We Need More Whistleblowers

 

Identifying the truth from the Biden administration is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It’s probably even harder than that. Members of the administration, including Joe Biden, have no reservations about lying, mischaracterizing, and distorting information. Whatever information they give to the public is all for a good cause: increasing the power and influence of the Progressive Left. Truth is irrelevant; persuasion is the ultimate victory.

But lately, we may be seeing some employees of the government who aren’t as convinced as they once were that the cause is the priority. We’ve seen an increase of whistleblowers, calling out the Biden Administration, including their co-workers, supervisors and managers. Is it possible that employees are beginning to realize that there are benefits that are gained by reporting those who are deceiving the American public? Have they suddenly developed a conscience? Has the environment become more receptive to whistleblowers, who might finally have had enough of the collusion with bad actors? There are probably a number of factors at play, but I thought it would be worthwhile to learn why these people are coming forward, and determine if we can encourage more people to speak out.

One of the most recent whistleblower complaints was made to Senator Charles Grassley regarding the Hunter Biden case:

In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, Mr. Grassley said his office has been contacted by current and former ‘highly credible whistleblowers’ who described how the FBI improperly sought to discredit the Hunter Biden case by labeling ‘verified and verifiable derogatory information about the president’s son as disinformation.’

By inaccurately labeling the evidence as disinformation, investigative activity in the Hunter Biden probe was brought to a halt by FBI officials.

‘If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are — and have been — institutionally corrupted to their very core to the point in which the United States Congress and the American people will have no confidence in the equal application of the law,’ wrote Mr. Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

We only need to re-visit the Afghanistan debacle to learn of whistleblowers who reported on the handling of Afghan refugees:

Bombshell whistleblower allegations suggest the Biden administration’s failure to thoroughly vet refugees from Afghanistan last summer was worse than the Department of Defense admitted, according to a Thursday letter from Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. The letter asked the acting inspector general of the Department of Defense about allegations that the DoD’s handling of Afghan refugees may have allowed terrorists into the country.

According to the letter, ‘324 individuals evacuated from Afghanistan were allowed to enter the United States, despite appearing on the DoD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist,’ which identifies people determined to be ‘threats or potential threats to national security, including known suspected terrorists.’

The DoD reported in February that ‘50 Afghan personnel in the United States’ had been identified who had ‘information in DoD records that would indicate potentially significant security concerns.’

Finally, Rep. Jim Jordan has had 14 whistleblowers report to him on corruption in the Department of Justice:

‘Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people,’ said U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. ‘There are lots of good people in the FBI. It’s the top that is the problem. Some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us what is baloney, what’s going on — the political nature now of the Justice Department — God bless them for doing it — talking about the school-board issue, about a whole host of issues.’

There are many more whistleblowing activities in process than described here.

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So why are people finally starting to come forward? Guilty conscience? A sudden inspiration of ethics? I don’t know the reasons. I assume that some of them didn’t understand the protections that would be in place if they spoke out. As more people come forward, more may feel that they are not the only ones taking the risks. Is it possible that some people are having a serious case of patriotism? Your guess is as good as mine. But I do think we need to do everything we can to inspire people to come forward, whether they were complicit in those activities or not. We need to find ways to express our gratitude, to convince them they need to inspire others to speak up, and to let them know they can rebuild their personal integrity simply by doing the right thing.

From comment by a retired FBI Special Agent:

The alleged conduct is dispiriting, but we can take heart that whistleblowers are coming forward. No one did so during Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign’s purported ties with Russia. Insiders told me this silence resulted in part from the nature of the investigation: It was a ‘headquarters special’ in which only a handful of people had the full picture. Staff simply assumed the headquarters clique ‘must have had more.’ It didn’t. . .

A deep-seated cultural problem continues at FBI headquarters, even years after the Crossfire Hurricane misdeeds were exposed. Still, a ray of hope shines through—whistleblowers who’ve had enough are now coming forward. The FBI needs their bravery, and America needs an apolitical FBI.

Whether we can ever achieve an “apolitical” FBI is in question.

In the meantime, we need the truth.

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  1. Steven Seward Member
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    Maybe it’s just the old fashioned “enough is enough!”  The breakdown of integrity across the whole spectrum of the Federal Government has been staggering under the Biden Administration.  With so many employees there just has to be a critical mass of people that just can’t take it anymore and have reached the breaking point, even if they are Democrats.  Besides, gigantic cracks in the Great Information Dam that is the left-leaning press have opened up allowing criticism of this progressive Gubmint to pour forth without shame.

