Marco Rubio Looks Foolish By Calling For Nonexistent IRS Commissioner To Resign


Senator Marco Rubio has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, where he laid out his feelings over the IRS focus on tea party groups:

Dear Secretary Lew:

Recent revelations about the Internal Revenue Service’s selective and deliberate targeting of conservative organizations are outrageous and seriously concerning. This years-long abuse of government power is an assault on the free speech rights of all Americans. This direct assault on our Constitution further justifies the American people’s distrust in government and its ability to properly implement our laws.

The American people deserve answers about how such seemingly unconstitutional and potentially criminal behavior could occur, and who else was aware of it throughout the Administration. It is imperative that you, your predecessor, and other past and present high-ranking officials at the Department of Treasury and IRS immediately testify before Congress.

The public expects your complete cooperation with both congressional investigations and potential criminal inquiries. If investigations reveal that bureaucrats or political appointees engaged in unconstitutional or criminal targeting of conservative taxpayers, they must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. At a bare minimum, those involved with this deeply offensive use of government power have committed a violation of the public trust that has already had a profoundly chilling effect on free speech. Such behavior cannot be excused with a simple apology.

Furthermore, it is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership. Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.


Marco Rubio

In his demand for the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, Marco Rubio neglected to notice that the IRS does not have a commissioner after the resignation of Douglas H. Shulman last November. The nomination process for a replacement is now so brutal that nominees are held up for months, if not years. And the cause of this situation, the actions of the Senate Republicans, such as Marco Rubio.

After creating the situation whereby there is nobody in the IRS Commissioner position, now Senator Rubio is demanding to yell at… the empty chair. And not just an empty chair, a chair which is empty due to Republican obstructionism.

The Republicans have sought to destroy the United States, and that one of their own would demand the resignation of a commissioner which already retired months ago, who will likely not be replaced for months, if not years, based on the years of refusing to, you know, govern. The Republicans have failed in their elected duty, instead of governing, offering up their own plans, they’ve become the party of no.

No ideas.

No future.

No hope.

Now, Senator Rubio, and the other Republicans, have hung their future on a policy of nothing. They are now finding that the seeds they have sewn are coming up weeds. They can no longer even complain when there are actions taken against their support network, because there is nothing to complain to. No commissioner to grill, or force to resign, and Senator Rubio looks like the fool he is.


Nathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington.

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