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Trump Administration Takes an Important Step to Curb IRS Abuses

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Steven Mnuchin, national finance chairman of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, arrives at Trump Tower, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in New York, to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Free speech, even unpopular speech, is a basic freedom that is supposed to be enjoyed by all Americans. Yesterday, that freedom became just a little bit more secure.

The Treasury Department and IRS announced today that the IRS will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to file personally-identifiable information about their donors as part of their annual return. The revenue procedure released today does not affect the statutory reporting requirements that apply to tax-exempt groups organized under section 501(c)(3) or section 527, but it relieves other tax-exempt organizations of an unnecessary reporting requirement that was previously added by the IRS.

Nearly fifty years ago, Congress directed the IRS to collect donor information from charities that accept tax-deductible contributions. That statutory requirement applies to the majority of tax-exempt organizations, known as section 501(c)(3) organizations, receiving contributions that can be claimed by donors as charitable deductions. This policy provided the IRS information that could be used to confirm contributions to those organizations.

By regulation, however, the IRS extended the donor reporting requirement to all other tax-exempt organizations—labor unions and volunteer fire departments, issue-advocacy groups and local chambers of commerce, veterans groups and community service clubs. These groups do not generally receive tax deductible contributions, yet they have been required to list the names and addresses of their donors on Schedule B of their annual returns (Form 990).

“Americans shouldn’t be required to send the IRS information that it doesn’t need to effectively enforce our tax laws, and the IRS simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job in this area,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “It is important to emphasize that this change will in no way limit transparency. The same information about tax-exempt organizations that was previously available to the public will continue to be available, while private taxpayer information will be better protected. The IRS’s new policy for certain tax-exempt organizations will make our tax system simpler and less susceptible to abuse.”

This is very typical of what has happened as the administrative state was allowed to mainline PCP-and-testosterone by a supine Congress and complicit judiciary. A perfectly sensible law that required organizations qualified to receive tax exempt contributions disclose their donors so the IRS could, if needed, cross reference claimed income tax deductions with actual donations received. The IRS, naturally, extended the law by use of the rule making process to all non-profits, even those who don’t qualify as tax deductible. What makes this data collection so meaningless is that the Supreme Court has said that government cannot demand membership lists. This from NAACP vs. Alabama when Alabama demanded the NAACP open its membership list to inspection:

It is hardly a novel perception that compelled disclosure of affiliation with groups engaged in advocacy may constitute as effective a restraint on freedom of association as the forms of governmental action in the cases above were thought likely to produce upon the particular constitutional rights there involved. This Court has recognized the vital relationship between freedom to associate and privacy in one’s associations. When referring to the varied forms of governmental action which might interfere with freedom of assembly, it said in American Communications Ass’n v. Douds, supra, 339 U.S. at page 402, 70 S.Ct. at page 686: ‘A requirement that adherents of particular religious faiths or political parties wear identifying arm-bands, for example, is obviously of this nature.’ Compelled disclosure of membership in an organization engaged in advocacy of particular beliefs is of the same order. Inviolability of privacy in group association may in many circumstances be indispensable to preservation of freedom of association, particularly where a group espouses dissident beliefs. Cf. United States v. Rumely, supra, 345 U.S. at pages 56 58, 73 S.Ct. at pages 550–551 (concurring opinion).

We think that the production order, in the respects here drawn in question, must be regarded as entailing the likelihood of a substantial restraint upon the exercise by petitioner’s members of their right to freedom of association. Petitioner has made an uncontroverted showing that on past occasions revelation of the identity of its rank-and-file members has exposed these members to economic reprisal, loss of employment, threat of physical coercion, and other manifestations of public hostility. Under these circumstances, we think it apparent that compelled disclosure of petitioner’s Alabama membership is likely to affect adversely the ability of petitioner and its members to pursue their collective effort to foster beliefs which they admittedly have the right to advocate, in that it may induce members to withdraw from the Association and dissuade others from joining it because of fear of exposure of their beliefs shown through their associations and of the consequences of this exposure.

It is not sufficient to answer, as the State does here, that whatever repressive effect compulsory disclosure of names of petitioner’s members may have upon participation by Alabama citizens in petitioner’s activities follows not from state action but from private community pressures. The crucial factor is the interplay of governmental and private action, for it is only after the initial exertion of state power represented by the production order that private action takes hold.

