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Obama Picks His Sequester Manager To Head IRS

From the Washington Post:

Daniel Werfel replaces Miller as acting IRS commissioner

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Aaron Blake | May 16, 2013

Daniel Werfel, a senior official at the Office of Management and Budget, has been named acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, according to a White House official…

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said he wasn’t familiar with Werfel but would be open to considering him as a permanent commissioner.

“If I was the president I would find the very best business man I possibly could who’d be willing to take it over and have the authority to be able to straighten the mess out,” Hatch said. “I don’t know whether Werfel has that kind of dimension or not, but I hope he does.”

Does Obama even know any businessmen, apart from Warren Buffett and Jeffrey Immelt?

Werfel was confirmed as controller of OMB in 2009. He held various positions at OMB prior to that and has also served as an attorney in the Justice Department’s civil rights division.

Say no more.

More recently, he has been helping the Obama administration manage the automatic spending cuts contained in the sequester. In 2011, he prepared the government for a potential shutdown, figuring out which services would remain and which would cease.

What a sterling choice by Obama. You just know Werfel could never be political. After all, he has managed the sequester in the most fair way possible.

No one could possibly say his ‘cuts’ have been political motivated or calculated to cause unnecessary pain or inconvenience to the American people.

Here is more reaction, via the Daily Caller:

Republican senator: New IRS commissioner a “White House insider,” will do “absolutely nothing” to restore public trust

By Patrick Howley | May 16, 2013

Republican U.S. senator John Cornyn of Texas blasted the Obama administration’s appointment of Daniel Werfel, a senior official at the Office of Management and Budget, to take over as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

Cornyn called Werfel a “White House insider” who will do “absolutely nothing” to restore the public’s trust in the scandal-plagued government agency.

“With trust in the federal government at an all-time low, placing a White House insider in charge of an agency whose leadership willfully misled Congress and targeted American people for exercising free speech does absolutely nothing to restore the public’s confidence in Washington,” Cornyn said in a statement following the announcement Thursday that Werfel will take over as acting commissioner next week…

Be fair. It’s not like Mr. Werfel has ever misled Congress or the American people in his management of the sequester ‘cuts.’

The IRS also canceled a planned softball game with Cornyn’s office that was scheduled for Friday.

“Team Cornyn softball team was scheduled to play the IRS team on Friday, ‘the Cheetahs.’ Game has been cancelled by IRS, without rescheduling,” Cornyn wrote on Facebook Thursday morning.

We’re just surprised to hear that the IRS would even think of playing ball with Republicans.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, May 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Picks His Sequester Manager To Head IRS”

  1. And where are Republican voices raised in Congress?

    (crickets)


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