Jon Stewart: IRS, VA Scandals Border on 'Criminal Idiocy'

Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 12:14 AM

By Greg Richter

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"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart says the poor record-keeping of both the IRS and Veterans Affairs scandals border on "criminal idiocy."

On Tuesday night's show, Stewart played video of congressional testimony in which IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that emails from former official Lois Lerner were lost in a hard drive crash and that they are backed up on servers for only six months.

"The government agency whose entire business model relies on forcing Americans to live as borderline horders only keeps their [stuff] for six months?" Stewart asked. "You never get a notice from the IRS saying, 'Please bring your records down to us – if you can find them."

The irony, he said, was akin to the Environmental Protection Agency "dumping its office trash in the National Zoo's spotted owl exhibit."

Stewart also was incredulous that IRS computers in 2011, when the hard drive crash is said to have happened, held only 150 megabytes of data.

"That's 1 percent of what Gmail offers you for free," he said.

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