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June 8, 2013

Time to clean house in the IRS

I am writing to express my opinion on the corruption uncovered in the Internal Revenue Service. 

It has been reliably reported the IRS intentionally prevented numerous conservative organizations from acquiring 501(c)(4) status. “Somebody” inside the IRS leaked to certain media organizations confidential information submitted to them by politically conservative organizations, which is illegal. The president himself publicly stated this was inexcusable. However, not a single employee who was involved in the scandal has been arrested. 

IRS top officials have known of this scandal for over a year. The new secretary of the treasury speaks of “restoring confidence in the IRS,” while the director of the Tax-Exempt Organization at the IRS goes before a congressional committee claiming her Fifth Amendment rights. She also claims she did nothing wrong. If she didn’t, somebody else certainly did. Why should anyone believe her? This scandal occurred in her department, on her watch.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was directed to examine a couple in Texas who became involved in two Tea Party organizations; at the same time, the IRS audited their business returns. A wealthy businessman who was backing Mitt Romney was publicly accused of criminal behavior (politics is dirty) and at the same time the IRS audited his business returns. These are more than mere coincidence. Neither IRS audit uncovered anything.

Unless there is a prompt criminal investigation and indictments of the IRS employees who broke the law, we Americans must assume that what has transpired is normal Washington activity and the entire IRS is up to its necktheir necks in politics of the worst kind, with the blessings of Congress. What I have viewed on television leads me to believe that it was far more than a few rogue agents in Ohio. It is time to clean house.

Ronald R. Haus

Mount Vision




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