Obama has signed the repeal of mandatory withholding of 3 percent from federal, state, and local government payments to contractors. The theory is that the withholding aids in the collection of taxes. Of course, that involves the theory that some contractors may be failing to pay their full taxes.
I know Republicans think all taxpayers are honest and IRS bureaucrats are always oppressive. I beg to disagree. And I've evidence to back it up: when the IRS started requiring SSN's for dependent children, there was an unreported epidemic, some millions of dependents vanished.
On a recent political self-test, my strongest value was fairness, and it's just not fair for some to pay taxes and others to evade. Shame on Obama and both parties in the Congress.