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Dionne: On Tax Day, pay tribute to hard-working IRS employees

April 15, 2010

Given that today’s the deadline for filing income tax returns, you’ll likely hear more grousing about the IRS than praise.

E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post

But praise is what Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. has for the employees of the Internal Revenue Service. In particular, Dionne notes, the propaganda and sweeping generalizations from the anti-tax crowd ignore the hard and important work performed by IRS employees, including Vernon Hunter, who was killed in February by a plane flown into an Austin office building housing IRS offices.

From Dionne’s column

On or about April 15, the Web and the commentary pages overflow with assaults on the IRS that cast its employees as jackbooted thugs, to use an old phrase, and our tax system as a form of oppression comparable to the exertions of the worst Russian czars and the most fiendish modern totalitarian dictators.

We should call this propaganda what it is: a sweeping falsehood that libels the work of committed federal employees such as Hunter.

Who are the men and women of the IRS? They are the people who collect the revenue that allows the government to finance our troops who are in harm’s way, help our wounded warriors, pay Grandma’s Medicare bills, cover the costs of keeping our food and drugs safe, and do so many of the other things the vast majority of us want our government to accomplish.

Yes, if you support our troops, you have to support the work of the Internal Revenue Service.

Give the column a read – Dionne makes some good points, and what better day to make them. Collecting taxes is no easy work, and without those willing to do it, the government would cease to run.

However, I’m not sure his column will win many folks dropping their tax returns in the mail or submitting them online today.



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