Finally – Someone In The Government Admits Wrongdoing *Open Thread*

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Oh, yes, at long, long last, we have a government official who has acknowledged that yes, the IRS BROKE THE LAW. Well, kinda. And of course, it wasn’t anyone in the IRS. Oh, no. You sure weren’t going to get John Koskinen to admit ANYTHING except that the IRS gave a gazillion pages of emails to the House whether they were relevant or not. Hey, they still provided them, so there! As if that is any kind of logic, or any kind of actual logic.

But yes, out of the hearings came one voice who actually answered a question and actually admitted under questioning from the House on Tuesday morning that a law “wasn’t followed,” and more. That would be the National Archivist, David Ferriero. From AOL:

The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation’s top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

In June 2011, IRS executive Lois Lerner’s computer crashed, resulting in the loss of records that are sought in investigations into the agency’s actions. At the time, the agency tried to recover Lerner’s records, but with no success.

When it was determined later in the summer of 2011 that the records on the hard drive were gone forever, the IRS should have notified the National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Archivist David Ferriero told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But Ferriero learned of the lost records on June 13 when the IRS notified Congress.

“Any agency is required to notify us when they realize they have a problem,” Ferriero said. […]

Why is it so damn hard for just ONE of these people to flat out say, “YES, the IRS broke the law when it failed to notify us of the massive loss of emails during this period in question.” Sheesh. See for yourself:

Right?? Why can this man not just say, “YES. Yes, the law was broken, and the IRS must be held to account.” But nooooo…Pathetic. Just pathetic.

Still, I hope John Koskinen was paying attention considering his ridiculous answer Monday night when asked a similar question by House members. He did acknowledge that the IRS didn’t notify the Archivist, though, so there ya have it. He as good as admitted that they broke the law. So have at him, and all those who failed to “follow the law.” Koskinen and the rest deserve nothing less, and that includes the kowtowing, bowing and scraping, Democrats who wasted their time apologizing to their big-time donor instead of getting to the bottom of this scandal. Sounds like a special counsel is in order.

And speaking of a Special Counsel, we have this recent report from Carolyn Lerner from that very office (US Office of Special Counsel) on what has been happening at the Veterans Administration, and is it ever a doozy. From CBS News:

Carolyn Lerner, the head of the agency charged with protecting federal employees who act as whistleblowers, asserted that the Department of Veterans Affairs has consistently ignored warnings about the seriousness of systemic problems that put veterans’ health and safety at risk.

Lerner offered her conclusions in a letter to President Obama Monday.

“I remain concerned about the Department’s willingness to acknowledge and address the impact these problems may have on the health and safety of veterans. The VA, and particularly the VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector (OMI), has consistently used a “harmless error” defense, where the Department acknowledges problems but claims patient care is unaffected. This approach has prevented the VA from acknowledging the severity of systemic problems and from taking the necessary steps to provide quality care to veterans. As a result, veterans’ health and safety has been unnecessarily put at risk,” Lerner wrote.

She cited 10 different cases where whistleblower claims were confirmed but the VA denied they affected patient care. An employee at a Fort Collins, Colo., facility, for example, reported conditions that led the OMI to confirm a shortage of providers, a practice of trying to mask cancelled appointments, alterations of wait times, and punitive measures for schedulers who listed appointments more than 14 days away from the veterans’ “desired date.” The OSC is also investigating two schedulers at the facility who were reassigned to Wyoming after refusing to comply with instructions to hide true wait times. […] /blockquote>
Oh, but wait – there is more to this troubling report:

[…] Lerner also cited problems with inadequate psychiatric care at a long-term mental health facility in Brockton, Mass., inaccurate patient information being submitted in Montgomery Ala., and drinking water at a Grand Junction, Colo., facility that had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria, among other cases. In each case, OMI confirmed whistleblower allegations but determined there was no threat to patient health or public safety.

“These cases are part of a troubling pattern of deficient patient care at VA facilities nationwide,” Lerner wrote in the letter. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Holy smokes. There is more, sadly. This is the kind of treatment our veterans are receiving while 80% of top VA managers are getting MASSIVE bonuses, and I don’t mean small ones. I find that to just be obscene. Such cavalier disregard and downright arrogance that they can engage in this kind of behavior seemingly with impunity. It is beyond disturbing.

Ugh. So many scandals, so little time. And while I added this in Comments recently, it is so good, I think it deserves to be highlighted. That would be Megyn Kelly in her fantastic summation of a host of scandals by the Obama Administration in less than a minute and a half:

Yep. That about sums it up. Though I know you can add more. This is an Open Thread, so have at it!

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23 Responses to “Finally – Someone In The Government Admits Wrongdoing *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Haven’t heard anyone put it as succinctly as Megan Kelly did.

