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Suddenly, it’s the right that wants to defund law enforcement

The Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a bill that includes a range of new measures. Among them is increased funding for the Internal Revenue Service, to the tune of some $80 billion over the next decade. Ruben Navarrette: This isn’t the left’s “defund the police” or the right's “stop the FBI” He says the GOP is explicit opposition to boosting staff at the IRS, which will pay for itself in part. He says it's cause for concern that the IRS is gaining clout, particularly because there had been an effective defund-the-tax-police movement for years that's now being reversed.Navarrette says Republicans are not worried about overreach by local police departments.

Frida Ghitis: The response to the Mar-a-Lago search and the IRS expansion reveal the gulf in what sorts of oversight Americans fear Americans fear. She says it's impossible not to notice how the response to that search and IRS expansion shows the gulf Americans fear oversight of law enforcement. Ghitis writes: We should at no point grant law enforcement a reflexive benefit of the doubt that it is operating with complete directness and objectivity, certainly. But it is a fair response is: sure, if the feds or police think that a law was broken, they might search my house too. And sometimes those searches will be specious. Sometimes the police will engage in coverups.