Two different news items came out today about the IRS, and as yet they haven’t been tied together. But if you think about it, they mesh perfectly.
The first one is the same disturbing-yet-true story we hear every year: “IRS Customer Service is horrible/pathetic/non-existent“. Yes, we know. And water is wet. Got it.
Actually, I wrote about this last year:
(from February, 2013) – “…more than 115 million people called the IRS for help; only 68 percent of those who wanted to speak with tax experts actually got through — and only after holding for an average of 17 minutes on phone lines. One million of the 10 million written inquiries mailed to the IRS last year also did not get a response…”
And apparently the story hasn’t changed much since then:
“…For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world…”
-Ray Liotta in ‘Goodfellas‘, 1990
There’s been a disturbing, …no, make that terrifying, …trend in our politics of late. We are being governed by people who behave like gangsters, minus the stereotypical accents or any perceivable ethical code. They believe (and behave as if) our nation’s laws are only for “little people”; schlubs. They believe themselves to be above the law, beyond it.
They believe they won’t be caught, because they believe they can’t be caught.
Most of all, they believe this allows them to deal with their enemies in classic gangster style: through threats, intimidation and ‘payback’. They want to send a message, they delight in it, precisely because they believe that no one can touch them.
And God help us all: they may be right.
Posted in Eric Holder, government, IRS, Mafia, Obama, politics
Tagged Conservative groups, Dinesh D’Souza, DoJ, Eric Holder, Friends Of Abe, Goodfellas, IRS, Mafia, Obama, politics, Sebelius
The media has been desperate for months now to take the country’s focus off of President Obama’s policy failures, his floundering economy and the sick joke of Obamacare.
So ever since Christie’s ‘Bridgegate’ story broke last week, the Media has behaved with their usual restraint.
Now allow me to clarify: I have no problem with the press investigating ANY politician for practically ANYTHING. My only issue is with their attempt to simultaneously cast President Obama’s entire panoply of scandals as mere trumped-up nuisances, even as they portray Bridgegate as a modern-day Khmer Rouge.
There were many video clips I could have selected to illustrate this, but the following one is basically representative of what I’ve seen elsewhere:
Posted in Benghazi, bias, IRS, media, Obama, politics
Tagged Benghazi, bias, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, IRS, Liberal, media, Obama, scandal, White House
(Sen. Harry Reid, from the Senate Floor, April 23, 2013): “…Government is not inherently bad; government is inherently good.
That’s why we have a Constitution and that’s what we direct the activities of this government based upon…”
When I called that the single most ridiculous statement of the year, I was probably soft-selling it. It may now be the most ridiculous statement of the decade.
Consider this newest example:
Posted in government, Harry Reid, IRS, NSA, politics, TSA
Tagged ace of spades HQ, ATF, bone marrow, Doreen Gummoe, Federal Government, government, Harry Reid, politics, power
From Obamacare, to record-setting debt, to racially divisive rhetoric, our President has certainly been true to his word: America has been (and continues to be) “transformed”.
The method through which his Administration is primarily accomplishing this metamorphosis is words, or rather, by changing the meaning/use of words:
Posted in 1984, government, IRS, Obamacare, politics
Tagged 1984, f. a. hayek, government, IRS, Obamacare, politics, Road To Serfdom, taxes, words
In light of the newest round of IRS hearings on Capital Hill, I asked myself a basic question: “Why are we even having these hearings”? And I answered myself almost immediately: “to look into why the IRS abused its power”.
….and then it hit me that we already know why the IRS abused its power: because it could.
Well, that just settles everything, doesn’t it?
I mean, if Janet Napolitano says north is south, and east is west, we all should probably just start recalibrating our GPS systems immediately: she and her cohorts wouldn’t LIE to us, after all!!
Lest you think I’m taking her out of context, here’s the whole thing:
“I think people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case,” she told Errol Louis during an appearance on Road to City Hall.
Posted in 1984, government, IRS, NSA, Obama, politics
Tagged 1984, DHS, IRS, Janet Napolitano, NSA, Obama, Orwell, politics
The Separation of Church and State may be one of the most deliberately misrepresented and (sadly) misunderstood foundational aspects of our nation today.
All together now: there is a Sistine Chapel-sized difference between the terms “Freedom OF Religion” and “Freedom FROM Religion”. We’ve certainly talked about this subject here before, but further examples of secular intolerance keep popping up with a weed-like persistence. And since they won’t stop, neither will we.
The most recent example is courtesy of the Washington Times:
Atheists are outraged that a Bible sits right next to the mayor’s desk, inside a Pinellas Park City Council chamber, and they’re demanding its removal.
City officials, however, say that’s a no-go. The Bible’s been there for more than 30 years, and laws don’t prohibit its presence, The Blaze reported. The book was an Oct. 19, 1975, gift to council members from the Kiwanis club, and it’s been a traditional fixture ever since.
Freedom From Religion Foundation officials say they don’t care. They sent a letter to city officials, saying the Bible needs to go because it violates the principle of separation of church and state.
“It’s on display. And that certainly is improper,” said president Annie Laurie Gaylor…
Posted in freedom, IRS, politics, religion, religious freedom
Tagged 1st Amendment, Alliance Defending Freedom, Dennis Prager, Freedom FROM religion, Prager University, Public schools, religion, religious freedom, statist