Michele Bachmann: I Worked For The IRS So I Could Take Down The IRS

These comments from Rep. Michele Bachmann are supposedly controversial and silly, but I’m not sure why.

How radical is Rep. Michele Bachmann? The Minnesota Republican claimed Thursday that she went to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), after graduating with a degree in tax law, because it was part of a secret plan to take them down.

“I went to work in that system because the first rule of war is ‘know your enemy,’” she said Thursday in South Carolina. “So I went to the inside to learn how they work because I wanted to beat them.”

Nobody what Michele Bachman really knows what Michele Bachmann’s motives were in going to work for the IRS, but there could very well be some truth for this.

In my career I’ve gotten to know a lot of lawyers. And I can tell you that some of the best tax lawyers in the country, the people you hire to get between you and the IRS when the government has its cross hairs, were trained by and worked for the IRS before they went into the private sector. This is extremely common, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Rep. Bachmann had at one point in her career planned to get experience at the IRS before leaving for the private sector to put that experience to use against the IRS.

Of course, what she ultimately did was run for Congress, but isn’t that even better? In Congress she has a hand in setting the tax code, as opposed to just defending citizens against it.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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