It must be nice to be a leftist. The solution to every problem is more of someone else's money.
That's the favored solution over on the Democratic Party side of the aisle when it comes to the IRS' targeting of conservative non-profits. In a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of New York suggested, "There is no clearer way to promote more scandals than by cutting funding that could be used for oversight, training and reform. At the level of this subcommittee is funded right now, we're just asking for more trouble at the IRS and elsewhere."
This idiocy became a running theme at the hearing. Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey of New York made the same point. Even the acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel said that the problem with the IRS wasn't lack of cash. "The solution here is, in my opinion, not more money," he said to the shock of the Democrats on the committee. "If you start with more money, that's the wrong starting point."
But that is the left's only starting point. No matter what the scandal, no matter what the problem, no matter what the snafu, the left's solution is to dump money on a problem. The administrative government must grow at all costs. God forbid the American people should have the ability to decide their own tax rates as an effect of a tax on consumption rather than earnings. We must have bureaucrats and more bureaucrats available to scrutinize the choices Americans make. And if those bureaucrats fail, we must have more bureaucrats to monitor them.
The left's version of administrative government looks an awful lot like Dr. Seuss' bee-watcher scheme: "Out west near Hawtch-Hawtch there's a Hawtch-Hawtcher bee watcher, his job is to watch. Is to keep both his eyes on the lazy town bee, a bee that is watched will work harder you see. So he watched and he watched, but in spite of his watch that bee didn't work any harder, not mawtch. So then somebody said, 'Our old bee-watching man just isn't bee watching as hard as he can, he ought to be watched by another Hawtch-Hawtcher! The thing that we need is a bee-watcher-watcher!' Well, the bee-watcher-watcher watched the bee-watcher. He didn't watch well so another Hawtch-Hawtcher had to come in as a watch-watcher-watcher! And now all the Hawtchers who live in Hawtch-Hawtch are watching on watch watcher watchering watch, watch watching the watcher who's watching that bee."
If all those bee watchers unionized, we'd be talking about the federal government.
For even as the Democrats tell Americans that they ought to spend more money on the IRS, former IRS non-profit head Lois Lerner is off somewhere on paid leave; Sarah Hall Ingram, former commissioner of tax exempt and government entities division, is enjoying her $103,000+ bonuses during the period in question; Joseph Grant, former deputy commissioner of tax exempt, is enjoying his $84,000 in bonuses, as well. The IRS spent $4.1 million on a 2010 Anaheim conference that included a $17,000 speakers fee for a fellow who painted Bono on stage to show that "the thought process (should be freed) to find creative solutions to challenges."
The conservative vision of the world says that people are not by nature good and that unchecked power in the hands of an unelected bureaucracy is dangerous. The only way to cure that problem is to devolve power to individuals over their own lives. The left's idea: Tax those individuals, and give power to a subset of wiser, smarter folks.
The results are evident at the IRS.