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The GOP Should Use the
Power of the Purse

National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy

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Posted By:SpeedMaster, 2/8/2014 6:51:36 AM

‘The House should sharply reduce IRS funding until the agency is more responsive.” Well, I’d have omitted everything after “funding” but this was still an astute observation, offered at the conclusion of Thursday’s excellent Wall Street Journal editorial. I’m grateful to have smart guys on the team, even if slumming with us power-of-the-purse radicals may get them booted from the GOP’s “We’re only one-half of one-third” circle of submission. The editors were exercised over the revenue agency’s latest shenanigans, which include covering up its past shenanigans — the willful targeting of conservative groups in order to frustrate their opposition to Obama-administration

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 2/8/2014 7:01:41 AM     (No. 9724221)

Sounds like a plan to me.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: M2, 2/8/2014 7:27:38 AM     (No. 9724242)

Amen, brother Andy!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/8/2014 8:40:52 AM     (No. 9724322)

Five years behind the curve:

Astute Ldotters have been advocating the House use the power of the purse strings for the longest time now . . ., but NO! The republican leadership in the House would rather wilt like wallflowers at a barn dance, and tell us, "It´s not a perfect bill . . ., but."

I think (hope), there will be a Tea Party housecleaning of encumbrances during the upcoming primaries.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: jackburton, 2/8/2014 8:42:54 AM     (No. 9724325)

Love this but--One Problem. The power of the purse is expressed in the budget.

When has Sir Hairy Reed allowed a budget to even be discussed much less voted and ratified? We know how it works: Once a budget is passed with funds for a department, if no subsequent budget gets passed the first budget continues to fund said department. Zombie budget keeps the zombie agencies going.

Or have I missed something.

It seems to me that the only contribution that the GOP House can provide at this time is to NOT authorize NEW spending but, without a majority in the Senate, they cannot stop pre-authorized spending.

Hence... the IRS, DOJ, EPA, Common-core Dept Education and the rest.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nimby, 2/8/2014 8:53:06 AM     (No. 9724337)

Some of us have been saying this for a while in our posts

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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/8/2014 9:04:34 AM     (No. 9724355)

Forget about empty shoulds. The IRS has grown by 16,000 agents, is paying themselves bonuses, and pay increases every year. The IRS is still refusing to release information regarding improper release of taxpayer tax returns, and is planning more select enforcement against conservatives through the 501(c)(4) tax code. That is what the IRS is doing, and the democrats are laughing about it. The only way to wipe that smile off is to appoint a special prosecutor.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/8/2014 9:55:20 AM     (No. 9724430)

Ya...hit ´em with your purse like Ruth Buzzy.

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