07.18.2014 30

Lois Lerner’s pension defunded and a whole lot more

noIRSBy Rick Manning

Lois Lerner was apparently patient zero of deadly computer viruses within the United States government as it has been learned that some of her former colleagues at the Federal Election Commission also mysteriously lost their computer hard drives.  Of course, they had to be destroyed as well.

The evidence must be pretty damning to have involved what appears pretty clearly to be an interdepartmental cover up.

Two separate federal courts are now involved demanding an explanation from the IRS about how they could have destroyed all of the pertinent records in the case due to separate cases filed by Judicial Watch and True the Vote.

Now in a bi-partisan vote, the House of Representatives has signaled that they have had enough, going on a cutting frenzy on the IRS’ enforcement budget.

Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) started the action by authoring a $353 million cut saying, “The use of a government agency to harass, target, intimidate and threaten lawful, honest citizens was the worst form of authoritarianism.”  Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., followed up with an amendment to cut an additional $788 million, all on top of the $72 million cut from last year’s $5 billion enforcement budget in the underlying bill.  The overall cuts to the IRS’s enforcement budget when the smoke cleared — $1.2 billion or 25 percent, all on a voice vote.

The IRS abuse of power has gotten so politically toxic that no Democrat wanted to be on the record voting to defend them, allowing them to go forward without a recorded objection.

The news is even worse for Lerner personally, whose pension would be defunded under the House passed legislation so long as she remains in contempt of Congress.

And with the IRS abuse extending well beyond Lois Lerner’s reach to other divisions within the Agency, the House also voted to stop career employees at the rogue Agency from receiving merit bonuses this year.

This last act will likely create a firestorm of whistleblowers coming forward to tell the truth about the Agency’s abuse of power and the political motivations behind it, as angry civil servants react to getting hit in the pocketbook due to the malfeasance of others.

We also know in a separate federal court room earlier this month, the IRS is being brought to heel in a case of political targeting unrelated to conservative groups, but instead focusing upon a pro-Israel group that was also abused for their political beliefs.

Yet, even as the IRS house of cards collapses, the obvious question is how far up the chain of command at the White House did this scandal go?

We know that IRS officials had hundreds of meetings with the White House during this time period, and we know that then press secretary Jay Carney admitted that there was at least one White House meeting about the targeting of conservative groups prior to Lois Lerner’s initial revelation to the public.

With the across the government lengths that have been taken to cover up this abuse of power only the most naïve would not ask who they were trying to protect?

It should be an interesting few months.

Rick Manning is the vice president of public policy and communications for Americans for Limited Government.

  • Samurai_Sam

    I’ll believe those cuts will take place when I see them, but I won’t be happy until the IRS is defunded 100% not 25%.

  • bioya1

    Fixing the IRS under Obama is tantamount to having a plumber walk miles in a faulty sewage pipe without a flashlight and a gas mask.

  • Seldom Seen Kid

    Excellent analogy

  • Excuse me? What was Nixon’s crime that he had to resign from office, and what did Bill Clinton do to be impeached? Is Obama and his “folks” getting by with HIGHER crimes and misdemeanors because of his skin color, boy, I really hate affirmative inaction now!

  • That is exactly what is happening.

  • kingofbytes

    “Yet, even as the IRS house of cards collapses, the obvious question is how far up the chain of command at the White House did this scandal go?”

    I’ll bet my mortgage it’s all the way to the top. Any takers?

  • LouAnnWatson

    “it’s a phony scandal” obama is a wounded animal being backed into a corner. better be ready for the last attack. he is nefarious…he and his advisors have been plotting his moves for a long time.

  • LouAnnWatson

    flat tax…no democrat machine thugs required.

    I remember in the movie “The Godfather”, Vito was telling his son that he had hoped he could have become Judge Corleone, or even Senator Corleone. looks like the Nationalized Chicago Mob has accomplished this goal in real life.

