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Washington, D.C., is now ablaze with variations on the theme of “What did Obama know and when did he know it?”
It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter at all. Obama is responsible. It was President Truman who first phrased a president’s responsibility for the federal government in a way the nation could easily understand: “The buck stops here.”
The president is the chief executive officer of the administrative branch of the federal government. He is ultimately personally responsible for everything that happens. Every. Single. Thing.
How can this be? How can anyone know everything that is happening in the federal government? He can’t. That is why chief executives appoint underlings to administer various departments. Such as Treasury. And the IRS. And the State Department. And the Department of Justice. And the EPA. And so on.
These underlings are responsible to the chief executive for their actions, or lack thereof. That is why it is a really good idea for the chief executive to appoint people of good character and high personal integrity to run the various departments of the federal government.
Because when you appoint political hacks and shakedown artists and pretend that they are somehow qualified to run the federal government … things like this happen. Why? Because these people lack good character and personal integrity. They make bad decisions. And those bad decisions are ultimately the responsibility of the person who appointed them.
Now a few tidbits for us all to chew on. First, the IRS. If Lois What’s-her-face had been a person who met the criteria for appointment discussed above, she would have immediately pointed out that using the IRS for political intimidation of conservatives and Christians and to win an election was a singularly bad idea, and refused to comply. As it was, she didn’t take the route of good character and integrity. But fortunately, we have this from Powerline Blog:
I’m quite surprised that no one has mentioned Section 1203 of the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, which mandates terminations of IRS employees who commit any of what are known in the Service as the “10 Deadly Sins.”
(b) Acts or Omissions. The acts or omissions referred to under subsection (a) are:
(1) willful failure to obtain the required approval signatures on documents authorizing the seizure of a taxpayer’s home, personal belongings, or business assets;
(2) providing a false statement under oath with respect to a material matter involving a taxpayer or taxpayer representative;
(3) with respect to a taxpayer, taxpayer representative, or other employee of the Internal Revenue Service, the violation of–
(A) any right under the Constitution of the United States; or
(B) any civil right established under–
(i) title VI or VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
(ii) title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
(iii) the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967;
(iv) the Age Discrimination Act of 1975;
(v) section 501 or 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; or
(vi) title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990;
(4) falsifying or destroying documents to conceal mistakes made by any employee with respect to a matter involving a taxpayer or taxpayer representative;
(5) assault or battery on a taxpayer, taxpayer representative, or other employee of the Internal Revenue Service, but only if there is a criminal conviction, or a final judgment by a court in a civil case, with respect to the assault or battery;
(6) violations of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Department of Treasury regulations, or policies of the Internal Revenue Service (including the Internal Revenue Manual) for the purpose of retaliating against, or harassing, a taxpayer, taxpayer representative, or other employee of the Internal Revenue Service;
(7) willful misuse of the provisions of section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for the purpose of concealing information from a congressional inquiry;
(8) willful failure to file any return of tax required under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 on or before the date prescribed therefore (including any extensions), unless such failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect;
(9) willful understatement of Federal tax liability, unless such understatement is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect; and
(10) threatening to audit a taxpayer for the purpose of extracting personal gain or benefit.
Our reader adds this note: “Believe me, every employee at IRS is acutely conscious of 1203, no matter where they work. After it was passed seizures, liens and levies dropped to almost zero. Took a long time for people to even think about sticking their necks out.”
And then we have this little tidbit on the FBI website:
18 USC § 241 – Conspiracy against rights
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
“If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured – They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.”
Hmm … sounds like IRS audits for donating to conservative political candidates are a really bad idea.
While you are on the FBI website, checking out what passes for daily life in America under Obama the Righteous, click on this link, too: Hint: It’s not about what color you are.
Let’s face it folks: It is time to put the executive branch of the federal government into receivership. It is bankrupt of solutions for the nation’s problems, bankrupt of money, bankrupt of moral guidance and bankrupt of integrity. It is simply a community organizer’s attempt to shake down the entire nation for money, like he did the corporations in Chicago. Congress needs to shut the executive branch down and turn out the lights, water, heat and garbage collection.
Or maybe the executive branch should just be moved to Gitmo.