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IRS' Lois Lerner Put On Involuntary Paid Vacation

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The IRS' Lois Lerner may not be the most proficient when it comes to hiding years of alleged conservative group persecution, or subsequently pleading the fifth and avoiding self-incrimination in what she dubs is a perfectly legal misunderstanding even as she makes on the record statements defending her innocence, but when it comes to being put on "involuntary" paid leave, she shows private sector efficiency and results. According to Bloomberg, "Lerner is being replaced on an acting basis, the IRS said today. Lerner has been placed on paid administrative leave, said a Democratic aide who was informed of the decision. The move wasn’t voluntary, the aide said." So whereas taxes paid by conservatives were being used to fund her witchhunt of other conservatives, going forward the government worker, who oddly enough is being replaced "despite having done nothing wrong", will be paid to do nothing. Sound like a hole in one mission accomplished for this administration.

And who will be replacing Lerner?

The IRS announced that Ken Corbin, a deputy director in another division of the tax agency that processes individual and business returns, will be acting director of exempt organizations.


Corbin, who has been at the IRS since 1986, is a “proven leader during challenging times,” acting commissioner Danny Werfel wrote in a message to employees today.


“He has strong management experience inside the IRS handling a wide range of processing issues and compliance topics as well as taxpayer service areas,” Werfel wrote. “Combined with his track record of leading large work groups, these skills make him an ideal choice to help lead the Exempt Organizations area through this difficult period.”


Werfel became acting commissioner yesterday, assigned by President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to come up with a strategy for improving the agency within 30 days.

So... they are shutting the IRS down?

As for Wefel, we hope he at least knows how to plead the fifth correctly in 2-4 years if/when he too is called to testify before Congress for auditing everyone who made over $100,000, or whatever passes for the definition of an "unfair fat cat" at a time when total US debt will be $22 trillion, when the Fed has been discredited, when rates are soaring, and when the USSA government has to commission the NSA to look deep inside every savings account - offshore and domestic - just to find whose money it will need to confiscate to pay its own apparatchiks first and foremost?

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Thu, 05/23/2013 - 18:59 | 3593979 dlfield
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Pack your shit...

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:14 | 3593989 Pinto Currency
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Read pg. 23 of 26 of this .pdf

The 16th Amendment of the Constitution was never ratified.


SULLIVAN v USA - March 21, 2003

United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina


They may put the entire IRS on indefinite unpaid leave.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:33 | 3594061 jbvtme
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it would be nice to know her preferred airline...

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:03 | 3594138 Precious
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Full salary, full benefits and full cooperation... with the Department of Whitewash.


Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:08 | 3594158 imaginalis
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Would anyone be surprised if she doesn't return from that vacation?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:04 | 3594439 franzpick
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Whether its paid administrative leave from a cop to an IRS division chief, or annual corporate (read: bank) bonuses during loss years, to million $ retirement packages, its nothing more than hush money to keep those previously involved in or knowledgeable of wrongdoing from incriminating former associates still administering the illegal practices.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:32 | 3594745 jeff montanye
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that sounds about right.  

the ghost of richard nixon might well ask, given the back to back reelections of george bush and barack obama, "why did i have to resign under the threat of impeachment?"  

though i did notice neither of the last two presidents made the readers digest list of the top 100 most trusted in the united states.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 00:26 | 3594866 mofreedom
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she's a fellow traveler...just for sow.


edit:  sorry, did my mispelling offend the muslim, bib jannet?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:28 | 3594338 Larry Dallas
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Any vetrans out there with pancreatic cancer willing to do a temp job here....?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:59 | 3594282 sgorem
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i think the bitch, i'm sorry, ms. lerner, should have asked for a fifth, maybe say, George Dickell.  instead, the bitch, i'm sorry, ms. loiner, pleaded for the fifth. just sayin................

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:30 | 3594346 g speed
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The concensess of the parties in Sullivan V USA is that if you do it (crime or anything unlawfull long enough it's ok to keep on doing it because it's the new law-( example the 16th )-- so much for any law and I think all citizens should under stand that any adherance to the Constitution by this gov't is arbritrary. In other words every man can be a law unto himself. All it takes is force and it's all moral. The rule of law is dead and thats being proven every day by TPTB. your life is in jepordy.  I'm suggesting you all act accordingly.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:13 | 3594479 Ident 7777 economy
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Crap from whatreallyhappened.com is crap from conspiracy central.

