Were mistakes made? Probably. But the premise was a sound one.
The Klanbaggers registered as “social welfare” corporations, and were plainly and clearly acting as agents of the Rushpubliscum Party. The IRS may have been inelegant in the way it went about trying to police them, but I don’t think the notion that they needed to be policed was wrong.
I don’t believe that Steven Miller should necessarily have been fired, and I don’t know why the President isn’t pointing out WHY the IRS drew a bead on the Klanbaggers.
Moving to quell a growing scandal, President Barack Obama on Wednesday fired the acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service and vowed to work closely with Congress in determining who ordered lower-level employees to target tea party groups and other conservative organizations.
“It’s inexcusable and Americans are right to be angry about it,” Obama said at the White House after meeting with top Treasury Department officials. “And I’m angry about it.”
He said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew asked for and accepted the resignation of acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, the first high level casualty of the scandal that’s erupted since a Treasury Department’s inspector general confirmed what he called the inappropriate scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
In an internal memo to IRS employees, Miller said his assignment as acting chief would end in June, suggesting he may still appear at hearings scheduled by the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday and the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday.
“This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation’s tax agency,” Miller wrote to his colleagues. “I believe the service will benefit from having a new acting commissioner in place during this challenging period. As I wrap up my time at the IRS, I will be focused on an orderly transition.”
A 25-year veteran of the tax agency, Miller had headed the IRS as acting director since November. Most of the alleged wrongdoing occurred well before Miller took over as acting chief, when the agency was run by Commissioner Doug Shulman, who was appointed by President George W. Bush. Obama did not say who might take the helm of the embattled agency.