This blog is mostly a way for me to vent whimsical thoughts. Internet banter, with a few of my pals, from around the world. I don’t take it too seriously, and I don’t want to rant about all the stinky political issues that are streamed 7 x 24 x non-stop everywhere else.
But there is one issue that puts chills down my spine. Armed with Big Data technologies, the US Government, is conducting its affairs with a bias against people/organizations which are not aligned with the political leadership’s agendas. In the current case, it is the Internal Revenue Service potentially denying citizens of their legal right to participate in the political process.
Yesterday the Journal reported that former IRS official Lois Lerner has been interviewed about the targeting by the Justice Department even as she continues to cite her 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to testify before Congress.
This issue, at the surface, may appear to be just another Dem vs. Repub battle. But there is much more lurking below the surface.
The Executive branch (in this case, the IRS), implements laws that the Legislative branch creates. They must allow their actions to be reviewed by the Legislative branch. If serious differences in interpretation arise, the Judicial branch will step in to settle the score. (please note: obviously I’m not a constitutional lawyer – many details have been omitted or misstated).
But what really SHOCKS ME is how compliant most of the US media (formerly described as Journalists) have been on this issue. IMHO, Nixon’s Watergate scandal was child’s play compared to what is going in here.
For a serious discussion on this topic, coming from taxation experts, give this a read:
Mar. 7, 2014 08:45 AM ESTMore Arrogance and Secrecy From the IRS
The IRS will go to great lengths not to be scrutinized. And that breeds an atmosphere of no accountability — which leads to arrogance. We have seen that arrogance consistently throughout the congressional investigations of several IRS officials. And where will it lead us? Not to a good place, especially for those of us getting ready to file our yearly income tax returns. A tax collector that treats its “customers” as guilty until proven innocent is a tax collector out of control. That is precisely what the national taxpayer advocate has been warning about. If IRS officials don’t believe they are accountable to Congress, the rest of us don’t stand a chance.
If you’re a left-leaning politico, you should be very nervous about what happens when those evil right wing repubs get their hands on the controls. What do you think Sarah Palin would do with this much power? LOL!
And if you’re an independent-minded American citizen, you should be very nervous about how Big Gov will take advantage of the mountains of personal data they will have when (if?) the Affordable Healthcare Act kicks in. Big IRS + Big Health will have voracious appetites, with questionable missions.
It seems to me that Big Gov is out to take care of Big Gov first. It’s not clear that they’re out to take care of me and my interests. Makes me wonder what Governance is intended to accomplish?