The Internal Revenue Service, the most feared of all government agencies, may be getting a taste of their own medicine. House Republicans intend to pass legislation next week that cuts the budget of this embattled entity by roughly 3%. That may not sound like much, but in this day and age when a budget increase of less than requested funding is lamented as a cut, it is something. $341 million somethings to be precise.
The utter hypocrisy of the IRS is obscene. When a tax payer “loses” a relevant document, it is a felony. When the IRS does it 1000 fold, it’s a “mistake”. Should a Christian group produce propaganda related to members of another faith, it is justification for an audit. When the IRS singles out conservatives and Christians for unrelenting scrutiny, it’s a “phony” scandal. If a private company were to waste thousands of dollars on an educational parody, they’d be out thousands of dollars. When the IRS does it, they should seek a budget increase and admit it “did not reflect the best stewardship of resources.”
With all the aforementioned scandals in the headlines, the Obama Administration had the audacity to request a $1 billion dollar increase in the IRS budget for 2015. All told, the House bill funds the IRS at $10.95 billion, which still seems ridiculous. And, this agency, replete with its blithering idiots, will soon have influence over the health care of all the taxpayers of the United States of America.
The silver lining in this wrist slapping exercise is that the legislation proposed also prevents the IRS from altering regulations regarding tax-exempt groups. Provisions are detailed to regulate bonuses, employee conduct, and the investigation of current employees’ personal taxes. It seems the language would also require greater detail in the budget justifications of the agency and actually prohibit the further implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“At a time when the IRS has demonstrated little ability to either self-police or self-correct, the IRS has even more authority over Americans’ health coverage,” the committee wrote. “The committee finds this expansion of IRS authority to be unacceptable and, therefore, prohibits funding to implement the individual mandate and prohibits transfers from the Department of Health and Human Services to fund the IRS’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”
Upon almost certain House approval, the bill would move on to the Senate. There Harry Reid is expected to do what he typically does: nothing. The mid-term elections are critical. If the Republicans do not pick up seats in the Senate, this type of legislation will remain largely ceremonial. No matter how well intended or even revenge riddled, the House and all its “purse power” are beholden to the whims of a Senate full of troglodytes and ideologues.
H/T: The Blaze