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Top Tax-Writing Republicans Renew Call for DOJ to Investigate Lois Lerner Over IRS Scandal

Two top tax-writing Republicans in the House are calling on the Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into whether former IRS official Lois Lerner unlawfully targeted conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and tax policy subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, noting the Obama administration refused to review the information the committee gathered in its extensive investigation into the matter. According to the congressmen, there is clear evidence Lerner willfully partook in criminal activity during her tenure as the Exempt Organizations division director, yet former President Barak Obama insisted there was “not a smidgeon of corruption” at the agency. “On April 9, 2014, the House Committee on Ways and Means voted to send a letter to the Department of Justice … Read entire article »

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New Turmoil in Middle East Makes Sisi-Trump Ties Even More Important

Given the turmoil of the last few days, it’s fortunate that the presidents of Egypt and the U.S. have begun to reforge the strategic partnership that unraveled under President Barack Obama. The horrific attacks on Christian churches in Egypt, a declaration of emergency rule, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack on innocent civilians have set a tense region further on edge. Bringing a measure of stability back is going to require the two leaders to work together. It’s not surprising that Presidents Donald Trump and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi hit it off without even a round of golf. The two see the world in much the same way. Both believe the Islamist threat from terrorists and subversive political movements is the top menace to regional stability. Both worry that unsettled states such as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Gun Laws, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Trump White House Moves Forward With Plan Government Employee Union Dubs ‘Dangerous’

In six months, the Trump administration plans to produce a plan to shrink the size of government, eliminate programs, and reduce the federal workforce—and is seeking public input on how to proceed. “What it really means is making government more accountable to you, more effective and more efficient,” @OMBPress45 says. The memo from Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney directs federal agencies: As part of their planning efforts, agencies should focus on fundamental scoping questions (i.e. analyzing whether activities should or should not be performed by the agency), and on improvements to existing business processes. Requiring agencies to justify their functions is long overdue, said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. He said the “scoping” should include determining if activities are “nonessential, whether they violate federalism, … Read entire article »

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A Constitutional Amendment That Would Drain the Swamp

Congressional reform begins with stopping Congress from spending us into oblivion—and that begins with a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. To make that happen, I propose using a tool our Founders gave us—the Article V amendment process. Some of the Founders themselves recognized the need for such an amendment. For example, Thomas Jefferson first proposed an amendment in 1798 to keep Congress from borrowing money. Twenty trillion dollars in debt later, we can understand why. On top of that, we need to put more limits on federal power, which can be done with the budget, and term limits on members of Congress. I propose these solutions as someone who has experienced Congress’ business-as-usual corruption firsthand. I know they can work. And I know what won’t work. What won’t work is expecting Congress to fix … Read entire article »

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41% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Forty-one percent (41%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending April 13.    That’s up five points from the previous week. Prior to that, this number had been dropping steadily to new lows for the Trump administration from the mid-40s for the previous four weeks. It ran in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from April 9-13, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Americans Still Won't Trade Deductions for Lower Taxes

Even if it means lower tax rates, Americans still aren’t ready to eliminate tax deductions, but they wouldn’t mind a flat tax rate system. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 13 and 16, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Perfect: Leader of anti-Trump secession effort in California gives up to live in Russia

Perfect: Leader of anti-Trump secession effort in California gives up to live in Russia

**Written by Doug Powers CalExit effort, dasvidaniya! The leader of California secession campaign has decided that he would like to live in Russia permanently, and is therefore abandoning his efforts to make the Golden State its own country. In a lengthy statement Monday, Louis Marinelli, president of the separatist group Yes California, announced he was withdrawing his petition for a referendum on secession. Instead, he plans to apply to be a live permanently in Russia, where he … Read entire article »

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