IRS Admits Trageting Conservatives for Extra Tax Scrutiny in 2012 Election … Claimed there was No Political Bias Behind the Alinsky Targeting Tactics

ADD ANOTHER SCANDAL TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION … MORE CHICAGO STYLE, SAUL ALINSKY POLITICS … WHEN IS AMERICA GOING TO ADMIT THAT OBAMA IS NIXONESQUE?

The IRS apologizes for targeting Conservatives and Tea Party groups … apology not accepted! Should this be considered a “hate crime”? The IRS was obviously only targeting a certain element of society. Of course the IRS did not target Conservative groups to retaliate against Obama enemies list. That could never happen.

What a shock that the Obama IRS would act as his henchman to go after Conservatives and Tea Party groups. All the IRS has to offer is an apology?  This is simply unacceptable and all involved need to be fired, without pensions immediately! As reported at the WAPO, IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. MY BUTT!!! What a joke this is, of course it was politically motivated. It was just a coincidence that it was only Conservative Tea Party orgs that were targeted. If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you. Talk about abuse of power. This admissions from the IRS is exactly what Conservatives have been accusing them of years and now “We the People” know its true. How can anyone have faith in this “Gestapo” organization ever again?

1. IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. Initially, they suggested that other non-conservative-sounding names might have been targeted. By the end of the call, though, Lerner acknowledged: “I only said that because I never like to say ‘absolutely not.’ I don’t have any information on that.”

2. Lerner wouldn’t say whether anyone is being disciplined, then appeared to say there was no disciplinary action, then went back to saying she wouldn’t comment. (more)

This is the tip of the iceberg and follows the “cockroach” principle … this is what they have admitted to, what else are they guilty of like who they audit, hmm? Obviously, the Obama administration used Alinsky tactics & IRS to ensure Tea Party would not be a factor in 2012.

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday apologized for targeting groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, confirming long-standing accusations by some conservatives that their applications for tax-exempt status were being improperly delayed and scrutinized.

Lois G. Lerner, the IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, said the “absolutely inappropriate” actions by “front-line people” were not driven by partisan motives.

Rather, Lerner said, they were a misguided effort to come up with an efficient means of dealing with a flood of applications from organizations seeking ­tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.

During that period, about 75 groups were selected for extra inquiry — including burdensome questionnaires and, in some cases, improper requests for the names of their donors — simply because of the words in their names, she said in a conference call with reporters.

The Gateway Pundit reminds us of the when in 2012, conservative groups complained that the IRS was targeting them for audits. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views.

UPDATE I: From the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform: Issa and Jordan: IRS Political Retaliation Tactics “Unconscionable”.

As Weasel Zippers stated, “heads should roll”. As we stated above, there is not one person who should be spared … ALL SHOULD GO, WITHOUT PENSIONS AND CRIMINAL CHARGES SHOULD BE MADE.

 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., requested the IG look into allegations of political retaliation last June. In response to the today’s disclosure and apology by IRS, Issa and Jordan issued the following statement:   “The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable. The Committee will aggressively follow up on the IG report and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”

UPDATE II: A Public Service Announcement to the American People via Legal Insurrection As IRS admits it targeted Tea Party groups, remember IRS is Obamacare enforcer.

UPDATE II:  From The Weekly Standard - The Times & the IRS Story … It’s not front page news, apparently. Think the same would hold true under a GOP presidency?

Not front page material in the Grey Lady’s news judgment.  But good enough for page A-11.  With the third paragraph reassuring readers that an agency spokesperson had insisted

… that the move was not driven by politics, but she added, “We made some mistakes; some people didn’t use good judgment.”

But of course.  One does wonder, though, how the Times would have played the news if, a few years back, it had come to light that the IRS had been auditing Valerie Plame.

