“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison
Conspiracy theories sometimes have at least a thread of truth in them, which is what makes them valid to some on the far right.
One of those theories is that the federal government is not on their side. Concern has been raised in conservative circles about the hiring of 87,000 new IRS agents as just one example. Trust in the IRS has been in decline for many years, ever since President Richard Nixon used the government as a weapon against his political enemies and Lois Lerner during the Obama administration denied tax-exempt status to many conservative political and religious organizations.
It isn’t just politics. Americans for Tax Reform, a politically conservative U.S. advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., has listed 10 examples of outrageous behavior by the IRS.
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