IRS drops the ball in game with GOP Senator
May 16th, 2013
03:01 PM ET
2 years ago

IRS drops the ball in game with GOP Senator

Washington (CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service's softball team, the "Cheetahs," were scheduled to play Republican Senator John Cornyn's softball on Friday. The Cheetah's backed out.

"We contacted them to confirm our game which was scheduled for tomorrow night, and they said they needed to reschedule," Cornyn's Press Secretary Drew Brandewie said. "Guess they needed an extension."

The IRS has been under a harsh spotlight since it disclosed targeting of tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny last Friday.

Cornyn's team, the "RBIs of Texas," were scheduled to play the IRS in what would have been their first game of season.

According to Minority Whip Cornyn's Facebook page, no makeup date has been announced.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    ""When President Obama was selling his health care legislation to Congress, he declared that “the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.” But with the law’s major provisions set to kick in next year, a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Officeprojects that the law will cost double that, or $1.8 trillion.

    What accounts for the dramatic difference? "
    ===

    The fact that those two numbers were generated by measuring 2 different decades. What's so hard to understand about apples-to-apples for you troglodytes?

    May 16, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. just sayin

    The Internal Revenue Service's softball team, the "Cheetahs,"
    ---

    how ironic is that?!! they will have to rename themselves to the inmates pretty soon.

    May 16, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Thomas

    The same John Cornyn received $193,000 in political contributions from Enron."

    GO Cheetah's !

    May 16, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Dan of NY

    I find the hypocrisy of the Republicans to be nauseating beyon the pale. When will they own up to the fact that nixon and who knows who else sicced the IRS on their political enemies. I don't see Faux news talking about that.

    May 16, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Sgt. Obama Schultz - There is nothing here to see, move along

    Thomas
    The same John Cornyn received $193,000 in political contributions from Enron."
    --

    Looks like the Obamas love Enron execs too! (see below)

    Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama will be hosting a big-bucks fundraiser in Houston next week… at the home of a former Enron executive
    John Arnold, a Houston billionaire and former Enron trader, is hosting the Michelle Obama event with his wife, Laura Arnold, at their Houston home on Nov. 1.

    May 16, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I get the feeling that employees at the IRS didn't want to confront a group of Republicans with bats in their hands.

    May 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Sgt. Obama Schultz - There is nothing here to see, move along

    Sniffit
    ""When President Obama was selling his health care legislation to Congress, he declared that “the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.” But with the law’s major provisions set to kick in next year, a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Officeprojects that the law will cost double that, or $1.8 trillion.
    What accounts for the dramatic difference? "
    ===
    The fact that those two numbers were generated by measuring 2 different decades. What's so hard to understand about apples-to-apples for you troglodytes?
    ===

    Or in plan language, the American people were conned and deceived about the true cost because of all of the gimmicks the Democrats used to get it passed, without anybody reading it. Now we are all screwed. Thanks Democrats.

    May 16, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Nonsensical

    Republicans are a dying political breed.

    May 16, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Nick

    So let's tolerate and thereby encourage every instance of governmental abuse of power because we certainly can't show hypocrisy. Lots of Democrats are worried about IRS abuse too FYI.

    May 16, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. PaulCat

    Cornyn's press secretary comment is so nasty. Just like a republican. I wouldn't play ball with them either. Good call.

    May 16, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Too bad for Cornyn that his own balls never dropped.

    May 16, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. You Have Got To Be Kidding

    So, Obama fires the IRS commissioner who was already going to step down from this post next month, anyway.

    May 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Boomer in Mo

    Thomas, and Enron stole some of my money because they had my mutual fund company snowed. Cornyn can go to ....
    And political parties should not be tax exempt while we are taxing the middle class into abject poverty.

    May 16, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Why wont John Cornyn tell the truth about Kenneth Lay .

    Ken Lay is alive and well , and living in South America.

    May 16, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Bob Powers

    And this is news worthy?

    May 16, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Sgt. Obama Schultz – There is nothing here to see, move along

    Sniffit
    ""When President Obama was selling his health care legislation to Congress, he declared that “the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.” But with the law’s major provisions set to kick in next year, a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Officeprojects that the law will cost double that, or $1.8 trillion.
    What accounts for the dramatic difference? "
    ===
    The fact that those two numbers were generated by measuring 2 different decades. What's so hard to understand about apples-to-apples for you troglodytes?
    ===

    Or in plan language, the American people were conned and deceived about the true cost because of all of the gimmicks the Democrats used to get it passed, without anybody reading it. Now we are all screwed. Thanks Democrats.
    *************
    No, 2 decades are involved in the calculation: no con involved, but there is certainly a lack of comprehension and basic math on your part.

    May 16, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Snowballing to Irrelevancy

    Some people cannot catch on to the fact that as a voting nation, most of us are no longer led around by the bias of our local newspapers or television stations. Thoughtful, educated and socially sensitive young people get their information from many sources. Thanks to social media, we live in the most connected, and political savvy era in human history. Example: You cannot set out three years prior to a national election to smear a popular candidate, and not expect educated voters to see the actual reason behind it. To put it as simply as possible, "Mean, small minded people suck", and mean people in suits suck the hardest (male or female). You would think that any group, who had enough energy to begin a negative campaign three years before it became fully relevant, would have enough energy to do something good for their country. I suppose that great energy does not translate into great ideals, or even modest intellect.
    While the Democrats have much to improve upon, the self-serving and thoroughly ignorant rants and decisions by right wingers are continuing to erode what support they once had, and alienating an entire generation. Time for a viable third or fourth party alternative? With only one party even partly representing the country as a whole, it's just a matter of a few elections.

    May 16, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone to dogs by now with this IRS idiocy and Benghazi lunacy... Idiotic.

    May 16, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Deb Ed

    ObamaCare has raised all of my supplement premiums so much, that when I renewed my policies, it took all of my SSDI COLA raise and then about $20.00 more per month. So I am in the hole on that. I never got bills from my doctors/hospitals. Now, I am getting an average of of $250. or so a month. When both spouses are on a limited income, $275.00 a months HURTS. It HURTS a LOT. Especially with gas prices sky rocketing, food prices up, and utilities go up. Eating out? We can't do it. Not even to McDonald's (which I hate anyway). Going to the movies? Forget it. Going ANYWHERE? FORGET IT. I'm a Democrat, and I have not liked Obmacare from DAY ONE.

    May 16, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Face it...any time a Dem gets a second term as POTUS, the GOP and MSM go into scandal manufacture mode and start circle-jerking over the idea of impeachment hearings. Just wait until 2020 when Hillary's on her 2nd term. Third time will be the charm, right GOPers/Teatrolls/MSM?

    May 16, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Names like Enron, Worldcom, Tyco, have become notorious in recent months due to a wave of scandals hitting corporate America.

    Widesweeping reforms are being proposed. Prosecuters are cracking down on violators of existing laws.

    Why nonprofits should be more like Enron (during its glory years)

    But how does this apply to your organization's nonprofit board of directors?

    What current and future laws and regulations impact your board with respect to:

    Conflicts of interest,
    Director conduct,
    Governance,
    Executive compensation,
    Board liability, and
    Boards and corporate compliance?

    Please join us in this informative session presented by some of the top attorneys and quest speekers such as , "Dick" Armey , John Cornyn , Tom Delay and the legandary Jack Abramoff .

    May 16, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Bernard obryant

    It a shame wit the mess up benghazi and irs scandle blaming game in session blaming clinton via obama for those screw up is in fact is the govt blame govt have to be made accountable for it action

    May 16, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |