When the IRS Sins, We Suffer; When the IRS is Punished, We Suffer More but They Don’t

Allow me to interpret this article and to unravel its terminal case of blind elitism, and mind-blowing ability to obscure the practical impact of what happened.

First, here is an extract from the original article at the Daily Signal: “IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group’s Tax Return.”

Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.

The Daily Signal has learned that, under a consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM’s chief political rival.

“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM Chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.”

Next, the translation:

“American taxpayers are being further robbed to the tune of $50,000 to ‘atone’ for egregious criminal misdeeds at the IRS. Taxpayers did nothing wrong, but will be punished. The criminals who perpetrated this abuse-of-power get off scot-free, keeping their taxpayer funded salaries, benefits, and retirement. They also retain the immense, sociopathic satisfaction of having inflicted grave personal and political damage on innocents, with absolutely no consequences for their misdeeds.

This is a typical Federal Government application of the concept of “substitutionary atonement” where the innocent suffer on behalf of the guilty.