How Obama Won a 2nd Term

April 20, 2015

This quote comes from an article detailing pro-union Wisconsin government employees abusing their power for the purpose of silencing conservative groups… something the IRS had been doing under the direction of Lois Lerner. Without funding, conservative groups were effectively silenced, smoothing the way for Obama’s 2nd term victory.

O’Keefe’s associates began cancelling meetings with him and declining to take his calls, reasonably fearful that merely associating with him could make them targets of the investigation. O’Keefe was forced to abandon fundraising for the Club because he could no longer guarantee to donors that their identities would remain confidential, could not (due to the Secrecy Order) explain to potential donors the nature of the investigation, could not assuage donors’ fears that they might become targets themselves, and could not assure donors that their money would go to fund advocacy rather than legal expenses. The Club was also paralyzed. Its officials could not associate with its key supporters, and its funds were depleted. It could not engage in issue advocacy for fear of criminal sanction.

via Wisconsin’s Shame: I Thought It Was a Home Invasion.


Tax Day Breakdown

April 15, 2015

The next time some protester stops by to argue about defense spending, let them know we spend more than twice as much on entitlements (social security, medicare, medicaid, etc.) than we do on the military.

And those folks receiving the entitlements? Yeah, they probably don’t pay any taxes either…


IRS: Do What I Say, Not What I Do

June 18, 2014

A central supporting theme of respectable authority is that it does not require of others what it does not also do.

To believe the IRS requires a pretty low opinion of government competence. My friends who work in regulated sectors such as finance are outraged by the IRS’s description of how it was running its backup process, because the government subjects them to constantly ratcheting standards for document retention — specifying how long, and on what format, they have to keep every communication ever generated by their firms. How dare they demand higher standards of regulated companies than they do of the regulators?

via Missing E-Mail Is the Least of the IRS’s Problems – Bloomberg View.