Do you get the feeling that American citizens have an adversarial relationship with the federal government? A day seldom goes by without some report of a government agency harassing and intimidating some unfortunate who happened to cross paths with a bureaucrat with an attitude.
A convenience store owner in North Carolina woke up one morning to discover the IRS confiscated his life savings. He wasn’t accused of any crime. They just took his money on the presumption that he deposited monies in small increments as a means to evade the IRS. Many small business owners who deal in cash are finding themselves in the same predicament.
Mr. Lyndon McLellan’s case became known to his congressman, who presented this miscarriage of justice to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a congressional hearing. This didn’t set well with the agency. Here is an excerpt from the New York Times:
During a congressional hearing in February, Representative George Holding, a Republican from North Carolina, referred to Mr. McLellan’s case, saying no crime other than structuring had been alleged. “If that case exists, then it’s not following the policy,” John Koskinen, the commissioner of the I.R.S., said.
God knows we don’t want to “ratchet up the feelings” of a federal government agency. We all know these public servants are looking out after our best interest, so they say.