Of course, once the State is in possession of the membership list, the membership becomes public.

In March 2012, an unnamed Obama administration employee turned sensitive tax documents from NOM – including its full donor list – over to the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual activist group. The president of HRC, John Solmonese, went on to be a national co-chair of Obama’s 2012 campaign. From there, the documents were printed on The Huffington Post and picked up by numerous mainstream media outlets.

Eventually, the IRS paid NOM $50,000 but the damage done was incalculable. People were fired and donors were frightened off. In short, the IRS information was used to attack an organization based on its goals and to attempt to stigmatize and intimidate its present and future donors.

Kamala Harris used the requirement to disclose donors on income tax returns as a way of attacking Americans for Prosperity.

This is how Mitch McConnell described the action.

In both cases, the government’s action would be inviting harassment and intimidation upon Americans – those whose beliefs were unusual or unpopular. Or, in today’s culture of intimidation, those whose beliefs the left disagrees with. The result is that more speakers stay silent. Fewer Americans choose to exercise their right of free association.

“It’s bad enough to wield government power to chill political speech and invite harassment of citizens – based on what an angry mob might assume their opinions are, based on their private financial records. It’s even more egregious to pursue that nakedly political goal while calling it ‘good government.’ In this country, good government means protecting citizens’ First Amendment rights to participate in the competition of ideas – not trying to shut down that competition. We persuade; we don’t intimidate.

Ask yourself why George W. Bush didn’t do this?

Okay, back to treason and Pearl Harbor and collusion and let the real stuff continue to happen.

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The Biggest Impediment to Better Internet? Local Governments

Thanks to the obscene over-officiousness of the Barack Obama Administration, we have spent much of our time the less decade or so discussing the incredible damage the federal government can do – and was doing – to…everything.

Obama’s outsized over-officiousness – certainly warranted the outsized extra attention.  Because his one-size-fits-none government impositions – left no room for anyone anywhere to breathe.  Let alone actually engage in any sort of commerce.

We are now thankfully enjoying the much-less-federal-government Donald Trump Administration.  Trump has been slashing regulations – including many major impositions imposed by his predecessor.

One such inherited dumbness undone – was Obama’s unilateral power grab of the entirety of the Internet.  Under the guise of the very stupid Network Neutrality, Obama imposed 1934 monopoly landline phone law…upon the World Wide Web.

This made zero technological sense – let alone any sense of the economic variety.  So Trump rightly, reasonably undid it.

As dumb as Net Neutrality is – if you’re going to insist upon its imposition, it should be done at the federal level.  It is, after all, a WORLD Wide Web:

“Where every second of every minute of every hour of every day – trillions of electronic bits are criss-crossing city, municipality, state and international borders….

“Thus, the WORLD Wide Web is clearly a federal government issue.  The Feds determine our nation’s Internet policy.  And then The Feds negotiate Internet interactions with other nations.”

Which means the Constitution’s Commerce Clause kicks in:

“The Commerce Clause is in the Constitution – as a DE-regulatory insertion.  As in…a less government clause.  In keeping with the document’s overarching less government theme.

“The Founding Fathers didn’t want the state governments imposing impediments to commerce between the states.

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Which means things like this should never be done by our nation’s sub-federal governments:

“‘California’s Net Neutrality Bill Is Back and as Tough as Ever’

“‘This will be the most comprehensive and the strongest net neutrality protection in the United States, where we are restoring what we lost when Donald Trump’s FCC obliterated net neutrality,’ (Democrat state Senator Scott) Wiener told reporters….”

“Radical California’s Net Neutrality imposition upon the Internet – is a clear and violent violation of both the letter and the spirit of the Commerce Clause.

“For instance: Next-door-to-California Nevada – is a MUCH less government state.   There is just about no way they will impose anywhere near this level or type of Internet imposition.”

California is therefore quite obviously imposing impediments to commerce between the states.  They should be stopped.

And lost in all of this inter-government shuffle?  The incredible power local governments have over how good – or bad – our Internet will be.

Cities and counties – hold the lifelines of our Internet literally in their grabby, money-grubbing hands.

Local governments control the right-of-ways – which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must use.

Local governments control the poles – to which ISPs must attach.

