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.