Congressional Democrats have handed Republicans two giant gifts. The deviously dubbed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and a worthy-but-failed amendment to it, supply the GOP a pair of tailor-made issues to hurl at tax-loving, tax-hiking, tax-collecting Democrats. Republican nominees should deploy them at once.
First, IRA gives the Internal Revenue Service an $80 billion bonus — six times its current $12.6 billion annual budget. This includes $45.6 billion for enforcement, a 70% increase above today’s compulsion outlays.