Top IRS officials, whose agency was under investigation for targeting conservative groups, visited the Obama White House more than 100 times over two years while the probe was going on, far more often than in previous administrations
reports Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner.
Granted, some of the meetings were about the IRS' role in implementing ObamaCare. But take note of this:
Former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman visited the White House 118 times between 2010 and 2011. Acting Director Steven Miller, who took over at the IRS in November, also made numerous visits to the White House, though variations in the spelling of his name in White House visitor logs makes it difficult to determine exactly how many times.
The frequent trips to the White House under Obama far outnumbered the times other administrations felt the need to meet with the IRS, according to Mark Everson, who led the IRS under former President George W. Bush. Everson said he remembers making only one trip to the White House between 2003 and 2007 and said he felt like he'd "moved to Siberia" because of the isolation.
Certainly, it's just one more flaw of ObamaCare that it requires extensive contacts between presidential administrations -- all necessarily with political aims and goals -- and IRS bureaucrats. it facilitates political tampering with the IRS.
But it's likewise suspicious that entries about many of the White House meetings state no purpose for them. It is hard to believe that a concurrent investigation into IRS extravagance on conferences and the like absorbed hours and hours of meeting time -- and likewise difficult to believe that the topic of political targeting never, ever came up in all those many hours spent together.