  • LouAnnWatson

    and Michael Corleone also said, “If history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.”

  • Sixth Sense

    If these lame brain idiots in Washington would look out the window, they would see the masses standing side by side and lined up – wanting to rip their throats out. Many of these politicians are just flat out so far gone – so far disconnected and wrapped up in another world, they can never be rehabilitated. Take Harry Reid for example …. He is the type that likely thinks his own anus gas smells wonderful. Clearly, Reid is both a criminal and a psychotic.

  • JBlaze

    Welp, they’ve done well to get her to speak. Not much more they could do to get answers. Don’t be surprised if Lerner goes ‘missing’ now.

  • kingofbytes

    Pension money is a serious motivator though….Lerner’s husband is a lawyer (surprise, not) so you’ll bet there will be as many road blocks put up to halt the directive. Or she can just speak and tell the truth….

  • rcdwltd

    I only hope they get the bill through the Senate where Harry Reid is sure to block the bill. Everyone always blames the Republicans and calls them the party of “No” but in actuality it is the Democrats, headed by Harry, who blocks legislation!

  • rcdwltd

    “They” will never allow anything to happen to the fearful leader. Democrats always circle the wagons no matter how bad or illegal one of their own is and will never allow them to be convicted, especially while in office. Look at the congressman from Louisiana who could only be prosecuted “after” he was out of office!

  • pslinger

    You better believe this goes all the way up to the Liar-in-Chief. But realistically this is like cutting the allowance of a 12 year old kid. It’s a step in the right direction, but they’ll get over it. Nothing will really change until the direct link to the White Hut is exposed and the movers and shakers at the IRS are sent to prison.

  • Sunshine43

    Would not be at all surprising!!

  • RLJR1


  • Gilchrist

    Close the IRS for good. It has been used to target individuals and punish them based on their political beliefs going all the way back to the Clinton White House and beyond.

  • Gnowark

    Even more lucrative than a pension: a obamao/holder NON-WITNESS protection program, so she can be immune from testifying … still.

  • Robert A. Davis

    I would like to applaud you in stating that fact. Everything the Dems accuse the Repugs of, they are doing at the same time they spout the nonsense. If it’s criminal, they will do it because they have free reign right now. I think the position of the Attorney General of the United States should be elected as well. Harry Reid is just one of many guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

  • Public_Citizen

    “Gone Missing” would forestall the answers but would simultaneously pour gasoline on an already burning fire and then turn a wind machine onto the pyre.
    This is already going in enough directions that the minions who are only Tools in this situation are going to be taking a hard look at their own retirement plans and weighing their “options”. This situation is already under too much public scrutiny for the ‘missing witness card’ to be played without being trumped.

  • jakex_iii

    time for Fair Tax legislation.

  • eatingdogfood

    How Bout We Just IMPEACH The Lying Arrogant SOB for High Crimes, PERIOD !!!

  • realogic

    Weak, pathetic, pandering Boehner is the reason this corruption has gotten to the level it has.

  • Even if they need (and can’t get) Senate approval, it’s a good first step to building a consensus to abolish the American gestapo.

  • pduffy

    The cuts won’t happen because congress is powerless without the IRS. Unless the IRS collects the taxes, they have nothing to spend. It’s all political theater. It’s all lies.

  • Richard Little

    the Senate and President will NEVER pass these cuts.

  • lihartke

    The whole damn agency should be SHUT DOWN AND DE-FUNDED. DEMOCRATS are some SICK IN THE HEAD MESSED UP SCUM. THROW THEM ALL OUT AND JAIL THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR ABUSING THEIR POWER. ABC,CBS,CNN,NBC SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If this were done by repubs they would be HEADLINING EVERY INCH OF INQUIRY. Instead, it is nowhere to be found.

    WHO OWNS ABC,CBS,NBC,CNN? COMMUNISTS? Who in the heck else would go along with what they have done and NOT OUT IT? SICK SICK S.O.B’s

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