Thursday, May 16, 2013

Who's the Patsy - Steven Miller... or the American Public?

I'm seeing all kinds of gushing on TV this morning about how the president acted so decisively last night.  Um...

From the LA Times:

President Obama forced out the head of the IRS on Wednesday, seeking to restore the public's faith in the tax agency while asserting a measure of control over a rapidly growing political problem.

That's all great and all, but... um... Mr. President... but exactly how stupid do you think we are? Oh, wait... You've gotten away with damn near everything up to this point, so I retract my question.

But you know it's getting a real-like up in here when Salon Magazine starts saying things like this:

The only thing that would appease the Washington scandal gods was human sacrifice, so Wednesday evening, President Obama announced that he had requested and accepted the resignation of IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller. “It is important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward,” the president said. 
But Miller is a scapegoat in the most pure and classic sense. The acting commissioner was not running the IRS at the time employees improperly targeted Tea Party groups — that would be Bush-appointee Doug Shulman, who resigned as commissioner last year — and Miller’s name isn’t mentioned a single time in the Treasury Department inspector general’s report. Indeed, there is no evidence that Miller was in any way responsible, involved or even aware of the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups by underlings. He is falling on his sword for something he did not do.

And then there's also this:

But in an email to IRS employees, Miller claimed he would only be leaving next month because his assignment would be over. 
'It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June,' Miller wrote. 'This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation’s tax agency.

So the president "fired" the acting director of the IRS - who had nothing to do with this thing - a guy who was going to step down in June anyway? And he's not actually being "fired" immediately - he's actually still staying on until June, anyway (when his appointment was due to be up.)

Yeah, Mr. President.  That's some really decisive stuff there.

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