Sen. Ted Cruz leads call to abolish IRS in wake of targeting scandal

When President Obama took the podium Tuesday night to assure the nation he’d do everything in his power to make sure nothing like the current IRS scandal would ever happen again, we’re pretty sure he didn’t have abolishing the IRS in mind. Instead, he announced the resignation of the acting commissioner, who was already headed for the exit. As much as he’d like that largely symbolic move to settle the matter, the idea of getting rid of the IRS altogether is picking up steam.

Rupert Murdoch pitched in by calling for the elimination of all deductions, but as others pointed out, that really would do nothing to address the current scandal.

With the IRS moving into the health care business, Obamacare would have to be scrapped too — consider that a bonus. The only trick seems to be deciding what system would replace the current one.

  • Daniel Burke

    Flat, fair, tax should be paid by all (even GM) Abolish the IRS

    • Jason

      I favor the Fair Tax.

      • Guest

        “Fair Tax” is an oxymoron. “Flat Tax” is simple to understand & implement. Class warfare idiots and the accountant’s lobby in US will try to discredit any good ideas since they both prefer the current dunghole.

        • Gallatin

          Don’t forget lawyers, they like the complexity of the current tax code as much as accountants.

          • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

            And, the LIARS-er, Lawyers are the ones who get rich on cases like these, and in turn “donate” portions of their “earnings” to their favorite Libturd Politicos. #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Paco

      If the IRS is abolished it will put many union IRS stooges out of work. Well, the world does need cesspool pumpers.

    • auntgiddy

      …oh my goodness…CRUZ is the best EVAH….thank you Texas…THANK YOU for giving us TED CRUZ!!!!!

  • CatHerder

    Maybe some day, but I don’t think I’ll live to see it.

    • Spatial Awareness

      Chin up Cath!…… You hear that? It’s the whispers of a revolution. ~_^

      • CatHerder

        If Ted Cruz can lead the charge and actually get it done, the man deserves to be President.

        • Pam

          Thinking he is the man anyway?

    • Clayton Grant

      Wake up boys, there’s a light at the window,
      I can hear someone knocking on the door,
      There are voices in the street,
      And the sound of running feet,
      And they whisper the word —
      There are men coming down from the valleys,
      There are tall ships lying off the coast,
      And they carry the light,
      In the dark of the night,
      Like a whisper in the wind —
      Bring my gun and a handful of silver,
      By the sea we will gather for the fight,
      It’s been so many years,
      So many tears,
      We have lost once before,
      Now we’ll settle the score,
      When our cannons will roar —


      Chris De Burgh

  • FreedomFighter

    Overreaching, corrupt government, out of control tax collectors….Our ancestors came to America to get away from those things.

  • trixiewoobeans

    We, the people, pay for and OWN the IRS and every other Government “service”, yet the government behaves like they’re the owners, and we’re just renters! Time to turn this runaway horse around!

    • Anna Maria Perez

      It all started with the 16th amendment giving the federal government to power to steal. The unconstitutional “New Deal” then gave them the power to bribe. Every agency, entitlement program, grant, endowment, etc. other than the Department of Defense is flat out unconstitutional. The reason the DoD is constitutional, is because the Constitution allows the federal government to create agencies to assist in their duties, but not to legislate for them or police Americans. The DoD is only in charge of those within their chain of command. They have no power over Joe Citizen. The EPA, OSHA, FDA, ATF, IRS, both DOEs, and the list goes on, create regulations that hold the power over the people (not constitutional authority) of legislation without elected representation. They can shut your business down, force you to do labor for them without compensation (slavery), such as putting in hours, days, weeks, or even having to hire an entire staff, to fill out government forms and file taxes.

      • trixiewoobeans

        And they do all that with your own money!

  • gracepmc

    Three bills in the House already. Per my Rep. Tom Rooney’s office

  • RblDiver

    I think nat’l sales tax and not income’d be best. If we MUST have income tax, make it a flat percentage of gross income for EVERYONE. EG, if you make $10/year, you owe $1. If you make $1,000,000, you owe $100,000. Simple, fair.

