Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is determined to link the White House, and President Barack Obama, to the so-called IRS scandal, even though there is no proof one exists.
I wholeheartedly agree that no group or individual should be persecuted by the IRS for their beliefs. But there is a much larger issue here and we should take a step back to see why this might have occurred.
There is little doubt that the IRS' approach to determining whether to grant tax-exempt status should be politically even-handed, without regard to partisan affiliation. But this kerfuffle is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
"It's not that the system is broken," says the conservative populist Governor Buddy Roemer, "it's that it's bought." The question that logically follows is what we, the American people, can do about it. How can we remove the corroding influence of money in politics?
As many of us scurry to gather our receipts and recollect the donations we made in 2012, there is a chorus of folks who say that the predicted elimination of the deductibility of charitable donations will result in fewer people giving or people giving less. My response is that it will not.