Surprise! Government assaults its critics

big-brother-is-watching-you4May 20, 2013

By John Seiler

Government cons us into believing it “helps” people. It really exists to help itself — and hurt those that want to reduce its immense powers.

My colleague Steven Greenhut just visited Washington, D.C., and reported on how rich the area is. At least $4 trillion of our tax dollars flow through D.C., so it’s not surprising that a lot of it sticks there.

When I was growing up in Michigan in the 1960s, the counties North of Detroit were the richest in America because the auto executives and engineers lived there. In recent years, the richest counties have been those surrounding Washington, D.C.

That tells the story of American right there: Money was shifted from those producing things, such as steel and cars, to those producing government: lobbyists, lawyers, congressmen, social workers.

‘What do you expect?’

And government gets really mad when it’s criticized. Former Rep.  Ron Paul explains:

“’What do you expect when you target the President?’ This is what an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Recent revelations that IRS agents gave ‘special scrutiny’ to organizations opposed to the current administration’s policies suggest that many in the IRS still believe harassing the President’s opponents is part of their job.

“As troubling as these recent reports are, it would be a grave mistake to think that IRS harassment of opponents of the incumbent President is a modern, or a partisan, phenomenon. As scholar Burton Folsom pointed out in his book New Deal or Raw Deal, IRS agents in the 1930s where essentially ‘hit squads’ against opponents of the New Deal. It is well-known that the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson used the IRS to silence their critics. One of the articles of impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon dealt with his use of the IRS to harass his political enemies. Allegations of IRS abuses were common during the Clinton administration, and just this week some of the current administration’s defenders recalled that antiwar and progressive groups alleged harassment by the IRS during the Bush presidency.

“The bipartisan tradition of using the IRS as a tool to harass political opponents suggests that the problem is deeper than just a few ‘rogue’ IRS agents—or even corruption within one, two, three or many administrations. Instead, the problem lays in the extraordinary power the tax system grants the IRS.

“The IRS routinely obtains information about how we earn a living, what investments we make, what we spend on ourselves and our families, and even what charitable and religious organizations we support. Starting next year, the IRS will be collecting personally identifiable health insurance information in order to ensure we are complying with Obamacare’s mandates.

“The current tax laws even give the IRS power to marginalize any educational, political, or even religious organizations whose goals, beliefs, and values are not favored by the current regime by denying those organizations “tax-free” status. This is the root of the latest scandal involving the IRS.

“Considering the type of power the IRS excises over the American people, and the propensity of those who hold power to violate liberty, it is surprising we do not hear about more cases of politically-motivated IRS harassment. As the first US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall said, ‘The power to tax is the power to destroy’ — and who better to destroy than one’s political enemies?

“The US flourished for over 120 years without an income tax, and our liberty and prosperity will only benefit from getting rid of the current tax system. The federal government will get along just fine without its immoral claim on the fruits of our labor, particularly if the elimination of federal income taxes are accompanied by serious reduction in all areas of spending, starting with the military spending beloved by so many who claim to be opponents of high taxes and big government.

“While it is important for Congress to investigate the most recent scandal and ensure all involved are held accountable, we cannot pretend that the problem is a few bad actors. The very purpose of the IRS is to transfer wealth from one group to another while violating our liberties in the process, thus the only way Congress can protect our freedoms is to repeal the income tax and shutter the doors of the IRS once and for all.”


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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 20 May, 2013, 12:13

    The Parasite on the Potomac.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 May, 2013, 12:25

    You nasty neighbor with the yappy strawberry poodle will be Block Warden….so shush….you will go to the Adelanto gulag one dark foggy night!

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  3. Bunker Queen
    Bunker Queen 20 May, 2013, 16:47

    …….you will go to the Adelanto gulag one dark foggy night!

    There he goes with the Adelanto thing again…..U need a drink.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 May, 2013, 20:51

    Rizzo is watching you Queenie……the Ragwus are out there!

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  5. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 20 May, 2013, 23:00

    “There he goes with the Adelanto thing again…..U need a drink.”

    HE needs a drink???!!!! I’M the one who needs the drink. lol

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  6. Bunker Queen
    Bunker Queen 21 May, 2013, 07:04

    HE needs a drink???!!!! I’M the one who needs the drink. lol

    I’m sure you do…but for very different reasons.

    UU and the boys (I’m not sure who’s dominant these days) needs a Big Gulp cup full of the strongest crap Vodka that a North Highlands strip mall can provide….and hell, that’s just to wash down a horse tranquilizer sized Thorazine.

    You’ve got to recognize JimmyD that it’s tough living in TEdZLys head. Don’t you think they’re entitled to a little mood stabilizer.

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 21 May, 2013, 09:04

    Queenie of Randsburg………your at the bottom of a long slide started during your formative years in a single wide in Boron!

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  8. Bunker Queen
    Bunker Queen 21 May, 2013, 10:29

    Queenie of Randsburg………

    What happened to your Adelanto fetish?

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  9. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 21 May, 2013, 11:21

    Reincarnate as “Poodle” and you will get nonstop Adelanto updates!

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  10. Bunker Queen
    Bunker Queen 21 May, 2013, 12:42

    Reincarnate as “Poodle” and you will get nonstop Adelanto updates!

    I’d have to die first …..and as I’m immortal……well you do the math.

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  11. Bunker Queen
    Bunker Queen 21 May, 2013, 12:45

    Rizzo is watching you Queenie……

    You enjoyed “Jerky Boys” way too much…oh wait….you meant the guy from Bell. Donchoo be bad talkin Tedsly(s) patron saint.

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  12. Queeg
    Queeg 21 May, 2013, 16:57

    Does anyone else post on CWD that provides critical subject analysis….help….poodle is irrelevant and boring-

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  13. Bunker Queen
    Bunker Queen 22 May, 2013, 12:08

    Does anyone else post on CWD that provides critical subject analysis….help….poodle is irrelevant and boring-

    Ahh yes! The request for hard hitting analysis and commentary…… last refuge of the pseudointellectual poseur.

    Well done Queefy…way to self validate!

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