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Now, I’m not a big fan of Bill O'Reilly nor do I watch his show, but hot damn, does he ever respond to Jon Stewart’s ridiculously childish critique of his pre-Super Bowl interview with Obama.

I especially enjoyed his simple response to Stewart’s “these issues have been thoroughly investigated” comment…but he nails it on the head when he says, “these issues are not important to Jon Stewart or even to the President…they don’t see them as vital because they don’t pertain to social justice or global warming.”  That is the most refreshingly honest thing I’ve ever heard from any media personality about all these scandals.

It only escapes clueless liberals (and the occasional ignorant libertarian) that Jon Stewart is clearly protecting Obama along with the other establishment.  He criticizes Fox News because they are on top of the ratings and happen to be one of he few media outlets that actually question what the hell is going on in Washington.

Ted Cruz's plan for meaningful tax reform: abolish the IRS

This is why I love Ted Cruz.

from Daily Caller:

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

“We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at Heritage Action’s 2015 conservative policy summit. ”And I’ll tell you, the single most important tax reform, we should abolish the IRS.”

“The last two years have fundamentally changed the dynamics of this debate [on the tax code],” he said. “As we have seen the weaponization of the IRS, as we have seen the Obama administration using the IRS in a partisan manner to punish it’s political enemies.”

“In my view there is a powerful populist instinct to take the 110,000 employees at the IRS, to padlock the building, and to put all 110,000 of them down on our southern border.”

Cruz quickly clarified that that remark was somewhat tongue in cheek, but joked that anyone who had traveled thousands of miles to cross the border and saw thousands of IRS agents in their way would definitely turn around and go home.

He acknowledged it’s not really possible to abolish the IRS or adopt a flat tax while Obama is in office, but said Republicans should take steps in that direction by doing whatever they can to simplify the tax code and make its burden lighter and reduce the power of Washington.

Republicans will get “walloped” in 2016 if they return to business as usual while controlling Congress, he said, and urged leadership to take on a bold agenda.

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The IRS has proven to be nothing more than the bully wing of the Federal government, shaking down citizens it finds ideologically objectionable, and funding big government into an unwieldy and unconstitutional behemoth.

Believe it or not, it wasn’t until 1913 that the 16th Amendment established the income tax and Congress created the IRS. It’s time to repeal that Amendment and abolish the IRS forever. 

Awesome: Proposed "The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act" would allow taxpayers to use same excuses as IRS

Tired of IRS hypocrisy? They can require (under penalty of law) that you submit documents from as many as seven years ago. Yet they can’t be expected to hold on to 6 months of very important emails because they purposefully destroyed the damning evidence a computer hard drive crashed. Well, Rep Steve Stockman is also tired of the hypocrisy. He is proposing a new bill that would allow the average citizen to use the same excuses as the IRS and other factions of the administration.

From stockman.house.gov:

“The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people.  Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves,” said Stockman.  “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.”

Under Stockman’s bill, “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS can claim one of the following reasons:

1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?

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This is fantastic.

I feel like I must highlight the following for the sake of progressives and other slow-witted partisans:

This is not actually intended to become law. This is a tactic used to highlight the fact that the government can get away with things that the rest of us could never get away with.

Basically, Republicans are attacking Obama where he is least vulnerable and at a time when they have minimal credibility. It isn’t working. By trying to turn everything into a scandal rather than saying Obama’s policies are wrongheaded—and rather than fixing their own image problems with minority, female, younger, and moderate voters—Republicans are focusing on attacking a guy whose name will never again appear on a ballot.
—  Polling guru and political analyst Charlie Cook, explaining why Republicans’ attacks on President Obama may ultimately fall flat. Despite the media feeding frenzy over the three concurrent scandals to hit the Obama White House, the President’s approval rating has hardly suffered at all: In general, it’s hovered around 51%, with one poll even showing an uptick since April. Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll showed the Republican Party with the highest negative ratings–59%–that either party has received in more than 20 years. “Americans may not be ecstatic about President Obama and his policies,” Cook writes, “but compared with the Republicans, they think Obama doesn’t look so bad.” source
No Excuses: IRS has used 3rd party email archiving since 2005

The Obama administration have been hiding behind the story that Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed and caused two years worth of emails to vanish.  However, a single hard drive crash can’t eliminate an email by itself.  Emails are stored on servers, on the recipients computers, and the IRS even mandates that all email be printed to comply with the Federal Records Act.

Now, on top of all those separate reasons, the IRS also has had a 3rd party email archiving service contracted since 2005.

from Reason:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said it can’t provide emails sent between 2009 and 2011 that were requested by congressional investigators because of hard drive crashes.

The agency said that emails stored on dead drives were lost forever because its email backup tapes were recycled every six months, and employees were responsible for keeping their own long-term archives.

The IRS had a contract with email backup service vendor Sonasoft starting in 2005, according to FedSpending.org, which lists the contract as being for “automatic data processing services.” Sonasoft’s motto is “email archiving done right,” and the company lists the IRS as a customer.

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Check out this tweet from Sonasoft:

The only reason Lois Lerner’s emails are currently unavailable is because the Obama administration doesn’t want them to be found. 

Here’s something else worth remembering: Lois Lerner also used unrecorded personal emails to bypass record keeping

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The Tea Party and the IRS “Scandal” The Actual Facts of the Case

An IREHR Investigation discovers that the real IRS scandal involving the Tea Party is how many Tea Party groups are allowed to get away with questionable activity.

This goes for political groups in general. The big differences between a 527 (straight-up political action committee) and a 501©(4) are DISCLOSURE and ENDORSEMENT – especially the endorsement of political candidates over general social welfare activities.

This is why groups like Planned Parenthood and labor unions (along with other conservative groups) will often have a 501©(3) [i.e. a tax-exempt charity for union members hit with disastrous events], a 501 ©(4) [i.e. a group devoted to lobbying on labor issues like the minimum wage], and a 527 [i.e. a PAC that endorses and donates to candidates] – and never shall the pots o’ money meet.

If anything, this “scandal” illustrates the incompetence of the IRS when it comes to awarding the proper tax status to the proper type of group. Ideally, each group SHOULD be subject to scrutiny and rejected or accepted based upon said examination. That’s not happening and that’s the real scandal here.