IRS needs to use both hands
Any group claiming tax-exempt status must be able to show that it satisfies all the requirements. It is unfair to all other taxpayers if the IRS is restricted from checking any claims.
If there is a problem with targeting of "tea party" groups, it is that the IRS was not seen to investigate an equal proportion of other groups with opposing positions.
The IRS cannot collect taxes impartially with one hand tied behind its back. It needs to use both hands, and to be seen using both.
Education reform just adds problems
The recently passed Education Reform Bill, SB 359, will doom West Virginia's education system even more. The biggest problems are that the new law makes a number of repeals and amendments that are crippling to our kids' education.
Currently, West Virginia ranks 47 out of 50 when it comes to the state's educational system. As stated in the 2012 annual report from Kids Count, 70 percent of eighth-graders in 2011 weren't proficient in math, while 73 percent of fourth-graders weren't proficient in reading. The new law, however, aims to lower the standards of teaching by allowing non-education majors to teach in our schools. By allowing non-education majors to teach, the quality of the education will decrease.
Another problem is that the bill calls for more standardized testing. Yes, testing is very important in education; it helps teachers and principals to fix the curriculum. However, adding more testing to the current amount will not fix the problem. If anything, more testing will waste more valuable time the teachers could be using to teach the students. There are other problems with the law that will harm our education system but these are two of the biggest problems.