Great news: Obama diverting a half-billion dollars to the IRS for ObamaCare enforcement

posted at 9:16 am on April 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The good news — Barack Obama has finally found a way to use a half-billion dollars to fund job creation, unlike at Solyndra, where both the money and the jobs disappeared.  The bad news?  They’ll all be IRS enforcers for a law that has a pretty good chance of getting mooted in the next few months:

The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president’s healthcare law.

The money is only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process. The tax agency is responsible for several key provisions of the new law, including the unpopular individual mandate.

Not just including the individual mandate — it’s almost entirely for enforcing the individual mandate.  Most of the taxes included in the ObamaCare bill have already gone into effect.  While a few remain to be triggered, the new efforts for which the IRS must prepare have to do almost exclusively with enforcing the mandate and distributing subsidies for taxpayers to spend to comply with it.

Estimates of the personnel and resources needed to enforce this provision have varied widely.  In 2010, Rep. Paul Ryan put the number at 15,000 and Sen. John Barrasso estimated the ten-year costs at $5 billion, which the White House sharply denied at the time.  If the Obama administration needs $500 million as a first-year start-up to get the IRS prepared for enforcement, then Barrasso’s estimate appears to be spot-on.

How has the White House managed to get that money without Congress’ approval?  The Hill reports that Obama is draining a source that Congressional Republicans have already described as a “slush fund”:

The law contains dozens of targeted appropriations to implement specific provisions. It also gave the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $1 billion implementation fund, to use as it sees fit. Republicans have called it a “slush fund.”

HHS plans to drain the entire fund by September — before the presidential election, and more than a year before most of the healthcare law takes effect. Roughly half of that money will ultimately go to the IRS.

HHS has transferred almost $200 million to the IRS over the past two years and plans to transfer more than $300 million this year, according to figures provided by a congressional aide.

Thanks to the ambiguity of the legislation passed by Democrats alone in 2010, this transfer is perfectly legal, since the funds were intended for “federal” implementation of ObamaCare.  Nevertheless, spending this money now while the Supreme Court weighs the merits of the individual mandate and the PPACA as a whole seems a lot like the rush to spend money on Solyndra.  Why not wait for mid-summer to see whether there will be a mandate to enforce?  Without the mandates, the exchanges and the subsidies will collapse, and the IRS will not have needed those resources nor the thousands of employees they will fund (537 for managing the subsidies alone, another 300 to manage the as-yet-unapplied taxes, and an uncounted horde to ensure that each individual in America has bought his Patriotic And Approved Health Insurance).

I’m guessing that this will be exactly like Solyndra.  Obama will have spent a half-billion dollars on a product that never comes to market, and on jobs that never materialize.


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No, he’s diverting half a billion dollars to the IRS for “Non Obama large donor who donates to Mitt Romney” enforcement.

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 9:18 AM

A $1 billion “slush fund.”

In-fracking-credible

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Man I hope SCOTUS saves us from this scourge.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I’m sure IRS will spend it wisely if the mandate goes down
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cmsinaz on April 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Whenever Ed uses this particular picture of Obama I think of the Obama we are going to see when he loses/knows he’s going to lose and he’s accusing the American People of “failing” him.

That unhinged rant IS coming.

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Has there ever been an administration as blatantly corrupt as this one?

sandspur on April 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

A $1 billion “slush fund.”

In-fracking-credible

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Careful, the EPA is targeting fracking.

msupertas on April 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

It’s a shadow billion dollar campaign fund…for buy a few more votes…

PatriotRider on April 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Just think of how many more voters (employees) this will hire.

oldbearak on April 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

If the law is struck down, will HHS have to give us our money back, or does it disappear like the MF funds?

Kissmygrits on April 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Nevertheless, spending this money now while the Supreme Court weighs the merits of the individual mandate and the PPACA as a whole seems a lot like the rush to spend money on Solyndra. Why not wait for mid-summer to see whether there will be a mandate to enforce?

You’re kidding, right?

