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Big government chivalry is not dead: Elijah Cummings defends honor of helpless revenue collection agency

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By Doug Powers  •  June 23, 2014 11:17 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Monday night there was another House hearing featuring the semi-testimony of IRS commissioner John Koskinen. Republicans on the Oversight Committee grilled Koskinen about the “lost” email of Lois Lerner (and others).

Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings treated Koskinen as if he’d just saved a school bus full of children and was getting nothing but grief for it from the meanie GOP (video via Twitchy):

From what I’ve seen of the IRS hearings, I have yet to see any Democrat ask Koskinen an actual question — they’re behaving more like his appointed defenders charged with running out the clock.

Trey Gowdy, on the other hand, wasn’t as easy for the Dems to contain. Check out this audit:

Koskinen’s breath is going to smell like Gowdy’s shoe polish for the next few days.

Also, Koskinen again tried to blame the Lerner email loss on underfunded IT for the agency, which led to this gem:

When Tennessee Republican Rep Scott DesJarlais asked Koskinen how much money it would take to replace the IRS’s computer systems in order to prevent another major data loss, he answered that it would cost between $10 and $30 million.

In a tense moment, DesJarlais then reminded him that the IRS paid $89 million in bonuses last year, including $1 million to agency employees who owed back taxes.

Issa added that the agency has an $1.8 billion information technology budget.

How unfair to expect them to squeak by on a $1.8 billion IT budget without losing emails from a central figure in a political targeting investigation.

**Written by Doug Powers

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