Congressman Jim Bridenstine Demands Answers on IRS Harassment Scandal

16 05 2013
Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) stands with Rep. Paul Broun (GA), Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), and others listening to Jenny Beth Martin, founder of Tea Party Patriots, at a news conference today at the Capitol.  Martin said, “Government agents have used the IRS as a weapon to silence speech, harass innocent Americans, and perhaps sway elections.”

Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) stands with Rep. Paul Broun (GA), Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), and others listening to Jenny Beth Martin, founder of Tea Party Patriots, at a news conference today at the Capitol. Martin said, “Government agents have used the IRS as a weapon to silence speech, harass innocent Americans, and perhaps sway elections.”

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Bridenstine is taking a leadership role in pursuing the truth behind IRS targeting of conservative organizations during the 2012 election cycle.

Mr. Bridenstine drafted a letter on Friday to be sent to Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, who has ultimate authority over the IRS, seeking further information on this matter.  The letter has been co-signed by over 100 Members of Congress.

Bridenstine joined Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN) in a press conference at the Capitol today to denounce IRS harassment of conservative organizations.  Also participating were Senators Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (UT), Rand Paul (KY) and Mitch McConnell (KY), several other Members of Congress, and representatives of targeted organizations: Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots; Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express; Jordan Sekulow, American Center for Law & Justice; Todd Cefaratti, TheTeaParty.Net; Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks; Niger Innis, TheTeaParty.Net; Diane Belson, Laurens County Tea Party; and Tom Zawistowski, Ohio Liberty Coalition.

On Friday, May 10th, the Associated Press published a disturbing report in which officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted that they singled out conservative political organizations claiming tax exempt status for additional scrutiny and investigation.

Ms. Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax exempt groups, admitted that at least 75 organizations were singled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax exempt status.  While she acknowledged that actions were clearly violations of IRS policies, she laid the blame on “low-level workers” in the Cincinnati IRS office.  She failed to clarify at the time that Cincinnati is not a minor regional office but rather the IRS national office that handles all tax exempt organizations.

Ms. Lerner’s statements directly contradicted the testimony of then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman during a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee in March 2012.  At the time, Mr. Shulman stated unequivocally that “there is absolutely no targeting” and that “this is the kind of back and forth that happens to people” who apply for tax exempt status.  In a reversal, on Wednesday the Administration demanded the resignation of Steven Miller, the current Acting Director of the IRS.

The inappropriate and intimidating investigation tactics included probing questions about organizations’ board members, officers, employees, and their families.  There were also demands for extraordinary detail on employee training, vending, and advertising.  Among other IRS demands, they required lists of “all issues important to your organization” with requests to “indicate your position regarding each issue.”  Tea Party organizations reported requests for complete lists of all the books their staffs had read in the prior 12 months with book reports on each.

Congressman Bridenstine said, “The resignation of Steven Miller does not relieve this Administration from its culpability for creating a political culture that generates harassment and abuse of power by institutions that should be apolitical.”

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‘Armed and Dangerous’: Beck’s Latest Revelations on Saudi National Once Considered ‘Person of Interest’ in Boston Bombings

24 04 2013

Apr. 24, 2013 11:04am Erica Ritz

For the past week, Glenn Beck has been investigating a Saudi national once identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing.  The story has taken a number of alarming twists and turns, but on his radio program Wednesday, Beck released some of the most interesting information yet.

But first, here are a few background points on how the case developed:

  • A Saudi national originally identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing was set to be deported under section 212, 3B — “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities” after the bombing
  • TheBlaze received word that the government may not deport the Saudi national — identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi — as the story gained traction last week
  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer questions on the subject by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on Capitol Hill, saying the inquiry was “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”
  • An ICE official said a different Saudi national is in custody, but that he is “in no way” connected to the bombings.
  • Key congressmen of the Committee on Homeland Security request a classified briefing with Napolitano
  • New info provided to TheBlaze reveals Alharbi’s file was altered early Wednesday evening to disassociate him from the initial charges
  • Sources say the Saudi’s student visa specifically allows him to go to school in Findlay, Ohio, though he appears to have an apartment in Boston, Massachusetts
  • TheBlaze sources reveal Alharbi was put on a terror watchlist after the bombing, and Napolitano confirms he was on a “watchlist” Tuesday.
A photo allegedly of Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi in the hospital.

