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Obama’s IRS 2.0 (or 3.0…4.0?…Or is it…?)

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Bosom Cronies

Remember the Barack Obama Administration’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal? The media really wish you wouldn’t, which is why they never really reported on it while it occurred. And, in many ways, the IRS scandal continued well past its initial exposition date.

Here’s a (re)fresher:

IRS Targeting Scheme is a Scandal with No End in Sight: “When the Senate Finance Committee released its findings on the Internal Revenue Service scheme targeting conservative organizations a couple of weeks ago, the initial determination was clear….

“(T)he evidence shows partisan political animus resulted in the unwarranted targeting of conservative groups because of their political beliefs….

“(Top IRS official Lois) Lerner called Republican critics ‘evil and dishonest’ – even ‘hateful.’

“She lashed out following an appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2014: ‘Yesterday was a doozy. They called me back to testify on the IRS “scandal,” and I tool (sic) the 5th again because they had been so evil and dishonest in my lawyer’s dealings with them….’” More

Fake Democracy, Real Power Grabs: The Bureaucracy ‘Comment Periods’

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The Left’s Stamp of ‘Approval’

The Left doesn’t like acquiescing to the will of We the People. They like – to degree that they can pull it off – to PRETEND to acquiesce to the will of We the People.

The Left’s agenda has never really resonated with us. So they’ve looked for as many ways as possible to circumvent us – and our Constitutional process of self-governance.

Here’s how things are supposed to work in Washington, D.C.:

The officials we elect to the Legislative Branch – legislate. They draft and pass laws. On which We the People can exert influence – via our First Amendment right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The President (whom we also elect) then signs the laws – and then his/her Executive Branch executes them. The Judicial Branch – our court system – adjudicates legal disputes between parties.

Via this process did the Founding Fathers render it quite difficult to grow government. Which has always irked the Left – so the Left started end-running this process. More

Obama Cronies Discover Having Too-Much-Government Apply to Them – Is Awful

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The $1+ Trillion Data Sales Monsters

We less government types want less government – for no shortage of reasons. To name but a few:

Of course the Constitution mandates it.

In no small part because government is awful at everything it does – so you want it doing as little as possible.

And the more government does – the more susceptible it is to being bribed into applying its might in the service of outside cronies. Favoring them – and hounding their competitors.

Which violates the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment – and it’s Equal Protection Clause: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” More

After the Art of the Deal: Enforcing the Deals You Cut

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How Is It That the Weakest Trade Member of This Trio – Is Us?

President Donald Trump became President Donald Trump in no small part because he ran against the very bad deals of all sorts that America has spent the last several decades cutting. He did, after all, write “The Art of the Deal.”

Trump ran on “America First” – promising to rectify the decades of “America Last” deals Washington, D.C. has delivered.

And even if DC did manage to along the way cut an occasional decent deal – it isn’t any good if all parties don’t hold up their respective ends of the bargain. And, of course, that lack of full-on participation makes bad deals – even worse.

Trump the Businessman certainly understood the import of deal enforcement. Trump the President should follow his own lead.

In some instances, Trump already is. He just returned from his first international excursion – during which he admonished the very many North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members who have for decades been shorting us on their defense budget dues.

Regardless of your thoughts on NATO and our continued participation therein – it absolutely doesn’t make any sense if we’re just about the only ones adhering to it. There are 27 NATO countries – only four meet their defense budget treaty obligations. And most of them haven’t – for years, and years and years. More

Another Day, Another DC Crony Lobbying for Continued Protectionism

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Just Another DC Day

It’s a day with a “Y” in it (check not your calendar – I’ve already checked mine). Which means in many places throughout $4-trillion-per-year Washington, D.C., there are recipients of massive cronyism – looking to keep their gravy trains a-rolling.

They’d ordinarily take for granted that the cronyism would continue – and be looking to accelerate their respective locomotives. But the election of President Donald Trump offers We the Victims the first glimmer of hope in decades that a diminishment of this business-as-usual – may finally be in the offing.

Most of the time, this rent-seeking is done in the privacy of Congressional offices and secluded corners of very expensive bars and restaurants. But sometimes, the behest-ing is brazen – and done in public.

Like, say, at Congressional hearings. As will happen today – when the House Ways and Means convenes to discuss direly needed tax reform.

Our tax code is a disaster. A nightmare mess of thicketed code complexity – and ridiculously high rates. And it is filled to the rafters with asinine anti-incentives to economic activity and productivity. More

Hey Leftists: Racists Threats and Stalking Homes and Families Is NOT Thoughtful Policy Debate

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Yet Another Leftist Thoughtful Policy Assertion

Leftism is a bereft ideology.  It is a certain set of ideas and government policies – all of which are horrendous when put into actual practice.  It pretends human nature – isn’t human nature.  And tries to reshape it – and the humans it imbues – with the fires and on the anvils of government.

Much of the world spent most of the Twentieth Century trying out Leftism.  It didn’t work – at all.  Not only that, one hundred million people were murdered in the attempt.  Because human nature – is human nature.  And the humans wouldn’t take to the Left’s governmental reshaping.  So these poor humans split and shattered – over, and over, and over again.

Yet we still today have to debate the cataclysmic deficiencies of Leftism.  And still have to fight an uphill battle to prevent its implementation.  What a colossal failing that is of our species.

President Donald Trump became President Donald Trump – in large part because We the People had watched nearly a century of ridiculous, awful, wasteful, uber-failed government expansion.  And had had enough.

