WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 – Almost a year has passed since the news of the IRS scandal first broke. IRS division director Lois Lerner, a career bureaucrat, used her position in the Internal Revenue Service to harass conservative groups. She quickly became the face of the scandal.
Lerner pushed to deny tax-exempt status to conservative groups, and she had them audited just for being conservative. While she was harassing conservative Americans, she was also thinking about going to work for Obama for America (OFA).
How serious Lerner was about working for OFA is a matter of debate. What is not a matter of debate is how out of control the IRS is.
Problems at the IRS go much deeper than Lois Lerner. They are deeper than a few rogue employees in the Cincinnati IRS office, as the Obama Administration contends. Reports surfaced today that the IRS office in Dallas might as well have been an office of the re-elect Barack Obama campaign in 2012.
That office had campaign buttons for Obama, bumper stickers for Obama, and screen savers on the computer that supported Obama’s reelection.
Federal law strictly prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while they are at work and also forbids federal government property from being used for political events. That did not stop Obama’s IRS.
An employee in Dallas reportedly told taxpayers on the phone to reelect Barack Obama. In Kentucky, an IRS employee has agreed to a 14 day, unpaid suspension for blasting Republicans in a phone conservation with a taxpayer.
These are not simply isolated incidents.
In February, Congressman Dave Camp reported that of all of the 501C4 organizations that were audited in 2013, every last one of them was conservative. There was not a single liberal group audited. Every one of them was a conservative group
The problems at the IRS are endemic. The entire organization is corrupt. The rank and file at the IRS act as if they are a part of the Democrat Party or OFA instead of being an agency of the Federal Government.
On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted on a referral to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution of Lois Lerner.
Good luck with that.
The only way there will be a criminal prosecution of anyone at the IRS will be if the Republicans can take the White House in 2016, the new administration is motivated to prosecute and the statute of limitations has not run out.
The Republicans in Congress keep threatening to hold Lois Lerner in contempt and jail her. Even if they do, she can only remain in jail through the end of this Congress. This Congress ends in December of this year. At the rate the House of Representatives is progressing, Lerner may spend a week in jail.
If the Republicans are going to stand up for America, they need to do something.
For crimes as serious as what the IRS has committed against the American people, there is only one acceptable penalty: The death penalty.
The IRS must be abolished. There must be bureaucratic death.
That means the agency is defunded and abolished and the employees of the IRS are barred from federal employment again for the rest of their lives.
Either the Republicans act now or they accept the principle that the government is now just another arm of the progressive movement and is free to be as partisan as they want.