A photo allegedly of Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi in the hospital.

On his radio program, Beck began with an overview of how the case unfolded, noting that Alharbi has rapidly gone from “person of interest, to witness, to victim, to nobody.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano even said yesterday that Alharbi was just “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and was “never a subject,” after ridiculing inquiries into the matter last week.

But Wednesday, Beck presented new information after a Blaze source directly read the original event file, and multiple government sources with knowledge of the case and files contributed their knowledge.

Napolitano could serve “jail time for perjury,” Beck declared, and she will be “the first to fall.”

Read more from original article at TheBlaze.com

 





Dr. Coburn Offers Amendment to Replace Manchin-Toomey

17 04 2013
Senator Tom Coburn

Senator Tom Coburn

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding his amendment #727 to replace the Manchin-Toomey amendment:

“Under my approach gun owners are treated as part of the solution rather than part of the problem.  Instead of harassing gun owners with new taxes and other burdens, my bill gives law-abiding citizens the tools they need to make sure they aren’t going to transfer a firearm to someone who will be a threat to themselves or others.  For example, under my plan the process of confirming a buyer is not on the NICS list of prohibited buyers – the ‘do not buy list’ – will be as simple as using a smart phone app or printing a boarding pass from your home computer.”

“The Manchin-Toomey amendment is an unworkable plan that is almost certain to fail even if it passes.  The American people don’t have to settle for failure and more finger-pointing and posturing from career politicians in Washington.  My plan has the best chance of making it to the president’s desk.  If the Senate is serious about solving this problem, this solution is within their reach.

“Finally, every citizen should be rightfully concerned when Washington legislates in areas where the Constitution explicitly limits government intrusion, and they should hold their representatives accountable when guaranteed rights are infringed upon.  Yet, the fact that my plan won’t be popular with special interest groups on either side, who tend to represent themselves rather than gun owners or the American people, is a sign of its strength.

“Groups on the left have prioritized record-keeping over safety while groups on the right are helping arm illegal aliens and criminals with their incoherent opposition to any solution that closes gaps in the law.  I’m not intimidated by these groups, and neither should any elected official who is a Constitutional officer of the people.  Unlike professional lobbyists and fundraisers, I have not just talked about Second Amendment rights, I have expanded them.  If special interest groups want to defend a system that arms illegal aliens, pedophiles, spousal abusers, drug dealers, felons, mentally-dangerous persons and others on the ‘do not buy list,’ they are welcome to make that case with their members.”

Key provisions and principles of the Coburn amendment:

·         Instead of rerouting all commerce through federally designated person that will charge a $30-$50 fee that creates  a new de facto tax on guns, the Coburn amendment would allow the consumer portal and concealed carry permits to be used for verification, protecting law abiding gun owners’ freedom to easily and safely transfer firearms.

·         Respects the 10th amendment by giving states the ability to take primacy of enforcement, implement flexible solutions, and create certain exemptions.

·         Reaffirms the federal policy that there will not be a federal firearms registry, and places strict penalties for violation of this policy.

·         Improves reporting of mental health records by states to the NICS system.

·         Provides proper due process for veterans to prevent them from being unfairly deprived of their Second Amendment Rights.

·         Includes a five-year sunset provision that will force Congress to evaluate the effectiveness of the consumer portal.

Additional background is here.

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Corrupt Media Continues to Cover Up Obama’s Solyndra Disaster

10 09 2012

On May 26, 2011, the White House posted this video praising Solyndra as a Recovery Act success story.

http://youtu.be/0lVKTmLMV_M

In August 2011, Barack Obama’s gleaming example of green technology – Solyndra – filed for bankruptcy. The solar panel manufacturer squandered $535 million of stimulus money in a little over a year.

Why Solyndra?
Top Obama bundler George Kaiser made multiple visits to the White House in the months before the company was granted a $535 million loan from the government. And top Solyndra officials also made numerous visits — 20 — to the White House, according to logs and reporting by The Daily Caller. Solyndra officials in the logs included chairman and founder Christian Gronet and board members Thomas Baruch and David Prend. The company secured the $535 million loan despite the fact that it was widely known Solyndra was in deep economic trouble and had negative cash flows since its inception.

