We’re Paying for Lois Lerner’s ‘Unexpected’ Early Retirement

We’re Paying for Lois Lerner’s ‘Unexpected’ Early Retirement

 

We make lists everyday, grocery lists and to-do lists (or “honey-do lists”), but we don’t usually make lists of our enemies. Okay, maybe not all of us. It’s an entirely different story when the IRS starts making a list however. The Tea Party was in the crosshairs of the IRS, now it’s Lois Lerner.

She’s the prime target of two House committees this week. The House Committee on Ways and Means wants criminal charges brought against Lois Lerner and another House Committee will vote today to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. What will all of this accomplish?

“Somebody at the IRS violated the law,” House Speaker John Boehner said on The Kelly File. “Whether it was Lois Lerner or not, we’ll find out.”

All of this will turn up the heat for one, says the New York Post. But there must’ve been something happening on other fronts, right? The FBI announced back in January that they’re skipping on criminal charges and, as Lerner’s lawyer conveniently reminds everyone, there is an investigation going on already in the Department of Justice. A quiet one, it seems.

While the Tea Party can be a feisty bunch at times, the IRS was keeping an eye on them. Kelly Phillips Erb of Forbes might point out and say that “bad behavior isn’t the same as criminal behavior,” but someone was using the power of the government to target particular conservative groups.

On Hannity, Rand Paul is clear about his distaste for those who use the “bully nature of government to beat up on their political opponents.” It really goes without saying but being a bully and abusing your influence within the government goes beyond simple bad behavior.

Yes, Lerner can still invoke the Fifth Amendment and avoid incriminating herself but, as Paul points out, is it right to keep paying a government employee that won’t cooperate? Sure, she’s ex-IRS now but she retired in September with a full pension package, according to the Daily Mail. Before that, she was on paid leave.

Or as one conservative blogger, Doug Powers, puts it:

Let this serve as a reminder to other public officials: If you abuse your position and refuse to answer questions about it, you will retire early and comfortably.

It’s possible that this whole thing against Lois Lerner is being blown out of proportion. Or not. It may not be your name on an IRS blacklist right now, but what if it happened? Is it okay that the IRS targeted the Tea Party? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Spark some outrage on Twitter. Or help spread awareness on what needs to be done by joining us on Facebook.

 

(Photo courtesy of Jeffery Scism, via Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0)

 

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