian state than a department of the government charged with collecting taxes. Our complex friend, Spider Harlotte, is here with me this morning at the breakfast table. She has just returned from a fact-findng mission in our nation's capitol. She has asked for the pleasure of our company this morning so that she can discuss her findings. Won't you join us?

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You Had Mail!

Now you see it, now you don't. The IRS has conveniently lost all those pesky emails of Lois Lerner. Apparently, all the hard drives failed! IRS employees tried to retrieve the lost emails, but alas they were foiled at every turn. People who know about these things don't really believe that the emails are in email heaven, out of the reach of ordinary mortals. The emails are out there somewhere and hopefully, in time, we will have them back. That will be a bad day for the IRS, I would imagine. It will be a particularly bad day for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen who was accused of giving false testimony by promising to provide all the emails of former IRS tax-exempt division chief Lois Lerner. You see, Commissioner John Koskinen already knew that the emails in question were missing. Oops! He knew about the loss of two year's worth of communications last February. The IRS did not tell Congress about the problem until ten days ago. Oops again!


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Die Hard Drive, Die!

The visual of IRS employees attacking the hard drives containing the all important emails would be comical, if it weren't so tragic. At what point does this become obstruction of justice? I think we have already reached that point.

There were many fingers in this ugly pot . Emails were discovered that revealed that Lois Lerner was in touch with the Department of Justice to see if they could prosecute those conservative organizations that the IRS was targeting. Ah, the plot thickens and the web of lies grows larger.

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Silence!

Judicial Watch has obtained documents that indicate that when the administration was telling the IRS to go after tea party and conservative groups, Democratic Senator Carl Levin from Michigan was pressuring the IRS to shut down all political opposition to President Obama. It has been alleged that prior to the 2012 election, the IRS deliberately dragged their feet when it came to reviewing the applications of hundreds of groups that opposed President Obama's policies. Welcome to America, the home of not so free.

What would a scandal be like without the input of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi? It has been reported that Ms. Pelosi directed Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-MD to stir up trouble by describing the House Committee's vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress as "McCarthyism." Cummings added to the mess by accusing one of the groups, True the Vote, of being racist. Boss Pelosi must be so proud of Cummings. A good size number of the American people don't share her viewpoint.

The Spin is In!

The White House has continued to characterize the IRS scandal as a blip on the horizon, much ado about nothing and a phony conspiracy theory cooked up and promoted by Republicans. The fact is that no matter how hard the White House and the Democrats try to spin a fairy tale, the American people are disgusted by the actions of the IRS.

Every American regardless of party affiliation should be outraged by this scandal. If the IRS can target individuals and groups who disagree with the administration, than we are no longer a free society. If Nancy Pelosi and others like her are not outraged by this scandal, they don't deserve to be in Congress. The IRS broke the law and used their powers to intimidate and silence anyone with views other than those approved by the Obama administration. This is America, not Iran. Perhaps those who enjoy seeing innocent people threatened by government agencies would be more comfortable living in a country that offers their citizens very few freedoms. The United States of America is not that place, at least not yet.

Harlotte's Song


Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive...


Sir Walter Scott

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Comments 40 comments

Jayfort 2 years ago

And guess who is now responsible for holding information on citizen's health insurance records??? If the IRS can be weaponized to attack citizen's political speech and beliefs through denial of tax-exempt status and threat of audits, it can also be weaponized to deny medical treatment! Excellent Hub!


taxlarry 2 years ago

This is the most incompetent administration I have ever seen and the most corrupt and incompetent congress. That's all you need to know.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Jayfort,

How right you are. This president has granted unprecedented powers to the IRS and above all else himself. When you gather together all the scandals and now the invasion of our country at the border, it is impossible to not believe that he is doing his best to destroy us forever. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

God morning taxlarry,

You have just given the shortest and most accurate state of the union speech! See you at the Inn. I see Costa Rica in our future.


Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

OK, here's the situation. The executive branch enforces laws. When the executive branch (and its appointed minions such as in the IRS) break the law, there's no one to go after the executive branch other than the executive branch! And the executive branch won't do it because that's the branch breaking the laws.

