Posted by | April 9, 2010 10:23 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Thomas Wellborn

A surprising new Fox News poll has shown that Americans view the Tea Party less favorably than the Internal Revenue Service.  This is amusing considering recent false claims from conservatives that 16,000 IRS agents are being hired to enforce the health care reform law, the most notable coming from Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich: “I suspect every Republican candidate will campaign on a promise to cut off all funding in January for the 16,000 IRS agents. You don’t need a health Gestapo in the United States.”


Q: Will the IRS hire 16,500 new agents to enforce the health care law?

A: No. The law requires the IRS mostly to hand out tax credits, not collect penalties. The claim of 16,500 new agents stems from a partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions, and compounded by outright misrepresentation.

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