Letters to the Editor

IRS investigation should still be front-page news

I'm wondering what ever happened to the investigation of the IRS targeting conservative groups seeking tax exempt statuses in 2011 and 2012, which just happened to coincide with the 2012 presidential campaign.

At first, the IRS admitted it had happened and blamed it on a couple of "rogue employees" in Cincinnati, and President Obama vowed to "get to the bottom of it." Then, the IRS completely flip-flopped and denied it ever happened, even when the inspector general's report confirmed that it had.

At a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner, who was head of the department overseeing tax exempt organizations, decided to invoke the Fifth Amendment, just as anyone who has nothing to hide would do.

It's been almost three years since that hearing. With a compliant media more than happy to let the story just fade away, and the IRS being, well, less than 100 percent cooperative, in my opinion, it's looking more and more like this will just disappear.

Now, I am admittedly speculating here, but it is my firm belief that if there were a Republican in the White House, the media would be asking questions like: "Why has no one been fired or even demoted?" or "Why has no one gone to jail?"

Some of us are old enough to remember a time when it wouldn't matter who was in the White House or what party they belonged to. Those were the days.

DAVID FRENCH

Gautier

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