Irony: Republicans in Congress Calling the IRS Incompetent

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that Republicans in Congress are “outraged” over this IRS scandal?  That conservative politicians are attacking the IRS for being incompetent and corrupt?

Oh, the irony.

Coming on the heels of the 37th futile vote by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, costing taxpayers an estimated $50 million, these Congressional Republicans are furious at the IRS because of the “incompetence” (as they call it) coming to light as more details emerge.

But let’s look at a few facts:

First, Steven Miller (the acting IRS commissioner who recently stepped down) had only been in that position since November 2012—about 6 months ago.  He was the fall guy, but most of this scandal really happened during the tenure of his predecessor.  Who was that, you ask?

Well that would be Douglas Shulman—a George W. Bush appointee.  So much for trying to tie this to someone President Obama put in charge.  Aww, too bad.

Second, Republicans seemed a lot less “outraged” back when a Democrat from California accused the IRS of the same thing against liberal groups—when Bush was President.

Third, this is mostly tied to a procedure for tax verification between a political group or a social welfare group.  You know, a loophole both political parties use to funnel “dark money” into politics.  Being that the Tea Party backs and runs candidates for political office, wouldn’t it make sense that these organizations would face tougher scrutiny over what type of group they really are?

Filings for these types of groups quadrupled this past election cycle—thanks, Citizens United!

But let’s not let facts get in the way of Republican witch hunts.  Reality never does seem to deter their propaganda machine.

However, I just find it supremely ironic that Republicans are grilling outgoing acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller for incompetence at the IRS when Republicans in Congress define incompetence in government.

They’re claiming the IRS must be flawlessly impeccable in their behavior because they’re representatives of the government, and the American people put trust in the IRS to act with character and in their best interest.

Excuse me?

Wow.  The same political party that has submitted exactly zero jobs bills to the President (well, none that didn’t include the same failed policies pushed under George W. Bush) and has spent over $50 million on pointless votes to repeal “Obamacare,” is calling another area of our government incompetent.

These same people who have spent millions of taxpayer dollars, and countless hours, “investigating” a made up “conspiracy” just so they can have something to attack Hillary Clinton with in 2016 are saying that someone else has poor ethics.  Really?

Most of the same people who held our debt ceiling hostage (lying to the American people about our debt ceiling being about new spending, instead of the truth that it’s just about paying bills on money already spent) trying to sabotage our economy and hurt millions of Americans, in a feeble attempt to defeat President Obama this past November—are saying another group must be held accountable for their actions.

While I agree any wrongdoing by the IRS must be punished accordingly, I just find it laughable that Republican members of Congress, who have done their best to try and sabotage our economy just to win elections, have the nerve to be “outraged” about unethical and/or unlawful behavior within the IRS.

How about this: When these Republican members of Congress actually propose a jobs bill that will pass the Senate and be signed by the President, then stop wasting millions of dollars on votes to repeal “Obamacare,” at that point they can start acting outraged over the scandal at the IRS.

Because it’s just laughable that many of these individuals who have blatantly acted incompetent doing the job which they were elected to do, have the nerve to call out others for not doing theirs.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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