The scandals surrounding the Internal Revenue Service and its attempt to silence conservative groups by denying them the same tax-exempt status given to liberal organizations provides a unique and possible unrepeatable opportunity. That is to get rid of the IRS, reform the tax code and embrace a fair tax.
This will only happen if significant numbers of Americans demand change. Remember change?
No one understands the tax code. It is thousands of pages long and most who file 1040 forms hire someone else to do it for them. I am among them. Politicians use the tax code to favor businesses and individuals who contribute to their campaigns. Eliminating the IRS and replacing it with a fair tax would solve many problems and restore faith in an unworkable system which virtually everyone hates and fears.
Listening to the testimony of people before a House committee ought to fire up opponents of the IRS. These are average people who simply wanted to participate in democracy at the same level as liberal groups do. In many cases they were denied that right. It's unfair and outrageous.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: June 7, 2013