Sarah Hall Ingram's Five-Month White House Duty Call
With all the talk about debt ceilings, budgets, and partisan bickering, it seems the story of Sarah Hall Ingram is taking a back seat. She's the IRS official who, according to a Watchdog.Org analysis of White House visitor records, made 165 visits to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with an Obama White House Official -- with whom she had already shared confidential taxpayer information via email.
According to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Ingram was email buddies with Jeanne Lambrew, deputy assistant to the president for health policy, and White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz. So, in addition to possibly sharing recipes and videos of dancing cats, Ms. Ingram could have been exchanging private taxpayer records with a few of her lady friends at the White House.
In light of that fact, shouldn't someone somewhere be pressing for answers as to who it was that authorized the request for the IRS information Ingram disclosed? And why, pray tell, out of Sarah's 165 White House meetings with White House staff, were 155 of them with Lambrew?
For the record, the helpful IRS-White House liaison, when not executing courier duties, did have quite a stellar career. First she headed the Internal Revenue Service office that oversaw tax-exempt organizations during the first four years of Obama's presidency. Coincidentally, Ingram was in charge during the general timeframe that pro-life, Tea Party, and conservative groups were all allegedly targeted for delays and denials of requests for tax-exempt status.
Ms. Ingram did such a bang-up job of imposing discomfort on the president's political adversaries that it earned her a promotion to manager of the IRS office in charge of Obamacare implementation. That way, when those to whom Sarah denied tax exempt status seek coverage for bypass operations, kidney dialysis, or brain surgery, she'll be in a perfect position to single them out again, this time for delay and denial of health care.
So integral to Obama's operation was Sarah Hall Ingram that she even advised the White House on how to handle a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare's contraception mandate.
Did Ingram counsel the über-partisan Obama administration on how to use the IRS to limit the Constitutional right to freedom of religion? That's important because, now that that same Sarah is in charge of healthcare implementation, there's no doubt she'll know all the ins-and-outs of denying the president's political foes things like the right to life.
Under normal circumstances, federal employees who illegally disclose confidential taxpayer information face up to five years in prison. That is, unless of course the media chooses to ignore federal crimes committed by Democrats and the president's lackeys in Congress view disclosing private information about American citizens as a matter to be joked about and mocked.
And even if the media and Congress were not players in this disturbing drama, thanks to a president who flouts the law to benefit his own autonomy, Ms. Ingram probably doesn't have much to worry about.
Instead, those who should be concerned are American citizens who are caught up in a criminally-executed Constitutional crisis caused by a president and political party who view the quest for power as an excuse for bloody warfare. Meanwhile the other, less-crafty political party, apparently unaware of the gravity of the battle, undermines its bravest warriors and consorts with a nemesis who smiles and makes small talk while plotting combat strategy behind the scenes.
Impromptu White House visits and political archenemies aside, from the looks of things Ms. Ingram sure did spend a lot of time spilling private info to an appointee of a spiteful president whose vindictive streak is so wide that he'd deny death benefits to the families of dead soldiers.
And why a health policy appointee needs IRS information in the first place is certainly something every American, regardless of political persuasion, should be curious about.
The answer to that question is critical. Why? Because the president who has installed himself, via healthcare reform, as the arbiter of life and death decisions, has proven to be limitless in his capacity for inflicting all manner of nastiness on anyone who dares to disagree with him.
Moreover, by removing the water fountain handles in National Parks, oppressing terminally-ill children, and publicly mistreating America's veterans, Barack Obama has made quite clear the potential he has to use IRS information against his enemies if need be.
That's why the question at this juncture should not be how many times Ms. Ingram visited the White House, nor should it be about the confidential information she's already handed over to the president's healthcare policy executors.
Instead, the most pressing inquiry right now is this: how do we deal with the national blight of widespread passivity that has allowed an agency clearly being manipulated by a malevolent president to have total control over America's healthcare?
Jeannie hosts a blog at www.jeannie-ology.com