    And still the MSM covers the mistakes, malfeasance and malicious lies of this administration. It is simply too easy and too repetitive anymore to point out that the MSM would be doing their job as “watchdogs” if a Republican was in the Oval Office.

    How sad is that? How corrupt is that? How repulsive is that?

    We have a media that, for the most part, only bothers to function as a “watchdog” when one party is in office. Corrupt doesn’t cover that behavior for me – criminally corrupt does.

    I confess to a certain cynicism and don’t really expect much honesty or decency or integrity from politicians. At least we should be able to expect competence – but no, not that either.

    We have a government of the government, by the government and for the government and with a media for the government so long as a liberal is in office.

    I would not have believed that I would live long enough to see the kinds of disgusting behavior by the so called “journalists” in this country. It appears that when the JournoList came on the scene, journalism went out of fashion.

    I’ve never much cared about “fashion”. I wear what I like and decorate in ways that pleases my eyes and don’t much give a damn what some arrogant “fashionista” has to say about any of it.

    Now that honesty and integrity is no longer in “fashion” I find myself more out of step that usual. And happy to be there. Because except for the few people who feel the same way that I do, the few politicians who are honestly disgusted with the way things are going in this country and the few, the very few actual Journalists who are still around I don’t want to be in fashion. I want as much distance between myself and all those “fashionable” fools as possible.

    Were it not for people like Trey Gowdy in politics, Sharyn Attkisson in journalism, and the wonderful people I’ve met online who care more about country than party, I would despair. Sometimes I am so outraged I feel I will explode. Then a glimpse of a small win, a small bit of truth is seen and I live to fight and rant another day.

    Today’s anger is because of the “win” to Cochran in Mississippi. We hear that citizens are outraged and want a change. Yet here is another incumbent returned to office. A status quo polk barrel pol.

    I agree with Trey Gowdy once again:

    “If you want to change the way Washington is working you have to change who you send there.” ~ Trey Gowdy

    http://kenoshamargetwo.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/be15c-1947570_447985638667003_1526935704_n.jpg?w=605&h=605

    • Katherine B Says:

      What a fantastic rant! You absolutely nailed it. “I find myself more out of step that usual” is exactly how I feel but it doesn’t make me happy. It makes me feel isolated. That’s why I take great comfort from Rev. Amy’s posts and the people, like you, who comment here.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        The people I have met online, like you and the nice people here, are what keeps me sane. I get so angry, so outraged, that it is painful.

        I too feel isolated at times. And that’s when I crank up the computer and head for Rev. Amys and a few other spots I find people of like minds. Ones who still think that honesty and integrity are important and “fashionable”.

        Be well Katherine, the country, the world, needs people like you who care more about what’s right than what’s cool or fashionable.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I know I am very thankful for y’all, too, and thank heavens there are some like-minded folks with whom I can rant, rave, commiserate, and share a laugh so our heads don’t explode. I am very grateful indeed to have you here, and for your excellent comments.

          And yes, sadly, integrity and honesty seem to be a thing of the past, old-fashioned, even fodder for laughter, often accompanied with the assertion that one is “naïve” should one expect people to operate with some modicum of ethics.

          As for the media, I saw just this morning how very little time the MSM has spent on covering the IRS scandal (3 minutes or so from CBS the other day), with the big ones spending a TON of time on “ginned-up issues” like “Bridgegate.” We know EXACTLY why they did that – to diminish Christie, the same way they tried to diminish Scott Walker with old news that had already been settled last week. They have truly become a propaganda arm.

          I can’t help but think of how incredibly uninformed are people who only rely on ABC, CBS, and NBC for their news, and how that ignorance is impacting our country.

          Anyway, great comments, friends – thank you!

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    Gov. Palin on yesterdays Primary. 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for this, Foxy! I always appreciate hearing what Gov. Palin has to say. She makes some great points abt the establishment party and needing a third party. The whole Cochran thing brings home the point of how much these two parties are just opposite sides of the coin.

      Though you raise a great point, Marge – how many people stayed at home, thinking McDaniel had it in the bag because he had such a huge lead in the polls? Like you said, people need to get up and go vote. If their candidate still loses, well, they did their civic duty, and participated in the process. But especially when they know people are calling for help from the other side to knock out a candidate, they sure better get down to the polls…

      As Katherine said, great visual indeed abt voter ID. There simply is no excuse not to have to show one if one wants to exercise this most precious of rights…

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    I read that the establishment GOP did anything and everything necessary to help Cochran win. I don’t doubt that. But how many Republicans sat home when McDaniels needed them to change that pork barrel politics? You have to care enough to get off your butt and vote.

    And kinda makes ya wonder if a voter I.D. wasn’t required if some of these elections might have a different outcome.

    And the idea that voter I.D. is to suppress the vote is B.S.

