Skip to comments.While You Labor . . . Lois Lerner is on leave, still collecting her annual salary of $177,000.
Posted on 05/28/2013 8:11:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Welcome back to work.
With a rare three-day weekend behind you, you may be reading these words on your office computer or perhaps on a mobile device en route to your workplace. After barbecuing, relaxing with loved ones, and remembering Americas fallen GIs, it may be tough to focus today on meetings, deadlines, and distracting colleagues who drop by to chat.
Too bad you are not Lois Lerner, the director of the IRSs exempt-organizations office in Washington, D.C. She now has Americas easiest job. Having pleaded the Fifth Amendment before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee last Wednesday, Lerner was placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, Congress will sort out her role in the burgeoning scandal over the IRSs ideological profiling and political discrimination against at least 471 conservative groups and Tea Party organizations.
Since Lerner is on administrative leave, she will avoid her office. This means that she unlike you can sleep in until the crack of noon, savor breakfast in bed, visit the gym around 3 p.m., head home for a refreshing nap at 4:30 p.m., and then enjoy a long, boozy dinner. She can awaken on Wednesday morning with a throbbing hangover, roll over, and return to sleep. So, tonight: Waiter, make that one more bottle of Malbec! And on Thursday: Rise, rinse, repeat.
But wait. Theres more.
Lerner is on administrative leave with pay.
According to the American Center for Law and Justice, Lerner signed intrusive letters to at least 15 groups that are suing the IRS for violating their First Amendment rights to free speech and their 14th Amendment rights to equal protection under law. ACLJ represents these outfits in litigation that will be filed presently.
Lerners letters improperly demanded the names of these groups donors, copies of materials distributed at their meetings, and even the content of speeches that these institutions hosted.
What is Lerners punishment for her abuse and intimidation?
Her just-concluded three-day weekend now becomes a continuous seven-day weekend, with her paychecks still landing in her bank account.
And what is Lerners ongoing reward for this total absence of effort?
Lerner will keep receiving her annual salary of $177,000. As Fox News Channel documented, this sum which is $3,000 higher than the $174,000 paid to U.S. senators translates to $3,403.84 each and every week. Compare this with the Social Security Administrations 2011 average annual wage of $42,979.61, or $826.53 weekly. Thus, Lerner makes more than quadruple the typical earners pay, and now without even lifting a finger. As Yogi Berra might say: Only in America.
So, why is Lerner still getting paid, even though she is a ringleader of the biggest scandal to rock the IRS since Watergate?
One could argue that Lerner is innocent until proven guilty. However, that might merit her being separated from her duties without pay while all of this shakes out. If she truly did nothing wrong, all of her wages can be restored. If she violated IRS procedures or regulations, however, all of her undeserved gains will remain in the Treasury.
There is another explanation for why Lerner is getting paid to slumber and watch game shows. Her paychecks are hush money. Lerners uninterrupted compensation conveniently reminds her that she can keep paying her bills as long as she is a good soldier and keeps her mouth shut.
Did IRS higher-ups instruct Lerner to hammer conservative groups? Who else at Treasury knew about this? Did Lerner discuss this with anyone at the White House? What did Obama know, and when did he know it? Perhaps Lerner can answer these questions. But as long as she stays quiet, Washingtons pillars of power will be less likely to buckle and fall.
I stand with you, Obamas approval of Lerners paychecks signals. So, Lois, stand with me. Of course, this assumes that Americas absentee-landlord-in-chief is aware of this arrangement. That may be an assumption too far.
Well, dear reader, its back to work for you. Unless you are on staff at National Review Online, your boss does not pay you to read my words no matter how flattered I am that you are doing so.
But before you turn to your duties, heres one more thing: Lois Lerner is enjoying the first of many days off with all the joys of a six-figure salary paid for with taxpayer dollars. So, as you slave away, you are financing Lois Lerners still-lucrative and newly undemanding lifestyle.
Have a productive day. Lois Lerner is counting on you.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.
His premise is correct, but far too timid. For more Americans than ever, every weekend is a seven-day weekend, unpaid.
She must be kept happy , because she could spill her guts
More proof that public servants are really our masters.
RE: For more Americans than ever, every weekend is a seven-day weekend, unpaid.
Yeah, but who’s getting $177,000 like Lois Lerner?
This is how it’s done. That column will leave a mark.
Well then she won’t be too busy to appear before Congress again.
Right...an that’s why we’re still paying the Ft Hood killer his pay..over $250k already..since we already provide him with food meals, medical, and a lawyer..he can donate it to an Islamic “charity”
We have endured entirely too long!
It’s the kind of piece that leads to good social media and passing on to friends. Or better yet, to undecideds, and it makes a lovely bouquet to stick under the noses of lefties you know, especially those who are still gainfully employed.
But the message has to be carried. This message is very well crafted, and as such will be forwarded to my circle of friends. It’s all about message management, and framing this message so it causes the greatest possible discomfort to the left should be the goal.
As Frederick Douglass once said, “Agitate, agitate, agitate.”
That’s why she refused to resign. Because she knew she wouldn’t be fired and she gets to sit around and enjoy the summer on our dime.
It pains me to think and say that, after reading another thread here over the weekend, it might truly stop with Lerner. She was pulling this stuff over at the FEC for years before Obama was here.
