Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Modest Proposal for the IRS: Affirmative Action

But first, the congressional testimony of a woman, Becky Gerritson who filed for 501 (c)(4) status for her Tea Party group, and was stalled indefinitely with intrusive questions:

And now my modest proposal for the IRS. 

The President and his paid liars spokesmen insist that the administration had nothing whatsoever to do with the IRS selectively subjecting Tea Party and similar conservative groups to exaggerated and intrusive scrutiny, and that the actions arose spontaneously from the actions of "a few" (88 and counting) low level agents who thought that it was the proper approach.  Let's assume for a few minutes that they're right.

If so, clearly, the problem is with the culture of the federal government employment and the IRS in particular.  Government employment relies on tax dollars.  Federal government workers, even outside the Washington beltway, are overwhelmingly of a liberal mindset; taxes are a good thing for employing government workers, who do good and valuable things with their time.  There are few conservatives among them to lobby for a smaller federal workforce that does less.  There is, regardless of any other factors, a serious lack of diversity in political opinion in the IRS workforce in particular, and the federal workforce in general.

What I propose is affirmative action with regard to politics.  Congress must pass a law that stipulates that the new hiring for any agency must consist of liberals, conservatives, libertarians and communist in proportion to their representation in the voting population of the country (not the region the federal jobs occur in, which would tend to also be very liberal).  Thus, in time, conservatives could expect to claim approximately half of the federal jobs in the county.

There are some minor issues.  For example, persons claiming the affirmative action quota for a federal job would need to provide evidence that they are, in fact, conservative.  In this day of cell phones with built in cameras, it would be easy to photograph your ballot and present it as proof of your political alignment.  Don't like to reveal your political alignment?  Don't vote and hope for one of the "unaligned" quota spots.  Of course, we won't call them quotas, just "guidelines."

Thus, with a diversity of opinion reflecting the countries split on important issues, the few "rogue" liberal agents in the IRS (and other agencies with a political diversity issue; EPA and Education likely have similar issues), would be balanced by conservatives who would scotch any attempts to twist the agencies goal to a liberal line.  Similarly, liberals would tend to be sensitive to and resentful of conservative attempts to do the same.

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