Friday, June 7, 2013

The IRS Can't Plead Incompetence

Wall St. Journal ^ | June 7, 2013 | Peggy Noonan 

Quickly: Everyone agrees the Internal Revenue Service is, under current governmental structures, the proper agency to determine the legitimacy of applications for tax-exempt status. Everyone agrees the IRS has the duty to scrutinize each request, making sure that the organization meets relevant criteria. Everyone agrees groups requesting tax-exempt status must back up their requests with truthful answers and honest information.
Some ask, "Don't conservatives know they have to be questioned like anyone else?" Yes, they do. Their grievance centers on the fact they have not been. They were targeted, and their rights violated.
The most compelling evidence of that is what happened to the National Organization for Marriage. Its chairman, John Eastman, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, and the tale he told was different from the now-familiar stories of harassment and abuse.
In March 2012, the organization, which argues the case for traditional marriage, found out its confidential tax information had been obtained by the Human Rights Campaign, one of its primary opponents in the marriage debate. The HRC put the leaked information on its website—including the names of NOM donors. NOM not only has the legal right to keep its donors' names private, it has to, because when contributors' names have been revealed in the past they have been harassed, boycotted and threatened. This is a free speech right, one the Supreme Court upheld in 1958 after the state of Alabama tried to compel the NAACP to surrender its membership list.
The NOM did a computer forensic investigation and determined that its leaked IRS information had come from within the IRS itself. If it was leaked by a worker or workers within the IRS it would be a federal crime, with penalties including up to five years in prison.

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Think ObamaCare Is Unpopular Now? Wait Until Next Year

Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/06/2013 | IBD Staff 

Health Reform: Months before ObamaCare takes full effect, its popularity has hit an all-time low. And that's before the public experiences firsthand the many ill effects it will impose on the nation's health care system.
Shortly before Democrats rammed ObamaCare through Congress, President Obama's pollster, Joel Benenson, wrote in the Washington Post that "once reform passes, the tangible benefits Americans will realize will trump the fear-mongering rhetoric opponents are stoking today."
Not quite.

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Boston Red Sox Welcome Gay NBA Player Jason Collins to Toss Out First Pitch [Celebrating Sodomy]

Bleacher Report ^ | 6/6/13 | Gabe Zaldivar 

Jason Collins will get the festivities started for the Boston Red Sox and their fans headed to Fenway Park for "Pride Night."
WEEI (h/t NBC Sports) reports that the former Boston Celtics player, who last played for the Washington Wizards, will toss out the first pitch.
The honor goes to Collins on "Pride Night," which will take place on Thursday in a game against the Texas Rangers. For more information, you can visit the website of Boston Pride, an organization that "produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond."

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Canada Job Growth 500% Higher Than U.S. in May

Pundit Press ^ | 6/7/2013 | Matthew 

While the administration and media are trying their best to declare May's mediocre job report a success, there is word up north that conservative principles at work can create jobs. This month, the United States created 175,000 jobs and its unemployment rate increased to 7.6%. While the initial number may seem at least somewhat impressive, it really only keeps up with natural population growth.
Meanwhile, on the other side of our northern border, Stephen Harper's Conservative government is providing results lacking in the states.
Canada has just over 10% of the population of the United States and economists were predicting a mild 15,000 jobs created last month.

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This Is Exactly What Governor Palin Meant

Conservatives4Palin ^ | June 6, 2013 | Adrienne Ross 

Dan Calabrese is yet another to highlight that Governor Palin foretold of “death panels,” for which she was mercilessly criticized. The truth is, unfortunately, that she was right–again. As she pointed out Tuesday on Facebook:
And they called us liars when we spoke of “death panels” – faceless bureaucrats coming between you and your doctor to make life and death decisions about a loved one’s survival. It doesn’t sound so far fetched anymore, does it?
Via Cain TV, Calabrese writes (emphasis added):
Not that she’ll get credit for it, but when Sarah Palin warned of “death panels” resulting from the constructs of ObamaCare, this is exactly what she meant: Someone needs something or they’re going to die, and some government bureaucrat who values the systemic ramifications of the matter above all else, gets to decide what will happen.
In this case, DHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made her decision: She would not intervene to save the life of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, a cystic fibrosis patient from Pennsylvania. Sarah is, as I write this, weeks away from death if she doesn’t get a lung transplant. That, you’d think, would serve as a call to action for anyone who might be able to make the transplant happen. But not Kathleen Sebelius, because adults are also waiting for lungs, and the rules say no one under 12 can be prioritized over adults.
Sebelius claimed rules are rules and she had no authority to intervene, despite a letter from several members of Congress asserting that she absolutely does (including two from Pennsylvania). Sebelius did trouble herself to “order a policy review,” but she refused to take action to save Sarah’s life.
Fortunately, District Court Judge Michael Baylson issued a restraining order prohibiting Sebelius from applying the policy that will block Sarah from getting the lung transplant.
Lungs are available. A 10-year-old girl needs one or she will die. But a government policy says she can’t have one and no one will do anything to set aside or get around the policy so a 10-year-old girl will not die. Or at least no one would until Judge Baylson came along, thank God.
This is the death panel. It is exactly what Palin was talking about. It is not a group of hooded men sitting atop a raised dias, informing unfortunate souls, “You have been selected for death,” but it has the exact same effect. The government makes rules to govern the allocation of resources in health care, and the rules leave no room for flexibility when a person’s life is on the line and common sense argues that flexibility is absolutely necessary. Only the intervention of this judge, assuming it is allowed to stand, can save this young girl’s life – because government has no idea how to stop tripping over its own policies.
By the way, about Sebelius’s claim that she couldn’t act because she lacks the authority. Two things about that: 1. She doesn’t have the authority to shake down the health care industry for money to pay for ObamaCare implementation either, but that’s not stopping her. 2. People who believe it is important to make something happen find a way. They make phone calls. They knock on doors. They call in favors. They get done what needs to get done. People who don’t really want to help claim they don’t have the authority and leave it at that.
We know what Kathleen Sebelius’s priorities are. What a despicable woman. Oh, by the way, I don’t remember her boss issuing any directive to find a way to help either. Palin has been right about a lot of things.
Read Dan Calabrese’s full article here.