If there’s a pool of money to be spent, Obama is going to spend it. And spend it before the SCOTUS potentially kills the bogus law.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

We were audited TWICE last year. Twice. ‘Nuff said!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

The real question is “How long until the IRS declares bankruptcy, now that Obama-money has touched it?”

Could be a good thing…..

/sarc

ProfShadow on April 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

He knows the ‘game’…

Once funds are allocated, or spent, said funds are almost NEVER drawn back.

CPT. Charles on April 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The real question is “How long until the IRS declares bankruptcy, now that Obama-money has touched it?”

Could be a good thing…..

/sarc

ProfShadow on April 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

True, everything this malevolent incompetent touches turns to crap.

You know, Obama MIGHT actually have a value in real, private industry. Everything he comes up with is wrong. So employ him as an advisor and then DO THE OPPOSITE of what he says. Win!

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Hiring tax enforcement bureaucrats to enforce legislation that will likely be struck down as unconstitutional. Legislation that imposes a penalty that its supporters claim is NOT a tax, although that depends on who they’re talking to.

A rush to hire people for a law whose penalty phase doesn’t occur till the law is fully implemented in two years.

The irrationality, stupidity, and chaos that is now characteristic of the Obama years offers still more riches for the Republicans running against him (and I include those running for Senate and Congress).

Hey, Lefty Losers, good luck defending this mess.

EMD on April 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

He knows the ‘game’…

Once funds are allocated, or spent, said funds are almost NEVER drawn back.

CPT. Charles on April 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Which is why we borrow 40 cents on the dollar and are 16 TRILLION in debt.

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Man I hope SCOTUS saves us from this scourge.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

That would be nice but the real salvation comes from the electorate in November and sadly, there are too many Romney-haters out there who are tacitly or directly pushing for a second Obama term because their guy lost in the primaries and they are in a spiteful mood. They would rather see the nation destroyed than have to vote for a Mormon, someone who doesn’t past their conservative litmus test, or whatever. I consider these traitors every much the scourge as Obama and his cronies because they might as well unite under the banner “Conservatives for Obama.”

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Oh dear Lord.

I don’t know what is scarier – the mandate or the IRS enforcing it.

::SHUDDER::

Come on SCOTUS – do the right thing.

gophergirl on April 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The House needs to hide the checkbook on any more of Obama’s spending plans. Supreme Court is going to doom his re-election plans soon, and then he needs to be watched very closely for his “crisis plans”. Can’t wait for his concession speech.

Amazingoly on April 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

If the law is struck down, will HHS have to give us our money back, or does it disappear like the MF funds?

Kissmygrits on April 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

We will never see it again. Anyone hired with this money will have their job about as long as a Solyndra employee.

dogsoldier on April 9, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Hiring tax enforcement bureaucrats to enforce legislation that will likely be struck down as unconstitutional. Legislation that imposes a penalty that its supporters claim is NOT a tax, although that depends on who they’re talking to.

A rush to hire people for a law whose penalty phase doesn’t occur till the law is fully implemented in two years.

The irrationality, stupidity, and chaos that is now characteristic of the Obama years offers still more riches for the Republicans running against him (and I include those running for Senate and Congress).

Hey, Lefty Losers, good luck defending this mess.

EMD on April 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Let’s be careful of saying “likely”. I’m cautiously optimistic, but very cautiously. Let’s just say I see the glass as a little more than half-full.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Has there ever been an administration as blatantly corrupt as this one?

sandspur on April 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Warren G. Harding and the Teapot Dome Scandal.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Hurry! Spend it before it is gone!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

IRS Freedom Task Force….
Only in America

Electrongod on April 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Wow, 15,000 brand spanking new federal government employees, complete with gold-plated benefits packages.

You can almost smell the economic recovery coming because we have money just sitting around to pay all those people.

Bishop on April 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Just think of how many more voters (employees) this will hire.

oldbearak on April 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The funny thing (NOT) is they’re all named Eric Holder.