And for far too long, far too many of these municipalities have abused the living daylight out of this power:

“’Don’t Blame Big Cable. It’s Local Governments That Choke Broadband Competition

“Game of Kickbacks

“Local governments and their public utilities charge ISPs far more (for building rights) than these things actually cost. For example, rights of way and pole attachments fees can double the cost of network construction….

“These (government) incumbents – the real monopolists – also have the final say on whether an ISP can build a network. They determine what hoops an ISP must jump through to get approval.

“This reduces the number of potential competitors who can profitably deploy service.… The lack of competition makes it easier for local governments and utilities to charge more for rights of way and pole attachments.

“It’s a vicious circle…(A) system of forced kickbacks….(also) includ(ing) ISPs…building out service where it isn’t demanded, donating equipment, and delivering free broadband to government buildings.

“How bad does it get?

“Video franchises are the revenue-sharing agreements that cable TV companies sign with local governments in return for the exclusive right to offer video services to customers.

“Get that?  It’s the government creating the monopolies – not the (very un-free) market.”

And we’re on the verge of starting to deploy Fifth Generation wireless – 5G.  The “Internet of Things.”  Which will massively expand the Internet, our economy – and ISPs’ relationships with local governments.

The old cellular towers – were huge monstrosities that took up massive space.  But they threw signals very long distances – which meant you didn’t need to site quite so many.

5G “towers” – are barely bigger than pizza boxes.  But to handle the exponentially increased signal density the 5G Internet of Things will create – you must site a whole lot of these pizza boxes.

The very obvious good news is – they are but a tiny fraction of the pain in the keister the old school towers are.  A crew can attach a pizza box to a pole – in just a couple of hours.  No fuss – no muss.

The bad news is – again, you need to attach a LOT of pizza boxes to a LOT of poles.

And, of course, local governments are looking at this – as a pole-attachment-fee gold mine.  It’s like those old school cartoons: Imagine millions of bureaucrats nationwide – all with dollar signs for eyes.

It is eminently reasonable to say that these 10,000 or so municipalities imposing varying degrees of too-much-government upon the US’s Internet buildout – is also a violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

Because they will be imposing all sorts of impediments to commerce between the states.

Thankfully, the US Congress is trying to address this.  Proffering federal legislation – to streamline these local processes.

Ironically enough – it’s called the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act (S. 3157).

Astonishingly enough – it’s…bipartisan.

Thune, Schatz Introduce Bill to Streamline Small Cell Deployment:

“Sens. John Thune (R., S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Brian Schatz (D., Hawaii), the ranking member of the communications, technology, innovation, and the Internet subcommittee, introduced broad legislation today designed to streamline the deployment of small cells.

“The Streamlining The Rapid Evolution And Modernization of Leading-edge Infrastructure Necessary to Enhance Small Cell Deployment Act (or STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act) (S 3157) would impose deadlines for state and local action on small cell applications and include a ‘deemed granted’ remedy sought by the wireless industry if deadlines were missed. It also would impose restrictions on the fees that states and localities can charge for processing applications or using the rights of way.”

Eminently reasonable reforms.

In fact, those reforms should be passed for every aspect of Internet deployment: Wired, wireless, satellite – whatever.

And also for anything else Commerce-Clause-eligible – subject to these local shakedowns.

The national economy – and thereby your wallet – will be most appreciative.

And oh-so-much better.

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There Is So Much Wrong with the Left’s State-Level Pushes for Net Neutrality

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Ever since the Donald Trump Administration’s Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it was undoing the Barack Obama Administration FCC’s unilateral, Congress-free imposition of 1934 monopoly landline telephone law on to the Internet – under the guise of the very awful Network Neutrality – Leftists have been flexing the crazy they have long since gone.

Trump’s FCC Wants To Kill A Free And Open Internet

Trump’s FCC Bids Farewell to the Internet as We Know It

Trump & Rupert Murdoch Team Up to Kill the Internet

RIP: Freedom of Speech – Trump Administration Kills Internet As We Know It

This Leftist histrionic nonsense has been – Leftist histrionic nonsense.  Aptly documented on a daily basis by FCC chief of staff Matthew Berry.  Who has on his Twitter page – since the Trump FCC rightly and reasonably rolled back the Obama FCC nonsense – been counting the days of…no change whatsoever to the Internet.

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The Internet today – is exactly the same as it has almost always been.  “Almost always” – save for the exception of Obama’s year-long power grab aberration.  The Internet “as we know it” – is what the Trump FCC restored.

