Monday, March 10, 2014
The bureaucracy, that unaccountable de facto "fourth branch" of the government, is
up to no good, as George Will
points out. Regarding the recent IRS scandal, Will observes:
So, the IRS, far from repenting of its abusive behavior, is trying to codify the abuses. It hopes to nullify with new rules the existing legal right of 501(c)(4) groups, many of which are conservative, to participate in politics. The proposed rules have drawn more than 140,000 comments, most of them complaints, some from liberals wary of IRS attempts to broadly define "candidate-related political activity" and to narrow the permissible amount of this. [links in original, my bold]Had the GOP made good on its Clinton-era promise to dismantle the welfare state "brick by brick", the IRS, if it still existed by now, would hardly be in its current powerful position. As it is, it has been left in place to continue its violations of our property rights even as it starts dictating who will get to exercise freedom of speech. Do note that it is the whole idea of "tax-exempt status" -- which is a concession to the legitimacy of governmental looting of income -- that is driving this power grab. I don't know how this particular pressure-group goodie first arose, but it sounds suspiciously like something the cowardly GOP could get behind. Since when was an inalienable right something we had to beg for from a gang of thieves?
The last time the GOP held power, it failed to even reduce the size of government, let alone take steps to return it to its proper scope. Will it have learned its lesson upon returning to power by the grace of ObamaCare? I am not optimistic, and our ominously shrinking lack of government protection for freedom of speech bodes ill for it having many more chances to do so.