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Apparently, this is the first time that the IRS has been investigated with grand jury subpoena power.

I'm not trying to bring up how sketchy Clinton was. I think that whatever party you affiliate with, you should be interested to hear about IRS abuses.


It's nice to see someone not as cynical as I about the grand jury process. Let's hope you're right and I'm wrong. Don't get me wrong, I've both seen some IRS abuses and heard about a lot other purported ones over the years. However, given the nature and history of this particular independent counsel's investigation, I think an audit of his books would be much more illuminating.

Naturally my opinions are influenced by the 25 years I spent in the IRS. They are also informed by same. I was there in the Watergate years when Mr. Nixon tried like crazy to use the agency politically and was met with refusal by the Commissioner. I've endured countless attempts by Congressional staff to influence case actions, usually a request not to enforce the law their bosses had written. I was in the room during the incredibly biased and fakey 1999 hearings on IRS abuses that propped up Bill of Rights 3. BTW, even though the agency couldn't comment without taxpayers' consent, the truth about those trumped up abuses finally came out.

I don't know what current figures are, but in my day the IRS numbered about 100,000 employees. I'm doubtful that you could gather any 100,000 adults and find that none has ever misbehaved in his job. That said, I'm aware of not one instance of successful tries at political use of the agency.

If any IRS employee has acted with political motivation on a case, that employee should be in jail. If someone manages to prove up widespread agency political abuse, I'll be stunned.

Phil
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