The Trump FCC restored the “free and open” Internet that went in twenty years from “What’s that?” – to 1/6th of our $20 trillion economy.  Nothing in the history of humanity has grown bigger, faster and better – than the Net Neutrality-free Internet.

The Internet has always been “free and open.”  Because that’s what customers want – so that’s what Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have given them.

ISPs twenty years ago – when there were far fewer of them from which to choose, and they were in a much stronger position to block content – didn’t block content.

Because ISPs are in the customer service business – and if they don’t service their customers, they will quickly be out of business.

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Today, increased speeds via all delivery modes – wired, wireless, satellite,… – means omni-directional competition for your ISP money.  There is several-orders-of-magnitude less chance of an ISP blocking you today – than there was twenty years ago.  And no ISP blocked you twenty years ago.

And with the looming advent of the wireless Fifth Generation (5G) Internet of Things just a few years away – anyone screeching “Net Neutrality” then…will look even more titanically stupid than they do now.  (Hence the freaked-out urgency to impose Net Neutrality now.)

Leftist states, municipalities and cities have been an anti-Constitution and anti-law thorn in Trump’s side since…the very second Trump finished the oath of office.

Trump’s right and reasonable repeal of Obama’s Internet power grab – afforded them yet another opportunity to exhibit their anti-constitutionalism.

Let us for but a moment – examine the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

The Commerce Clause is in the Constitution – as a DE-regulatory insertion.  As in…a less government clause.  In keeping with the document’s overarching less government theme.

The Founding Fathers didn’t want the state governments imposing impediments to commerce between the states.

The Left – doesn’t like this or…any other part of the Constitution.

California’s Net Neutrality Bill Is Back and as Tough as Ever:

“‘This will be the most comprehensive and the strongest net neutrality protection in the United States, where we are restoring what we lost when Donald Trump’s FCC obliterated net neutrality,’ (Democrat state Senator Scott) Wiener told reporters….”

Ummm…it’s a WORLD Wide Web.  Every second of every minute of every hour of every day – trillions of electronic bits are criss-crossing city, municipality, state and international borders.

Thus, the WORLD Wide Web – is, here in the US, clearly a federal government issue.  The Feds determine our nation’s Internet policy.  And then The Feds negotiate Internet interactions with other nations.

California’s Net Neutrality imposition upon the Internet – is a clear and violent violation of both the letter and the spirit of the Commerce Clause.

For instance: Next-door-to-California Nevada – is a MUCH less government state.   There is just about no way they will impose anywhere near this level or type of Internet imposition.

California is therefore violently violating the Commerce Clause.  And in so doing, making ISP lives inconceivably miserable – by having them adhere to dramatically different laws and regulations state-to-state, municipality-to-municipality and city-to-city.

Again, on the WORLD Wide Web.  Where every second of every minute of every hour of every day – trillions of electronic bits are criss-crossing city, municipality, state and international borders.

Think having to adhere to fifty different regulatory regimes – or a hundred, or a thousand – won’t cost ISPs tons of money?  Of course it will.

Which means it will cost ISP customers a ton of money.

Oh wait – that’s us.

ISPs have enough of a nightmare mess with which to deal nation-by-nation.  To have individual US states, municipalities and cities adding exponentially to the regulatory complexity – is titanically stupid.

And a violent violation of the Commerce Clause.

Here’s hoping this is just one of the grounds on which ISPs sue California – and any other state, municipality or city this titanically stupid and grabby.

Lawsuits ISPs are forced to file – to fend off with a legal whip and chair all these grabby governments.

Lawsuits – which cost ISPs tons of money.

Which means it will cost ISP customers tons of money.

Oh wait – that’s us.

Reminding us yet again of the late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan’s timeless wisdom:

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Any more government “help” – and we’ll all be broke.

Oh wait….

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Pay up! IRS now sending tax delinquents’ names for passport denials

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This is actually a good news story, but only if you’re a law-abiding, taxpaying American citizen.

If, however, you’re among more than a third of a million Americans in a tax delinquent category, well, then this is not a good news story.

It seems Congress passed a law three years ago requiring the Internal Revenue Service to cull out Americans who have more than $51,000 in overdue back-tax debts. Then, the IRS sends those names in batches over to the State Department where they file the names to deny those folks new passports or passport renewals

Eventually, they may be cancelling existing valid passports, but not for now, the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports. Nor does the current enforcement action involve delinquent taxpayers who are up-to-date on installment repayment plans.

