The vaccination gambit by Lois Lerner (the Internal Revenue Service’s director of exempt organizations) backfired. Planting an innocuous question during an obscure lawyers conference (TNT, 5-23) probably would have inoculated the administration against this corruption firestorm if each of us did not fear the IRS!
Conservative groups and individuals were targeted for audit and extra scrutiny. Many reading this cheer that activity. This an appeal directly to those who cheer when government authority is used to stifle political activity. What happens when government changes hands and you are targeted?
If this abuse of power is swept under the rug, it could well be the first step toward implementing an “Atlas Shrugged”-style “Directive 10-289.” A group of bureaucrats gaining enough political power to force their vision of governance on us is absurd, but the confident refusal of Lerner to answer questions and the arrogant testimony of IRS Commissioner Douglas Schulman makes one wonder.