Tuesday, April 1, 2014

IRS Scandal PRT 3

Commissioner John A. Koskinen is no stranger to a working on the turnaround of large, failed enterprises such as the Penn Central Transportation Company, Levitt and Sons, the Teamsters Pension Fund and Mutual Benefit.

Earlier in his career, Koskinen served as Administrative Assistant to Senator Abraham Ribicoff (D-Conn.) from 1969–73, was Legislative Assistant to Mayor John Lindsey of New York City from 1968–69, served as Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders ("Kerner Commission") from 1967–68, practiced law with the firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher from 1966–67 and clerked for Judge David Bazelon, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, from 1965-66.

The big one and we know of the cluster buck that came from this!  On March 11, 2009, he was announced as the interim CEO at Freddie Mac.  On April 23, 2009, he became the Principal Financial Officer after the death of Freddie Mac's acting CFO.  In August 2009, with the hiring of a new CEO, he returned to his position as non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Freddie Mac.

So here this man is put in a position of Commissioner of the IRS at which point like the government itself has very low approval from the public and certainly small business and political groups.  Being thrown into the lion's den does not shake this man and the committee is not cutting him any slack.  His vision I do believe is to move forward and restore the confidence in America of the IRS practices. 

Koskinen has been on the job for four months and going through this is like mucking out a chicken coop, the only thing though Koskinen didn't pile up the BS. The reason for Commissioner change is due to the fact that Douglas Shulman was the Commissioner of the IRS during the time when non-profit 501 conservative leaning groups were targeted for increased scrutiny according to the name of the non-profit organization and according to the political nature of the organization. 

In a congressional hearing held on May 21, 2013, Douglas Shulman (former Commissioner) denied responsibility for the policy, stating that he found out about the use of inappropriate criteria from Steven T. Miller.  Shulman was sworn in on March 24, 2008, and served his full term until November 2012.  

Steve Miller became acting IRS Commissioner on November 9, 2012, the day after Barack Obama was elected to a second term when Doug Shulman stepped down saying he did not want a second five-year term.  Miller submitted his resignation on May 15, 2013, in the wake of the 2013 IRS scandal in which the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released an audit report confirming that the IRS used inappropriate criteria to identify potential political cases, including organizations with Tea Party in their names for closer scrutiny on 501 applications.

Commissioner Koskinen 
So there you have it, Commissioner Koskinen is left holding the bag that Shulman filled up along with his apprentice Miller.  These cupcakes both bailed, good thing we have real men like Koskinen who aren't afraid of an ass chewing and willing to take hold of the tiller to steer the ship on a true north course.  In reality, I believe other crew members will be leaving the IRS Ship, there's a new Skipper on deck.  

Everybody who is a true American in the United States is tired of all scandals and REP. Kerry Bentivolio holds no punches, we're at a point where there will be many changing of the guard.  For the ones who stole from America and are still stealing that created little mob groups in order to benefit, "get the hell out of here and never come back!" 

Kerry Bentivolio

Director of the IRS Lois Lerner

5/22/13 - On Wednesday morning, the Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division pleaded the Fifth Amendment during testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) protested, telling the committee: "She just testified or waived her Fifth Amendment right to privilege.  You don't get to tell your side of the story and not be subjected to cross-examination.  That's not the way it works. She waived her right by issuing an opening state and ought to stand here and answer our questions."  His remarks were met with applause from some in the crowd, but nevertheless, Issa dismissed Lerner after she refused to answer any questions twice more.
Can't go much deeper Sir!  We past the Nixon level fathoms ago
This is why the committee wants all of Lerner's e-mails, notice her big exhale sigh at the end.  This woman is under much pressure, the Obama administration is like a sub diving deeper, the hull will crack taking on water or implode.  Many of the crew already have bailed from his ship and or certainly whom risking exposure are removed.  Lerner is no longer the Director of the IRS.  Currently, Patrick W. McDonough serves as the Executive Director of the Joint Board.     



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