VietVet_Dave on April 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It’s almost as if he knows that the law will be upheld, and his recent rants against SCOTUS was a red herring.

OldEnglish on April 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

What’s the big deal? We’ve got money to burn, right? If we can afford to send 45 taxpayer-financed security agents to babysit Barry and Michelle’s kid on a Mexican holiday, surely we can afford to squander a few hundred million so some deserving IRS agents can learn to enforce a law that will probably only exist for another month or two. Just have old Ben fire up the printing presses again! As long as we have trees and green ink, money will never be a problem . . . .

AZCoyote on April 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

One of the worst enforcers of federal government power is being strengthened to enforce the greatest thing since sliced bread….I don’t get it. I thought everyone was going to crap rainbows just thinking about how awesome ObamaCare is going to be, why does he need 15,000 tax thugs to make sure we all love it?

Bishop on April 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

If the law gets struck down, the new IRS employees will be used to harass groups like the Tea Parties and anti-Obama 527s that are deemed ‘Enemies of the State’.

michaelo on April 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Kind of hard to believe that this half billion, (!) doesn’t have an ultimate goal that hasn’t yet been exposed. Even if the objective is bragging rights to a bunch of new jobs, even Team Barry has to appreciate the pre-election optics of blowing that much money on a mandate enforcement that’s likely to be non-existant. I’m thinking the IRS is just a stop on the laundry shoot.

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

This thing is going forward whether we like it or not. Obama will pay the piper in November, but we will pay for good.

rickv404 on April 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

It’s almost as if he knows that the law will be upheld, and his recent rants against SCOTUS was a red herring.

OldEnglish on April 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Could be. Or he knows it’ll be struck down and he’s doing everything he can to maximize the chaos so he can demagogue the Court even harder.

Or maybe he doesn’t know, and just doesn’t care – plowing forward regardless.

All I know for sure is that nothing would surprise me coming from this Regime.

forest on April 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Viva Las Vegas.

BKeyser on April 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

It’s almost as if he knows that the law will be upheld, and his recent rants against SCOTUS was a red herring.

OldEnglish on April 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

He wouldn’t have done what he did if the leak from Kagan/WiseLatina showed the initial vote was to uphold Obamacare. It was very unpresidential and petty. No President has ever railed at the Supreme Court and succeeded as a result of it, FDR lasted longer in office than the justices, something that Obama can’t do. Legally…

Yeah, since when has THAT mattered?

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

What’s half a billion in Obamaworld? Chump change.

jeffinsjvca on April 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Impeach!

SouthernGent on April 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

sheesh Ed, lighten up – it’s only money, it’s not like it’s real or anything.

katablog.com on April 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I think it’s time to report somebody to the government’s “no bully” website…

parteagirl on April 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Because a woman’s health care choices should be between her and her tax collector.

Bruce MacMahon on April 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

The jobs that the Obama administration has “created or saved” come primarily in the government sector.

onlineanalyst on April 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Shows once again just how ridiculous voting on that 2,700+ pages and leaving the door wide open for HHS to regulate it WITHOUT READING IT does.

CoffeeLover on April 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Could be. Or he knows it’ll be struck down and he’s doing everything he can to maximize the chaos so he can demagogue the Court even harder.

forest on April 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Expect more of this. Obama will try to destroy as much as he can before being dragged out of the White House.

The scariest months in our history since the Civil War will be between November and January, when a rejected Obama goes FULL into OBAMA MAD!!! OBAMA SMASH!!! mode.

Indeed, it may be so bad that we FINALLY eliminate “lame duck” periods entirely. I’d like to see the new Congress and President take over the DAY AFTER the election.

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

A $1 billion “slush fund.”

Oh yeah?

Obama Needs One Billion Dollars For 2012 Campaign.

It’s the Chicago Way

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

And were is the worthless “check and balance” congress?

rplat on April 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

so what else is new?

Romney STILL sucks!

DUMP MITT NOW!

