How Stupid do They Think We Are?
The IRS harassed certain tax-payers for political reasons. This much is clear from the evidence.
There is strong circumstantial evidence that this was done at the direction of the White House. The Obama administration is denying such a link, but the head of the IRS visited the White House 118 times during 2010-2011. That is exactly 117 more visits to the White House than during the Bush administration. When Doug Shulman was asked why he visited so many times he replied “the Easter Egg Roll, with my kids…”. That’s a lot of Easter Egg rolls in just two years.
In order to prove collusion with the White House, the House has asked for email records for a number of IRS officials, including Lois Lerner. Since Ms. Lerner has famously plead the Fifth, invoking her right against self-incrimination, she clearly has something to hide.
Here comes the whopper.
Now the IRS claims that they lost Lois Lerner’s emails. Two whole year’s worth.
That’s right. They simply can’t find them. Oopsie!
How stupid do they think we are? The chances that all the emails in question were ‘lost’ is exactly zero.
Standard IT procedures call for the periodic back up of data, including emails. In fact, the government itself mandates email retention policies for many regulated industries. Standard diligence and competence would have email servers being backed up on a regular basis.
These periodic back-ups are then stored in offsite, secure locations. This protects the back up data in the unlikely event that something happens to the original. There are some very basic questions that need to be asked about how this happened.
To believe that the emails are all lost is to believe that the mail servers and everyone one of potentially dozen’s of copies of the data were somehow accidentally lost at the same moment.
This is either criminal negligence or a criminal conspiracy.
The fact that they are trying to peddle this nonsense with a straight face means that they have a profound lack of respect for the intellect of the American electorate.
Nixon got impeached for, among other things, asking the IRSto target political opponents. The IRS told Nixon No. It is obvious that Obama’s request was met with an enthusiastic IR-Yes!