As a small government conservative, I don’t have many positive things to say about the IRS. But the agency may have finally actually done some good.
Over the last month or so we have watched the unfolding of one of the worst government scandals in the last fifty years, and the IRS has been at the center of all of the malfeasance. The IRS has unequivocally proven what many conservatives have long feared – government bureaucracies cannot be trusted.
Anyone observing the unfolding of the scandal would be hard pressed to find encouraging news from the corrupt actions of the agency charged with collecting the money our government demands of 50 percent of wage earners to run its day to day business.
Those observers, however, are showing a keen lack of ability to think outside the box. Where most see indignity and gross misuse of the public trust, certain Republicans in Congress see an opportunity to correct the failures of our current tax system.
If you listen closely, you can hear the whispers of tax reform escaping the closed doors of Congressional offices up on Capitol Hill.
Over one hundred years ago “Progressives,” Democrats, and an early version of the dreaded RINO1 worked together to pass the 16th Amendment which would allow for the installation of a progressive income tax. An idea that was anathema to our Founding Fathers and which they thought they had protected us from with the several clauses in Article I of the Constitution.
In the Federalist Papers, the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, argued that “the spirit of party and faction” would prevail if Congress could tax one group of citizens and confer the benefits on another group. Yet, here we are some two hundred and twenty five years later, and the best chance we’ve got at fixing this progressive nightmare is delivered to us by the very people who regulate the maelstrom!
If there is a better definition of ironic, I haven’t heard it. Rahm Emanuel said it best: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Let’s not waste this “serious crisis.”
I think the best response to the entire kerfuffle, and perhaps the best indication that an effort to reform our draconian tax code is afoot, comes from Senator Ted Cruz:
“Mr. President, if your #1 priority is fixing the problem, let’s abolish the IRS and ensure it NEVER happens again!”
The reason this tweet is monumental? It’s the first time any politician not named Ron Paul has seriously mentioned abolishing the IRS. Senator Cruz is looking for your feedback on abolishing the IRS, so make sure you go to his twitter page and let your voice be heard.
The IRS may have finally done some real good … by providing Conservatives with the ammunition to kill progressive income taxes.
- Republican In Name Only [↩]