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    Maybe it’s just the old fashioned “enough is enough!” The breakdown of integrity across the whole spectrum of the Federal Government has been staggering under the Biden Administration. With so many employees there just has to be a critical mass of people that just can’t take it anymore and have reached the breaking point, even if they are Democrats. Besides, gigantic cracks in the Great Information Dam that is the left-leaning press have opened up allowing criticism of this progressive Gubmint to pour forth without shame.

    Excellent points, Steve. As we see the media join with criticism, more than a few eyebrows have to be going up. And maybe some of those whistleblowers to are exposed to those of us on the Right might realize we’re not evil, too! And that at one level, we all want the same things as citizens and for this country.

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  3. Steven Seward Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    And maybe some of those whistleblowers who are exposed to those of us on the Right might realize we’re not evil, too!

    Well, let’s not get too optimistic now!   I’ll just be content if they can see some modicum of the truth.

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  4. Percival Thatcher
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    Here’s hoping some vestige of “Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity” have had enough of this.

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Here’s hoping some vestige of “Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity” have had enough of this.

    Yes, indeed. Let’s hope.

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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    Maybe it’s just the old fashioned “enough is enough!” The breakdown of integrity across the whole spectrum of the Federal Government has been staggering under the Biden Administration. With so many employees there just has to be a critical mass of people that just can’t take it anymore and have reached the breaking point, even if they are Democrats. Besides, gigantic cracks in the Great Information Dam that is the left-leaning press have opened up allowing criticism of this progressive Gubmint to pour forth without shame.

    Maybe. A smart Republican party would do more to incentivize whistle-blowers.

    There’s probably a big fear that if they came forward, the Democrats would destroy them while Republicans sat idly by leaving them to twist in the wind.

     

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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):
    There’s probably a big fear that if they came forward, the Democrats would destroy them while Republicans sat idly by leaving them to twist in the wind.

    Part of our incentive, Drew, would be to show there’s very little that the Democrats could do to try to destroy them. Yes, they could subtly try to ostracize them, but there are lots of protections. Here’s a partial list:

    Firing or laying off the whistleblower(s); blacklisting; demoting; denying overtime or promotions; disciplining; denying benefits; failing to hire or rehire; intimidation; reassignments affecting promotions; reducing pay or hours ; making threats.

    There is also a non-partisan organization just for whistleblowers:

    https://www.whistleblowers.org/what-is-a-whistleblower/\

    Whether it is genuinely non-partisan, I don’t know. Republicans do need to get this information out, although potential whistleblowers could also have irrational fears. We need to reassure them.

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  8. Red Herring Coolidge
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    My first thought was 14 is all the honest ones left.

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Red Herring (View Comment):

    My first thought was 14 is all the honest ones left.

    I hope not. Time will tell, and I hope they see speaking out as an opportunity for redemption.

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  10. TBA Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    we’re not evil, too!

    Speak for yourself. 

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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    TBA (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    we’re not evil, too!

    Speak for yourself.

    You can’t fool me, TBA. We’ve known each other too long!

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  12. TBA Coolidge
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    @RobtGilsdorf

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    we’re not evil, too!

    Speak for yourself.

    You can’t fool me, TBA. We’ve known each other too long!

    Well, maybe more like ‘evil-lite’. 

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  13. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    The problem is that for the Left what they believe is religious in nature. They are on a quest to achieve some  “holy grail”. When you are in that mode, there is no middle ground, no compromise. Any who oppose them are evil, so anything that defeats evil is by axiom, good, even lying. The goal justifies the means. The apostates who break from the cult and “Whistle Blow” are too few in number. There are far too many “true believers.” Our biggest impediment is the media which frequently refuses to report the lies when they are exposed. They are the truly evil ones, because it isn’t religion with them. It is all about power. The rest of the left is made up of a priesthood and the sheep they lead. So long as the media remains in the hands of the seekers of power we will always be fighting an uphill battle.

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  14. Red Herring Coolidge
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     Manafort has done some great interviews and has a book out. He told about Weismann and his theories about Trump, which were batcrap crazy. Thump is being hounded by madmen..