Pragmatic on April 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

The House needs to hide the checkbook on any more of Obama’s spending plans. Supreme Court is going to doom his re-election plans soon, and then he needs to be watched very closely for his “crisis plans”. Can’t wait for his concession speech.

Amazingoly on April 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Would it even matter at this point? With the constant raising of the debt ceiling, the passage of continuing resolutions, the built-in annual increases in spending, and the multiple slush funds in place, does a divided Congress have any power over the appropriation of this money?

Basically, the GOP has only 3 ways to stop Obama(aside from Romney defeating him in November of course). First is win back the Senate which would allow them to finally pass a budget. Even if Obama vetoes it as expected, it would at least take them one step closer to dealing with the situation. The next option is to engineer a government shutdown which would force everyone to come to some sort of budget agreement. The problem there is the optics would be a nightmare, especially with a sycophantic media in Obama’s pocket. The last option is an extension of the previous one. Don’t raise the debt ceiling when the next inevitable debate arrives(which could be before the election). Again though, the optics will be an issue, but at some point even most of the American people will say enough’s enough.

Doughboy on April 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

So much for a “toothless” mandate huh?

cdog0613 on April 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Tyrant.

UltimateBob on April 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Er, well I think he’s doing a fine job.

crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Perhaps I have it wrong – again, but I am under the impression that Obama is incensed that SCOTUS dared to even give the law a once-over. In his mind, they should have rejected the challenge outright.

OldEnglish on April 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Speaking of slush funds, I wish someone would track that $5 BILLION the health care law provided for “ReInsurance”. In short, it pays for health insurance for retired workers older than 55 but not yet Medicare age. I presume the funds are going mostly to where they will offset money unions would have had to pay for their own retired members. I suspect most of the beneficiaries are not only on a cushy pension, they got that pension at the tender age of 55 with “free” health care to boot.

So. I “retired” at 60, when my employer went bust. I’ve been unemployed for 2 years. No pension. Yet I still have a $380 monthly premium I have to cover. Yet MY taxes are going to pay that guy’s health insurance.

I want some committee to investigate who got those funds. And ask why I’m having to pay for benefits I can’t afford for myself, but for some guy who got a nice pension at 55? How does that make sense?

jeanneb on April 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Any chance Captain Wonderful decides to ignore the Supreme Court if they throw overturn ObamaCare?

crazywater on April 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Perhaps I have it wrong – again, but I am under the impression that Obama is incensed that SCOTUS dared to even give the law a once-over. In his mind, they should have rejected the challenge outright.

OldEnglish on April 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Oh, he was seething over the challenge, don’t get me wrong, but he wouldn’t have gone off like he did had he not been tipped off it went against him.

Doing what he did, if anything, CEMENTS Kennedy against him. The Judiciary is as arrogant and petulant as Obama, it hates being called out just as much as he does. If Obama was raging at them for DARING hear the case and not outright bless Obamacare, doing what he did was the dumbest thing of his Presidency.

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Any chance Captain Wonderful decides to ignore the Supreme Court if they throw overturn ObamaCare?

crazywater on April 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Yes.

Would ignoring the court be any MORE illegal than ignoring whether or not the Senate is in session before making recess appointments?

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hey, Lefty Losers, good luck defending this mess.

EMD on April 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

we can only hope. But this only ensures another 1500 votes for O.

Beside, not defense needed. I won.

katablog.com on April 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Yeah, but Obama is still better than Romney.

ABRtards on April 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Go ABRtards!!!

Gunlock Bill on April 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

wildcat72 on April 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Well, I do think that he lacks judgement – at least.

OldEnglish on April 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Can’t wait for the MSM to showcase this on the Nightly News.
No doubt they’ll give it as much coverage as they did Obama’s ‘unprecedented speech’. /sarc

MR. ARIZONA on April 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Fire this POS POTUS on Novemebr 6th.

