JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In town for her annual job fair on Monday, WOKV talked with Congresswoman Corrine Brown about some of the recent scandals plaguing Washington D.C., specifically the NSA phone taps and the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
Brown says it wasn’t just conservative groups the IRS targeted, but minority churches and organizations and liberal groups too.
"As far as I'm concerned, the IRS does equal opporutnity harassment...they have taken this to another level, and it's political."
Brown says none of those organizations should be tax exempt because they’re not working to help people with problems and are only for political purposes.
"It was set up for welfare, that means assisting people with problems. Not political," says Brown.
She says if the IRS wants to grant tax exempt status to groups who are operating for political purposes and not assisting others, the law should reflect that. As for the NSA phone tapping, she took a different view.
"With the Patriot Act we've clarified what you could do and what you could not do."
Brown says in a post 9/11 world there are going to be some freedoms we have to give up in the name of safety. She says there was a court order for the phone taps being done.
"Things changed, and so safety has got to be number one.
She says it's like waiting in line at the airport to go through security -- while it may be a nuisance, it's something you have to deal with for the overall safety of everyone.