If you’re a tax delinquent, you probably wouldn’t appreciate such decisive limits on your movements abroad. On the other hand — and here’s where most of us come in — those of us who do pay our taxes and tax debts on time are carrying the burden of the delinquents.

After six months of this action, the IRS hopes to have the entire delinquent list of some 362,000 names over to State by year’s end. As of the end of June, under this threat 220 people had paid off $11.5 million in tax debts to stay off the list and 1,400 others had signed installment payment agreements.

The Department of Health and Human Services already has a similar plan in place against anyone who is more than $2,500 behind in child-support payments.

Right now, IRS mails its warning letter to the taxpayer at the same time as it sends the delinquent’s name to the passport folks.

Tax advocates are hoping to tweak that so the IRS letter provides a 30-day window to pay up before State starts its own delinquent actions. On another other hand, by definition being delinquent, they’ve already had considerable time to settle that obligation.

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The Democrat-Left: Stupid, Insane – and Very, Very Violent

We are in the midst of a seriously, seriously dangerous ramp up by the radical Left.  Not since the 1960s have these people been this riled up, angry – and prone to fits of violence.

The 1960s gave us murderous groups like the Weather Underground (founders of which launched future president Barack Obama’s political career) and the Black Panthers – which marred our existence for years and years.

But there is at least one HUGE difference between then and now.

Then: The comparatively moderate Democrat Party was considered another enemy of the Left – for being comparatively moderate.  Which is why the Left openly assaulted the 1968 Democrat Convention in Chicago.

Now: What were once vices, have now become habits.  The radical Left – owns and operates today’s Democrat Party.

The Democrat National Committee (DNC) – is co-run by a self-avowed Communist (Tom Perez) and a radical anti-Jew Nation of Islam adherent (Keith Ellerson).

In the 2016 Democrat presidential primary, Hillary Clinton was the alleged moderate alternative to Communist Bernie  Sanders.  But when both were in the Senate – her voting record was but 0.1% less Left than his.  Oh – and there were five Senators more Left than the both of them.

The Left just eradicated one of the last non-completely-insane of the Democrat Party’s members.  Ten-term NY Congressional incumbent Joseph Crowley – in DC leadership and oft mentioned as an heir to radical Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – just lost a primary to yet another avowed Communist…this one an already-proven-liar named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In short – the radical Left-Democrat Party merger…is nigh complete and total.

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Which is why about the latest iterations of Leftist violent gangs – Occupy Wall Street (with their rape tents) and now the incredibly violent Antifa – seldom is heard a discouraging word from Democrats.  (In no small part because the media steadfastly refuse to ask for any.)

Antifa – incredibly violent?  Absolutely.  Just this weekend in Portland, Oregon – they openly and repeatedly attacked real Americans with clubs, steel pipes and tear gas.  They have been openly and repeatedly attacking real Americans since their inception.

Have you this morning been hearing from the media about Antifa’s Portland mass violence?  Well, sort of.  You’ve been told it was a pox-on-both-houses “riot” – which does not remotely resemble what actually happened.

It’s also more than likely you’ve been yet again reminded that two years ago then-presidential candidate Donald Trump joked once about carrying protesters out of his rally.  Protestors – who were paid by the Left to go there and start fights.

The Left’s attacks…are hitting DC too.  Just over a year ago, a Bernie Sanders volunteer showed up at a Congressional Republican baseball practice and started shooting.  Many people were wounded – Congressman Steve Scalise nearly died.

No relatively obscure non-Leftist bureaucrat – in a relatively obscure government agency – is safe.

Man Arrested for Death Threats to FCC Chairman’s Family Over Net Neutrality in U.S.:

“(Markara) Man, a resident of Norwalk in California, was arrested after the FBI traced a series of threatening emails to his home, the Department of Justice said. Man allegedly sent three emails to (Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit) Pai’s email accounts on or about Dec. 19 and 20, 2017, according to the court documents.

“While the first email accused Pai of being responsible for a child who had allegedly committed suicide because of the repeal of net neutrality regulations, the second email listed three locations in or around Arlington, where the family of the Indian-origin official lives.

“The third email did not contain any message, and instead included an image depicting Pai and, in the foreground and slightly out of focus, a framed photograph of him and his family, the Justice Department statement said.

