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  • The IRS Hatchetmen

    11/17/2014 5:14:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    I was intrigued by an article posted by Dan Mitchell from Cato here over the weekend that in part said that how Republicans treat reform at the Joint Committee on Taxation (and the CBO) as a kind of an IQ test. As Mitchell notes “when JCT does revenue estimates, the bureaucrats grease the skids for anti-growth tax policy by overstating revenue losses from lower tax rates and overstating revenue gains from higher tax rates.”And indeed they do. In fact, both the CBO and the JTC act as giant Ways and Means committees for higher taxes and bigger government. But that’s...
  • IRS Still Not Getting the Message

    10/19/2014 9:28:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    You might think that with the scandal surrounding the IRS and the resulting budget cuts that have hampered their activities that the organization might become more aware of its procedures and adjust them to appear more customer friendly. If what happened this past week is any indication then they are still living somewhere in the ozone. Most Americans think of April 15th as the final day for filing their personal income tax return. That is so for most people, but a large part of the population files an extension that allows them to file their return by October 15th as...
  • Oh Goody: The IRS Fairness Brigade!

    08/06/2014 12:32:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    At 74,000 pages, the IRS code is a mind-boggling ode to lobbying, pork-barrel spending and graft. These are the only good things that I can say about the IRS. Ode may be too friendly a word, however. Lets instead call it an incantation for our country. Because the code holds a country in thrall like the winged monkeys in Dorothys Oz were held. And until the witch is dead, we monkeys must do her bidding. Politicians, economists and ordinary citizens cant follow the tax code, which has tripped up cabinet nominees, majority leaders and others who ought to know...
  • The IRS: A Public Monument to Sandra Fluke's Privates

    07/26/2014 4:54:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | John Ransom
    At 74,000 pages, the IRS code is a mind-boggling ode to lobbying, pork-barrel spending and graft. These are the only good things that I can say about the IRS. Ode may be too friendly a word, however. Lets instead call it an incantation for our country. Because the code holds a country in thrall like the winged monkeys in Dorothys Oz were held. And until the witch is dead, we monkeys must do her bidding. Politicians, economists and ordinary citizens cant follow the tax code, which has tripped up cabinet nominees, majority leaders and others who ought to know...
  • The turbulent summer of 2014

    07/17/2014 1:06:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Lets take a tour of the disasters. Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans suddenly sound as if they are near-enemies of the U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cell phone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir...
  • Liberal Voters Willfull Blindness to Democratic Party Evil

    06/19/2014 1:37:48 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 19 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 19, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In the latest of a string of "coincidental" events involving skullduggery from the left, the IRS has reported that Lois Lerner's computer crashed back in 2011, the drive itself subsequently life-cycled out and thus causing the "permanent loss" of potentially incriminating emails involving her (and other government cooperatives) in the bureaus alleged intimidation and harassment of individual citizens. This has rightfully outraged a vast majority of the American public, with 76% of Americans agreeing that a Special Prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the situation according to a Quinnipiac poll conducted before news of the missing emails broke. The...
  • OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS CLAIM THAT LOIS LERNERS EMAILS ARE LOST IS LUDICROUS (IRS security)

    06/14/2014 12:23:25 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 64 replies
    Power Line ^ | 06/16/2014 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    ---snip--- Further, emails are universally backed up in some other medium, often electronic tape, for long-term storage. Thus, even if an email server is destroyed, or all emails are deleted from a server after a specified length of time, the emails are still recoverable from back-up storage media. The DOJ lawyer whom Scott quoted this morning was correct about this. The IRS, like virtually every other business or government entity, uses such a system. The Agencys manual on Managing Electronic Records has been made public; you can read it here. A few relevant excerpts:
  • MOZILLA** Interesting posting from an Insider

    04/07/2014 11:00:55 AM PDT · by Bikkuri · 158 replies
    Pastebin ^ | Apr 7th, 2014 | Mozilla Developer
    Hello. I am member of Mozilla's development team and these postings here lately force me now to react. Let me first clarify one thing. I do that because someone has finally to speak out some things... Things which should clearly brought out to the public.... First, the incident about our short time CEO Eich..... many of us do NOT agree with what has happened. There has been a massive amount of pressure inside and outside of Mozilla which brought him to resign from his post. About the ads in the new tab page... Our reasoning for this is to make...
  • Obama Impeachment Almost Complete

    03/24/2014 5:55:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    Jim Jordan wants to know what the White House knew about the IRS targeting scandal, and when they knew it-- as if we didnt know. The conservative Representative from Ohio has penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the activities of the IRS and, more specifically Lois Lerner, the former IRS official who is at the center of the controversy. Jordan essentially is saying where there is smoke there is fire, and oh yeah, where theres fire, there is fire too. Emails and testimony that we confronted Ms. Lerner with showed her...
  • Why the Tea Partys Waning, Not Winning: It strayed from its original focus on economic issues

