Taxpayers are once again on the hook for their government’s malfeasance. A federal judge recently found in favor of dozens of conservative groups which brought a class-action lawsuit against the IRS for targeting them for their political views.
The amount of the award—$3.5 Million—does sound large at
first. But when you take into account that more than half of that is going to
lawyer fees, it breaks down to around $14,000 each. The agency admitted no
wrongdoing and, in fact, doesn’t appear to have been disciplined at all.
It was discovered during the Obama administration that the
IRS, under Lois Lerner, weaponized the agency in an attempt disadvantage groups
they disagreed with politically, frequently taking up to four times as long to
process a group’s paperwork. Far from facing disciplinary action for her egregious
breach of public trust, Ms. Lerner was able to saunter into the sunset with her
lucrative taxpayer-funded pension in hand.
This is only one of countless situations Conservatives point
to as to why the government ought to be limited—that, in fact, government ought
not have the power to target citizens or groups who oppose them and that they
ought to be held accountable if they do.