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