The right wingers seem to continuously claim that some sort of police state is coming because of Obamacare or the BLM, or the IRS, or someting. But, if you really want to see jack booted thugs, we got your police state right here.
“We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends”- Barack Obama Oct. 25, 2010
Earlier today, I got another lesson in what the above means. I had gone down to our bank to see about getting set up to be able to transfer money electronically between a business account and a personal checking account, thereby saving the need to write and manually deposit checks. Upon visiting with a couple of very nice women bank employees, I discovered that this could not be done, because of new IRS rules. Basically, the Internal Revenue Service doesn’t trust American business owners to have the power to transfer money in and out of a business without leaving a paper trail, so they force us to behave in an inefficient manner in order to be able to keep closer tabs on us.
And it’s not just business people. I was also informed that the IRS won’t allow electronic transfers into or out of our Health Savings Account, because, once again, it doesn’t trust American citizens to behave honestly when it comes to paying for medical expenses.
I contrast that with the way the IRS and the rest of the federal government treat illegal aliens. If you are an illegal alien, you can apply for a non-social security “individual taxpayer identification number”, which will be issued without any other identification, and can then be used to file tax returns and claim refundable credits (cash payments from the Treasury) for non-existent dependents. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported that $4.2 billion in refundable “Additional Child Tax Credits” were paid to illegal aliens in 2010. In 2011, according to TIGTA, the IRS paid more than $46 million in tax refunds to what theoretically were 23,994 illegal aliens who all used the same address in Atlanta.
Further, in implementing its new policy of allowing younger illegal aliens to remain in the country if they were “brought here as children”, the Obama administration relies for proof of such status on nothing other than the say-so of the illegal alien in question. Young adult illegal aliens have been coached by their coyotes to claim this status if they are caught while entering the country, whether they have ever been here before or not.
On a not altogether unrelated front, the federal government allows voter registration based solely on the registrant’s certification that he/she is eligible to vote, and, in fact, has sued local jurisdictions for demanding actual proof of eligibility in the form of birth certificates or other identification documents.
Perhaps I’m just cynical, but with the IRS no longer even pretending to be anything other than the enforcement arm of the Democratic Party, could it be that the reason it treats legal American business owners so much worse than illegal alien tax scammers is because its masters need money from the former in order to buy the support and (illegal) votes of the latter?
Hey, remember not that long ago when right wingers in Congress like Darell Issa were getting Conservatives all wound up about the IRS targeting tea party groups for special investigations as to whether they were really eligible for tax free status? Yeah, those were good times with lots of pundits saying that the “scandal” was worse than Watergate and that the White House had a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.
So, whatever happened to that? Well, it turned out that the White House had nothing to do with it, and that liberal groups were also being targeted to see if they were legitimate. Then why did it seem to be related only to conservative groups at the beginning? Well, it was because Issa and the Republicans, when they asked Treasury for an audit, directed Treasury to focus only on tea party groups!
So, rather than Congress focusing on something productive, we had weeks of a ginned up scandal produced and directed by Republicans of Congress when they knew, KNEW, there was no scandal there. Cherish your democracy, Americans.
That’s it. I’m declaring my home a mosque. It would seem that that’s the only way to keep the US government from snooping on my private communications. http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/061213-659753-all-intrusive-obama-terror-dragnet-excludes-mosques.htm?ven=taboolacp&utm_source=taboola In our government’s eyes, Lutheran pastors are more likely to hatch terrorist plots than Wahhabist imams.
I’m also declaring myself an illegal alien. That will make me eligible to receive an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number from the IRS, which I can then use to file my tax return, and claim multiple child tax credits, even if the children are nonexistent, or live in another country. These tax credits are worth a refund of $1,000 each, and unlike citizens, who have to provide Social Security numbers for any dependents claimed on a tax return, illegal aliens are only asked for names, since their offspring presumably don’t have SS numbers. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/301232/end-handouts-illegals-david-vitter Once the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill passes, I won’t even have to worry about getting caught in this little scam, as it allows the IRS only to collect back taxes and penalties that had already been assessed at the time the amnesty goes into effect. That’s another sweet deal that legal citizens can’t get.
Becoming an illegal won’t even stop me voting, since the Supreme Court just upheld federal voting registration rules that rely on the honor system to verify eligibility.
“Are you a US citizen?”
“Okay, good enough for us.”
I’m actually thinking of registering several times, since I don’t need any ID, and the Obama administration has absolutely zero interest in investigating voter registration by illegal aliens.
A few years ago, I would have thought that things like this could only happen in a parody from the pages of MAD Magazine, but in today’s America the mantra seems to be willful blindness, and, indeed, obsequiousness to those who break our laws and wish us ill, but extreme vigilance in monitoring the law abiding.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,
and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or
affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the
persons or things to be seized.” –Fourth amendment of the United States
We learned this week that in the internet age the fourth amendment has
become “inoperative”. It seems that our government tracks who we have
called, when we called them, and how long we talked. It also seems that
they keep track of every keystroke we enter on our computers. Government
officials and ex-officials from President Obama to Senator John McCain and
former Republican UN ambassador John Bolton have defended the program as
necessary to protect us from terrorists, and have assured us that it does
not constitute an invasion of our privacy.
