IRS Official Lois Lerner Refuses To Resign – Gets Paid Leave Of $3,557.69 A Week

On Wednesday Lois Lerner plead the 5th and refused to testify before congress. In her opening statement she said, “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.”

Tim Brown reported on Wednesday:

Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) expressed his regret that she decided to plead the Fifth. He then asked if she would at least verify that previous on-the-record statement were indeed hers. She did so.

She was then asked by Chairman Issa to reconsider answering the committee’s questions, which her counsel advised her not to do.

As Issa sought to dismiss Lerner, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) protested, pointing out the obvious:

“She just testified or waived her Fifth Amendment right to privilege. You don’t get to tell your side of the story and not be subjected to cross-examination. That’s not the way it works. She waived her right by issuing an opening state and ought to stand here and answer our questions.”

Gowdy’s statement brought applause from some. However, Issa went on to dismiss Lerner.

Thursday brought a whole new round of surprises. As reported by Fox News:

First she refused to testify. Now Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the tax agency scandal, is refusing to resign, according to a top Republican senator.

Sources confirmed to Fox News earlier Thursday that Lerner, the head of the IRS division that oversaw the unit targeting conservative groups, had been placed on administrative leave, with pay.

But Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, claimed she was only put in that status after refusing to step down.

Once again Americans are left with no justice and another hefty tab. Though it is Lois Lerner’s right to seek protection of the 5th amendment, she represents an agency that was admittedly not concerned with the rights of their targets. So why should we be concerned with her rights? Don’t answer that. It’s simply a case of doing what is right and following The Constitution. But it tends to make one angry when these people shred The Constitution and then hide behind it.

And as things go in Washington… Now she not only gets to keep her job, at least for now, she also gets a paid vacation.

According to The National Review Lois Lerner averaged $185,000 in salary from 2009 through 2012. If my calculator can be trusted (it’s not IRS approved) she should enjoy a fairly nice vacation on approximately $3557.69 a week.

In stark contrast, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit in Washington D.C. is $405 for 2013. If they are going to pay her at all, that is the rate she should be paid in my opinion. She is unemployed temporarily so why not?

That would make too much sense. Common sense can not be trusted in Washington D.C. We have to rely on IRS officials like Lois Lerner who admits, “I am not good at math.”

Does anyone else see a problem here?



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  • Frank_O

    “IRS Official Lois Lerner Refuses To Resign – Gets Paid Leave Of $3,557.69 A Week”
    -Outrageous, she should be at least suspended with no pay or fired outright. This is an example how supposed servants of the people are really above the law while “We the People” get trampled by the selective enforcement of the laws.

    • Marten Ferland

      Incredibly Hard, to get rid of those parasites and it’s only the tip of the iceberg

  • JRHowosso

    Settle down Frank or you will get a audit……………..

  • Bro John Bsp

    There should be absolutely no U. S. Government official, no matter who they are, who deserves the pay of $3,557.69 a week. Not when there are so many homeless and jobless American Citizens here in our Country. Many are trying to raise a family in a 3rd world living condition like so many of us are seeing today. The United States Government needs a complete overhaul “by it’s Citizens who pay their salaries.” When I think of the President, Congress, Senate and Supreme Court taking so much time off (all the while getting paid,) when this Country is in such a crisis, is nothing less than disgraceful and plain out sinful.

  • Mike in MI

    We ought to hire incompetents for a lot less than $185k

  • Beepster

    $3557 a WEEK. That more than most REAL workers make in a MONTH!!! And we should feel sorry for her????

  • Patrick Piklapp

    There is no one in America that deserves to have the tax payers give them over $3,000 per month, let alone a week. We have the Sequester and yet we are still overpaying the lunatics of DC.

  • libertychick

    I recall hearing that she also got a 6-figure bonus. Rules for federal employees do not allow a bonus that is greater than 20% of her base salary. No one is pursuing this. I think it’s juicy in that it would have had to been approved at a much higher level (s) – possibly the presidential level? Who else can be taken down by this? I think a lot of other dirt will be found along that money trail… Other high level people with a lot to loose and may be not so willing to take the fall and loose their pension for elected officials…. I wish someone would do some sniffing around…

  • Chase

    The united states government needs to this or that? make them…..sitting at home and saying what the government should or shouldn’t do will never change anything. The American people need to start pushing back. Let our government know when we don’t approve of what they do….picket, protest, march. stop asking the government to do things, and tell them to do things. Our government is run by people who have absolutely be corrupted by the power they have, we have lobbyist, or corporations running our governments….our politicians are bought of….as long as american do not do anything they will continue to spread their power further and further while they go unchallenged….even beyond our borders….we are occupying Iraq, and Afghanistan….and we have occupied Japan essentially since the end of World War 2….if we continue to go in the direction we will eventually occupy Syria and Iran…..oh wait we are fighting terrorism over there so people still think thats what we are doing over there. fighting terrorist… we aren’t we are murdering people, fueling the drug trades, and just doing w/e.

    We need to cut the spending and start making money. End the fed because endless printing money is going to ultimately lead to a worse financial crisis then what we have been through. When the world replaces the U.S. Dollar as the world’s standard currency….we are going to be fucked, and the world with influence from China is trying to replace the U.S. dollar with something more stable, instead of getting fucked over everything the American economy is in the shit.

  • joe

    Who Decides She Gets Paid Leave Of $3,557.69 A Week?

    He/She should be next in the bread line next to her.

  • JR

    I’m an Emergency Medical Technician for a major city just 2 hours from DC and I have to work 50 hour weeks to make just $900 paycheck… I think I’m in the wrong business!

  • carlyle_ny

    Dear Americans! You are have gotten and are getting EXACTLY the government you deserve. Perhaps when you decide to get up off your asses and take to the streets, you might change things; until then, not at all. And remember!—Dancing With the Stars in on Monday night!