Monday, July 12, 2010

No One Knows

clipped from

A Wednesday report from the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA), an independent watchdog within the IRS, backed those claims, finding that the agency currently lacks the resources to take on the new duties. …

“Before ObamaCare passed, [Minority Leader John Boehner] and others warned that it would require an army of new IRS agents,” Boehner (R-Ohio) spokesman Michael Steel said in an email. “Democrats denied it. Now we know the truth.”

So how much will the IRS need?  No one knows — and that’s the point that Republicans have been making all along.  The NTA can’t figure it out, the IRS can’t estimate it, and the Democrats never seriously attempted to determine it at all.  Like many other provisions of ObamaCare, they simply made up cost numbers in order to argue that the bill would be deficit neutral.