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TaxProf has been running a daily roundup on the IRS “scandal,” now in the middle-to-late stages of fading into oblivion with not one soul there being fired, much less jailed. He’s up to Day 61; his faith is touching, and he’s certainly fighting the good fight trying to keep interest up and all. But I wonder how high he’ll go before he finally gives it up as a lost cause. I look forward with decidedly mixed emotions to seeing the Day 524 update.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp has embarked on a “Tax Reform Tour,” on which he says, “we’re going to be travelling across the country in the coming weeks, meeting with Americans — individuals, families, workers and business owners, big and small. We want to hear how we can make the system fairer and easier to deal with for families across America.” Nothing wrong with the Michigan Republican trying to make the tax system “fairer and easier to deal with,” except for the fact that reforming the IRS isn’t the real issue.

Making the IRS more customer-friendly, making its tax collection more efficient and reducing the red tape generated by its daily operation are like giving aspirin to a dying cancer patient. It may ease the pain ever so slightly for a little while, but the terminal disease keeps eating away at the patient’s body. As former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes has said, “We can’t tinker with this tax-code monstrosity or try to reform it around the edges. The only thing we can do with this hideous beast is kill it, drive a stake through its heart, bury it and hope that it never rises again to terrorize the American people.”

It’s time to repeal the 16th Amendment, which gave Congress the power to levy income taxes, and abolish the IRS. Then, a genuinely equitable tax system can be created that funds the essential operations of the government and encourages economic growth rather than retards it. There was a time when Camp agreed with this approach, too. He introduced in Congress in 1999 a proposal to repeal the 16th Amendment but apparently concluded since then that there was little or no hope of ever succeeding in the effort.

And so things still stand, now probably even more than then. The WashEx op-ed guys are fighting the good fight here too, but it’s hopeless. The evil homunculi running things know that waiting us out and stonewalling is all they really need to do; seeing time pass without a whisper of meaningful change is demoralizing all in itself, and reinforces the idea that you really can’t fight city hall pretty nicely. And the GOP, not to leave them out of our considerations here, know that the quickest way to get people tuned out is to blather on and on about how Section 42, Paragraph 387 of their new Nibbling Around The Edges And Shuffling Things Around Act is going to fix things for good this time, yessireebobMORE


  1. TheFineReport.com

    July 11th, 2013

    Now, will everyone take a look AGAIN at how the GOP leadership has failed us?

    Forget spending so much energy targeting the left and responding to their propaganda. Our real enemy is the GOP leadership. The left isn’t selling us out. The GOP is.

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  2. Billy Fuster

    July 11th, 2013

    If enough Americans had the BALLS there would be an income tax revolution.

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  3. Bad Brad

    July 11th, 2013

    Billy Fuster, Your officially giving me a head ache.

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  4. Woody

    July 11th, 2013

    So we have Democrats that dance around things, but in the end tell you pretty much what they stand for and are driving to get passed to increase their power.

    Those Democrats have successfully supposedly convinced RINO Republicans that in order for Republicans to win elections they must act like Democrats and support the exact same stuff. Of course the truth here is that those RINOs are truly Democrats and are merely holding onto their control of the Republican party to ensure voters are never given a clear alternative to the Democrat plans.

    So here we sit as supposed staunch Constitutionalists and people who wish to save this great Republic and we are going to do NOTHING. The powers that be are going to just blather on and on about their latest fixes, the parties are going to stage a lame fight for our benefit, and we are going to dutifully play our part to enjoy the show and allow this all to fade into oblivion.

    Is that about it? To that I say screw it. Time to start a national campaign by which we declare that if Congress can’t muster the will to prosecute any of the IRS people than why should we believe they would ever prosecute masses of citizens who simply stop paying into this monster called the Federal government. If enough people realize that since they aren’t prosecuting real crimes why should we aid and abet the illegal acts being done by these Federal employees by paying money into the Federal coffers, some of which must go to these very criminals in the government. Can’t paying our taxes be construed to help in the furtherance of a crime? Wouldn’t that be a fun case to take up the line.

    Just a though….

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  5. JimBob

    July 11th, 2013

    IRS, FBI who puts these crooks in jail?

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  6. simplyphil

    July 11th, 2013

    what is going on with the head broad who asked for immunity if she testified? anyone?

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  7. AbigailAdams

    July 11th, 2013

    Issa, Gowdy, Paul, Chaffetz and several others on the oversight committee are not letting this go — and it’s not because of reelections, either. They have not bought into the crap about being congressional obstructionists. The issue of immunity for testimony last week is what is hanging things up at this point, but I feel like we’re in good hands with the majority on this committee. I’m encouraged by the fact that they held their ground on Lerner claiming the 5th. That was very encouraging. Gowdy has said, time and again, that the deposition process for the lowest level people at the IRS will be methodical and time consuming and that we need to be patient as they comb through the facts. It’s possible that with these depositions, they won’t need Lerner’s testimony until she is before a grand jury or select committee and then she’d better lawyer up because instead of just answering the committee members now, she’ll be defending herself against the testimony of the people she bossed around.

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  8. Name Redacted™

    July 11th, 2013

    You never know. Maybe a whole lot of people are going to “forget” to file tax returns next year.

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  9. Stranded in Sonoma

    July 11th, 2013

    The only reason this isn’t front and center is because the enemedia is covering for Obama/Jarrett. Many things can slow down or stall an investigation. It takes partisanship by the major media outlets to ensure that it is has no significance to the average American.

    Unfortunately, when this is over, we will still have an income tax, we will still have the IRS, and we will still have a tax code that allows for the occupant of the White House to abuse that power for political purposes. We will have solved nothing thanks to the favoritism, narrowmindedness, and proclivity toward bias against conservatives displayed by the Fourth Estate.

