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Opinion Democrats paint a target on their backs with IRS cash infusion

Julian Zelizer: Some Republicans are calling the massive tax-and-spend bill the IRS Expansion Act. He says Democrats are the party of the IRS and of wealthy people claiming federal tax credits for new electric vehicles and solar panels for their second homes. Zelizer asks: What will the IRS do with $80 billion in new funds? Or find the 87,000 new workers (who would be phased in over a decade) to do it? Go after richer, high-value targets, at least in theory. Not one House Republican will vote for it on Friday; Democrats have handed Republicans a gift of an issue to pay for their new spending on all their pet projects, he says.

Republicans were initially dismayed that Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D