John Ransom

Here’s a good idea: Let’s assemble the crew at America’s Got Talent or American Idol and let each department head or secretary in the federal government get up on stage and make the case why they are so darned important before we agree to fund their activities for another year.

We can call it American Ideal.

We can have the folks at Citizens Against Government waste, who have identified “557 recommendations that would save taxpayers $580.6 billion in the first year and $1.8 trillion over five years,” act as panelists for the show. The live audience can be Tea Party “terrorists” and “arsonists,” as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi call them.

And if we can’t do that, could we at least make the employees of the IRS stand naked on stage while we throw rotten vegetables at them? We can ask Congress—both chambers—to join them.

I am absolutely, 100 percent in favor of getting rid of the IRS today. Do not wait, do not pass go; do not let them collect $200 dollars.

Increasingly people I know—conservatives—feel like they are being targeted by federal regulators, not because they have done anything wrong, but because of their political views.

It’s happened with people I know in banking and people I know in financial services. And I see it happening in the news as well.

This week Dr. Ben Carson spoke out about an IRS audit that just coincidentally happened after he spoke out about Obamacare during the National Prayer Breakfast, which Obama attended.

“The latest revelation came Thursday from Dr. Carson,” reports the Washington Times, “the renowned neurosurgeon who told The Washington Times that he was targeted for an audit just months after he gave a speech in front of President Obama that challenged America’s leadership. The agency requested to review his real estate holdings and then conducted a full audit.”

Of course liberals are suspicious that the rest of us are suspicious of these actions by the IRS. Perhaps it’s because they don’t get audited.

Writes David Zurawik, TV columnist for the Baltimore Sun, Carson’s hometown paper:

Ben Carson is back on Fox News and knee deep in innuendo again against the Obama administration.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.