Column: Multitude of scandals leave Obama's 2nd term in tatters




The late John Williams, once known as the conscience of the U.S. Senate, must be up there shaking his head in disgust over the predicament of the Internal Revenue Service.

The Delaware Republican was elected to the Senate in 1946. In 1947 and 1948, he took on corruption within the IRS and ended up the winner, a feat that doesn’t happen that often. When it was over, probably the most feared agency in government was radically reorganized. People went to jail or resigned; and Williams every year thereafter boxed up all his considerable records, including those from chicken farms, and shipped them off down the avenue to the treasury agency’s headquarters.

Why? Because, he once told me, the odds were great that they would “audit the heck out of me

every year.”

 

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