    • AMSilver

      I agree that a sales tax is preferable to an income tax, my primary reason being that even if we make it flat now, all it takes is a simple vote to say, ‘oh, yes, it won’t hurt if the upper income brackets pay just 1% more….’ It’s easier to manipulate an existing tax than it is to instate a new one. Moving to the sales tax is an improvement because even though it can be raised with a simple vote, it gets raised on everyone, so the incentives for kicking it sky high have to be weighed against the number of people who will vote your butt out of office. No one knows your income when you buy something at the store, so although Congress could up the tax on specific luxury items, it would be much harder to target people due to their income.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Get it done, Cruz!

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      “GIT ‘R’ DONE!” #LarryTheCableGuy Senator Cruz! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Harry A

    i agree it’s time for a flat tax. but i don’t think it’s the current progressive system by itself that makes it complicated, it’s all the deductions that really need to go (along with lowering the tax rates obviously). if we go to a flat tax, if they keep all these dozens of deductions it will still be overly complicated. a tax deduction for newspapers that you buy to read employment ads, really? when a tax system reaches the point that theres a multibillion dollar industry to help people to prepare taxes we have a problem.

  • Mark Michael

    A flat tax is still an income tax. Leave an income tax in place and our descendants will be saddled with the same oppressive code at some point. This only took a century to happen; to eliminate it would require repeal of the 16th amendment and replacement of the revenue with sales or excise taxes.

  • I M Free

    YES! Abolish IRS. Fair Tax is great so all 46% (if am right) who are not paying taxes will give their fair share. Remember, POTUS paid 18% tax.

    • WWMD

      Because you are talking about income tax verses investment income It is those, hedge fund etc managers who are not paying taxes along with all the subsidized industry corn soy etc When you look into this figures you see the real welfare fraud

      • I M Free

        That too. Precisely we have to abolish IRS.

  • Flop21

    Ted Cruz “Taxes should fit on a postcard. RT if you agree!”

    Ted Cruz is spot on!

  • Leep

    We need to have a minimum tax on everyone even those not now paying any tax…even if it is $25.00 a year. I favor a sales tax so everyone including tourists and business people from other countries contribute.

  • BoscoBolt

    CRUZ 2016 – for so many reasons.

  • Marvin Nelson

    I vote for the fair tax. The thuggery by the IRS has to stop now. We are tired of their heavy-handed tactics.

  • Michael Anderson

    Write your senator and congress critter, tell them that the time has come to kill the IRS. One letter might not do much, but a flurry of letters might.

    • TomJB

      It won’t be congress that implements the fair tax. It has to be done by an amendment. You need to contact your governors and STATE legislative reps to first work to call an article 5 convention then pass the amendmant

      • stuckinIL4now

        I agree but I live in IL where the state legislature is totally corrupt and along with da’ useless governor can’t do anything good or useful. They help only themselves.

        • TomJB

          I hear ya, fortunately it only requires 38 states

  • 912er

    Sorry Ted but there are too many power mongers even within your own party for this to have any chance of coming up for a vote.

    • WWMD

      A voice of wisdom there…spot on

  • Jeremy

    Flat Tax is what I prefer it’s way better then the mess we have now

    • camnpat

      I agree. A flat rate tax and no exceptions (EVERYONE pays) would be a huge step in the right direction.

  • Jeremy

    Ted Cruz – great american patriot

  • tjp77


    I’ve been waiting for someone to finally come out and say this. We need to push for the IRS to be abolished ENTIRELY and replaced with a massively simplified tax code. Give these criminals their walking papers and start from scratch.


  • J.N. Ashby

    Better idea: No income tax. Then you don’t even need a “post card.” How about save some trees?

  • Jason Call

    One uniform tariff on all imports. Repeal 16th Amendment. Done.

  • Maus

    IRS agents will be on the roadside with signs that say, “Will Harass Little Old Ladies for Food!”

  • neoface

    I concur with sen. Cruz! Just go to national sales tax, you buy, you paid. Or just flat tax without loopholes, no exemption not even for charitable organizations. People shouldn’t donate just because they can get a break, everyone should donate out of goodness of their heart when they can. I think this government is too big, left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, that’s why all this corruption. It appears that Oblamer’s administration is on hypo-drive corruption mode. JMO!

    • Michael Anderson

      National sales tax but conditional on the repeal of the 16th. Also, to eliminate whiners, no tax on food, meds or clothing. And there would need to be a hard cap on the tax rate.