Impeachment has been mentioned as an alternative...but ah, party politics and the love of power get in the way. Republican congressmen told Nixon that he should resign because they would vote for impeachment; we're not hearing that threat from ANY Democratic congressmen (or women). They love power, and as long as these scandals can be pushed aside no Democrat will go for impeachment proceedings.

That, Harlotte, is what we're up against. Love it, embrace it.


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tsadjatko 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

"You Had Mail!" "Now you see it, now you don't!" Hilarious Bpop! But this new magic trick by the Obama administration isn't going to fool anyone, except of course the childlike democrats who want to believe in magic. they really should have appointed David Copperfield to head the IRS if they thought this would fly because the guy they have couldn't pull a rabbit out of a rabbit.. Given the pattern of all these scandals, the "executive privilege" in fast and furious, the video in Benghazi, the IRS magic tricks, there can be no doubt that all these scandals lead directly to the white house and the executive branch, namely our first (half) black president. To believe otherwise requires "a willful suspension of disbelief” but then "What difference does it make?". Yeah, get used to those sayings 'cause if she runs I suspect Hillary will be using them a lot.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

The people who testify before Congress sit there with smirks on their faces, apparently knowing they have the upper hand. The number of people who supposedly had computers all shut down at the same convenient time is ludicrous. They must really this the American people are stupid, or that they just don't care. Excellent hub on yet another ongoing scandal. See you at the inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Hxprof,

I don't love it and I certainly can't embrace it. What's happening here, given the unbelievable number of scandals, is a concerted effort on the part of Obama and his socialist power hungry friends in Washington, to bring our government to its knees. He is a socialist through and through and that is his dream for America. This last bit of opening the borders must be the last straw. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning tsadjatko,

"Can't even pull a rabbit from a rabbit"...I love it. What I don't love is this unrelenting push by Obama to ruin our nation. From its ashes will rise a socialist country. I don't have a doubt in my mind about this. I' m writing to my Congressman in a few minutes. I want to know when is enough"enough" from him! See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

It is well known that this single government agency can destroy any business or individual they choose.

With this agency the individual or business is guilty unless they can prove themselves innocent. By the time the battle is over, they may be vindicated but are already financially ruined.

As the numbers of citizens who actually pay taxes dwindles, those who do pay taxes face even more scrutiny from this gestapo like government agency.

For many years there have been plans discussed to change the way taxes are levied against we citizens. These plans include things like the flat tax or a federal sales tax. Either one would be much better than our current monster tax code. But both of these would virtually eliminate the need for the ever growing IRS and tax preparation companies such as HR Block. These tax preparation companies pay huge amounts of money to lobbyists to make sure the system doesn't change. If the system were changed to something simple but effective we would not need them anymore.

Under the present system the very wealthy and large corporations are able to buy themselves tax loopholes. This would also go away so they fight hard to retain the present nightmare system we have now.

I personally would prefer a national sales tax where when you spend a buck you pay your tax. No deductions, no tax forms, and no April 15th deadline to worry about. By using this system even those who work for cash such as drug dealers and prostitutes would pay their fair share when they purchased anything.

Harlotte, this corrupt and inefficient federal agency is growing in size and power by the day. It may already be too late to stop but the citizens of this country need to be aware of this fact.

I know Harlotte, many citizens of this country can't even name the Vice President and could care less about anything this government does as long and they keep getting the "free" stuff they were promised.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Pamela,

I don't think out country can hold up much longer given all the scandals and the invasion of God knows who at our borders. I want to see impeachment proceedings begin, no matter the outcome. Obama is systematically tearing us apart. See you at the Inn. I need something strong to calm my frazzled nerves.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

Let's face it, the people who still support Obama could care less about the IRS because they don't pay taxes at all. We need a flat tax or as you point out a national sales tax. That way, everyone would have some skin in the game. How much more do you think our country can withstand? I think Obama is going for broke here. He will bring us down with a vengeance before leaving office. See you at the Inn.