    03/05/2014 7:11:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/05/2014 | Michael Tanner
    As the Tea Party celebrates its five-year anniversary, many commentators are asking whether the grassroots antiBig Government movement is still relevant. In some ways, this seems a silly question. The Tea Party has been enormously successful in changing the terms of the national debate on issues such as debt and spending. And, while its favored candidates have suffered some high-profile defeats, it has also won important victories. The Republican midterm sweep of 2010 would not have been possible without its energy and enthusiasm. Yet its also true that the Tea Partys clout is waning. According to the most recent Gallup...
  • Lois Lerner Again Takes the Fifth at Congressional Hearing

    03/05/2014 6:50:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/5/14 | Jim Hoft
    But Theres Not a Smidgen of Corruption. Today Former IRS official took the Fifth Amendment again during a House hearing on the IRS targeting scandal.
  • Democrats Defeat Cruzs Effort to Protect Americans from IRS Abuses

    02/27/2014 2:49:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As an enthusiastic fan of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), I am sorry that an ongoing project prevented me from participating in PJMs Cruz symposium. But this relevant news just came over the transom, so I thought Id at least pass it along. As Ive previously noted, Obama administration officials have been working the codify in federal law the IRS harassment and obstruction of conservative organizations that President Obama and Attorney General Holder claimed to find intolerable, inexcusable, outrageous, and unacceptable back when the scandal first came to light. As usual, it has been Senator Cruz leading the charge to try...
  • Obama Aides: He Didn't Know Extent of NSA Surveillance

    01/17/2014 11:10:29 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 42 replies
    The Truth Revolt ^ | January 17, 2014
    Obama Aides: He Didn't Know Extent of NSA Surveillance "I think it was disturbing to most people, and I think he found it disturbing. President Obama doesnt merely claim ignorance of the IRS targeting of politically conservative groups or the Department of Justices targeting of journalists: according to The New York Times, Obama was also ignorant of the extent of NSA surveillance. According to the Times, aides said Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after leaks by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, just how far the surveillance had gone. David Plouffe, Obamas advisor, said, Things seem...
  • Growing Use of Civil Forfeiture Creates Nightmares for Small Business Owners

    11/18/2013 5:50:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Matthew Needham
    Imagine that you run a grocery store with your daughter, a store you have owned for thirty years. Imagine that just last year the IRS found no violations in an audit of your store. Now imagine that, despite continuing your sound business practices, you awake one day to find the IRS has seized your entire bank account. The IRS has used a technique called civil forfeiture against you and you find your Constitutional guarantee of innocence until proven guilty has been completely reversed. That is the nightmare that Terry Dehko and his daughter Sandy Thomas found themselves in on January...
  • White House Twitter Terrorist Nabbed Before He Held Nation for Ransom

    10/25/2013 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | John Ransom
    Well they finished that pretty quickly. It took the White House practically no time to hunt down the offender/terrorist/extortionist/arsonist inside the Obama Compound who was outing the administration via snarky tweets. President Obama's staff has unmasked and fired a national security official who tweeted critical comments under a pseudonym, says USAToday. Jofi Joseph, tweeting under the handle @natsecwonk, once wrote: I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me. Other Obama staff members and officials including Secretary of State John Kerry and former National Security adviser Tom Donilon...
  • The Real Reason Obama Hates Free Speech

    07/08/2013 7:36:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2013 | Shawn Mitchell
    Most liberals who rail against the Supreme Courts Citizens United case probably dont realize theyre useful pawns for a sinister cause. These earnest chanters of slogans and sporters of bumper stickers say they want to overturn the case or amend the Constitution to get big money out of politics. They think theyre just fighting for clean government. In reality, theyre cheerleading for the Obama administration to wage a broader battle in the long war to intimidate and silence conservative America. Like a horror movies teasing scenes, where campers laugh, oblivious to the monster in the shadows, this report is more...
  • IRS manager says tea party groups not politically targeted (LIARS!!!)

    06/19/2013 3:57:21 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    la times ^ | 6/19/2013 | Joseph Tanfani
    An Internal Revenue Service manager who described himself as a "conservative Republican" told congressional investigators that no one in the agency's Cincinnati office was trying to target tea party organizations for political reasons, according to an interview transcript released Tuesday. The manager, John Shafer, said he and an employee in his screening unit decided to pull applications for tax-exempt status filed by political groups and send them to managers in Washington. He said they were aware of the controversy over the groups and wanted to ensure they were treated uniformly. "Because of media attention that he had seen, he had...
  • Its.The.Law