“Man admitted to the FBI in May that he had sent the email threatening Pai’s family because he was ‘angry’ about the repeal of the net neutrality regulations and wanted to ‘scare’ him.

“One of the emails said, ‘I will find your children and I will kill them,’ according to an FBI affidavit.…”

Is this the first time the Left has attempted to intimidate Pai by intimidating his family?  Heavens no.

‘Net Neutrality’ Activists Taking Photos of the Inside of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Home:

“Pai…(said) protesters from the far-left group Popular Resistance have been passing out flyers with a picture of his face on his neighbors’ front doors. They read: ‘Have you seen this man?’; they also state Pai’s age, height and weight and explain that he is ‘trying to destroy net neutrality.’

“Pai said the protesters are also violating the privacy of his own home. They ‘come up to our front windows and take photographs of the inside of the house. My kids are 5 and 3. It’s not pleasant…’”

All of that…is not obnoxious at all.

All in an effort to protect this particular advancement of Leftism – the most failed ideology in the history of humanity.

No one with an IQ above nine on a warm day – thinks having government lord over the 1/6th of the economy that is the Internet – isn’t anything other than a terrible idea.

And here we have a coterie of Leftist mental titans – in defense of this stupidity – threatening Pai and his family.

Oh: And please spare me the false equivalencies.

Poll: 59% Believe the Left Will Resort to Violence

The other 41% either aren’t paying attention – or were wielding clubs and pipes in Portland over the weekend.

A reverse poll’s result – about the Right resorting to violence – would be smaller than this poll’s margin of error.

People trying to say there is parity between Leftist and Rightist violence and obnoxiousness – sound like people trying to claim there is parity between Islamist and Christian violence and obnoxiousness.  These claimants sound…very stupid.

The examples of Leftist violence – are endless, and go back more than a century.  And speaking of a hundred-plus years….

The current year is 2018.  Not 1918 – 2018.  How on Earth is Leftism still considered a viable…anything?

Were it 1918…I could understand the Leftists’ naïveté, if only a very little.  But only a very little.

Because Leftism tries to ignore wholly human nature – and “fix” it…by rooting it out of humans.

Humans…are self-interested.  Leftism – tries to pretend we’re not.  And when you act human – i.e. self-interested – Leftists get violent.  You get beaten, or murdered – or sent to re-education camps to be made un-human.

Leftism is like shouting at Shaquille O’Neal: “Be short!”  It’s just so very, very stupid – because it is wholly impossible.

But in 1918, at least a little Leftist naïveté was understandable.  Because Karl Marx’s Manifesto – was only then being first put into practice.  1917 was the Communist revolution in Mother Russia.

But…it’s 2018.  We have a century at which to look back – and see how Leftism did.  Hint: Not particularly well.

Let’s start with the murders.  Leftism spent the last century murdering more than 100 million people.  One would think that alone would disqualify Leftism going forward – but one would be most unfortunately incorrect.

Then there is the massive, life-destroying poverty Leftism has imposed upon people the world over.  For a modern day example – because unfortunately there are still several – See: Venezuela.

How obvious is Reality – to those willing to see?  1980s Soviet Premier Boris Yeltsin visited a routine American grocery store – and was blown away:

“Yeltsin, then 58, ‘roamed the aisles of Randall’s nodding his head in amazement’….He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, ‘there would be a revolution.’”

Get that?  Yeltsin ran the Soviet Union – in the 1980s – and he didn’t know of the routine abundance Americans enjoy.

Yeltsin’s simple shopping trip – actually cured him of his Leftism:

“In Yeltsin’s autobiography, he wrote about the experience at Randall’s, which shattered his view of communism….

“Two years later, he left the Communist Party and began making reforms to turn the economic tide in Russia….

“‘When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people,’ Yeltsin wrote. “That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.’”

Indeed it is “terrible to think of it.”

But we have here in America millions of Leftists – and an entire political Party – dedicated to imposing such “a state of poverty” upon us.

And they are willing and eager to commit countless mass actions of violence – to ensure that this mass misery comes to pass.

I know – I don’t get it either.

Because it is so insanely stupid.

Democrats Are in Danger of Going Too Far Left for 2018

Sorry – you are way, way, WAY late to that Party.

