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The Inflation Reduction Act (sic), a massive spending bill passed by Senate Democrats, includes provisions to hire 87,000 new IRS agents. That number seems too big to believe for two reasons.

One, according to the Office of Personnel Management, the IRS has just 93,654 employees at present; the added agents will be a 91% increase in personnel strength.

And two, what surplus labor pool will the 87,000 new IRS agents be drawn from?

Bearing in mind that these new hires must be, at a minimum, both marginally intelligent and marginally educated, in addition to being trustworthy; recruitment could be problematic.

Serendipitously, on Nov. 7, the Wall Street Journal reported “Facebook Parent Prepares Sweeping Layoffs” from its 87,000 employees.

If we add these Meta layoffs to Elon Musk’s plan to lay off about half of Twitter’s workforce, then the IRS may have enough savvy recruits assuming those furloughed from tech are willing to go over to the dark side and become Storm Troopers for Emperor Palpatine.

Then too, it is not as though being an IRS agent is the moral equivalent of working for STASI, SAVAK, the KGB or SMERSH.

Their job will simply be to ensure that the rich pay their fair share … and ours.

— Jeffrey R Smith, Sidewalk Politician, Political Invertebrate

Our two “anti-war” congress members, Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna, are fully on board the drive for war with Russia. Recently, we saw the head of the Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal issue a public letter calling on President Joe Biden to engage in diplomacy with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to end the Ukraine war, only to immediately retract the initiative, on being scolded that it conflicted with the Democratic party line. And all the members of the Progressive caucus, including Lee and Khanna fell in line. What hypocrisy! No wonder Tulsi Gabbard and others have decided to quit the Democratic Party! Do Lee and Khanna also back General Patreaus' insane scheme now being floated to send U.S. ground troops into Ukraine to fight the Russians directly? We need an answer before it's too late.

— Edward Malik

We had a senior foursome; two residents and two non-residents. They charge $30 a piece more for non-residents. That is over $80 during the week.

I am ok with $50 for my green fees, but my friends believed, as I did, that $30 a piece more for non-residents is absolutely ridiculous. Therefore, I am unable to play my local course. I don’t blame them for feeling overcharged (they are)! Thanks for nothing City Council and Greenway Golf.

— E. K. Jorgensen