It is said even a broken clock is right twice a day.
That’s probably a substantially better record than Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., can boast.
However, I’ve found a point of agreement with the woman who once claimed Osama bin Laden’s appeal throughout the Muslim world had to do with his “building of day-care centers.”
Murray discovered the Internal Revenue Service has been, until recently, collecting information on the party affiliations of taxpayers in 20 states. She called the practice an “outrageous violation of the public trust.”
Of course, she’s right that the practice is outrageous. But “public trust”? What does the public trust have to do with the IRS? Does the public trust the IRS?
And while it is indeed outrageous that the IRS would be collecting political data on Americans, is it more outrageous than collecting the most private, personal, financial information? I mean, for heaven’s sake, the IRS snoops in your medical affairs, the most intimate financial matters, it collects parts of your paycheck before you ever see it. And yet Murray believes this is an agency that has the public trust.
Americans see the IRS as the U.S. version of the Gestapo. Mentioning the phrase “public trust” in the same sentence with those three initials is a non sequitur.
And while I do appreciate Murray raising awareness of this little IRS horror, I’m puzzled by her recent concern about possible political abuse by the agency and by those who control it.
“This agency should not have that type of information,” Murray said. “No one should question whether they are being audited because of party affiliation.”
Of course, I agree. But where was Murray’s righteous indignation from 1993 through 2000, when her friends in the Clinton administration used the IRS to have their way with anyone who crossed Bill or his wife?
From the erupting bimbos, to the non-profits critical of Democratic policies, to independent journalists uncovering scandals in the White House, no political adversary of the Clintons went unscathed. They were all audited, including me – the guy who first broke the story of the worst abuse of the IRS in the history of America.
The political abuse of the IRS during the Clinton administration is one of the great unpunished crimes of the century.
Richard Nixon was on the verge of being impeached for abusing the IRS, and all he did was attempt to get his IRS director to target enemies. Nixon was turned down flat, according to the best available evidence. Yet Clinton succeeded where Nixon failed.
The list of individuals and corporations and foundations suspiciously audited during that era is staggering. There were virtually no audits of groups friendly to the Clintons. I guess we’re supposed to believe that is a coincidence.
But my case has always defied coincidence.
When my non-profit news organization was audited in 1996, the IRS agent told our accountant it was “a political case and the decision will be made at the national level.”
Another agent suggested it was appropriate that our investigative news organization be audited because we had published unflattering information about the president in an election year.
And lastly, a Treasury Department investigation of our case later found that the audit was indeed, as we had always suspected, triggered by direct intervention of the White House.
Am I pleased that the IRS was collecting information about the party affiliation of U.S. taxpayers? Absolutely not.
Personally, I think the IRS should be abolished. Americans will never be free as long as the government can take their money by force and have access to their most private and personal information of law-abiding citizens for the purpose of squeezing every red cent it can get from them.
But could it be that Patty Murray and her Democratic friends in the U.S. Senate are unaware of the abuses of the IRS perpetrated by the Clintons on their political enemies?
As long as this abuse goes unpunished – and largely unexposed – the risk that it will happen again is nearly 100 percent.