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More Lost IRS E-Mails. The IRS Tells Congress: “Go Fish.”

Written by Gary North on September 6, 2014

Congress is impotent.

The IRS knows Congress is impotent.

The IRS can safely thumb its nose at Congress in full public view.

Everyone knows the IRS did illegal things when it refused to grant the privilege of tax exemption to conservative groups. “Go fish.” Everyone knows the IRS destroyed the incriminating e-mails. “Go fish.” Everyone knows the IRS is lying when it blames a hard disk crash. “Go fish.” Everyone knows Boehner & Co. has only one response with teeth: to cut the IRS’s budget next year in retaliation. Everyone knows that Congress dares not cut one agency’s budget, above all government agencies: the IRS’s.  “Go fish.”

I suppose I should be outraged. “The arrogance of these people!” But why get upset this late in the history of the American welfare-warfare state? This is nothing new. It goes back to — in round numbers — 1789. Executive agencies have done their best to thwart Congress since the beginning. It just gets worse over time.

Congress has two meaningful powers over the other branches of the federal government. It refuses to use either of them. First, it has the power of the purse. It can refuse to fund any agency at any time for any reason. It can, in short, shrink the power of the President. It never doers this. To do this would mean shrinking the federal government. It absolutely will not tolerate such a suggestion.

The other power is to lock the Supreme Court in a box. It can withdraw the Court’s jurisdiction on any judicial issue except those enumerated by the Constitution. The Constitution is clear.

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

Congress has not exercised this authority since 1869: Ex Parte McCardle. The memory hole of the IRS’s lost e-mails is nothing but a pothole in comparison to the memory hole for this aspect of the so-called limitation of powers. This one can get the Supreme Court out of the lives of the voters for as long as the voters want to keep the Court on a tight leash. That’s why the Framers inserted this provision. Did your civics teacher ever mention this in high school? When was the last time you saw it mentioned?

Could Congress shut down the Supreme Court on the abortion issue? Yes. Does Congress need the President’s signature to do this? No. Does the pro-life movement ever mention this? No.

The memory hole is very, very deep on this issue.

Congress is emasculated . . . by Congress. Congressmen are the Skoptsi of our era.

Just for fun, when was the last time you read that the U.S. Constitution still authorizes slavery? It does. But this is never mentioned. To mention this would be politically incorrect. Where is this stated? The 13th Amendment.

SECTION. 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

SECTION. 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Did you notice the word “except”? No? Neither did your civics teacher. Neither do textbooks on criminology.

To mention it would mean giving public consideration to the judicial possibility of stripping the state — at every level — of enormous quantities of its power. It would enable the public to eliminate most of the prison system, and to substitute restitution to the criminals’ victims, rather than making taxpayers pay for prisons, thereby stripping the victims of all restitution. It would allow the courts to sell a convicted criminal into slavery to raise the money to repay his victims.

What’s that? Victims’ rights? We couldn’t allow that, could we? That would be cruel and unusual punishment. Instead, we lock them up at $30,000 a year per convict. (In New York, it’s $168,000 a year.)

The word “except” is is what is called “hidden in plain sight.” That which is politically inconvenient to our masters in Washington is simply not discussed. No one notices.

So, Congress will continue its investigation of the IRS. And the response of the IRS will not change: “Go fish.”

It’s kabuki theater for the folks back home. It’s Punch and Judy with traditional rubber clubs.

They use real clubs only on taxpayers. Congress needs the IRS for that. Its budget is secure. Congress turns the voters over to the IRS, and then tells the IRS: “Go fish.”

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11 thoughts on “More Lost IRS E-Mails. The IRS Tells Congress: “Go Fish.”

  1. libertarianone says:

    This is a very good reason to fire nearly ALL of our congressmen ( for not knowing, not understanding, not utilizing the "law of the land", our constitution). Our congressmen/women kowtow to the thugish NWO House leaders (whom they supposedly choose)..

