Republicans and some conservatives are calling for a special prosecutor to investigate criminal activity at the IRS. Andrew McCarthy thinks that is a bad idea because it attempts to solve the wrong problem. The real problem is political accountability of Government regulatory agencies. Not that criminal activity isn’t also a problem but unless the out-of-control political structure isn’t changed finding the culprits and prosecuting them could just be a band aid to fight cancer. A few corrupt criminals are just the symptoms of a highly politicized IRS and a special prosecutor allows them to get all the attention while the cancer metastasizes.
McCarthy makes the case this way:
The special counsel is a legal anomaly. More important, pushing for one sends entirely the wrong signals. It indicates that criminal culpability takes precedence over political accountability. Worse, it suggests that the evil here is the malfeasance of a few government officials. To the contrary, the problem is a perversely complex regulatory framework that gives the IRS — which should simply collect taxes based on an easily knowable formula — enormous discretionary power to discriminate and intimidate. That makes the IRS an un-American weapon, particularly when it is controlled by an Alinskyite will-to-power administration.
Sure, we can worry about prosecuting the weapon-wielders at some point. The urgent problem here, though, is the weapon itself. Our energy should be devoted to exposing the scandal in the light of day and shaming Washington into dismantling the IRS — which is actually planned to swell markedly, and grow even more intrusively offensive, under Obamacare.
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