In recent memory, has there been a more incompetent agency within the government than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? Many Americans today are quick to respond with "Absolutely not!" as yet another scandal is looming on the horizon.
The IRS was exposed in past months for their shenanigans in targeting conservative groups as part of a political group of thugs hellbent on making sure no one questions their authority. The responsibility for that mess has been passed around like a joint at a Grateful Dead concert with no one willing to be honest for once and admit their culpability. Having been used as a political weapon, the agency seems content to be the scapegoat for those high up in power.
Today, there seems to be yet another instance of the ineptitude of those presently in charge of collecting taxes and, in the future, in charge of making sure the rules of Obamarxcare are followed. The IRS has once again committed a serious faux pas by posting "tens of thousands" of Social Security numbers on their own website, according to nationaljournal.com.
From the article:
" The identifying numbers were on the Internet for less than 24 hours
after being discovered, but the damage was done. And unfortunately, the
data-breach concerns some of the most sensitive types of transactions:
Those made by nonprofit political groups known as 527s."
527 tax-exempt status is generally given to groups who engage in political activities and who gather most of their funds from unlimited "soft money" sources such as individuals who donate to a certain group furthering an agenda the donor wishes to support. Many unions and social activist groups are certified as 527. For a list of the top 50 federally-focused groups, click here. I'm sure you'll find a lot of familiar faces on that list.
In a society where the knowledge of someone's Social Security number can be used to wreak financial havoc on an unwitting victim, many Americans have gone the extra mile to make sure that their critical information is safe. Yet, the IRS seems to care very little about anyone's privacy or the repercussions that could potentially follow. And when the fecal matter hits the fan, there will be plenty of blame to pass on to the schmuck in the next cubicle.
As long as the current administration can keep pitting the societal classes against one another, you can bet your bottom dollar that stories like this will continue to be heard. We are on a very dangerous and slippery slope, folks.
The time to charge the IRS under the RICO statutes is long overdue.