There is "not even a smidgen of corruption" at the Internal Revenue Service, President Barack Obama recently declared in response to a question about IRS harassment of conservative groups. Here is a timeline of the events to which Obama was referring:
May 10, 2013: In response to a question from an interviewer at the American Bar Association conference in Washington, D.C., Lois Lerner, director of the tax-exempt organizations division at the IRS, says that her division improperly targeted non-profit groups with the words "patriot" or "tea party" in their names for additional scrutiny. Lerner apologized and said it was not politically motivated but happened because of a botched effort by low-level IRS officials in Cincinnati.
"That was wrong, that was absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate," Lerner said. more >>
Last week, our nation's genius Vice President Joe Biden offered a statement that alienated some of his most loyal fans. "If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2:00 in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said 'where do you think you are,' they'd say, 'this must be America, it's a modern airport,'" Biden said during a speech on infrastructure in Philadelphia.
Mr. Biden had a point, though not for the reason he thinks. The Vice President believes that the Government is not spending enough money on infrastructure projects like airports, bridges and highways. If that is the case, why not hold Old Jumpin' Joe accountable for the taxpayer dollars which have already been put in his care?
After all, it was he who Obama put in charge of the $872 billion stimulus package that the Democratic-controlled Congress passed in 2009. A stimulus that was supposed to reinvigorate our economy while repairing and creating many of the infrastructure problems plaguing the country. more >>
The Occupy Wall Street movement has not only disintegrated, but is now imploding. Left-wing news sites are gloating about the demise of their own. BuzzFeed ran a story last week on the hijacking of the primary Occupy Wall Street Twitter account by a transsexual who is now claiming to be the founding organizer of the movement.
Justine Tunney has caused quite an uproar within what remains of the dying Occupy movement for a couple of reasons. First, Occupy prided itself as being a "horizontal," leaderless movement, not a top-down organization directed by a leader like Tunney. The anonymous masses displaying their Guy Fawkes masks want the illusion that Occupy was spontaneously started by the working class ("the 99 percent"), idealistically how a Marxist utopian communist revolution should emerge; they don't want to admit it was a movement directed by any bourgeois leader. Secondly, Tunney is now a software engineer at Google, embodying big business and the corporate world, practically the antithesis of the Occupy movement that despises corporate America. In December, Occupiers attempted to block buses from large tech companies like Google and Apple from picking up their workers.
Tunney is not interested in working with the mainstream left. Blowing off the Democrat Party - the closest connection the Occupy movement ever had to power - makes it pretty unlikely Occupy will ever accomplish much. Tunney bragged last week about the negative relationship the clueless anarchist amateurs who started Occupy have with Democrats, "That's why Liberal Elite™ has always fought so hard to destroy Occupy. It's why they spread lies about us. Because we're #winning." more >>
Vice President Joe Biden emphasized that, despite recent remarks by President Barack Obama appearing to soften on the marijuana issue, the administration still opposes legalization.
"Our policy for our Administration is still not legalization, and that is [and] continues to be our policy," Biden told Time Magazine on Thursday, following similar remarks by Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Michael Botticelli on Tuesday. He did admit, however, that the administration intends to soften its enforcement of the issue. "I think the idea of focusing significant resources on interdicting or convicting people for smoking marijuana is a waste of our resources," Biden said.
Biden's remarks clarify President Obama's declaration last month that "it's important" for pot legalization in Colorado and Washington to go forward and that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. In light of these comments, Representative John Mica (R-Fla.) declared, "We have the most schizophrenic policy I have ever seen." more >>
The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," will encourage some Americans to work less, the Congressional Budget Office recently reported. That is great news, the Obama administration argued. Here is why they are wrong.
Workers will choose to supply less labor, the CBO concluded, because working more could mean a reduction in or loss of government subsidies for health insurance. This reduction in labor is the equivalent of two million jobs by 2017, and 2.5 million jobs by 2021.
Americans should feel encouraged by this news, according to the White House, because it means they will have more time to spend with their kids, their hobbies or just enjoying life. more >>
The latest round of the IRS scandal, in which Tea Party and conservative groups have been selectively targeted for harassment by our tax collection agency, is now unfolding. This comes in the form of proposed new rules from the IRS regarding the operation of organizations falling under the 501c4 provision of the tax code.
These are organizations whose purpose is to promote "social welfare" and therefore their income is tax-free.
Because promoting a cause or agenda in our free and democratic country cannot be isolated from political activity associated with that agenda, such activity is permitted by 501c4 organizations, as long as politics does not become its main purpose. more >>