WE know the best way to keep a president from using the Internal Revenue Service to attack his critics. Get rid of the IRS.
"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely," Lord Acton said in the 19th century.
The power of the IRS is nearly absolute, which is why politicians can misuse the IRS to settle petty scores and to silence critics.
The IRS no longer exists to collect money to run the government, but rather to dole out deductions and pay tax credits.
In recent years the IRS has collected $1.1 trillion a year while the tax code forgives or gives away another $1.1 trillion.
That amount just happens to equal the amount of money the federal government has borrowed, on average, during the Obama presidency.
President Obama and Congress could just as easily borrow $2 trillion a year and get rid of the income tax altogether.
But what fun is there in that?
Without an income tax, Congress, presidents and bureaucrats are less powerful. The real power of the tax writing lies not in what is taxed but in what is forgiven in taxes and what is doled out in tax credits, which is a polite way of saying welfare, both corporate and individual.
The power to decide not to tax is intoxicating.
Most IRS workers are dedicated public servants who serve their nation well, but political operatives can and obviously have abused the system.
These creeps harassed the tea party crowd because they sought the same tax exemption many of the leftist groups that support President Obama have enjoyed.
If there were no exemption for "non-profit groups," then there would be no power to abuse.
My plan is simple:
We would eliminate all tax exemptions and eliminate the power that Democrats have abused repeatedly over the last four years.