If we’ve learned nothing else in this whole IRS targeting scandal, it’s that no matter what is uncovered and no matter how improbable the explanations for the malfeasance and coverup are, there’s guaranteed to be some left-winger that’s going to defend the agency as if it were their mother.
A few days ago on The Daily Beast, yet another defense of Lois Lerner appeared. The reliably blind liberal Michael Tomasky defended the preposterous claim by the IRS that Lerner’s e-mail was on a hard drive that conveniently crashed and that no backup existed of and that was unable to be retrieved. Here’s what Tomasky had to say:
Her computer crashed on June 13, 2011. It was the following day that she wrote to other IRS personnel to tell them: “My computer crashed yesterday.” This date was noted last week by Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.
That was when all those emails disappeared on her. It happened 16 days before she even knew about the problem in the Cincinnati office. So how likely is it that she deleted those emails in order to prevent House investigators from being able to learn anything about the “scandal”? Considering that she didn’t know about the problem yet, I’d say bloody unlikely.
First of all, let’s address the easiest part of the “defense” he’s putting forward: that she didn’t know about the scandal and only found out 16 days later. How do we know this? Oh right, because she said so. Not because we have any actual proof. Not because it’s documented. Because she said she didn’t know about it until a certain date.
I’m sorry but how is that a valid defense? That’s what makes the missing data irrelevant? That she said she didn’t know about the scandal the data pertained to until a certain point 16 days afterward?
Fine. Let’s pretend you believe that nonsense. How do you explain the fact that so many of the people involved in the scandal had similar occurences? Oh, what? You didn’t know that? Yeah, you probably didn’t because it’s nearly been embargoed by the media. Here’s the story from National Review.
The Internal Revenue Service says it can’t produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.
The IRS recently informed Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.
Let’s suspend disbelief and say Lois Lerner’s hard drive conveniently crashed right before she “knew” about the scandal. How about the other six who were being investigated? Did their email suddenly get wiped too? Was their hard drive not backed up somewhere?
And by somewhere, I mean somewhere they had a contract for backup services with?
The problem with the explanations that we’ve been getting is that they don’t actually make sense, and on top of it recently we were sold a bill of goods that the emails are stored only on the personal computers of the IRS employees and not the servers and that people were responsible for maintaining their own archives.
Well, if that’s the case, then please explain to me how these six employees conveniently lost their emails all at the same time, and that those are the time frames that happen to contain the alleged collaboration that’s under review by Congress.
Go ahead. I dare you.
Michael Tomasky, as you could expect, then turns the conversation to George W. Bush and comparing it to the Attorneys General that were fired by him and how the e-mails for that and the Valerie Plame scandal went missing. I’m not really sure what his point in bringing that up is, but I’m pretty sure it’s the usual “Bush did it so Obama did it” stuff we just can’t seem to get enough of. Apparently if your guy does something and you can prove that the other guy did the same thing, it’s okay even if it’s wrong.
Typical “party politics” mindset, if you ask me.
I find it hard to believe that the people defending both Lerner and the IRS are being intellectually honest. In fact, in my opinion, they’re being the exact opposite and you know this is the case once they drag out George W. Bush.
It’s pretty clear that the IRS did target Tea Party groups, then worked very diligently to cover it up. You’re totally within your rights to think otherwise, and if the conclusion you draw after the ridiculous stalling and silly excuses is that Lerner and her folks are telling the truth, then good for you. I reckon you probably believe Obama is a great President, government can save the world, and if we just took more out of the pockets of those who make more money we can fix everything wrong with this planet.
But if you’re an actual adult who understands that excuses for their behavior are so silly that if you gave those excuses back to them in an audit you’d end up owing the IRS thousands upon thousands of dollars then congratulations because you see through both the idiotic spin being dished out daily by the IRS about this and the hordes of statist left-wing defenders who have contorted reality into a twisted pretzel of explaining away the obvious truths that are sitting right before us.
We, as enlightened and intelligent adults who utilize common sense and can draw rational conclusions from evidence may not be able to convince the Michael Tomaskys of the world that we’re onto them, but the one thing we don’t have to do is accept it quietly. The facts are out there and it’s important that we share them whenever possible and particularly in instances like this when our beloved and benevolent dictators cross a line.