Written by Richard Rahn Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Most people who work in government have no problem
giving their real names and telling you what they do, but there are exceptions.
Those who are engaged in real undercover work for government
intelligence agencies or certain law enforcement agencies have a legitimate need
to keep their identities secret, but they are a tiny fraction of all the people
who work for government. However, what we are seeing is that too many other
people in government, notably at the IRS, use pseudonyms when dealing with the
public. The claim is that they need to do this to protect themselves from irate
In reality, IRS personnel are no more in danger than many
others in both the public and private sectors who have to deliver bad news
(including economic columnists). All too often, the main reason for not giving
the taxpayer a real name is for IRS officials to avoid taking responsibility and
to cover for a lack of knowledge about the case and/or the tax law and
more for free...