Kaiser said he did not use political influence or talk to administration officials about a massive government loan to Solyndra. However, the Solyndra investor made multiple visits to the White House in the week before the Department of Energy approved a $535 million guaranteed loan to Solyndra on March 20, 2009

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But, Barack Obama had no regrets.

In fact, Barack Obama was so impressed with the failed solar company that the administration wanted to give it another $469 million on top of the $535 million to make it an even billion dollars in taxpayer cash.

It was also discovered that Solyndra decisions were infused with politics at every level.

But if you thought this major disaster would interest the liberal media you would be wrong.
Only FOX News has given this story the coverage it deserves. The other media outlets mostly ignored the story.20120910-105136.jpg

Thanks to Media Matters for the chart.

Last Thursday marked the one year anniversary of Solyndra’s collapse. It happened to land on the same day as Obama’s DNC speech.
Not one media outlet carried the story.

Credit for story Gateway Pundit.





Judge Rules: Family’s $80 Million Gold Coin Collection Belongs to the Government…

9 09 2012

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10 rare gold coins worth roughly $80 million has been ruled on and belong to the U.S. government, not the family that possessed them, said a judge, according to ABC News.

Joan Langbord and her family, in 2003 opened a safety deposit box that belonged to Langbord’s father, Philadelphia coin dealer Israel Switt, they found a valuable coin collection. When they asked the Philadelphia Mint to authenticate the collection, the coins were then seized without compensation and taken to Fort Knox.

The 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle is “one of the most sought-after rarities in history,” according to Courthouse News. Originally valued at $20 each, one owned by King Farouk of Egypt reportedly sold for as much as $7.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction in 2002.

This gold is not stolen gold, or robbed from a bank…. The government said “Hey our bank buddies are failing so we need all the people who own gold to sell it to us at a % of what its really worth”

This should be an eye opener for anyone “Investing” in gold. This is not the first time the government has stolen gold from its people in our nations history and it wont be the last.

The federal government keeps pushing and pushing by violating the Constitution, and by making up laws as they go along. If there coins were stolen from the government, fine, but I seriously doubt that’s the case.

The Langbords unsuccessfully sued the government in 2011, alleging that the coins are rightfully theirs, and now they have lost the appeal.

Jacqueline Romero, assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, explained that the coins legally belonged to the government after Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered citizens to exchange their gold for cash in an effort to keep the banks afloat during the Great Depression.

“Those coins were all in a vault and were supposed to be melted,” she asserted.

Apparently the government ‘meticulously’ tracked the paper-work, and I imagine they meticulously track it about as well as they do veteran’s military records when they say a fire destroyed a building that had your records in it.

When we are careening toward bankruptcy any asset the Feds can lay there hands on is fair game! We are also in the era of multimillion dollar fines. Just a little redistribution of wealth! After all why should anyone have an 80 million dollar asset?

The family maintains that in another seizure of the valuable coin, the government split the proceeds with the original owner after it sold for $7.59 million in 2002, and that the coins escaped the Mint legitimately through a “window of opportunity” between March 15 and April 5, 1933, the Huffington Post relates.

However, U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis Jr. wrote in his decision: “The Mint meticulously tracked the ‘33 Double Eagles, and the records show that no such transaction occurred…What’s more, this absence of a paper trail speaks to criminal intent. If whoever took or exchanged the coins thought he was doing no wrong, we would expect to see some sort of documentation reflecting the transaction, especially considering how carefully and methodically the Mint accounted for the ‘33 Double Eagles.”

“Nobody witnessed the disappearance of the 10 coins, but the jury could – and did – properly infer criminal intent,” Davis added.

Barry Berke, the family’s attorney, concluded for ABCNews.com: “This is a case that raises many novel legal questions, including the limits on the government’s power to confiscate property.”

These government leaches could have gotten taxes on the proceeds when these coins were sold .. but that isn’t enough for them — they don’t want a cut of what you have … THEY WANT IT ALL!

And it all started with an unconstitutional executive order by FDR that was never challenged.

The judge enforced an unconstitutional and unjust law. We all know what the GOV will do with the money anyway–SPEND IT! Anyone think they‘ll invest it somehow for America’s good or even use it to help pay of some of the DEBT it has incurred?!?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/judge-familys-80-million-gold-coin-…

Government theft at its best! We do live under tyranny apparently.

The moral of the story. Never, never, never tell the government anything.