Your View: Guest Column - Will Congress make IRS follow the law?
BY TOM TAYDUS
As usual, Mike Hughes in his June 16 column “Stupid is as stupid does” relies on lies and half-truths to attack the present administration, never letting the truth get in the way of a good lie.
He would have us believe that the so-called IRS scandal is criminal and yet nothing could be farther from the truth. The IRS has limited resources and uses targeting to determine which groups to audit, such as people who take the home office deductions. He also does not mention that George Bush appointed the IRS commissioner who was in charge during this period.
If Hughes is really against criminal activity then he should be calling for the IRS to follow the 501(c)(4) nonprofit law as it is written. The law says that only those groups with activities “exclusively” for social welfare are entitled to nonprofit statue. The IRS regulations written during the Eisenhower administration (a Republican) illegally changed the wording to “predominately” and I am sure Hughes knows the difference between these two words. The real criminal act is that an agency cannot legally change a law that is passed by Congress. Hughes’ so-called scandal is moot if the law were followed because neither liberal nor Republican groups engaged in political activity would qualify for nonprofit status.
It is also criminal that, except for a couple individuals, members of Congress have ignored this when it came to light at the IRS hearings. Congress takes an oath to uphold our laws and many of them are lawyers, thus officers of the court, and yet they have failed to act to get the IRS to follow the law. Our news media, including the HPE, have also ignored this criminal activity. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a petition to get the IRS to follow the law. I asked Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, to comment and to tell me what she is going to do and she has not responded.
The real questions are: Are we a country of laws or a country driven by so-called political scandals, and why is there this conspiracy of silence by Congress and the news media when there is real criminal activity?
Tom Taydus lives in High Point.
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