This week’s cavalcade of IRS shenanigans featured a Deputy IRS Directory, Greg Roseman, who, when questioned by a congressman, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. That is the second IRS official to delve into the fifth dimension in as many months. In case you weren’t keeping track of all of the IRS scandals this one doesn’t deal with the targeting, harassing, and preventing conservative groups from organizing. They could certainly organize, it was just raising money that they really couldn’t do.
Back to Roseman and as reported by Fox News…
Much is made in the media about exorbitant salaries of corporate CEOs. Even as a capitalist the compensation that some CEOs get seem way over the top, but that is between them and their stockholders. One thing about CEOs, however, is that they generally are responsible for what happens to their company in good times and in bad. The buck stops there.
No there wasn’t some new battle 201 years ago. The war is happening now or at least hopefully there is a war, but one can never be sure about the Republicans. As Congress is trying to pass a transportation bill many legislators like to seize the opportunity (or “crisis”) to do bad things that we end up paying for (or amendments that have nothing to do with the original intent of the bill or to stick on things that they hope no one will notice). Under consideration is the Democrat “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.” Boy doesn’t that sound nice and with the bunch in Washington one must, however, be cognizant of the the use of the word “progress” since the Progressives are little more than Socialists. This is a highway construction funding bill (funny, but I initially typed “bull” by mistake), but the elected officials in Washington have decided that this HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION BILL needs the following:
It is often very interesting to me how Hollyweird types and their rich liberal friends (i.e. Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, etc.) are all about liberal causes and how the rich should pay more. To date I have yet to read about one of them giving more to the federal government. In fact Warren’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, is being sued by the federal government for $366 million in back taxes. Perhaps the “Buffet Rule” should start with paying what you owe? I guess this FOO (Friend of Obama) doesn’t mind if taxes goes up since his companies don’t really pay anyway.
Any hockey fan knows who Tim Thomas is. He is perhaps the premier goalie in the National Hockey League (and it hurts being from Pittsburgh and saying that). He has been described as “unorthodox” in his style, but he is the current Stanley Cup champion goalie of the Boston Bruins. Part of the celebration of June’s Stanley Cup Victory is for the winning team to make a visit to the White House. I am sure that some Bruin handed Obama a Boston Bruin sweater.
Conspicuously absent from the ceremony was Tim Thomas. It what is being called a snub, Thomas declined the invitation releasing a statement that;
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories. This edition is all about how the progressive, secular left is waging war on religion allegedly in the name of tolerance. The false claim of a constitutional provision requiring a “separation of church and state” has been liberally interpreted to attempt to remove any hint of religion from public places while the constitution actually states;
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
You decide whether the following briefs demonstrate a attempt to limit the free exercise of religion:
You may be please to find out that with over 9 percent unemployment (and that’s a low accounting of the real unemployment numbers), a slowing economy, inflation soaring, and greater unrest about the Obama Administration they have decided to shift their focus to the private sector to create jobs after having added over 140,000 federal jobs. Obama’s chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, appeared on CNN and made the announcement
“Corporations have become profitable again. What we need to do now is get the private sector stood up.”
Politicians succeed by engaging us with truths (usually only half truths) to get us riled up for their cause which is ultimately about getting them reelected. Few politicians care about anything more than achieving this goal. They avoid the tough decisions while decrying that the other side won’t make the tough decisions. The good news for American citizens is that we have a free press that sorts out complex issues and will not let politicians get away with the half truths. Okay that was dripping with sarcasm, but I am a dreamer and that is the way our country is supposed to work.
In this series I choose a current news article and you decide via a multiple choice format which terms were used and whether others would have been more accurate…….
NEW YORK — The IRS unveiled a new __________ (initiative, set of rules for politicians, plan to hire thousands of agents, kinder-gentler enforcement approach) yesterday that’s intended to lure tax evaders, but with stiffer penalties than in a previous program. Americans with hidden offshore accounts have until Aug. 31 to report the accounts to the Internal Revenue Service in exchange for penalties below what __________ (politicians, Hollywood stars, they would, we) ordinarily pay. Defense lawyers had been ________ (wondering how to make money on, speculating about, getting ready to turn themselves in, suing someone over) a possible new program after recent statements by IRS officials. The agency created the latest program amid a widening crackdown on offshore accounts sold to wealthy Americans.
There can be perhaps no more stark example than Charles Rangel (DEMOCRAT – NY) of what is wrong with large government excess perpetrated by bureaucrats who are allowed to spend far too much time in “public service.” After 2½ years of investigations the House Ethics Committee found Charles Rangel (DEMOCRAT – NY) guilty of 11 of 16 charges against him. The charges included:
- Personally sought donations from registered lobbyists whose corporations had business before Congress. In some cases, Mr. Rangel asked for contributions of as much as $30 million from businesses with issues before the Ways and Means Committee, of which he was the chairman until March,