DevilsPrinciple on April 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Any chance Captain Wonderful decides to ignore the Supreme Court if they throw overturn ObamaCare?

crazywater on April 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Of course. He’s probably got his speech all ready to go. What will the GOP do? The Democrats and the media will applaud him for it. Reid will say he has the power to do whatever he wants.
Won’t be long before some Democrat puts in a resolution changing our flag to that Obama flag that’s been spotted flying around.

I can totally seriously see some Democrat out there someday making a speech like “Of course the founders wanted elections and Democracy.. but they never could have envisioned such a great President. Once we’ve arrived at the perfect administration, it would be foolish to throw it all away. I am certain that our Founders would have agreed, that once you’ve finally arrived at the perfect system of government with the right leaders, elections are no longer needed. A non-elective authoritarian dictatorial system of government is the highest form of freedom and Democracy. When the people no longer need to worry about who is leading them, they are free to finally pursue all the good we allow them”

I think I would make a really great lib.

They’ll all be IRS enforcers for a law that has a pretty good chance of getting mooted in the next few months:

Either way, he’ll keep the IRS agents.

JellyToast on April 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Any chance Captain Wonderful decides to ignore the Supreme Court if they throw overturn ObamaCare?

crazywater on April 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Well…

NapaConservative on April 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Unbelievable. I just wish that I would stop thinking this way, it is totally believable with this admin. Almost expected at this point. What one man has done to the Office of the President of the United States of America. I weep for our nation.

D-fusit on April 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Impeach!

SouthernGent on April 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I kind of wonder if our esteemed National Socialist Leftists realize the very good chance that their dear liar – the magnificent mega genius of all the universe, Barack Hussein Downgrade (Peas be upon him) is likely to be Impeached even IF he’s able to buy the presidency once again?

Man is not free unless government is limited – Ronald Reagan

Chip on April 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Either way, he’ll keep the IRS agents.

JellyToast on April 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Has to raise the unemployment numbers somehow.

D-fusit on April 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

No amount of money can force us to submit.

devan95 on April 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

It’s like I have said before.. everyday you wake up to some new thing Obama is trying to do to us. Some new way he wants to screw us over, kick us in the face or steal from us. It’s every freaking day.

Oh for the old times when you heard congress was going to do an assault weapons ban or something, and maybe it was going into committee and maybe it would stay there for a few weeks and then maybe it would die for a while then then a month later it might pop up again and then maybe three weeks after they’d try to vote on it and then it got postponed for another month or something. And then if it passed, you had a few more months to go before the next crap came along. Those were the good old days.

Now it’s like every freaking day. One day you find they want to treat spilled milk or cow manure like a toxic chemical, the next day they shut down coal plants, by morning you find out they’ve been blowing up dams and building our bridges with Chinese workers and firms, by evening Obama’s attacking the Supreme Court and threatening a race war or something. It’s a daily barrage.

What I am looking forward to is the day all this crap happens in reverse. By morning the next GOP President is eliminating all of Obama’s executive orders, by evening ObamaCare is officially repealed. The next day taxes across the board are lowered and all the Czars are gone and made officially illegal by congress. The next day GM is given back to the real owners and by evening 16 Democrat congressman are arrested or under investigation for fraud. The next day Chris Matthews is fired and CNN apologizes for being communists.

That day is coming folks.

JellyToast on April 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

We will never see it again. Anyone hired with this money will have their job about as long as a Solyndra employee.

dogsoldier on April 9, 2012 at 9:31 AM

If the funding gets them through the first year of federal employment then they will gain civil services rights.

The crystal ball says a lot more audits in the future to keep these workers happy.

chemman on April 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

What I am looking forward to is the day all this crap happens in reverse. By morning the next GOP President is eliminating all of Obama’s executive orders, by evening ObamaCare is officially repealed. The next day taxes across the board are lowered and all the Czars are gone and made officially illegal by congress. The next day GM is given back to the real owners and by evening 16 Democrat congressman are arrested or under investigation for fraud. The next day Chris Matthews is fired and CNN apologizes for being communists.

That day is coming folks.

