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Bill Henck: Inside the IRS
Power Line, by Scott Johnson

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Posted By:previouslyon24, 2/6/2014 12:13:09 PM

As noted at the top, William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the General Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. Although it goes over some old ground, we submit the following personal account by Mr. Henck for the consideration of readers in the context of current controversies without further comment. He writes: I have been an attorney in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel for over 26 years. Over a number of years, I have attempted, largely unsuccessfully, to alert the public to abuse within the IRS.

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Quite an admission of corruption from an attorney inside the IRS. Like so many disturbing findings, the bottom line is: with Holder in charge of Justice, and Obama president, and Reid in control of the Senate, nothing can be done. Except a revolt by the citizenry per the Constitution.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 2/6/2014 12:30:04 PM     (No. 9721870)

What an absolutely terrifying article. Somehow I don´t doubt its veracity because the writer states with examples what I have always suspected. It brings to mind the several news reports about people committing suicide after years of IRS harrassment.

I say "thank you" to Bill Henck and I hope the Government Oversight Chairman, Darryl Issa, gets busy on this one, too. Trey Gowdy, are you listening and reading?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 2/6/2014 12:47:09 PM     (No. 9721891)

1) We have too many tax laws; 2) The House of Representatives is not providing oversight by exercising the power of the purse.

The truly bad part of this scandal is that a smoking gun re instructions to harass will never be found as they do not exist except for public remarks by leftist politicians about an individual (Koch) or groups (TEA Party) that they see are a threat to their power. The corruption is ingrained into the culture.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: melanie, 2/6/2014 12:47:29 PM     (No. 9721892)

Sounds like there are some pretty hefty "smidgens" of corruption here.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/6/2014 12:58:08 PM     (No. 9721911)

Thank you Mr. Henck for your courage, honor and integrity. It is most refreshing in this day and age to find someone like you.

There is no doubt in my mind that the IRS is now as corrupt as the rest of this Administration. Abolish the IRS for good!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 2/6/2014 1:05:57 PM     (No. 9721920)

An narrative of unassailable details.

But the real problem is even more terrifying: to wit, government flunkies in Nazi mode, contemptuous of the taxpayers and poised to retaliate, even against their own kind.

That sort of mentality is bred over a lifetime, especially in public schools and universities.

The culture is sick with the disease of Marxism. It appears to be terminal.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Elvira, 2/6/2014 1:27:11 PM     (No. 9721940)

Mr. Henck is truly a courageous man. I was so very naive when I agreed to be employed by the government. I am so sick of waste, fraud and abuse I will be leaving this year. The sequestration caused a "slowdown" of work. I had been working on a project that could save my agency thousands of dollars, but was informed by management that we could not advertise it´s availability because it would creata an impression that we could function at our current funding level and did not need more money. And, yes, retribution runs rampant... and I mean RAMPANT in every agency. Honest people who take their oath of office seriously need not apply.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: john56, 2/6/2014 1:48:31 PM     (No. 9721980)

Sorry, Bill, you wrote this at the wrong time. Write it when a Republican is in charge and you´ll get lots of notice.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 2/6/2014 1:48:43 PM     (No. 9721982)

Never going to happen #7. Why would huge companies such as G.E. agree to pay a flat tax when they can pay no tax? If anything, our taxes will continue to go up an up. Obamacare, S.S. and Medicare will insure that.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Freeloader, 2/7/2014 7:09:14 AM     (No. 9722818)

FTA: "All Americans should be concerned when IRS officials see themselves as above the law because they are, in fact above the law."

EXHIBIT "A"-"I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee."
-Lois Lerner

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Reply 10 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 2/7/2014 7:15:33 AM     (No. 9722822)

Getting rid of the Income Tax and the IRS should be the #1 priority of any non-socialist elected to Washington DC, but that is a fantasy. Massive numbers will have to stop paying tax in order to get rid of our illegitimate rulers in Washington DC.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 2/7/2014 7:45:10 AM     (No. 9722859)

Everybody has gotten the message by now, right? You stick your head up too high, and all the powers of government, not just the IRS, are going to come down on you.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: knarfski, 2/7/2014 7:50:29 AM     (No. 9722866)

What will it take to get more IRS people to stand up and tell Americans how the IRS is damaging basic freedoms?

Courage surely. It might help to anticipate questions coming from grandchildren: Grandpa (Grandma) did you see any corruption when you worked for the IRS? What did you do about it?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/7/2014 8:05:59 AM     (No. 9722888)

FTA... If these taxpayer accounts are true, then the IRS executives are doing it for a very simple reason: because they can.

I would add that they are doing it because they were ordered to - by the WH. Why else would a top IRS official visit the WH over 100 times, if not to keep President Pajama Boy up to date without leaving a paper trail?

