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How to control the IRS and America's untouchable caste of bureaucrats
The Washington Examiner ^ | June 26, 2014 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons

Posted on 06/28/2014 4:45:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Multiple illegalities coming to light in the IRS scandal provide a composite sketch of why government is America's oldest, biggest and most pervasive lawbreaker -- with no close second. And, it's getting worse.

Government bureaucrats have become America's caste of untouchables. Their arrogance was displayed by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in hearings before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.

Koskinen refused to apologize for lost -- or destroyed -- emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials linked to the political targeting of conservatives, and claimed no criminal acts were committed at the IRS.

Too many government bureaucrats believe that they are not merely above the law, but that they are the law. They are smug because they are beyond the reach of real consequences.

Everywhere, bureaucrats contemptuous of the governed and the rule of law found their new hero in Koskinen, a Yale-educated millionaire lawyer with decades of government experience willing to tell Congress to stuff it.

Victims of bureaucratic indifference and bullying right down to their departments of motor vehicles, however, cringed at Koskinen’s defiant and brazen display.

The IRS scandal highlights how bureaucrats violate constitutional and statutory restrictions. The problem has risen to epidemic proportions at the federal level, and has even filtered into state and local bureaucracies....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bureaucrats; corruption; internalrevenue; obama

1 posted on 06/28/2014 4:45:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Term limits for government bureaucrats.


2 posted on 06/28/2014 4:46:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

No government unions.


3 posted on 06/28/2014 4:48:22 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s Legal............ (( IS ))...... What “we” say is legal..


4 posted on 06/28/2014 4:49:42 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Term limits for government bureaucrats.

No government unions.

That’s 2 good ideas for government reform.


5 posted on 06/28/2014 4:50:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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The key is to crack the federal unions, these ensure that nobody is ever fired, no matter how egregious their conduct.

I’d love to see Koskinen perp-walked! And for that matter Trey Gowdy as President!


6 posted on 06/28/2014 4:51:01 PM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: cripplecreek

Civil disobedience.


7 posted on 06/28/2014 4:55:42 PM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In America’s first 100 years, federal officials could be sued in state courts for acting beyond their authority.

As it should be. State judges also swear oaths to defend the constitution.

8 posted on 06/28/2014 4:56:29 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Article V.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ABOLISH THE IRS

REPEAL THE 16th AMENDMENT


9 posted on 06/28/2014 4:58:11 PM PDT by Regulator
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My reforms include hot tar, rope and lead.

Guess I’m out of touch...


10 posted on 06/28/2014 4:58:11 PM PDT by QuisCustodiet1776 (Live free or die.)
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11 posted on 06/28/2014 5:05:56 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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here is the best answer: get about 50 Trey Gowdys and put them in the highest offices in the land, President, A G., all the cabinet members , leader of the house and the senate. etc. etc. thing would change overnight.


12 posted on 06/28/2014 5:07:38 PM PDT by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Extremely Extreme Extremist
Their arrogance was displayed by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in hearings before the House Committee

Post number 11 would work fine for me.

13 posted on 06/28/2014 5:24:15 PM PDT by Mark17 (Rats and RINOs, who are destroying America, may an elephant caress you with his toes, or worse)
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To: cripplecreek
And federal employees should be barred from voting in federal elections, city employees from city elections, state employees from state elections, etc.....

It is a conflict of interest and they will vote for whoever keeps their hand in the till and their boot on the neck of their enemies.

14 posted on 06/28/2014 5:25:44 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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15 posted on 06/28/2014 5:27:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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As I’ve written for years - “it’s the bureaucrats, stupid”…….more than taxes, more than corruption per se……we are being swallowed by nameless faceless unaccountable bureaucrats at every level of government.


16 posted on 06/28/2014 5:31:33 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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I worked for one of the major agencies for several years. Many of the people I worked with were very nice and would go out of their way to help.

Mostly the problem as I saw it was deadwood and people assigned to jobs they barely qualified for. The workflow and amount should have been streamlined for efficienty and fewer employees.

They would get the funds so fill slots to keep getting funds, make work kind of thing. Then there were some who did very critical serious work and I do not want to paint them all with the same brush.

17 posted on 06/28/2014 5:37:59 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love it. They should all be afraid of tar pots and feathers. If they were, things would work a lot better.


18 posted on 06/28/2014 5:42:03 PM PDT by Mark17 (Rats and RINOs, who are destroying America, may an elephant caress you with his toes, or worse)
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To: cripplecreek

Term limits aren’t the solution. Limits to the number of bureaucrats would be.


19 posted on 06/28/2014 6:07:33 PM PDT by tbw2
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The system needs to be overwhelmed. Stress the system find the weak points legally make life miserable for as many fed officials / employees as you can. call them write them ask about programs argue your points with them tell them what you think of .gov and how they are sending America down the drain.
But don’t break any laws if that is possible.


20 posted on 06/28/2014 6:47:41 PM PDT by fudimo
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History shows that government bureaucrats understand a gun in their face. And despite the multiple hand-wringers, various surrender monkeys and white flag-wavers on this website who think that federal bureaucrats are 10-ft tall Rambos, a gun in the face works.

Do me a favor and don’t be sending me stupid and incoherent missives of how brave and tough federal fascists are.

Hello, 2ndDivisionVet. Hope all is going well, FRiend..


21 posted on 06/28/2014 6:49:23 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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Government bureaucrats have become America's caste of untouchables.

Um,, 'untouchables' when speaking of 'caste' are a group with ZERO power. Our bureaucrats are the opposite - liberal elites who think they're dukes and duchesses in some mythical royal court.

22 posted on 06/28/2014 7:02:29 PM PDT by GOPJ (Losing a battle doesnÂ’t mean losing the war... Freeper livius)
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To: cripplecreek
Term limits for government bureaucrats.

I have been screaming this for many years!

The real problem though is that the law enforcement part of government is part of the executive branch. If there were 4 branches of government (with Goudy in charge of law enforcement) Mr Obama would be back in a hut with his brother long ago, rather than being celebrated as a bronze king.......

23 posted on 06/28/2014 7:38:52 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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I don’t like the fact that presidents appoint attorney generals but I’m not sure of how they should be chosen.


24 posted on 06/28/2014 7:41:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Put them in jail. That will stop this nonsense.


25 posted on 06/28/2014 7:48:31 PM PDT by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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At a cocktail party back in the late 80’s, I struck up a chat with a fellow — his name was Joe M. — whom I’d met on one or two previous occasions.  After my first encounter, Joe’s neighbor and my boss at the time told me that Joe was an alcoholic who had just retired from 25 years with the IRS.  Needless to say, I was guarded in expressing my political views to Joe as the IRS had helped my dad into an early grave in 1977 — at age 59 over an estate matter.   Joe was pretty deep into his cups at the function in question and began telling IRS “war stories.” 

Most had to do with clear cases of criminal conduct by not very nice people.   Joe — who was a few years short of 60 — sounded to me like someone who enjoyed helping getting really bad people off the street and I asked why he’d retired early.  He told me that what he called “the service” had changed for the worse.  Then I asked him about the new people coming in.  He shook his head, actually teared up and said that many of them were “really bad.” I pressed.  “Really bad” meant incompetent?  “No — DANGEROUS,” he responded, “they like to hurt people.” 
 
It was then that I understood why Joe drank.


26 posted on 06/28/2014 8:19:13 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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