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Impeachment of IRS Commissar John Koskinen begins

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House conservatives formally introduced a resolution yesterday aimed at removing the defiantly corrupt IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from office. The impeachment resolution could see a vote this week.

Rep. John Fleming, R-La., a sponsor of the resolution, offered the measure under special procedures that put the House of Representatives on track to vote Thursday. on the effort.

As Fox News reports:

Conservatives say Koskinen hampered Congress’ effort to investigate the IRS for tough assessments of Tea Party groups that sought tax exemptions several years ago. Koskinen denies that.

“For years the IRS has abused its power to target people based on their political views. Commissioner John Koskinen not only did nothing about it, but continued the trend of deception by deliberately keeping Congress and the American people in the dark,” Fleming said in a statement Tuesday. “To date no one has been held accountable and no one will unless we move forward with a resolution to require a vote on his impeachment.”

It’s a worthy cause. Koskinen has long been out of control.

Incidentally, Joely Friedman looked at the IRS targeting scandal in the March 2016 issue of Organization Trends.

To no one’s surprise, left-winger Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute attacks efforts to hold Koskinen accountable. Long an apologist for corruption, Ornstein assumes the motives of Koskinen and the IRS were pure and attacks Republicans for trying to do something about this cretin who should be rotting in prison.

Ornstein wrote previously at the worthless Atlantic magazine website that

The Republican reaction to the IRS bungling was a clever and sustained effort to use the hated agency as a way to mobilize an angry constituency on the right, to enhance turnout in subsequent elections, and to raise money. The effort already succeeded at intimidating the agency—including Koskinen—from developing a new clear and appropriate standard, a bright line test, for achieving 501(c)4 designation, and even got the IRS, in a move that defies the law and common sense, to accept Crossroads GPS as a social-welfare organization.

There is a broader motive here, coming from radical forces that want to blow up all of government as we know it. Intimidating, undermining, and destroying the IRS’s capacity to carry out its role, to collect all the tax money that’s owed, to starve government, makes all agencies perform more poorly, and leads to a backlash against government. The poor service that results from cutting personnel also alienates taxpayers, frustrates their efforts to keep up with tax law, and makes it easier to evade the law.

Blah blah blah. It’s garbage. Nobody’s trying to kill the IRS.

(photo credit: Paul Morigi Photography, April 8, 2015,[email protected]/17224623735)