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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Thanks, IRS

 

Nice news from the IRS yesterday. About two months ago we received a letter about our 2017 taxes. Dear Mr. and Mrs E, we think you owe us about $7,000.

Turns out they were right that I missed reporting the cost basis for a mutual fund that we sold. But I wrote them back explaining that the mistake actually caused us to overstate our gain, so we didn’t think any additional tax would be owed. I was hoping they would just let it slide.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that tax refunds are now slightly outpacing the amounts issued last year by the IRS. They also examine the record of the latest Democrat to run for president – former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper – and whether he has any path […]

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For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, my guest was Rich Higgins. Higgins, an expert in unconventional warfare and combatting terrorism with over 20 years experience at senior levels of the Defense Department, and early supporter of President Trump, served as director for strategic planning in President Trump’s National Security Council (NSC). More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Catherine Englebrecht: IRS’ Apologies, Trump’s DOJ, Voter Fraud, and Will Elijah Cummings Serve Time?

 

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Catherine Engelbrecht is the founder and President of True the Vote, a conservative non-profit that monitors voter fraud. Catherine has shined a light on the IRS’s abuse of conservative organizations. Catherine can be found at TrueTheVote.org and on Twitter at @TrueTheVote.

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I was talking with Papa Toad about whether or not we should save a particular receipt when the thought popped into my head that if Mrs. Clinton had won the presidency, all of us Ricochetti could expect audits some time in the next four years… More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. IRS Ignoring Obamacare Mandate, Flynn & the ‘Deep State,’ Kid Rock for Senate?

 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the IRS reportedly ignoring whether taxpayers failed to purchase health insurance in 2016. They also discuss the latest revelations surrounding Mike Flynn and the leaking to the media by career national security personnel. And they discuss the early speculation that Kid Rock may be recruited to run for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

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IRS ScandalIt has been obvious to anyone who has paid attention that the Obama administration made use of the Internal Revenue Service to confine and paralyze the Tea Party movement by denying many of the organizations that grew up after 2009 the tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status they sought or by delaying until after the 2010, the 2012, and, in some cases, the 2014 elections a decision on their applications. Back in May 2013, the Inspector General for the Department of the Treasury issued a report, revealing that, starting in 2010, the IRS had singled out groups with words such as “patriot” and “Tea Party” in their titles for intensive scrutiny and that at that time they “began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status (e.g., lists of past and future donors).”

With Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, and their minions in control of the Department of Justice, there was never any chance that there would be a full-scale investigation of these shenanigans and the lodging of criminal charges, and John Koskinen, who took over the agency at the end of 2013, has dragged his feet at every turn, vociferously denying that anything partisan in nature was done.

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There are good reasons for letting Hillary Clinton retire quietly to Chappaqua, and the Huma Abedins and Lois Lerners slither back to their abodes, without pursuit for their crimes:  1) The electorate has already administered a sort of rough justice to Hillary and her coterie More

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In a new ruling, a federal judge slammed the IRS for continuing to hold up 501(c)(3) applications of TEA Party groups. Here it is from PJMedia: After the IRS admitted it was maltreating the groups in 2013, the agency began to process most of the applications — but some of the groups sued, and the […]

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sen warrenSen. Elizabeth Warren grilled Wells Fargo’s CEO when he appeared before Congress Tuesday. The bank’s head, John Stumpf, came to Washington to answer for Wells Fargo employees who created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts in the past five years. This earned the bank extra fees, of which the customers were unaware, while making Wells Fargo look like a great investment to Wall Street.

Warren thinks that the bank firing the 5,300 employees responsible is just window dressing. “You should resign,” Warren told Stumpf. “You should be criminally investigated.” A video of the exchange captivated struggling Americans angry at the elites who keep getting richer while they’re looking for change in their sofa to keep the lights on.

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We know that tax returns of politically active conservatives are not secure; they are, in fact, occasionally leaked. By the IRS. More than once. And associated confidential filings to the IRS are also leaked when it aids the Liberal Cause. The fact that Trump’s returns have not been leaked suggests to me that the Democrats (and specifically the Obama administration) consider it in […]

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taxfairy“Claire,” I hear you all say, “You spend all of your time raving about Donald Trump making nutball promises to a credulous electorate. Why don’t you ever point out that Ted Cruz’s nutball schemes make no sense, either?”

(Actually, no one has ever said that to me, not even once, but I realized it this morning while I was reviewing last night’s debate transcript, so I figured this was a good opportunity to prove I’m equal-opportunity indignant. I’m against-all-nuts. It just hadn’t occurred to me that one of Cruz’s promises is Trump-level nutty: I was so busy barreling down Trump Tunnelvision Turnpike that I forgot to turn on the Cruz Control.)

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. House GOP Introduces Measure to Impeach IRS Head Koskinen

 
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“Koskinen” is Finnish for “smirking leprechaun.”

Late last week, the “Justice” Department decided that Lois Lerner and the IRS did nothing illegal by targeting Obama’s political opponents with special scrutiny and delays. Today, the House GOP responded as 19 members introduces a measure to impeach current IRS head John Koskinen.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz began the impeachment process against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Tuesday, accusing him of misleading the public and destroying documents that were being sought under a congressional subpoena.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Jeb?

 

Jeb BushI am an admirer of Jeb Bush. He was a first-rate governor in Florida. Unlike Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio, he would not have to learn all that much on the job. He has executive experience. He has dealt with emergencies. He knows where the buck stops, and I am confident that he would handle foreign policy well.

This is no small matter. Foreign-policy competence is the sine qua non for everything else. Defending the national interest is the main reason we have a federal government. Paul, Cruz, Rubio — none of them has ever run anything larger than a medical practice. They would make freshman mistakes, and you and I would pay dearly for their blunders.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Rejoice!? Things Are Bad

 

shutterstock_232343860James of England posits that things are going really well. I replied:

Our government is the Leviathan. It is always expanding its reach, limiting our freedoms . This is not, of course, merely a matter of spending. It is a matter of crushing regulations, seizures of all matter of property without even a nod to due process, ridiculous overreach in attempts to make US regulations apply in every corner of the globe, automatically giving coercive and violent power to bureaucracies that do not need them, and cannot be trusted with those powers. It is a matter of blind obedience to stupid rules without any recourse to common sense. In other words: the Right may win elections. But the bureaucracies are winning the country.

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In his closing statement, Ted Cruz pledged to repeal all of the unconstitutional executive orders signed by Obama, discard the Iran deal, investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood for any crimes they may have committed, order the IRS to “start” (I think he meant stop) persecuting religious freedom and to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. […]

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imageSome members of Congress say that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should resign or be impeached. Under the gentlemanly standards of Marquess of Queensbury rules, a case can be made for that.

But what about Saul Alinsky rules? Why don’t we let him stay in office and make him the face of the Democratic Party? We can even tie him to Hillary: “Clinton’s capital gains tax will make John Koskinen very happy!” To top it off, he’s a middle-aged, white male. And, while we’re at it, why don’t we do something similar with Planned Parenthood?

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Breaking: Our Government Is Incompetent

 

shutterstock_163871150Gee, I’m glad these folks now run our health care:

Chinese hackers breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised.

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With all the bad press on domestic spying and such, there is one way the NSA can redeem itself, perhaps even endear itself in the hearts of the American people: track down the sources of all these annoying robocalls, then turn their names and addresses in to the IRS for thorough audits (all you have do […]

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