Lerner subsequently stepped down. The ongoing clown-car runaround and stonewalling of the past two years is shameful and infuriating.
Of the people, by the people, and for the people indeed! By "people" Mr. Lincoln did not mean "the people in charge." Civil service is corrupt and civil service labor law is broken.
Until tar-and-feathers becomes an acceptable citizen activity, and until we are able to bring back the pillory, it is up to Congress (God help us!) to sort out the incompetent from the corrupt from the criminal. I will be holding my breath. Yeah, sure.
The Internal Revenue Service is not alone. These kinds of things happen to everybody. As Jake said:
It wasn't my fault! ...Honest, I ran out of gas. I - I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!