Cincinnati IRS office mismanaged but who ordered the targeting

The IRS is woefully underfunded. There is a hiring freeze and employees often buy their own office supplies. Seriously. The Cincinnati IRS office was filled with mainly low-level employees working under a crushing load. However, this does not mean that Cincinnati acted alone or as a rogue office. Quite the opposite. G7s aren’t going to do an end run around orders by top brass on their own, yet this is exactly what happened. They went back to targeting the Tea Party after direct orders to stop. This is akin to corporals disobeying orders from a colonel. So maybe someone else was giving orders and directing things too?

“There’s a buzz in the office about this Tea Party situation,” said Neal Juarez, a case advocate in the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Like several other I.R.S. workers, Mr. Juarez was skeptical that employees in Cincinnati would have acted as they had without some direction from leadership in Washington.

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Doug Ross compiled this timeline chart and concludes

1. Steve Miller lied to Congress
2. Lois Lerner lied to Congress
3. Barack Obama lied to the American people

This scandal has the fingerprints of Axelrod, Jarrett and/or the Chicago Machine all over it.