Obama’s IRS Goons Now Attacking Tea Party

Reported on Breitbart’s Big Government, the IRS, at the behest of Democrat Senators, is now investigating such operations as ACORN, MORE, Project Vote, Media Matters, George Soros, and Warren Buffett to expose the voter fraud and tax evasion of those organizations.

Wait. No. They’re investigating local Tea Party organizations inquiring on donors’ names, donation amounts, office-seeking Tea Party leaders, and more:

In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the country. Mailed from the same Cincinnati, Ohio IRS office, these letters have reached Tea Parties in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio, and Texas (we are hearing of more daily). There are several common threads to these letters: all are requesting more information from these independent Tea Parties in regard to their nonprofit 501(c)(4) applications (for this type of nonprofit, donations are not deductible). While some of the requests are reasonable, much of them are strikingly onerous and, dare I say, Orwellian in nature.

What are local Tea Partiers to think with requests like “Please identify your volunteers” or “are there board members or officers who have run or will run for office (including relatives)”? What possible reason would the IRS have for Tea Parties to “name your donors” when said donations are non-deductible? These are just a few of the questions asked by the IRS in these letters, and one cannot help but suspect an intrinsic threat encompassing all these demands.

The other question is the timing of these IRS letters requesting reams of copies and hundreds of hours of work and potentially thousands of dollars in accounting/legal fees (all due in two weeks). Some of these Tea Party groups have not received anything concerning their nonprofit status since 2010 prior to these letters.

These documents are further undermined by a letter sent to the IRS Commissioner Shulman. Signed by six Senators, it requests that the commissioner investigate 501(c)(4) groups to determine whether they are engaging in substantial campaign activity, including opposition to any candidate. Who signed this letter? Senators Schumer, Franken, Udall, Shaheen, Whitehouse, Merkley and Bennet — all Democrats.

Could it be that these Senators want the IRS to investigate the nonprofit status of Media Matters and its coordinated political activity with the White House? Or perhaps they are concerned with nonprofit ACORN groups’ record of voter fraud, and other previous campaign abuses including alleged close ties with President Obama’s Project Vote? No, when these Senators sent this letter to the IRS commissioner, the message would be very clear. The 501(c)(4) groups they want investigated are not those with Democratic liberal ties.

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KC Lincoln Days Meeting With Governor Bob McDonnell

Cape County Tea Party leaders were invited to attend a Tea Party meeting with Americans for Prosperity and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell at the KC Lincoln Days event on February 18th, 2012.  Thank you to Holly Lintner of the Pachyderms for attending and reporting back on the events that took place:

The AFP meeting with Governor Bob McDonnell and Phil Cox, Executive Director of the Republican Governor’s Association, was the highlight of State Lincoln Day. We began by going around the room and allowing each person to introduce themselves. Though many did not have “Tea Party” in their organization name, I was surprised to see the diverse number of truly grassroots organizations of various names. There were Pachyderm Clubs in the room as well as organizations like “We heard the people say…”

After introductions the floor was opened to the group to discuss grassroots issues. Right to Work was the first topic mentioned and we all discussed the need for re-branding the name, to make it sound better. Suggested names included “Employee Choice Act” or “Workers Choice”. We quickly then moved on to more general issues like the need for the Republican Party to be able to reach out to young people as well as minorities.

But, all of this was overshadowed by one gigantic elephant in the room. Within the first minute of Governor McDonnell speaking he announced proudly that he will be supporting Dave Spence for Governor and helping him in every way he could. He also mentioned that he would be meeting with Spence after our meeting. The room was very clearly filled with Bill Randles supporters as Bill is generally perceived to be the more grassroots type. Spence of course comes with a lot of money and the Party’s nod as the most likely nominee.  The crowd maintained composure for 5 or so minutes, enough to talk about the issues above, but you could tell they were seething. Brandy Pederson of St. Louis was the first to break the silence on this issue. She was proudly sporting her Bill Randles t-shirt. She expressed concern with “the establishment” supporting the big money candidate over the more conservative choice. She went on to point out that those who work their tails off for the Party don’t feel like they are heard, but rather are handed down the anointed candidate and are expected to support them wholeheartedly, even though their hearts aren’t invested.

John Putnam from the southwest part of the State then echoed similar thoughts and threw Mitt Romney’s name in the mix and criticized the Governor’s endorsement of Mitt, based on the same arguments that Brandy was making. He also asked the Governor if he would be meeting with Bill Randles as well, and the Governor said “yes”. Several others in the room made brief comments that piggybacked on what Ms. Pederson and Mr. Putnam were saying, displaying an overall distaste for candidates in a primary receiving an “anointed” status.

