Here’s an exchange between Fox News’ Peter Doocy and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre that perfectly encapsulates the naivete this administration wears so proudly on its sleeve —it’s truly on another planet, far from the concerns of everyday Americans.
DOOCY: “Who decided that Americans were crying out for more interaction with the IRS?”
JEAN-PIERRE: “I don’t understand your question.”
Here’s what he meant, Ms. Jean-Pierre: beefing up the IRS —and arming them —creating some kind of insane lab hybrid math-genius-sharpshooter is not something anyone in this country asked for. In fact, it sounds like a Saturday Night Live sketch —and not a good one.
The Inflation Reduction Act will drop $80 billion dollars on the IRS, triggering a hiring spree that will double the agency by 2031. And according to The Daily Wire, “More than half will go to ‘enforcement-related’ efforts, which includes hiring special agents, who the agency’s job description says will ‘carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.’”
I’m sorry —which incredibly unlikely scenario would require an IRS agent to draw down on a dangerous thug who’s evading his taxes —and an arrest! This is ridiculous on its face.
“As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes,” the new job description states. “Special Agents are duly sworn law enforcement officers who are trained to ‘follow the money.’”
Is anyone else picturing Rick Moranis? What are these people thinking?
“These resources are absolutely not about increasing audit scrutiny on small businesses or
middle-income Americans,” IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig wrote. “As we’ve been planning, our investment of these enforcement resources is designed around the Department of the Treasury’s directive that audit rates will not rise relative to recent years for households making under $400,000.”
But according to Nonpartisan watchdog Joint Committee on Taxation, small businesses will be affected by this Dirty Harry IRS initiative.
“The IRS will have to target small and medium businesses because they won’t fight back,” Joe Hinchman, executive vice president at National Taxpayers Union Foundation, told the New York Post. “We’ve seen this play out before … the IRS says ‘We’re going after the rich’ but when you’re trying to raise that much money, the rich can only get you so far.”