    05/20/2013 10:39:08 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.20.13 | ROSS KAMINSKY
    The White House may invoke it in its peculiar way, but its occupants only show contempt for the rule of law. Last Thursday, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) started a Twitter prairie fire with his call for people to describe #ObamacareInThreeWords. (My contribution was Sorry, Doctor retired.) Other gems included Max Baucus regrets, A massive failure, Rammed down throats and the extremely uncomfortable proof of Godwins Law, Arbeit. Macht. Frei. Liberal participation brought Win for kids, Republicans suck balls, Republicans hate me... --snip-- House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) hit the nail on the head in his opening...
  • How to Bring the Right (Yes, All of Them) Together

    05/20/2013 12:37:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2013 | C. Edmund Wright
    If there's one foundational lesson for conservatives of various stripes to glean from the recent revelations about the atrocities routinely committed by the IRS, it's that there are reasons the Founders considered property rights among the most sacred of all rights -- and rights that a limited government must protect. Several groups focused on "values voters" and "moral issues" have learned recently just how difficult it is to accomplish anything for their values when the IRS is using the awesome weight of a massive federal government to confiscate resources, perform harassment audits, and withhold non-profit status... --snip-- Of course, it...
  • The Autocrat Accountants (Mark Steyn)

    05/18/2013 12:13:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    Speaking at Ohio State University earlier this month, Barack Obama urged students to pay no attention to those paranoid types who incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity. Oddly enough, in recent days the most compelling testimony for this view of government has come from the president himself, who insists with a straight face that he had no idea that the Internal Revenue Service had spent two years targeting his political enemies until he learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. Like you, all he knows...
  • IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups

    05/10/2013 8:05:33 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 88 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 May 2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews. Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington. Many conservative groups complained during the election that they were being harassed by the...
  • Shutting Up Business

    10/10/2010 5:49:55 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-10-10 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    Democrats unleash the IRS and Justice on donors to their political opponents. If at first you don't succeed, get some friends in high places to shut your opponents up. That's the latest Washington power play, as Democrats and liberals attack the Chamber of Commerce and independent spending groups in an attempt to stop businesses from participating in politics. Since the Supreme Court's January decision in Citizens United v. FEC, Democrats in Congress have been trying to pass legislation to repeal the First Amendment for business, though not for unions. Having failed on that score, they're now turning to legal...
  • Shutting Up Business Democrats unleash the IRS and Justice on donors to their political opponents.

    10/11/2010 9:43:56 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 54 replies
    If at first you don't succeed, get some friends in high places to shut your opponents up. That's the latest Washington power play, as Democrats and liberals attack the Chamber of Commerce and independent spending groups in an attempt to stop businesses from participating in politics. Since the Supreme Court's January decision in Citizens United v. FEC, Democrats in Congress have been trying to pass legislation to repeal the First Amendment for business, though not for unions. Having failed on that score, they're now turning to legal and political threats. Funny how all of this outrage never surfaced when the...
  • OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RECRUITS IRS TO HARASS ME NOW!

    03/11/2009 12:58:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 37 replies · 1,875+ views
    LarrySinclair/BarackObama ^ | 3/8/09 | Larry Sinclair
    Obama Administration supervised , paid and directed bloggers have for some time made it known that they would call upon the IRS to investigate me as a means of harassment. They have now posted that they have secured the assistance of the IRS, just days after I received notice from the Internal Revenue Service that I am being "reviewed" by the IRS! Also note how I have never posted a single word about having received the IRS Notice, yet they knew it was being sent! First Biden and Obama make false claims to the Social Security Administration in an attempt...
  • IRS Exonerates Two South Dakota Non-Profits

    06/19/2007 1:59:39 PM PDT · by MountainFlower · 8 replies · 411+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | June 19, 2007 | ADF Media Relations
    WASHINGTON Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund have helped to secure exoneration by the Internal Revenue Service for two non-profit organizations targeted by a leftwing special interest group in Washington. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sent a complaint to the IRS, demanding that it open an investigation to revoke the tax-exempt status of a crisis pregnancy center and an abstinence information clearinghouse in Sioux Falls, S.D. Pro-life and pro-abstinence viewpoints should not be treated as second-class perspectives. This is just another attempt by political special interests to silence these viewpoints in the great debates of the day,...
  • The Cisneros probe : Who's hiding what? (Barrett Report)

    01/07/2006 9:35:05 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 47 replies · 1,738+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 01-08-06 | Editorial
    The Cisneros probe: Who's hiding what? Sunday, January 8, 2006 Independent Counsel David M. Barrett has spent $22 million on a 10-year-old investigation of Henry Cisneros. Mr. Cisneros was a Clinton-era housing secretary who pleaded guilty in 1999 to a misdemeanor count of lying to the FBI. Just before he left office, Bill Clinton pardoned him. Snip You'd think it was all over with the guilty plea. It wasn't. Mr. Barrett also was possibly looking into Cisneros' tax records and then allegations the Clinton administration used the IRS against political enemies. Stonewalling by the IRS and the Justice Department may...
  • Court Orders 'Deletions' in Clinton IRS Report

