Column :Recent IRS scandal akin to ‘enemies list’




Many years ago I walked into the senatorial offices of Republican John Williams of Delaware and noticed a number of big boxes stacked in the hallway. When I inquired if he was moving to other quarters, Williams, a good source and a better friend, grinned and explained that the boxes contained documents that supported his federal income tax filing for the year.

“I know they’re going to audit me every year so I just pack up all my notes and other records and ship them off. It sort of drives them nuts,” he chuckled.

There was no need to ask why he would do this. Everyone knew at the time that the man called the “conscience of the Senate” still had enemies in the Internal Revenue Service after taking the lead in an early 1950s congressional investigation that nearly broke up the big tax collection agency and completely altered the way it worked.

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