Editorial at Investors Business Daily
Corruption: Senate Republicans are proposing to ban IRS workers from belonging to a union. Given the recent revelations of misconduct and possible criminality, this should have come much sooner.
Tucked into a congressional bipartisan report on political interference at the IRS is a statement that — quite accurately — says “it is virtually impossible for the IRS to maintain the reality, much less the appearance, of neutrality and fairness to all taxpayers,” when so many IRS employees “are members of the highly partisan and left-leaning National Treasury Employees Union.”
We hope this proposal is the beginning of the dismantling of the IRS, a vicious government agency, more police force than tax collector. The political targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups under former official Lois Lerner is only a part of the IRS’ sordid history.
Lives of many ordinary Americans have been ruined by vindictive agents.
Stories of “the wrath of the unforgiving IRS” and its “abusive practice of conducting searches without a warrant and seizing assets without a trial” are not new.
Anything that begins to change the IRS’ hostile behavior toward taxpayers and can lead to its ultimate dissolution is welcome. Who knows? It might just be the start of an effort to rid the entire federal workforce of unions.
Government workers should never have been allowed to organize in the first place.
Public-sector unions have no adversary sitting across the table from them during negotiations.
The unions want more money, benefits and power, and policymakers, who supposedly represent taxpayers, give in to union demands because it’s not their money they’re handing out. And the clout they grant the unions is power they can share.
Politicians also know that if they give in to organized labor’s demands, they cultivate a voting block that will turn out for them on election day and give money.
Franklin Roosevelt, known as a friend of unions, said himself that it is “impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government employee organizations.” Even AFL-CIO founding President George Meany understood government unions are a bad idea.
The Senate Republicans’ proposal will be one of the most intensely resisted ideas ever floated in Washington. But that recommends it.
If Washington likes something enough to fight for it, that’s usually confirmation that it needs to go.
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We need a new Speaker
(Hat tip: “B-Squared”)
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Gleefully bashing Miss Crazy!
Separated at Birth:
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