November 14, 2018

Why Rural Americans in Wolf Country Believe Lois Lerner will be the Next IRS Commissioner

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Guest post by James Beers:

This is being written as the notorious Lois Lerner of IRS infamy waits somewhere in retirement watching what information about her vile political activities is dripping out and wondering about what the chances are that her mysteriously lost government e-mails for a period of several years (while she denied tax-exempt eligibility to political opponents of the Obama Administration) will ever be recovered.

This Congressional Investigation into political-targeting of opponents of the President by the IRS has gone on for more than a year. Several months ago, Miss Lerner became a target of the investigation at which time she proclaimed her innocence and promptly pleaded her 5th Amendment right to not be “compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself”, or in this case herself. She immediately retired and clammed up like an oyster in a bucket. Her behavior is being mimicked by the current IRS Commissioner as he testifies daily in one of two modes. He is either giving evasive and disrespectful answers to Congressman with a smirk of contempt on his face, or he basks in adulation from Members of the President’s Party who treat him like a king who has been unjustifiably dragged before dogs.

While it is great theatre, as was Watergate, this week has been particularly illuminating about this IRS SCANDAL:

1. The President who initially feigned outrage (“if true”) about the scandal and later said there was not a “smidgeon” of corruption in the IRS; doubled down today as he toured Minnesota eateries and told an enthralled crowd of Minnesota fans that it (the Lerner/IRS contretemps) was just a “political scandal.”

2. An errant Lois Lerner e-mail came to light that shows her trying to initiate an unjustified IRS Audit of US Senator Grassley, a Republican known for his enthusiastic oversight of the IRS and Miss Lerner in recent years.

3. The IRS Commissioner has been lying to Congress for over a month about what e-mails would be provided while knowing that thousands were “lost”.

4. Miss Lerner’s and six of her known confederate’s (some of whom frequently visited the White House on undisclosed business) government e-mails were “lost” a week and a half after Congress first inquired about obtaining them over months ago. The explanation was that their computers “crashed” and hard drives were erased and recycled as the servers also mysteriously and simultaneously expired.

5. While computer experts laughed at the possibility of such a loss of information under these circumstances, word leaked out that IRS (that spent about $2B annually on information management) actually had employed as a contractor for many years a famous computer firm to (like those companies that back-up home computers like mine) keep a record of all computer information in case the computer or computers “crash”.

6. Shortly thereafter, word leaked out that while this firm had actually advertised that they backed up the IRS (wow!) computers for an extended period, they had been FIRED by the IRS in the midst of the initial discovery of lost e-mails, mysteriously expiring servers, and a total disappearance of all the information requested by Congress in the period before and right after the last election!

The Chutzpah (a Yiddish word for audacity, as in the boy that murdered his mother and father and threw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan) in what has gone on this week is beyond the belief of any law-abiding American, but I digress. What caught this old bureaucrat’s eye however was the total cover-up including the FIRING without explanation of the very firm whose job it was to keep all such records on file under all circumstances.

Informed Rural Americans suffering with forcibly-imposed and protected GI (Government-Imposed) Wolves will recognize this scandal scenario immediately as being the model revealed 15 years ago about a scandal by similar political operatives in the US Fish and Wildlife Service that was eventually covered up and subsequently skyrocketed the two political operative’s careers to dizzying heights today.

The USFWS SCANDAL:

1. A 1999 Audit Report by the General Accounting Office to the US House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee revealed the following:

A.) In 1992 after the election of President Clinton and the election of the first Republican-controlled US House of Representatives in 40 years, USFWS hurriedly requested funding from Congress to introduce wolves (an extremely unpopular and controversial matter) and was denied.

B.) Within two months of taking office, the new House Leadership eliminated a superfluous hotbed of environmental activism and over-reach Committee, The Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. The partisan staff Director of that Committee was immediately hired by USFWS and placed in charge of the hunting and fishing Excise Taxes that annually generated ½ to ¾ of a Billion dollars annually for exclusive distribution to state fish and wildlife agencies and their programs that generated these taxes.

