An attempt by House Democrats to silence Rep. Lauren Boebert as she spoke out against the so-called Inflation Reduction Act on Friday failed thanks to both her fiery personality and also her Republican colleagues’ generosity.
Everything started out OK, with Boebert using her time at the podium to highlight the pitfalls of the widely panned bill.
“Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. That makes the supporters of this legislation by definition insane. Reckless spending in this town is what causes inflation. And we cannot continue to increase taxes on the American people and put a target on American energy production while spending a historic 370 billion dollars on ‘Green New Deal’ initiatives and expect to lower inflation and improve our economy,” she said.
“Remember that so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill? Yeah, we spent 200 billion dollars on ‘Green New Deal’ initiatives. I guess that was just a down payment on this never-ending theft of American tax dollars. You are sacrificing American families at the altar of climate change. Mr. Speaker, isn’t it Joe Biden himself said [the] inflation rate is at zero percent? So what the heck are we doing here? Why are we passing this so-called Inflation Reduction Act if it’s at zero percent?”
At this point, however, Democrats sought to silence her by stating that “the gentlewoman’s time has expired.” But instead of acknowledging her Democrat colleagues, the congresswoman continued speaking.
“In fact, it’s the Inflation Enhancement Act, and it does the exact opposite of what Americans need right now. This is just another con game by the Democrats calling something one thing and saying another,” Boebert said as Democrats kept chiding her for going over her allotted time.
FYI, she wasn’t wrong about the so-called Inflation Reduction Act increasing inflation:
🚨 Democrats have now passed a bill to spend nearly $600 billion on the left’s radical tax and green energy agenda that will only drive up inflation and increase prices for working families. Read more: https://t.co/GsrdDRFfIZ pic.twitter.com/XrX7X3JAZW
— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) August 12, 2022
“This is making the IRS with armed agents larger than the Pentagon, the State Department, the FBI …,” Boebert continued speaking when suddenly her microphone cut off, thanks presumably to Democrats pushing a button somewhere.
How did she respond? Certainly not by immediately piping down. Instead she began yelling and using her natural, God-given voice to share her message.
After a couple seconds of yelling, she did eventually grow silent, prompting the Democrat leading the procession to prematurely declare victory.
“The gentlewoman is no longer recognized. Her time is expired,” he said.
But he then handed the mic to another Republican, and that Republican responded by yielding 30 seconds of his own time to her.
“I will yield an additional 30 seconds to the gentlelady from Colorado to finish her comments,” he said.
Nice try, though, Democrats.
“This bill hires 87,000 new IRS agents, and they are armed, and the job description tells them that they need to be required to carry a firearm and expect to use deadly force if necessary,”‘ Boebert then said, concluding her speech.
“Excessive taxation is theft, and the chairman said that we are using the power of the federal government in this bill — you’re darn right you are. You’re using the power of the federal government for armed robbery.”
Her remarks later drew rebuttals from Democrats.
“I know Mrs. Boebert would like everyone to be armed as they are in her restaurant, but that’s not what IRS agents do. I would implore my Republican colleagues to cut out the scare tactics, quit making things up, and debate the substance of this bill,” Rep. John Yarmuth later reportedly said on the House floor.
She wasn’t making things up, though:
Trolls said I was crazy last week when I said Biden was going for a militarized IRS.
Read it for yourself. https://t.co/fLtvasQPUO
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 11, 2022
Nothing she said about the so-called Inflation Reduction Act was incorrect. It will increase inflation, it will harm American families, and it will beef up the IRS with 87,000 new agents, some of whom will be armed.
Of course, Democrats and their media allies have tried to claim that the new agents won’t be sicced on the working/middle class, but even the libertarians at Reason magazine have cried foul.
“Don’t Believe the White House’s Promises About Who the New IRS Will Audit,” a headline from the magazine reads.
Why not? Because, one, the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that there will be increased audits of “all Americans,” regardless of income.
And second, because the Biden administration keeps spouting bull. To hear the administration tell it, the majority of the $80 billion in funding will go toward IRS customer service.
“[R]esources will be invested in employees and IT systems that will allow us to better serve all taxpayers, including small businesses and middle-income taxpayers,” IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig recently said.
But there’s a problem.
“In fact, just $3.2 billion of the $80 billion is earmarked for customer service, producing a mere 9 percent increase over the previous baseline,” according to Reason.
So where’s the rest of the money going? Just take a wild guess …
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