Every govt agency has a chain of command and an org chart. Who is her boss? Why isn’t he or she now at the witness table and being asked..did you give these instructions. That chain should be followed all the way up the line. Make all of them talk or take the fifth.
Congress and the GOP is still dragging their feet. We need special prosecutor or a Federal Grand Jury to get ot the bottom of this..or in this case the top of this.
as stupid as it might sound....THIS is the issue which appears to be gaining traction with the low-information voter.
They don’t much care about the First Amendment repeatedly going under the bus. But the idea of a bureaucratic hack getting EEEEEEVIL 1%er money to be on indefinite vacation is really galling ‘em out there.
That is what the questioning of Douglas Shuman did. It established a direct link from the IRS to the White House during the time Tea Party targeting started.
I'm torn about a special prosecutor or independent counsel myself. Justice may eventually demand one, but for the time being I'm perfectly happy to see multiple committees of angry representatives who are exercising legitimate oversight authority expressing that anger through hearings.
It's a marathon, not a sprint. Even a special prosecutor would need time to get up to speed. And if it all comes to a head right before November 2014 when people are also angry about their Zerocare premiums ... well, that'd just be poetic justice now, wouldn't it?
She will continue to collect the salary..The Terrorist Muslim that shot and killed and wounded service people here at Ft Hood still collect his salary..Now how is that right..and still the trial keeps getting postponed(who is making that happen)
Have I missed the outcry of the ACLU? Their silence on this matter is deafening.
Just why hasn’t this criminal been waterboarded yet?
I agree with you but they did not and he is still sitting his ass in that wheel chair saying nothing there are enough witnesses to put his ass in the electric chair if he were ever to be tried.....And the kids he wounded do not get medical care..
I question the amount claimed that she is making. A GS-15 step 10 (highest step) earns $155,500. I seriously doubt she is even a GS-15.
It’s not just steps. . .each year they get a salary increase along with a step increase until the steps run out. I know an “IT” person who ran out of steps along time ago (works for local county for 25 years) but still receives annual “contractual” increases that the union demands. BTW this “IT” person could never make it in the private sector as her knowledge ends right around the inception of Windows XP. She is just clocking down until retirement and a fat pension.
As we have seen with the Boston bombers, terrorists get $100k in welfare but Lois gets a little more.
The Curse of Obamanation continues to be Moving Forward with NO resistance from our sorry Congressional RINOs.
This is what happens when a thrice admitted foreign born twice unconstitutionally elected sitting President has terrorists as friends; He shows sympathy for other terrorists.
Obama is a terrorist to our country..I believe that..He was picked to destroy us and he is doing his job fast..
EXCLUSIVE: Lerner intrigue goes back to ‘96 Durbin/Salvi U.S. Senate race
CHICAGO - The IRS scandal may have its roots in Illinois politics. Specifically, the 1996 U.S. Senate race between Democrat Congressman Dick Durbin and conservative Republican State Rep. Al Salvi.
More than a decade before his 2010 letter to IRS officials urging the agency to target conservative organizations, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s political career crossed paths with Ms. Lerner when she was head of the Enforcement Division of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and directly involved in the 1996 Illinois U.S. Senate race.
“She said, ‘If you promise to never run for office again, we’ll drop this case,’” Salvi recalled.
At the time, Salvi said, he figured it was probably just Dick Durbin’s way of getting him out of politics.
Salvi said he refused Lerner’s offer because he knew he had done nothing wrong and wanted to leave the door open for future campaigns. In 1998, Salvi ran for Illinois Secretary of State while the 1996 FEC case against him continued.
Nearly four years and a hundred thousand dollars in legal fees later, federal judge George Lindbergh dismissed the FEC case against him, leaving the FEC attorney Lois Lerner — who was present and actively arguing before the judge — shocked.
“The judge said to Lerner, ‘Let me get this straight - Mr. Salvi loaning himself money is legal, and you have no complaint against that, is that right?’” Salvi said. “Ms. Lerner agreed. Then the judge said, ‘You just don’t like the way his attorneys filled out the report?’ Lerner agreed.”
Case dismissed, the judge said shaking his head and pounding his gavel, as Lerner objected.
“We never lose!” Lerner said to Salvi afterwards.
Durbin Asks IRS For Help in 2010
After the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case, many incumbent politicians became concerned about the activities of organizations like Crossroads GPS, which had announced it would be running issue ads against Illinois’ Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Alexi Giannoulias, who was campaigning to succeed Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
In October 2010, Durbin wrote IRS Commissioner Shulman about the tax exemption status of Crossroads - a job that would find its way to IRS official Lois Lerner.
I write to urge the Internal Revenue Service to examine the purpose and primary activities of several 501(c)(4) organizations that appear to be in violation of the law.
One organization whose activities appear to be inconsistent with its tax status is Crossroads GPS, organized as a (c)(4) entity in June. The group has spent nearly $20 million on television advertising specific to Senate campaigns this year. If this political activity is indeed the primary activity of the organization, it raises serious questions about the organization’s compliance with the Internal Revenue Code.
Other 2010 letters to the IRS with similar requests from elected officials may be included in four Congressional investigations now scheduled to take place in the next few weeks.
Salvi says it will be interesting to see how Lois Lerner, Dick Durbin, the FEC, IRS, and Illinois politics intersect as these investigations continue.