Gowdy Takes on IRS
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) hit IRS Commissioner John Koskinen with a question the bureaucrat couldn’t answer Monday: “You have already said multiple times today that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing,” Gowdy said. “I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you have evaluated.” Befuddled, Koskinen replied, “I have not looked at any.” Gowdy fired back, “Well then how can you possibly tell our fellow citizens that there’s not criminal wrongdoing if you don’t even know what statutes to look at?” Gowdy repeated the question, and Koskinen again admitted, “I reviewed no criminal statutes.” The only hope for the IRS is smoke and mirrors. We’re glad at least Gowdy isn’t going to take it.
Lame Excuses to the IRS
Admit it: After the IRS’s excuse that it “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails, you wanted to, come tax time, tell the IRS that your hard drive crashed too, so it shouldn’t expect your check. A bill in the U.S. House would allow just that. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) introduced “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act” (TDAMTRA), a bill that allows taxpayers to use the same lame excuses as the IRS. In a statement, Stockman said, “The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people. Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves. Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.” Among the excuses, taxpayers could say they “Traded documents for five terrorists” or that documents were left “in [a] gun case sold to Mexican drug lords.” Say, that sounds like the list we made two days before Stockman introduced his bill. More…