Is it time for a tax revolt yet?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lasvegaslou, 2/7/2014 8:40:45 AM     (No. 9722927)

Wow! The IRS is corrupt! Who woulda thunk it! For all the people who care enough to call for reform or at least some kind of fix, good luck, but it ain´t gonna happen.

The IRS is the money machine for the Republicans as well as Democrats. It funds their golden playpen and they aren´t about to change or upset it and the IRS knows it.

They will continue to do as they please while the Grand Kabuki dance of meaningless Hearings continues for the benefit of those few voters back home who pay at least a little attention. And so it goes.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: steveW, 2/7/2014 8:56:30 AM     (No. 9722947)

Barack Obama: not a smidgen of credibility.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 2/7/2014 9:40:58 AM     (No. 9722984)

If the IRS were to be abolished and a flat tax instituted, where would the Congress Pigs get the billions and billions of dollars to buy votes to save their stinking Royal jobs? Conclusion: Abolishment will NEVER happen. t´s only going to get worse.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Gallo3, 2/7/2014 9:53:52 AM     (No. 9723001)

All this begs the question- Just what kind of racial and gender component is involved here?
In addition to being corrupt top to bottom, likely there is a huge racial and gender component running through IRS officialdom.
All you need do is go through the Smithsonian Museum of American history and you will learn the dominant theme- the White Man shafted the Black Woman and it is now time for getting even.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 2/7/2014 10:02:57 AM     (No. 9723010)

What an incredible story. The facts laid out by Mr. Henck are outrageous and unbelievable. But, unfortunately for all of us, I believe every word of this article. Just this one agency is power-mad and out of control, and running rampant over American citizens´ rights while many are allowed or encouraged to feather their own nests.

Thanks, Scott Johnson, for this article. Nothing like being on the ´inside´ for a long time to know what´s really going on in a company or Federal agency.

During the dark days and years of the then powerful and intimidating USSR, I often wondered how ´so few people´ could have such enormous power and domination over ´so many´ people.

This article demonstrates how this can be done. And every other agency (especially under Obama´s ´rule´) can be, could be and probably is being used in a similar manner. And in America? Chilling and heartbreaking.



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Reply 19 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/7/2014 10:16:12 AM     (No. 9723023)


Bill Henck has the makings of a precedent setting hero, If he is not found, somehow, Vince Foster "suicided", in Marcy Park, he will be lucky.
The truly shocking aspect of his entire article is that NOT ONE NAME appears in his entire article. Talk about overwhelming fear. Not a single person is named or quoted. It IS the real mafia, and he or somebody in his family can wind up dead.
Pray for his survival, and that others follow in finally opening the secret doors of IRS gangsterism to our weakened Congress, our socialist press and media, and our Tea Party public eye.
There has to be a virtual army of stifled, once honest, fearful, intimidated for their own paycheck, people within
the IRS, that would love, more than anything else to leak or whistleblow rampant IRS crimes.
Issa has been slowly, dragging along with his Lois Lerner taking the fifth and getting away with it, investigation. Encouraging, but no points won...... yet !

Without fully realizing it, most people, all Ldotters, are working for the government most of each year. Income taxes, PLUS all the outgo consumption taxes, make almost everybody into tax slaves for more than seven months of each and every year. And we´re simply paying for war, lobbyists, Feinstein Reid fanatics and government waste, like Mooches million dollar vacations every few weeks on Air Force One!
What a rant !


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Reply 20 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/7/2014 10:16:25 AM     (No. 9723025)

This evil regime had promised to downgrade Al Qaeda. They seem to have done it by making them the second ranking terrorist organization preying on Americans.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/7/2014 10:23:25 AM     (No. 9723035)

We´ve had hearings and Lois Lerner is gone. Why go over this now? What difference does it make?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 2/7/2014 10:40:14 AM     (No. 9723063)

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ´I´m from the government and I´m here to help.´"
Ronald Reagan quote we all laughed at, because it had the ring of truth. Now we can say it has the ring of terror.


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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 2/7/2014 10:45:20 AM     (No. 9723071)

I hope none of this discourages you from following the IRS´s advice to make their life easier-and cheaper- by filing early using e-file rather than paper returns.

And of course everyone is going to triple check to make sure their are no pesky errors such as paying $87 when you really owe them $78 so they don´t waste time on a stupid notice and an unnecessary nominal refund check.

We can all make their life even easier still by asking for all refunds by direct deposit instead of making them go through the expense of those pesky paper checks.

f a dumb mistake is somehow made, the first in a lifetime, let´s not have anyone burden their system with any spurious requests to abate the small penalty for reasonable cause.

