Keep the workers; fire the IRS
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.
We would still have the most progressive tax system in the industrialized world.
The brackets would remain. But every worker, not just 53 percent, would pay federal income taxes.
People would pay income taxes on Dollar One, just as they do for Medicare and Social Security.
My plan would greatly reduce the number of employees in the IRS, but no one would lose his job.
I would simply re-deploy the employee to perform the tasks the federal government has failed to do — after proper training, of course.
For example, federal agents had not inspected that fertilizer plant in West, Texas, that exploded this spring for 28 years.
Would an inspection have prevented this explosion? Until the cause of the explosion is determined, I cannot say.
Instead of inspecting workplaces, the government is harassing its critics.
Let me make this clear: I like government employees. Over the years, I have encountered nothing but dedicated employees who want to serve the public.
Those of us in the private sector could learn from them. For one thing, cashiers could stop yakking with their co-workers when they are taking my money.
But government agencies such as the IRS have too much power that is abused by the petty people above the line employees I encounter.
Surber's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.