I just noticed a link between Planned Parenthood and the IRS.
It’s been reported by Gregory Korte at USA Today that Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS during the time it was targeting conservatives for special treatment, floated the targeting of Bristol Palin, Sarah Palin’s daughter.Bristol had been paid $335,000 by Candie’s Foundation for spokesperson duties.
“Thoughts on the Bristol Palin issue?” and “I’m asking because I don’t know whether to send to Exam as a referral.” wrote Lerner to subordinates in 2011.
How banal. I just picture her, an important IRS director, looking out the window at lunch, and thinking “You know, I heard that Sarah Palin’s daughter got paid by some special tax status organization, maybe we should look into that….oh these olives are delish!”
Just as the executives at Planned Parenthood laughed and joked as they arranged fees for baby parts, without a thought to how over the line (and if you don’t believe there’s a line, stop reading) they had come to be.
People have pointed out that Planned Parenthood was only recovering costs for the process of preserving the baby parts for transport. This activity is more commonly referred to as the “I was just the guy that pulled the gold teeth out of the Jews heads after we gassed them” defense.
Regarding medical research, this is admittedly what’s called a “judgement call” (from back when judgement was considered a value), so I’m going to go with Dr. Ben Carson on this one when he said “Virtually everything that can be attributed to progress by using fetal tissue can also use other types of tissue…If it were the only way to do something and there was no other way, there might be an argument. But under these circumstances, there isn’t a legitimate argument.”
The only defense the IRS has offered is that there is no evidence of wrongdoing recoverable from Lois Lerner’s smashed hard drive.
This is the Conservative fear of the administrative state writ large; the inevitability that human beings become dwarfed by the machinery they wield, so they end up crushing people, figuratively and literally, without much thought or concern. The IRS is still holding up applications from conservative groups going on years now, and we’ve only seen half of the Planned Parenthood videos so far.
Progressives paint the big governmental Leviathan as a cute puppy that can fetch your slippers and always be there for you. In reality, it’s a dingo, and it eats babies.