No, let us all follow the IRS advice on how to make their lives more simple and efficient.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: OhMy, 2/7/2014 11:12:47 AM     (No. 9723123)

I agree with those who call for a push to abolish the IRS and the only way to make it happen will be to back the Levin Freedom amendments that take the process out of the hands of washington where they have a vested interest in the status quo. I would not advise going to a flat tax but to a sales tax. With a flat tax there are many decisions that must be adjudicated administratively which will mean you still have the IRS in a smaller form with the corrupt individuals still there and people like the author of this piece eliminated. A sales tax is simple. There is a list of items and a percentage. You buy one of the items and you pay the tax. No decisions to corrupt and play with. Another important point! You get less of what you tax! An Income tax is a tax on productivity while a sales tax is a tax on consumption. Switching to more productivity and less consumption is what is needed to pull back from the financial brink. Politicians cannot resist social engineering through the tax code. This always causes more problems than it solves. Remove the temptation for this social engineering! If the IRS is not eliminated it will grow back from the smallest seed! It was not allowed in the original constitution and it should not be allowed as it is a freedom killer!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: starboard, 2/7/2014 11:50:27 AM     (No. 9723186)

What would happen if the 2016 Republican nominee said "When I become President, one of my signature accomplishments will be to fundamentally change the way people pay their Federal Income Taxes."
That type of commitment is what´s needed and would definitely stir things up. Without a doubt, the GOP nominee who takes on this issue will get a lot of attention especially with the Independents. However, it´s a tough issue especially with Obamacare and existing tax credits we currently have. Solutions to big problems are never easy. Reforming Taxes would be a huge undertaking even larger than the failed Obamacare. But this is why we elect a chief executive.

In order to win, the GOP cannot play it safe and kick undesirable issues under the rug anymore. Like President Reagan once said we need to speak in bold colors not soft pastels.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 2/7/2014 12:29:01 PM     (No. 9723247)

If Mr. Henck really wanted those people investigated, all he would have had to do is tell his superiors that he heard they were members of the T.E.A. Party.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Butch59, 2/7/2014 12:33:01 PM     (No. 9723257)

The current tax law(s) that are in place passes out a hugh amount of "exceptions" and special statuses and sections that no one knows about just for someone or some company that will reduce or eliminate said person or organization from paying any or a very low amount of taxes. GE is a classic example. But only one of tens of thousands. That is why the tax laws come to over 6000 pages. Anyone and everyone that has any political pull can and will lean on their congress person and/or senator to carve out that special section just for him/her. And all of that is why nobody completely understands the current income tax laws. That is why some form of flat tax, consumption tax, or whatever can be thought up needs to be implemented. And repeal the 16th amendment would have to be done also.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 2/7/2014 12:53:22 PM     (No. 9723297)

If Bill O´Reilly really wanted to gain some street creds he would "look out for the folks" and investigate this horrific story. Maybe Megyn Kelly will take it up. Sadly, it most likely will not be touched by anyone even at Fox. The IRS strikes terror in the hearts of everyone. The courage of Mr. Henck is astonishing in this day and age, especially when it relates to such a corrupt and tyrannical agency like the IRS.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 2/7/2014 1:47:27 PM     (No. 9723362)

When Snowden first pulled his stunt, my reaction was to consider him a traitor. Then as the full picture was coming into light, I assumed that the terrorists that are the most threatening to us already knew they had to be more creative than to just call or email each other. I had already heard that they shared email passwords so they could compose and save a "draft" for someone else to read without hitting "send".

The FISA courts were already established to allow agencies to pursue suspected emails and calls and get approval shortly after the fact. After the Snowden files came into view it was clear that our government was gathering more than it needed under the guise of protecting us. If their method worked, they would have caught the Boston bombers prior to the attack, especially since they were given a heads up by Russia.

Merge the NSA´s gathered information with the IRS corruption attitude and you have tyranny in its most basic form. A Snowden-like leak involving the IRS would expose more corruption by our government than it would by the taxpayers. I say bring it on.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/7/2014 1:50:42 PM     (No. 9723369)

The IRS was created as a bureaucracy so our rights could be abused, PERIOD!

If it were about money we´d have a pure flat tax, likely progressively graduated - make more pay a higher %...etc.

We don´t need a bureaucracy if everyone is required to pay and NO DEDUCTIONS.

The current system was created so political animals (DIMOCRAPS) could abuse us and use it as a hammer to jack up the producers, steal their money and use it to buy voters.

There is NO other explanation for where we are.

My solution is to totally eleminate the IRS and every other non-constitutional bureaucracy and put in place legal fixed rules (minimal) that are fair across the board, no special cases, no victims, no one different than anyone else.

OUR Government is bent on taking over our lives and do not want to be held accountable...therefore they must create the bureaucracies to rule over us. It´s that simple. NOW, do we have the guts to get rid of these thugs or not?


