Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

irs hitLois Lerner might have to testify again…more IRS investigations…anger and wailing and gnashing of teeth…

SO WHAT? What is going to come of it?

When it’s all said and done, we’ll still have the same crappy tax laws. We’ll still have not only the same IRS, but a LARGER IRS thanks to Obamacare. And you know who has the power to change that?

CONGRESS.

Congress is calling for investigations into the IRS. Well guess what? CONGRESS CREATED THE IRS. Congress could change or ELIMINATE the IRS if they wanted to.

THEY DON’T WANT TO.

The IRS and the current tax code are no longer about raising revenue. It doesn’t matter how much money comes in…politicians will spend every last penny of it, and when that’s gone they’ll borrow or print more. Money is not the issue.

THE ISSUE IS CONTROL.

Think about how much information you already give to Uncle Sam when you file your taxes. The government wants to know how much money you have, where you got it, and what you did with it. They want to encourage you to spend here through tax breaks and incentives and discourage you from spending there through tax increases. It’s manipulation. And if that weren’t enough, now the IRS will also handle your health information.

Yup, the same IRS that targeted Tea Party groups will have access to your medical records and make decisions about your healthcare. And no one on either side of the aisle can or will do a damn thing about it. (Sure, Republicans in the House have voted several times to repeal Obamacare, but until they win the Senate AND have a majority large enough to overturn a veto, Obamacare stands. As does the IRS.)

WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?

Our current tax code needs to be replaced. Not fixed, not streamlined, replaced. Ripped out, torn up, shredded, and burned. We can debate about whether to replace it with a flat tax or with the Fair Tax, but there should be no debate over the fact the we need to replace it.

All of this has been said before over the years. And yet, here we stand with a bloated tax code and a politically motivated IRS. Congress can probe and cajole and hold all the hearings they want. Until we get to the heart of the matter, we will never prevent future IRS nightmares.

PS: Remember Benghazi?

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