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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finally, The House Uses Their Power Of The Purse To Reign In The IRS

Here's the Nonsense:  The House has cut some funding of the IRS and that is a bad idea because it will cause more who cheat on their taxes to get away with it since the IRS won't be able to afford to do as many investigations and audits.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The House action to cut some IRS funding is good news, but there will be tough consequences Americans will pay for it.  The House must do more to get our government under control.

In a report that seems filled with angst, the AP is reporting that John "Spineless" Boehner's House of Representatives has voted to cut the IRS Enforcement Division's budget by $1.25 billion, which is about a 25% cut.  The AP reports it while whining that it is "a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it." They are more interested in having a strong-armed government controlling citizens, especially conservatives, than they are in stopping lawless, out-of-control government.  But will the result be good or bad?

The debate has gone back and forth in conservative circles as to how to reign in the abuses of the IRS.  Many have called upon House Speaker John Boehner to use the power that our constitution gives the House of Representatives to control the money used throughout government.  By cutting funding to things they can have a powerful impact on what happens in our nation.  But until now they have not had the backbone to use that power.  For example, when conservatives were calling for the defunding of Obamacare, which the House had the power to do, those calls fell on deaf ears.  Why Boehner and the other establishment GOP members of the House wouldn't take a stand is up for debate.  Their public reason had to do with bad timing and fear that it would make the GOP look bad for taking on the first black president's signature law.  Personally, I believe they wouldn't take it on because they really don't want it to go away.  I think the establishment GOP wants the power and control that Obamacare gives the government over citizens, just like the Democrats do.  But regardless, it is a perfect example of something that the majority of Americans want stopped and the establishment GOP wouldn't listen and do just that.  

But this time they have actually taken a stand and defunded some of the IRS power.  This is very good news.  This is a good lesson for them that they can use that power they have to do what the American people want.  Even though it's good news, though, will the result be good or bad?  

This is a difficult question.  I agree with the action, but I can see it backfiring on American citizens.  The leftists who control our government are going to be very upset about this.  And leftists are known to retaliate against those who disagree with them.  They cannot stand disagreement, criticism, or even humor.  So my suspicion is that even though this will have an impact on the IRS, I think there's a good chance that the result will be the IRS, and other government agencies, will double-down and use what funding they do have to focus even more on conservatives.  

By doing what they've done, the House may be facilitating harsher actions against conservatives.  What the House needs to do is reign in spending throughout the government.  They have the power and can use it to put pressure on each area of government that is out of control.  Cutting funding to Obamacare, the EPA, etc. will send a message and each time some agency abuses their power, the House should cut even more spending.  And they should not just do it to the agency that is directly involved in that abuse.  They should do it across the board sending the message that an elementary school teacher sends when they tell the class that every time someone misbehaves, everyone will lose privileges.  It adds peer pressure to keep in line those who choose to step out of line.

We must support the House for doing this and let them know we are behind them.  When they do something good they should be encouraged.  But we must also remember that the left will not stop doing what they are doing without a fight.  And that fight will be against the very Americans you see every day at work, in your neighborhood, at your church or synagogue, and everywhere else.