I Don’t Like This

IDEA (AuditCongress). The response to an abuse of power, such as Daschle or Geithner getting off with tax cheating, is to punish the individual abusing it. You don’t enhance the power of his class. And — trust me on this — if you somehow magically managed to force Congress to submit to this travesty, it would not be very long before the abuse of power such a move represents (Remember: the Constitution forbids bills of attainder for a reason.), it would not be more than a New York minute before the new power was used to the advantage of an incumbent government official — elected, appointed, or civil service.

No. The answer is to obviate the potential abuse of power. If the IRS were constrained to constitutional limits, if tax courts had to hew to the Bill of Rights, there would be little or nothing for the powerful to abuse.

As I say, if you want to get the corruption out of government, you have to get the power out of the halls of government. That is, in fact, the intent of the Constitution, but too many greedy and unscrupulous politicians have been allowed to run amok in DC (and elsewhere) without let.

The problem now is prying the levers of power out of their cold, dead fingers.

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