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  15. Dave of Barsham Member
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    As I type this I’m choking  a bit on my own bile, but I’m beginning to understand the tactics of Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. I still don’t ascribe good motives to either person but in particular, Manning, went outside the “chain of command,” (even though he was a civilian). At the time I thought it was contemptable, but if the chain of command is compromised by people you know would simply bury it and you because they’re ok with it, what else would you do? It pains me to say that I’ve pretty much lost all faith in all Federal level institutions at this point. They don’t have to be in some grand conspiracy to get the results we’re seeing, they all just have to be traveling on the same path. May God help us all.

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  16. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    I like to think that the existence of whistleblowers means there are some people working for the government who still know the difference between right and wrong, and aren’t so cowed that they are afraid to say so.

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  17. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    I like to think that the existence of whistleblowers means there are some people working for the government who still know the difference between right and wrong, and aren’t so cowed that they are afraid to say so.

    This is my hope, too, Doug. 

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  18. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):

    The problem is that for the Left what they believe is religious in nature. They are on a quest to achieve some a “holy grail”. When you are in that mode, there is no middle ground, no compromise. Any who oppose them are evil, so anything that defeats evil is by axiom, good, even lying. The goal justifies the means. The apostates who break from the cult and “Whistle Blow” are too few in number. There are far too many “true believers.” Our biggest impediment is the media which frequently refuses to report the lies when they are exposed. They are the truly evil ones, because it isn’t religion with them. It is all about power. The rest of the left is made up of a priesthood and the sheep they lead. So long as the media remains in the hands of the seekers of power we will always be fighting an uphill battle.

    In many respects I agree with you, Eugene. But life is not black and white. So many on the Left are zealots, and many are sheep. But my life experience also tells me that there are many in between who may have a moral center but have abandoned it…for now. We need to reach them. To remind them that they can be good and moral people, and we want their help. 

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  19. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    Even if there are whistleblowers, will media give it any time? 

    We know how they handled Hunter Biden and Biden Inc

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  20. I Walton Member
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Even if there are whistleblowers, will media give it any time?

    We know how they handled Hunter Biden and Biden Inc

    Yes.  If the main stream media doesn’t report regularly and honestly on these disclosures, a vast number of people won’t know about them.   Something has to be done to push the matter into the mainstream media as it is a front for the rot at the top.  Someone or something thing has to buy out one of the broadcasting companies, impose some legal action or find some way to  destroy one or more of them.   

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  21. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Even if there are whistleblowers, will media give it any time?

    We know how they handled Hunter Biden and Biden Inc

    In this age of innovative technology, there has to be a solution! A TV production? Creative advertising? Badgering one of the networks? One-page ad in the NYT? Come on, techies, help us out!!

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  22. Rodin Member
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    There are two kinds of “whistleblowers”— one favored, the other not do much. The favored whistleblower is the one who rats out fraudulent payments to federal contractors and grantees and at law gets a financial piece of the recovery, plus attorney fees. The less favored are the internal government corruption whistleblowers. The only reliable upside is feeling better about themselves and maybe, maybe, career enhancement if they are useful to the powers that be — shifting as it is. That we have had 14 come forward so far means things are really bad. The others aren’t going to stick their head out of the trench until there is strong suppressing fire on those that would otherwise destroy them. 

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  23. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    There are two kinds of “whistleblowers”— one favored, the other not do much. The favored whistleblower is the one who rats out fraudulent payments to federal contractors and grantees and at law gets a financial piece of the recovery, plus attorney fees. The less favored are the internal government corruption whistleblowers. The only reliable upside is feeling better about themselves and maybe, maybe, career enhancement if they are useful to the powers that be — shifting as it is. That we have had 14 come forward so far means things are really bad. The others aren’t going to stick their head out of the trench until there is strong suppressing fire on those that would otherwise destroy them.

    You’re right, of course. There was a time when I’d want them all to be principled, patriotic people with pure motives. (Do you like all those “p’s”?) But I’m realistic enough to know that the motives will vary tremendously. Fortunately there are consequences for liars, but I guess it’s possible that serious damage could be done in the meantime. I wish we could get some momentum going, and figure out how people can be lauded as heroes for speaking out, not as snitches.

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  24. Red Herring Coolidge
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    @EHerring

    Dave of Barsham (View Comment):

    As I type this I’m choking a bit on my own bile, but I’m beginning to understand the tactics of Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. I still don’t ascribe good motives to either person but in particular, Manning, went outside the “chain of command,” (even though he was a civilian). At the time I thought it was contemptable, but if the chain of command is compromised by people you know would simply bury it and you because they’re ok with it, what else would you do? It pains me to say that I’ve pretty much lost all faith in all Federal level institutions at this point. They don’t have to be in some grand conspiracy to get the results we’re seeing, they all just have to be traveling on the same path. May God help us all.

