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Jerry Holbert for June 30, 2014

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    ARodney  almost 5 years ago

    All based on a completely fabricated non-scandal. Sure, under Nixon the IRS was used to target political enemies, but there’s absolutely zero evidence that it happened here. Watching Issa scream and froth at a perfectly competent and well-respected IRS director, while not being capable of accusing him of any actual wrong-doing, was beyond sad. It was pitiful. Pander to the base and to the cameras, the truth and basic human decency be damned.

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    moosemin  almost 5 years ago

    The following are excerpts from the New York Times, June 26, 2014,(page B17) reporting on the death of former IRS chief John Walters.

    “Johnnie M. Walters, a commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under President Richard M. Nixon, who left office after refusing to prosecute people on Nixon’s notorious “enemies list”, died on Tuesday at his home in Greenville, S.C. He was 94.

    Nixon had fired his first IRS commissioner, Randolph W. Thrower, for resisting White House pressure to punish political opponents.

    …Mr. Walters had not been told of Nixon’s other job requirements, as revealed in a White House conversation recorded on May 13, 1971. "I want a ruthless son-of-a-bitch, that he will do what he’s told, that every income tax return I want to see, that he will go after our enemies and not go after our friends…

    ….John Dean, White House counsel, summoned him to his office on Sept. 11, 1972. Mr. Dean handed him the “enemies list” of 200 people, most prominent Democrats, whom he wanted investigated……“John, do you realize what you’re doing?” (responded Walters)

    …But Mr. Dean was emphatic, he recalled, saying "The man I work for doesn’t like somebody to say “NO”.

    ….Several days later, Mr. Walters went to his immediate boss, Treasury Secretary George P. Schulz, showed him the list and recommended that the IRS do nothing. Mr. Schulz told him to lock the list in his safe…….

    …By Sept 15th, Nixon had been told of Mr. Walter’s reluctance to follow instructions. "Why the hell did we promote him? (said H.R. Halderman)…..

    Nixon told Dean “You’ve got to kick Walter’s ass out first and get a man in there”

    Anyone who does not believe this can go to the library and read it for oneself!

    I am not saying that no shenanigans have been going on recently, but we all know that many of those with power also abuse their power. It’s happened before, and will do so again.

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    griffthegreat  almost 5 years ago

    Once again “To Hell with the facts” attitude.

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    Bud1992  almost 5 years ago

    If it was a few in Cincinnati agents, you might still believe in Santa Clause.

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    kline0800  almost 5 years ago

    I believe that Nixon might have wanted to use the IRS against political enemies, but check history, it was not done!-The national archivist claims the IRS broke the law in their mishandling of “documents” (including emails). Also a lawsuit against IRS filed before the congressional requests for emails in the Lerner case, made it a felony to not preserve all emails, even the “crashed” drives!-Democats seem to be good at coverups, and just because evidence is destroyed or hidden, doesn’t clear the charge of possible collusion between Lerner’s IRS and Obama’s office!-I do not trust anyone who desires to protect lawbreaking and coverups….and demands the law and order Americans be gagged and silenced!

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    Dtroutma Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Conservatives aren’t satisfied with rewriting history to fit their myths, they rewrite the present to the “Newspeak” version, and it’s been pronounced since Reagan. All those indicted, convicted, and pardoned, folks in his administration set the bar for conservative criminality and imaginative interpretation, very, very, low for their own.

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