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  10. TheFineReport.com

    July 11th, 2013


    Imagine if the Speaker of the House was Ted Cruz, and not the Squeaker of the House John Boehner.

    This bastard is Squeaker because of the Tea Party sweeping the GOP into power in 2010. We need to tear the tiny balls of every one of the rats entrenched in the GOP and take it over. It is OUR party. WE are the GOP voters.

    Taking back the GOP — either directly or by third party leverage — is our great task ahead. Vote with your feet and with your wallet.

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  11. Anonymous

    July 11th, 2013

    the msm is our real enemy.

    the rinos would not survive in the public sphere if the msm did its job and neither would the communist demmocrats.

    just watch the msm go on about the Zimmerman trial.
    they have invested so much credibility on Zimmerman being guilty of race crimes, they have created the term “white Hispanic”.
    they doctored 911 tapes and videos.
    they constantly show old pictures of trayvon instead of recent ones.
    they constantly misconstrue the facts to make their case of trayvons innocence and zimmermans guilt.

    the msm has allowed this great country to be taken over by communist, because they are both fellow travelers. commies at heart.

    since the irs scandal targeted their enemies then the scandal must be ignored.

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  12. Bill

    July 11th, 2013

    “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”-H.L. Mencken

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  13. Bill

    July 11th, 2013

    “For every complex problem there is a simple solution …and it is wrong. “ The collapse of a large governmental system, the transformation of a corporate state sustained by global military aspirations and meddling into what comes next, it is a complex problem. Devolution from an independent-minded people who instinctively distrusted kings and their armies into an atomized anti-social throng of democratic egalitarian thugs eager to slaughter what is left of liberty in hopes of getting all the golden eggs at once didn’t happen overnight. It won’t be corrected overnight, either.- H.L. Mencken

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  14. ronterf

    July 11th, 2013

    IRS,NSA,CBS,NBC I don’t trust ANY of them any more!
    (like I ever did:)

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  15. Johnny Freedom

    July 11th, 2013

    Funny how gay marriage led the GOP off course isn’t it? Politicians are led around by public interest, which means that WE have to keep the bastards on task.

    No more social issues bullshit, keep them on target.

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  16. Hotlanta Mike

    July 11th, 2013

    ‘Lois Lerner’s big mouth’

    Lois Lerner is a nasty piece of work, and one aspect of her arrogance could well be her undoing. She enjoyed wielding her power so much that she boasted about it, and in doing so in a 2011 interview with Business Week, she conceded a point that could be used to prove criminal culpability. Patrick Frey, who writes Patterico’s Pontifications, uncovered the incriminating crowing…

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/07/lois_lerners_big_mouth.html#ixzz2YkHi2it8
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  17. Woody

    July 11th, 2013

    Ted Cruz as Speaker, oh what a dream that would be and imagine the difference someone with principles and character taking on the pathetic excuse that is President. Yes, it would be great.

    And yes, the Tea Party swept the Republicans into power in the House. But the true task ahead is not so simple as taking over the GOP and riding it of the idiot RINOs.

    The problem is that when we begin such talk the first thing we hear is how contesting and creating real conservative primary candidates to these RINOs will mean that we give away power to the Democrats. That somehow keeping these RINO losers is the ONLY way to maintain GOP power. Trust me I have heard it and am now hearing it over Senator McConnell.

    So the true task is overcoming the fear that has been sown for decades that we cannot remove these loser RINOs without also ending up with Democrat control. The truth is far different. If we give voters candidates with clear principles and defined positions that are DIFFERENT from what the Democrats offer then they will win. If we offer them candidates that are wishy washy, that sway with the wind, that are even in some cases looney, then you can guarantee a loser.

    That is the loser position we find the GOP in currently. The Democrats create some position, such as NEEDING immediately Immigration Amnesty. Then the Democrats seems to be able to convince the GOP leadership that the ONLY winning position is the Democrat position, so then the GOP leadership crafts some idiotic MILDER form of the very same position as the Democrats have offered.

    The GOP leadership then declares that their milder form of this position will allow them to shave off some of the Democrat voters while taking for granted that the conservative voters will swallow their principles and just vote for the GOP because what else can they do.

    So voters from both the left, center, and right are faced with a choice of voting for a candidate from a party that has clearly and in a committed fashion declared their position and were even the creators of their position or else a candidate from a party that has been wishy washy about their position, has decided to accept at least some of the other party’s position, and who wants to be seen as being just like the other party.

    Who would you trust, the party that showed their principled position even if it is a radically left position or the party that somewhat supports the very same position, but seems to sway and could change their minds if the winds blow in a different direction?

    So that is the real problem, changing not only the people, but also the GOP’s entire culture as it has been crafted to date because it is corrupt to the core at this point.

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  18. Stranded in Sonoma

    July 11th, 2013

    @Woody — Unfortunately, Mr. Cruz is in the US Senate, but I know what you mean. It would be nice to have a speaker of the house with a backbone, instead of that spineless jellyfish Boehner.

    The rest of your statement describes perfectly the self-destruction and implosion of the GOP here in CA.

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  19. TheFineReport.com

    July 11th, 2013


    If we put Conservative candidates in the GOP, you really think the RINOS will go Democrat? (And if they do, do you think they’ll be reelected under the spotlight of party treason that will be put upon them?

    Notice how the radical left took over the Democrat party, and all the party hacks went with them.

    The RINOS are the minority of the party — they are not the base. We have been stupidly carrying them since George Bush.

    We have to make our move. You’ll be very pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Sure the democrat media will work for the RINOS and give bad press to the new GOP leadership, but we can offset that by using the bully pulpits of government to overcome their propaganda. And overcome their propaganda, we must.

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