The most powerful people in America are now bureaucrats. The IRS scandal shows it starkly. Lois Lerner and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, in hearings before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, basically told Congress to stuff it. Attorney General Eric Holder has made it clear he will not prosecute any government officials or their agencies for blatantly illegal conduct. The rule of law is now dead for bureaucracies and public agencies in America, at least at the Federal level.
Mark Fitzgibbons writes on How to control the IRS and America’s untouchable caste of bureaucrats:
Law professor Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit is among those who believe that government officials need more civil and criminal liability for their bad acts. There are some private remedies on the books, but they are too weak to be effective.
The National Organization of Marriage sued the IRS for illegally disclosing its donors, and recently settled for $50,000. Taxpayers paid the penalty, and lawbreakers within the IRS suffered no adverse consequences.
The way to control this epidemic of government law-breaking is to allow citizen victims to sue, and legislate personally liability for bureaucrats guilty of willfully illegal conduct.
If the GOP were serious about tackling government abuse, it would initiate legislation now and even add private remedies to its platform. That would have wide support from the public.
Until government bureaucrats face the consequences of meaningful remedies, they will continue to act like America’s untouchable class.
Therein lies a tremendous opportunity for the GOP. With this the GOP could repeat the success it had with the “Contract with America” in 1994. Will Republicans grab this low hanging fruit and run with it? Naw, they’re too busy trashing their own voters.