I am told that Governor McDonnell did meet with both candidates and that he told Bill Randles that he was sorry and that “he (Governor McDonnell) had been duped”.

That is my report. See picture attached.

Thanks for the invite.

Sincerely,

Holly M. Lintner, MPA
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Economic Freedom In America Today

Enjoy these videos from EconomicFreedom.org

Across the globe, the societies that have the best quality of life are those with the highest levels of economic freedom. From lower unemployment to better-protected civil rights and cleaner environments, economic freedom is vital to improving the well-being of society, especially for the most vulnerable.

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For years the United States has been a world leader in economic freedom. But runaway government spending and burdensome regulations have caused a decline in economic freedom in the United States. If our economic freedom continues to fall, how will it affect our quality of life?

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This is a service of the Charles Koch Institute:

  • Economic freedom is the driving force behind why some societies thrive while others do not. Improving well-being for all people can only be accomplished if the true cause of prosperity is understood. Years of empirical research and exhaustive analysis show that economic freedom is the overwhelming catalyst in creating jobs, fighting poverty, building a safe environment to raise a family, and improving overall human well-being.

Census Information on Cape Girardeau County

Here is Census Information on Cape Girardeau County for your reading pleasure:

 

Hopification / Changification / Brickification

From John Hayward at Human Events:

You remember Tesla Motors, don’t you?  Well, you should.  Barack Obama forced you to give them $465 million to develop electric cars, bringing the wonders of sustainable transportation to the common man, provided the common man has $100,000 to drop on a Tesla Roadster.  This also created 400 of those wonderful “green jobs,” at a taxpayer cost of $1,087,500.00 per job.  It has been heartwarming to watch Obama embrace that “Occupy Wall Street” ethic by spending gigantic amounts of public money to subsidize expensive toys for rich people.

Well, it turns out you can only have a limited amount of fun with a Tesla car, because if the battery ever becomes completely discharged, the car turns into a “brick” that will never move again, absent $40,0h/t teslasociety.com00 in repairs.  AutoGuide brings us the exciting tale of how Barack Obama invested our money in the development of The Electric Brick:

Essentially a Tesla Roadster can fully discharge in 11 weeks of no usage, from a full 100-percent charge. Reports are coming in that if the vehicle is driven nearly its maximum range and is left unplugged, it could become bricked in as little as a week. So once the Tesla battery completely discharges, it cannot be recovered or recharged, which leads to the $32,000 bill to purchase a new one plus the labor, taxes, and installation charges bringing it closer to $40,000.

A regional service manager for Tesla has gone on the record to say that he is aware of at least five vehicles that have become bricked due to battery depletion. If reports of this issue becomes more public and widespread, Tesla could be in for a rough ride in damage control.

Unlike their customers, who will have a very smooth ride sitting in their immobile six-figure electric cars, making “vroom vroom” noises and pretending to work the controls, as they experience the most “sustainable” transportation ever developed by crony capitalism.

Continue Reading here.

It’s pretty simple to see what happens when you try to imprison the free market.  Democrats and radical environmentalists just can’t figure out that you can’t repeal the law of supply and demand.

 

The Day The Democrats Took Over

I’ve been arguing what is written below (received via e-mail and edited) since President Obama took office, but my thoughts are well-crystallized here:

The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009 (the inauguration of President Obama), it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate at the very start of the 110th Congress.
The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s fault”, think about these facts.  On, January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:

  • The Dow Jones closed at 12,621.77 (Incredibly as of this writing it is now on the verge of 13,000)
  • The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.6%.
  • George Bush’s economic policies had set a record of 52 straight months of job creation!

Remember that day…

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?  BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney Frank) for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment … to this crisis by (among many other things) dumping $5-6 TRILLION of toxic loans on the economy from your Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cronies!

By the way, Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.  Barney blocked it and called it a “Chicken Little Philosophy” – and then the sky did fall!  He wanted to roll the dice.

And who took the third highest pay-off from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?  OBAMA did!

And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?  OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially Barney!

So when someone tries to blame Bush … …remember January 3rd, 2007… …THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!
Bush may have been in the car, but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel and they were driving the economy into the ditch.

Budgets are not passed by the White House. They are passed by Congress and the party that has controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 and 2009 as well as 2010 and 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009, though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office.

At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.

And where was Barack Obama during this time?

He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period:

  • If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending.
  • After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself..

In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is “I inherited a deficit that I voted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.”

