13 May 13 – The IRS explained — in 2 flow charts
The Inland Revenue Service (IRS for short, i.e. tax collectors!) in the US has come under fire for targeting right wing groups with names such a ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their name for particular scrutiny. Obama has denied that this has any sanction and pledged in his press conference yesterday to get to the bottom of the matter, saying that a biased IRS is in no-one’s interest. However, the IRS forms part of the US Treasury Dept. All departments form part of the Federal Bureaucracy, and this then is a great example of how difficult it is for a President to control it, particularly as the initial branch that was found to be doing this was based in Cincinnati (although it has now spread to the Washington Offices too).