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Harlotte,

Wow, IRS Commissioner Koskinen is the personification of arrogance.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

It was nearly impossible to watch him. Trey Gowdy saved the whole interrogation for me. See you at the Inn. Our country is falling apart fast and I need to be with people I respect and trust.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Now there's a shock....a political office that is corrupt??? How could it be? Well, the next thing you are going to tell me is Santa Claus doesn't exist. :)


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear billy,

You had better sit down. Santa Claus doesn't exist! Sorry... See you at the Inn.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

pop......IMO...U & Harlotte have expressed yourselves fairly maturely and calmly. I will confess. This IRS "SCANDAL" (as far as I'm concerned)....has angered me beyond capacity. The things going thru my head are definitely not fit for print.

There are surely more than enough outrageous incidents to keep us busy and fuming forever....but THIS one has hit me in a HUGE sore spot.

and, I'm referring to the sophomoric attempt at "Cover Up." How I detest it when the entire American population is treated as though the whole LOT of us has only a pea-brain amongst us!! Grrrrrr Arghhhh

First comes the devious, illegal activity...and then the barrage of LIES!

Pop.......your hubs are better than a ZUMBA work-out!!

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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

They need to just keep digging like they did during Watergate. These progressive idiots think they are smart enough to fool everyone. I don't think so.


Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, that arrogant, smug, SOB

who has donated over $100,000. to the Democratic Party knew nothing would happen, so he sat there with a smile on his face that I wanted to slap. He needs to be charged with lying to Congress. I hear that Issa is thinking about giving Lois Lerner immunity. Maybe he should, so we can get to the bottom of this mess. I'm off to the bar to look at vacation brochures of Costa Rica.......


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The IRS is the nation's largest law enforcement agency, created for the sole purpose of keeping We, the People in line. The excuse for its existence is income tax collection, which could easily be replaced by a national sales tax, but politicians are loathe to give up a tax system that allows them to pry deep into our affairs and punish anyone who steps out of line. Making them the Obamacare enforcers was evil genius.

I wonder how soon We, the People, will be forced to revolt?


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

How could you believe that Obummer and his administration or his party had anything to do with this scandal? After all, Mr. O himself declared that this scandal was nothing more than "bone headed decisions by bureaucrats," and that there is "not even a smidgeon of proof." He is our president, so if he said it, it must be true, right?

But I will admit, Mr. O, spoke prematurely, because after he read reports by the Treasury Dept's watchdog's he realized those very naughty IRS people really did target conservative groups. He found "the reports findings are intolerable and inexcusable." As a matter of fact, he said he would make sure "that such conduct never happens again." He's the president of the United States, so we should appreciate and trust his determination to see that the IRS is held accountable, right?

I am so impressed that Mr. Obummer adhere's to the notion that "The federal government must conduct itself in a way that's worthy of the public's trust, and that's especially true for the IRS...it's employees must act with the utmost integrity." Our President, full of the utmost integrity and worthy of the trust of every American himself, finds "these actions were inappropriate and did not reflect the high standards which I expect and the public deserves." He also said he has zero tolerance for any action that would undermine public confidence..." We can sure believe the sincerity of such a man, right?

In all seriousness, who are the real boneheads? Barak Obummer thinks the American citizens are the boneheads, not the IRS bureaucrats. Although Barak is a cunning foe of the American people, his false portrayal of his own righteous indignation make him look like the biggest bonehead of all, though Koskinen comes in second. I was cheering Trey Gowdy on the other day when he grilled him over the lost emails.

At the end of the day, like all other scandals in this administration which Obama either never knew about or to which he was "outraged," nothing will be done, no one will be prosecuted or held accountable, and Mr. O will not be impeached - he has a power over the government and this entire nation we probably don't know the half of. He is a disgrace.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear fp,

Trust me, Zumba is better for you. This outrageous garbage that is happening on a constant basis is beyond belief. Honestly, I am not sure we can withstand much more. Between the scandals and the invasion at our borders, I fear our nation will be changed forever, just the way Obama envisioned and promised. I'll see you at the Inn and I'll save you a seat.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Frog Prince,

The evidence is there. The question remains, what are they going to do about any of this????

