Can an entire agency essentially plead the Fifth? It’s starting to look like the IRS purchased the old Soviet Bloc’s iron curtain and is using it to insulate itself from legitimate inquiry, by both the Treasury Department Inspector General and Congress. The agency’s arrogant belief that it is somehow an autonomous unit that exists outside of the laws that govern everyone else is yet another reason for substantial reform (and by “reform”, I mean tearing it down and building something new, with a drastically restricted scope of responsibility; along these lines, Jay Leno has the right idea).
Congress created this monster, and it is up to Congress to rein it in. It’s time for subpoenas all around, and immunity for those employees who know where the bodies are buried and are willing to talk. And, while we’re at it, a hefty budget cut seems in order, given the agency’s rampant impecuniousness .
Update : Jeffrey Lord at The American Spectator takes a look into the Democratic snake pit and spies former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman writhing happily in company with the likes of tax cheat Charlie Rangel and various George Soros allies. It is this kind of stuff that makes me wonder whether democracy in America has not entered its final, kabuki phase.
Come to think of it, it's getting more and more difficult to point at any place on the chart of leftist organizations that hasn't received some kind of support from Soros. The man is an international menace. To Soros, democracy is what his furniture store was to Al Capone: a mere front.