Because the Democrats never politicize anything, right? Who’s this clown kidding? These rat bastards have politicized every aspect of our lives, intrude into our business at every turn and generally make live a living hell. But the GOP is being warned not to politicize and obvious political scandal of Obama’s? Please.
The outgoing commissioner of the IRS apologized Friday for his agency’s practice of targeting conservative groups, calling the actions “foolish” while claiming it was not motivated by partisanship.
“As acting commissioner, I want to apologize on the behalf of the Internal Revenue Service for the mistakes that we made and the poor service provided,” Steven Miller, the outgoing commissioner, said at the first congressional hearing on the scandal. “The affected organizations and the American public deserve better.”
He said he doesn’t think the agents responsible were motivated by partisanship, but said “foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient.”
A top Republican also claimed at the start of the hearing that the details that have emerged about the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups are “just the tip of the iceberg.”
Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, ripped the tax-collecting agency over the practice at the start of the hearing. “Now we know the truth — or at least some of it,” he said. “We also know that these revelations are just the tip of the iceberg. It would be a mistake to treat this as just one scandal.”
He questioned how high the scandal went, and also suggested there was other targeting of conservatives that has not yet been acknowledged by the agency. He called it part of a “culture of cover-ups.”
“This systemic abuse cannot be fixed with just one resignation, or two,” he said. He said the problem is not just personnel, but the size and scope of the IRS.
The inspector general who released a scathing report on the agency also testified Friday. J. Russell George — the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration — said his findings raised “troubling questions” about the agency, while claiming some of the wrongdoing was apparently done with no-to-little supervision.
But he said all three allegations against the agency turned out to be true — that it was using “inappropriate criteria” to screen conservative groups, it was delaying applications and it was asking unnecessary questions.
Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., the top Democrat on the committee, said the agency’s management “completely failed the American people.” At the same time, he urged Republicans not to use the hearing to “score political points.”