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Taxation w/o Representation. Interstate Commerce Usurpation. Murdered Federalism. Internet Sales Tax

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The Supreme Court last week issued a really ridiculous and awful ruling.  In blatant violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause and its protections of federalism – and of the “Taxation without representation” foundational rally cry of the American Revolution that preceded it.

First – the Constitution violation.  Behold Article I, Section 8, Clause 3:

“[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”

This has come to be known as the (Interstate) Commerce Clause.  The Commerce Clause was a very good idea:

“For the first century of our history, the primary use of the Clause was to preclude the kind of discriminatory state legislation that had once been permissible.”

The Commerce Clause was crafted mainly for two reasons: To prevent individual states from printing their own currency – and thereby mucking up and confusing the federal note.

And to prevent individual states from imposing government impediments to commerce between the states (interstate commerce).  We didn’t, for instance, want Tennessee tariffing – or imposing limits on – goods from Kentucky.

But as the above excerpt notes – the Feds only properly adhered to the Commerce Clause…for so long.  They then began to warp the it beyond all reason – to time and again justify federal government usurpation of powers that the Constitution expressly left to the states (and the people).

The Commerce Clause is by now one of the most abused-to-expand-federal-government portions of the document:

“Congress ‘ushered in a new era of federal regulation under the commerce power,’ beginning with the enactment of the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887 and the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1890.”

The Feds have only accelerated their power grabs in the one-hundred-and-thirty-years since.

What was intended by the Founders as yet another government-limiting Constitutional addition – has been warped into an open-ended excuse to grow government wherever and whenever the bureaucrats wish.

Now the Supreme Court has gotten really creative with its grow-government agenda.  The Court has ignored the clear intent of the Commerce Clause – prohibiting states from imposing government impediments upon interstate commerce.

And by so doing – allowed for the endless growth of more than 2,100 state and local governments throughout the nation.  And in the process – crushed the concept of federalism.

Behold taxation without representation – on stilts.  Behold the end of federalism.  Behold – the Internet sales tax.

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Supreme Court Ruling Supports Internet Sales Tax

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy yet again reminded us – he is one of President Ronald Reagan’s greatest and longest-lasting errors:

“‘In effect, Quill has come to serve as a judicially created tax shelter for businesses that decide to limit their physical presence and still sell their goods and services to a state’s consumers – something that has become easier and more prevalent as technology has advanced,’ Kennedy wrote.  ‘Worse still, the rule produces an incentive to avoid physical presence in multiple states.”

Yes – you clown in a gown.  That is the entirety of the point of federalism.  One of your Court predecessors understood it:

“‘Laboratories of democracy’ is a phrase popularized by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann to describe how a ‘state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.’  Brandeis was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939.”

Get that?  If one state wanted to do something stupid, the rest of the nation wouldn’t suffer.  If one state insisted on continuing to do stupid things – its citizens were free to move to the rest of the inoculated nation.

To wit:

Californians Fed Up with Housing Costs and Taxes Are Fleeing State in Big Numbers

What Kennedy and his fellow clowns in gowns just did – was slam shut Americans’ escape hatches from huge government states.  They not only declared federalism dead – they murdered it.

You can be a businessman – who wisely, reasonably established their business in a less government state like…say, Florida.

You chose Florida – because it has all the California weather and beaches – without California’s obnoxious over-government.

Because rather than establishing your business in California – and then joining the mass exodus out of California – you wisely figured you’d skip the intervening steps.

With the miracle that is the Internet – you are now able to sell your Florida-made widgets all around the nation (and the world).  Citizens anywhere in America – are just a couple of mouse clicks away from purchasing your Sunshine State goodies.

And because you wisely located outside the Golden State – you were beyond the sticky clutches of the very many tentacles of the state’s very greedy government.

Until now.

Supreme Court: Online Shoppers Can Be Forced to Pay Sales Tax, Even when Retailer Doesn’t Have Physical Presence in Same State

Now to get beyond the reach of huge government states like California, Americans will have to leave…America.

This Court ruling turns the Commerce Clause completely upside down and inside out.

And completely eviscerates the Founders’ favoring of federalism.

By subjecting the American people to the now-boundless reach of 2,100+ different state and local governments.

Because – oh, yes – counties and municipalities can now sales tax you too.

All imposed upon people who can do nothing to change the policies of the governments doing the taxing – because they don’t live there, and can not vote there.

