IRS Silent In Face Of Congressional Demand For Discriminatory Documents

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Last Friday, the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives demanded the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) turn over copies of all internal communication that referred to self-styled conservative groups that contained words like “conservative,” patriot” or “tea party.”

As of Tuesday, despite mounting revelations that the IRS may be guilty of more than just discriminating against conservatives during an election season, the agency hadn’t replied. CNS News reports that Wednesday is the deadline that the Ways and Means committee had established for the IRS to come clean.

The agency’s acting commissioner is set to testify before the Ways and Means Committee this Friday, at a hearing that also will hear testimony from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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