Congress should say no to bleeding citizens so government can grow
Among the most upsetting aspects of the Internal Revenue Service scandal is that participants in harassing organizations based on their political ideals do not seem to recognize they did anything wrong.
Recently, acting IRS head Danny Werfel conceded that his agency discriminated against more organizations than had been admitted previously and did so for a longer period of time than had been reported.
But at the same time, Werfel told reporters agency investigators “have not found evidence of intentional wrongdoing …”
In other words, IRS officials seem to think there is nothing wrong with targeting organizations with specific agendas – in this case, primarily conservative ones.
That contention flies in the face of the agency’s circle-the-wagons reaction and of action by Lois Lerner, who formerly oversaw the IRS division that harassed some conservative groups. Lerner, you may recall, refused to testify to Congress on the matter. She cited her Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.
IRS officials know what was done was wrong. Their continuing refusal to say so may well call for a top-to-bottom shakeup at the agency.
At a time when many Americans are having to tighten our belts and do more with less, President Barack Obama thinks government should be an exception.
An example of his thinking is in his request that the National Labor Relations Board receive $235 million during the upcoming fiscal year. That is a 1.8 percent increase.
Does the NLRB need more money and more employees? Judge for yourself: During the past two years, the agency’s caseload has decreased by nearly 9 percent.
It is down a whopping 59 percent from 20 years ago.
No wonder the national debt is nearing $17 trillion.
This is insane – but it is Obama’s philosophy of bleeding Americans so the government can grow. Congress should say no.