In an Aug. 11 letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig, Schmitt wanted more details on the agency's massive expansion plan that includes the hiring of some 87,000 new agents, auditors and staff over the next decade, The Epoch Times reported.
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The IRS has stockpiled 5 million rounds of ammunition and spent $750,000 this year to buy more, according to Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, who introduced a bill to block future purchases by the agency.
Concurrently, social media was set ablaze this week by an IRS job post for Criminal Investigation Special Agents that would require them to “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force.”
“This arsenal makes a recent IRS job advertisement downright frightening,” Schmitt wrote in his letter to Rettig.
Funding for the IRS hiring spree is contained in the recently-signed "Inflation Reduction Act," which critics say is misnamed because it will do nothing to bring down inflation. In fact, economists predict that pouring hundreds of billions more dollars into an economy that is already beset with high prices and lowered inventories is just a recipe for even more inflationary pressures.
“The people of Missouri love our country,” Schmitt told the IRS chief. “But, with every passing day, we find more reasons to fear our government.”
He went on to note that the American people are increasingly concerned over what they see as the overt militarization of the IRS, while Republicans and whistleblowers are already predicting that the new agents will not be focused on uber-rich Americans who donate to the political class, but rather middle-class earners struggling to make ends meet in Biden's economy.
“To put this in perspective, the IRS will be larger than the FBI, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Border Patrol combined,” Schmitt wrote. “The thought of 87,000 new IRS agents terrorizing Missourians is disturbing, to say the least.”
He also referenced a report from around five years ago that said the IRS had stocked up on some 5 million rounds of ammunition for all types of firearms including semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and handguns. And even now, Schmitt noted, the IRS continues to militarize even as the Biden regime and Democrats attempt to limit Americans' Second Amendment rights.
“The current regime in Washington is turning our country into a place we barely recognize,” he wrote, adding that the message Democrats and the Biden White House want to send Americans is crystal clear: “The regime is in control and will investigate and punish anyone who stands in the way, even a former president of the United States.”
Proponents of the IRS expansion argue that the agency simply needs to replace personnel lost through attrition since 2010. Also, they argue that the agency isn't going to target middle-income earners and small businesses, a claim that a former IRS lawyer-turned-whistleblower called "bulls**t."
William Henck, who was forced out after he blew the whistle on internal operational malfeasance, told FOX Business that his old employer will most definitely be targeting middle-class earners under the Inflation Reduction Act.
“The idea that they’re going to open things up and go after these big billionaires and large corporations is quite frankly bulls–t,” Henck told the outlet. “It’s not going to happen. They’re going to give themselves bonuses and promotions and really nice conferences.”
“The big corporations and the billionaires are probably sitting back laughing right now,” he continued.