Editorial: Treading on Tea

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

The IRS has never been a very cuddly agency.

The agency isn’t anybody’s friend, really, except for Uncle Sam’s. Many Americans likely view the agency as an intrusive force ready to audit us all into submission.

Following the recent controversy surrounding the Internal Revenue Service’s stonewalling of conservative political groups, the IRS’s reputation probably hasn’t improved.

In brief, the branch of the IRS that awards non-profit status to groups seeking that classification may have been playing politics when it delayed action on applications from groups with phrases like “tea party” or “patriots” in their title. The treasury department continues to investigate the matter.

But the news is appalling. Our country was founded on freedoms of expression. Denying groups that subscribe to a certain philosophy the same rights under our tax code awarded to other groups strikes us as starkly un-American.

We truly hope those responsible for the fiasco will be relieved of their duties promptly. As for further punishment, we’re stuck on which would be more severe: Appearing before a congressional panel or a tea party town  hall.

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