See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Pino,

Personally, I think everyone already knows what went down. Lerner and her former boss need to go to prison. In fact, the entire Obama administration needs to go to prison. I am sick of all of these fools. I wrote to my Congressman this morning and I couldn't stand his pat non-answer. I told him just what thought of him, but I feel very discouraged. This madman in the WH will not be stopped. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Will.

I think it's time to revolt. Obama is destroying our nation and Congress is holding hearings. As far as I am concerned, time is of the essence. See you at the inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear lambservant,

What is happening now is beyond the pale. Our nation is being torn apart. Look at all the scandals..the NSA, the IRS, the VA, Benghazi, Bergdahl, the open borders, and on and on we go. This is definitely the hour of reckoning. See you

at the Inn.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

And the latest seems to be that the e-mails that have been provided show lerner asking if IRS should initiate an investigation on a Senator. The setting for the story looks a bit unbelievable though. An incorrectly addressed e-mail went to Lerner containing questionable circumstances for an invite. Lerner asked if they should investigate, and was told 'no'.

That sort of story makes me wonder if someone was instigating.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

I heard the story too and frankly I didn't understand a thing! The bottom line is that the IRS is now the secret police, doing dirty deeds on behalf of the WH. It is time to smack down these people, big time. See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

It seems the number of "rotten apples" in the barrel now exceed the number of "good" apples. I see no solution now except to throw out the entire barrel and get some fresh apples.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

I feel the exact way and I would include the Obama administration and 99 percent of Congress. I wrote to my Congressman yesterday and asked him not to respond with the typical responses I usually receive. Well, in no time I received one of those empty blah, blah, blah responses. I wrote back and told him that it is responses like his that make people hate Congress and view their representatives as do nothing blowhards. I haven't heard back! I'll save you a seat at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Good Morning to you Patti - I wrote my congressman regarding the way he voted in favor of an amnesty bill. I too received a canned response that had nothing to do with the subject at hand.

Next I called and of course had to speak with one of his aides. The aide asked me how I knew how the congressman had voted in favor of this bill. I explained that vote was now a matter of public record and very easy to find.

He then explained that the amnesty deal was only a part of this bill. There were other things included in the bill the congressman was in favor of, but that he had to vote "yea" on the entire bill to get the parts he wanted.

This of course is a Washington trick called bill bundling that is used quite often. They sprinkle a little candy in with the vinegar and vote "yea" to get the candy. They get the candy and we get the vinegar.

This bill bundling should be against the law and each and every bill that comes up for vote should be on a single issue. This of course will never happen because it would then be too easy for us to see exactly how our elected representative think and how they vote on very important bills. The current method allows them to easily slip "pork" into each bill and to hide behind the "candy" when they vote.

Unless some of this can be changed in the future it will only get worse.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

The system is corrupt and those who play the game seem to get rewarded with re-election. We need to simplify everything from the top down. True transparency must prevail at every level. The IRS should be disbanded. The EPA should be stripped of its over the top powers. The same is true of most other departments and agencies. The Constitution must prevail and someone like Obama should be impeached for breaking the law over and over again. I am trying to hold onto hope, but it is a full time job.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

The IRS is such a useful tool for the government against the public. I am most concerned about their heading the insurance information for Americans. What next?


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

It will be interesting to see if the million dollar bounty being offered for copies of Lerners emails will produce anything. I sure hope it does.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear teches,

The IRS has morphed into a Gestapo like outfit. It should be dissolved and the tax system should be simplified. A flat tax across the board would be simple and doable. That way all Americans would participate and have some "skin in the game." I am at the Inn saving a seat for you.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Old Poolman,

That would be great, but a computer geek would be able to retrieve those infamous emails in a New York minute. See you the Inn. You're late!


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

I think most of us can see through this smoke screen. By the way, I've been here at the inn all day, look under the table.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

Are you still there?


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Yes, I'm still here. Somehow or other I ended up in the back room in a meeting with some hardcore liberals. I ended up with three free cell phones and a food stamp card.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

I am laughing so hard, I'm crying! I am on my way to save you.!

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