    I’m right behind you

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  25. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    I Walton (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Even if there are whistleblowers, will media give it any time?

    We know how they handled Hunter Biden and Biden Inc

    Yes. If the main stream media doesn’t report regularly and honestly on these disclosures, a vast number of people won’t know about them. Something has to be done to push the matter into the mainstream media as it is a front for the rot at the top. Someone or something thing has to buy out one of the broadcasting companies, impose some legal action or find some way to destroy one or more of them.

    We can’t fix this country without a complete reform of the media.

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  26. Red Herring Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    I Walton (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Even if there are whistleblowers, will media give it any time?

    We know how they handled Hunter Biden and Biden Inc

    Yes. If the main stream media doesn’t report regularly and honestly on these disclosures, a vast number of people won’t know about them. Something has to be done to push the matter into the mainstream media as it is a front for the rot at the top. Someone or something thing has to buy out one of the broadcasting companies, impose some legal action or find some way to destroy one or more of them.

    We can’t fix this country without a complete reform of the media.

    They can’t he reformed, only replaced.

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  27. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Red Herring (View Comment):
    They can’t he reformed, only replaced.

    I agree! Any thoughts on how we can do that? We at least need a powerful, fearless and visible organization that will speak out and speak the truth. Is there a way to build on the media’s stating that Biden shouldn’t run again? I wonder why they were willing to defy the status quo? Or did the status quo instruct them to speak out? It’s hard to know who the enemy is anymore.

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  28. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Red Herring (View Comment):
    They can’t he reformed, only replaced.

    I agree! Any thoughts on how we can do that? We at least need a powerful, fearless and visible organization that will speak out and speak the truth. Is there a way to build on the media’s stating that Biden shouldn’t run again? I wonder why they were willing to defy the status quo? Or did the status quo instruct them to speak out? It’s hard to know who the enemy is anymore.

    News channels are loss leaders for the corporations that own them, so sinking ratings don’t always have an affect. But corporations can only take so much loss.

    Divest from any of these corporations, including every one of the other companies they own. If they begin to feel too much pain, they’ll look for the appendages giving the least return.

    And also, the right needs to build new things to replace the leftist-dominated institutions. New media, new universities, new banks, new . . . everything. (Which is why 87,000 new IRS agents — to go after any “new thing” the right builds.)

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  29. Red Herring Coolidge
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    @EHerring

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Red Herring (View Comment):
    They can’t he reformed, only replaced.

    I agree! Any thoughts on how we can do that? We at least need a powerful, fearless and visible organization that will speak out and speak the truth. Is there a way to build on the media’s stating that Biden shouldn’t run again? I wonder why they were willing to defy the status quo? Or did the status quo instruct them to speak out? It’s hard to know who the enemy is anymore.

    Seeds are there. People just need to use them.

    Printed media. Epoch Times and The Conservative Chronical

    Radio. So many to choose from at all times of the day and night.

    Podcasts. Don’t underestimate them. They are more effective sound bites than 5 minutes on tv. Also, you can link to many of them to quickly spread them to friends.

    TV- there are select shows that are very good and they are at the top of the ratings. Mark Levin on Sunday is serious and intellectual. Greg Gutfeld every night is a funny show that . presents serious issues in an entertaining way. Also, it hits the left the best way possible, by mocking them.

    We have all the means to reach people. What we lack are people willing to be reached.

     

     

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  30. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Red Herring (View Comment):
    They can’t he reformed, only replaced.

    I agree! Any thoughts on how we can do that? We at least need a powerful, fearless and visible organization that will speak out and speak the truth. Is there a way to build on the media’s stating that Biden shouldn’t run again? I wonder why they were willing to defy the status quo? Or did the status quo instruct them to speak out? It’s hard to know who the enemy is anymore.

    News channels are loss leaders for the corporations that own them, so sinking ratings don’t always have an affect. But corporations can only take so much loss.

    Divest from any of these corporations, including every one of the other companies they own. If they begin to feel too much pain, they’ll look for the appendages giving the least return.

    And also, the right needs to build new things to replace the leftist-dominated institutions. New media, new universities, new banks, new . . . everything. (Which is why 87,000 new IRS agents — to go after any “new thing” the right builds.)

    Good suggestions, Drew. We need to get creative!

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