RUSH: From Fox Business: "SCOTUS Ruling Means Bigger, More Intrusive IRS." This is a very long story. I am not going to by any means share it all with you, but I have enough salient excerpts here. "IRS officials on background tell FOX Business the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health reform gives the IRS even more powers than previously understood." Yeah, guess we had to pass it to find out what was in it. Are you ready, folks? "The IRS now gets to know about a small business's entire payroll, the level of their insurance coverage -- and it gets to know the income of not just the primary breadwinner in your house, but your entire family’s income, in order to assess/collect the mandated tax."
Now, this won't start until 2014 or 2015. So from now 'til November we're gonna have stories like this, this is headed your way, but if people look at us as just a bunch of shouting, doubting Thomases, nobody's gonna believe us, 'cause it isn't going to happen until 2014 or 2015. I tell you, once this thing gets fully implemented, folks, the IRS is gonna have a free look at not just the breadwinner's tax return, but everybody in the house so that they can accurately assess and collect the mandated tax. They don't have the right to know all this now. Your tax return's what it is, and they audit you if they do, and you have to prove and confirm what's on the return, but they can't ask you to turn over your kid, your 25-year-old still living with you, for example.
In addition to being able now to learn all about every penny involved in a small business, the IRS will then, because of this law, be able to share all of that information "with all sorts of government agencies, insurance companies and employers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. 'We expect even more lien and levy powers,' an IRS official says. Even the Taxpayer Advocate is deeply concerned. The IRS army will inexorably increase in size, too. The IRS will now add new agents to hunt down tax cheats, as it has been budgeted to spend $303.5 million building a new system," 4,000, 5,000 new agents and so forth. (interuption) Yeah, they have the authority. Well, I don't know if you don't pay the fine, they have the authority put a lien on your business. He just says even more lien and levy powers. They're not specified here in the whole story. Maybe put a lien on your business if you don't pay the fine. But I don't know that you're gonna even have a choice to pay it.
If you're an employee, it might just be deducted. If you're self-employed you of course will have to pay it. I don't know. For example, will the self-employed small business types be double charged, one for not buying insurance, and two for not providing insurance for your employee, you. If you're self-employed, if you don't buy insurance, you're in trouble, and you're also in trouble for not providing insurance for your employee, which is you. I don't know. I have to think that any question we have that has in any part of question, "Can the IRS do X," the answer is gonna be yes. That's the point of the story here.
"Nina E. Olson, who runs the Taxpayer Advocate Office [TAO], a federal IRS overseer, has warned the new health law may require more IRS intrusions on taxpayer privacy, to determine whether individuals got appropriate health coverage, and whether small businesses provide 'affordable' coverage, all of which is defined by the government." I don't know why you're so surprised in there is. What do you think this bill is? The IRS, there are 16,000 new agents. What are they for? You don't have to buy insurance, folks, you have to buy the right kind. The government will determine how much you need based on your situation. And then they'll determine what that costs. Oh, you're under the impression you get to keep your coverage if you like it? Oh, no, maybe 20% of the people will. If you like your coverage and doctor, no, no, no. That's "the secretary shall determine." Obama lied about that.
Let's say you like your plan. Don't you understand that the whole point of this is to get your company to give up the plan? How can you keep what your employer no longer provides? That's just one instance of how you will not be able to keep your plan if you like it.
The Taxpayer Advocate Office, which I guess is a government institution that oversees the IRS, "has noted Americans must now tell the IRS under the new law: Insurance plan information, including who is covered under the plan and the dates of coverage; The costs of your family’s health insurance plans; Whether a taxpayer had an offer of employer-sponsored health insurance; The cost of employer-sponsored insurance; Whether a taxpayer received a premium tax credit; and whether a taxpayer has an exemption from the individual responsibility requirement. The TAO has warned: 'This is different from the type of information the IRS typically deals with, and some taxpayers may feel uncomfortable about sharing it with the IRS.' ... But the TAO has warned that the IRS may not have the necessary skill sets, budget, or staffing to adequately enforce the new health reform law. Olson notes that the federal tax code is already so complex that even the IRS makes numerous mistakes in administering it."
