Can you believe the sheer brazen gall of it?
The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.
This, after first claiming that Lois Lerner's e-mails had been 'lost' and that no backups existed, only for it to emerge a short time ago that there were, indeed, backups, but that it wasn't feasible to find her e-mails in the broad mass of backed-up records. (Allow me to state that for a while during my career in the IT industry, I worked in disaster recovery planning. If I or any other manager or executive had set up or approved any backup system that did not allow for specific files and/or records to be recovered, we'd have been fired on the spot.)
The IRS is coldly, calculatedly, cynically LYING to Congress and to the American people. Those officials responsible for this corruption have decided that if they brazen it out, they won't suffer any consequences; and I'm sure that discreet inquiries have already been made to the political powers that be to ask about end-of-term Presidential pardons to cover the asses of the worst offenders. I don't expect that our feckless politicians (on either side of the aisle) will do anything to discipline those responsible; and if they try, this Administration will throw sand in the gears on every possible occasion, to ensure that nothing happens until the guilty parties have either left office or retired.
Frankly, I can't think of a better argument for the 'flat tax' and/or 'FairTax' systems than this situation. Either or both of them could be implemented without needing an IRS to calculate what's owed to the government, or to pursue defaulters. They'd simplify our convoluted tax system to such an extent that we could fire everyone in the IRS and abolish the department - and that may be the only way to reform it. I believe it's gone too far over the brink into corrupt, cynical, in-your-face, uncaring partisanship to be salvageable in its present form. I believe many of its senior officials should be facing serious jail time for the corruption they've allowed - even encouraged - to become entrenched in what's supposed to be an impartial, non-partisan department of the executive.