Skip to comments.The IRS: A Public Monument to Sandra Fluke's Privates
Posted on 07/26/2014 4:54:09 AM PDT by Kaslin
At 74,000 pages, the IRS code is a mind-boggling ode to lobbying, pork-barrel spending and graft. These are the only good things that I can say about the IRS.
Ode may be too friendly a word, however.
Lets instead call it an incantation for our country. Because the code holds a country in thrall like the winged monkeys in Dorothys Oz were held. And until the witch is dead, we monkeys must do her bidding.
Politicians, economists and ordinary citizens cant follow the tax code, which has tripped up cabinet nominees, majority leaders and others who ought to know better. But they dont know better, and not just because of the venality of these people at the topyeah there is that too-- but because the code is too complex.
Increasingly our government is proving indispensable to us by making things so complex that nothing works, from our economy to our tax code, without a great deal of forcing. That square peg indeed will go in that round hole just as soon as the government rams it down our throats.
The National Taxpayers Advocate must release a report every year detailing the top problems facing the agency because there are a lot of problems. Tax compliance, political interference, and opaque language top the list of complaints.
60 percent of filers use a professional service to compute their taxes according to the National Taxpayers Advocate, which has identified preparer fraud as a top priority amongst items for reform. The rest of are thinking that perhaps the role of the taxpayer advocate is to do away with the need to use tax preparers in the first place.
That would reduce fraud quite a bit. They cant steal if you dont give them the opportunity.
A recent non-scientific survey of people not named Joe Biden revealed that 100 percent of tax filers would rather use a simple postcard sized return limited to about five lines.
And then there is the question of fairness.
Increasingly the IRS is used as a social policy and enforcement arm for the federal government. Getting past the undue scrutiny of non-profit applications turned in by conservative-sounding groups, the administration has not been hesitant to use the IRS to muscle industry too.
When the unions complained that too many sub-contractors were being used in residential and commercial construction at the expense of union employees, the Fairness Brigade at the IRS swung into action, forcing long and expensive audits of companies wage and hour practices.
But then there is still the serious issue of non-profit activity.
Some in the country view non-profits as a kind of carve out for special interests when in fact the real special interests reside solely with the government. The money in our economy is NOT the governments money. Its ours: mine and yours.
We allow government to tax us to fund certain agreed upon activities. Some of us make better use of the roads that few of us builtand no one built for free-- and therefore we get to pay higher taxes for the privilege.
But if you listen to liberals and our governmentthe burden of proof that anything doesnt belong to the governmentyou know besides Sandra Flukes uterus, which I think we can all agree, is a kind of national monument to stupidityresides today with individuals and private organizations.
We dont have the presumption that private property is innocent, but rather that it has to be defended, and is clearly guilty of SOMETHING. You know, like a Catholic University denying a student-- Sandra Fluke-- who went there voluntarily, a product or convenience-- birth control-- that is against the conscience of the religious organization that now must pay for it according to the IRS-- because the university uses roads too.
Clarify the level of political activity that exempt organizations may conduct, recommends the National Taxpayer Advocate as the solution to the IRS targeting conservative groups, and establish an objective test to identify when an organization exceeds that level.
Sure, we could do that.
Or instead, we could recognize that the only reason non-profits have to prove they arent political is because the government forgot that non-profit money wasnt theirs to begin with.
And thats the most generous thing I can say about government today.
I saw a story online that spoke of “fashion” dresses made of condoms, maybe one of her lefty supporters can pony up and buy her one, http://www.slideshare.net/Peety/condom-fashion
We were having an off-color discussion in our lunch room during the height of the Fluke debacle about how she could possibly be spending the $3000 per year on birth control when a month’s supply of pills cost $20 or less at your local pharmacy. A black guy from our production line broke up the whole gathering with laughter when he volunteered “Maybe she has to pay that much to get laid!”
This article missed a couple of important words that really detracted from reading it. A bit of editing would have made it a much better article.
I can’t disagree with the premise. Government just keeps growing and growing; even the needed functions are bloated almost beyond recognition.
Bubba’s favorite Georgetown Professor, Carroll Quigley, noted in “Tagedy & Hope” that there was a major study of non-profits in the 1950s, that detailed how non-profits were a major source of tax-dodging, enabling their elite controllers to engage in serious skullduggery while evading outside control. Does anyone imagine that the Ford or Rockefeller-controlled Population foundations have had a truly beneficent effect upon our world? Foundations may be a necessary evil, but to simply paint them in flower-garden brush-strokes is simple-minded at the least.
The problem with ‘fixing’ the US Tax Code is that every clause is defended by entrenched lobbyists with political connections. As a paid seasonal tax professional who has made the successful effort to become an Enrolled Agent, I have an appreciation of just how complex the tax code but one of the ugly secrets is how much more complex the taxpayer has when the various state tax codes are added in. While much of the code in the various states is “SAF’ (Same as Federal), for some states it becomes a nightmare of differences. Add to this the current new enforcement of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act for US Citizens abroad and you have a system that leaves its users sweating and swearing BUT the key is that the USERS ARE NOT THE BENEFICIARIES! The IRS, the big government crowd, the bureaucracy and the lobbyists are all the real beneficiaries of a too-complex tax code.
THE SOLE SOLUTION is to DESTROY the Tax Code AND the IRS. A flat tax, a FAIR tax or the equivalent would be a best step to destroy the ever-growing government but that is what, I fear, will keep it from ever getting passed. The opponents hold the high-ground of precedent and will quash any effort bar a real revolution by voter shift!
Gross, isn’t it? But then that is to be expected from the left
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But Professor, wouldn't it have made more sense to allow the bill to be read first?
This organization has got to go. Any pol who ran on abolishing the IRS would win in a landslide.
Have to pass it to know what’s in it
No way. Maybe 30 yrs ago.
Now 47% pay NO income tax at all and a good number of those get a nice yearly check from the IRS (averaging $3500) called Earned Income Credit.
She got beat to hell with an ugly stick. You can know that because she`s one hell of an ugly woman!