Just like the IRS would never abuse its vast powers to target political
opponents. Just like the EPA doesn’t share proprietary information with
environmentalist allies, while stonewalling industry groups. Just like The
Department of Commerce never audited Frank VanderSloot’s hiring practices
after he contributed a large sum to the Mitt Romney Campaign. Does anyone
seriously believe that people in positions of power will not use such
information to reward their friends and punish their enemies.
The government is not looking into us based on probable cause, or to pursue
a specific lead in a specific case. They are keeping track of EVERYONE,
all the time, just in case. This is a violation of the constitution on an
epic scale, and on a bipartisan basis.
Government officials argue that this is not a violation of the fourth
amendment because phone calls and emails are sent outside of our homes
through corporate entities. Bulls***. This is no different than the
government opening our mail or sending men to ransack our houses every day,
because we might be up to something.
This is a defining point in our national existence. Either we stand up to
an out of control government and demand that it respect our rights under
the Constitution, or we slide into the world of life run by Big Brother,
which protects us from everything but itself.
Anyone who thinks the IRS probes of conservative groups and individuals aren’t political should read this. I can tell you, for a start, that OSHA is not supposed to inspect any facility unless there is an accident, fatality, or a complaint by an employee of an imminent, serious safety violation. The fact that these folks were targeted by OSHA makes it clear that the federal government as a whole, and not just the IRS, is going after people who disagree with our supreme leader.
There are only two possible explanations for this (well three, if you believe that its all just coincidence). Either the White House orchestrated an intimidation campaign against its perceived enemies, or the administration is so incompetent that it can’t keep many of the departments of the executive branch from acting lawlessly.
Personally, I’m betting on Chicago thug politics gone national.
An IRS spokeswoman revealed last week, in a speech to the American Bar Association, that members of Tea Party groups are not paranoid. The IRS really is out to get them. Applications for tax exempt status from any group containing “tea party” or “patriot” in its name have not only been given a level of scrutiny wholly different than other groups, but have been told to provide the government with much information that has nothing to do with tax exempt status, and that the IRS has no legal or constitutional right to ask for.
The spokeswoman, Lois Lerner, who runs the IRS division dealing with tax-exempt organizations, claimed that the tea-party scrutiny was limited to lower level employees in Cincinnati, and was not politically based. Yeah…. Right….
This should be scary to all Americans, liberal and conservative. The IRS has vast powers to seize property and bank accounts, file liens, and freeze assets. It exercises its powers in a “guilty until proven innocent” manner. If the IRS falsely accuses you of something serious, it has the power to financially ruin you before a court could possibly sort things out. This is scary enough when it is done by an inept bureaucracy randomly going after people possibly on the basis of mistaken information, but when it does so systematically, out of a partisan political motivation, it is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
We don’t yet know who was involved with this, or how extensive it was, but the IRS apology and statement that it has changed its ways is not sufficient. Just the part that we know about was clearly an abuse of power, and almost certainly criminal. Now it appears that the former IRS commissioner Doug Shulman may have lied to Congress in his 2012 testimony that ‘There’s absolutely no targeting’ of conservative groups.
There needs to be an independent investigation of the entire matter, to determine how extensive and how high up the chain of command this went, and anyone involved with it needs to be fired, and if appropriate, criminally prosecuted.
At first, I was skeptical of their claims. Some form of ID is required for almost any transaction in modern life, and it’s really not that hard to come by. Furthermore, we’ve all heard the unofficial Butte city motto, “Vote early and vote often.”
But then I thought, “Do I really want to live in the kind of country where we can’t trust our fellow citizens?” Of course not. When you look at it from that point of view, the Democrats are not only correct, but they are way too timid. We need to do away with all burdensome ID requirements, and simply go to the honor system.
Imagine being pulled over by a policeman. “Sir, you were weaving all over the road, going 65 in a 25 zone, and you smell like a distillery. Could I see your license and registration please?”
“Officer, that would be an undue burden on me.”
“Sorry, sir, my mistake. So, what’s your name?”
“I’m Mayor John Engen.”
“You don’t look like John Engen.”
“Well… I lost a lot of weight. Wassamatter, don’t you believe me?”
Or perhaps transacting business at the bank. “Hi, I’m Denny Washington and I’d like to clean out my savings account. I want it all in small, unmarked bills.”
“Well, okay Ma’am, but I always thought Denny was a man.”
And who can talk about undue burdens without mentioning the IRS? Let’s do away with social security numbers, W2’s, 1099’s, audits, and all that rigmarole. They can trust us.
Meanwhile, the same administration officials who don’t want to unduly burden us when we are trying to vote have put in place all sorts of burdensome ID requirements for other things. Did you realize that you need photo ID to get into the Justice Department, parts of the Capitol, and even the CIA building? “Can I help you sir?”
“Yes, I’m a spook, and I need to get into my office.”
“Can I see your ID badge please?”
“Of course not. Who do you think you are? Some sort of racist, Republican vote suppressor?”
I’m Michael Bennett, and that’s my opinion. You’ll have to take my word for it.