Fernandez: The Lying King

At a dinner not long ago someone described the wonders of a new product which uploaded your vital signs to the Cloud,  a process that was so much more accurate than having to take it yourself and write it down on a piece of paper.  It’s a great idea and there are an increasing number of such services which plan to offer that feature such as this, which proclaims “doctors can now establish online CarePods™ to assemble extended care teams, share medical records, collect and analyze real-time clinical information, and coordinate treatment plans with patients, their families and health providers.”

One thing that may give a customer pause, however, are headlines like this: “IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office”.

The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

The American economy increasingly runs on information. That also means that it increasingly runs on trust. Peggy Noonan, writing about the Obama’s IRS scandal says “as always it comes down to trust”.  She is right but doesn’t go far enough. The level of trust that Noonan talks about is simply whether the President can be trusted in the ordinary political sense.


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