I thought every American could recite at least the first two amendments of the constitution.
A whole class of Ohio 4th Graders know more about the constitution than Doug Shulman, the IRS Commissioner who was at the helm when his IRS employees violated several constitutional amendments of United States.
During the House Oversight Committee’s second IRS hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) asked former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman if he knew the first, second and 19th Amendments to the Constitution.
Rep Bentivolio was trying to determine if the IRS required any Constitutional training at all. The answer is clearly a no. No there is absolutely no training at all. And worse yet from the top down everyone in the IRS needs formal constitutional training.
Here is the text of the embarrassing exchange where the former head of the IRS proves he knows nothing about the rights of US citizens.
“Did you study the Constitution?” Bentivolio asked.
“I went to law school,” Shulman responded.
“You went to law school. Did you study the Constitution?”
“I believe I took Constitutional law, but I’m not prepared to take an exam at this time,” Shulman said with a chuckle. “Meaning I’ll answer any of your question but I can’t promise that I’m an expert.”
“Well, you know the First, Second Amendment and one of my favorites, the 19th, right? You know those?” Bentivolio asked.
“Excuse me,” a seemingly confused Shulman responded.
“You know those amendments. The Constitutional amendments,” Bentivolio said matter of factly. “You know the First, you know the Second, and you know the 19th.”
“I don’t necessarily have the Constitution memorized, sir.”
“Okay, well, they’re pretty general in what each one is. Like the First Amendment is the freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment, right?”
“I really can’t recite the Constitution, sir,” Shulman concluded.
I’m appalled! The former head of the IRS may have been involved in the infringement of Tea Party groups’ constitutional rights by not approving their legal right for tax exempt status ! Specifically denying applications on the basis of Tea Party politics may be denying Tea Party groups’ rights of free speech (1st Amendment), the right to bear arms (2nd Amendment) and perhaps even the right to vote on the basis of sex (19th Amendment). (Addl’ Ref: Face of the Tea party is female)
Here we have evidence of repression of Tea Party political groups from the most powerful agency of the executive branch.
The constitution of the United States is law. The IRS is part of the Executive Branch of government. Essentially if the buck stopped with the president, as it did when Truman held office, the president would responsible for failing to have his people uphold the constitution. The president needs to do the right thing. Heads need to roll at the IRS, criminal charges should be considered for those involved.
Instead no one is responsible, no one is held responsible, heck no one even knows the laws they are sworn to uphold! Is it a coincidence that those being denied were political enemies of the Obama administration?
The Marketplace Fairness Act, best known as the Internet Sales Tax would be too burdensome on the small business like mine. Most sales from small internet companies are just a few dollars in lots of different places.
To require sale tax recordkeeping, collection and distribution of sales tax in the thousands of sales and use taxing districts throughout the United States is far too burdensome for all small companies.
It takes hours to complete forms for California alone. How much time is it reasonable to ask the small businessman to spend on collecting taxes? How much business will be lost if there is no economic advantage to doing business with the small businessman?
Many of California’s cities, counties, towns, and communities have special taxing jurisdictions (districts), which impose a transactions (sales) and use tax. These districts increase the tax rate in a particular area by adding the district tax to the combined statewide rate of 7.50%. The rates for these districts range from 0.10% to 1.00% per district. More than one district tax may be in effect in a given location.
As a seller or a consumer, you may be required to report and pay district taxes for your taxable sales and purchases. Source: California Board of Equalization
How complex it it to pay sales tax? In California for example there are 6 pages of ‘special tax rates,’ that every penny of every sales has to be accounted for, collected and then individually accounted for when paying. Any mistakes will be penalized.
Have you ever paid sales tax to California? Every quarter they torture you with the complex long accountability form that takes these 5 pages of rates into account. But its not that easy because there are taxing districts and taxing zones. I don’t know how anyone can figure this stuff out.
Click on the form to the left to download the PDF of the
California District Taxes, Rates and Effective Dates…. Poetry
California isn’t the only state with multiple tax jurisdictions.
It is far less burdensome to place the burden of paying USE TAX rather than requiring companies to collect and pay SALES TAX.
If states want to collect tax, let them collect these taxes directly from it’s citizens. Use taxes are functionally equivalent to sales taxes.
There is no reason to make a federal case out of states sales tax. The feds should stay out. Let each individual state decide what is a fair… tax sales or use or neither. Then the citizens can decide where they want to live or who they want to vote for.
However if congress does decide to go through with the insane legislation, make is fair to the smallest of companies. ” ..if Congress passes online sales tax legislation, we believe small businesses with less than 50 employees or less than $10 million in annual out-of-state sales should be exempt from the burden of collecting sales taxes nationwide.” Ebay President John Donahoe
Before Congress passed the Taft–Hartley Act in 1947, unions and employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) could lawfully agree to a CLOSED shop, in which employees at unionized workplaces MUST be members of the union as a condition of employment.
Before the Taft-Hartley workers who stopped paying UNION DUES could be fired, even if the worker didn’t violate any of the company rules, regulations or policies.