JellyToast on April 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Nice dream, but do you really see a GOP president surrendering power and all those crony Czar jobs? Bush started the Czardoms and Congress did nothing to reign him in.

chemman on April 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Wonderful, now we have IRS entitlements. Zero has no respect for the law and I believe will therefore ignore whatever SCOTUS says and proceed full speed ahead. They rammed Obamacare down our throats once already, didn’t they? In case he is ousted in November, Zero is going to make sure he has inflicted as much hope and change damage as possible – to make it as difficult as he can for anyone to repair. That is if he doesn’t circumvent the election process altogether; who needs law – HE WON, remember?

ghostwalker1 on April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This, along with his intimidation of the SCOTUS, almost seems like self-sabatoge. Why? Because governing is hard. He doesn’t like being judged by his actions instead of his intentions. And he wants out. He’s been miserable since the music stopped at the inauguration parties. Just my guess.

parteagirl on April 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The dirtbag in the white house isn’t even waiting until the court makes its decision. What a POS!

jqc1970 on April 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

OT: Captain Ed finally showed liberal4life the door this morning. See the Fast and Furious thread, which our nimrod tried to hijack to change the subject to Romney’s religion.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

OT: Captain Ed finally showed liberal4life the door this morning. See the Fast and Furious thread, which our nimrod tried to hijack to change the subject to Romney’s religion.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Can it be??? I’m off to check it out. What a great way to start off the week. :)

4Grace on April 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Future IRS visit to somebody who isn’t participating in PlaceboCare:

Lead IRS agent – “We made you an offer you couldn’t refuse. It says here you refuse to participate in PlaceboCare.”

Victim – “So? You and what army are going to make me overpay so Fluke can…”

(Click, click, click, click, click as 500 heavily armed IRS agents release the safeties on their weapons, all aimed at the victim, much like the Cook County Assessor’s Office scene in “Blues Brothers”)

Lead IRS agent – “This army paid for by PlaceboCare’s enactment. Ready….”

Steve Eggleston on April 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

OT: Captain Ed finally showed liberal4life the door this morning. See the Fast and Furious thread, which our nimrod tried to hijack to change the subject to Romney’s religion.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I love the smell of ozone in the morning. It smells like…victory.

Steve Eggleston on April 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I think it’s time to start printing $3 bills with Obama’s Mussolini pose on the front and Moochele’s booty on the back, and just send a boatload of them to any project or agency that needs funding.

fogw on April 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Captain Ed finally showed liberal4life the door this morning.

Finally. But we know it will be back when registration opens again, cleverly disguising it’s name as liblover4life, libgenius4life, libvoter4life ……

fogw on April 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

All those sociology and women’s studies majors will now be given jobs as IRS collection agents.

Just what they always dreamed of! /sarc

PattyJ on April 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Half a billion buys a lot of bullets…

Bulletchaser on April 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

As a side note, about 15 years ago, the IRS under Clinton purchased nearly 1000 .308 caliber silenced sniper rifles from from Ed Brown. People’s normal orders were put on hold while these were turned out. I believe the caliber was both (.308/7.62×51) and .300 Whisper.

Guess they will be more useful now.

Bulletchaser on April 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It is not his piggy bank. Obamacare is going to be repealed, divert the money back. We need to match the out of control spending with what comes into the Treasury, not raise taxes to match the crazy spending. New leadership coming. Stay tuned.

Amazingoly on April 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

NASA’s Planetary Science budget is less than 600 million dollars. That’s criminally pathetic. How about sending that 500 million to NASA, so we can put our own people into orbit again, start considering a mission to Mars, and put highly trained and educated skilled workers to work?

No, that would be too easy, wouldn’t it.

quikstrike98 on April 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Ed! What WERE you thinking??? Government jobs are not “job creation”, they are simply taking money from the private sector that would go towards real job creation, wasting about half of it and employing at best the same number, but we all know it’s fewer people than would have been employed had government not done anything.

American Elephant on April 10, 2012 at 2:25 AM