After adding 87,000 new armed “agents” this past summer, the tax-collecting bureaucracy is poised to target political dissidents and small business owners who are seen to be enemies to the regime.
Now, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has demanded that tax exemptions be taken away from conservative groups who ignored masking orders and social distancing guidelines during the pandemic, the Daily Signal reported.
According to Tom Jones, president and founder of the American Accountability Foundation, this constitutes a clear example of a politicized IRS being used as a political bludgeon.
“It’s abundantly clear that [Whitehouse] is trying to take the 87,000 new IRS agents and put them to work investigating me and my friends because he doesn’t like their politics,” he said earlier this week.
“It’s Lois Lerner on steroids,” Jones said of what’s in the Whitehouse correspondence, alluding to the Obama-era IRS targeting Tea Party groups with tax exempt status.
“The Lois Lerner stuff was a mid-level bureaucrat abusing [her] power to investigate conservative groups,” he said. “This is a U.S. senator basically trying to turn the heat up on investigations by the Internal Revenue Service.”
Jones noted, however, that the Lerner situation was light stuff compared to what lies ahead.
“So, if Sheldon Whitehouse had his way, Lois Lerner would just look like a test run of what Sheldon Whitehouse has in mind,” Jones said,
Among those targeted by Whitehouse include Turning Point USA.
The IRS bloating took place in the wake of the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act,” an attempt by the Left last summer to save Biden and the Democrats from midterm obliteration, while handing out prizes to their friends.