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Opening Arguments

The IRS forever

Yeah, he's probably right, but he doesn't have to sound so smug about it:

The IRS commissioner on Tuesday brushed aside GOP proposals to abolish his agency, insisting the U.S. would have to have a tax collector one way or another. 

“You can call them something other than the IRS if that made you feel better,” the agency’s chief, John Koskinen, said after a speech at the National Press Club.

Republicans have heaped even more criticism upon the agency than usual over the last 22 months because of its improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups.

Of course we will always need a tax collector, but that's the least of what the IRS is. Because the federal government's ever-growing involvement in our lives requires ever-more complicated tax rules to manipulate us, the IRS dictates more of how we live our lives than any other group of people. If we got rid of all the complexity and really simplified the tax code, the collecting part would be all we needed, and we should call it something else, just as a way to purge the bad memories.