In the 1967 film, “When A Stranger Calls,” the family babysitter, played by Carol Kane, is terrorized by a threatening caller. She calls the police, who tell her to keep the caller on the line long enough to trace the call—this, in the days before caller ID. The police eventually advise her that the calls are coming from inside the house.

It’s a scary and iconic moment—one that we’ve seen recreated again and again, perhaps most famously in Wes Craven’s 1996 flick, “Scream.”

What makes that scene so compelling is the feeling that we’ve all had that we could be trapped with the thing that might destroy us.

I couldn’t help but think of that when reading about recent problems with the IRS and the child tax credits.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting that the IRS is causing its own problems. Far from it. But maybe the real danger isn’t coming from the outside. What if the very thing that threatens to destroy it is coming from the…

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