Lost Lois Lerner Emails and Nixon’s Lost 18-Minute Recording

I wonder what the IRS would say if I told them during an audit that I lost all of my receipts that I had scanned for electronic safe-keeping. I’m sure they would assure me that it wasn’t a problem. They would take my word for my business deductions.

Yeah, right.

For months Republicans have been demanding that Lois Lerner’s emails be turning over to a committee investigating wrong doing at the IRS. Stalling maneuvers have been in effect. This is a typical Obama move. Stall until Republicans and the public lose interest in the scandal or until a bigger scandal hits the front page.

Here’s the Nixonian dodge, with the difference being that that media has been protecting Obama for six years and will most likely continue to do so for as long as it can:

“The Internal Revenue Service told Congress Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from Lois Lerner, a central figure in the agency’s Tea Party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year.

“The IRS said it cannot locate many of Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed during the summer of that year.”

Anyone who’s not suspicious of any of this is a fool.

Why didn’t Lerner explain the computer crash months ago? A computer crash is a major event in a person’s life. Who can ever forget one.

Are we to believe that there was no back up? It seems to me that backups would be required for government officials of her high ranking.

No private company could get away with such an excuse as a computer crash.

The missing email claim reminds me of the missing 18-minute tape erasure that Richard Nixon used to cover-up what many people believe was incriminating criminal evidence.

“Watergate, the greatest political scandal of the 20th century, remains shrouded in mystery, in part, due to an 18½-minute gap in the tape recording of a Watergate discussion between President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff Bob Haldeman.”

Given what we know of the Obama administration, Watergate was hardly “the greatest political scandal of the 20th century.” But I digress.

The missing 18 minutes has been a keystone event in the downing of President Nixon. Technicians are still trying to recover the missing minutes (see here and here).

The explanations of erasures and crashed hard drives events are eerily but typically similar. There’s nothing new under the sun when it comes to political corruption:

“Nixon’s secretary, the late Rose Mary Woods, ended up taking the blame for the erasures. Woods testified that while she was transcribing the tape, a ringing phone startled her, causing her to press a wrong button without removing her foot from the recording device’s foot pedal, accidentally recording over the missing section of tape.”

So what should we think of thousands of missing emails about one of the greatest political scandals of the 21st century to which Watergate pales in comparison? Remember, this is the IRS, one of the most feared government agencies targeting political opponents. These are Stalinist tactics.

The GOP needs to keep pressing until they get answers. Don’t wimp out now. File criminal charges. Do the right thing so we’ll have a reason to vote for you. Also, pass the Fair Tax so the IRS can be shut down.

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