But … then, perhaps in the Times’s lofty judgment, the IRS was merely doing what it should do.  This, anyway, was how the Times editorial page saw it last year:

The 5 Most Interesting Things in Barack Obama’s & Joe Biden’s Tax Returns … Obama Doed not Pay His Fair Share

From The Blaze The 5 Most Interesting Things in the Barack Obama and Joseph Biden Tax Returns. Just when you thought you had seen in all from the class warfare President Obama and his side kick, the gaffetastic Joe Biden, we are presented with more double standards and hypocrisy. According to President Obama, Barack does not pay his fair share of taxes … High effective tax rates for thee, not for me.

The jokes on the American people again, ah-ha-ha-ha

5. President Obama’s Income Has Declined

4. The Biden’s Donated $2,000 Worth of Clothing, Boots, Toys, Pottery, etc. to Goodwill – Isn’t this something from a person who thinks that individuals of means think that they should pay more of a tax rate percentage. Nearly 30% of what the Biden’s donated was in the form of used goods no longer needed, giving clothing and goods to Goodwill and charities.

3. Vice President Joe Biden Received $30K in Social Security Benefits Last Year – The Biden’s made a combined income of $385K, including an extra $29,761 in Social Security in 2012 Vice President Joe Biden. This is more than double the amount of social security than the average retired worker collected last year. To use the Obama/Biden class warfare line, should a couple making nearly $400K really be getting double the amount in social security than the middle class? Of course social security will not even be there for the middle class.

 2. The Biden’s Increased Their Charitable Donations to 1.87% of Income – This liberal tries to have the government increase taxes on the so-called rich to redistribute the wealth, yet this cheapskate only donated 1.87% of his income? UNREAL! Believe it or not, this was actually an increase from previous pathetic charitable donations. So much for Biden being a good Catholic Christian and giving 10%. So much for Biden having paid attention in Church during the parable of the Good Samaritan. His religion appear to be more of Liberalism.

1. President Obama Pays An Effective Tax Rate of 18.4 Percent- So the 1% President Barack Obama paid less in an effective tax rate than did his secretary. The audacity of some people. Obama railed on Mitt Romney for paying less of an effective tax rate than most Americans, yet guess what America … so did Obama. If he really felt so inclined that this should not happen, why did he not instruct his accountants to structure his tax return so that he paid an effective rate of 30%? Why didn’t he so it, because he is a liberal hypocrite, that’s why! Sorry, but only an individual of low character asks others to do something that they would not do themselves and lead by example.

The Hypocrite in Chief … After Demonizing the Rich, President Obama only Pays Effective Tax Rate of 18.4% for 2012

THE LION LYING KING: There has been no greater hypocrite to ever grace the White House than President Barack Hussein Obama … The following is subtitles. Taxes for thee, not for me.

President Barack Obama is about class warfare, he is about dividing America and now he is about hypocrisy. During the 2012 Presidential campaign Obama railed on the 1%’ers and called all those rich people who paid less than their secretaries the evil rich. Obama harped on the so-called Buffett Rule, which would require millionaires to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes. Of course this came about because the evil rich were making most of their money from investments as opposed to income, that are taxed at a different rate. During the 2012 presidential election Obama played class warfare and went after his GOP opponent Mitt Romney who paid about 14% on his income. Obama made political hay lying to the American public and using the issue that ultra-rich Warren Buffett paid less in his tax rate than did his secretary.  However, in 2011 the hypocrite that resides in the White House also paid a lower effective tax rate than his secretary.

What, You thought the 30% tax for the rich was meant for me?

Guess what, Obama is even more of a hypocrite in 2012 than he was in 2011.

According the WSJ, President Barack Obama paid an effective tax rate of only 18.4%. Yup America, that’s it. For all his whining, for all his rhetoric, for all his class warfare and the rich should pay 30% … OBAMA ONLY PAID 18%. I guess this is more of the shared sacrifice that Obama talks about. Obama tells other rich folks that they are evil because they pay a low tax effective rate, yet he takes advantage of the same deductions and loop holes that everyone else does. If he was a true leader and really had the convictions of his beliefs, he would have told his accountants not to take the deductions and make it that his effective rate came to 30% for 2012. However, he did not do so because like every liberal, he wants others to pay the money, not themselves.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid $112,214 in federal income taxes for 2012 on adjusted gross income of $608,611, an effective rate of 18.4%, the White House said.

