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Rep. Tom Rooney on IRS: ‘Tear it down and start over’

by George Bennett | May 20th, 2013


Responding to the unfolding revelations that the Internal Revenue Service singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, says it’s time to “tear it down and start over.”

Rooney is co-sponsoring bills that take aim at the IRS and its key role in implementing Obamacare.

“With the power to tax comes the power to destroy, and when the agency with that power becomes corrupt, we have a responsibility to tear it down and start over,” a Rooney statement says. “The IRS has proved that it is both biased and corrupt, and I have completely lost faith in its ability to enforce the tax code honestly, fairly and effectively, and so have my constituents.”

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, quickly called for an investigation of the IRS while Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, used the IRS scandal to take aim at the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Read about it in this week’s Politics column.

104 Responses to “Rep. Tom Rooney on IRS: ‘Tear it down and start over’”

  1. ted Says:

    Typical of Deutsch and Frankel, politicize any situation,blame somebody else, deflect the truth as opposed to face the FACTS and correct whats wrong.

  2. Ric T. Says:

    I see “O” fired the acting director. Was he also paid off? Was this the break in a possible connection to the White House??
    We’ve seen cover ups from the W.H., especially concerning the terrorist attack on our embassy.(let happen by H. Clinton(Hanoi Jane type)

  3. Nemo Says:

    The IRS is illegal according to the US Constitution.
    The abuse of power and arrogance of big socialist governments have gotten out of control under the Obama regime. It is time for impeachment and to abolish the IRS.

  4. Mark Says:

    Why not just tear it down and leave that way…

  5. OBIWAN Says:

    “Firing” the Acting Director two weeks before his voluntary retire date…
    … and promoting the Chief of the Non-Profit to Chief of BARAMAcare…

    … illustrates the White House orders were executed pretty close to expectations.

    Or is this the new Marxist version of The Peter Principle? Larry Peter would not be impressed!

    Others brag it is part of their vaunted ‘ground game’… it worked to get a whackjob elected again as Pretender in Chief

  6. trust funder Says:

    Why wouldn’t he want to tear it down? They want him to pay his fair share of the giant trust fund he got from Mommy and Daddy.

  7. nativewooder Says:

    This same song has been touted for years, usually by trustfunders or someone feeding at the public trough. Tear it down and start over, again and again and again.

  8. throbo Says:

    What does he want to replace it with?

    Watch out whenever both political parties agree on something.

  9. You are the Next IRS Target Says:

    Everyone should be outraged with the IRS for singling out certain groups over other groups.

    (The directive to do these investigations comes from those above.

    In your daily job does your boss give you any direction? Would YOU on your own institute investigations like this; or would you be acting on behalf of a directive from your boss?) Think about that when you are at work.

    If you are going to inquire, make sure that inquiry extend to ALL groups! If not, then that is discrimination.

    This travesty happened under President Obama’s watch. The Buck stops at his desk. Stop shunting the problem to someone else. Man up! It is the President’s responsibility, he appoints the Secretary of Treasury, who is in charge of the IRS.

    If one excuses the abuses in this case, then when republicans take office and the same thing is done; should that be excused, too? OR will there be outrage?


    Now, just imagine you, as an ordinary citizen, being targeted and abused by the IRS.

    To have the IRS now linked to ObamaCare and our tax forms is downright scary.

    Who trusts the IRS?

    Shame on President Obama for not being more aggressive in this situation.

    “Firing” an IRS official, who was retiring in less than 30 days is not solving this inherent problem in the IRS.

    Phoning a lawyer to ASK them to ASK a certain question at a tax conference, so you as an IRS administer can apologize for IRS’s targeting behavior just shows how duplicitous the IRS is!


    Where is Congresswoman Lois Frankel on this matter?

    How about Congressman Ted Deutch and Debbie Wasserman schultz?

    It’s amazing that their mouths are closed on this issues which impacts ALL citizens of every political persuasion.

    Shame on them for not speaking out and those who go silent.

    When they go SILENT, that means there is a serious problem.

  10. A Retired IRS Agent Says:

    To: You are the Next IRS Target Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Bravo !! Your comment is 100% accurate, and I agree with you.

  11. Shan Says:

    Having been audited personally more than once, I know the IRS does not normally target “groups” so much so as they target “criteria”. If your tax data show enough inconsistencies with the IRS normal bell curves, you can be assured, regardless of who you are, they will be on your case.
    As for liars & deceivers like Karl (Marx) Rove making remarks like “If this had happened on the Republicans watch, the liberals would be screaming/outraged”. Well, guess what Karl, it DID happen just a few years ago (2004) under “W’s watch” when the IRS audited the NCAAP for over 2 years costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars and trying to destroy them financially by taking away their tax-exempt status. The end conclusion – “They were found to have done NOTHING wrong after all the crap. What really bothers me with too many postings by politicians and some people alike are the “convenient amnesia” comments that act like certain facts do not or have ever existed. God help the growing idiocy in this country!!

  12. Downtown Danny Says:

    I’m glad they “targeted” these phony tea party fronts for the Koch brothers – 2 brothers who have made billions off of polluting America (including Florida – see what their Georgia Pacific plant has done to north Florida) are using these groups to subvert American law and corrupt the system so they can continue to pollute.
    The Koch’s have funneled millions into these groups and then directed them to go after democrats. That is the fact.

  13. OBIWAN Says:

    You need to get your facts straight before spoutin’ your leftist views. Nowhere in your argument are you able to validate sticking your knob in the backside of a dead rodent.

    Nowhere in the budget plan is it calling for implementation of a better way to use a glory-hole.

    I am shocked that you would even support a law that gives equal treatment under the law to bisexual gypsies.

  14. LicenseToSteal Says:

    This is out of control government. I agree with Mr. Rooney, however I would go a step further and tear down the Federal government. The people need more control over issues and the Federal government.

    People should be allowed to vote on Federal issues, especially when it comes to giving the Congress a raise.

  15. Hymon Weiner Says:

    South side Chicago style politics! This administration will go down as one of the most corrupt in US history.

  16. Hymon Weiner Says:

    This president will be known as President Schultz.

    Every time there is a scandel or incompetence under his watch all he says is “I know nothing!”.

  17. half pint Says:

    I gotta jump in here,

    Am I the only on who is sick and tired of Obi-publican’s psycho babble? As a proud gypsy bisexual, I stand firm with Mr. Rooney’s statements. This country has been silent for way too long while the homosexuals slowly creep their way into our children’s bedrooms and steal the souls of our youths just like the “you know who’s” did in Germany. Mo money, Mo problems! knowhatImsayin’? Big pimpin’ ain’t easy

  18. not half pint Says:

    I agree with half pint!

    Peace to all my no pork eating cloven hoofed friends

  19. Shan Says:

    Apparently, you’re a part of that growing idiocy of which I spoke. Hopefully, a cure will be found soon.

  20. OBIWAN Says:

    @ SHAN

    Go get bent! Idiocy? Idiocy? What I find an idiocy, is people like yourself who derive pleasure from doing unspeakable things to strange me in public restrooms at local parks! As for the cure you seek, perhaps wishing for a cure for AIDS would be your top priority!

  21. Shan Says:

    Obiwan, every time you post something, you validate my idiocy comment. You’re a pretty pathetic soul – kind of feel sorry for you.
    Hopefully, one day you’ll find some kind of peace. Peace out!!

  22. OBIWAN Says:

    @ SHAN
    Being HIV positive does not equal a death sentance. Stay strong and be positive…err, I guess you already are.

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