C.) Two years after (B), $45 to $60 Million of Excise Tax dollars were secretly “stolen”, “diverted”, “appropriated” (choose whatever word you are comfortable with) by USFWS and used primarily to trap, import, and quickly release wolves in Yellowstone National Park; open a new USFWS office in California (also denied funding by Congress) for coordinating with radical groups; and pay bonuses (shades of the VA/IRS/et al Scandals) to USFWS managers. It is highly illegal to: 1. Take those funds or to use them for federal purposes; 2. Fund federal programs with any funds after Congress has denied such funding; and 3. To award them to any federal employees not directly involved in the LAWFUL administration of the Excise Taxes.

2. The lady Director that oversaw USFWS in those days appointed the radical Defenders of Wildlife (a private, Non-Government Lobby Group) to administer Federal “compensation” for any rare or unexpected damage to livestock but not dogs or other domestic animals. (This was merely a ploy to delay complaints until wolf numbers and distributions were too great to control.) Reports of damage mostly were “undetermined” or blamed on dogs or “unknown” which meant no compensation or record of the horrendous damage wrought by wolves.

3. The political fallout was hot at first and then buried as the Presidential (Bush/Gore) election approached and Democrats demurred and Republicans ran from confrontations like “Gingrich’s” Government closure and partisanship after Clinton’s embarrassments with an intern in the oval office (another “political” scandal like the VA/IRS/et al of today.)

4. Most surprising (to me) was the way the State Fish and Wildlife Directors never complained OR EVEN ASKED THAT CONGRESS REPLACE THE STOLEN FUNDS! NOR DID ALL THOSE “UNLIMTEDS”, “FOREVERS”, “ASSOCIATIONS”, “FOUNDATIONS”, OR “OUTDOOR STORES” DEMAND REPLACEMENT OF THE STOLEN MILLIONS! Thus did the hunters, fishermen and trappers of the US go about their daily lives as (at least) $45 to $60 Million dollars of the Taxes they instituted and paid were not only stolen from them and their prized programs: those taxes and the wolves they generated are being used as I write this to eliminate hunting, fishing, trapping, grazing, and public land management and use.

That GI Wolves now occur in 14 western states where they have caused great rural harm, economic losses, controversy, and are advancing radical causes like eliminating hunting and trapping, animal control, grazing, and further public land closures and restrictions is a matter of record. One needs look no further than the Rally Being Held in Yellowstone National Park and Hosted by the US National Park Service this weekend as I am writing this. I quote:

“Event organizers for Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 have developed the following five keys to reforming wildlife management in America:

* Ban trapping/snaring on all federal public lands.
* End grazing on all federal public lands.
* Abolish the predator-control department of the USDA Wildlife Services.
* Reform how state fish and game agencies operate.
* Introduce legislation to protect all predators, including wolves, from sport hunting, trapping, and snaring.”

This event is hosted by the USNPS, the sister (USNPS and USFWS are under the same Assistant Secretary of the Interior) agency of USFWS. Here is the government sponsoring radical political changes and like IRS, only for those favored by the President. Would the NRA be so “hosted” or “sponsored” or “endorsed” by USNPS? Consider that the NRA represents and protects a clear Constitutional guarantee and these usurpers represent taking more and more rights and cultural traditions from fellow citizens they despise by growing federal power and using tax dollars to accomplish it!

When the GAO Audit Report became public, a little-mentioned aspect was the fact that the USFWS had been required for 70 years to AUDIT EACH STATE AGENCIES FISH AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM USE OF THE EXCISE TAXES, EVERY FIVE YEARS! This had not been done for nearly two decades much to the delight of State Directors and federal managers that were using the funds for audits for other things surreptitiously. So practically overnight, USFWS hired a respected Defense Auditor to begin auditing State Fish and Wildlife Agencies on a Five Year Cycle.

