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.

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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  • Dakotacyr

    She will never be president!

  • WOOF

     She is a gift to Democrats.

  • robert108

    If you want to understand our tax system, what better way than to work for the IRS?  It’s just common sense.

    • Guest

      I love how, no matter what she says, it would be common sense.

      You are such a sorry apologist. 

      Show him a racist, fag-hater and he’ll explain how it’s all common sense.

      Go eat sh*t and die.

      • robert108

        I love it that, having no facts or logic to dispute what I said, your head explodes and you spew obscene filth.
        With left wing extremists, there is nothing so uncommon as common sense.

        • Guest

          Just watch the clip and tell me you want that person to be president.

          She has nothing aside from preying on your hate.  And she can get a lot of mileage out of that.

          • robert108

            Real Americans hate commies like you and obama, because you want to destroy our country.  Again, common sense.

          • Guest

            Keep telling us what real Americans hate, poseur.

          • robert108

            Talking to yourself again, little sparkie?

    • Dakotacyr

      that is true.  I worked for a state tax department.

      • Gern Blanston

        Clearly, you are filled with hate and Ms. Bachman is out to prey on your anger.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      My accountant for several years spent some time working for the IRS before starting up his own accounting business.  I was called in for an audit.  I had some serious problems.  My accountant played the IRS agent like a fiddle.  First of all my accountant advised me to make my audit appointment for late Friday afternoon (gov’t employee, week end starting, get it?).  I got off scot-free, no prison time.  Afterward, my accountant said to me, “When I saw he was smoking generic cigarettes, I knew we had him.”

  • Guest

    It’s just ad hoc bullshit preached to dumbasses.

    Wave that flag.

    • robert108

      “Wave that flag.”
      Something real Americans like to do, commie.

  • borborygmi

    Rob you actually wrote this thread without breaking out in hysterical laughter?  If you did nice self control. 

    • Guest

      What an inveterate apologist.

      As if Bachmann would be some kind of improvement.

      They admit their mistake electing Bush and stand by ready to make the same mistake repeatedly.

      • robert108

        Any real American is an improvement over obama.  That’s a fact. It is gratifying to see that Michelle also makes you soil your diapers in fear, little sparkie. More power to her!

  • Right-in-Texas

    The IRS does need to be reworked and simplified.  I think whoever gets the job of President if they are targeting the Tax system it will hit the same wall as when Social Security is mentioned.  No matter which side it is the other one will pull out the bovine excrement and scream bloody murder. 

    The current percentage of non paying freeloaders is around 50% now.  To borrow the lefts argument “It isn’t fair…”

    I love the way the story is about taxes and the IRS and the comments are “we like Democrats, she hates Fags, shes a racist….”     

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    How exactly is this not any worse than your complaint against a business person going to work in congress to reduce regulations against business?

    • Gern Blanston

      … or a never-worked-in-private-sector community organizer wanting to go to Congress to increase regulations on business… while complaining that businesses aren’t hiring…?

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Maybe she wants to get into the White House to take down America from the inside.
    That was her MO with the IRS, right?
    It could be a pattern.

    At least she isn’t out front with her hate of America like the gop secessionist from texas.

    But nutters, please, please nominate this one.

    • Guest

      They can nominate either Perry or Bachmann.  That neither is a shoe-in says a lot about the pathetic state of GOP politics.

      • Gern Blanston

        - particularly when considering the incumbent.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        No one group hates America, Americans or our Constitution more than this new incarnation of gop.
        Whither thou goest, O once proud gop?

        • robert108

          If it weren’t for lies, you would have nothing to say, drama queen.

      • Hal654

        You may be right.  At this time in the last election cycle H. Clinton was the presumed nominee, then BO took it all away and he has turned out to be an economic and foreign policy disaster. 

        We won’t know if the Republicans do the same thing until the nomination process is complete.  When Obama got the nomination it was clear that he won the popularity contest but he was in over his head.  We were right.

        Obama is a complete failure.  

        • Guest

          Yes he is.  So was Bush.  So, likely, will be Bachmann and/or Perry.

          We’re f*Cked.

          On top of it all, we have a country full of lazy, rent-seeking fatasses who refuse to stop spending more than they have.

          We’re f*cked for like 100 years.  Psychology and social reorganization doesn’t happen fast.

          • robert108

            The Bush economy was far superior to obama’s, in every way.  You’re not even close to the truth, little sparkie.  Any non-Marxist will do a better job with our economy than has obama.

    • robert108

      An America-hating commie propagandist accuses a real American of wanting to “take down” America.  How ironic!

  • borborygmi

    Next Tax Audit should be a doozy.  At that time we will know if she listened in class. 

  • borborygmi

    She last practiced law in 93.  Taking her at face value she had incredible foresight not to mention very calculating so she can’t be trusted. Or   ….   She is lying through her teeth and wants the Ron Paul supporters off her back so she comes up with the bs she was doing it to take the IRS down. Again incredible foresight to see 18 years into the future and the formation of the Tea Party. Again with powers like that she can’t be trusted.  I bet she has a camisole with a big red S on it. 

    • ellinas1

      God told her to do it.

    • robert108

      So, you’re soiling your diapers because Michelle is informed about the machinations of the IRS?  Seems to me that’s a positive, unless you want unrestricted and unwise taxation of Americans.
      That’s really your problem, isn’t it?

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