This is not an Onion parody

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IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.

Grant announced today that he would retire June 3, despite being appointed as commissioner of the tax-exempt office May 8, a week ago.


When I first read this story I thought it was a spoof. It just sounds insane. Promote the person responsible for the scandal and fire the new guy instead? You can’t make this shit up.

But wait! There’s more!

Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS executive in charge of the tax exempt division in 2010 when it began targeting conservative Tea Party, evangelical and pro-Israel groups for harrassment, got more than $100,000 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012.


Well *somebody* was happy with her work.

BTW – there will be another congressional hearing on the IRS scandal later today. That means another (you guessed it) live blog.


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32 Responses to This is not an Onion parody

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Live blog starts at 9am eastern.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Beckistan: Is he right?

    • votermom says:

      He is right about the direction Obama is going, imo.
      This “crush, kill, destroy” all opposition admin is banana republic governing.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think this is what ticked off Jon Stewart the other night, Obama is vindicating conspiracy theorists on the right 😉

  3. DandyTiger says:

    I think we can all agree, this is all Sarah Palin’s fault.

  4. DandyTiger says:

    New meme from vile progs: the only IRS problem here is that conservative groups were stupid enough to name their organizations with conservative key words. Yep, despite all this, it’s still not Obama’s fault, or really anyone’s fault, except conservatives.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      So basically their advice is take up the kind of Orwellian lying they are so good at?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Do the vile progs know this affects them too ? Once Obama achieves all his goals, if the GOP lets him, they too will be smooshed under the bus with the rest of us?

      • DandyTiger says:

        What do you mean, Obama is a genius, and he’s doing everything for the benefit of the vile progs? He has to do it this way. You know, because of Republicans. And, well, he’s cool you know. I’m going to plug into MSNBC to feel better now…

  5. votermom says:

    Since reality is now out-farcing fiction, here’s my ripped from a novel speculation:
    Maybe this Ingram woman is smart and has her orders in writing, so if they give her up she’ll turn on her boss?

  6. Anthony says:

    Does Obama know about this?

  7. votermom says:

    Sarah Palin last night

    Scandalous Hat Trick

    Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas. Today in the Rose Garden you dismissed the idea of a Special Counsel to investigate the IRS scandal. With that, your galling political hubris shined bright in the midst of today’s dark clouds.

    Mr. President, how can we trust your Justice Department to conduct an independent investigation when there is a systemic violation of the Hatch Act throughout your administration?

    Surely you are aware that the Hatch Act prevents certain federal employees from engaging in political activity. Specifically, it’s illegal for these federal employees to engage in action in support of or in opposition to a political party, a candidate for partisan political office, or a partisan political group.

    Yet that is exactly what’s happened within the IRS, the Justice Department, and in the Benghazi cover-up. This scandalous hat trick is on your watch. It is not believable that you knew nothing about Obama administration actions in dealing with these scandals. And in regards to Benghazi, when you should have taken appropriate action to save American lives – for instance by calling in the Marines – you were AWOL. Just weeks before the election your team scrubbed the Benghazi talking points in 12 different versions, lied to the American people about some YouTube video being to blame for the deaths of brave Americans who put our country first, and you prove Michael Barone right when he writes, “What actually happened in Benghazi was out of sync with the Obama campaign line.” That’s why you all did what you did. Pure raw politics were at play during a horrific time of loss.

    For more evidence of Hatch Act violations right under your nose, simply consider DOJ’s “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into the free press. Do you think they picked up some political talk when tapping the phones in the House press gallery?

    Your team is out of control. Those who cannot remember the past and learn from it are doomed to repeat it, and that is exactly what is happening. Look back exactly 40 years ago this week and apply that disheartening chapter of American history to the team you’ve chosen and lead today.

    Some of us warned America; we cautioned voters in 2008 that a community organizer with no executive experience and no sense of accountability would be a very poor choice for the nation’s top management position.

    Mr. President, you said today that you have “complete confidence” in the Attorney General. America doesn’t. Eric Holder needs to appoint an unbiased Special Counsel to investigate the illegal political action of this administration. And then Eric Holder needs to resign.

    Most Americans see ominous dark clouds looming beyond the White House Rose Garden, Mr. President. They’ll roll away only when light is shined on the Obama administration’s antics, and America will only recover when you cease avoiding responsibility in this mission of yours to fundamentally transform America. For that to happen, the press had better learn from their experiences of being duped and provide a deserving public fairer, more intelligent coverage.

    Speaking of coverage, glad you finally called in the Marines… shame it was just to hold your umbrella.

    – Sarah Palin

    • DeniseVB says:

      Glad you posted that as I’m never sure if everyone can access the FB link to her wonderful verbal ninja star tosses at Obama. 😀

      • votermom says:

        Seeing the IRS & EPA & all the other alphabet soup scandals, I have more & more sympathy for the pressure Palin must have felt not to run in 2012.

  8. votermom says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Too bad Bernstein disagrees with that when he said Benghazi is nothing like Watergate 😉 Of course, that’s what gets him those MSNBC gigs……

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Finally some good news, Obama gets smacked down by a federal court on his recess appointments (abuse of power?) ….

    http://reason.com/archives/2013/05/16/federal-court-slams-obamas-recess-appoin

    • DeniseVB says:

      Obama’s such a racist, used those two Marines as lawn ornaments first, then servants (lawn jockeys?) next. Another site had photos of other heads of state (even dictators) carrying their own umbrellas…lol.

  10. votermom says:

    Remember those illegal immigrants in prison that ICE released as part of sequester hype?

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/16/ice-admits-hundreds-illegal-immigrants-with-criminal-records-released/
    Hundreds of illegal immigrants with criminal records were released earlier this year as the Obama administration prepared for budget cuts, according to newly released data that challenged claims the program involved “low-risk” individuals.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement released the figures to two top senators, after a three-month delay and under the threat of congressional subpoenas.

    Of the 2,226 detainees that were released in February, the department revealed, “622 have been identified as having some type of criminal conviction.”

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  12. votermom says:

    A story on Huma
    If this is a common practice in the govt, allowing aides to take outside jobs, I think it’s a very bad one – it just screams conflicts of interest, under the table access to officials …

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/huma-abedin-consultant-state-91503.html?hp=r1

    Huma Abedin — Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide and the wife of all-but-declared New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner — spent her final months at the State Department working as a part-time consultant with the agency who at the same time was allowed to represent outside clients, POLITICO has confirmed.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Dear. God. Make. It. Stop. *Graphic Content* at the link. Like Gosnell, only worse.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325786/Douglas-Karpen-Second-house-horrors-abortion-clinic-investigated-Texas.html

    Can you imagine if this was happening at a vet hospital or animal shelter to puppies and kittens ?

  14. votermom says:

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