When you get right down to it, the political targeting and stalling of tax-exempt applications by the IRS was an effort to defund the Tea Party. Rick Santelli, one of the Tea Party founders and my CNBC colleague, was the first to make this point. I’ve taken it a step further: The IRS was taking the Tea Party out of play for the 2012 election, as it looked to avoid a repeat of 2010 and another Tea Party landslide.There are a lot of numbers out there.
If America is to recover its freedoms, it is absolutely essential that the IRS be eliminated. Yes, not simply punished And controlled, but cease to exist.
Why? Because any agency that has the personal financial, and soon, health records of every citizen is too tempting a weapon for politicians to NOT use against their perceived enemies. And that is precisely the real core of these IDS scandals. Namely, that now seeing they controlled this powerful agency, Obama and the Democrats, just turned it loose like a pack of junkyard dogs on their enemies: Tea Party, pro-life Christians, etc. In DC, information is power. And IRS information is deadly force power.
So the solution isn´t to pass new laws to control it. With Obamacare looming, it will become even more deadly, and more tempting to use again. No, the answer is eliminate it altogether.
Flat tax. No deductions. No Obamacare authority. The end.
Pure Chicago-style politics with the blessing and support of the democrat party. The progressives have taken over that party which was evidenced by their convention in 2012. The heart and soul of the party, or lack thereof, was revealed when they actually "booed" God. Of course, we understand a crime was committed with the IRS targeting conservatives, but to the left it is merely a means to an end and justifiable. They had an election to win. With the IRS criminality and rampant election fraud perpetrated, Obama was a shoe in and he knew it.
IMO, Obama directed all of this in a way that´s consistent with his past Chicago style methods. He had only one concern...HIS reelection. He could care less about the fate of other Democrats in the upcoming midterms. As always, it´s all about ME, ME, ME. And I´m sure the Mooch played a big part in the push to make sure they had the opportunity to enjoy 4 more lavish years on our dime.
#5 I agree. Time to cut the cancer..separate the marrow from the bone so to speak. The bigger and more complicated an entity becomes the less transparent and more corrupt. The IRS needs to go. Like Sen Cruz..I don´t trust Republicans. Of course he meant the usual suspect. Notice how Graham is trying to look so tough about Benghazi? Must be smelling a primary challenge. Come on SC. If you get rid of Graham we will forgive Rep. Argentina.I would love to see SC give us another DeMint. Or better yet see DeMint return and run against Graham.
Finally.......Someone is picking up on what was really happening. This was about winning elections. This was about subverting the electoral process. This was about winning re-election to cement the democrat agenda.
This was about skirting the constitution and subverting the rule of law. This wasnt "just" some criminal activity. This was wholesale treason.
This was election fraud an such a breathtaking scale that it was unimaginable 4 years ago. Nine months ago, we were concerned with ballot stuffing and the dead voting. The democrats were light years ahead of us. On hindsight, the DOJ objecting to cleaning up voter rolls was a ruse.......a distraction. We republicans lacked the imagination to even suspect that Obama would pull off what he did.
#5 great comments. I´m going to paraphrase what you wrote and send it to my Congressman and Senators. Time to abolish the irs and go to a flat tax or a national sales tax. I know it won´t happen but got to try.
I told a friend of mine the day after the election that God had a reason for Romney to lose it. That reason has come to light and that is to take down Obama and the democrats. Time to clean out the rot from our government.
Elimination of the IRS can be done only by reforming the tax system inside out. A flat tax of 12% with $8000 per person exemption (inflation adjusted) and a national Sales Tax of 5% will give the same results. Have the fifty State Tax Departments collect the Federal monies and remit it to the Treasury. End of story.
The problem with a flat tax is that you still need the IRS. They still need to know how much you make and how you made it. This gives them plenty of grounds to rummage through your underwear drawer. So long as there is a need for the government to know so much personal information, the same problem will come up again.
Instead we need a simple sales tax. Sorry that it tends to crunch the poorest the hardest (perhaps no tax at all on food and utilities?). A sales tax would completely eliminate the necessity for the government to know how much we make and how we made it. We wouldn´t need any exemptions or deductions or loopholes or tax lawyers.
Then we could put all those eager IRS employees on the border patrol...
Looks like WE have a Ma Barker (of the Barker Boys of the ole west) heading the IRS unit to deny the Tea Party tax exempt status. It seems Msssssssss. lerner was shipped in from the FederalElectionCommission gooooooberment unit where she was in charge of targeting Christian and Jewish groups....It seems "she" cost the groups hundred´s of thousands of dollar complying with voting regulations-- SHE deemed legal (actually nothing illegal was found -- but -- it cost a fortune to these groups defending themselves).
