All this time, I thought the IRS scandals would provide a good opportunity to scrap the entire agency. Never let a good crisis go to waste, right? But I think we were wrong. Let’s not jump to absurd conclusions like dismantling the IRS or getting rid of the income tax. Otherwise, how would we fund our gigantic government?
According to Democrat Jose Serrano from New York, the answer to the IRS scandal is that the tax-collecting and conservative-attacking agency just needs more funding. So that it can give itself “oversight,” of course:
“This subcommittee has been given an allocation of $16.9 billion for fiscal year 2014, which is almost $3 billion below the current, sequester-impacted level. Undoubtedly, this is going to result in massive cuts to the IRS and many other federal agencies. While there are certainly efficiencies that can occur, the spending issue comes to mind. The IRS simply cannot sustain itself with this overall funding level. Although I am certain there are some who would view this as a good step, I disagree. There is no clearer way to promote more scandals than by cutting funding that could be used for oversight, training and reform. At the level this subcommittee is funded right now, we are just asking for more trouble at the IRS.”
Somehow, if we throw enough money at the problem, it’ll get better. And it’ll create more government jobs, which is good for the economy and growing the middle class.
But this just seems like throwing gasoline on a fire. Or having Eric Holder investigate himself only to find out that he’s determined he didn’t actually do anything wrong.
The real problem is that these scandals can be expected to continue as long as Americans accept the idea of having a huge government do things that it doesn’t have any business doing. Governments are always going to be careless (and generous) with other people’s money. They have no incentive to be careful with it, because they didn’t earn it. They don’t produce anything.
“The very purpose of the IRS is to transfer wealth from one group to another while violating our liberties in the process. Thus, the only way Congress can protect our freedoms is to repeal the income tax and shutter the doors of the IRS once and for all.”