The first family’s adjusted gross income—the amount after certain deductions and exemptions—was down from $789,674 the Obamas reported in 2011, when they paid total federal taxes of $162,074, an effective rate of 20.5%.

The decline was due primarily to falling royalties from sales of books Mr. Obama has written, according to tax returns released Friday. The president’s book-related earnings peaked in 2009 when he garnered about $5.6 million from two publications, “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams From My Father.” The royalties have fallen over time, to just under $274,000 in 2012.

The Obamas paid $29,450 in state income tax to Illinois for 2012.

Obama is truly a disgrace as President. Where is the MSM calling Obama out on his double standard hypocrisy? Personally, I do not believe in the “Buffett Rule”, but if one did and actually wanted to make it a law, one would think that they would lead by example. Not this president.

After 4 Years Senate Democrats Finally Passed A Budget Complete with a $1 Trillion Tax Hike

AFTER 4 YEARS SENATE DEMOCRATS PASS A BUDGET WITH $1 TRILLION IN TAX HIKES …

For the first time in four years the Democrat controlled US Senate has passed a budget. From the looks of it they shouldn’t have bothered. The budget plan was passed by a 50-49 vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber, with 4 Democratic senators facing tough re-election campaigns in 2014 joined all the Senate Republicans in opposing the measure. Max Baucus (D-MT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC) and  Mark Pryor (D-AR) all voted against the Democrat budget. It is just a coincidence that all four Democrats are up for reelection in 2014 “Red” states. Vulnerable Senate Democrats like Mary Landrieu (LA), Mark Warner (VA) and Tim Johnson (SD) should be made to pay a price in the 2014 elections for supporting the budget. Simply incredible, after four years of not doing their job, the budget that Democrats pass is chock full of new spending, taxes and a vote against actually  balancing it. Oh wait, did we mention it just taxes, taxes and taxes?

The Senate Democrat passed budget bill contains $1 trillion in new tax hikes. The following is a list of all Senators up for reelection in 2014.

 

From The Hill:

Centrist Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) were all non-committal up until the end.

Baucus, Begich, Hagan and Pryor joined the entire GOP caucus in voting against the budget resolution. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who was ill,  missed the vote. His office said he would have been available to vote if needed.

All the Democratic senators who voted “no” are up for reelection in 2014 in states that voted for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Democrats had been dogged by criticism for failing to approve a budget resolution since 2009 and the vote removes that GOP talking point from the political scene.

Yea’s On the Resolution (S. Con. Res. 8 ):

 

 No wonder Senate Democrats had not passed a previous budget prior to Obama’s reelection. The Senate budget has a 0% chance of passing The House.

Economy Surges in America’s Low Tax, Energy Rich, Pro-Business Red State Growth Corridors … Obamanomics Disproved Yet Again

OBAMANOMICS: EPIC FAILURE …

It is no coincidence that “RED” states with energy rich, low taxes and less oppressive government regulation are showing an economic growth in the United States as liberal “blue” states like California and Massachusetts are not. The trends show that the U.S. economic future is dominated by four growth corridors that are generally less dense, more affordable, and markedly more conservative and pro-business: the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, the Third Coast, spanning the Gulf states from Texas to Florida, and the Southeastern industrial belt. When businesses move to these areas for economic reasons, the people will follow. Imagine that, what a novel concept. Areas that are low in taxes, pro-business, energy rich states that are not afraid to unleash capitalism are a success. What do most all of the states have in common, they are “Red” states.