Sooooooo -- ole valjar of the Chicago mob -- hired her to do a "job" on the conservatives via the IRS scrutiny....
She´s the contractor that tried to kill the Tea Party..... It almost worked -- because the "won" won and she walks away with the money and a job well done for valjar and SOROS.
It´s worst than WE the people could have imagined... It´s why I´m trying to get out of Chicago. WE are under the boot of ranting rahm and madigan and cullerton here in Illinois. It´s a nightmare...
The determining of how much you made and whether all income is fairly reflected should be done by the fifty state tax departments as they do now. Under our Constitution only the States have the authority to deal directly with individual citizens. The States could tack on their own tax if their voters approve and collect 1% of the grand total collections as fees. That will give them plenty of incentive to be honest. Also under this scheme there is no corporate tax. Taxes are paid only by individuals.
Yes it´s criminal but in DC that means: 1. Retring on your lavish pension 2. Being "reassigned" 3. Being given "oral counseling" 4. Being given a time out 5. Being promoted 6. Being given a raise 7. Being "transferred"
Issa needs to combine tactics. Bring Lois Lerner back before the committee and let the wizened old shrew sit there while he reads the history of the whole sordid affair, with special attention paid to her misdeeds.
Let HIS version be deemed the truth. If she doesn´t want to participate, that´s her choice.
Well done #23. The tax code has been a mechanism for the destruction of our constitution for many decades and it´s high time to stop! For example the Federal government taxes the states then doles the money back out to those stares which follow their wishes. (Read 55 mph) No legislative process required. The total Federal control of wealth negates the rule of law making our rights a façade of freedom. Get pulled into court by an agency of the Federal government and you spend your wealth defending against a presumption of guilt.
#5 says it for me. The IRS is corrupt to its core. It needs to be dissolved.
Watching those bureaucratic clowns testify yesterday was almost laughable. Shulman made 120 visits to the White House, but didn´t "recall" mentioning the numerous complaints about the targeting to anybody there? When asked what was the reason for the visits, he said that once he was there with his kids for the Easter Egg Hunt!
Al Capone redux goes to DC. Where are the usual Luc naysayers today, like G2P and LL1, etc? Hmmm? Where´s the "this is going no where" mantra/tack? The pebble has begun to roll down the snowy mountain. One of the cronies is eventually going to finger Obama when they see prison time staring them in the face-count on it. They don´t want to end up like fresh fish on Shawshank: "I´m not supposed to be heuh, I´m not supposed to be heuh!".
´ loved seeing Lois Lerner storm out/kicked out. ha ha. She said she had legal counsel but one would never know as stupidly as she conducted herself-deceptive but dumb. Sommmme counsel. lol.
What ever happened to Obama´s Czars? How are they involved? Are they the ones that were talking to each other and coordinating things?
The people in the IRS could very easily say they did nothing wrong. They are supposed to Be On The Lookout for suspected terrorist groups. DHS and DOD said the Tea Party/Conservative Groups are terrorists. The IRS was just doing their jobs.
Congress getting rid of the IRS? That´s a joke, right? Those COWARDS didn´t even have the balls to eliminate Saturday mail delivery to save taxpayers billions. Without the IRS, ALL politicians will lose tremendous power over the American public, you think they´re going to do that?
The Dems have always been about "buy", "lie", and "deny". Their three-pronged approach: Buy the votes of parasites; have the media and academia lie to get the votes of morons and sheeple; then use the power of their offices to deny the rights of the opposition. It worked well before the age of the internet, but now it seems they´re stuck in an embarrassing and disgraceful rut and can´t get out.
And still we have so many dumb-dumbs out there not knowing what is going on, or caring. They await the nightly comedians to give them a hint, form their thoughts, make them focus for just a tiny second. I hope history leaves them in the dust and we can get on with the job of correcting this mess. I more hopeful than I was months ago.
What the American taxpayer pays to the IRS in taxes is not a joking matter. To listen to obama/irs officials make a mockery of this congressional inquiry is an insulting abomination! We taxpayers need to stop this illegal political abuse "game" and send some disgraceful useful political morons to jail on criminal charges. The buck stops at the top; ask former Illinois Governor, George Ryan.
