McConnell: IRS 'Thumbing Its Nose at the American People'
10:10 AM, Jun 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell will say today that the IRS is "thumbing its nose at the American people." He'll make those remarks this morning at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
"[I]n the midst of congressional hearings into their activities, unionized employees at the IRS are about to get $70 million in bonuses. The IRS union is thumbing its nose at the American people. It’s telling them in the clearest terms possible that it doesn’t care about this scandal, or how well government works, or how well it’s serving the public. All it cares about is helping union workers get theirs. It’s pure arrogance, and it reflects a sense of entitlement better suited to an aristocracy than to a nation of constitutional self-government," McConnell will say.
He'll also take credit for identifying the IRS problem long before the federal agency began to come clean about its activities.
"As for the IRS, my own concerns trace back to a phone call I got from a constituent early last year, who said he’d been subjected to excessive questioning and unreasonable deadlines from the IRS. When similar complaints followed, I sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Shulman asking for assurances that there wasn’t any political targeting going on. I said public confidence in the IRS depended on it. Six weeks later I got a lengthy response from the Deputy Commissioner, Steven Miller, in which he basically told me 'move along, nothing to see here.' Well, now we know that wasn’t the case. Now we know that the IRS was actually engaged in the targeted slow-walking of applications by conservatives, and others who were, get this, criticizing 'how the country [was] being run.' It overwhelmed them with questions and paperwork, and in some cases initiated audits on folks that had never been audited before," the top Republican in the Senate will say.
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