Growing up, my aunt/godmother who hailed from Ware Shoals, SC would tell me about the “revenuers” who would try to find hidden stills in hills, since the bootleggers were making liquor that wasn’t taxed, and during Prohibition that was doubly illegal. NASCAR grew out the souped up cars bootleggers would drive at breakneck speed to outrun the government men.
At times there was gun play, since both sides were very serious about their jobs. And now Fox News to pumping up the drama about armed IRS
thugs coming with their guns
to make sure you sign up for socialized medicine! WTF! Well, at least that’s what Ron Paul discussed with Fox Business Network, America’s Nightly Scoreboard host David Asman:
PAUL: I think symbolically, the American people didn’t have concern, they ought to just think about it: 16,500 armed bureaucrats coming to make this program work
ASMAN: It’s incredible.
PAUL: If it was a good program and everybody liked it you wouldn’t need 16,500 thugs coming with their guns and putting you in jail if you didn’t follow all the rules.
ASMAN: Exactly. I think you just said it. If it was a good program, you wouldn’t need coercion. This is coercion. Using the power of the state as a coercive body rather than a representative of the American people’s will. There’s something deepy, deeply wrong with that
Look, the health care bill isn’t what a lot of people on the right or left wanted–for different reasons–but freaking people out about armed IRS agents is just going to lead to Something Bad.