UPDATED 11:46 AM PT – Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Conservatives target a New York Times editorialist for attacking Republicans over their opposition to an IRS surveillance program. The media has pushed for greater IRS surveillance of American citizens, claiming opposition to such surveillance is just Republicans being anti-democracy.
In an op-ed with the New York Times on Sunday, Binyamin Appelbaum said the “Rotten Core of the Republican Party” is based on supporting tax evasion. He said this in response to GOP criticisms of a provision in the Democrat’s partisan spending package, which requires the IRS to monitor bank accounts with $10,000 or more in transactions.
Leader of the House Republican Conference, Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) recently put out a video in which he declared the provision in the bill to be un-American. The man vying to take Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) position after the midterms said the GOP would go full force in trying to stop the provision from becoming law.
“Biden wants to hire thousands of new IRS bureaucrats and give them the authority to snoop into your bank account to monitor every single transaction you make,” said McCarthy. “This surveillance program crosses a line. It’s un-American. And Republicans will do everything possible to stop it before it ever gets off the ground.”
GOP senators also recently held a press conference to register their disdain for the provision in the bill. They claimed the provision is actually designed to spy on Americans, not to make everyone pay their so-called fair share as Appelbaum has claimed.
“By the way, the proposal doesn’t include just banks and credit unions,” stated Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho.). “It includes financial institutions. That’ll be Venmo, PayPal, you name it. And the scope of the IRS ability to dive into these accounts will be the biggest violation of individual privacy that i think this country has ever seen.”
FACT CHECK: Tax Breaks for Wealthy, IRS Surveillance is "Rotten Core" of Biden’s Tax Plan: @BCAppelbaum’s column "The Rotten Core of the Republican Party” simply repeats Democrats' myths on GOP tax reform.
— Ways and Means GOP (@WaysandMeansGOP) October 26, 2021
Appelbaum claimed Republicans are in opposition to the bill simply because they oppose taxation, which he says is a direct threat to the American experiment in self-governance. Many on social media have been quick to point out that history may not have been Appelbaum’s strong suit.
A member of the communications staff for the Heritage Foundation, John Cooper, said Appelbaum must have skipped U.S. history class. Senior writer at National Review, Dan McLaughlin, sarcastically asked if the article was written by King George III himself.
Meanwhile, the bill needs almost every Democrat in the House, as well as every single one in the Senate before it can be passed. It’s currently unknown if the final partisan reconciliation package will contain the provision, though little has been said in opposition to it by any Democrats.