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6/26/2014
Accountability
It's been the IRS holding Americans accountable.

Of late, it's the Internal Revenue Service being held accountable.

And Americans — likely including at least some of those within the IRS and government — lament about all of the corruption or alleged wrongdoing in the nation.

The solution is simple.

If all Americans do their part correctly, then, as a whole, the nation is in the right. But, as long as some believe they deserve or are entitled to what they aren't, then the nation will be less than it can be.

That's why Congress holds the IRS accountable; that's why most of us are held to the law and particular rules. A standard must exist or anything goes, and that would be an ugly nation.

So, despite all of the time and expense in holding hearings and dealing with frustration when the IRS doesn't cooperate, it is imperative that Congress follow through in its IRS investigation.

While it does that, other Americans do their part by being honest every day. It's how corruption is defeated and the nation thrives for the good of all.