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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Trust: 71% believe Obama's IRS destroyed emails to hide guilt

What do you call a country where the public believes the taxman plays politics? The United States of America. A Rasmussen poll finds that 71% of the American public believes that the IRS destroyed its emails to hide its guilt in targeting pro-Israel and tea party groups (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
Most voters think it’s likely the IRS deliberately destroyed e-mails about its investigations of Tea Party and other conservative groups to hide its criminal behavior. Two-out-of-three now believe IRS employees involved in these investigations should be jailed or fired, and most suspect the agency of targeting other political opponents of the Obama administration.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that the Internal Revenue Service broke the law when it targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups.  That’s up from 49% earlier this year and back to the level seen last September. Little changed from the early surveys are the 22% who think the IRS did not break the law. Slightly more (25%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
When citizens cannot trust independent agencies to be independent, they are more likely to try to defy the laws that those agencies are meant to enforce. I don't know of anyone famous who said that, but intuitively, it's correct.

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At 12:21 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

Correct in some contexts perhaps, but when citizens find their "independent" entities used as a weapon by government, it can signal a tightening of vise grip. If they can send the IRS after you, why not the other obvious ones (hint: one starts with an N, one a D, one a B).

At 2:12 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

This isn't even an arguable point. America is inches away from "Burning down the Reichstag"

At 3:35 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

Trudy, you're more than welcome to take a chance and not pay your tax bill.

Good luck with that.


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