The recent revelations from the Obama Administration IRS Scandal need to be investigated and the effects of the scandal reconciled with judicial and legislative actions. The IRS Scandal is is just one of the three current scandals, but I’ll focus on that one here:
“As a grim-faced President Obama denounced the “inexcusable” actions of the I.R.S. last week and lawmakers of both parties lined up in Washington on Friday to accuse it of an array of misconduct, everything seemed so clear: the nation’s tax agency had deliberately targeted conservative activists, violating the public trust — and perhaps the law.”
“Americans appear to be taking all three controversies very seriously, with 55% saying the IRS and Benghazi matters are very important to the nation and 53% saying the same thing about the AP case.
“More Republicans than Democrats or Independents say these three issues are very important to the nation, but even among Democrats, nearly half say the matters are very serious,” Holland adds.”
I feel that once all the facts about the harassment are determined for every individual who took part in the scandal, the proper punishment should be administered. Of course, the political fallout starts immediately, that’s a given.
The more important point to me is what should the corrective actions be to provide satisfaction to the discriminated groups abused by the IRS?
We all have heard President Obama say that American should be a fair place. A place where no one is denied fairness. He speaks about that subject quite often.
One way President Obama could immediately act and he would not need to wait for Congress to pass new laws to control the IRS. Those changes will certainly happen. But he can use one of his favorite tools, the Executive Order today:
“United States Presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law, since issuances are typically made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress, some of which specifically delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power (delegated legislation), or are believed to take authority from a power granted directly to the Executive by the Constitution.”
Obama could order that EVERY federal agency is prohibited from discriminating against any group for political reasons. Perhaps he hasn’t thought of this solution yet, but he could do it asap.
However that is not the only step the federal government should take.
Lets look back in our history to see what corrective actions took place in cases of previous discrimination actions. The most visible one to me is the that racial discrimination was handled not only by improving laws against such discrimination, but that an Affirmative Action policy was instituted by the federal government as one way to help minorities get a positive boost in many matters going forward.
Congress should consider passing a law that prohibits every federal agency from discriminating and harassing groups and members of those groups for political reasons. The initial effort of a Remedial Tax Status Affirmative Action law would be to immediately grant the tax-free status of the injured groups discriminated by the IRS. Then for a period of several years, audit the IRS to make sure that tax-free status is maintained without harassment.
That would help resolve the harm committed against those groups by the IRS and make our system of government return to a government by “We The People“; as the Constitution requires.
Update: The Senate Finance Committee sent a letter on May 20, 2013 to the Acting IRS Commissioner asking for more documentation.