Said Rahm Emmanuel. Smitty, at the Other McCain, made the same point regarding the IRS scandal (and yes, it is a scandal despite Dan Pfieffer's best attempts to down play it).
But the larger issue, sir, it the system itself. The IRS has now become Checkov’s Gun.
If all that’s done is a appoint a special prosecutor, locate one or two more flagrant folks, and jail them, a major point stands missed.
Let’s break it down:
- Our tax code has completely gone to seed.
- Taxation is not directly tied to a balanced budget.
- Anything you do short of total reform is tacitly agreeing to a fundamentally broken system.
So, Speaker Boehner: don’t let a crisis go to waste in the face of a need for fundamental reform, rationalization, and rebuilding of integrity.