Rep. Gohmert: Liberals Must Help Us Reform IRS or They Could Be Targeted Next

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 07:40 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Liberal groups could one day find themselves targeted by the Internal Revenue Service unless they join conservatives in helping radically reform the "abusive" agency, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert, a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

"When you set up something this abusive . . . capable of being manipulated and abused and being so powerful that they can destroy individuals, they can destroy companies, they can destroy nonprofit groups — then, at some point — you're going to have happen exactly what we've got now," Gohmert told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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Gohmert, who represents Texas' First Congressional District, said he's been flabbergasted by the IRS's revelations that it targeted conservative groups applying for non-profit status.

"And so I am encouraged that maybe we've got a shot to completely reform our tax system, something Republicans have been promising for many years," he said.

"As long as there is a government entity that can put you out of business, that has the power to demand who you voted for . . . who are your friends, where have you been, who have you spoken to — it is going to be abused."

But Gohmert told Steve Malzberg the scandal transcends politics and that reform must be a bipartisan effort from the get-go.

"Our liberal friends better get on board and help us have a total revamping of this tax system,'' he said.

"Because if they don’t, then they are giving this system their stamp of approval and . . . you can expect sometime in the future, hopefully, there will be a conservative elected president and [liberals] — if they do not let us completely revamp the tax system — they can be expecting a group to visit them.

"They have got to help us or they're going to be trouble down the road."

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