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Reply 31 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/7/2014 1:57:55 PM     (No. 9723380)

FTA: “If you report misconduct or dissent from the party line, your career is finished. Period. (For example, I still as of this moment have a job, but my career was finished as soon as I reported that manager for embezzlement.)”

You betcha. I held a position as senior staff at the executive level in a department within a major city’s government. Although I never had access to evidential proof I knew lots of “off plan” activities were occurring. I kept a private hand-written diary, commonly known as the “CYA Log”. I began my career as a registered Democrat and proud “card carrying member of the ACLU.” When I reached the upper levels of the department it was run by men who were WWII veterans, and led by a Pearl Harbor survivor. When he retired they gave the position to a director from a highly politicized department. He held the correct point-of-view. Witnessing the change in the operating philosophy led me to conservationism. When I began to question policy and submit analysis that didn’t support the pre-determined conclusion, my career advancement stopped. I felt powerless and quit. I did not have Mr. Henck’s courage.

Cont.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/7/2014 1:58:25 PM     (No. 9723382)

Cont.

What is the source of Mr. Henck’s courage? He tells us, “I also have tried to live up to the admonition in Romans 12:21: do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. I could sit around and knock down Jim Beam and complain, or I could try to do
something constructive about the situation. I chose the latter option.” Scripture is our game plan, our source not only for inspiration but also for guidance in our actions. Our current political fight is only the physical manifestation of the Great Battle between good and evil that people of God are called to overcome. If we are to save America and prevail against the evil that is killing her we must put on the Armor of God, and that can only be accomplished by an intimate knowledge and understanding of Scripture. The Holy Bible describes how God interacts with man, and teaches man the proper way to interact with God. Only when we understand how our thread is meant to weave into the tapestry of God’s plan can we be effective in our missions within the physical world. America will be saved only by another spiritual revival like she experienced in the 1830-40’s. We who are strong in the faith must evangelize by the witness of our lives to the lost souls around us.


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Reply 33 - Posted by: Aria, 2/7/2014 2:39:54 PM     (No. 9723457)

How many millions of people saw zero say there isn´t a "smidgeon" of corruption at the IRS?

How many hundreds, or thousands if we´re lucky, people will see this detailed insider account of terrifying lawless bought and paid for corruption at the IRS?

You see why the flat tax won´t ever happen....it would destroy too many dirty power mongers.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: lencu255, 2/7/2014 3:04:36 PM     (No. 9723504)

I was "happy" citizen of USSR for 47 years and in 1992 I was granted refugee status in America. Of course my first encounters were with American bureaucracy - social services, DMV, documents to receive, blah, blah...
I can tell you, it wasn´t much different from the horrors of commie bureaucracy. Now that I deal much less with gov´t I don´t see it that much, but when I do I will testify that it became worse than soviets. Specifically, because leftists learned how to sadistically punish the people they hate (and they do hate) who are successful, smart, hardworking, independent... In short, Americans who pursue their dream on their own.
Fascists/commies hated that kind of people, so do American lefties! And now, with computer files that are accessible by ANY bureaucrat it is much easier than in fascist Germany or commie Russia.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: MDConservative, 2/7/2014 6:51:10 PM     (No. 9723796)

If Obama only knew...

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Reply 36 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/7/2014 11:07:48 PM     (No. 9724020)

#25 I agree. With a sales tax instead of flat tax because it´s pay as you go and everybody pays-wealthy, low income, immigrants, and tourist alike.

When Henck referred to farmers, you have to wonder if it´s a reference to Pigford.

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Obama: “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.” Hillary: “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had NOTHING to do with…” The media has supported these liars. The truth apparently does not matter to the people at CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, NY Times, et al. They want their chosen leaders no matter the consequences.

The AP Misreports
the Debt Ceiling
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: previouslyon24- 10/15/2013 9:51:18 AM     Post Reply
I wrote here that no matter what happens with the debt limit, the federal government will not default on its debt obligations. I also noted here that Moody’s–which certainly ought to know–agrees that there is zero chance of default on Treasury bonds. In recent days, many more commentators have made the same point. The government is legally obligated to recognize its debt obligations, and the existing $17 trillion debt can be serviced on less than ten percent of federal revenue. So there simply can’t be a default.

Let´s balance the Budget
Oregon Magazine, by ´Barack Obama´    Original Article
Posted By: previouslyon24- 10/10/2013 11:28:06 AM     Post Reply
As many of you know, the federal budget is said to be out of control. I said this back when I was a senator from the great city of Chicago and state of Illinois, where I learned how governments can actually run properly. But what I meant wasn’t what you might think. I’m one step ahead of all of you, if you pardon my audacity. What I found out in my time at the Illinois statehouse and on the streets of Chicago is that you let your enemies do the dirty work.



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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton

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PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have


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