Republicans Cave on IRS Impeachment – Just as They Always Do

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Last October (2015), Utah representative Jason Chaffetz, one of the few Congressman who actually takes his job seriously, presented four Articles of Impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to the House Judiciary Committee. It should have been a slam dunk.

In brief, the Articles  state that 1: Koskinen “failed in his duty to respond to lawfully issued congressional subpoenas” – 2: “Commissioner Koskinen made a series of false and misleading statements to Congress in contravention of his oath to tell the truth” – 3: “During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Finance, John Andrew Koskinen promised, ‘[W]e will be transparent about any problems we run into; and the public and certainly this committee will know about those problems as soon as we do.’ Commissioner Koskinen repeatedly violated that promise.” – 4: “Commissioner Koskinen stated in a hearing on June 7, 2014, that the Internal Revenue Service had ‘gone to great lengths’ to retrieve all of Lois Lerner’s emails. Commissioner Koskinen’s actions contradicted the assurances he gave to Congress.”

Representative Chaffetz said  regarding the first Article: “…when Congress gives you a subpoena, compliance isn’t optional.” He drafted the Articles just days after the Obama Justice Department closed the case on IRS thuggery, declining to file charges of any kind. What a shocker. read more

The IRS Can’t Do Without

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Money is mother’s milk for government. Obviously they can’t function without it. No entity can. We all get that. Yet it seems government is the only entity that claims it can’t function with even a little less.

And it’s like this for all governments: federal, state, local – it doesn’t matter. It’s as if they all went to the same seminar – how to soak the taxpayer and make them feel fear and guilt for not accepting public-sector extortion.soak the taxpayer

We’ve all heard it – the tried and true method of extortion that they will have to fire the police or firefighters if they don’t get what they want. Or, Social Security checks won’t be mailed, etc.

So here we are once again with yet another government department whining about having their budget cut. This time it’s the crooks at the IRS. read more

IRS Investigation is a Whitewash

Suppose you’re President Obama. Who would be your ideal candidate to head up the Justice Department’s investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups?

 

How about someone who gave thousands of dollars to your senate campaign as well as your presidential races?

 

The confidence that the president and AG Holder have in the press ignoring this IRS “investigation” must be so great that they simply don’t care who knows that it’s set up to be a whitewash. read more

Holder Coached Black Ministers on Avoiding IRS Scrutiny

Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS officials reportedly coached black  ministers on how to engage in political activity without jeopardizing their  tax-exempt status during the 2012 election.

Holder, then-IRS  commissioner Douglas Shulman, and Peter Lorenzetti, a senior official in the  IRS’s exempt organizations division, participated in a May 2012 training session  for ministers from the Conference of National Black Churches at the Capitol  hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.

Holder’s speaking engagement  at the event was “highly problematic,” one legal expert said.

“[The CBC]  had the IRS members there specifically to advise them on how far to go  campaigning without violating their tax-exempt status,” George Washington  University law professor Jonathan Turley told the Daily Caller.

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Engraved Pens, First Class Flights and Presidential Suites

The Internal Revenue Service spent an eye-watering $4.1 million of government money on a 2010 training conference in California, handing out cocktails, engraved pens and room upgrades to the managers who attended.

A report released on Tuesday by the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration reveals the staggering list of gifts lavished on the 2,609 employees at the conference in Anaheim.

The report found that ‘questionable expenses’ comprised much of the budget, including imprinted bags, travel mugs and one keynote speaker who painted celebrities’ portraits on stage for $17,000.

 
Lavish: A report has revealed that the Internal Revenue Service spent a staggering $4.1 million on a 2010 training conference in Anaheim. Many of the 2,000 guests stayed at the Hilton (hotel file picture)Lavish: A report has revealed that the Internal Revenue Service spent a staggering $4.1 million on a 2010 training conference in Anaheim. Many of the 2,000 guests stayed at the Hilton (hotel file picture)

The three-day conference on ‘Leading into the Future’ was held in August 2010 for managers in the tax agency’s small-business and self-employed division with approval from top agency officials.

The 2,609 managers stayed at the Sheraton, Hilton and Marriott hotels, and the IRS paid $135 per room per night. Among the attendees, 45 lived locally yet the agency still paid for hotel rooms.

