If lots of people don’t go to jail over this, then the Republic is dead.
And lots of people are probably never even going to see a court room, let alone go to jail.
No, Lois Lerner going to jail for contempt won’t count (if that happens). I mean people need to go to prison for gross abuse of power. The only other solution would be to defund the IRS in order to defend the First and Fourth Amendments.
Here’s the story in the Washington Times:
Despite assurances to the contrary, the IRS didn’t destroy all of the donor lists scooped up in its tea party targeting — and a check of those lists reveals that the tax agency audited 10 percent of those donors, much higher than the audit rate for average Americans, House Republicans revealed Wednesday.
Republicans argue that the Internal Revenue Service still hasn’t come clean about the full extent of its targeting, which swept up dozens of conservative groups.
“The committee uncovered new information indicating that after groups provided the information to the IRS, nearly one in 10 donors were subject to audit,” Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., Louisiana Republican and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee’s oversight panel, told IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a hearing Wednesday.
“The abuse of discretion and audit selection must be identified and stopped,” he said.
We don’t need another regulatory layer to make sure the audit system “works right.” We need to punish, severely punish, the perpetrators of this kind of terrorism. If you need to put a human face on this, here is some help:
To worry about whether or how much of this goes to the White House misses an important aspect of what is happening in our government. How do we know that the White House is really the power behind these IRS blackshirts? Maybe it is the other way around. In the Bible, when we read of great empires with giant bureaucracies, we find that Pharaoh or Nebuchadnezzar has the power and authority to wipe them all out with their families. That is barbaric, of course. But the system does seem to recognize that, if he has any authority at all, the emperor has to have power over the bureaucracy. Otherwise, all those counselors and satraps would be a power to themselves that would control the emperor.
So now we have an army of Federal workers who run a complicated tangle of Federal organizations. They vote and they donate to political causes. Naturally they will promote the politicians who are most likely to support or grow their power and prosperity. Likewise, they will oppose political movements that would promote any other kind of politicians. The IRS, OSHA, the EPA, and all the rest have a vested interest in discouraging the Tea Party. Think of just how much power is wielded by those in charge of the NSA.
I’m sure the White House is complicit in what the IRS was doing, but I think the question of who’s in charge is a murky one. It isn’t just the President; we are occupied by a foreign army.