The Democratic Party was responsible for the Income Tax Amendment so there could be a redistribution of wealth. Rather than redistribute wealth, the Democrats have used the IRS to go after political foes. In David Burnham’s book, “A Law Unto Itself: The IRS and the Abuse of Power” published in 1990, he revealed that Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and William Clinton used the IRS to harass their rivals.
Newspapers opposing the New Deal were particular targets of Franklin Roosevelt. The New Deal was more hype than substance. It was similar to Obama’s stimulus program and with the same results. It didn’t solve the nation’s economic woes.
Besides attacking political rivals, Roosevelt saved the political career of Lyndon Johnson when he stopped an IRS audit of illegal campaign contributions made by a government contractor to Congressman Lyndon Johnson. Johnson continued Roosevelt’s legacy.
John Kennedy abuse of the IRS’s powers foreshadowed Obama’s campaign against conservative groups. Kennedy pushed the IRS to investigate the tax-exempted status of conservative organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Foundation for Economic Education. In addition, he commanded the IRS to force companies to comply with “voluntary” price controls. Anybody who resisted received a personal audit.
In 1999, the Associated Press reported that “officials in the Democratic White House… prompted hundreds of audits of political opponents in the 1990s….” The report was ignored by the Clinton infatuated press.
Finally, a 1991 survey by the nonprofit Josephson Institute of Ethics was very revealing. They interviewed 800 IRS executives. Three out of four executives felt entitled to deceive or lie when testifying before a congressional committee.
So nothing has changed very much in the IRS bureaucracy. The culture of lies and deception continues today.