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The Only Solution: Decommission The IRS

It’s time to decommission the IRS. Sink the rusty old ship, before it sinks us.

On February 2nd, before the Superbowl, Barack Obama was interviewed by Fox’s Bill O’Reilly. Among other questions, Obama was asked whether there is any corruption going on inside the IRS. President Obama infamously answered “not a smidgeon of corruption.”

Was he being fetecious? Sarcastic? Arrogant? The President of the United States of America couldn’t have been less presidential, in front of  about one third of the world’s population. I’m sure the IRS wasn’t appreciative of that kind of “support” either.

Under oath, and under the threat of perjury, IRS personnel have testified that 83% of organizations targeted by the IRS were right-leaning. Futher, that 100% of 501(c)(4) political organizations targeted (“PACs”) for audit were conservative.

My reaction to President Obama is this:

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To Mr. Obama: If 100% of traffic cam fines targeted African American drivers, would you suspect a “smidgeon of corruption” might be going on?

Adding insult to corruptive injury, The Washington Times reported that the appointee in charge of investigating charges of corruption in the IRS scandal, Barbara Kay Bosserman, a trial lawyer in the Justince Department, donated more than $6,000 to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and several hundred dollars to the Democratic National Committee. This is the one charged with heading the investigation into whether there was wrongdoing by the Obama administration.

So, let me get this straight. The head of the corruption investigation didn’t have enough ethical muster to recuse herself from the investigation? And we are now to believe the investigation will be handled fairly?

My take on this comes right out of the 2008 Obama campaign, when Biden and a throng of Obamabots chanted “More of the same.” This is what we U.S. citizens should expect when we keep yelling “this is unacceptable” out of one side of our collective mouths, yet when push comes to shove, we take no action to back that statment up. I other words, “this is unacceptable, but if I swallow hard enough, I bet I can choke it down.”

No More Of The Same. It’s time to stop this corruptive cycle, not feed it. No matter how the IRS scandal turns out, do you doubt future administrations won’t attempt the same influence over the IRS to strong-arm political enemies?

We need to fight corruption with good management. The IRS is an antiquated institution. Its sheer size, let alone its leadership and oversight by political appointees makes it the perfect breeding ground for political corruption. The IRS may have been relevant and needed in the post-World War One era, but today?

The IRS is clearly not a working asset for our country; the IRS is an inefficient, corruptible liability. The solution? Easy: Shut the IRS down. Decommission it. Sink it now, before it sinks us.

Every good business manager knows when it’s time to “sunset” antiquated processes. Now’s the time for modern solutions that are less suceptable to error, influence and corruption. The solution is easy. Automate revenue collection at the point of sale, and be done with the IRS once and for all.

It’s a rusty old boat that’s full of holes, and ripe for the picking by current and future political forces, seeking a very powerful strong-arm enforcer of policy. It’s sinking fast. So, consolidate its assets into a small force, and automate the process to fight corruption, trim the fat and reduce risks by giving corruption one less gaping hole to infiltrate and sink our nation.

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