Unfortunately claiming that such a huge number applied for tax exemption fails to hold up when looking at the dates and the actual number of applications.
There was only a small increase in the number of applications when the IRS implemented this stupid policy. The Washington Post looked at this and said, "while there was an increase in 2010, it was relatively small. The real jump did not come until 2011, long after the targeting of conservative groups had been implemented." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/a-bushel-of-pinocchios-for-irss-lois-lerner/2013/05/19/771687d2-bfdd-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_blog.html
There is no defending the IRS's actions.
Claiming that Benghazi and the DOJ targeting of the press are not scandals is fine. I disagree, but I can at least understand the argument for why some do not consider them scandals.
However, the IRS targeting conservative groups and flagging them for review based only on the fact that their applications contains such thing as "Patriots" or "Tea Party" is indefensible. Had the IRS targeted liberal groups in the same way it would be just as bad. But, the facts show and they have admitted that they only targeted conservative groups and did not flag similar progressive or liberal labels. That is abusing the power of the IRS and every American should be appalled.
501(C)(4)'s should be eliminated and hopefully that will happen as a result of this scandal. But, as long as it is still in the Code then the IRS must enforce the Tax Code impartially.
I agree the 2014 elections will be very important for this country. Hopefully, we can get some people that will make the tough choices and rein in this ever expanding federal government.
You are right, Obama's list of stupid sh!t is far longer than Bush's.
Here's just a few things Obama can hang his hat on:
1. U.S. sovereign debt downgrade: first in American history
2. Federal spending (25% of GDP): highest since World War II
3. Budget deficit (10% of GDP): highest since World War II
4. Federal debt (67% of GDP): highest since just after World War II
5. Employment (58.1% of population working): lowest since 1983
6. Long-term unemployment (45.9% of total): highest since 1930s
7. Increase in nonfarm payroll employment (0.5%) since recovery began 26 months previously: slowest job growth in the 26 months after a severe recession since World War II
8. Home ownership rate (59.7%): lowest since 1965
9. Percentage of taxpayers paying income tax (49%): lowest in modern era
10. Government dependency (47%), defined as the percentage of persons receiving one or more federal benefit payments: highest in American history
Sources: Standard & Poor’s, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Morgan Stanley, Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Census.
Also, who could forget the widespread drone strikes, $825 billion stimulus package that didn't stimulate anything, cash for clunkers, record spending, exploding debt and budget deficits, IRS targeting of opponents, a DOJ that's out of control, demonizing the rich and corporations, least transparent gov't in history, the highest number of prosecutions of whistle-blowers ever in history, an ambassador murdered, the Obamacare train wreck and the list goes on and on.
Carl what has Obama done that has been so different than what Bush did in his time of office. Obama has basically done everything that Bush did and more. So, how exactly was the Republic being taken backward?
I will ask again and this time assume that it has been proven with 100% certainty that man has caused global warming. So we as a country decide to spend trillions of dollars and go 100% green, but what about the rest of the world's pollution? Are we going to start dictating policies to China, India, Russia and any other non-green countries. Should we be willing to go to war with any country that is not green? How can the United States fix global warming if there are plenty of other countries polluting it up.
Obama's response to the most recent scandals to hit his administration: "We aren't corrupt - just incompetent." It is shocking to still find people that want to expand government after what has come out in the news the last few weeks - IRS targeting, State department lies, Military sexual harassment, the HHS secretary's shakedown of the health industry for more money, and the DOJ attacking the AP with super subpoenas.
So if there was no "climate change", then we wouldn't have had any droughts, hurricanes, floods, wildfires ....etc?
Also, lets say we as a country go 100% green, what about the rest of the world's pollution? We going to start dictating policies to China, India, Russia and any other non-green countries. If we reduce our CO2 emissions to zero does climate change end?
I think the suggestions mentioned at the end of this article are a great idea, but I encourage enforcement. You pay for the amount of time you get to park at the meter and if you go over your time then you may get a ticket - Shocking! If you are worried about being 2 or 3 minutes late, then pay an extra dime and pretend like you didn't so you have a few minutes to spare. I mean this stuff isn't rocket science.
Furthermore, I welcome privatization(Whether in state or federal gov't). After this week's news, I don't see how anyone could not be for trying to limit the activities of government. The federal government has gotten way too big and has way too much power - it's past time to rein it in.
"The complex network of 18 food assistance programs emerged piecemeal over the past several decades to meet various needs. Agency officials and local providers told us that the multiple food assistance programs help to increase access to food for vulnerable or target populations. However, the 18 food assistance programs show signs of program overlap, which can create unnecessary work and lead to inefficient use of resources. For example, some of the programs provide comparable benefits to similar target populations. Further, overlapping eligibility requirements create duplicative work for both service providers and applicants." - http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-346
Easy I am only talking about eliminating waste - NOT eliminating the entire program. Is it really cost effective to have 18 food assistance programs? I mean we can't consolidate them down to say 4 or 5 programs.
Homelessness Programs Overlap - http://www.gao.gov/assets/600/590782.pdf
Why are there 8 different agencies in charge of helping the homeless? Why can't there just be 1 agency.
Easy you obviously aren't majoring in business, but come on, is it really that hard to understand that our Government is filled with waste that could be cut without doing any damage to anyone except the politicians.