IRS Scandal Just Tip Of Iceberg: Agency’s Been Politically Targeting For Decades, Under Both Parties
by Andrew Kirell
May 15th, 2013
Republicans and much of the political press seem united in outrage over the recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative “tea party” groups for additional tax status scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle, in what many are calling a deliberate act of political harassment. It is pleasing to see broad condemnation of what can only be interpreted as governmental abuse of power, but in order to move forward with better policy, partisans on both sides need to realize: This instance of IRS harassment is nothing new.
The indispensable libertarian journalist James Bovard pointed out in the Wall Street Journal this morning that since its inception, the IRS has often used its enormous power and information-gathering skills for explicitly political ends.