Paul L. Caron

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1081

IRS Logo 2Patheos:  President Obama Isn’t Interested in Improving the IRS and His Veto Threat Proves It, by Mark Meckler:

President Obama made it abundantly clear this week that he has no interest in improving the integrity of the IRS by promising to veto at least one of four Republican bills aimed at holding the tax giant to the highest standards.

Here is what the president is so opposed to:

  • Executive bonuses curbed until measurable improvements in taxpayer services are proven
  • Banning the hire of persons with tax debt or other tax-related delinquencies
  • Stopping the IRS from rehiring previous employees who were fired for misconduct
  • Curbing the use of fees to fund extra programs

These sensible components that could help revamp a severely broken and biased system are apparently contrary to the big government goals of this administration. The Office of Management issued a Statement of Administration Policy on Monday that outlined the objections to three of the bills they deem as “unnecessary.”

It seems as though the White House — the same one that promised to be the most transparent in history — is more interested in doing things behind closed doors and continue on targeting its political opposition through the IRS vehicle. President Obama continuously asks for sensible legislation from Republicans and when he gets it and sees that it undermines his agenda, he pulls out the veto threat. It’s not hard to see what he’s after and we must continue the fight to resist becoming his targets.

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But if the GOP actually worked to improve tax administration, where would ISSa and Chaffetz and Jordan and Gowdy get their headlines? How would it mobilize and inflame its base?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Apr 25, 2016 7:17:32 AM

If the GOP were truly interested in improving taxpayer services and compliance, they would work to create better legislation. GOP should rework the legislation with the Executive branch so that Obama does not have to veto it.

Posted by: gator | Apr 25, 2016 6:47:24 AM