What‘s the IRS afraid of?

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IRSOur custom is to dismiss conspiracy theories, applying Occam’s Razor, the 14th century philosopher’s insight that the least complicated explanation of a thing is the likeliest to be true.

This tends to give government the benefit of the doubt, or at least it used to. But what if we’re at the point that a conspiracy is the simplest explanation?

Last month it was shown that conservative political donors have an extraordinarily high likelihood of being subjected to an Internal Revenue Service audit.

Even so, ten days ago we thought the IRS “losing” two years’ worth of Lois Lerner’s emails through an alleged  computer crash would be used up by now as a topic for this commentary.  But on June 17 (the 42nd anniversary of the Watergate burglary) we learned that six more people’s IRS emails—all six under investigation in the targeting scandal—went missing in a convenient epidemic of computer crashes.

Then last Friday IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s phenomenal arrogance under congressional questioning netted a richly-deserved reaming from mild-mannered Paul Ryan.

Monday night, a defiant Koskinen testified that “budget cuts” prevented the IRS from preserving email records it’s required to retain under federal law.

The IRS is used to scaring Hell out of normal people. What on Earth could have so terrified this savage bureaucracy that high-ranking officials stand in front of the nation making preposterous statements no one believes, potentially exposing themselves to criminal liability?

The only conceivable explanation is that they fear worse consequences were they to tell the truth.

The kind of country the next generation grows up in depends on exposing what—and who—frightens the IRS.

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