[QUOTE=Grant;1063007674]Issa said that Lerner had changed her mind and would testify.
Nor was it intended as irony. That they do not understand it is why they should avoid it.
A real example of irony is what happens when an individual that's paranoid about government lies places all their faith in a con artist; and completely ignores and excuses that con artist's baldfaced lies. So you're right; you're far better at irony than I am.... unfortunately for you.
How do you know he was lying? Apparently her attorney said she would be there and minds were changed. We don't enough of what happened to support any claim that anyone involved was 'a liar'. Leftists throw this word around with such ease and do not seem to understand, again as with 'irony', what they are saying.
Issa claimed that Lerner would testify; presumably so that news organizations would cover an otherwise pointless hearing. If I believed that Issa was acting in good faith, I would still have to acknowledge that he was in fact lying on this point. I might justify it by saying that he was renewing media attention to an otherwise stalled story. But to claim that Issa was telling the truth is simply ludicrous. And to even hint that Issa is believable because Lerner is a woman is beyond ridiculous.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
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Department of the Treasury. The IRS used inappropriate criteria that
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If Issa was telling the truth, then there would be an email chain to back up his side of the story. If there's not an email or paper chain of communication and negotiation... unlike essentially any lawyerly communication since the creation of lawyers, then the chairmen of the house investigative committee is the easiest person on earth to make look like a fool.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
IRS apologizes for targeting tea party groups
- IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups - The Washington Post
- (CNN) -- Lax oversight at the Internal Revenue Service allowed for the singling out of some conservative groups, resulting in lengthy delays in the processing of their applications for federal tax-exempt status, according to a report by the agency's inspector general released Tuesday.
Report finds IRS targeted conservative groups, delayed applications - CNN.com
Given the links and reporting above, I think it pretty clear that it did indeed happen. With Lerner taking the 5th, seems likely that she was the person that ordered it, and possibly was told or order it from someone else, perhaps the administration.
Whether or not this is illegal I can't speak to, but it certainly makes me uneasy that an governmental organization as powerful as the IRS now has precedent to attack and harass the political opposition of the administration in power. This is toothpaste that I'd very much want to see back in the tube, on a permanent and guaranteed basis. This far more important, in my mind at least, than if this administration ordered it or not, although that's really bad as well. Last time it was Nixon that did it, and the Democrats at the time, quite rightfully so, had a kanipshin. Now it's the Republican's turn to have their kanipshin over this, and again, quite rightfully so. The IRS cannot, and should not, be used to attack political opponents.