“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th.” – Ronald Reagan
The IRS is a money-sucking, wealth re-distributing machine… and while today you suffer, they party like it’s 1999.
Defunding the IRS sounds like a pretty good idea to us. Because, frankly, it’s become a completely corrupt and unnecessary institution. Flat tax or fair tax, we know we can do better than our current arrangements. Want proof? Here are 5 undeniable examples of the unmitigated corruption of the IRS:
1. The 1925 $10 million back-tax request – made by then IRS commissioner David Blair to Republican Senator James Couzens. Couzens had previously launched an investigation of the IRS, fought the $10M case against himself, AND proved he’d actually overpaid his taxes by about $1 million!
2. Harassment of the press – President Franklin Roosevelt used the IRS to harass multiple newspaper publishers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer… fast forward to the Obama Administration, who’s given us audits of Breitbart News and other conservative outlets.
3. The Ideological Organizations Audit Project – a project President John F. Kennedy implemented to target conservative organizations that criticized him or his agenda. Dear Tea Party, does that sound a little too familiar?
4. Targeting of Political Rivals – President Nixon was particularly good at this one. The IRS was given a list of those who, according to White House counsel John Dean, “use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.” More than 10,000 groups and individuals were targeted by the IRS during Nixon’s Presidency. Yikes.
5. Hatred of small businesses – in 2013, the IRS targeted over 20,000 small businesses for “extra scrutiny.” Our small businesses create jobs and feed our families. They should be encouraged by the government, not penalized simply because they’re entrepreneurs with a vision who dare to venture away from the corporate world out on their own.
What say you? Is it time to abolish the IRS? Sound off in the comments below!