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May 20, 2013 - 7:30 am

The Libertarian Party has a quick fix to the problem of the Internal Revenue Service singling out certain political ideologies for extra scrutiny.

“We must abolish the IRS and end any need for a regulatory agency that snoops into people’s private lives,” said Libertarian Party Executive Director Carla Howell. “We must draw back total federal spending to the level of 1992, which is more than enough to fulfill the government’s constitutional duties to protect our life, liberty, and property. This will allow us to balance the budget immediately, end the federal income tax completely, and give back an average of more than $12,000 to every family in America.”

The party noted that FDR, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and now Barack Obama have all been caught using the IRS to target political enemies.

No investigation or probe will change this from happening again and threatening free speech, the Libertarians argued.

“We don’t need an income tax, and we certainly don’t need the IRS,” Howell said.

“The Libertarian Party is running candidates to dramatically downsize the federal government,” she continued. “We can cut federal spending by 50 percent, or even 90 percent, and Americans will be better for it. We can end the personal income tax, the corporate income tax, the death tax, and all federal payroll taxes. There will be no need for the IRS, nor any substitute agency.”

“Ending the income tax, abolishing the IRS, and cutting federal spending to the level of 1992 means no more deficit spending. This will stop inflation and stabilize prices. Even more importantly, it will transfer wealth out of the wasteful, dysfunctional and destructive government sector and into the productive private sector, resulting in a bounty of new jobs and prosperity for Americans.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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At least the Libertairians are proving to be much smarter then the Tea Party folks. Opportunities don't come along to often to really advance a tax reform movement but the tea party folks completely missed it choosing instead, too go after a sitting president who leaves office in about three and a half years.
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I describe my political philosophy as "libertarian" but quickly add "with a lowercase 'L'".
I would be very happy to vote a straight Libertarian ticket if the party would put up presidential candidates who aren't simply tired old Republican retreads (Bob Barr, Gary Johnson) who have gotten Libertarian religion simply to grab another moment in the limelight. I want vigorous, honest and innovative candidates who have more to offer than reminders that "the two-party system doesn't seem to work very well does it?"
The Libertarian Party currently has more donkeys that the Democrats...
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The Libertarians are 100 percent right.
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Flat Tax / Fair Tax
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Flat tax still requires tracking individuals, go for the full Monty: get the Fairtax for the anonymity.
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Republicans should never let a crisis go to waste. They should be pushing massive tax simplification, ala the Fair Tax....as a remedy to this egregious abuse of power.
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I don't disagree with most of the Libertarians' views. The problem is anyone who thinks we can put the entitlement genie (Medicare, Medicaid, and SS) back in the bottle is just as politically naïve as those who believe Obama didn't encourage the IRS to harass political opponents. It just ain't gonna' happen, and we have to live in the real world where real elections have real effects on our lives.
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There will always be an IRS! There will always be a business and corporate tax system as well as Social Security, health care tax. There does not however, have to always be an income tax as we know it today. The income tax could be replaced with a flat tax or consumption tax.

Regardless, there will always be an IRS agency of the Treasury to collect all governments revenues. Those who speak of abolishing the IRS do so in completel ignorance of reality.
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Europe is going bankrupt. We will follow eventually. ALL the social welfare pyramid schemes are unsustainable. You cannot combine reductions in population growth with generational income transfer payments. The Vandals put Rome's social welfare state genie back in the bottle. Either we will do so voluntarily or some new "barbarians" will do to us what the Germans did to the Roman Empire.
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It wouldn't be easy, but it could be done. The IRS in its current incarnation certainly needs to be dismantled and dissolved. It has wallowed too deeply into the muck of corruption and is not worth saving. Get rid of them all and start over.
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I believe we CAN put those genies back in their bottles, but it will be a hard and bloody battle and it will take strong candidates with the courage to speak the truth.
Conversely, the genies can also be starved to death but that would entail doing nothing and passively allowing the nation's economy to collapse.
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"Ending the income tax, abolishing the IRS, and cutting federal spending to the level of 1992"

Wait, what? Even in 1992 the federal government was way too big and intrusive.

LINOs.
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It's a start - but I agree. The EPA and both DOE's (department of energy and department of education) have got to go!
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