IRS Spent $50 Million in Two Years on ‘Conferences’
4 Jun 2013 10:14 pm Warner Todd Huston
A report to be released on Tuesday investigating expenditures by the Internal Revenue Service will reveal that $50 million was lavished on some 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.
In one case alone, the report finds that the IRS spent $4 million on a conference for 2,600 IRS employees held in Anaheim, California in August of 2010.
According to Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA) this is an “abuse of taxpayer dollars.”
The website of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reports that, “contrary to established government contracting practices, the outside …
LET’S ALL SUE THE I.R.S.!
3 Jun 2013 6:56 pm Josh Bernstein
Unless you have been living under a rock or in a cave somewhere you have heard all about the I.R.S. scandals. The Internal Revenue Service, or should it be renamed the Internal Rectal Service has been intentionally performing financial colonoscopies on Conservatives from all walks of life for the past few years.
The so called “neutral” and “nonpartisan” I.R.S. has been poking, prodding, and picking on Conservatives and Conservative leaning groups and organizations by stonewalling, delaying, and outright denying their applications for funding and tax exempt statuses.
They have targeted Tea Party …
WaPo/ABC Poll: Obama Lying About Benghazi, IRS Targeting ‘Inappropriate,’ Media Still Distrusted
23 May 2013 3:30 pm Warner Todd Huston
A new poll conducted jointly by The Washington Post and ABC News revealed some interesting trends. Among other findings, more Americans feel that Obama and his administration are lying about Benghazi, a majority feel that the IRS acted inappropriately by targeting conservative groups, and the media is still distrusted with a majority feeling that the Justice Department’s seizure of the AP’s phone records was justified. Despite all this disapproval, Obama’s approval rating is still just over 50 percent positive.
An important metric in the ABC/WashPost poll was the question of whether …View More...
Obama’s IRS Nightmares
23 May 2013 12:01 am Robert Cleveland
With so many scandals going on, and so many Obama administration officials claiming so much ignorance, it really makes you wonder: just who is running things in the White House, anyway?
From all appearances, the answer is “no one.” It’s like watching Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz, as President Obama is constantly trying to cover his incompetence, and Press Secretary Jay Carney never seems to know what the heck is going on.
President Obama has supposedly taken decisive action, requiring the resignation of the temporary IRS chief, who was set to resign …
Washington Post: Government Powers Should Never Be Used For Partisan Purposes
12 May 2013 8:51 am William Teach
Let’s jump way back in time to the beginning of the week. Some guy said this at a commencement ceremony.
PRESIDENT (NMP) OBAMA: Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique …View More...
Obama’s Budget Would Use Tax $$ to Fund Lobbyists Pushing Tax Hikes
17 Apr 2013 4:34 pm Warner Todd Huston
Remember when Obama took office and one of his biggest promises was that lobbyists would never gain a foothold in his Administration? Well, now that he doesn’t have to stand for election again he’s doing his level best to give lobbyists one of their biggest perks yet. He’s trying to make it legal to give them your tax dollars so they can lobby to increase your taxes. And in fact he’s already broken laws governing lobbyists several times since 2009.
A report by the government watchdog group Cause of Action found …
Chris Murphy (D): US Government Can’t Function On 17% Of GDP
15 Apr 2013 9:21 am William Teach
Well, certainly with liberals in government. He says this as he slams Obama
(Politico) Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Monday he thought the 18 percent tax rate paid by President Barack Obama and other wealthy people was too low.
“The fact is we can’t run this country based on the amount of revenue that we’re collecting today,” Murphy said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” during a discussion that related to the rate Obama had paid.
“We can’t collect 18 percent from people making that much money and be able to afford to build roads …
What Else is Left for the Government to Tax? How About Rain?
15 Apr 2013 3:40 am John Hawkins
As you send in your taxes today, keep in mind that it could be worse — well, that is if you don’t live in Maryland. In that state, the legislature is actually implementing a “rain tax.”
The “rain tax” will be levied on all homeowners that have a roof, patio or driveway. For some homeowners, the tax will reach $150 per year. Worse yet, there will be private businesses that will be forking over upwards of $5,000 a year to cover the cost of their parking lots.
Residents in Maryland can …View More...
Maryland Finds Awesome New Way To Tax Citizens: Rain
12 Apr 2013 6:57 am William Teach
That’s right, citizens in 10 Maryland counties will soon be charged a tax when it rains. Why, yes, this did all originate with Obama EPA (via The Blaze)
(The Gazette) …Get ready for their newest invention, the rain tax. Here’s what’s going on:
In 2010 the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency ordered Maryland to reduce stormwater runoff into the Chesapeake Bay so that nitrogen levels fall 22 percent and phosphorus falls 15 percent from current amounts. The price tag: $14.8 billion.
And where do we get the $14.8 billion? By taxing so-called “impervious …
Obama Unveils His “Take it Or Leave It” $3.77 Trillion Budget
10 Apr 2013 8:04 am William Teach
Said budget has managed to annoy both Democrats and Republicans
(Washington Post) President Obama plans Wednesday to unveil a $3.77 trillion spending plan that proposes modest new investments in infrastructure and education, major new taxes for the wealthy and significant reforms aimed at reducing the cost of Social Security and Medicare.
As Washington barrels toward another potential showdown over the federal debt limit later this summer, administration officials said the blueprint lays down the president’s bottom-line offer for getting federal borrowing under control.
