The IRS really needs more ethics scandals, don’t you think? It would just be a shame if the governmental agency responsible for siphoning off a third of America’s wealth weren’t filled with corrupt, unethical individuals. That’s why it was refreshing to see Lois Lerner’s dedication to opacity and corruption. And this most recent news is also quite encouraging:
A lawyer who worked in the IRS ethics office was disbarred Thursday by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which concluded she misappropriated a client’s funds from a case she handled in private practice, broke a number of ethics rules and showed “reckless disregard for the truth” in misleading a disbarment panel looking into the matter.
The lawyer, Takisha Brown, reportedly had bragged that she would never be punished because her boss would protect her, but an IRS spokesman said Wednesday that she was no longer an employee at the agency.
So, if she were still an IRS employee, she would receive protection from the IRS? That’s at least what was implied. In all seriousness, does it concern anyone else that none of these employees are actually accountable to the people? Exactly none of them are elected officials.
Have you ever heard of the phrase, no taxation without representation? That seems to apply here rather directly. The IRS is the center of American taxation. Yet we have no say whatsoever on who staffs the IRS, or what its policies will be.
Many people have recommended that we abolish the IRS. What would the alternative be though? That’s always been the real question. Ted Cruz regularly says things like “Abolish the IRS!” but as the current head of the IRS has said, the only way to abolish the IRS or at least a similar organization, would be to abolish the federal income tax.
Exactly. So unless a politician is actually lobbying for the abolition of the federal income tax, don’t believe the hype or the rhetoric.