INFOTRASH to be specific. Place is run by Michael Rivero, a big time conspiracy theorist and general overall nutball.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:38 | 3594577 sun tzu
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Are you saying that court case never happened?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 01:25 | 3595008 Pinto Currency
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Ident 7

When you say "conspiracy" do you mean like rigging of the gold market or rigging of Libor or falsification of the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

Here is another reference on Sullivan:


Fri, 05/24/2013 - 07:57 | 3595324 overmedicatedun...
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so often when obvious .gov crimes are exposed as in this clear example at the IRS, a commentor or two on ZH posts the public keeps electing these pols..if you are able to think and connect dots, it is obvious fact that our voting system is made to be rigged ..a voting "machine" that has no ability by design to provide a record of your vote once the vote button was pushed or a vote tally system done in Spain by a billionaire owned co. would be enough for anyone who has basic logic and a above room temp IQ.

the elevation of J mccain from dead last to leading in GOP primary or the assination of R Paul's efforts recently show us the elected are selected in a well oiled process.  Deal with that.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 00:59 | 3594955 All Risk No Reward
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The Fed is an international banking cartel fraud.  So is government.

Debt Money Tyranny - you've been punked...  Now you can see exacrtly how...  "moiney" is a covert societal asset stripping mechanism.


Renaissance 2.0 - Financial Empire - Full Length - Damon Vrabel


How to be a Crook


The international banking cartel's Trojan Horse Fed's Crime Sprre in all its graphical glory...


Hoard the cash, proclaim self TBTF&Uail (like royalty of the past), bust the system, take everyone's chit, hyperinflate to balance the books, write the history books, wash, rinse, repeat...  the chumptocracy won't catch on.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:18 | 3594021 salvadordaly
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pack yor shit.... Oh and where do you want your forthcoming checks mailed? Oh annnnnd tou are on double secret probation!!! Now get out!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:04 | 3594143 Precious
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P.O. Box Tel Aviv.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:23 | 3594036 azzhatter
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Paid leave- in other words a dream job for me

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:34 | 3594555 Al Gorerhythm
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At least now she will have time to plant a front yard garden.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:31 | 3594057 wee-weed up
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The Obama Admin will see to it she is taken very good care of for the rest of her life.

And in other news... Obama has ordered Holder to investigate... Holder!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:54 | 3594276 El Oregonian
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The way the peons around him drop like flies [or stuck to his face] I'm not sure I'd be looking for his version of "Retirement" either above or below the ground.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:00 | 3593981 PacOps
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Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:22 | 3594033 nmewn
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Just a reminder to all IRS thugs lurking on ZH... (03-07-2008) Criminal Penalties Under IRC § 7213

1.IRC § 7213 makes the willful unauthorized disclosure of a return or return information a felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution. Upon conviction, officers or employees of the United States will also be dismissed from office or discharged from employment.

Note: IRC § 7213 also covers willful disclosures of software source code data protected by IRC § 7612.

Are we there yet? ;-)

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:32 | 3594060 drdolittle
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Maybe if we had rule of law. These pricks are so brazen.

Oh well, beautiful day, last day of school here. Stuff's gonna come and go, I still plan on rockin it out for another 30-40 years

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:39 | 3594088 nmewn
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Exactly my point, we either have the rule of law or we don't. Either way is fine with me at this point...but the dual system is going to stop.

Where is Corzine these days? ;-)

Furthermore, Lerner was up to her statist/Gestapo little eyeblls in all this...

“One thing is clear: this correspondence shows [Lerner’s] direct involvement in the scheme,” wrote Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the ACLJ. “Further, sending a letter from the top person in the IRS Exempt Organization division to a small Tea Party group also underscores the intimidation used in this targeting ploy.”

The letters coincide with former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman’s March 2012 testimony before Congress, in which he said there was “absolutely no targeting” of conservative groups at the agency. Months later, an internal IRS investigation concluded that the agency had engaged in such targeting. Obama-administration officials have insisted the targeting stopped in May 2012, although a number of ACLJ clients have received similar requests for information from the IRS within the past year, according to chief counsel Jay Sekulow."


Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:08 | 3594157 Chupacabra-322
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Exactly my point, we either have the rule of law or we don't.

In case you haven't noticed. We don't. We are now a land of lawlessness and men.

