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Barack Obama: "No Patience" for IRS Allegations, Going to Have to Wait and See What Happened

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This Barack Obama character continues to talk tough about political targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.

From ABC News:

President Obama said today he has "no patience" for reports that the Internal Revenue Service singled out conservative groups for additional scrutiny, promising accountability if allegations of political motivations at the agency turn out to be true.
"So we'll wait and see what exactly all the details and the facts are," Obama said at a news conference. "But I've got no patience with it. I will not tolerate it. And we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this."

In the meantime, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has called on the head of the IRS to resign. If he were really out of patience, Obama, who is the president and therefore chief executive of the government, could dismiss the head of the IRS or anyone else involved in the widely reported political targeting committed by the agency.  Don't hold your breath.

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  1. “So we’ll wait and see what exactly all the details and the facts are,

    … or we’ll, you know, blame it on some video on the internet.”

  2. “That darn IRS! But, hey, what can ya do?”

  3. Like I said yesterday, if you’re a manager in the private sector, your job is to make sure stuff like this doesn’t happen in the first place.

    If management wasn’t out there proactively making sure stuff like this would never happen, then they were all but guaranteeing that it would happen, eventually.

    1. And they weren’t out there doing much of anything proactively, if you don’t count the 100+ proactive rounds of golf.

  4. Another way to look at that?

    It’s like how Charles Keating screwed up–if you put tons of pressure on your sales people–and don’t harp on them, at the same time, not to be fraudulent? Then you’re virtually guaranteeing that some of them will cross the line. Whether Keating was legally, technically guilty is beside the point–dude was incompetent.

    Same thing here. If you want to guarantee misbehavior, simply fail to mention what the misbehavior is, and that it won’t be tolerated. Sins of omission can be just as intentional as anything else–if some higher up at the IRS wanted to guarantee that conservative groups would be targeted inappropriately, he wouldn’t write a memo telling his people to do that.

    He just wouldn’t say anything and let it happen. In the private sector, managers get fired for letting bad things like that happen. Preventing bad things from happening in the first place–that’s your freaking job as a manager.

  5. Oh, look over there! Angie Jolie has made a courageous surgical decision. And Prince Harry’s looking at torn up boardwalks with
    Gov. Christie.

    1. Sorry, what? You’re saying that Christie is breaking sidewalks and Harry is watching?

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