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Ted Cruz and the IRS


Washington PostWell, sorry to say it, but someone has to collect the money that keeps our government up and running, funding everything from Medicare to the military. The IRS is a cash-flow-positive agency, collecting an estimated $255 for every $1 appropriated to it, and dumping it would vastly widen existing government deficits. This is something fiscal conservatives, Cruz included, presumably already know. Yet the view that the IRS’s budget should be minimized, and perhaps zeroed out entirely, is peculiarly popular on the right.

Yes, someone will need to collect taxes as long as there is a government that needs taxes in order to operate. That doesn't mean that the current IRS and its huge bureaucracy, abusive rules, excessive powers, absurd fine print, and vast industry of hangers-on and enablers who write the software to enable ordinary people to possibly, hopefully, pay their taxes under penalty of perjury without filling out any of the 50 or so pages of forms incorrectly.

And it certainly doesn't mean that the current agency, which demands all of the above from us while penalizing those whose politics do not comport with Washington DC groupthink, should be the agency to do that collection.

And it absolutely does not mean that we should put up with being harassed and delayed and oppressed for our political views while the government that is supposed to serve the people weaponizes the tax collection system in an effort to coerce the people.

Obviously, abolishing the IRS would need to involve also replacing it with something to collect taxes. It doesn't mean that the replacement must be the same as the current IRS. It doesn't mean that the system has to be the same. Because taxes and a tax collection system are considered necessary does not mean that we must settle for the current system.

There are alternatives to a tax code that squeezes the working man while putting loopholes in place at the top and the bottom. The flat tax, the fair tax, a national sales tax, all with appropriate constitutional amendments to ensure they are not abused. We have many options for reform that do not depend on the IRS.

Yes, abolishing the IRS is a drastic action to take. But the events of the last presidency have demonstrated that it is also a necessary action.

Washington PostIf Cruz’s beef with the IRS is instead about whether it has misused its power in the way it enforces congressionally set tax law — an allegation he’s also made repeatedly — more oversight is the solution, not getting rid of the country’s key tax-collection agency altogether. Otherwise, he’ll have a hard time collecting his Senate salary, let alone a presidential one.

More oversight is the solution? More oversight? The IRS investigation has dragged on for years while the IRS lied and stonewalled and refused to turn over documents. Multiple Congresses have convened committees to explore the corruption and abuse of power -- and been able to get nowhere. The IRS executives who broke the law retire with full benefits and enjoy their pensions and bonuses while pleading the 5th amendment before Congress and the President refuses to prosecute the contempt citations Congress has issued.

If the current IRS scandal has demonstrated anything, it is that Congressional oversight of the IRS is completely, utterly ineffective.

The IRS must be abolished.

This entry was published Wed Mar 25 11:32:38 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-03-25 11:32:38.0. [Tweet]

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