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LePage: The IRS is like the “new Gestapo”
Hot Air.com ^ | July 8, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNSON

Posted on 07/08/2012 8:32:22 PM PDT by Kaslin

Even though President Obama’s recently Supreme Court-upheld health care law imposes a whole host of ‘penalties‘ that most definitively are not taxes, or something, it’s just ‘easiest‘ for the IRS to takeover the administration of said penalties. So of course, the IRS is rolling forward with plans to begin implementing the health care law, which in turn requires that they hire thousands of new employees and rewrite a bunch of rules and regulations. Oh, joy (emphasis mine):

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s health care law will come home to roost for most taxpayers in about 2 1/2 years, when they’ll have to start providing proof on their tax returns that they have health insurance. …

Under the law, the IRS will provide tax breaks and incentives to help pay for health insurance and impose penalties on some people who don’t buy coverage and on some businesses that don’t offer it to employees.

The changes will require new regulations, forms and publications, new computer programs and a big new outreach program to explain it all to taxpayers and tax professionals. Businesses that don’t claim an exemption will have to prove they offer health insurance to employees.

The health care law “includes the largest set of tax law changes in more than 20 years,” according to the Treasury inspector general who oversees the IRS. The agency will have to hire thousands of workers to manage it…

But it’s not a tax. Yeah, okay, got it.

The IRS might be getting a head start with implementing ObamaCare, but during his weekly radio address, Maine Governor Paul LePage jumped on the Republican-governor bandwagon of states refusing to even start preparing for the Medicaid expansion, etcetera, before they absolutely must.

LePage said the court decision has “made America less free.”

“We the people have been told there is no choice,” he said. “You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS.” …

The governor added that Maine will not move forward the ACA’s insurance exchanges — the marketplaces where individuals can shop for health plans from private companies — until the proposed $800 million tab to pay for them passes Congress.

“With these looming uncertainties circling around this issue, Maine cannot move forward right now with Obamacare,” LePage said. …

“Even more disheartening is that reviving the American dream just became nearly impossible to do,” he said. “We are now a nation which supports dependency rather than independence. Instead of encouraging self-reliance, we are encouraging people to rely on the government.”

I can’t support the Nazi imagery — it’s perhaps just a wee bit hyperbolic for my tastes (and that’s saying something!) — but I understand the outrage. This is shaping up to be the biggest encroachment on personal freedom in America’s history, and if the federal government can take their authority this far, we’d be fools not to question just how far the American people are going to allow the government to go before insisting that enough is enough.


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1 posted on 07/08/2012 8:32:28 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I did not celebrate “Independence Day” this year, as we are no longer independent.


3 posted on 07/08/2012 8:44:59 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Kaslin

Maine Governor Paul LePage: “I’d Tell Obama To ‘get out of my state and go To Hell’.

Gov LePage to the NAACP: “Kiss my butt”


4 posted on 07/08/2012 8:45:47 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: Kaslin

I hear the dems are in protest against LePage’s latest remark.

Tell LePage what you think

http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/citizen_services/ideas-suggestions.shtml


5 posted on 07/08/2012 8:47:28 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: Kaslin
Didn't you get the memo? This is what America's all about now: selectively enforcing laws.
Or if government can't get what it wants that way, ignoring laws: Zimmerman, F&F, Obama E legibility, Passing a Budget, etc.
6 posted on 07/08/2012 8:53:50 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ...
RE :”The governor added that Maine will not move forward the ACA’s insurance exchanges — the marketplaces where individuals can shop for health plans from private companies — until the proposed $800 million tab to pay for them passes Congress.

This part is interesting. The exchanges depend on future funding in future budgets?

7 posted on 07/08/2012 9:28:59 PM PDT by sickoflibs (ABBBO chant: "We must support Romney because he doesn't matter." (Obam-ney Care is bad now ))
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To: Kaslin

been that way a long time.


8 posted on 07/08/2012 10:49:08 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: tsowellfan
Gov LePage to the NAACP: “Kiss my butt”

C'omn. Let's get it right. He did NOT say "Kiss my butt." That's what the press reported.

He said: "Kiss my ass."

Love that man!

9 posted on 07/08/2012 11:51:15 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: Kaslin
Great, what has the GOP done to get rid of the IRS and repeal the 16th amendment?

Not a goddamned thing.

The Republicans like to talk tough about taxes, but are part of the same Federal Apparatus the Democrats are.

The IRS extortionists have nothing to fear from the blowhards in the GOP.

10 posted on 07/09/2012 12:10:47 AM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: Kaslin

Wasn’t there an article several months ago concerning the gov. ordering thousands of pistols for the new IRS agents?
I’m sure as there was speculation Zer0 was building the civilian paramilitary army he wanted.


11 posted on 07/09/2012 2:12:42 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Kaslin
Wasn’t there an article several months ago concerning the gov. ordering thousands of pistols for the new IRS agents?
I’m sure as there was speculation Zer0 was building the civilian paramilitary army he wanted........

The pistols are probably to go along with the millions of .40 cal rounds he also purchased.

Gonna be a lot of shooting going on someplace.


12 posted on 07/09/2012 3:24:59 AM PDT by Progov
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To: Rome2000
Let's see if we can edit this for clarity...

Great, what has the GOP any American citizen done to get rid of the IRS and repeal the 16th amendment?

Not a goddamned thing.

The Republicans American people like to talk tough about taxes, but are part of the same Federal Apparatus the Democrats are.

The IRS extortionists have nothing to fear from the blowhards in the GOP who predictably and dependably pay their taxes.

"Blowhards" is a generous description of the fat, lazy, luxury-besotted, complacent, cowardly sucklings who make extortion work and keep extortionists employed.

What has the taxpayer done but grumble at his keyboard about civil war a'comin, when he hasn't the spine to stop sending the government protection money? What does he ever do but complain that someone ELSE is doing nothing?

People haven't the fortitude to quit working, much less wage armed rebellion.

If everyone who claims to be pro-liberty and anti-obamacare were to lay down their income-producing arms and not pay taxes, even by that perfectly legal means of not making taxable income, this government would surrender within days.

But no such actions occur, just hollow words.

13 posted on 07/09/2012 4:03:06 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income.)
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To: Rome2000

The beauty of the 16th and 17th is that they never passed. We just play like they are real.


14 posted on 07/09/2012 8:01:10 AM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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