The IRS lady who was in charge of the program to screen non-profit 501(c)(4) applications has taken the fifth amendment. She refused to testify on the grounds that her testimony may tend to incriminate her: the fifth amendment of the Constitution.
Good for her. Every IRS official should do the same. They should all be incriminated.
She made an opening statement. So, she may have lost her right to hide behind the fifth. She may be forced to testify, under threat of contempt of Congress.
A lot of us have contempt for Congress, but that’s not illegal. Her form of contempt would be.
It’s great to see federal bureaucrats put in the spotlight. As Bobby Fisher said, when asked why he liked chess: “I love to see them squirm.”
Eric Holder is on the hot seat for his department’s monitoring of phone calls by Associated Press reporters. This time, the media are on the attack.
Let us hope that this continues. There is nothing like a fresh plate of fried bureaucrats to serve as an appetizer. A full course meal of across-the-board budget cuts would be even better, but Congress never has that meal on the menu. It only offers the low-calorie “reductions in the rate of increased spending” as an option.
Will anything significant come of all these hearings? Will the federal bureaucracy be reined in? Of course not. But it is pleasant to sit back and enjoy the consternation of bureaucrats who usually dish it out, as they eat crow in full public view. I love to see them gag.