    • Anna Maria Perez

      There is no need for a national sales tax or a federal tax on citizens in any form. Don’t accept the premise liberals put out there that the federal government deserves to tax us and simply argue over the method of payment. Repealing the 16th amendment is the only way we can solve all of our problems and rapidly.

    • Anna Maria Perez

      There is no need for a national sales tax or a federal tax on citizens in any form. Don’t accept the premise liberals put out there that the federal government deserves to tax us and simply argue over the method of payment. Repealing the 16th amendment is the only way we can solve all of our problems and rapidly.

  • Gallatin

    100 years of the income tax is 100 years too many, ABOLISH THE IRS!

  • stuckinIL4now

    Go Sen Cruz! And as one tweeter tweeted–scrap 0(zero)-care, abolish the IRS, then add one more thing–impeach Obamuh. In sum: scrap, abolish, impeach.

  • gunsmithkat

    The Fair Tax as laid out by these people seems like the most reasonable solution to the tax issues: It will certainly get more scrutiny in the coming months as the IRS scandal continues to fester.

  • JustLikeAnimals
  • JustLikeAnimals

    A healthcare provider has sued the Internal Revenue Service and 15 of its agents, charging they wrongfully seized 60 million medical records from 10 million Americans.

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  • Paul C.

    You go Ted.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    ABOUT DAMN TIME THIS ERA, SENATOR CRUZ! The IRS, The EPA, Obamacare…Any other agencies we should get rid of? There are a LOT out there… And THE OBAMA MAFIA, TOO! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Leslie Ward

    Repeal the 16th Amendment – let the States (see the 10th Amendment, States Rights) send the money to DC. It would close the IRS immediately and we would see how many bogus, wasteful and redundant programs there are in DC. The problem with any fair or flat tax – is that like the current system – it can be manipulated to reward some and punish others – and can be raised again and again. Cut DC off at the pocketbook and get these corrupt thieves out of our wallets. NOW.

    • libertarianprick

      One of the good things about the Fair Tax is that the rate would apply to everybody. No more monkeying with the tax code to reward your buddies. Big scary debate over raising the rate on everybody. A tough sell for a politician.

  • Neil Carpenter

    They want to abolish the NRA every time some democrat shoots up a bunch of people, only seems fair then to ban the IRS over this.

  • blueniner

    Time to abolish the IRS, Fair, Flat, 999, anything, but the IRS!

  • Stranded in Sonoma

    Repeal the 16th amendment and pass the FairTax.

    If you leave the 16th amendment in place and “abolish” the IRS, it will slowly grow back to its current size and this WILL happen all over again. The 16th amendment has to go away. We don’t need it. Remember, congress isn’t the only body that can put forward amendments to the constitution:

    The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments…

    In other words, if 34 out of 50 state legislatures demand it, congress is required to call a convention to write amendments to the constitution. And yes, the amendment may already be in a proposed form. We know that Harry Reid will NEVER allow any anti-socialist amendment to pass the senate. With the states doing everything, congress is bypassed. All those 34 states would need is to have another 4 to agree with the new amendment repealing the 16th.

    Let’s get this done now!

    • Anna Maria Perez

      You were half right. Repeal the 16th amendment. That is where you should have stopped.

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  • scooch

    Flat tax? NO income tax. There are already thousands of taxes, and look at all the nasty, unAmerican activities they sponsor with the extra money. A flat fair tax would still be collected by the IRS. NO INCOME TAX. NOTHING.

  • Anna Maria Perez

    Repealing the 16th amendment, which was illegally ratified anyway. That solves every problem we have. All the talk about fair and flat taxes is still admitting you should pay income taxes in the first place, you are only debating how to pay them. The goal should be to eliminate federal income taxes altogether. Over 90% of what the government spends money on is unconstitutional anyway, and that includes EVERY federal entitlement and alphabet soup agency that has regulating power over U.S. citizens. It took the 16th amendment to give Congress the power to steal in the first place so they could have the funds to bribe with, which is what almost all of their spending boils down to, once sort of bribe or another. If their spending was limited to what is constitutional for them to spend on, then there would be far more than enough federal income earned in pre-16th amendment forms of federal income.

  • Anna Maria Perez

    I propose : Amendment XXVIII – The sixteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

  • Anna Maria Perez

    I propose : Amendment XXVIII – The sixteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.