What that all adds up to is that they're gonna have the leeway of being wrong in assessing, and you're gonna have no recourse. The final authority. Look, Snerdley, nobody knows better than I if you're under 30, and you're listening to me, even if you're under 40 and you're listening to me say all this, I know exactly what you're doing. You're pooh-poohing it, and you're thinking that I'm just some hell-bent right-wing partisan trying to scare you. I assure you, I have no desire for you to doubt me. I have no desire to be wrong. There nothing in it for me to mislead anybody about anything, particularly this. If you're under 30 or under 40, you might not even be cognizant of the concept of a big and growing government as a problem. You might think it's cool. You might think it's gonna level the playing field for everybody, it's fair, everyone is gonna get insurance and treatment.
The whole concept of the impact of all this on your freedom you might think is a joke. You might think people who worry about losing their freedom or their liberty are just a bunch of outlier fringe cooks. You might think that. I mean that's what you've been taught. It's how you've been educated. You've been raised and educated to believe that the only word that adequately describes government is benevolent. So, as far as you're concerned, I may be from the Florida militia, some little kook here trying to scare you. "None of that stuff can ever happen, Rush, this is America. You're just so eager to get rid of Obama. You just don't like Democrats."
I'm just telling you what the IRS has told Fox News, pure and simple. That's what the IRS is saying. I don't have the ability to make this up because I don't think of controlling people this way. I couldn't write this script. I don't think this way. I don't even for a second of any day ponder how I can exert power over people. I have no desire to, I don't know how. It's not something I want to do. And nor is it something I want to have happen to me, either. But it is.
"If the IRS finds that you've fallen short of the law --" remember, we just heard that they're understaffed and a lot of people there don't even know what they're doing, and don't understand the tax code. There's probably not a single person alive who does, from cover to cover understand it. "If the IRS finds you have fallen short of the law, it would hit you with a penalty tied to your household income (which may be that of an individual or several family members)." In order to determine what your household income is, they're gonna have to know about every dime of income in your family to properly assess what you owe. This is just on the health care. In the process of finding all this stuff out, what if they think that you've lied to 'em in previous years? 'Cause you know what? We're gonna have to audit you here based on what we've just learned. We've gone back and we've looked at your tax returns and you're not reflecting any of this.
I don't know if you've ever been audited, folks, but you're always guilty on day one, and you have to prove that they're wrong. The assumption is you're lying to them. The assumption is your returned is filled with untruths and you have to go about proving to them, in my case, 14 different ways I have to show them where I was or wasn't every day of the year. New York state. Fourteen different ways, credit cards, computer IP addresses. It's cockeyed, crazy.
RUSH: It's not it's a rhetorical question. I still want to ask, why are there 16,000 new IRS agents if Obamacare's not a tax? I know, I'm just being difficult.
By the way, there is noncourt news. The Wall Street Journal is reporting manufacturing has slowed in America for the first time in three years, and in fact is at as low a point as it's ever been during the recession. It's in bad shape. Manufacturing and prices are plummeting. Now, on the consumer side prices plummeting to an extent is good, but it's not good, it's deflationary if people can't sell what they're manufacturing for a profit. They're not gonna make it. It makes no sense to make something if you can't sell it for a profit. If you can sell it for what it costs you there's no reason to stay in business. Now, the left thinks that would be ideal. "That's right, Mr. Limbaugh, I think Apple should make an iPhone and sell it to us for exactly what it cost them to make it. That would be fair."
"Why would they do that, Mr. New Castrati?"
"To be fair, so that everybody would be able to enjoy the benefits of the iPhone, Mr. Limbaugh. Why should they have to make any profit doing it? It's gouging people. It's screwing people."
"Well, it's how they... I don't even want to waste my time with you, Mr. New Castrati." Anyway, prices plummeting is okay to a point, but if they get to the manufacturing cost, then they're gonna stop being made altogether and we got nothing. Anyway, it's just more bad economic news. The private sector we're being told is doing great, everything's fine there. It isn't.