In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, some political commentators have written political obituaries of the “red” or conservative-leaning states, envisioning a brave new world dominated by fashionably blue bastions in the Northeast or California. But political fortunes are notoriously fickle, while economic trends tend to be more enduring.

These trends point to a U.S. economic future dominated by four growth corridors that are generally less dense, more affordable, and markedly more conservative and pro-business: the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, the Third Coast (spanning the Gulf states from Texas to Florida), and the Southeastern industrial belt.

Overall, these corridors account for 45% of the nation’s land mass and 30% of its population. Between 2001 and 2011, job growth in the Great Plains, the Intermountain West and the Third Coast was between 7% and 8%—nearly 10 times the job growth rate for the rest of the country. Only the Southeastern industrial belt tracked close to the national average.

More interesting data pointed out by Instapundit showing the migration of the population away from the high tax states. Their fear though is that will the migration of blue state liberals ruin the places to where they are going to as they have devastated the Northeast and states like California and Illinois. My personal opinion is no. The moochers and leeches will stay put looking for a government hands and entitlements. Those who are tired of the high taxes and liberal oppression are the ones who are looking for greener pastures. Or should I say “red” state pastures.

Since 2000, the Intermountain West’s population has grown by 20%, the Third Coast’s by 14%, the long-depopulating Great Plains by over 14%, and the Southeast by 13%. Population in the rest of the U.S. has grown barely 7%. Last year, the largest net recipients of domestic migrants were Texas and Florida, which between them gained 150,000. The biggest losers? New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California.

 

 

LES MISERABLES: Detroit Tops List of Most Miserable Cities in United States … Obama’s Current Home Town of Chicago is #4 with a Bullet

For the most miserable cities, it truly is an Obamanation …

This should come as a shock to absolutely no one … According to Forbes ranking, Detroit, Michigan tops the list as the most miserable city in the United States.  Detroit was a pretty easy choice for #1 with its violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and financial crisis. What do you notice that every one of these cities has in common … Democrat leadership, or the lack thereof. What do these cities also have in common, they all overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama. Don’t look now, as the immortal Casey Kasem would say during his music countdown, Obama’s current home town of Chicago is #4 with a bullet.

The latest blow was Tuesday’s announcement that the city is on the verge of being taken over by the state. Detroit is in a financial emergency and cannot pay its bills. The city has been issuing debt to fund day-to-day operations. The continuing problems propelled Detroit to the top spot in our 2013 ranking of America’s Most Miserable Cities.

This year we examined nine factors for the 200 largest metro areas in the U.S. The metrics include the serious: violent crime, unemployment, foreclosures, taxes (income and property) and home prices. We also include less weighty, but still important quality-of-life issues like commute times and weather.

Detroit’s problems are hardly new. It has been in a four-decade decline, paralleling the slide of the U.S. auto industry. The city’s debt rating was cut to junk by Moody’s Investors Service in 1992, but declining tax revenues from a shrinking city will soon make Detroit a ward of the state.

Violent crime in the Detroit metro division was down 5% in 2011, but it remains the highest in the country with 1,052 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to the FBI. The city’s financial problems have forced significant cutbacks to the police force. It is a circuitous problem as high crime and unemployment force people to leave the city, which lowers the tax base and strains Detroit’s finances further.

TOP 10 List. The rest of the Top 20 can be seen HERE.

1. Detroit, MI

2. Flint, MI

3. Rockford, IL

4. Chicago, IL – With Barack Obama in office and Rahm Emanuel as mayor Chicago is fading fast.  Emanuel’s approval rating plummeting and Chicago is becoming the poster city for gun violence, even with the strictest gun laws in the country. Chicago has slipped from 10th in 2010, 7th in 2011 and 6th in 2012. With the strictest gun laws in the country and with it is only a matter of time before Chicago becomes #1.