Ineptocracy

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Finally, a word to describe our current political situation.

h/t http://www.watchcartoononline.com

Obama’s Insider Deals

From the RNC

A total of $7.21 Billion.  Thanks Barack.  Can’t wait until they all go under… …right after they funnel millions to your reelection campaign.

Are You Under 30? WAKE UP!

The Heritage Foundation is a leadership organization that performs conservative policy research and analysis.  Below is an analysis of the FY 2013 Obama Budget released last week.

h/t pbs.org

If you are under 30, you need to start thinking about your future.  Are you going to fight for spending cuts?  Or, are you going to be enslaved to paying the Principle (now $15.3 Trillion) and Interest ($450 Billion/yr) for the Trillions that are spent today?

Read their analysis of the budget below.  Pay particular attention to the last few paragraphs:

Obama’s Friends Win Big in Budget

You don’t need to log on to President Barack Obama’s Facebook page to find out who his friends are, and you don’t need to read tea leaves, gaze into a crystal ball, or consult a psychic to learn where his priorities lie. No, you only have to take a look at his 2013 budget, just released on Monday, to see what kind of company the president keeps and to what extent he will go to lend his pals a helping hand.

The folks seated at the president’s head table haven’t changed much in the past few years — the only difference is how much is being served up in the taxpayer-funded buffet. As in the past, the president has plenty of handouts for his big labor buddies. His budget delivers a fourth consecutive annual deficit exceeding $1 trillion — and that spending goes to yet another round of not-so-shovel-ready construction projects and government “investments” totaling $178 billion. Heritage’s Patrick Knudsen writes that the spending includes the president’s favored road, bridge, and school construction projects, but “then they go alarmingly beyond the usual ‘infrastructure’ arguments to fund teachers’ pay.” In other words, unions representing the construction site and the classroom win big.

Other winners in the president’s budget are those who fit into the Administration’s vision of a green economy that is propelled not by the market’s demand, but by Obama’s whim. The 2013 budget proposes to spend $310 million to make solar energy cost-competitive without subsidies by 2020, $290 million to expand R&D on energy efficient manufacturing techniques, and $421 million in fossil energy research and development. Heritage energy expert Nicolas Loris writes that the budget “rejects the notion of a market-based energy industry and wastes taxpayer dollars at a time when we desperately need to curtail out-of-control spending.” In other words, he says, the president’s blueprint is all wrong.

There’s no clearer example of just how wrong the president’s blueprint is than his decision to increase subsidies for electric vehicles like the $41,000 Chevy Volt while ending funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), which gives low-income children in the nation’s capital a chance to escape underperforming schools. The White House intends to increase taxpayer-funded subsidies for those who purchase new-technology vehicles to $10,000 per buyer, up from $7,500. Keep in mind that the average income of a Volt buyer is $175,000 per year. That means that middle-class taxpayers are helping the rich buy pricy, politically correct cars.

With his other hand, President Obama is taking from the poor. The DCOSP provides $8,000 vouchers to 1,600 low-income children in the District of Columbia, empowering them to attend a school that they choose. The program has been a stunning success — though it has drawn criticism from the president’s teachers union allies. If the president gets his way, those children will pay the price.

They won’t be the only ones in their generation, though, who will suffer under the president’s budget. From a big picture perspective, the president’s budget rises from $3.8 trillion to $5.8 trillion in 2022. Putting that into context, that means outlays above 22 percent of gross domestic product — more than twice the New Deal’s share of the economy in its peak years. In constant dollars, outlays are more than three times the peak of World War II. With all that spending, someone will have to pay for it. Whose names will be on the bill? Those under 30 — America’s debt-paying generation. Their entire lives will be dominated by paying down today’s mountains of debt. And some of them are waking up to that fact.

“It will be my generation, rather than the retiring baby boomers, that will be paying off the national debt through higher income taxes,” says Amanda Winkler, 24, a Master’s Student at American University. Shaun Rabenius, 26, is a part-time construction worker and student. He says, “I have never followed politics much, except for when I vote. But in looking at the last decade, the presidencies, and the debt they have accumulated, I am scared out of my mind.”

They’re right to be worried. With a Senate that hasn’t passed a budget in well over 1,000 days and a president who seems intent on spending more, not less, without addressing the country’s underlying budgetary crisis, future generations will soon find that the winners today will make them losers tomorrow.

None of these great and wonderful utopian programs (Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance, ObamaCare) will exist when our under-30 citizens reach retirement.  They will have disappeared into the mountain of debt that the current generation-of-selfishness has amassed.

So youngsters, vote on for Obama, because he’s so hip! [sarc]

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