By Tommy Tidrow
November 8, 2015 (Washington D. C.) – New House Speaker Paul Ryan and his friends in Congress (most of whom have signed the Republican operative Grover Norquist’s “No New Taxes” pledge) have come up with a plan to fund a highway bill by privatizing the part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tasked with collecting back taxes from individuals who owe as little as $200 dollars in unpaid income tax.
The measure would have private collection agencies act on behalf of the government to collect delinquent taxes. These are the people who have been sued for predatory practices, harassment and misrepresentation for years.
These debt collectors will not be going after billionaires and corporations who put $150,000,000,000 Billion dollars in off-shore tax havens like the Cayman Islands. Nor will there be any reform to the tax code that allows giant corporations like General Electric to pay no taxes at all.