Comments on: The real IRS scandal Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: BenMcLean Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:32:43 +0000 Right, this was the Republicans fault, and by that same reasoning, Watergate was the Democrats fault.

By: AZreb Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:02:15 +0000 Organized religions are tax-exempt, but shove their noses into politics regularly. NOTHING is done by the IRS in these cases.

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By: emm305 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:27:01 +0000 ” As one Tea Party leader noted: “It would have a very chilling effect on our donor base if they thought [their names] would be made public.” ”

If people are too “chilled” to donate to something except anonymously, they know they are doing something wrong or something that most of the people they know or do business with would think is wrong.

By: donee Tue, 18 Jun 2013 03:27:24 +0000 The real scandal is that our nation appears to be textbook example of bad government and conflict of interest, the greatest of which is the shameful ownership makeup of our news media.
Show me a nation that once had fair media, that conscience of nations, early warning system and reminder of past mistakes, and I’ll show you a nation that once had better government and better society.

By: flashrooster Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:17:18 +0000 Mr. Schwartz has written an excellent op-ed that should be considered by everyone jumping to conclusions about this IRS issue that Republicans and the news media keep insisting on calling a scandal.

There are actually two scandalous aspects to this, and neither have anything to do with a political plot on the part of the Obama Administration and a nefarious use of the IRS: The tax exempt status of the many 501(c)(4) groups operating as political fundraising organizations and Darrell Issa’s abuse of his position as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Both of these problems contribute to the continuous undermining of the US government’s credibility. It’s gotten to the point where an alarming number of Americans are turning against their own government, as if bringing down the US government would benefit US society. It would be like curing cancer with a gun shot to the head.

The problem is complicated because there are serious abuses of power taking place in our government, but it has become impossible to clearly separate the real corruption that’s occurring from the politically motivated charges of “tyranny” of centralized power, and that the solution is to shrink government until it’s small enough to drown in a bathtub. Some of the worst abusers of our government would like nothing better.

The primary source of government corruption is coming from the way special interests are able to bribe politicians with large campaign donations or offers of lucrative jobs after the politicians leave government. We need to adopt an election system where either all campaigns are publicly funded or to develop a means of restricting the donation of small amounts of money from individuals so that the rich don’t have any more influence on our government than the average citizen. We also need strict, tough guidelines on granting tax exempt status to organizations that are contributing to the public good through means that can not be interpreted as political.

The Supreme Court must understand that given enough money a majority of the population can be made to believe a lot that’s not true and is detrimental to society. Money does not equal free speech because there’s such an imbalance of wealth in America and the wealthiest can easily drown out the voices of the majority. We stand a much better chance of adopting logical and beneficial positions if the various sides make their cases on relatively equal grounds with relatively equal amounts of capital. For example, I would have liked to have heard more from Presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer, both candidates who recognized that our government has a serious corruption problem.

The problem is that sources with the most money to donate to our government do so in order to get legislation (or block legislation) that benefits their industry’s profits. This usually isn’t what is best for American society or there wouldn’t be the need for the costly bribe. Consider the widespread public support that universal background checks on gun sales had and yet the gun industry was able to exert their influence to prevent the American people from getting a policy they believe would be beneficial for our nation. Gun industry profits trumped the good of society. Whether you’re for universal background checks or not, that’s no way to run a country.

That’s just one example. We see the same thing with healthcare, energy policy, tax policy, foreign policy, etc. And it’s only getting worse. This is the cancer that poses the biggest threat to our Republic and just weakening the federal government is not going to fix it. In fact, that would probably make it worse. I’m not saying there aren’t areas where we should do a better job of keeping our government in check (both federal and local). I believe there are. But just making the federal government out to be the bad guy and responding by throwing our destiny into the hands of the Tea Party and corporate America would be a classic case of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. We need to focus on ways to return representation to the American people, and not just the wealthy.

By: rikfre Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:03:30 +0000 the IRS is a bloated bureaucracy that has become politicized and has no need for existence. simplify the Tax Code now….!

By: brotherkenny4 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:40:24 +0000 501(c)(4)s should be eliminated.

The teaparty has already won on this issue though. Their constituents can’t focus for more than a few sentences, and thus the time for rebuttal is very short, and has passed by us. Our discussions of the salient components of the issue are beyond their interest. They are already on to some other thing they hate about the democrats that the GOP actually created. Like spying on US citizens, the drones, the bank bail outs or the car company bail outs. That crazy Obama is gonna ruin us. Of course, they don’t add, “if he keeps acting like a republican”.

By: bcrawf Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:46:27 +0000 If the IRS cannot vet the applications for non-profit status and simply approves EVERY one, the entire process has utterly failed. Do any Congresspersons get it?

By: Flash1022 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:43:09 +0000 It is republicans who should go to jail for underfunding agencies and not providing for the appointments of commissioners, secretaries and judges.

At the IRS their is a lack of leadership because there is only an Acting Commisioner, and the IRS is also underfunded, the work load is burdensome.

These controversies will continue from the ATF to the VA as long as republicans continue to underfund and not provide leadership to thesse agencies.

It is diappointing the Democratic legislatures fail to rightly place the blame on republicans.