16,500 more IRS agents
I retired the last day of the last century. I had been a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department. At the time of my retirement the Treasury department had approximately 16,000 special agents: IRS, Customs, Secret Service, ATF and a couple of others. The Justice department also had approximately 16,000 special agents mainly in the FBI and the DEA. After 9/11 many agencies hired a total of a few thousand more special agents. The 32,000 plus special agents were charged with investigating a variety of crimes against the United States.
Fast forward to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Under this act the IRS will hire 16,500 additional special agents. Why? Has there been a sudden increase in the number of tax related crimes in the United States? No, they are being hired to ensure American citizens comply with the mandate in the Affordable Care Act which requires all U.S. citizens and legal residents to have health insurance – or else. Or else what? Or else you will be investigated as a criminal for non-compliance with the laws of the United States.
If this fact doesn’t scare you, well, then I can’t imagine a scenario that will. The 16,500 new special agents’ sole function is to ensure that all American citizens and residents comply with a federal law requiring them to buy a product they may or may not desire or need. You should be very, very afraid. If you’re not, please let me know what psychotropic drugs you use to dull your senses.