For years, the Internet Revenue Service has been an absolute joke of an agency. We don’t tend to get into name-calling or editorial elaboration on this site too often, but today’s revelation of a major security breach of personal information for 100,000 Americans is simply too insane to allow to slide without commentary.
The most staggering fact that should blow everyone’s mind is that in 2013, $ 5.8 billion in fraudulent tax returns were paid out to hackers and thieves around the world. Please let that sink in. That’s enough money to feed over 32 million starving families in third world countries around the world.
We’re talking about an indifferent, hostile, absolutely corrupt agency that is empowered to destroy lives. Am I being too harsh? Read up on the evil tactics of the IRS in recent years. We won’t even get into the utter debacle of the IRS scandal itself. The fact that an agency so well funded yet so frivolous with their internal activities, political targeting, and utterly corrupt nature has the audacity to allow this hack is completely unacceptable. Rather than simply going after the criminals, the Justice Department should look deeply into the incompetence that led to this hack in the first place. It’s truly criminal.
As ABC News reports:
“That the IRS — home to highly sensitive information on every single American and every single company doing business here at home — was vulnerable to this attack is simply unacceptable,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “What’s more, this agency has been repeatedly warned by top government watchdogs that its data security systems are inadequate against the growing threat of international hackers and data thieves.”
How can an agency with the immense clout that is given to them fail to secure our personal data? How can they spend money going after hundreds of dollars from poor people and yet leave a gaping security flaw like this in place? Most importantly, how can human beings work for such an abusive and obtuse agency and still sleep at night knowing that their efforts are designed specifically to harm other human beings?
The system is designed so poorly that it requires thousands of pages of tax code just to hide the loopholes necessary to keep the whole thing veiled from scrutiny. I am a capitalist, but knowing how disingenuous the United States tax system is makes me sympathize with socialists. As flawed as their concepts are, it’s understandable why they would feel the need to change things based solely on our tax system.
Clearly, I’m passionate about this topic. I’ve never written about it before simply because I knew I would get into name-calling and emotional rhetoric, but the hack was enough to bring forth my vitriol. When it comes to corruption, there’s Monsanto, Russia’s government, and IRS at the top. Everyone else is in a league far below the top three.
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