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Showdown With the IRS at the Not-OK Corral

Written by Gary North on May 24, 2013

It’s great. The terror-inducing IRS is in total defensive mode.

It’s employees just can’t seem to remember anything. “I don’t know.” “I don’t remember.” “I’m not familiar with that detail.” “It’s not my precise area.” “I’m not familiar with that letter.”

This is according to Peggy Noonan in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

If you say you don’t recall, the government cannot get you for perjury.

Of course, taxpayers cannot tell the IRS “I don’t recall how much income I made.” The IRS just assesses a tax, and you have to prove otherwise.

But now the IRS is on the receiving end of an inquisition. The nation cheers.

Are they stonewalling? You bet.

That is the authentic sound of stonewalling, and from the kind of people who run Washington in the modern age—smooth, highly credentialed and unaccountable. They’re surrounded by legal and employment protections, they know how to parse a careful response, they know how to blur the essential point of a question in a blizzard of unconnected factoids. They came across as people arrogant enough to target Americans for abuse and harassment and think they’d get away with it.

Congress now has its work cut out for it.

Noonan lists the lies, deceptions, and spin the IRS supplied Congress with in 2012.

If Congress takes this lying down, then it is admitting in full public view that it is toothless, feckless, and moronic. I think Congressmen know this. So, this time it will keep pushing.

Noonan recounts a horror story of some conservative who got in the IRS’s cross hairs. The story is gaining traction. The lady is now suing the IRS. Good. The story is here.

Noonan is correct.

A dead serious investigation is needed. The IRS has colorfully demonstrated that it cannot investigate itself. The Obama administration wants the FBI—which answers to Eric Holder’s Justice Department—to investigate, but that would not be credible. The investigators of the IRS must be independent of the administration, or their conclusions will not be trustworthy.

An independent counsel, with all the powers of that office, is what we need.

Again, if what happened at the IRS is not stopped now—if the internal corruption within it is not broken—it will never stop, and never be broken.

Sadly, she remains terminally naive. This is not good for a columnist and former presidential speechwriter. She ended her editorial with this: “The American people will never again be able to have the slightest confidence in the revenue-gathering arm of their government. And that, actually, would be tragic.” It would not be tragic at all. It would mean that the American people are coming to their senses after a century of abuse.

We can always hope. That’s the American way: hope in the face of overwhelming facts to the contrary.

The IRS is the heart of the American empire. Congress will not shut it down. Nothing significant will change. But at least we can enjoy the show: pontificating Congressmen vainly trying to get the IRS to stop stonewalling, but unwilling to cut its budget — the only thing the IRS fears.

It will all be sound and fury, signifying nothing. But it will be fun to watch.

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13 thoughts on “Showdown With the IRS at the Not-OK Corral

  1. Contempt of court should be invoked on all these goons

  2. While they will run and hide behind the veil of government employee doing their job, this is an eroneous arguement. Targeting people because of their religous beliefs is just as criminal as targeting people because of the color of their skin. Targeting people for political beliefs is just as criminal as targeting for sexual orientation.These are violations of civil rights and must be investigated and prosecuted as vigorously as the FBI is investigating the Boston atrocities. These government employees weren't "just doing their job" they were operating well beyond the dictates of the agency. They must be made an example.

  3. Republicans, of course, want to splash Obama, but shouldn’t an investigation like this, logically, start at the bottom – not the top. Shouldn’t it start with the IRS agent who originally confronted the Tea Party official, and then move up the bureaucratic chain of command? The way this is being handled it’s almost like they don’t want a definitive answer.

  4. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Their manic desire to get Obama since day one has caused this problem.


    And that is putting it nicely…remember last time WE THE PEOPLE decided we had had enough of taxation without representation? It boils down to how many of those irs idiots are there that are even half as angry as WE THE PEOPLE ARE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ASK ENGLAND HOW ANGRY WE SEEMED TO BE, AND THEN ASK THEM WHY ALL OF THEM ARE NOT DOING THE GOOSE STEP!

  6. Dick Grace says:

    Sounds familiar. Wasn't that Hilliary's excuse at the Rose Law Firm hearing? She couldn't remember anything.

  7. Everyone outside of government, whatever their political stripe, is a victim of the IRS.

  8. I have a really easy solution for that. Any employee who can’t remember. or firs not recall what is asked of him/them, should be immediately dismissed for incompetence.
    That would begin to bring a few answers. If they do not know what is going on in the IRS. they do not need to have a job there.

  9. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Don't forget Reagan's litany of "I don't recall".

  10. I don’t have the quote in front of me, but someone said of the Clintons (I’m paraphrasing): They’ve both written memoirs of their political lives and got huge advances, his ten million, hers eight. It’s odd that they could recall with clarity lots of small details of many non-controversial events, but neither could remember anything while under oath before congress during a number of investigations into their dubious activities and dealings. The actual quote was much longer, but that’s the main point.

    The ability to be an accomplished liar and to be able to speak for hours without saying anything is a requisite qualification to be a democratic politician. Unfortunately, this is equally true for the vast majority of republican pols as well.

  11. New reports show that even though the IRS "improperly" investigated a bunch of conservative 501(4)c's, a number of them were involved in illegal political campaigning and not being "social welfare" groups – so maybe the IRS wasn't doing anything improper at all.

    Karma's a bitch.

  12. Why in hell don't , We the People , forget to pay them our hard earned money , OH ! Wait , the "f " ing thieves would just take it at gunpoint and imprison us . ELIMINATE AND DISMANTLE THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE TO RETURN THE FREE REPUBLIC OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO " WE THE PEOPLE !

  13. Doug Rodrigues says:

    This IRS situation exemplifies the dictum, “Absolute Power corrupts.“
    The rest of Washington power functions is a similar vein.