LOS ANGELES, June 7, 2013 — Of all the Obama administration scandals, IRS abuses is the simplest. IRS officials deliberately targeted conservative, tea party, pro-Israel, and other groups solely for disagreeing with Obama administration policies.
Their applications for tax-exempt status were delayed indefinitely or rejected. The groups were sent onerous questionnaires. Donor lists were leaked to liberal news outlets and data collection groups. Donors were harassed and intimidated. Private citizens with no official role other than writing checks or attending meetings saw their private businesses audited. IRS abuses were committed to dissuade conservatives from participating in the political process. The strategy worked, as Obama narrowly won reelection over his enemies, deemed to be half the country.
The IRS managed to get in additional trouble by getting caught wasting$50 million on various pleasure junkets disguised as business conferences. This replicated the GSA scandal, personified by a top bureaucrat having his picture taken in an expensive hotel bubblebath with champagne glasses at the ready.
Conferences are supposed to be fun. My time in management on Wall Street allowed participation in some very enjoyable weekends at expensive hotels. There was business, but there were also expensive dinners and other pleasures. Yet these conferences were funded with private money from the owners of the firms. They cut back during tough times, and spent lavishly on their top personnel during good times. The bottom line reigned supreme.
This is not how the IRS works. The same people caught abusing about half of America’s taxpayers were also caught wasting those taxpayers’ hard-earned money. These conferences featured business activities that had nothing to do with business.
Listening to Obama promise “accountability” and “responsibility” serves no purpose. Those words are meaningless, discredited slogans. An actual solution exists to the IRS problem.
Money was effectively stolen. It needs to be returned. The IRS should have money removed from their budget and returned to their victims.
Fifty million dollars is the alleged sum. Knowing how honest Washington has been of late, one can assume there is much more wasted money that the IRS refuses to disclose. That is the IRS standard used when pursuing potential tax cheats. Since the IRS initially claimed only two employees were to blame, and that number has grown to 88, a multiple of 44 can be used. That may be too high, so let’s say quadrupling the waste is sufficient. This leaves $200 million to return. Now throw in interest and penalties, and have the IRS on the hook for $500 million.
The IRS website has the Obama administration requesting a 2013 IRS operating budget of $12.8 billion. Returning half a billion dollars is a reduction of less than 4 percent. Even this 3.9 percent is not an actual cut because the IRS, for all of their hard work, ethics, and overall competence, is receiving an 8 percent pay raise from 2012. Half of that 8 percent raise should go back to the taxpayers.
There are over three hundred million Americans, but not everybody deserves a check. Think of the slavery argument.
Black people were slaves. So when Al Sharpton and other leftist black leaders argue for reparations, they do not care about poor suffering whites living in trailers. The money they demand is for blacks only, because their argument is that only blacks suffered. Slavery has been illegal since 1865, and there are no American slave owners alive today. However, the IRS abusers and their victims are a product of the last four years. We would know exactly who the specific perpetrators are if somebody would tell the truth under oath at congressional hearings rather than invoke the Fifth Amendment. Victims are coming forward with their corroborating documents.
There are several Obama administration officials under the cloud of suspicion, but one man with wide bipartisan respect on Capitol Hill is Ken Feinberg. He is a bureaucrat’s bureaucrat, and no man that boring could be corrupt. He has been widely praised for his honest handling of BP oil spill claims. That was a $20 billion fund. Surely a bean counter of his stature could make sure that a fund only 2.5 percent of that amount could be dispersed properly.
Obama would most likely treat this as the sequester and claim financial Armageddon. As with the sequester, his warnings would soon be discredited, ridiculed, and ignored. If Obama needs money, he can always slash spending on social programs where overhead and bureaucracy receive most of the money for programs that fail anyway. Those programs have gotten more than healthy raises while the rest of us were busy being abused.
Governor Mitt Romney was right when he said this was a nation of makers and takers. He took political flak for his true statement. What even he could not have imagined is that the IRS was complicit in helping to effectively rig the 2012 election so that a person who may have reformed the system never saw the Oval Office. The IRS bullied Romney supporters, and the fix was in. The IRS sided with the takers because government bureaucrats are takers led by a taker president who believes that makers did not build their own businesses.
Now it is time for literal payback. Accountability is a crocodile tear platitude. Government is all about money and power. Seize half a billion dollars from the IRS and distribute it to the half of the country who voted for Mitt Romney.
Then we can have a national conversation about which liberal front groups should have their books seized and analyzed just to make sure they did not take part in rigging the game. If they did, their assets can be liquidated and distributed to victimized conservatives as well.
Until the people who gave the IRS instructions to harass conservatives are sent to jail, the return of assets will have to be good enough for now.
It is a start.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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