The Washington Post is once again providing cover for the Biden administration, claiming that the $80 billion earmarked for the IRS is because it’s wildly understaffed and they just have to have 87,000 new agents.
While White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was assuring reporters on Tuesday that none of the new agents will audit Americans making under $400,000 a year, sane people were aghast at doubling the size of the tax behemoth and the apparent weaponization of the agency.
Washington Post pundit Catherine Rampell acknowledged the huge increase in enforcement for the agency, but she also yelled “Squirrel!” while justifying it.
“Dems are about to give $80b to IRS. Mostly for enforcement, as you’ve prob heard—but some of the $$ will also go toward upgrading the agency’s IT. Which is desperately needed. How can you tell? Let me take you on a tour, starting with the IRS cafeteria,” she tweeted.
🧵Dems are about to give $80b to IRS. Mostly for enforcement, as you've prob heard—but some of the $$ will also go toward upgrading the agency's IT. Which is desperately needed.
How can you tell? Let me take you on a tour, starting with the IRS cafeteria https://t.co/mB3FkBIheh pic.twitter.com/2ZGwqOBc0r
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) August 9, 2022
The reporter continued, “Yes, that’s a cafeteria in IRS’s Austin office. It’s stacked nearly wall to wall & shoulder-high with paper returns awaiting processing. Looks a bit like a corn maze. You could set a rat loose with cheese at other end, and the rat would never find it.”
Echoing Rampell, the editor/chief writer of the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler, wrote, “Why does the IRS need $80 billion? Just look at its cafeteria.”
That’s right folks… do it for the cafeteria where paperwork is stacked everywhere in what couldn’t possibly be a staged photo-op.
Won’t someone please think of the IRS lunchroom.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 9, 2022
“Taxpayers are trapped in this time warp because Congress has systemically underinvested in the IRS. Its funding was cut for most of the past decade, despite the agency receiving evermore responsibilities: stimulus checks, child tax credit payments, Obamacare enforcement, foreign bank account tracking and, lately, hunting down Russian yachts. Without reliable, long-term funding guarantees, the IRS has struggled to upgrade its systems,” Rampell wrote in her op-ed piece.
“I recently took a (chaperoned) tour of the Pipeline, which is usually off-limits to journalists. Imagine Willy Wonka’s secretive chocolate factory, but instead of gumdrops and lollipops it’s … paper. Everywhere, paper,” she marveled.
If you think Americans believe $80 BILLION & 87,000 NEW IRS agents means they’ll start doing the “cafeteria paperwork” & not CONTINUE to come after the middle/lower class, I have a bridge to sell you….
— SeldenGADawgs (@SeldenGADawgs) August 9, 2022
“… it’s astonishing that the system has survived this long since it seems to be held together with duct tape and string. When I mentioned this to Desselle, the mailroom manager, he corrected me,” Rampell wrote.
“‘That’s too generous,’ he said. ‘It’s more like Scotch tape and string,'” she repeated dramatically.
Many feel the upset concerning the backlog at the IRS is obviously manufactured. Proponents of a flat tax contend it could solve the whole issue with a fraction of that $80 billion. Taxes would be basically filled out on a postcard.
Others have an even more radical solution… just do away with the IRS period and pay for things locally rather than imposing forced contributions on the entire nation.
This would all go away if we abolished the current tax code and made doing one’s taxes as easy as filling out a post card.
— Ultra Journalist (Ret) – JOURN-L of Skrypton (@Magnum_CK) August 9, 2022
However, that’s not how things are done at the federal level and it does not appear it will change anytime soon. There is far too much money involved.
After readers got done laughing at what is evident propaganda, they turned to Twitter to smack the Washington Post over the defense of the IRS:
Does that regime water ever get too heavy to carry?
— I know an A-hole when I see it but I’m… (@NoProctologist) August 9, 2022
$12.6 billion annually. Maybe this is more about government mismanagement of allocated funds.
— 🇺🇸Night “Not A Taco” Wood ✞⚭⚓ (@Shteina_Gott) August 9, 2022
Crazy idea here but has anyone considered simplifying the tax code instead? Oh right, can’t pass out favors that way.
— EZ (@notmyrlnmnemore) August 9, 2022
Dems/media groveling for the IRS isn’t going to help in midterms (or after)
— AstrO (@Mi_Astronauta) August 9, 2022
After that raid last night (not to mention prior IRS history)–a lot of people are pretty convinced the IRS will definitely be used to target the democrats’ political enemies.
And they have good reason to believe that.
— mallen2010 (@mallen_2010) August 9, 2022
Seems strange that the IRS is set to hire >80,000 people when the big issue identified by @washingtonpost is the “antiquated system.”
— Stuart Stein (@SsteinStuart) August 9, 2022
Except the last time I looked at that portion of the bill, the 87k people were specifically designated for enforcement. Unless they changed it, enforcement staff will not be assisting with processing mail and answering phones.
— NDencodarlin (@dencodarlin01) August 9, 2022
So, you’re saying they’re archaic and inefficient?
— BobDog the Great (@bdzot) August 9, 2022
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