And they wonder why we don’t trust them (or government writ large these days):
The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.
“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.
I’d say it’s more than potential. This is obstruction of justice, on top of everything else.
There is absolutely no reason to have an agency that oversees an information-intrusive fiscal fleecing of the American citizenry every April. It’s none of Uncle Sam’s business how much I earn or how I choose to spend my money. By making these reporting requirements, we permit social engineering via the tax code, not just revenue raising. “Want to reduce your tax burden?” Sam asks. “Then do things the way I want you to.”
My solution: abolish the personal income tax (it was constitutionally impermissible until the early 1900s anyway–we went more than half our history without it!). Implement a maximum 10% national sales tax (preferably less, but no more) that excludes food, clothing, housing and medicine. That way nobody (particularly lower-income families) is penalized for purchasing essentials. Allowing the government to tax what is then discretionary spending seems reasonable. Vendors would remit the sales tax to the Treasury in the same way State sales taxes are done today. No need for an IRS mafia operation — or a politically corruptible tax code — at all!
The IRS has lost the confidence of the public, and deserves as an organization to die. I fear this is becoming true of our government in general. It’s time to start talking accountability, people. More than 600 days into this IRS investigation, who’ s been held to account? Would Joe Taxpayer get off so lightly?