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Congress should impeach the IRS commissioner — or risk becoming obsolete

Congress should impeach the IRS commissioner — or risk becoming obsolete | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The power of impeachment is Congress’s best tool to fight executive overreach.
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Mr. Will, as is often the case, misses the real issue in favor of opposing government as an evil. The real problem is that too much of the government is administered badly. This doesn't demonstrate venality on the part of appointees but rather the thinness of the bench of government employees and the tendency for inept paper-pushers to end up in government while the more competent people flow into business. Of course, there are some outstanding and dedicated civil servants, but not as many as were once available. Part of this is due to the failure of the political system to offer compensation that is as good as the money to be earned in the private sector, especially with all the ways for businessmen to avoid paying taxes. Also, the politicos have reduced the benefits of government workers. Another problem is the failure to create meaningful metrics for civil service tenure and pay-grade increases. Of course, Commissioner Koskinen is not a civi servant but a political appointee, but his career is more about trying to rescue badly functioning organizations than about politics. In fact, he is almost a poster boy for the unknown appointee circuit having done such meaningful things as being President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Chair of the President's council on Year 2000 conversion, yeah Y2K. So, how about we make government service once again an honor sought by the competent and skilled?
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Rand Paul Claims Damning IRS Memo Exists

Rand Paul Claims Damning IRS Memo Exists | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) claimed Sunday that the Internal Revenue Service had a "written policy" that said agency officials were "targeting people who were opposed to the president." "And when that comes forward, we need to know who wrote the policy...
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This sounds like horse shit to me. For a political leader to make pronouncements based on rumors suggests that we should send him back to the minor leagues. He damned well better be able to back this up with real evidence.

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Tough tax rules see expats ditch US passports

Tough tax rules see expats ditch US passports | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Expatriate Americans are renouncing their citizenship in record volumes because of increasingly onerous tax-filing requirements.
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Should Americans have to pay income tax is they are living abroad? I would say yes because they continue to be eligible for American protection and services and especially yes if their incomes or the wealth which they now possess came from the states. On the other hand, the process should be simplified and the tax not unduly onerous. One thing I always thought the Soviet Union was right about was requiring repayment for education when people chose to emigrate. If a country has invested in your human and economic capital that state has a claim on you. On the other hand, the poor and those seeking refuge status, be they from the U.S. or any country have an argument against owing anything to a country that has not provided them government protection. Your thoughts?

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