Question: How can you tell when the government is lying to you?
Answer: When its lips move.
OK, maybe not the funniest joke in the world, but you get the idea. Back in 2010, when the Obama Administration’s Internal Revenue Service was accused of bias against conservative groups, there was a full denial. How could anyone even think that the IRS would be targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny when it came to making decisions about tax exempt status applications? That would be unethical.
Well, before too long, we found out that was exactly what was happening and that the IRS had lied about it. Then, the IRS declared that the extra scrutiny was not politically motivated. Nobody had to uncover that blatant lie because it was so obvious on its surface. What other reason could there possibly be to target conservative groups?
Next, the IRS said that the targeting was done by “lower level employees in Cincinnati,” and that the Washington, D.C., office had no knowledge of it. This, of course, turned out to be yet another blatant lie. Is anybody seeing a pattern here? The truth means nothing to these people. They will tell one lie until it’s proven that they’re lying, and then they’ll move onto the next fabrication until that one is also shown to be a lie. And on it goes.
Really gives you a warm feeling of security, doesn’t it, when the national agency in charge of tracking individual and business taxes doesn’t care one bit about the truth. The only thing they care about is trying to protect what remains of their reputation.
Later, an IRS supervisor in Washington, D.C., acknowledged to congressional investigators that she was personally involved in reviewing Tea Party applications for tax exempt status as far back as 2010. Some of the applications that she was responsible for reviewing sat for more than a year without any action on her part. She’s been replaced and the Department of Justice is conducting a criminal investigation against the IRS.
How about you? Do you trust the IRS and other government agencies to tell the truth about their activities? What should be done about the IRS to make it more accountable? Should the agency itself be replaced? Please let me know your thoughts about this.