Washington, D.C. has become a $4-trillion-per-year massive Fail.  A cronyism-infested, anti-productive Swamp.  Leftism – incarnate.  And We the People want less – of all of it.  Less government, less cronyism, less DC – less Leftism.  Time to Drain the Swamp. More

Mexico: Bad Trade Deals Are Even Worse – When Nations Violate Them

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Let’s Cut Some Less Government Deals –
And Then Adhere to Them

The “anti-free trade” label is these days blithely thrown around a lot.  Mostly at President Donald Trump – and people who agree with him and his desire to revamp how we’ve long done trade.

Mostly by people who blithely accept getting royally ripped off in the one-sided “free” trade deals we’ve long been cutting.

We objectors actually very much like actual free trade.  Where each party treats all other parties equally – with less government and justice for all.  However, in very few instances are those the types of trade deals to which we’ve agreed.

We get our government out of the way of other nations’ products.  While allowing other nations to tax and other wise impede our products.  We (mostly) keep the government out of our internal production for export.  While other nations subsidize the daylight out of theirs – which obviously affords them a gross, distorted advantage on the world market.

Allowing any of this at all was stupid.  Allowing all of this repeatedly, serially for decades – was titanically so.  What it wasn’t – was free trade. More

The Left: A History of Violence and Racism – Net Neutrality ‘Comments’ Edition

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Another Peaceful Left Assemblage

Godfather of Communism Karl Marx counseled: “Accuse others of what you do.”  More than a century’s worth of Marx-Communist disciples – have rigorously adhered to this tenet.

Communism has…a bit of a history-of-violence problem.  It spent the 20th Century – murdering roughly 100 million people.

The American Left really hasn’t held up its end of the bargain on the body count – but that doesn’t mean their past isn’t rife with murder, violence and mayhem.  See: The Ku Klux Klan, the Weathermen/Weather Underground and the Black Panthers – to name but a few.

But throughout their history of violence – the American Left has consistently and very successfully pinned the “Barbarity” label – on the Right.  Accusing others of what they do.

Heck, they’ve even successfully ascribed to the Right the Democrat Party-born Klan – which spent so much of its time murdering blacks and the Republicans who helped them.

Flash forward to the modern era – nothing has changed.  The Tea Party was accused of being a racist, violent response to Barack Obama – America’s first black president.  Except the Tea Party actually got its start protesting mass illegal immigrant amnesty and then massive bank bailouts – which were policies put forward by white Republican President George W. Bush.  And the only violence that ever took place at Tea Party rallies – was initiated by Leftists. More

A Tax Cut – Should Not Include a Stupid, Economy-Debilitating Tax Increase

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It’s the Long Conversation
We’ve Long Needed to Have

President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress have both put forward tax reform plans that contain lots and lots of really great ideas.  They both simplify the code, eliminate some taxes, reduce the rates of others – and in general are geared to allow for vigor to return to our long vigor-less economy.

The fundamental element behind vigor in our economy – is coin.  The crucial component of capitalism – is capital.  And the ugly truth for Leftists is – only people that earn money have money.  And the people that earn more money – have more money.  The rich – have even more than that.

So you need all of these people – most especially the rich – to privately dispose of their capital.  Not have the government take it from them.  So as to fuel capitalism – and allow the reinvigoration to begin.

Capitalism works – in large part because of Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand.”  Capitalism coin never stays put – it’s always on the go.  The Invisible Hand moves that money – all over the place.

To wit: A rich person buying a yacht – does more for a poor person than a thousand government programs.  Because – who sells the yachts to rich people?  Poorer people.  Who drives the yachts to the lots to be sold?  More, even poorer people.  And who builds the yachts to be driven to the lots to be sold to rich people?  Lots and lots of additional poor people.  And then there are the crews to sail the yachts, the repair crews to fix them, the harbor crews to harbor them,….

How do we know this?  Because in 1991 the Feds imposed a “luxury tax” on expensive cars, furs, jewelry…and boats.  Democrat Senators Ted Kennedy (Massachusetts) and George Mitchell (Maine) in particular crowed about the rich finally paying their fair share.  Except: More

Walmart Isn’t Conservative – Walmart is a Massive DC Self-Interested Special Interest

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Another Contributor to the America Last Approach

Walmart and the founding Walton family have long been seen as conservative stalwarts.  The Waltons have indeed contributed much money to conservative causes – much to the Left’s chagrin.

Walmart has long been a Leftist bogeyman – in large part because they remain rightly, reasonably opposed to the unionization of their stores.  Which drove the Left nuts.  And led to years of union-funded Leftist campaigns against the company.

To aid in their defense against this onslaught, the Waltons elicited conservative assistance.  Because conservatives bizarrely think people should be free to choose whether or not to join unions – and unions do not.

And it worked – Walmart remains a right-to-work entity.  God bless America.

But as time has marched on, it’s looking more and more like the Waltons cut these checks not in the interest of ideology – but in the interest of Walmart protectionism.  On a whole host of other issues, Walmart has been anything but conservative.

Which tells all of us what many of us have all along known – Walmart is just another massive, massively self-interested Washington, D.C. special interest.

Walmart has long been a lead outside champion of a ridiculous tax increase scheme ridiculously misnamed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).  Their brick-and-mortar stores have to collect sales and use taxes for the states and localities in which they are located.  Internet companies that sell in those states and localities but are not located there – do not. More