Taxation without representation – on stilts.

Oh: And, of course, this was judicial clowns in gowns – pretending yet again to be legislators (yet another ongoing DC anti-Constitutional problem).

As Chief Justice John Roberts rightly noted in dissent:

“E-commerce has grown into a significant and vibrant part of our national economy against the backdrop of established rules, including the physical-presence rule,’ Roberts wrote.

“‘Any alteration to those rules with the potential to disrupt the development of such a critical segment of the economy should be undertaken by Congress. The Court should not act on this important question of current economic policy….’”

Congress must now pass legislation – to clean up this omni-directional clowns-in-gowns-made-mess.

To restore a bit of federalism and the Commerce Clause.

And reassert the notion that if we must be taxed – we should at least have some representation in the matter.

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John McCain’s Staff Director Urged Lois Lerner to Use the IRS to Punish Tea Party Groups and Where Is He Now?

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After the Democrats got their clock cleaned in 2010, they and their progressive allies turned to the tried and true Obama era method of using law enforcement authority to pursue political goals. Eventually, the IRS admitted it had target conservative groups improperly and this resulted in the resignation and contempt of Congress citation for Lois Lerner, earlier this year, a multi-million dollar settlement to the targeted groups. Now, thanks to the indefatigable Judicial Watch, we know there was another player involved: the sainted John McCain. At an April 30, 2013 meeting, John McCain’s staff director and counsel, Henry Kerner, was at a meeting with Lois Lerner where the subject was how to rein in 501(c)4 groups who were, in the view to the group, primarily political.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

You can read the meeting summary here.

What is notable in this is that it is Lois Lerner assuring McCain’s staffer that systems are in place to police the system, but McCain’s guy doesn’t think they are working fast enough.

This is not the first time that McCain has been accused of having a hand in the IRS crackdown of conservative groups and the reason the story was plausible is because McCain’s contempt for conservative grassroots groups and his love of incumbent protection schemes of all types was pretty well known. In April 2015, as more and more details of the IRS abuse were becoming known. Judicial Watch issued a press release saying that McCain was working with Michigan Senator Carl Levin to limit the impact of the Citizens United case. McCain denied the allegation

“Like so many Americans, I was shocked and appalled by revelations that the IRS inappropriately singled out conservative groups for scrutiny, and that our tax system was used to target political opponents.

“As Ranking Member of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, I devoted significant time and resources to help get to the bottom of this disturbing abuse of power by the IRS. Any article suggesting otherwise is simply wrong, and ignores the facts of my actions over the last several years.”

Ironically, McCain cites the same meeting where his staff director suggested using audits as a way of driving these small nonprofits out of existence as proof that he was on the ball on IRS abuse and uses it as a way to slam Lois Lerner.

This brings us to Henry Kerner. He now heads the Office of Special Counsel, that is the office charged with overseeing the protection of whistleblowers, the enforcement of the Hatch Act, and the integrity of the federal personnel system. He got that job because President Trump nominated him.

In fairness, the President has the authority to directly appoint around 3,000 federal employees. Most of them he doesn’t know and couldn’t pick out of a two-man line-up. But is the cupboard really so bare that we have to rely on McCain staffers, particularly one that now looks damned complicit in the targeting of conservative nonprofits, to fill those jobs.

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IRS is Mining Taxpayer Data on Social Media-

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IRS is mining Taxpayer Data on Social Media—In potential violation of Federal Privacy Law, the IRS now uses big data analytics to data mine public and commercial data pools (including social media) to create highly detailed profiles on taxpayers. In an article on his TaxProf blog, Pepperdine University School of Law Dean Paul L. Caron argues that the IRS’s data mining activities are a significant threat to privacy. Facebook posts from your vacation, or a purchase of a fancy new car could be attracting views from the federal government. The IRS’s lack of transparency and accountability in data collection may also result in discrimination. Recent reports state that as its staff shrinks, the IRS has turned to mining social media and large data sets in search of taxpayers to audit. Other concerns regarding the IRS’s data mining activities include the potential for political targeting, data breaches and the misuse of such information. Want to learn more? A recent law review article examines the privacy issues resulting from the big data analytics program: Kimberly Houser & Debra Sanders (Washington State), The Use of Big Data Analytics by the IRS: Efficient Solutions or the End of Privacy as We Know It?, 19 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 817 (2017).

 

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