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THEY DON’T MAKE ‘EM LIKE THEY USED TO …

Rest in peace, Johnnie Walters …

Wait … who is (or was) Johnnie Walters?

Glad you asked: During the 1970s, this Greenville, S.C. native served as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under former president Richard Nixon.

He was the guy who – in September 1972 – was handed an envelope from White House counsel John Dean containing a list of 200 people the Nixon administration wanted the IRS to investigate.

He refused to do so …

Not long before he died, Walters was interviewed by Gannett about the mushrooming scandal hanging over current U.S. President Barack Obama’s IRS.

“I’m distressed at what’s happening and particularly with IRS,” Walters said. “IRS must be run nonpolitical. Our tax system otherwise will fail and we can’t afford that.”

Amen to that …

In fact, better yet, let’s abolish this agency altogether and empower our economy by implementing a flat, fair consumption-based tax – one earmarked explicitly for core functions of government.

In the meantime, though … government needs more Johnnie Walters (and fewer Lois Lerners).