    Read this and see if you don’t agree.

    • Katherine B Says:

      That’s a great visual you’ve attached there. The dishonest attack on Voter ID as somehow an attempt to suppress minority voting is just an indication of how far this country has fallen since the Civil Rights movement of the 60s

  4. Katherine B Says:

    At Breitbart, there is an article quoting Kurdish leaders as saying ISIS is getting close to surrounding Baghdad. Not good news. I can still hear some former US military guy on FOX saying we needed to use this time to evacuate all Americans from Baghdad. I hope everyone will be safe. The article also said that on his recent visit Sec. Kerry was urging the Kurdish to abandon their quest for an independent state and to support the government of Iraq.

    I just have to quote a comment after this article because it made me laugh out loud. “Something tells me that Kerry’s pleas for a more “inclusive” government are falling on deaf ears. Maybe he can convince them to go all in for climate change?”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – oh, my – funny, and sad, all at the same time. But yeah – that sounds abt right for this Administration, doesn’t it?

      I had seen an article in the paper abt this today, too. It is disturbing, and like you, I sure hope they get the Americans out while they can…

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well, I guess this is a start, but it could take years: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/210532-boehner-house-will-sue-obama

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Guess Boehner feels he needs to act tough if he’s to win the vote and be Speaker again. But just as he, Boehner, says you can’t trust Obama to keep his word, I don’t think we can trust Boehner to keep his. Trust is a fragile thing. Once lost…

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    recession coming. 👿

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/25/economy-in-freefall-1q-revision-shows-shrinkage-2/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Not sure it ever left…

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        They are talking abt it on The Five right now – DDP dropped 2.9% – BAD; highest number of people in poverty – BAD; highest number of people on Welfare – BAD; and on it goes. Yet you would NEVER know it listening to the Dems on this.

        And instead of Obama working on JOBS, as noted in the comment Katherine quoted, Obama is focusing on climate change.

        Yeah. It’s like that.

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is so disturbing. And it just raises my ire when denominations divest from ISRAEL because of their treatment of PALESTINIANS, you know, the ones joined with HAMAS: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/06/25/Palestinians-Mob-Jews-at-Temple-Mount-Mock-Teen-Kidnappings

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think you must have read my mind because I was just writing this – it does tie in…

      Hardly a day goes by that some group isn’t accusing someone on the right of being a “racist”. I have been accused more times than I care to say, and by people formerly near and dear to me, since Obama came on the scene. FYI, once someone has called me a racist they are no longer near or dear to me. Knowing me as they do and choosing to smear me and my integrity over some politician ends any relationship we can have. Related by blood perhaps but evermore divided by ideology.

      While the majority of those on the left are ready to smear someone as a racist for daring to disagree with any of Barack Obama’s policies they don’t seem to have the same passion for rooting out anti-Semitism. We have a very large and horrific example of what that lead to in Europe 60 years ago. Yet the left joins joyfully in to these anti-Semitic attacks. They forget, if they ever knew, exactly why the Jews felt the NEED to form their own country. And why they are militant about saying “Never again”.

      If many on the name-calling left didn’t have hypocrisy as a principal they would have no principals at all.

      I knew and felt all these things and was angered by them. As I am angered that fools wear a Che Guevara tee shirt without knowing what a thug he was, so they support the Palestinians without bothering to care about or worry about the truth. Or about the Israeli’s who face death on a daily basis from people who want only their extinction.

      Perhaps the following article will inform some who have chosen sides without understanding what that means and who is involved. I doubt it but I can always hope for knowledge to overcome bias. Hope springs eternal but the flame is getting very dim for me.

      Hen Mazzig; I hope I made a difference
      http://mikereport.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/hen-mazzig-i-hope-i-made-a-difference/

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        What a FANTASTIC comment, Marge. You are so spot on. If someone calls someone they hold “near and dear” a racist for not propping up The One, their priorities are misguided and skewed.

        This summed it up beautifully: If many on the name-calling left didn’t have hypocrisy as a principal they would have no principals at all.

        No kidding. Outstanding comment.

        And, the post you provided abt Hen Mazzig was great. What an interesting young man, and what an ambassador for Israel. His opening the eyes of young people who blindly follow the “Poor Put upon Palestinians,” like they do the Che Guevarra bandwagon (no kidding he was a thug, and a murderer, to boot), is important work indeed. Excellent piece – thank you!

  8. justine Says:

    So, is Carolyn Lerner related to Lois Lerner? (Just wondering…)
    .

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I wondered that same thing, Justine! I mean, really – what are the chances? Except that Carolyn seems to be actually doing her job as opposed to Lois, who seemed to be doing the DNC’s job… 🙂

  9. foxyladi14 Says:

    If the truth ever comes out I bet this goes all the way to the WH. 👿

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