(RightWing.org) – President Joe Biden and the rest of the Democrats in political office have done their level best in his first two years in office to further weaponize the government against private citizens. Now, one Republican senator has rooted out another “witch hunt” by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and all its might, not against billionaires as was promised in both the 2020 and 2022 election cycles, but against middle-class Americans.
Let Loose the Hounds!
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) — the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship — became so concerned with what she read in the “Internal Revenue Service Inflation Reduction Act Strategic Operating Plan” that she fired off a letter to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel. She questioned where he and his agency got their definition of “large corporations and wealthy individuals” to include any of them earning more than $400,000 per year.
Citing statistics from the Census Bureau, Ernst reminded the Commissioner that “the average small business with approximately five employees has receipts of more than $424,000,” arguing that those vital employers of Americans will bear the brunt of the burden. She may be referring to the explanation on the census.gov webpage that describes small businesses as those having revenues between $1 million to more than $40 million, they use the specific example of a roofing contractor with revenues of $16.5 million as fitting under that umbrella.
Ernst concluded her letter by saying, “Instead of commencing on a witch hunt on small businesses…we should focus on tax solutions that promote small business growth and economic competitiveness.”
Shortly after regaining the majority in the House of Representatives, the Republicans delivered a stinging rebuke to Biden and the IRS when they rescinded funding that had been allocated to hire 87,000 new agents that the Democrats forced through under the watch of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) issued a press release soon after that vote, specifically chiding the regime, telling them that “the IRS should never be weaponized against the American taxpayers.”
Of course, this kind of action is nothing new for the Left, as evidenced by lawsuits brought by Conservative/Tea Party groups during the reign of former President Barack Obama. As then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions made clear in announcing the settlement of those cases in 2017, during that time period “the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to screen applications for 501(c) [tax-exempt] status.”
Another sterling example of the Liberal’s promised laser focus on making the wealthiest Americans targets of their tax-and-spend agenda being an abject failure is the repeatedly delayed rule that would be applied to apps such as PayPal and Venmo. Changing the mandatory reporting threshold from $20,000 on over 200 transactions to now requiring them to issue a 1099-K form for anyone earning more than $600 through their apps in 2023.
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