Legal & Policy Challenges

Annual IRS Audits for Congress and All High Officials, Elected or Appointed

Recent disclosures indicate that many who are in our government have a difficult time paying their taxes correctly. Whether through mischief, malice, or mistake, the failure to pay diminishes the trust of the people in their government: the results of which are decreased participation by citizens in the process of government, a change in thinking - that we are being governed by an aristocracy over which we have no control and which operates by different rules, and an erosion of the entire system of representative government.


The proposal: Have the IRS Audit all of Congress and the 3100 appointees of the Executive branch (about 1100 of which are confirmed by the Senate) and publish summary findings. Treat irregularities exactly as they would be treated for any citizen, with no special considerations for status.


We cannot "make everything better" with initiative, but we can take specific, measurable, concrete steps to move government in the right direction. This proposal is no cure all, but will have a positive effect for present and future generations.



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Idea No. 1214