U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, is a staunch conservative but isn’t as prone as some to let ideology run him off the rails. So his response to the IRS scandal is instructive. “With the power to tax comes the power to destroy,” he said in a statement, “and when the agency with that power becomes corrupt, we have a responsibility to tear it down and start over.”
In fact, the IRS was in need of a tear down and do-over long before the Cincinnati office typed “tea party” into its search engines. Who should have carried out the overhaul? Congress, of course. Even if Congress took on the task now, the odds are that the same forces that produced the current IRS sooner or later would warp a reformed agency into a facsimile of the beast under justified attack today.
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