The Supreme Court in 2010 ruled unequivocally in the Citizens United v. FEC decision that independent political expenditures by 501(c)(4) organizations are protected under groups’ First Amendment rights to the freedom of speech. They cannot be restricted. Yet the IRS, under President Obama, has sought to restrict the activities of Tea Party and other conservative groups.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is pleading her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself in the ongoing Congressional investigation over targeting by the agency of the tea party. Taylor claimed that the hearing would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her."
As Sherlock Holmes and Mr. Spock were always fond of noting, when attempting to unravel a whodunit, a useful postulate is: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Point in case is the targeting by multiple government departments and agencies at the federal and state level, by elected officials, and by Democrat Party organizations of Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring honest elections and ballot integrity by targeting voter fraud.
In testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, outgoing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Steven Miller’s suggested that the targeting of tea party and other groups was in part caused by Congress’ failure to provide “clear rules” on what constitutes political activity. But those rules are already clear, Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens noted.
“We were simply doing what our bosses ordered.” So say the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees in Cincinnati who were charged with targeting tea party and other conservative groups with improper and invasive scrutiny, according a Fox19 in Cincinnati exclusive report on May 15. If true, this seemingly contradicts a Treasury Inspector General report on the matter released earlier that day.
Perhaps it was Bob Woodward that did it. Got the ball rolling, that is. Perhaps it is merely a coincidence, but there have been a rash a major news stories lately highly critical of the Obama Administration. This should be a wakeup call for the rest of the mainstream media to do its job and hold White Houses accountable — no matter what political party they are from.
The British Tory Party is in disarray. They have become a party with no identity, struggling to shore up its right flank in the face of sincere opposition, unable to deal with the major economic issues confronting the nation and a growing welfare state. Sound familiar? One might write a similar epitaph for Republicans in the U.S.
Is anyone, anywhere in the world willing to fight against debt slavery that is encroaching on national sovereignty all over the world? Cyprus has accepted indebted servitude to the European Union — and the high unemployment and slow growth that comes along with it — perhaps for posterity. It should have left the common currency and told the Politeuro to take a hike.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has overpaid the earned income tax credit by at least $110.8 billion since 2000, according to a recent Treasury Department inspector general report. That is more than double the $53 billion of sequester cuts expected in 2013 totaling less than 2 percent of outlays, and puts the lie to those who suggest there is nothing to cut in the federal budget.
All the “votes” on bank bailouts here in the United States and around the world seem to be nothing more than a democratic façade. The idea that the people’s representatives have any power may just be an illusion. One is left to wonder if voting Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, libertarian or socialist makes any difference whatsoever. But maybe it does.Next Page »
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964