Now State Fish and Wildlife Agencies, like USFWS, are exceedingly complex entities to audit. Funds can only be used for this and not for that. Are mollusks fish and eligible? Is stocking permitted? Is animal control, “operations” or something else? Historically, experienced (with fish and wildlife operations) accountants and a biologist with government experience and budgeting backgrounds were necessary for any reliable audit. Even when audited routinely, state directors and state political hacks (just like the Lois Lerners and Commissioner Kostinens of today) use whatever funds or powers they can for their own political and personal ends. Some examples of No-Noes:

– One state bought vehicles with F&W funds and then put them in the state car pool for use by all state employees.

– Another state transferred wildlife-purchased lands to build a state prison.

– Another state made a right-of-way across a wildlife-purchased area to allow for a hugely profitable land development and the Governor went on to become President.

– One state bought huge woodlands and then sold the timber and put the funds in the state’s general funds.

You don’t have to be an auditor to suspect that after almost two decades of no audits the magnitude of such “discrepancies” might be, well, “unexpectedly high” and high they were. In the first two years of the renewed audits, as the auditors began understanding the intricacies of earmarked funds and fish and wildlife operations they were, to no one’s surprise, somewhat behind in their schedule. Interestingly, their preliminary findings were tightly guarded and State Directors were howling behind the scenes like Banshees on a dark Irish night. So the USFWS Director FIRED the auditors for being behind schedule and hired the Interior Department Inspector General (a retired Secret Service guy with a largely retired Secret Service staff WHO’S JOB WAS OVERSIGHT OF THE VERY USFWS THAT HAD JUST HIRED HIM TO WORK FOR THEM! You might remember him as the fellow in the US House of Representatives’ ”Peanut Gallery” during President Obama’s State of the Union address as the President’s choice to oversee the President’s “Stimulus Funding.”

So the rumored “discrepancies” in state fish and wildlife operations (millions in the first few states audited) were somehow “explained” or found to be “in error” and the State Directors, all those hunter/fishermen organizations, the big “outdoor stores and federal bureaucrats still continue graze on the buffets and breakfasts at the big meetings as they all sip chardonnay and discuss job transfers, retirement employment and political connections.

Oh, and the Director and “Administrator” of those Excise Taxes that made all this possible? The lady Director spent a high-paid stint in The National Wildlife Federation as she waited for the 3-year ban on working for some group you materially benefitted while in government employment to expire after she resigned when Gore lost the election. Today she is the “President” or “Director” or “Grand-Pooh-Bah” of her favored Defenders of Wildlife and will probably attend the Rally in Yellowstone today. The “Administrator” was given a high-paying non-job in USFWS Headquarters as a “Science Advisor” under President Bush. The Bush folks gave him a nice office where he sat like a Manchurian Candidate until the next Democrat President (and they say that there is no difference between “RINOS” and “Democrats”.) This sort of thing goes on throughout government but my experience was that Republicans were far more reluctant to clean house than Democrats that seldom exhibited such scruples. Today the “Administrator” is DIRECTOR of USFWS!

So if you are still wondering about the connection between Lois Lerner and the lady Director of USFWS and her Excise Tax “Administrator” it is this: in any public scandal just FIRE any Auditor or Computer Back-Up firm that might reveal any further embarrassments. No one really cares. Just like the Presidential politics overcame the USFWS scandal and revealed the perfidy of state wildlife program advocates, so too can we expect the upcoming election and the White House to bury the IRS investigation as Republicans once again swim toward the middle and the proof of crimes become idle chatter at Washington get-togethers.

Heck, if the USFWS Director can move up to a high-paying NGO job and her Excise Tax Administrator can become Director of arguably one of the most powerful (next to IRS?) agencies in Washington after the USFWS scandal: if Lois Lerner doesn’t get a high-paying job with some political think-tank or get asked to be a Tax-Exemption Advisor at IRS or even Commissioner of the IRS, well she must not be ambitious.

Jim Beers
28 June 2014

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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

Jim Beers is available to speak or for consulting. You can receive future articles by sending a request with your e-mail address to: jimbeers7@comcast.net

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