Nation needs something that ‘can never be used as a political weapon’
by GINA LOUDON, PhD
The IRS gives annual bonuses of $86.9 million per year but this year, the new acting commissioner of the IRS, Danny Werfel, told employees that those will be eliminated.
“In this unprecedented budget situation, I do not believe the IRS should pay performance awards,” said Werfel, but he added, “The elimination of bonuses was not a reflection on the quality of work done by the agency.”
He said that eliminating the bonuses would prevent furlough days later in the year, as well.
The IRS has come under heavy scrutiny since it became obvious that it was targeting minority groups, such as tea party groups and Jewish organizations.
Criticisms increased when reports came out about lavish spending at conventions, shady contract situations, actual censorship of targeted groups, a real “enemies list,” and the exposure of thousands of taxpayers’ personal Social Security numbers.
WND has been following this story, through the corruptions, the scandals, and now the call for the abolition of the IRS.
The outrage went from religious groups to adoptive families, who all saw themselves as targets of a bureaucracy that is out of control.
Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots told WND that “the discrimination and targeting the IRS engaged with U.S. citizens shows that it is too big and too powerful.”
The tea party activist says political talk is not enough.
“It is time to reform the IRS and the tax code (because) there have been three Taxpayer Bill of Rights passed since the 1980s and yet none of those actually protected the Bill of Rights. It is time to look at repealing the 16th Amendment and replacing the income tax with a tax that is fixed and can never be used as a political weapon again.”
Public opinion now heavily favors the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service. Ending the IRS has been the subject of many cable news shows this week and shows no sign of relenting.
A Wenzel Poll found a solid majority of Americans want the IRS to go the way of the dinosaur. The poll showed there is a reasonable amount of support among Democrats…