Skip to comments.IRS head Steven Miller: 'Mistakes were made'
Posted on 05/14/2013 7:26:18 AM PDT by mandaladon
Steven Miller is breaking his silence about the scandal thats engulfing the Internal Revenue Service. Miller, the acting IRS commissioner, is quickly emerging as the focus of fury in Washington after an agency official acknowledged last week that conservative groups seeking nonprofit status were targeted for extra screening if their applications included words such as tea party or patriot.
In an op-ed published Tuesday in USA Today, he said the agency was simply trying to manage the explosive growth in applications for 501(c)(4) status that started pouring in to the IRS in 2010. "The Internal Revenue Service recognizes that we should have done a better job of handling the influx of applications by advocacy groups," Miller wrote. He denied that politics played a role in the targeting practice. Mistakes were made, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan motivation, he wrote. We are and will continue to be dedicated to reviewing all applications for tax-exempt status in an impartial manner. Miller blamed the mistakes on a "shortcut" the agency used to centralize the thousands of applications for tax-exempt status the agency received in the run-up to the 2012 election.
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Didn’t Homeland Security also brand those organizations as “hostile”? Perhaps the link is there and those dots need to be corrected.
Mistakes were made, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan motivation, he wrote.”
So thats the story your going with eh?......good luck with that.
“Mistakes were made” is an expression that is commonly used as a rhetorical device, whereby a speaker acknowledges that a situation was handled poorly or inappropriately but seeks to evade any direct admission or accusation of responsibility by using the passive voice, which allows for the deletion of the agent (the person who made the mistakes). The acknowledgement of “mistakes” is framed in an abstract sense, with no direct reference to who made the mistakes. An active voice construction might be along the lines of “I made mistakes” or “John Doe made mistakes.” The speaker neither accepts personal responsibility nor accuses anyone else. The word “mistakes” also does not imply intent.
Funny how minority groups seem to have escaped the IRSs rather...................weird. /s/
This asshat is what we would call a brilliant observer.
rather = rath
Americans should just accept the “apology” and shut the hell up, right Stevie boy? We’re too stupid to understand all of this. It was done “for the children” right Stevie?
No, harassment by the government of Barack Milhouse Obama’s enemies has been documented. It is against the law and IRS employees should be tried for this crime. This is nothing that another lame “apology” by Big Government can fix.
Translation: "We got caught."
Millers head on a stick!
Passive voice is despised.
And.... mistakes my ass!! Does this guy really think we’re stupid enough to believe this was an accident, even though only conservative groups were targeted?
Right..”I am sorry your honor that I absent mindedly walked into the bank with a hood over my face and a gun accidently in my hands mistakenly demanding money from scared tellers. I deeply regret this. May I go now?”
Steve Miller, The Joker
Clearly we need to mount a campaign for “Political Intimidation Reform”
“they were in no way due to any political or partisan motivation”
... what do you say to such a blatant falsehood?
What else could they have been?
Shortcut? Okay. Let's see the list of left-wing groups who wound up getting 'shortcut'. And you can provide that information today, Mr. Miller.
Good post. Everybody who reads or listens to news should be aware of that. I remember seeing that collection of weasel words being ridiculed some 30 years ago.
Ah, the old third-person “acknowledgement of wrongdoing” - must get tiring stiff-arming that much...
Indeed. Doing something on purpose can’t by any stretch of the imagination be called a “mistake”!
That trivializes the criminal activity that they need to be prosecuted for. Someone needs to find the courage to start making heads roll in all these illegal activities that the Keystone Kops have been perpetrating since they got into office!
Just following orders from the big mistake in the White House.
Woah, not so quick there Steven! The facts are not all in just yet. Talking points need to be drafted up. Agency reviews need to be done. Equitable interdepartmental agency exposure needs to be considered. Phones need to be tapped. Some video producers who make TEA party videos need to be rounded up and incarcerated. Talk shows need to be booked.
Governing is not as simple as telling something to the public which is based on one man's truth.
“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it”. Pope John Paul II.
It was a mistake to get caught.
Mr. Miller is about to take a bullet for the Don.
Is it a mistake to use a short rope on a tall tree?
Nope, the IRS has burned itself with this one, and I won’t be happy until they are completely emasculated.
In the immortal words of Vice-President Biden, this is a “big f*cking deal”. Everyone has negative feelings about the IRS and the fact that they were abusing their authority for political purposes is not something people are going to forget anytime soon. Plus, unlike the Benghazi hearings, this has got the Democrats in Congress forced to act just as outraged as the Republicans are. This is something that will get hung around Obama’s neck for months to come and may well last into the 2014 elections.
"He makes his living off the peoples' taxes."
Translation: OK, so what, I've got immunity, now leave me alone and go away.
It is time for a tax where there is no IRS.
I live in the South. It is a well known fact that most of the black churches are openly political. I have a 2008 cell phone photo I took of a church sign instructing passers by to vote for Obama.
Now, had a white church tried that........
Someone screwed up but I don’t know who excuse...Just another Obama “teachable moment”.
Reuters is reporting that senior officials knew of the targeting as early as August 2011. This was denied by Shulman to Congress in March 2012. The IRS claims in a statement the Acting Commissioner Shulman wasn’t informed until May 2012.
(Bet there is a lot of “acting” going on.)
A white church with a sign saying to vote for Obama would have gotten a pass as well.
RICO! Haul Big Sis before the Congressional Committee too.
The irs is a big welfare program. Most of its employees are affirmative action hires. It collects and distributes money from those who earn it honestly to those who vote democrat. And now it is breathes terror in the hearts of people who the administration wants to target.
Jail for them.
Mistakes were not made, crimes were committed. Its called abuse of power.
3 yr old to Mom:
“The lamp broke”
When i read the title i thought, “ okay, typical passive voice.” In the paragraph where he talks about shortcuts, he does say, “ ...mistakes we made...”
"My job requirement was to roll out the IRS portion of Obamacare at the same time.
So, yes sir, I know my ass is grass."
“I would apologize to the Post, and I would apologize to Mr. Woodward and Mr. Bernstein.” He continued, “We would all have to say that mistakes were made in terms of comments. I was overenthusiastic in my comments about the Post, particularly if you look at them in the context of developments that have taken place.” May 1, 1973; the previous day, White House counsel John Dean and Nixon aides John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman had resigned, as the Watergate scandal progressed.
Abolish the IRS.
They have entirely too much INFORMATION.
Note that I did NOT say power.
Yeah, and lies were told, and you were one of the perps telling them.
The mistake that was made was getting caught.
Steve Miller, Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’.
Crimes, not mistakes! And drop the passive voice; name the culprits.