  2. Everyone in the IRS needs to be fired and put on the street to fend for themselves. Like the inept and incompetent ones in congress, They are the slime of the Earth.

  3. There are times when some one SHOULD be forced to serve the victim!! Many drug violations or teenagers that vandalize a house etc! Any who are not violent that live that might do jail time would be better served working for the victims!! I guess much of this was common in days of indentured servants now CRIMINALS have more rights than the victims!!!

  4. Congress won’t limit the Supremes because Congress would rather the people vent their rage at 9 bat-suited lawyers appointed for life and not at risk of the voters’ wrath in November.

  5. The "except" part was touched upon at an academy for corrections officers for a state prison system.

  6. Roy Fredrichsen says:

    I agree! Since when does an employee have the right to tell the boss (US) he can't make them do anything. The IRS is a servant of Congress and if Congress can't control them, then the whole bunch needs to be replaced including the gutless congress people who answer to us, the citizens who pay the taxes they spend recklessly as if they had to get rid of it before it becomes worthless, as if it isn't going that way already according to "The National Debt" which they are responsible for.

  7. It is high time we got rid of the IRS and implement the Fair Tax …

  8. Congress will never cut spending, especially in an election year. Every time the Republicans try to hold the debt limit they get blamed for "shutting down the government" or worse. The sequester incident was an example of a minimal cut in the government budgets and you would think the world is going to explode. Congress has been talking about tax reform for decades but never does anything. The Obama administration is the most lawless and corrupt administration in our history. They just do want they want, ignore laws that get in the way, spit on our Constitution.

  9. Holy Shirt says:

    The road between Endangerment and Extinction is short

    The day elected officials of the United States of America, and would-be whistleblowers among the news media the Framers expecteded would keep those officials honest, lost the personal integrity to defy Political Correctness and the critical-thinking skills needed to stir the electorate into action, our unprecedented 'Noble Experiment' Constitution, which guaranteed us ongoing self-government alongside the 2nd Amendment that guaranteed it all, became the latest Endangered Species.

    When 'Govern Wisely' lacks the integrity and/or the skillset to think clearly enough to realize that Article 1, Section 7 explicitly bars "the traditional Senate Amendment processes" it identifies as having given birth to the Patient-Protection Affordable-Care Act [a.k.a. ObamaCare] and the Supreme Court affirms the madness, the republic has gone from Endangered to Extinction.

    Article 1, Section 7, Clause 1
    All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.

    The Constitution neither directs nor empowers the Congress to use 'Printers Numbers' as a tool to defy the plain language of the Constitution (a 'Living Will' of the States and their citizens).

    Govern Wisely » Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    Table of Contents

    Legislative History
    Administrative History
    Judicial History

    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is revenue-raising legislation which purports to improve health care throughout the sovereign states of United States of America. Immediately after enactment of the PPACA, companion revenue-raising legislation known as the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 was enacted and modified the PPACA.
    Links to additional off-site resources may be found on a separate page.
    Legislative History
    Public Law 111-148 (Pub. L. 111-148) is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The PPACA began its legislative life on 17-Sep-2009 when H.R. 3590, the “Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009,” was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Charles B. Rangel, a member of the Democratic Party from the State of New York. The House passed H.R. 3590 on 8-Oct-2009 and transmitted the bill to the Senate, which, through traditional Senate amendment processes, modified the title of the bill and replaced virtually all of its original text. The Senate passed H.R. 3590 on 24-Dec-2009, with all sixty (60) members of the Democratic Party voting in favor of passage and all forty (40) members of the Republican Party voting against passage. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a member of the Democratic Party, held the bill for three months while attempting to garner sufficient votes for passage. On Sunday, 21-Mar-2010, the House passed H.R. 3590, with 219 members of the Democratic Party voting in favor of passage and a bi-partisan group of 212 elected representatives voting against passage. The enrolled edition of H.R. 3590, which was signed by President Obama on 23-Mar-2010, is archived.

  10. are we going to have to retake our nation?