At the hotels, 132 suite upgrades were provided each night of the conference, ranging from $299 to $1,000 per room per night. Some managers stayed in two-bedroom presidential suites at the Hilton.

CNN noted that the IRS used event planners rather than its own staff to organize the event, meaning that there was no incentive to get lower hotel room rates. The two planners were each paid $66,500 commission by the hotels.

While attending the conference, staff could choose from up to 23 different workshops – called ‘knowledge portals’. The 15 outside speakers at the events earned a total of $135,350.

One was paid $17,000 for creating paintings of celebrities on stage to show that ‘the thought process to find creative solutions to challenges’, CNN reported.

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Who’s on First … Third Base

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

 The other morning Glenn Beck asked if the president really does know what’s going on?

Is he in charge? Is anyone in charge? Do any of his people actually report to him or not. Eric Holder for example. Does he report to Obama? If not, than to whom does he report; himself?

Was Leon Panetta telling the truth when he said he had no additional contact with the president. It was rumored that Obama went to sleep the night of the Benghazi attack.

Obama had no idea of the fast & furious scandal. Not even Holder had any notion of the gun running into Mexico. Is any of this to be believed?

The IRS was and for all we know still is, targeting groups that don’t agree with the administration. Are we to believe the president knew nothing of this either?

Is this guy the most incompetent official ever to hold office? Is he the most disengaged Chief executive ever, or is he the most corrupt politician in history?

That’s a tough choice.

Well, I agree with Rush and have contended this for years. Liberals and radical leftists all think the alike. Obama doesn’t need to coach or tell them how to think or act. They don’t require meetings and strategy sessions to make sure all are on the same page.  So, although I doubt it, it could be possible that Obama isn’t aware of some the nefarious goings-on.

He has a circle of friends and colleagues that are cut from the same cloth. So Obama can hire or promote someone like Lois Lerner and just walk away. She knows what to do. She knows to wield her power. She doesn’t need instructions from Obama. She is also able to hire others radicals to do her bidding, and so on down the ladder. That way everyone can claim to be ignorant.

If they do appear to be caught in the act, they just clam up.

Regarding Lois Lerner, of IRS infamy; she claimed the Fifth before Darrell Issa’s committee. Many republicans thought, we’ve got her now!

Conservatives claim she lost the benefit of the Fifth Amendment and wish to her force her to return and testify to the commission.

They certainly have the right to do so, but what will happen?  She will reappear, plead the Fifth and refuse to testify again. The republicans will then remind her that due to her original opening statement, she effectively surrendered her Constitutional right to silence.  The republicans will then hold her in contempt of Congress. How naïve.

Now being in contempt of Congress is not the same as it is in a courtroom. A Judge can find someone in contempt and toss him or her in jail until they answer his questions. It’s different with Congress.

The committee will find Ms. Lerner in contempt. They then  must bring the contempt order to the entire body of the House of Representatives for a vote. Now during this time, Ms Lerner isn’t sitting in the slammer. She is out, going about her business completely unencumbered, and getting paid.

The House votes on the contempt charge. If they vote it down, that’s it; she’s off scot-free. But what if Congress votes in favor? She’ll be in deep doo-doo, right?

Ummm…No. If the body votes to hold her in contempt, they must hand the order over to…, you got it; the Obama Justice Department. Eric Holder’s Justice Department. And what will happen to Ms. Lerner? Absolutely nothing. Well, maybe she’ll get another raise and promotion for a job well done.

So I ask again. Who is running the country anyway? Is there anyone really in charge? Does the buck actually stop anywhere? No, of course not silly. If there were one individual in charge, either the president or department head, he, she or it would bear ultimate responsibility for all the high crimes and shenanigans.

No one who should be in charge seems to know anything, including our dear president. Is it because they really don’t know, or are they all liars? You make the call.

David Axelrod is Right

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

We have been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime and that’s not hyperbole.

To paraphrase David Axelrod: the government is so “vast” it’s impossible to know what’s going on.

That’s probably the only intelligent thing he has ever uttered.

Well, he’s absolutely right. It’s gotten so large and out-of-control that it requires storm trooper like tactics to control the flow of the vast amount of money collected to run it.

