June 1, 2013 by History in a Hurry
When the definitive work on The Rise and Fall of the United States is finally written, and it may not be that far off, there will be a full chapter on the IRS and other government agencies that have become massive empires in their own right, bigger than most of the world’s nations, and run with little supervision or restraint. There are obviously no checks and balances inside these agencies.
America got a peek inside that culture when Lois Lerner, the IRS director for exempt organizations was called to testify before the House Oversight Committee. Giving the stunned lawmakers a classic example of how to have your cake and eat it too, Ms. Lerner read a statement denying any wrongdoing and then invoking the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. “I refuse to answer on the grounds that it might incriminate me.”
So understand the logic here. She says she is…
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