1. Consider this Pete, "Kathleen Sebelius has by far the most responsibility for ObamaCare implementation, and as HHS Secretary is also an Obama Cabinet official who’s supposed to report directly to the White House, unlike an IRS Commissioner, who should be reporting to the Secretary of the Treasury (or more likely a Deputy Secretary). However, Kathleen Sebelius visited the White House less than 50 times in the same period as Shulamn’s 157 visits, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner had the same number as Sebelius."
Former IRS Commissioner: I visited WH once in four years; Update: Did Shulman actually attend those meetings? Update: Daily Caller responds « Hot Air
So, explain that if you can. Now one thing that can clear this up, and that is if the WH releases the notes of these supposed ACA meetings, and others that were in attendance at them to confirm that is what it was about. Which brings me to my 2nd point....
2. The arrogance, and contempt behind the answer "Easter egg roll"..... An answer like that would have been just fine if Shulman were at a cocktail party, making a joke, but he wasn't, he was in front of Congress whom is investigating a serious matter. To be that flip about why he would have visited the WH so often shows the full contempt this administration displays for anyone that questions them. Shulman is not the first or only arrogant, contemptuous administration member to appear before congress. Many have displayed these characteristics.
But think about that answer for just a second.....As Jonah Goldberg so aptly put it, Shulman's answer was analogous to someone asking you why you were at Hooters over a hundred times last year, and you answer, 'They have Chicken wings'..... While that may be true, and you may like their wings, the answer is intentional Bull ****, and you'd have to have your tongue firmly planted in your cheek to answer like that.
So, If you Pete are trying to hang your hat on the progressive line of Shulman being appointed by Bush, so we shouldn't speak up, sorry, but that is an awful weak tac toward the usual "infallible arguer" gambit you progressives so often love to use....Shulman, was a democrat that donated to the DNC.
And the kabooke [sic] theater that so often happens in these sorts of things is not helping the administration in its claim that nothing nefarious went on in this scandal...Now, for what its worth, I don't at this point think that Shulman was the instigator in this affair, with or without the President being involved, but this part that hasn't been fully asked about yet is interesting....
"March 31, 2010.
According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that Wednesday noon time of March 31st.
The White House lists the IRS union leader’s visit this way:
Kelley, Colleen Potus 03/31/2010 12:30
In White House language, “POTUS” stands for “President of the United States.”
The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America. The IG report wrote it up this way:
April 1-2, 2010: The new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager Agreed.
In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.” As stated by the IG report.
The NTEU is the 150,000 member union that represents IRS employees along with 30 other separate government agencies. Kelley herself is a 14-year IRS veteran agent. The union’s PAC endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles to anti-Tea Party candidates.
Putting IRS employees in the position of actively financing anti-Tea Party candidates themselves, while in their official positions in the IRS blocking, auditing, or intimidating Tea Party and conservative groups around the country."
The American Spectator : Obama and the IRS: The Smoking Gun?
This, coupled with Lois Lerner's past track record of exactly this M.O. in targeting conservatives through out her career in government with the FEC, now the IRS, could be a direct link back to Obama himself. It needs to be fully investigated.