    11/12/2005 5:36:17 PM PST · by wagglebee · 96 replies · 3,545+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/11/05 | NewsMax
    A three-judge panel overseeing Independent Counsel David Barrett's investigation into abuses by the Internal Revenue Service under the Clinton administration has ordered Barrett to make "discrete deletions" is the draft he submitted 15 months ago. The deletion order "has stoked speculation that [it] has more to do with the next presidential campaign," reports the Wall Street Journal, noting widespread rumors that "the draft report contains information potentially embarrassing to another Clinton administration figure, former first lady and current New York Sen. Hillary Clinton." "The one Clinton official rumored to be implicated in the report is former IRS Commissioner Margaret Richardson,...
  • Senate Votes to End Cisneros Probe Funding (Independent Counsel David Barrett)

    10/20/2005 5:04:19 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 18 replies · 1,091+ views
    Associated Press | October 20, 2005 | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate decided Thursday that it was time to close to a decade-old, $20 million investigation of former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros - years after Cisneros received a presidential pardon. The amendment to a spending bill, approved by voice vote, would require that the report of Independent Counsel David Barrett be made public within 60 days, and that the independent counsel close his office within 90 days after the report is published. ``The American taxpayers have spent a lot of money on this report and they deserve the right to see it,'' said Senate Finance Committee...
  • Hil's lawyers try to quash old report (Clintons ordered IRS audits of critics)

    10/03/2005 3:48:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies · 3,096+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/3/05 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    WASHINGTON - The independent counsel investigation that led to the conviction of a former Clinton administration housing chief could come back to haunt Sen. Hillary Clinton. The Daily News has learned that lawyers are fighting to suppress a potentially embarrassing final report from the probe that found Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros lied to the FBI about paying $250,000 in hush money to his ex-mistress. Cisneros paid a $10,000 fine after he was found guilty in 1999 and was later pardoned by Bill Clinton. And though neither Hillary Clinton nor her husband was targeted by independent counsel David Barrett, his 420-page...
  • Tony Snow: Cover Up??? (Dirty work at the crossroads)

    04/27/2005 10:26:31 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 18 replies · 2,908+ views
    FOX News ^ | April 27, 2005 | Tony Snow
    Senators Byron Dorgan, John Kerry and Richard Durbin pulled a fast one last week on their congressional colleagues. They tried to bury forever documents alleging that senior government officials tried to transform portions of the IRS and the Justice Department into a goon squad for attacking political enemies and aiding political friends. Naturally, they didnt declare their intentions openly. Instead, Sen. Dorgan attached an innocent looking amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that will fund government operations after September 30. The last-minute amendment read: At the end of the bill, add the following: SEC. __ . (a) None of...
  • CA-SF An odd twist for an ex-dominatrix S&M specialist-turned-bureaucrat...

    04/10/2005 12:37:16 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 15 replies · 718+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 4/10/06 | Elizabeth Fernandez
    When Susan Peacher hung up her latex evening gown and wooden paddle for a job with the federal government, the former dominatrix thought she was done with abuse. She went to work for the Treasury Department in San Francisco, but when she arrived at her new job, she found that one of the office managers was a former client. This man wouldn't leave her alone, she said in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, charging that he sexually harassed her, attempting to kiss her in the elevator, telling her she had "luscious lips,'' and repeatedly asking for "sessions.'' When she...
  • IRS Fires 71 For Misconduct Under New Law

    03/21/2003 12:58:22 PM PST · by Middle Man · 30 replies · 378+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18,2003 | John Connor
    <p>The Internal Revenue Service fired 71 employees between July 1998 and September 2002 for misconduct under a provision of a 1998 IRS reform law, a new report said.</p> <p>The General Accounting Office report said the IRS or the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration completed investigations on 3,512 allegations and substantiated 419 as violations, resulting in 71 IRS employees being fired. Among the violations were failures to file tax returns on time and failures to state tax liability accurately. Remedies in other cases included penalties and employees leaving the IRS, the GAO said.</p>
  • Justice turns blind eye to IRS

    04/18/2002 8:30:08 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 22 replies · 328+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 4-18-02 | Bob Novak
    April 18, 2002 BY ROBERT NOVAK SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST When Bill Clinton left office, conservative gadfly Larry Klayman was locked in combat over Internal Revenue Service audits of the Clinton administration's enemies--including Klayman's Judicial Watch organization. Surprisingly, nothing has changed during 15 months of Republican rule, according to court papers just made public. The unsealed documents reveal that the IRS is still pressing Judicial Watch for truckloads of records and that the Justice Department has rejected Klayman's bid for a criminal investigation into alleged past misuse of the government's taxing arm. In rhetoric once reserved for the Clintons, Judicial Watch's pleading...