It doesn´t matter what Obama knew. The Democrat party and the bureaucrats in the government have become a criminal enterprise conspiring in illegal and immoral ways to suppress the opposition. He is the leader of that enterprise. If he didn´t know what was going on then that only means he can´t control them. But his job IS to control them. If he can´t then he needs to resign and let someone who can be president.
I´ve been asking the same thing, #29...where are the czars in all of this? Obama floats above the masses, out giving speeches, ostensibly keeping his hands clean, confident in the knowledge his czars are doing his political dirty work.
If we are ever to be rid of the IRS, it will happen now or never. Now is not the time to go off half cocked. Personally, I´m for a national sales tax so everyone has "skin in the game". The Fairtax is OK too, and seems to cover all the negatives.
The greatest damage done by the IRS is NOT the money it takes from you but rather the intrusion into your private life. How much you make ....who you buy and sell to and from....your children...your business....they want to know everything.
Only a SALES TAX will get these people out of your world.
Your INCOME is none of the goobermint´s damnbidness.
Is this the same President who knew about the professor at Harvard being mistreated by the police and was all over the injustice? Or the same man who thought Tyron looked like he could be his son?
Lies, lies and more lies. Who besides Issa and McConnell have the courage to take on these crooks. This is malfeasance and evil at the deepest level. This is not liberal vs conservative - this is a hostile take over that threatens the very foundation of America.
IRS Commissioner Shulman visited the White House 118 times during that period. That is the nexus. Of course he testified that he can´t remember what he talked to Obama about. He didn´t keep records you see. Shulman was supposed to go through the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury but skirted him and went straight to the WH. Issa should zero in on this.
Both Lew and Schulman appeared to go out of their way to try to protect Lois Lerner and deflect attention away from her. Why? Is she the one considered the most likely to break ranks and sing? Is Lois our likely John Dean? I wouldn´t be looking to skin her just yet. She may be the key to breaking it all wide open.
I love all Ldotters. Today is the day that ALL contributors above, make original and important, unique statements. Today, go back and read every one of the above fabulous Lucianne Comments ! Bravo Ldotters ! Wipe out Nazi IRS and Communist Nobamaskare FIRE all Diane Sawyer Traitors to the Truth.
"The people of North America, at this time, expect a revisal and reformation of the American Governments, and are better disposed to submit to it than ever they were, or perhaps ever will be again. This is therefore the proper and critical time to reform the American governments upon a general, constitutional, firm, and durable plan; and if it is not done now, it will probably every day grow more difficult, till at last it becomes impracticable."
- Francis Bernard, Governor of [colonial] Massachusetts, 1765
No. 35: I agree that the LoFos out there who do not even realize, much less care, what is happening to our American way of life, are what make all of this so very frightening. They will never become aware. Nothing outside of their Iphones, or SNAP benefits card, makes any impact upon them. I recently watched a very "erudite" theory on why the Zombie phenomenon is so prevalent among so many young Americans. The theory that perhaps those entralled with Zombies might actually BE mental zombies did not occur to the erudite talkig head. And that is not to say that all LoFos are young. LoFoism is an equal opportunity state of mind.
I disagree with the idea that criminality is at the heart. What´s at the heart is classic psychological projection. For years the liberals have characterized Republicans as everything bad from Hitler, Nazis, racists, thieves, murderers, to children starvers and in bed with the most conniving part of Wall Street. Most of this was rooted in very sleezy political assassinations. And Republicans just brushed it off as politics. But the brunt of Democrats now actually believe it all. And they believe that anything to defeat Hitler is OK. So when their own behavior is bad they don´t see it as bad as Republicans. Truth is, they are now as bad as everything they ever accused Republicans of being. And the most amazing thing is they are more in bed with Wall Street than the limousine Republicans ever were.
Lerner had to stop the Tea Party because they scared her. I have acquaintances who listen only to NPR and from what they heard made them actually frightened of the Tea Party just as Lerner was. But NPR had only told a false Democrat characterization of the Tea Party.
What actually scares me is when I study history I see that many of the most brutal and murderous regimes were ones who had convinced themselves that others were so bad they must be stopped at all costs. It appears that the Democrats and the MSM are approaching that level. And it deeply concerns me that they have my life in their hands with their control of my health care.
We all know "Big Brother" (with the big ears) is not watching us constantly. But he does have ´his willing accomplices and officials in very high places´ doing it for him while he´s partying, golfing or vacationing - all the while pretending he ´knows absolutely nothing about anything´. Yeah, right!
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