More from the world of our broken government: in the wake of the Congressional hearings on general IRS abusiveness in 1998, this year the IRS is going to audit fewer wealthy people than ever, in order to avoid pissing them off. At the same time, they’re going to step up efforts to catch poor people who either don’t file tax returns or abuse the Earned Income Tax Credit (a program which Republicans hate). The New York Times article exposes that in order to meet Congress’s new “customer service” requirements, the IRS has reassigned highly paid corporate auditors to phone support positions, and even has some of them charged with greeting visitors to the IRS offices. We need to be nice to the fat cats who vote Republican, don’t we? Even if they are tax cheats.