House Republicans are considering efforts to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his role in overseeing a years-long campaign designed to impede and punish Tea Party and other tax-exempt conservative groups.
For years, the IRS applied heightened scrutiny that constituted harassment to conservative groups that were seeking tax-exempt status. During this period of several years beginning in 2010, the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups and made outrageous demands while stalling the applications. These demands included, but were not limited to, endless applications and demands for such things as al emails between employees within the group, al social media postings, comprehensive lists of members within the political group and even detailed descriptions of what kind of reading materials are present at meetings or at gatherings.
Lois Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt department, has resigned in disgrace but has retired comfortably with a hefty government pension as a reward for her unconstitutional violations.
However, Koskinen is still active and is the main focus of the House investigators seeking accountability.
During a Washington Journal segment on C-SPAN, Cleta Mitchell, an attorney representing groups that were targeted by the vengeful IRS, fielded questions and calls from viewers.
During this segment a man named Bill from Elizabeth, New Jersey, self-identified as an IRS employee who reviews groups for tax-exempt consideration and vowed that he intends to “go after, target” and end conservative groups who state that they wish to abolish the IRS.
Of course, considering that this is the mindset of those reviewing applications, it’s easy to se why a group would dedicate themselves to the abolishment of the IRS.
Speaking with Mitchell, Bill stated,
“I am a lowly clerk at the IRS, looking at your application for tax-free status. I go to your web page to see the goals of your group and one of the goals of your group is to abolish the IRS. You can bet every dollar you got I’m going to go after you and target you and try and end your group and that’s just the way it is.”
Taken aback, Mitchell tried to speak reason to the tyrannical bureaucrat:
“Well, it shouldn’t be that way, actually, and I don’t know anybody who said they would they would get rid of the IRS, but if they did that’s their right, that’s their First Amendment right to do that,” Mitchell responded. “And a government employee is not supposed to superimpose his beliefs or his judgment or his concern about his job over those of a citizen who has a first amendment right to express that opinion to abolish the IRS or to change the tax code.”
“Many of these groups did say they wanted lower taxes, they wanted to repeal the 16th Amendment, perhaps, that establishes the income tax,” Mitchell stated. “But that’s our constitutional right as citizens.”
“A government employee works for us and it’s not the government employee’s right or obligation and it’s not permissible for an IRS employee to say ‘I don’t like that group’ and so I’m going to try to punish them that is viewpoint discrimination and it’s unconstitutional,” she concluded.
Though this is not likely the mindset of every IRS employee, it’s clear that the IRS has bred a culture of intimidation and political suppression within the ranks of the tyrannical organization that has long outlived its usefulness.
If it seems “radical” to want to abolish the IRS, consider the reasoning: unelected bureaucrats are in charge of assessing who owes what and is in charge of creating tax statuses. A non-profit that must pay a hefty sum in taxes is inarguably at a disadvantage when pitted against a countering organization that has been gifted tax-exempt status.
So, conservative groups are at a distinct disadvantage fiscally. When we consider that the campaign of terror orchestrated by the IRS demands accounting of members and what, specifically, is being discussed, such governmental oversight has a chilling effect on donations and membership recruitment.
After all, who wants to be part of a group of dissenters that is being actively targeted by a vengeful government?
Whether “Bill” is actually an IRS employee or not is hardly the point; the fact is that the conduct he has described has occurred for years Lerner’s emails have demonstrated as such. Now, it’s time to clean house at the IRS and that starts with chopping off the head of the snake: the IRS commissioner.