Ryan Unloads

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.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    As long as we are looking at re-organizing and/or eliminating government agencies, DOE can just fucking go away (and somebody beat Carter to death with a rubber hose for creating it), Homeland Security needs a 90% reduction in workforce, and the EPA just needs to be up on charges of being a collection of assholes.

  2. Hal_10000 *

    I’ve mentioned this before, but our government should cycle all its agencies through a complete replacement on a 15-20 year cycle. Each year one agency is completely demolished and rebuilt (or eliminated, in the case of Commerce). Those bureaucrats who have not retired or can not be early retired go to other agencies. Bring in fresh blood that doesn’t think the way the old one did. That forces you to not just review every program (which usually results in about 2 in 50,000 being killed). It forces you to build from scratch an agency that is only doing what it absolutely has to.

  3. Xetrov

    Not sure if collection agencies trying to get my money would be better or worse than the IRS. Probably more annoying, with less pound-me-in-the-ass-prison risk.