The IRS: A Bottomless Bowl of Corruption

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By Clay Olsen | May 20th, 2013

If you have been watching the news lately (depending on the news you are watching/reading), then you probably have seen a few scandals that the federal government has recently been involved in. What are we to make of these instances? Are we to think of them as mere accidents in the government’s noble quest to make life better for its citizens? I would assert that these cases should clearly reveal to us the overreaching monster that our federal government has become.

News has surfaced that the IRS has been focusing its harassment on Conservative groups around the country. The Obama administration wants to assure the American people that, as always, they are “going to get to the bottom of it.” A translation of this statement from D.C. jargon to plain English: We, the bureaucrats, are going to investigate ourselves and replace IRS officials with more bureaucrats. And that is supposed to put the issue to rest.

It turns out that the commissioner of the IRS division in charge of handling tax exempt organizations during the bullying of the Tea Party, Sarah Hall Ingram, is now the director of the IRS division in charge of implementing Obamacare regulations. Are we to expect the same targeting in dealing with the American people’s healthcare? This woman was involved in inappropriate actions for years, and apparently, no one was there to keep her accountable.

Now there is news that a major donor to the Romney campaign was targeted after donating a large sum of money. What country do we live in when a government organization is targeting citizens for their political views and contributions? The donor was never audited before; he was not a man with a questionable record. This man was audited, his business lost customers, and he had to pay $80,000 in lawyer fees. And every week there is news coming out about how this federal government is pushing around and bullying the “little guy” who it so often claims to defend.

President Obama’s initial response when the IRS story broke was that he did not know about it. That seems to be a popular defense for the Obama administration and was used to respond to the Benghazi scandal. If there is no accountability within this government, than perhaps it is too big. The bullying by the IRS has been going on for years and we are expected to accept that no one knew about it. It makes me wonder what other things are being done by the government that we are unaware of.

The growing corruption of the government should not be a huge surprise by those who have studied history. An increase in power without accountability will always lead to more corruption. The Framers understood this and sought to limit the power of the federal government by leaving a significant amount of authority in the hands of the states. The federal government has always tried to increase its power and reach at the expense of local authority. Perhaps it is time to pull back and return power to state and local governments.

Both sides of the political spectrum were for simplifying the tax code in the 2012 campaign. Of course, the proposed path of simplification is different for different parties. This IRS scandal, I think, supports the Conservative’s stance on a flat tax. The proposed tax is simple: a citizen will pay a proportionate amount of the product of thier labor. This would be a great way to roll back the IRS, which would in affect, reduce corruption. This government is long overdue for a significant reduction in power. In order to make sure these outrageous scandals do not happen again, we must decentralize the federal government and empower local authorities.
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