USA Today has a piece this morning about the IRS scandal and how the IRS specifically sought groups with “ant-Obama”rhetoric for targeting. So despite the administration wanting this story to die it is not going to just yet. I still think this scandal is bigger than the NSA spying on us as the IRS scandal speaks to undermining our democracy itself and the rot in government. Congress is still working on it as well. I fully expect the House committee investigating the IRS to release it’s report some time late next spring as the mid-term races are starting to really shape up.
Stay tuned sports fans because we have not heard the last of this one!
Phil Gramm Has an interesting piece on ways to reform the tax code in the WSJ. I will make no secret that I am huge proponent of repealing the 16th Amendment and eliminating taxes in income both personal and corporate altogether as a way of starving the Federal Government of money and forcing it to focus on the essential business of government. I am also realistic enough to know that it will probably not happen in my lifetime, if it ever does. Absent elimination I would love to see meaningful reform but I don’t think that will ever happen either. I also consistently argue that the problem in America is not that taxes are too low but that spending is too high. I am not alone in saying this, the problem is that everybody else saying this is also a conservative. It is said that Liberals never saw a government spending program they did not like. They (liberals) certainly seem to love taking my money and giving it away to other people. My biggest question is what we need an income tax for? The US got along just fine without a permanent income tax until 1913 and I see no reason we cannot do so again. Of course, that would mean the virtual elimination of all so-called entitlement programs and the Federal Government would have to revert to essentials. Liberals cry foul at this though because what would all these people living off taxpayer largess do if welfare, food stamps, and medicaid stopped paying? My guess is one of three things: 1. They starve, 2. They go to work, or 3.They riot. Personally, I think #3 is most likely if redistributive payments were to cease. then again, they could not keep it up for long anyway as they would rapidly run out of the wherewithal to continue to riot. What are some solutions? A big one proposed is the Fair Tax. I challenge anyone to seriously read and pay attention to the Fair Tax proposal and tell me how that is not a disaster waiting to happen and in many ways worse than the current system. I take particular umbrage to two things about the Fair Tax. The first is that it is a methods to keep tax revenues as high as they are currently; the Second is the prebate and the way such a prebate is supposed to function. How the prebate is not designed to get everyone in the country used to the idea of getting a check from the government every month I have no clue.
When are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson going to have rallies calling for justice for the 88 y/o Delbert Belton who was savagely attacked and beaten while heading to play pool? The answer to this is easy never, because the assailants are black and the vctim is white.
I ran across this video today while checking out the Gates of Vienna blog. It is a young Frenchwoman knwn as “The Blonde” speaking out about Islam and French culture. She talks about the recent case of the woman being fined for violating the French ban on veils and the riots that followed while contrasting that with the non-vioent Catholic protests against gay marriage legalization. She also talks about Muslims failure to immigrate. here are so far a total of five videos and all are worth watching.
The link may not work as apparently Google has been giving all copies of this video the Google slap because it somehow offends someone at Google.
I saw the following comments today on a Washington Times story about Texas and the recent SCOTUS decision vis-a-vis the Voting Rights Act.
davcatdav • 3 hours ago − In the absence of any evidence of significant voter fraud anywhere in the nation, including the backwater of Texas, is it any wonder why those of us with three figure IQ’s wonder if this isn’t an attempt at suppressing democratic voters?
opcopmom • 5 hours ago −
There is no real leader in the republican party….Their slogan is ‘IF WE CAN’T BEAT ‘EM WE’LL CHEAT ‘EM…. Stopping certain groups from voting will not work!!
lingary • 11 hours ago −
Oh puhleeze… If the GOP could rig the sytem to give them a great shot at ANY election they would, What a bunch of hypocrites. They must think that their base is really stupid to fall for this.
Is it any wonder that political discussion in this country goes nowhere if these are the kind of comments that debate consists of? Are there really folks out there that think that someone who disagrees with them politically must be stupid because only stupid people disagree with them? AND, I dfidn’t have to go to Salon or CNN to get such comments. I will add the caveat that there are plenty of conservatives out there who make outrageous statements. The difference I see is that conservatives sometimes get slapped down by other conservatives when they cross a line and I have yet to see such self-policing by liberals.
Judge Napolitano has hit the nail on the head about the problem with the modern security state and why it is illegitmate in a piece in the Washington Times yesterday. Everybody should take the time to read it.
In an opinion piece today in response to the Zimmerman verdict Jesse Jackson has called for the UN to investigate the US and whether we are upholding international treaties, I quote: “it’s time to call on the United Nations Human Rights Commission for an in-depth investigation of whether the U.S. is upholding its obligations under international human rights laws and treaties.” I almost fell out of my chair laughing. There are several problems with this. First, what makes anyone think the UN is anything but an American bashing club? All you need to do to see this for yourself is watch any of numerous speeches given during every General Assembly meeting or look at the membership of the UN orgs responsible for monitoring Human Rights. Second, what authority does the UN have over the US? The answer there is none. That does not stop the kool-aid drinkers on the left from continually supporting the UN and trying to undermine state soveriegnty in their quest to institute World Government under the Aeis of the UN and control of leftist?liberal?progressive NGO’s.
So with this call Jackson has revealed himself to be both an idiot and a closet leftist internationalist who would love to see the UN have more authority over sovereign member states. I am not even going to go into the idiocy of his denial of the facts about which group is responsible for most violent crime in the US.
We have all seen what a Modern Day Lynching looks like over the past 16 months, ever since the night George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman was convicted by the civil rights “leadership” before any but the most basic of facts was in and nothing since has changed their minds.
hat tip to Redalertpolitics.com for pointing me to the very descriptive and apt photo.