At a tax symposium at Pepperdine Law School last week, former IRS chief counsel Donald Korb was asked, “On a scale of 1-10 … how damaging is the current IRS scandal?”
His answer: 9.5. Other tax experts on the panel called it “awful,” and said that it has done “tremendous damage.”
I think that’s right. And I think that the damage extends well beyond the Internal Revenue Service. In fact, I think that the government agency suffering the most damage isn’t the IRS, but the National Security Agency. Because the NSA, even more than the IRS, depends on public trust. And now that the IRS has been revealed to be a political weapon, it’s much harder for people to have faith in the NSA.
As I warned President Obama back in 2009 after he “joked” about having his enemies audited, the IRS depends on trust.
Since then, of course, the new “weaponized IRS” has, in fact, come to be seen as illegitimate by many more Americans. I suspect that, over time, this loss of moral legitimacy will cause many to base their tax strategies on what they think they can get away with, not on what they’re entitled to. And when they hear of someone being audited, many Americans will ask not “what did he do wrong?” but “who in government did he offend?”
h/t to Jim22
The various US agencies that have become ‘Weaponized’ have not lost the trust of the people. They have willingly, knowingly, squandered it. Americans have long trusted their government but no longer do. The public servants have become corrupt and are perceived by the people as being corrupt. When that happens the government becomes ineffective. The people no longer follow the rules and the laws. They learn to do what they can outside the law.
I had friends that once prided themselves on jumping through all the convoluted hoops to “be legal” with their firearms. They registered all their weapons (even those that were private sales) with the BATF. They took the required “hunter safety class” to obtain a concealed carry permit. They paid all of the ridiculous fees and submitted to the FBI background check.
Today, the majority of my friends claim that they are doing most of their business “under the table.” One confessed that “if I can find a private sale; someone that is not a dealer wanting to sell his gun, I’ll pay extra in cash just so I don’t have to go through the BATF… I don’t want then to know what I have. I mean, I don’t trust them.” Unfortunately, in the new “Obama” government, this mentality is not uncommon. It’s a sad world that we live in.