Looks like I owe you an apology, Pokey. You were right about the existence of an IRS scandal. You just got the wrong president, is all. America runs on Dunkin? Sure, but The GOP runs on projection. Former Spooks Andrew McCabe and James Comey were both audited by the IRS under Trumpsylvania. What are the chances? We’ll get to that, but first: the NYTs claims these special and specific audits originated from the same tiny division of the IRS:
“According to the I.R.S., there were about 5,000 such audits in 2017, 4,000 in 2018, and 8,000 in 2019 — chosen from about 154 million individual tax returns each year. Mr. Comey’s audit was for his 2017 tax return; Mr. McCabe’s was for his 2019 return.”
Never during the darkest hours of the invented Obama-IRS scandal did we have such a clear picture of auditular wrongdoing (yes, that’s a word). Still, it could be just a coincidence, right? Stranger Things have happened …in Hawkinsville.
“No coincidence, for sure. Odds are 30,000 to 1,” tweeted Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, warning that “this kind of political targeting is a serious federal crime.”
So, it looks like republicans learned that you can effectively politicize the IRS. After failing to create an equivalent Obama scandal, they used their newfound knowledge to, you guessed it, weaponize the IRS. See, Poke, your scandal coverage is important; it gives evil people ideas and stuff.
What we did find out from the Obama version is that: 1. any wrongdoing was unclear, 2 nothing could be linked to Obama, and 3. some of the relevant laws were murky.
Remember when I said, hey, Poke, why not push to reform those murky IRS rules so no one could politicize audits moving forward? Now I know why you ignored that suggestion in favor of that Flat Earth link you sent me. Smart man. You should call for an investigation into this matter, because I agree; the edge of the planet does need a guard rail. It’s irresponsible! Maybe arrange a compliance audit.
More importantly, here’s my old jokes on the Obama IRS “scandal.” Still funny and still accurate.
Next week kids see Noonan jump an embassy in Libya