D’oh! That planted question was an incredibly bad idea, IRS chief says

Using a planted question at a lawyers’ conference to break the news that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny was “an incredibly bad idea,” outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller told a Senate panel Tuesday.

No, it wasn’t.

An incredibly bad idea is saying “yes” when someone asks you if a dress makes her look fat.

Or asking the cop who pulls you over if he used to be in the Village People.  (That’s a really, incredibly bad idea.)

But deciding to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens; lying about it before Congress; and covering the lie up by planting a question at a lawyers’ conference and answering the question with a backhanded apology isn’t an “incredibly bad idea.”

It’s a conspiracy.

It would be interesting to know, though we probably never will, who exactly came up with this plan, and how it progressed.

Do a bunch of people sit around until one says, “well, that congressional hearing didn’t go so well, what say we plant a question at the next lawyers’ conference, answer it, say we’re sorry and make this whole thing go away?”

And someone else says, “Awesome, that’ll work.”

No one says, “Are you out of your mind?”

These are the men and women we’re supposed to trust to implement Obamacare. We’re supposed to trust that people who can’t enforce a 401(c)(4) tax policy without discriminating against their political opponents will be able to resist taking take politics into account when they decide who lives and dies?

That’s not an “incredibly bad idea” either.

It’s suicide.



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