The burgeoning IRS scandal is a clear example of a government agency abusing its power and repressing organizations that disagree with the party in power. This incredible abuse of power by an unelected bureaucracy is a serious threat to American political thought.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
It is incumbent for us to correct this situation swiftly and forcefully. Any and all individuals who were in any way involved should be removed from the IRS and either terminated or transferred from this sensitive agency.
In Friday’s hearing, outgoing IRS chief Stephen Miller testified that he didn’t think that agents had any political motivations in their involved questioning of conservative organizations.
However, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, ripped the tax-collecting agency over the practice at the start of the hearing. “Now we know the truth — or at least some of it,” he said. “We also know that these revelations are just the tip of the iceberg. It would be a mistake to treat this as just one scandal.”
As the IRS scandal unfolds I expect that we will find further abuses of their authority. There may be instances of singling out political opponents for unnecessary audits. We have seen instances of that recently.
Prominent Republicans have been audited coincidentally during and after the recent general election after they had played a role in the Romney campaign.
We already have had several individuals come forward with their suspicions that they were audited due to their political stances.
Frank VanderSloot, an Idaho businessman who donated more than $1 million to groups supporting Romney, told ABC News he believes he may have been targeted for an audit after his opposition to the Obama administration.
So did Hal Scherz, a physician who started the group Docs4PatientCare to lobby against President Obama’s health care initiative, and became a vocal critic of the president on cable news programs.
Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham, said he believes his father was a target of unusual IRS scrutiny as well, according to published reports Wednesday.
If the IRS took this types of politically motivated actions what other federal agencies dis the same thing against any number of conservative organizations? Only the appointment of a special prosecutor with a wide-ranging mandate will get to the bottom of this scandal.