“We don’t view this budget as a starting point in …
Liberal States Look To Tax Guns And Ammunition
7 Apr 2013 8:03 am William Teach
Would you be surprised that Illinois, which contains the murder capital of the US (Chicago) despite draconian and oppressive gun laws aimed at law abiding citizens, is leading the way?
(USA Today) Cook County, Ill., this month began collecting a $25 tax on gun purchases, and at least six states are considering new taxes on firearms or ammunition as a way to help pay for the consequences of gun violence.
The Cook County tax applies to purchases in Chicago’s suburbs, but not the city. The tax is expected to raise $600,000 a …
The Senate Votes To Hammer Americans Who Buy Online With New Sales Taxes
25 Mar 2013 3:36 am John Hawkins
If you buy online, you already have to pay a shipping fee that takes a bigger bite out of your wallet than a sales tax. However, if the Senate has its way, you’ll have to pay a sales tax on top of the shipping fees.
From the Hill.
The Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved an amendment empowering states to collect taxes for online sales, delivering a huge victory to lawmakers and stakeholders who have devoted more than two years to the effort.
Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) watched their …
NY Times: The Real Spending Problem Is Tax Breaks
17 Mar 2013 9:25 am William Teach
Not actual spending, not $16 trillion in debt, not borrowing 43 cents for every federal dollar spent, not wasting taxpayer tax dollars on pork and projects that should be funded by private entities, not hundreds of billions in cost overruns, not the POTUS using up millions to fly across the country to make a 30 minute speech that could be made at the White House…..nope, tax breaks, according to the anonymous NY Times editorial board
Each year, the government doles out tax breaks worth $1.1 trillion. That is more than the …
Let’s Keep It Real
6 Mar 2013 12:01 am Robert Cleveland
New projections by the Congressional Budget Office show that this could be a record year for federal tax revenue – according to the CBO, the federal government should be bringing in $2.7 TRILLION this year, an all-time record. At first blush, one would think this is good news, and a vindication of President Obama’s “balanced approach.” But even though we’re looking at the possibility of record-high tax revenues, deficits are projected to be around $850 billion.
So the big question is, does America have a spending problem? Will President Obama’s “balanced …
Rich Paying Their Fair Share And More
4 Mar 2013 8:17 am William Teach
Sheesh, more facts get in the way of Obama’s dependence on raising taxes on “the rich” (has he sent a check to the IRS yet?)
(The Blaze) How will households at different income levels pay federal income, payroll, corporate and estate taxes for 2013?
Despite claims that those at the top aren’t paying their “fair share,” the Tax Policy Center reports that the often-maligned “1%” will have an average income of $1.4 million, paying $514,144 in taxes. They’ll foot over 30 percent of the total bill.
The top 20 percent of Americans, meanwhile, …
After Millions in Tax Breaks for Hollywood, DreamWorks’ Jeffery Katzenberg Kills 350 Jobs
28 Feb 2013 2:56 pm Warner Todd Huston
Despite some $430 million in tax breaks for Hollywood in last year’s “fiscal cliff” deal, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has announced that he is cutting 350 people by the end of the year.
After the disappointing box office for DreamWorks’ latest film, The Rise of the Guardians, Katzenberg said that the $165 million loss made him “go back and rethink everything.”
“So it makes you go back and rethink everything, not just the fact that it didn’t work–certainly we spent a lot of time reflecting on that–but more importantly saying, ‘Let’s …
My Amazing, Earth-Shattering, Dynamic, Never-Before-Seen Analysis Of The State Of The Union
13 Feb 2013 12:01 am Robert Cleveland
OK, I confess: I didn’t actually watch the speech.
I tried, I really did.
Well, okay, I didn’t even really try.
I did manage to muddle through the first few minutes of the speech as I waited for my wife to get ready to go out to dinner – which basically amounted to waiting until President Obama said something that made me want to utter several choice words that I try not to vocalize, since I don’t really want my 2-year-old adding them to her vocabulary. As more time goes on, I seem …
We Will Always Need More Taxes
5 Feb 2013 12:01 am Robert Cleveland
According to President Obama, there is no longer any doubt that America needs to raise taxes yet again.
In his interview with CBS that aired just before the Super Bowl, the president stated “there is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit, and we can do it in a gradual way so it doesn’t have a huge impact.”
According to Bloomberg.com, Obama isn’t demanding higher tax rates anymore; he apparently got what he wanted in the Fiscal Cliff deal, and doesn’t …
Surprise! Pelosi Wants More Tax Revenues
7 Jan 2013 7:39 am William Teach
This seems to be the Democrats solution for everything: tax ‘n spend, tax ‘n spend
(The Hill) Pushing back against the Republicans’ deficit-reduction strategy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this weekend that more tax revenues – not just spending cuts – must be a part of Congress’s effort to rein in deficits.
Pelosi said the tax hikes in the recent “fiscal-cliff” deal are a start, but don’t go far enough to generate the revenues the government needs to run the country effectively.
And there you go, the Democrats idea of “deficit …
Fiscal Cliff Capitulation Includes Payoff to Hollywood
2 Jan 2013 12:46 pm Dave Blount
Hollyweird doesn’t back Obama to the hilt out of sheer moral depravity alone. Loyal support buys it a lucrative seat at the table:
Section 317 of the freshly approved [fiscal cliff] legislation includes an extension for “special expensing rules for certain film and television productions.” Congress first enacted production tax incentives favorable to the domestic entertainment industry in 2004, and extended them in 2008, but the deal was meant to expire in 2011.
The fiscal cliff deal extends the tax incentives through 2013 — even as payroll taxes rise on ordinary …