Opinion: It’s high time to shutter IRS

We’re sure you’ve heard about the latest fail at the IRS. It was recently reported tax return information for “about 104,000” taxpayers was illegally accessed by computer hackers overseas. The stolen information was used to submit fraudulent returns and, as a result, “about $50 million” in refunds were issued. This, of course, is on top of the recent scandal wherein the IRS was caught targeting conservative organizations. We taxpayers finally need to say, “Enough, already. Time to shut it down!” Wherever you find our government, corruption and incompetence are sure to follow. Besides, we’ve always believed that our government has no right to the details of our financial matters. Since we know the Republicans will never have the collective spine to overhaul our tax system, it’s time to look at third-party candidates.

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Your tax dollars are hard at work, fellow Hoosiers. The firefly has been proposed as our official state bug. No, we are not making this up. This would be the breakthrough measure of Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette), who says she’ll sponsor a bill in the next General Assembly that would make the firefly the state’s official insect. What’s next, state-sponsored jars with lids (and the appropriate number of lid punctures to allow for oxygen) for the vaunted state insect? This would be an incredible waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Isn’t there anything important to do down at the Statehouse? This is how much some elected officials do not respect your investment in the governance of this state.

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Next week in the back of your newspaper, you’ll find our Classifieds section, and it will have a new look. We are deploying a new program that automates the collection and display of “liner” ads around the common display ads. Going forward, liner ads may be placed with Raquel Dowley, our office manager, at raquel@youarecurrent.com or 489.4444, ext. 4. Display ads still will go through the usual sales channels, so please contact your sales representative.

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3 Responses

  1. Larry Verrill says:

    The I.R.S. has needed overhauling and restructuring for many years. If the Democrats, Republicans, Independents and any other parties could see their way to work together, we could have some good and useful legislation turned into laws. But we all know this “ain’t gonna happen”. Very few legislators have the people in mind. Most of them are only interested in the perks that go with the job.

  2. Larry Verrill says:

    About the lightning bug, of course your right. It is a waste of the legislatures time and the peoples tax money when there are so many much more important problems to take care of, but how can you ridicule one of a child’s most fun times when they get out in the yard with a net, catch these fascinating insects, do the jar thing and watch them light up their bedrooms……..Shame on you.

  3. Mr. Ed says:

    Mr Verrill, your VOTE on how to fix the IRS and bug choices would be much appreciated. I would propose to have the mosquito as our state bug since they seem to be around from March to December each year. The fireflies usually get here in early June and are gone as the summer sun dries up the landscape.

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