Anxious for results of IRS probe
"The IRS has become morally corrupted by the enormous power which we in Congress have unwisely entrusted to it. Too often it acts like a Gestapo preying upon defenseless citizens," -- Senator Edward V Long, circa 1965.
The recent IRS scandal unfortunately is nothing new. Missouri Senator Long's wise warning to us back then is as true today. The IRS recently admitted that members of the agency targeted conservative groups and were discriminatory in their reviews of their applications for tax-exempt status.
Effectively, these actions silenced the voices of political opposition by squashing their ability to collect tax deductible donations. This sickening behavior threatens our freedom of speech and our freedom in general. Sadly, Senator Long is no longer alive to look out for taxpayers.
Fortunately, taxpayers have Congressman Peter Roskam, who is currently involved in his capacity on the House Ways & Means committee with investigating how widespread these practices were and who knew. I look forward to hearing what they find out.
Christopher C. Faber