If Trump wants to show he’s serious about draining the swamp, he should fire IRS chief John Koskinen.
President Trump needs a win. The public would benefit from reassurance about the institutions of government. Luckily, both can be achieved with a single action. Trump should dismiss IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
By telling the taxman he’s fired, the president would re-energize his young administration. More importantly, he would also significantly reform the most loathed agency in Washington. Tax Day provides a perfect chance for this sort of principled populism.
This Tuesday the tax man cometh. Members of the public will dutifully cut the IRS a check. No sane person enjoys this April ritual, but most people understand they should pay their fair share. It’s one of the costs of civil society. But as we drop a check in the mail, we should know that the IRS is playing by the rules.
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