Sen. Ted Cruz says he wants to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service. This is a phenomenally bad idea, one so obviously wrongheaded it’s hard to believe he really means it.
In his presidential bid announcement Monday at Liberty University in Virginia, Cruz (R-Tex.) asked his audience to imagine, John Lennon-style, some of the various idyllic scenarios that would come to pass should the country choose him as its next commander in chief. “Imagine in 2017 a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare,” he said. Likewise, “imagine a federal government that works to defend the sanctity of human life.”
But one of the biggest, and silliest, applause lines was this: “Imagine abolishing the IRS.”
This is not the first time Cruz has proposed this. He pitched it on Facebook two years ago and in multipleinterviews since, even calling it the “single most important tax reform” and priority “No. 2” (after repealing Obamacare) in recent talks. The fact that he might make ending the IRS a centerpiece of a presidential campaign, though, is singularly scary, particularly given Republicans’ demonstrated appetite for cutting the agency’s funding to the bone and beyond.