Fast & Furoius
911 Inside Job
Drone Assassination of American Citizens without due process
Ilegal Wire Tapping
Illegal Wars of Aggresion
Arming, funding and training of terrorist groups
CIA drug running and laundering money through the TBTFB
MF Global

Any questions?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:10 | 3594162 Precious
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Fucking George Bush motherfucker.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:40 | 3594235 nmewn
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You forgot a few...

Lawful GM secured bond holders.

BAC's Lewis late night call from Paulson to take one for "the team" and his first fiduciary responsibilities.

Hallowing out a bill passed by the House and inserting the entirety of ObamaCare Law into it.

Like I said, we're either going to have the rule of law or democracy...the tyranny of the majority...I'm fine either way.

I'll just deal with the majority on my terms.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 23:27 | 3594976 All Risk No Reward
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Jefferson County water project bribe where the politicians went to jail...  but nobody at JP Morgan, the bribers in this case, was ever charged.

JP Morgan was the back end of Bernie Madoff's $50,000 million Ponzi scheme...  but nobody there was charged.

Wachovia laundered up to $378 billion in drug money, leased the drug running planes, and the money was never even reported recovered (although they have to know exactly where it is) and nobody gets charged with a crime.  The whistleblower was fired - does that count?  NO!


HSBC laundered drug money and funneled money to terrorists (on behalf of the international banking cartel that finances the terrorists - and our governments!) and nobody gets charged.

And on and on and on...

The criminality is at an insane level.

Note that this isn't Obama going after the right wing, rather, this is the international banking cartel going after people who aren't completely brain dead when it comes to the power structure.

How to be a Crook


Renaissance 2.0 - Financial Empire - Full Length - Damon Vrabel


Debt Money Fraud - you've been pwned...  literally!


Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:37 | 3594224 drdolittle
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Corzine's looking for the lost accounts.

JK, Corzine's up to no good somewhere. He's really a thumb in the eye to the ole indepdendent investor. WTF you gonna do? Im corzinga biatch

And, no questions. I'm afraid to question anything anymore. I'm sure I'm as prone to a drone as the next guy. After all, I support free thinking and speach and those are enemies. (see DOJ going after reporters parents phone records). no real judge would support such a warrant.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:04 | 3594289 nmewn
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"Corzine's looking for the lost accounts."

No doubt to pilfer...lol.

I don't worry about you and I being droned, we're not "high value targets" and there are millions of us ;-)

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 00:29 | 3594877 mofreedom
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lawlessness begets lawlessness.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:42 | 3594592 sun tzu
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Good luck getting Eric Dick Holder to prosecute any government thugs who support Mein Obama

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:01 | 3593982 Nihilarian
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Involuntary vacation -- right out of the Keynesian stimulus play book!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:00 | 3593983 B2u
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She wasn't fired?  Ok.  Give her a bucket, mop and some trash bags.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:13 | 3594017 Cdad
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In other news, Eric Holder's investigation of Eric Holder's media spying scandal is coming along nicely, said Eric Holder durinig a press conference.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:50 | 3594118 quasimodo
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LOL, thanks for the chuckle. The Mrs. is laying on the couch recovering from last round of chemo and she actually laughed, nice to hear her laugh. Cheers! 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:43 | 3594599 sun tzu
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Best of wishes to the both of you. Cento Anni

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:56 | 3594428 Go Tribe
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Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:01 | 3593986 Major Major Major
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"Werfel became acting commissioner yesterday, assigned by President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to come up with a strategy for improving the agency within 30 days."


Improve the IRS in 30 days?  LOL.  The only way to do that would be to shut the fucker down.  The IRS is no longer needed anyway... we are now capable of relying solely on printing currency to pay our bills.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:04 | 3593988 freewolf7
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A sacrificial lamb will not appease us.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:10 | 3594005 Cdad
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...unless it comes with mint jelly.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:12 | 3594011 WonderDawg
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Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:25 | 3594040 azzhatter
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Why do we have taxes? Is Bernanke short of ink?


Fuck You Bukkake Bernanke

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:44 | 3594066 Cdad
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Why do we have taxes?  Well, obviously...to fund the singularity, of course.  Without the singularity, we would all be contrary and confused and such...rather than united, as we are, by the...


Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:02 | 3593987 A Lunatic
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Any public official who pleads the fifth should be immediately terminated with zero benefits.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:09 | 3594003 infinity8
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You have my vote.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:12 | 3594009 Nue
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Terminated then fired across the Potomac River with a cannon.

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