BOSTON - In Boston last week, the Republican National Committee met and voted on several resolutions to state the RNC's position on current political issues. One of those resolutions was proposed by the RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and stated that the RNC would not participate in debates with networks producing a documentary mini-series on the expected 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Another that's been much less publicized is a resolution concerning the Internal Revenue Service scandal that's been in and out of national headlines over the past several weeks. The resolution addressing the IRS scandal was written and promoted by Illinois' own Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte, who tells Illinois Review the committee unanimously supported the effort.
DeMonte's resolution calls on Congress to continue the IRS investigation to insure conservative groups are not being targeted based on ideology, to see that those who may have done so be fired and, finally, that Congressional leaders seriously consider a fair or flat tax, ending the income tax and shuttering the IRS.
RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE IRS SCANDAL
WHEREAS, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the federal government was established in a place of authority to serve all the population of the United States in a fair, truthful, and non-partisan manner no matter which political party is in power; because, using such a department to harass political rivals is totally unacceptable to the American people; and,
WHEREAS, conservative organizations and tea party groups seeking legal tax-exempt status from the IRS have been experiencing extra scrutiny, long delays, interrogative questioning, excessive requests for personal information, and other intimidations since before March of 2010; and,
WHEREAS, conservative non-profit organizations and individual conservative and Republican donors have been the target of abusive and repeated IRS audits; and,
WHEREAS, since the IRS scandal story has been reported in the media the Congressional quest to find who is responsible for the unconstitutional actions has been met with a series of misstatements and elusive actions by Obama administration personnel; and,
WHEREAS, we now know from the testimony of senior IRS attorneys before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the office of the IRS Chief Counsel, which is run by William Wilkins, a direct appointee of President Obama, was involved in the review of conservative organizations; and therefore be it
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee requests that Congress continue its investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups and individual conservative and Republican donors; and, be it further
RESOLVED, the IRS put in place an open and transparent process to ensure that the targeting of any particular group be stopped immediately and persons involved in the scandal be immediately removed from employment without severance packages or bonus money; and, be it finally
RESOLVED, that the Members of the Republican National Committee urge Congressional Republican leaders to initiate a complete review of the IRS and the federal income tax system and then strongly consider a simple flat tax or fair tax and/or elimination of the income tax as well as the elimination of the IRS altogether.