The title of a recently released Fox News article is “Lawmakers voice FRUSTRATION as IRS official refuses to testify, others reveal little on scandal” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/22/top-irs-official-refuses-to-testify-at-hearing-invokes-5th-amendment/). This is the latest case of FRUSTRATION, a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“It started with a warning, proceeded to a walkout and drew to a close with IRS officials walling off the agency from congressional interrogators whose PATIENCE appears to be WEARING THIN“. As the saying goes, “patience” is A VIRTUE that NOT a lot of people have these days.
“Democratic and Republican lawmakers were VISIBLY FRUSTRATED Wednesday (May 22, 2013) at the third congressional hearing on the IRS’ practice of singling out CONSERVATIVE groups“. If we notice “singling out conservative groups”, we can clearly understand why REPUBLICANS would be “frustrated” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“One lawmaker, Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., warned at the top of the hearing that if witnesses did not start to open up, a special prosecutor would be appointed”. “There will be HELL to pay if that’s the route that we (choose) to go down“. This was clearly a DIRE threat.
“Within minutes, though, the star witness — Lois Lerner, director of the IRS division in charge of the controversial program — invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify”. “The Fifth Amendment” of course is “the right to remain SILENT” which implies EVASIVENESS or DEFENSIVE behavior, a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). So LERNER obviously HASN’T LEARNED ANYTHING.
“Committee leaders briefly tried to get her to change her mind, but she was ultimately dismissed” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Following that, lawmakers grilled former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, but largely got the same answers Senate lawmakers heard at a hearing Tuesday (May 21, 2013)” again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Shulman again said he WOULD NOT take “personal responsibility” for the creation of a list that was used to subject Tea Party and other groups to excessive scrutiny. And he provided few new explanations for why he did not notify Congress about the program despite learning about it in May 2012″. “would not take “personal responsibility” again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., “top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee”, “Come on, Mr. Shulman … HELP US HELP THE TAXPAYERS“. Of course, that’s NEVER going to happen because as we know, the IRS doesn’t “help the taxpayers”; it TAKES MONEY AWAY from them.
“Shulman continued to claim that last year (2012), he DID NOT HAVE ALL THE FACTS on the IRS program and knew that an inspector general investigation was underway and so he did not loop in Congress on the matter”. “did not have all the facts”, again, is DEFENSIVE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“However, committee (Oversight & Government Reform) Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., revealed that another IRS official told the committee on Tuesday (May 21, 2013) that an “IRS INTERNAL investigation” concluded in May, 2012 and found “essentially the same thing” as the inspector general”. Again, of course, as we know, “internal investigations” are often EXTREMELY BIASED and NOT properly carried out/conducted often in an effort to PROTECT TOP OFFICIALS.
“Yet Shulman, when asked about that review, said only that he didn’t understand why they were calling it an internal investigation”.
“The committee also heard Wednesday (May 22, 2013) from Inspector General J. Russell George and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal Wolin. Wolin said there’s “NO INDICATION” (that) the Treasury Department was involved in the program, a claim Issa called “ASTOUNDING“. Wolin is also DEFENSIVE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“But lawmakers reserved their MOST AGGRESSIVE questioning for Shulman — after having lost Lerner as a potential witness”. “most aggressive” suggests the use of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“At the start of the hearing, Lerner, invoked the Fifth Amendment as she declared she would not testify or answer questions on the advice of counsel”. Well, Congress wouldn’t be Congress without ANTICS.
“I WILL NOT answer ANY questions or testify about the subject matter of this committee’s meeting” again AS EXPECTED and again, this is DEFENSIVE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Her comments prompted confusion in the hearing room, as she delivered a brief opening statement in which she claimed SHE HAD DONE NOTHING WRONG“. THAT’S WHAT THEY ALL SAY. Again this is DEFENSIVE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “Issa said that given her other remarks, she may have “effectively WAIVED” her rights”.
“After further deliberation, she was dismissed”.
“It was an unusual start to Congress’ third hearing on the controversial IRS program”.
“Lerner, before invoking her Fifth Amendment right, said in a brief opening statement that she had done nothing wrong, even though people might assume that by her decision not to answer questions from the committee”. “I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING WRONG. I HAVE NOT broken any laws. I HAVE NOT violated ANY IRS rules or regulations and I HAVE NOT provided false information to this or any other congressional committee“. Again, this are DEFENSIVE ASSERTIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Lerner has emerged as a key figure in the scandal. She was the first to acknowledge the practice two weeks ago (May 8, 2013) and WAS AWARE of the program for years as head of the division. Though two officials have so far left the IRS in the wake of the controversy, she has not”. WHY NOT?
Finally, “Lerner’s attorney William Taylor III made clear in advance of the hearing she WOULD NOT answer questions. He also asked Issa in a letter if she could skip Wednesday’s (May 22, 2013) hearing since she would be pleading the Fifth (Amendment)” to remain silent or to EVADE RESPONSIBILITY.
Finally, “Taylor argued that forcing Lerner to appear “would have no purpose other than to EMBARRASS or BURDEN her“. POOR BABY. SHOULD WE FEEL SORRY FOR LERNER? These are the latest POLITICAL ANTICS.
can make TWO conclusions here. First, this is an example of an INCREASINGLY RARE commodity among POLITICIANS these days. On top of this, once again, Fox News only complains when CONSERVATIVES (Republicans & Tea Partiers) are targeted, but NOT Democrats, making this the latest example of HYPOCRISY and also reinforces the fact that Fox News is A GOP MOUTHPIECE.