Larry Kudlow: “…must find out exactly what happened and who was involved, and then come up with a fix so it never happens again.”
Steven Rattner: “…the matter needs to be fully investigated, those responsible need to be held accountable and procedures need to be put in place to ensure that nothing like this can happen again.”
However, abuse of IRS power has been going on for almost 80 years. It began under FDR, not long after the IRS was created. In reality, there is only one way to ensure that something like this never happens again. The IRS must be abolished, the 16th Amendment must be repealed, and most existing federal taxes must be replaced by the FairTax, which is a national retail sales tax.
Stepping back for a moment, it is striking that so many government employees could participate in an unlawful attack on conservative organizations and political donors and not realize that they were doing something wrong. Indeed, some of the accounts of the bureaucratic hoops that organizations with conservative-sounding names (but not ones with liberal-sounding names) were forced to jump through in order to get 501(c)4 status sound almost gleeful. (“Hey, I’ve got an idea. Let’s make them send us copies of their Facebook posts!”)
Striking? Yes. Surprising? No. Certainly, what transpired at the IRS would not have surprised James Madison.
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