I have never been a big critic of the Internal Revenue Service. I’m aware of their power, having dealt with the agency as a taxpayer for nearly 50 years. Our government long ago decided to levy an income tax, and we need a strong agency to collect what is due and punish cheaters.
I have always made an honest effort at tax time, but confess that a few years ago I paid a penalty for my accountant’s mistake on a contract labor payment. He is no longer my accountant.
The I-R-S admission that it targeted certain conservative groups is certainly outrageous. Using its power to harass and bully any group for their political views is simply un-American. It’s been tried before.
The F-B-I is investigating. And although President Obama has condemned the I-R-S abuses, his political opponents are giving him Hell.
This story has been out there for months. It boiled to national attention when the I-R-S admitted wrong-doing and apologized. For many Americans, that will not be enough.