5. Modesto, CA

6. Vallejo, CA

7. Warren, MI

8. Stockton, CA

9. Lake County, IL

10.  New York, NY

A Delusional San Fran Nan Pelosi Denies Federal Deficit Is Due To Spending Problem … “It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem”

More genius from the LEFT …

This morning on FOX News Sunday, former Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told Chris Wallace “it was almost a false argument to say the US has a spending problem.” That is correct, San Fran Nan actually said that the US did not have a spending problem. She not only said it once, she said it twice. Yea, no spending problem, that’s why the federal deficit has been over a trillion dollars every year since Obama has been in office. Could some one explain to me how these people are elected?

From The Hill:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday called sequestration “a bad idea all around” and urged a balance of spending cuts and closed tax loopholes to avoid it.

Pelosi rebuffed GOP calls for the sequester replacement to focus exclusively on targeting more spending cuts and entitlement reforms.

“It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address,” she told Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday.

Pelosi added that the deficit and debt are at “immoral levels” and “must be reduced.”

“It isn’t as much a spending problem as much as it is priorities,” she said, arguing that tax subsidies were a better target than additional cuts that could hit programs such as education.

 

A recent FOX News poll indicated that 83% of Americans think that the federal government has a spending problem. Um, how did Obama win reelection again?  How does Pelosi come up with such an idiotic statement and actually keep a straight face? Could the Botox have finally got to her brain, the Lonely Conservative seems to think so and with all that plastic surgery, it’s rather easy to keep a straight face. BTW House Minority Leader Pelosi, with all the money that we have spent on education, it has failed our children.

Thanks to Obamacare Smith & Nephew Orthopedics Laying Off 100 Workers Because of 2.3% Excise Tax on Medical Devices

Obamacare costs Americans more jobs …

The 100 employees who are being laid off at  Smith & Nephew Orthopedics in Memphis, TN and Andover, MA can than President Barack Obama and Obamacare for their new found unemployment. The lay offs are being attributed to Obamacare and the excise tax was built into the Affordable Healthcare Act and took effect on January 1, 2013 that puts a 2.3% tax on medical devices. Just yet more brilliance from Barack Obama and the government take over of healthcare. With a poor economy and a jobs market that continues to struggle with job growth, Obama has done his part to make sure even more Americans lose their jobs. All in the name of taxes and increasing g revenue to pay fro his boondoggle called Obamacare.

I guess its kind of hard for you to keep your insurance and doctors like I promised if you lose your job, eh?

Smith & Nephew Orthopedics is laying off an estimated 100 employees in Memphis and Andover, Mass., citing the 2.3 percent excise tax on orthopedic device companies as the reason.

Joe Metzger, senior vice president of corporate communications for Smith & Nephew, said the tax is impacting “a number of companies across the U.S.”

“Smith & Nephew is not immune from this added expense burden,” Metzger said in a statement. “Unfortunately, and in order to absorb this cost burden into our business, this has meant less than 100 positions have been made redundant across various departmental functions in our Tennessee and Massachusetts sites. The company is providing the affected employees with a comprehensive severance package and outplacement support.”

Smith & Nephew employs an estimated 1,815 people in Memphis, according to Memphis Business Journal research. Metzger declined to reveal how many of the roughly 100 layoffs occurred in Memphis. A report in the Memphis Daily News, quoting anonymous sources, said there were 60 local jobs lost.

Just curious, if Obamacare is so affordable, why are people losing their jobs to pay for it?

PGA Golfer Phil Mickelson May Retire or Move from California After Democrats Rob Him of 62% of His Income

WELCOME TO BARACK OBAMA’S CLASS WARFARE WORLD … Is the Obama tax increase going to force golfer Phil Mickelson to retire, maybe.

