Monday, May 18, 2009

"Will soon learned all about being audited..."

Keeping up with the missteps, mistakes, abuses and offenses of the Obama administration is a full time job. I missed this one last week.
At his Arizona State University commencement speech last Wednesday, Mr. Obama noted that ASU had refused to grant him an honorary degree, citing his lack of experience, and the controversy this had caused. He then demonstrated ASU's point by remarking, "I really thought this was much ado about nothing, but I do think we all learned an important lesson. I learned never again to pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA brackets. . . . President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS."

Ha ha ha. Oh, that's so funny, Mr. President. What a card.

It would perhaps be a little bit funnier and less concerning had this President not already demonstrated an attitude, and, indeed, the behaviors, which indicate a willingness to abuse the power of his office. Maybe in some other administration, this would come across as more of a joke and less of a veiled threat. It would surely be an inappropriate joke, but it would be a joke. Unlike this.

The TaxProf note the IRS Regulations which state that "the Commissioner of Internal Revenue shall terminate the employment of any employee of the Internal Revenue Service if there is a final administrative or judicial determination that such employee … threaten[ed] to audit a taxpayer for the purpose of extracting personal gain or benefit.” Certainly Obama isn't covered by that regulation, but if an IRS employee can't do it, should the President, who is, after all, that employee's boss, be doing it?

Obviously not.

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