ZOMG - IRS Will Need 16,500 ARMED Agents to Enforce Health Insurance Mandate!!!

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Or . . . not.

Good lord, Ron Paul is claiming 16,500 armed IRS agents will be needed to enforce the the new health care mandates.  Check it out at the 3:35 mark.  Naturally the freepers and bedwetters are picking this up and claiming that we are on the road to slavery and armed thugs patrolling the, what?, H & R Block offices?  Who knows.

But fortunately Fact Check is on the case.  The Repubs are trying to make a case, first of all, that 16,500 new IRS agents would be needed to enforce the new law.  This appears to be pure speculation born of the fact that the IRS will incur some expenses related to the tax provisions.

Is this a big deal?  It shouldn’t be - it happens EVERY TIME Congress changes the tax code.  Forms and software all have to be updated and tax preparers and the public have to be informed of the changes.  A lot of the cost goes into this kind of thing, not hiring new agents.

And Ron Paul appears to have pulled the “armed agents” claim purely out of his ass.  IRS agents aren’t armed .  Why would they be?  I’ve dealt with plenty of agents in my career and none of them, at least to this point, have been packing heat.  IRS “special agents”, who conduct actual criminal investigations, are armed but they are a very small percentage of total IRS workers.  The majority of them are clerks and pencil pushers like me.

But leave it to the bedwetters out there to concoct even more outrageous claims about a bill that will finally provide a health care safety net for millions and millions of Americans.

Posted by marindenver on 03/31/10 at 06:30 PM • Permalink

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The way Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, Palin, Doyle, Cunningham etc. are pushing this, you’d thing it was a boldface line-item in the HCR bill.

Damn. I need to stop listening to these people.

Maybe Obama can hire them before the job numbers come out on Friday ;-)

And what’s wrong with guns? Why SHOULDN’T they have guns?

It’s their goddamn Constitutional right.

I wonder how much IRS pays to hang around H&R Block intimidating tax avoiders with superior weaponry.  Sounds like fun.

Sounds like fun.

Great seasonal job!

@Strange: Nothing wrong with government agents having guns, as long as they’re pointed at the right people—the dervishes and the fuzzy-wuzzies.  But when they’re pointed at Well-bred Honest Independent Trusty Enterprising Citizens—well, then we have a problem.

The “16,500 IRS agents” meme started when two Republicans—Dave Camp (R-MI) and Charles Boustandy (R-LA) issued their own report specifying that number on March 18, 2010. (See
The Wrong Prescription: Democrats’ Health Overhaul Dangerously Expands IRS Authority: Committee on Ways and Means Republican Report Prepared for Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight).

At some point, of course, the 16,500 IRS agents became armed agents. However could that have happened?!

The IRS itself has issued no official statement regarding the need, if any, for additional agents.

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