In an interview with Forbes, PGA golfer Phil Mickelson stated that he may retire and/or move from California as Obama and Democrat tax increases now take more than 62% of his income. Thanks to Barack Obama, Democrats, Obamacare and the state of California, Mickelson will see far less money at years end. Due to the fiscal cliff bill, Mickelson will experience an increase in his top tax rate on ordinary income from 35% to 39.6%, and an increase in his top rate on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends from 15% to 20%. Also, because Obama allowed the expiration of the temporary 2% reduction in the payroll tax rate on the first $113,700 of self-employment income. Wait, there is more. Thanks to Obamacare, Mickelson will be liable for an additional 0.9% tax on his self-employment income and 3.8% tax on his net investment income after each exceeds $250,000.  However, it does not stop there, the folks of California actually passed a proposition to increase taxes. In November, California passed Proposition 30, which increases the top income tax rate on resident millionaires to 13.3%.

Word is, Phil Mickelson is mad as hell about rising tax rates, and he’s not going to take it anymore.  What follows is a brief portion of an interview Mickelson gave earlier today after carding a final-round 66 at the Palmer Course at PGA West in La Quinta – which I assure you, is not associated with the La Quinta next door to your local Denny’s – in which the golfer hinted that he is considering drastic career changes because of a combined tax rate nearing “62, 63 percent:”

Q. When you’re asked about Stricker’s semi-retirement, with the political situation the last couple months, blah, blah, blah, what did you mean by that? Do you find it an unsettling time in a way?

PHIL MICKELSON: Well, it’s been an interesting offseason. And I’m going to have to make some drastic changes. I’m not going to jump the gun and do it right away, but I will be making some drastic changes.

Why wouldn’t one question working hard, entering as many tournaments as Phil does and being away from his family when between the feds and state they take more than 60% of his income. All this so Obama and the libs in California can redistribute his hard work to slackers.  Makes all the sense in the world, those that work their tail off, to have the fruits of their labor given to those who don’t. Welcome to Obamaland.

Obama White House Releases Letters from Little Kids Pleading for Gun Control … Would they Do the Same About the Debt?

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama … This is nothing more than moral blackmail.

The “Exploiter” in Chief’s White House has released a letter from children pleading for gun control. Really Mr. President, is this the length of your grasp of the issue? You use children’s words because it plays into your anti-2nd Amendment, “imperial” president agenda? Just curious, would Obama release letters from children that criticize him for his deficit spending and year after year $1 trillion spending that has inflated the national debt to over $16 trillion? The debt is going to affect all future children, grand children and great grand children as opposed to the few who would ever be exposed to assault weapons. What about the lack of any job growth plan that has caused children’s parents to be continually on unemployment and food stamps?  So I ask you America, who is more dangerous to our children, assault weapons or Barack Obama’s socialist, big government out of control spending agenda?

From The Weekly Standard:

The White House today released letters from little kids pleading for gun control, just hours before President Obama is to release a comprehensive proposal to limit guns and ammunition. The letters were released to the Associated Press in what appears to be a coordinated effort to help shape the narrative the day of Obama’s announcement.

“Three days after six teachers and 20 students were killed by a rampaging gunman at their elementary school in Newtown, Conn., an 8-year-old from Maryland pulled out a sheet of paper and asked President Barack Obama for ‘some changes in the laws with guns,’” the AP reports.

“It’s a free country but I recommend there needs (to) be a limit with guns,” Grant wrote in a letter dated Dec. 17. “Please don’t let people own machine guns or other powerful guns like that.”

In the days after the shooting, children around the country had the same idea as Grant. They put their feelings about the massacre on paper and sent those letters to a receptive White House.

“I am writing to ask you to STOP gun violence,” wrote Tajeah, a 10-year-old from Georgia. “I am very sad about the children who lost their lives. So, I thought I would write to you to STOP gun violence.”

Maybe the Children who wrote to the president and are going to stand behind Obama when he puts forth his 19 executive orders today might want to learn the way in which a law is actually passed. As stated above, what if the children wrote Obama criticising Obamacare or Obama’s out of control debt? What if the children of America spoke out against Obama’s big government socialism and tax and spend policies? Any chance they would be released to the public?

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