During the debate over ObamaCare, Democrats insisted they had to pass the bill so we could find out what was in it, and the more we learned about socialized medicine the more we would love it. Today, we found out one of the glorious items waiting in store for us. The IRS is requesting $119 million to implement new taxes the law demands. This does not mean the taxes total $119 million; it means the IRS is asking for $119 million to hire enough agents to collect them.
The Treasury Department, which obviously did not get the memo that this health care “reform” does not raise taxes, stated:
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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 presents a major challenge to the IRS. ACA represents the largest set of tax law changes in more than 20 years, with more than 40 provisions that amend the tax laws. Although the new law goes into effect gradually over many years, many provisions required immediate action. (Emphasis added.)
The IRS wants another $23 million to teach the public about these changes. The agency will spend $11.5 million just to implement the tanning tax — which, of course, is not racist at all.
Last month, Democrats rejoiced at CBO assertions that repealing ObamaCare would add $230 billion to the federal deficit. Leaving aside the fact that the estimate is nonsensical, eliminating this IRS expense alone would save more than half of that amount.
Since all appropriations bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Republicans, the House should not allocate one penny for the IRS to enforce a bill the American people want repealed. Until the law is struck down by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress, our representatives should refuse to fund its enforcement. By 2014, the bill should be a dead letter. If it isn’t, the Republican Congress will be.