Here’s Why the GOP Still Hate the IRS
Last week we discussed just how much American’s don’t trust their government post-shutdown. Still, there was a happy aside noting how much they do like their government agencies — especially the Centers for Disease Control (at 75 percent positive), NASA (at 73 percent), the Department of Defense (at 72 percent), the Veterans Administration (at 68 percent), and the Department of Homeland Security (at 66 percent) — according to the Pew Research Center.
The Internal Revenue Service was the lone recipient of majority holding reproach with only 44 percent positive ratings and 51 percent critical. Of those that held the IRS in good regards, very few of them were Republicans — a mere 23 percent. The positive views remaining were taken up by a much larger sixty-five percent of Democrats and 40 percent of independents.
But why the angry Republican tilt to these findings? A likely explanation lies in a Scandal earlier this month that centered around accusations that the IRS had been targeting conservative Republican groups. On October 9, the Judicial Watch — a conservative lobbying group — filed a suit against the agency with Watch president, Tom Fitton, quoted as saying they intended to “cut through the Obama administration cover-up of its IRS scandal,” according to the Washington Times.