Now we’ve learned that the collection department, the IRS, has been targeting groups that oppose the administration.

As an aside – if this scandal is what has surfaced, it’s a cinch there is much more that hasn’t. Just an observation.

Anyone who has been audited knows it may be the most stressful and painful experience this side of childbirth (or so I’ve heard). I thought the government was supposed to work for and be accountable to us, not the other way around.

So for this and a myriad of other reasons, the IRS should be abolished.

We on the right have been putting forth this tired refrain for decades, but there will never be a better chance than now to start advancing this notion.

We could learn a little from the left. “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. Well, this is a crisis we must not squander.

But the government needs money to operate, you say. You might add that without the threat of IRS persecution (and I do mean persecution), no one would ever pay their taxes.

Nonsense. Other than the most rabid antigovernment lunatics, virtually all citizens are willing to pay.

Most citizens just want the collection to be fair and transparent. The current system is neither (and that is deliberate). As Marco Rubio might say: “let’s bring those who do not pay taxes ‘out of the shadows’.”

The only truly fair and transparent tax is the consumption tax, not the flat tax. Yes, a national sales tax, but let’s not call it that. People already dislike sales taxes.

A flat tax is still based on income thus is not fair. Not everyone will pay and everyone should pay, at least a little. Skin in the game at all that.

One can still cheat the flat tax system by simply hiding their income. The consumption tax is fair and less apt to be corrupted. Black markets will only spring up if the rate is too high.

Of course the consumption tax would have to be an amendment, not just simply a law and take the place of the 16th amendment, which would have to be repealed first.

The consumption tax is also the epitome of a free-market system. It is also, with few exceptions, the only purely an absolutely voluntary tax. If you don’t wish to pay the tax, don’t purchase the item or service.

It would also take care of those pesky nonprofit tax-free organizations. No one would be tax-free because everyone and every organization must purchase things.

And how much money could corporations and organizations save by simply closing up K Street and not having to beg and bribe Congress for tax breaks?

Simply put, the lefty wizards of smart have admitted that the government has become too large to manage. They have also admitted that they are a bunch of bungling incompetents. Of course they did so, figuring no one will demand change. I’m sure they think; give it a couple of weeks and the scandals will be forgotten.

The current tax system is tyranny and the IRS tyrannical. However, impossible as the task may sound, it must commence sometime. As I stated; there may never be a better opportunity.

“Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered, yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph”, Thomas Paine, 1776.

Levin Pressured IRS

Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012.

Levin said he was concerned nonprofit organizations were abusing their tax-exempt status and engaging in partisan politics and requested information from the IRS on 12 organizations.

“Organizations are using Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(4) to gain tax exempt status while engaging in partisan political campaigns,” wrote Levin in one letter on July 27, 2012. “Making the problem worse is that the IRS knows there is a problem because of the public nature of the activity but has failed to address it.”

He asked whether the 12 organizations “applied for [tax-exempt status]; and if so … received the described exemption for political activity from the IRS.”

Levin’s list contained nine conservative groups, including Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity. It also included two liberal groups and one centrist group.

The IRS officials were reportedly already aware that the agency had been targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny during the time Levin was corresponding with Shulman and Lerner.

The IRS acknowledged on Friday that agency officials singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Levin is a prominent supporter of the DISCLOSE Act, which would require the disclosure of corporate donors to tax-exempt organizations. He was an original cosponsor of the legislation.

He told New York Times columnist Joe Nocera he would take on groups he believed were abusing their tax-exempt status.

“Tax-exempt 501(c)(4)s are not supposed to be engaged in politics,” he said. “We’re going to go after them.”

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How You Can Become an Illegal Alien for Fun and Profit

This is an actual letter from an Iowa resident sent to his senator, Tom (dung heap)Harkin (Democrat)

Dear Senator Harkin,

As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you. My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted.

If my understanding of this bill is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for only three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am eager to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I’m excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as ‘in-state’ tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver’s license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me, given that I still have college age children driving my car.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative. Thank you for your assistance

Your Loyal Constituent (hoping to reach ‘illegal alien’ status rather than just a bona fide citizen of the USA).

Donald Ruppert

Burlington , IA

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