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4.19.2014 4:00 AM

C2 Saturday A.M. Bulldog Edition

 

Emails Show Corruption At Heart Of Administration

Corruption: New emails show that both the IRS and Justice Department were involved in a probe of Tea Party and other conservative groups. This is no mere scandal — it's a major breach of the law.

The newly released emails were gathered for a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan public interest law group. They show that former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner discussed with the Justice Department going after conservative groups that she believed lied about their political activities.

What's shocking is that this discussion came just days before Lerner acknowledged that the IRS had investigated tea-party and other conservative groups but insisted that it was an isolated incident conducted by low-level officials in the IRS' Cincinnati office.

It was a lie. In a May 8 email to Nikole Flax, then the chief of staff to the acting IRS commissioner, Lerner discusses a phone call from Richard Pilger, who headed the Justice Department's elections crimes unit.

According to Lerner, Pilger wondered if the IRS could help him "piece together false-statement cases about applicants who 'lied'" on applications for tax-free status.

In a subsequent email, Lerner responded: "I think we should do it — also need to include CI (the criminal investigation unit), which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC (the Federal Election Commission). Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?"

It's been clear for some time that this goes beyond a mere rogue IRS operation in Cincinnati. But until now, we didn't know how far it went.

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This abuse of power, collusion between officials at high levels of government to maliciously harass and deny individuals their rights and legal due process requires a Select Committee to investigate. Having multiple committee investigations results in confusion, delays, and committees working at cross purposes.

Trey Gowdy would be an excellent choice to chair a Select Committee. Failure to take appropriate action against what is clearly egregious abuses of power only emboldens and empowers this administration in the corruption.

We've seen this with the attempts to write into law the abuses committee by the IRS.


Where Did Your Tax Money Go?

Where does the money go

Major entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) gobbled up 49 percent, while more federal benefits took another 20 percent. These additional “income security” benefits include federal employee retirement and disability, unemployment benefits, and welfare programs such as food and housing assistance. Obamacare spending didn’t really kick in until 2014, so that will show up in next year’s breakdown.

See how this compares to last year’s breakdown: National defense has been cut, while the major entitlements picked up an even larger percentage.

Is this where you expect the government to spend most of your money?


The rich do not pay the most taxes, they pay ALL the taxes

Buried inside a Congressional Budget Office report this week was this nugget: when it comes to individual income taxes, the top 40 percent of wage earners in America pay 106 percent of the taxes. The bottom 40 percent...pay negative 9 percent.

You read that right. One group is paying more than 100 percent of individual income taxes, the other is paying less than zero.

It's right there in Table 3 on page 13 of the report. The numbers are based on 2010 IRS and Census Bureau figures.

How does someone pay negative taxes? The CBO's formula offsets whatever taxes are paid with "refundable tax credits." Some of these are due to "government transfers" of money back to the taxpayer in the form of social security and food stamps.

That's not to say the rich are going broke. Hardly.

According to the CBO, the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans saw before-tax income grow more than 16 percent from 2009 to 2010, which isn't such a surprise since the stock market was coming off the bottom. Most of the rest of the country only saw gross incomes grow about 1 percent. When it comes to federal taxes,the top bracket paid 69 percent of the total last year. The bottom bracket paid 0.4 percent.


Tax Dollars at Work: Attorney General Eric Holder Whines About Oversight and Accountability


 

 

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4.18.2014 4:00 AM

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72 Years Ago

 

 

 

The Doolittle Raid

 

Surviving airmen

  1. Colonel Richard E. Cole, copilot of aircraft No. 1 [49]
  2. Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Hite, copilot of aircraft No. 16[50]
  3. Lt. Col. Edward Joseph Saylor, engineer of aircraft No. 15[51]
  4. Staff Sergeant David J. Thatcher, gunner of aircraft No. 7[52]
It took courage to fly a B-25 off a carrier, something which had never been done.
It took courage to launch 300 miles early when they knew they would have to fuel to reach the base in China.
It took courage to fly unarmed planes over the Capital City of the enemy.
A salute to the incredible courage and skill of the Doolittle Raiders.
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