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.
The Daily Caller quotes an email from the University of Washington to its alumni, in which the university highlights the research of the esteemed Professor Christopher Parker, who has discovered that aside from the whole lynching thing, the Tea Party is indeed a lot like the Ku Klux Klan.
Can we not say that the Tea Party is heavily involved in politics?…Further, can we not also say that many Tea Partiers are not educated and accomplished? Finally, can we not also say that the Tea Party has an intolerant element? The answer to all three is yes. So, to answer your question, I recognize why some on the right are alarmed at the comparison, but they need to bear in mind that the comparison is VERY specific to the Klan of the 1920s[.]
That is what passes for critical thinking at the University of Washington. In order to be comparable to the Klan, an organization only has to be politically active, have some members who aren’t “educated and accomplished” and have some members who are “intolerant.” In what way is this any different from the NAACP?
Is this how easy it is to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago? Apparently one can obtain an advanced degree these days using Chris Matthews as a primary source.
Daily Caller link via Instapundit, who calls this “Higher education hate speech.” I doubt UW will conduct an investigation into this.
Jerry Brown will be reelected Governor of California. I am rarely this certain in my political predictions, and I would love to be wrong about this one, but we all know that this is going to happen. On that pessimistic note, Blackmailers Don’t Shoot endorses California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly for Governor of California in 2014.
Brown will most likely run unopposed on the Democratic side, and Donnelly will be running against the rat bastard Abel Maldonado, who lost the 2010 election for Lieutenant Governor to the loony San Francisco liberal Gavin Newsom. Maldonado became toxic to Republicans after voting for the largest tax increase in American history under roided out Austrian monkey Arnold Schwarzenegger, but California Republicans might make the mistake of running this turkey because of his last name. This would be a huge mistake.
California has 12 percent of the nation’s population and over 30 percent of its welfare recipients. California has a massive job and prosperity killing Global Warming policy that includes cap-and-trade and “a 5 page regulation on checking one’s tire pressure.” California has an early prison release law that led to Tobias Dustin Summers being released early to kidnap and rape a 10 year old girl. California is a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. California has an official 8.9 percent unemployment rate, the fifth highest in the nation.
Californians need to have real options placed in front of them, and not a phony like Abel Maldonado or a Meg Whitman, who pandered to conservatives before stabbing them in the back on Spanish radio. We need someone who is willing to say something like this:
This epic experiment in socialism under Jerry Brown has been an epic fail. You know we need to get California working again. We need to unleash California’s prosperity by getting government out of the way. We need to liberate California from oppressive taxes and regulations.
I have little doubt that Donnelly will lose the election if he wins the primary, but Californians will finally hear what they need to hear about this state’s disastrous policies. After that those of us who are sane can move to Texas, from where we can point and laugh at the idiot electorate of our former home state.
I feel like a broken record sometimes with these stories, but good Lord. Via Instapundit, yet another ObamaCare supporter shares her sob story with the media after what those evil Tea Party fanatics said would happen actually happened.
“I was really shocked … all of my hopes were sort of dashed,” Wagner said. “’Oh my gosh President Obama, this is not what we hoped for, it’s not what we were told.’ ”
She was shocked further to learn that for the same coverage she would pay 35 percent more and have a higher deductible.
Cathy Wagner is now considering going without insurance, which kind of goes against the whole reason this idiotic thing was passed. The beauty of big government policies is that they fail because they deny the existence of human nature and self-interest.
For obvious reasons, I like these stories better when they come from California, but any port in a storm, right?
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.
So, the accusations have been confirmed. IRS Agents in Cincinnati targeted Tea Party groups who were filing for tax-exempt status. Via WaPo,
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday apologized for targeting groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, confirming long-standing accusations by some conservatives that their applications for tax-exempt status were being improperly delayed and scrutinized.
Among the improper scrutiny were illegal demands for full donor lists for some organizations, and even logs of all social media activity from sites like Facebook and Twitter. I kind of have to wonder if the lovely folks at Media Matters ever received this kind of anal probe.
Remember that when you pay federal taxes, a fraction of the money that comes out of your pocket goes into the pockets of every IRS worker at the Cincinnati office. Then think that your money just paid for these government workers to perform unethical and possibly illegal activities while performing public service.
When Barack Obama threatens that a minor percentage cut in the growth of future government spending will cause planes to fall out of the sky and entire cities to burn, these are the people he is really defending. These are the unionized public employees who funded his campaign.
Now they’re causing trouble for groups of private citizens, and in spite of the sound and fury from today, most likely nothing will happen.
A BEDROCK principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose. The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends.
So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.
It’s refreshing that this piece wasn’t written by some syndicated house conservative. Liberal readers will automatically reject an editorial by someone like Byron York or George Will, but when the editorial board takes a stance like this it’s much more difficult to ignore. Not that they won’t try. From the comments:
It is no secret that Tea party and so called Patriot organizations are the ones most likely to publicly express their hatred of United States government interference in their lives and the organizations most likely to directly and indirectly advocate its overthrow. We know too that such organization (with names like tea party and patriot in their names) will more than likely be outspoken Obama haters.
Now it may not be the right thing to “profile” those suspicious sounding organizations, but I think human nature would compel me to scrutinize and examine their applications more closely; yes closer than I otherwise would organizations with names like Progressive and Liberal in them simply because liberals and progressives do not advocate treason.
Right. Liberals and progressives do not advocate treason.