Illegal formation – 15 yards and loss of down

13 May

IRS-penalty-sizedIt’s tough to be under attack and you have no friends.

No one is coming to your rescue.

No one is going to stick up for you.

No one is going to give you a hug and say it’ll be all right.

The IRS doesn’t have many friends on a good day.

Right now it has nothing but enemies.

The IRS can hound you into bankruptcy and homelessness.

And there’s few checks and balances.

Imagine the IRS deciding a group of people should be inspected closely because of their political beliefs.

That’s what happened when the agency went after about 75 conservative groups for extra review because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their tax documents.

We don’t care much for the Tea Party, but we’re not interested in using the power of the government to hassle them.

It’s a failure of integrity in an organization that depends on people believing it is fair.

The IRS, while never popular, is an agency under siege.

And justifiably so.

Those prone to believe such things are saying the agency is targeting the president’s political enemies.

To target Americans because of their political belief is unconscionable and goes against much this country stands for.

It is a cancer the must be stopped no matter how many heads will roll.

While the Republican’s scream and yell and try to make political points, the Democrats are doing nothing to defend the IRS – a tact admission of wrongdoing in every sense of the word.

Next week, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration will release a report on its investigation into the matter.

To say it’s eagerly awaited would be an understatement.

Already there are leaks about what’s in the report.

The Washington Post is reporting at various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and offered to educate Americans about the US Constitution.

This is not the first time the IRS as stepped on citizen’s rights.

Last April, the ACLU released documents showing IRS investigators thought the agency could access emails and text messages without a warrant.

Yes, the agency has problems.

It’s been without a permanent leader for more than six months.

It’s workload has increased dramatically with the implementation of the health care law and the explosion of 501(c)(4)s.

Ongoing budget cuts have had tremendous implications for the agency.

Arguments are being made it was only trying to do “more with less” and take some shortcuts to make up for lack of manpower and funding.

What it did was still against the law – and an agency that depends on people doing the right thing with paying their taxes – has done itself tremendous harm.

The IRS is an agency with no friends and a lot of enemies and it’s only going to get worse.

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