Mocking the IRS Only Works If You Actually Abolish the IRS

Republican Texas Representative Steve Stockman put out a press release Friday that said in part:

Taxpayers who do not produce documents for the Internal Revenue Service will be able to offer a variety of dubious excuses under legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) a week after the IRS offered an incredibly dubious excuse for its failure to turn documents over to House investigators.

“The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people.  Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves,” said Stockman.  “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.”

Under Stockman’s bill, “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS can claim one of the following reasons:

1.         The dog ate my tax receipts
2.         Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3.         Traded documents for five terrorists
4.         Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5.         Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6.         Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7.         Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8.         Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9.         Was short on toilet paper while camping
10.       At this point, what difference does it make?

Stockman’s bill comes a week after the IRS refused to turn over to House investigators emails from former Exempt Organizations Divison director Lois Lerner that would implicate agency personnel in illegal targeting of citizens critical of President Barack Obama.

The IRS claimed a “computer glitch” has erased the hard drives of all incriminating evidence.  The IRS further claimed the hard drives are not available for forensic investigation as they had just been destroyed for recycling.

Go here for the full text of the resolution.

Very funny and richly deserved. But it is not enough.

Mocking the IRS is useless. They will simply sneer and bear it while they wait for the next crisis to take attention away from them. At the end, they will still be the just as unaccountable, criminal, and unconstitutional bureaucracy because nothing was ever really done to stop them. In fact, they are going to be much worse because they will have proven to themselves that the fury of the Republicans is nothing more than words. There is no crime they cannot get away with.

Stockman’s words are nothing more than that–words. The sense of satisfaction one receives in reading them is a delusive euphoria that actually paralyzes the readers. We need more than words!

Don’t mock the IRS, without also abolishing the organization, prosecuting the criminals within, and/or defunding the bureaucracy.

Otherwise, you are really just siding with them.