Paul Ryan unloaded on the IRS commissioner during last week’s hearings. It’s pretty sweet:
I’ll tell you what really got me about this video: the arrogant smug look on that fuck Koskinen’s face. That’s the look of a man who knows he’s full of it and who knows he has Democrats on the committee who will carry his water for him. He clearly doesn’t give a damn that he has lied to Congress, misled them, mysteriously lost documentation. And he has the arrogance to insist he and his criminal agency have done nothing wrong.
Ryan has a critical point: we are expected to maintain our records for seven years (at least). If we can not document some expense or deduction, the law assumes that we have committed a crime (and under Sarbanes-Oxley, corporations face felony charges for losing emails). But the IRS is now demanding the presumption of innocence .. for them. The insist that we give them the benefit of a doubt that they never give us.
Here’s what we should do with the IRS: burn it to the ground. I don’t mean literally (although that would be fun). I mean dismantle and replace it with a completely new agency. We need something like the IRS to make sure people pay their taxes. But we do not need an agency that is so consumed with its own vanity, so drunk on its own power and so convinced of its own superiority that it can act in this fashion.
Whether or not there is something to the IRS scandal is kind of a sideshow at this point. We have a rogue unaccountable agency that can not document its own behavior but can seize the property of American citizens and make their lives hell. Get rid of it. Kill it. Drive a stake through its heart. And build a new revenue agency that is accountable, consistent and serves the people rather than servicing them the way a bull services a cow.