The Banana Republic File just got a little thicker. I can’t figure out why on Earth Democrats in the Senate are willing to just hand their branch’s power to the Executive. Do they honestly think that this kind of thing could never be used against their interests?
Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS.
“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately,” Schumer said.
It will be hilarious watching people like Schumer squeal when the next Republican president uses the exact tactics that Schumer is endorsing. Hey buddy, it was your idea to give the Executive Branch this kind of authority. You reap what you sow.
It seems like a sensible idea, so it will probably never pass the Senate. Via Jazz Shaw, the law, proposed by Alabama Representative Mo Brooks, would make it so that
Any federal employee who refuses to answer questions in a congressional hearing after being granted immunity shall be terminated from employment.
As it stands, the hard working public servant who unintentionally gave the proposed rule its name is being paid to sit at home and eat Cheetos. If Republicans weren’t complete idiots, they might make enough of a stink about this to irritate Harry Reid’s loose bowels. This should be a no-brainer after all, which puts it right up John Boehner and Mitch McConnell’s alleys. My prediction is that if this is passed in the House and reaches the Senate, Dick Durbin will add an amendment giving food stamps and free housing to fired federal workers, and it will also exempt them from ObamaCare. Hard not to be cynical these days.
As Tea Party and conservative activists testify to Congress about being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, the Mail Online reports that the IRS spent at least $4.1 million on a 2010 conference in Anaheim, CA. The number is an estimate because the IRS cannot account for all of the money that it spent.
Expenses include $17,000 for a speaker who painted celebrities on stage, and $64,000 on promotional materials for attendees. Attendees also received free drink coupons and a $71 per diem. Employees living in the area were given hotel rooms, allowing them to collect the daily allowance.
In related news, on Tuesday Karen Kenney of the San Fernando Valley Patriots testified to the House Ways and Means Committee.
I’ve seen them rallying around Ventura Boulevard. They seem like nice people.