Should the IRS Pay Special Attention to those Groups Who Believe Taxes are too High?
Is it unreasonable to suppose that groups who are ideologically committed to the proposition that taxes are too high are more likely than other groups to play fast and loose with the tax laws? If so, would it not make sense for the IRS to pay special attention to these groups to make sure they comply? Is this significantly different than paying special attention to those who meet a drug courier profile or to those who match a dangerousness profile upon entering the country?
Of course, it is possible that the IRS paid special attention to conservative groups because of distaste for their politics. But it is also possible that the IRS paid special attention to these groups without regard to their own feelings about the politics of the groups they looked at.
I cannot say that about the Republicans or the Democrats. The Speaker of the House is ready to send someone, anyone, to jail before the facts are determined. Fox News and George Will compare this to Watergate with no evidence that the President was remotely involved. Worse, the Democrats support throwing people under the bus to show their disapproval of what might have happened without a showing that the stigmatized individuals were any more involved in partisan discrimination than the President.
Political meanness, corruption, and cynicism is not a good substitute for political morality.