Tuesday, February 23, 2010

IRS Facing Rising Threats

Joe Stack's murderous plane crash certainly garnered the most media coverage, but it was hardly an isolated incident.

There were 1,200 threats and assaults against IRS employees from 2001 to 2008, resulting in 195 convictions, according to officials. J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, said threats that once averaged 170 or so a year are now up to about 900.

Some recent examples: a man in tax trouble hired someone to kill an IRS employee in Tampa, Fla.; an Alabama man tried to use his car as a deadly weapon by driving into an IRS building; and two arsonists in Colorado Springs, Colo., used a sledge hammer to break into and then torch an IRS building.

Some threats are so serious that armed escorts join IRS employees at meetings with potentially dangerous taxpayers.

A growing number of citizens are lashing out at the IRS for perceived injustices and incompetent governance.

This is only the beginning. As the government spends us deeper into debt, and continues its steady encroachment on our freedoms, more people will be driven to violence.

With two misguided wars, a string of corporate bailouts, and a central bank more concerned with lining bank executives' pockets than protecting the value of our currency, our government is losing its citizen-bestowed mandate.

It is becoming obvious who the government is working for, and it clearly isn't us. So why, many will ask the IRS, should we have to pay for it?

No comments:

Post a Comment