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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1013

IRS Logo 2Kay Bell (Don't Mess With Taxes), Would a Cuddly Mascot Make the IRS Lovable? Not to GOP Representatives Still Looking to Impeach IRS Commissioner:

When you say "mascot" to an American, we immediately think of the characters and creatures associated with sports teams.

In Japan, however, mascots have more expansive, and official, roles. The Japanese are obsessed with mascots that range from happy animals to mutated foodstuffs to saucer-eyed humanoids that promote, according to a recent New York Times article, seemingly every town, business and arm of government in the island nation.

And yes, that includes Japanese tax offices. Osaka Prefecture, says the newspaper story, has two different dog mascots for separate tax departments. ...

Tax mascot for the IRS?  Maybe the IRS should consider getting a cute mascot to improve its image and endear it to taxpayers.

It would make all the agency's troubles go away, as people embraced the mascot and the tax efforts it represents. And IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and House Government Oversight Committee members could just hug it all out.

Or not. Some things truly are lost in translation.

Even though the IRS now faces new oversight rules under provisions in the omnibus fiscal 2016 government spending bill that became law on Dec. 18, 2015, some Republican House members of Congress say they will continue their efforts to kick Koskinen out of office. ... And while there's no official effort on the other side of Capitol Hill to remove Koskinen, some Senators seem to share the sentiment that action must be taken to curb IRS actions. ...

And that level of anger and animosity is not likely to be eased by an IRS mascot or, it appears, anything else.

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Comments

The fact that Koskinen has not yet been impeached by the Republican House for his obstruction speaks volumes about the ineffectiveness of the GOP leadership in congress.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Feb 16, 2016 7:58:02 AM

Perhaps a rampant donkey.

Posted by: Forrest | Feb 16, 2016 11:29:48 AM