Yeah, that is a very good question.
It actually has an easy answer though. – It doesn’t.
(From The Wall Street Journal)
Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees?
The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S.
Now let’s see if the IRS commissioner decides to show up at his impeachment hearings after all. My guess is this is a bone the agency threw to Congress.
OK, sounds good to me.
Here’s the letter.
*The “previously scheduled” May 25th meeting with Ways and Means wasn’t even a meeting to which Koskinen was invited but instead insisted on attending.
I’ll bet this congressman is in good company.
(From The Washington Examiner)
Referencing a Washington Examiner report published on Tuesday, Gohmert said it was unacceptable that the agency refuses to verify Social Security numbers out of fear that it would diminish the number of tax returns submitted by illegal immigrants. “That’s the IRS director’s reasoning,” Gohmert said. “It’s OK for someone illegally in the United States to be engaged in identity theft.”
Other members emphasized the agency’s destruction of documents that had been requested by Congress in connection with its investigation into former IRS Commissioner Lois Lerner’s targeting of conservative groups.
The head of the IRS said that the agency wants illegal immigrants to pay the taxes they are obligated to pay, even if they are using fraudulent Social Security numbers.
Now why oh why might this be? Could it be that Washington’s curtain has been pulled back by the Internet? That’s part of it. Could it be that many Americans continue to struggle while they see the connected in Washington and New York get bailed out and enjoy sweetheart deals? Yep, that’s part of it too. Could it be that many Americans feel alienated from a president who they feel holds them in contempt? Yep. Could it be that taxes are continually extracted from our pay even though many people see little in return for this money?
Will anything ever happen to these guys? Emails, hard drives, whatever, seem to be “inadvertently” erased all the time in Washington DC. Seems like there ought to be some repercussions for all this “inadvertent” erasing. But there never seems to be.
This is not a surprise but it is disturbing. The Internal Revenue Service, of all agencies should do everything it can to avoid the appearance of political bias. Fundamentally that is good for the agency. If people see the IRS has an overt political force (working against them) then this undermines the agency over the medium to long term. One would think that this would be obvious, but with arrogance and power often comes blindness.
Is anyone surprised by this. Anyone? If you are please leave a comment in the the comments section.
My bet is that no one is surprised by this. Which begs the question. Why aren’t we? And since we are not what should be done about it? And then another question. Why is it that nothing likely will be done to address the many issues at the IRS like this one and other federal agencies, the VA, for instance?
Taxes are at best a necessary* evil, but one should always fight evil.
The attached article whines and whines about how the super rich have gamed the tax system. And the thing is there is room for some legitimate whining. Though tax “loopholes” do not cost the taxpayer anything (it’s not the government’s money) they can still be a form of crony capitalism as we often say. If one can afford to wade through the tax law, and can afford to engage in convoluted offshore schemes,
This is an attempt at intimidation. The IRS has no business knowing your political affiliations. Especially in the wake of the Lois Lerner debacle at the IRS this move is just insulting. The IRS has been politicized, openly politicized by this administration, and now it is grabbing for even more power.
Seriously, whose country is this anyway?