IRS and Obama Administration Playing the ODDS

PolitiChicks.comOn July 17 Congressman Mick Mulvaney from South Carolina’s 4th district posted the following information on his Facebook page:

“In all the (justified) uproar about the border — and, yes, we are looking into that story about the government buying a luxury resort to house illegal immigrants — it seems that the IRS debacle has sort of gone to the back burner for a bit. That said, just because it has been pushed out of the headlines doesn’t mean we aren’t still investigating. We are.

And I found this today from a friend of mine who is on the committee. I thought it might offer some perspective.

-The odds of winning the Florida lottery are 1 in 22,957,480.

-The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 175,223,510.

-The odds of winning Mega Millions is 1 in 258,890,850.

-The odds of a disk drive failing in any given month are roughly 1 in 36. The odds of 2 different drives failing in the same month are roughly 1 in 36 squared, or 1 in about 1,300. The odds of 3 drives failing in the same month is 36 cubed or 1 in 46,656.

-The odds of 7 different drives failing in the same month (like what happened at the IRS when they received a letter asking about emails targeting conservative and pro-Israeli groups) is 37 to the 7th power = 1 in 78,664,164,096 (that’s over 78 billion). In other words, the odds are greater that you will win the Florida Lottery 342 times than having those 7 IRS hard drives crash in the same month.”

I do not know about other Americans….but with those odds, I would love to take Lois Lerner to Vegas for some luck at the tables!”

Shannon Grady

South Carolina Politichick Shannon Grady came to the staff in late 2013 with experience writing political pieces on US foreign, domestic, and education policy for Shannon has also been a guest commentator on The PonyTail Patriot BlogTalkRadio show. Shannon brings a unique perspective to European politics as she is able to cover events happening across Europe from the heart of the EU, while living in Brussels, Belgium. Her articles include original coverage of the Memorial Day events at Flanders Field, Belgium and the 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy, France. Shannon has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, a Masters from Webster University, and recently finished her doctorate program at Liberty University where she focused on Educational Leadership and Administration. She currently teaches online AP courses in Macro and Micro Economics and AP US history. She is the wife of active duty Army officer LTC Matthew Grady who is currently assigned to NATO in Belgium and the mother of one rambunctious little boy. Follow Shannon on Twitter: @SGPAExPat

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