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Right now there is a congressional investigation of the IRS’ activities in connection with the tea party related social action groups. There is a great hullabaloo in Washington about how the IRS is overreaching and it sort of generally blends with all of the criticisms of the IRS.
Let me tell you, I’ve been doing this for 37 years; I’ve met hundreds of people in the IRS. People will tell you, there’s as many good and bad people in the IRS as there are in the rest of the population. Let me tell you, that is simply not true. In all of the hundreds of people I have met at the IRS over the past almost four decades; I cannot think of a single one of them who was anything other than polite, and thoroughly professional. If the rest of the population acted the way the IRS does; we would be living in a heaven on earth. The criticism that I hear of the IRS, is to my way of thinking, completely unfounded.
The bulk of the problem coming out of the current investigation of the IRS relates to the fact that congress historically underfunds the IRS. It doesn’t give them enough money to have the resources, have the number of people they need to do the job that they are given; and the money that it has, it doesn’t give them enough to pay the people to stay there long enough to get the experience to do a good job. So, pardon me but the congressional investigations; it’s mostly hypocrisy, it’s to give senators and congressman 10 minutes to get their faces in front of the camera, so they can look good to their constituents. That’s my view of the congressional investigations, I’m happy to defend the IRS.