The Real IRS

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

 

Since America just celebrated Independence Day, it seems like a particularly good time to take a close look at America’s tax collectors.

 

America’s founders fought a war against an oppressive regime over the issue of taxation without representation. Today, we have the illusion of representation, but power-hungry politicians and special interests have clogged up our political system to the point where today, our Republic is nearly unrecognizable compared to the freedom our nation held so dear at its founding.

 

The Internal Revenue Service has been at the center of a flurry of scandals, from discriminating against conservative groups in an effort to sway the 2012 presidential elections, to flagrant misuse of taxpayer dollars, all rounded off with a complete disregard for any semblance of accountability or responsibility.

 

At this point, saying “The IRS is corrupt” is like saying “Space is big.” It’s true, but it just doesn’t seem to measure up to reality. Yes, they targeted conservative groups for undue scrutiny in order to influence an election, but as if that wasn’t enough, the agency then repeatedly lied about it in a lame attempt to cover it up – the third or fourth lame attempt at a cover-up of a major scandal since Barack Obama became president. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, an audit revealed that both current and former IRS employees were making questionable purchases with government-issued credit cards. As if it weren’t bad enough that current IRS employees are misusing their government-issued credit cards, they didn’t even bother to cancel cards issued to former employees, even though those cards were still being used. Then there are the multi-million dollar parties referred to by the bureaucrats as “conferences.”

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