After Taft–Hartley the closed shop was against the law. Bottom Line, Taft-Hartley made it illegal to force a worker to join a union.
HOWEVER, workers in non-right-to-work states can be required to pay union fees. Nonmembers required to pay union fees as a condition of employment have a right under the NLRA to object and obtain a reduction of their compulsory payments so that they do not include union expenses for purposes other than collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment.
Workers in right-to-work states, except on certain federal property, have the right to not join the union and cannot be required to pay dues or an agency fee. This brings up the problem called ‘FAIR SHARE FEES’. unless non-union employees pay fair share fees, they are benefiting from collective bargaining without paying union dues.
In right to work states, collective bargaining services provided to non-union members are being subsidized by paying union members. Non-union workers wouldn’t be paying their FAIR SHARE.
FAIR SHARE….Where have I heard that before? President Obama is being quoted as saying, “Right-to-work law pending in Michigan’s Republican-run legislature don’t have to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics.”
President Obama is being critical of workers AND billionaires alike for not paying their FAIR SHARE. Is President Obama playing ‘fair share’ politic in not allowing EVERYONE the right to work?
Note: Michigan will likely become the 24th right-to-work state as early as tomorrow. Workers there who don’t join the union and won’t pay union fees will not be paying their FAIR SHARE….
Andrea K. Robson
Legacy: anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor, or predecessor.
We have a rich history and legacy handed down by our Founding Fathers. We have the legacy of a Republic, a government of the people, by the people and for the people, a government where the ultimate authority resides with the people.
I wonder, what our Founding Fathers would think about the current state of the Republic. What would they think of what we have done with this Miracle that changed the world? How would they react to the current events, what would they think of our free press and it’s reporting, or lack thereof?
What we see happening, in this country is exactly like Pravda in Russia! The Liberal Propaganda machine is in FULL swing! The Main Stream Media (MSM) has been anything but present in this country during the past four years, and at present they are making a political effort to simply run the clock out on the real issues, the issues that matter most to American’s, to everyday ordinary American’s. Where has the MSM been on the Benghazi issue? Not a word, only silence.
After being slammed in the debate, and having the horror of four American’s Murdered under his watch looming over his head, Obama is going to do anything and everything he can to discredit Mitt Romney in these final days, and lying is just the tip of the iceberg! Obama is an avowed Marxist, he has very strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood; Obama does not care about you, Obama does not care about America, and he could care less about the four American’s that lost their lives in Benghazi! These men are nothing more than an annoyance to him, something that is further muddying the waters of his re-election.
Now we have the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the devastation she left behind and the President is using this, as he has used the death of Bin Laden as a political photo op, a political prize! A way to look presidential? Well, personally, I say too little too late Mr. President! There are people suffering, who need gas, need food, need water, who are trapped in neighborhoods without anything! They need clothing, they need help and the President is doing nothing other than getting on his bully pulpit, telling everyone that things are going well and FEMA is on top of it all! Remember he stated, “we will cut through red tape,” and then soon after making that statement, non-union crews from Alabama were turned away by New Jersey; Really! We have folks suffering without power, heat, water and they are turning away help because they are NOT union workers! Shocking! It is way too early for the President to be patting himself on the back, pounding on his chest and taking credit. Instead of trying to score political points; it is time to focus on the issue at hand, getting help to the folks that need the help! But then, why should these individuals expect anything different then what was offered and afforded to those four men in Benghazi?
What about Benghazi? The only folks reporting on Benghazi are Fox News. Where is the MSM? Once again they remain silent on an issue that has dwarfed Watergate, and made Watergate look like child’s play, more of the same, silence. The President has refused to take questions on Benghazi; he has not taken the time from his busy campaign schedule to hold a single press conference on this issue. As the days go by information continues to drip like a runny faucet about that fateful night on September 11, in Benghazi, and the horrific circumstances of the deaths of four American’s.
In a desperate attempt to regain lost ground, President Obama was able to manage to find time in his busy campaign schedule to arrange a photo op as the hurricane bore down on the East Coast; the picture showing the President in the Situation Room, receiving an update on the hurricane. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/332259/poser-united-states-michelle-malkin# Where the hell was the President when those four men in Benghazi needed him, he was in the Situation Room watching the live streaming video! Where’s the photo op of that Mr. President?
So what is the message we leave for the next generation, what is the legacy we pass forward? What will they write about our generation in the history books? That we were the generation that lost its honor, its dignity? That we were the generation that had no scruples, that were so self-absorbed, so self-centered, so into self-gratification that we did not bother to hold our elected officials, and indeed our President accountable for the deaths of four American’s, that we did not hold our President accountable for Treason? Or do we leave the message to future generations, and future Presidents, that we will pursue what is right and just, by holding accountable and punishing those involved to the fullest extent of the law?
I leave you with a quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Founders favorite expositor of Natural Law, “Therefore law [of the Creator] is the distinction between things just and unjust, made in agreement with that primal and most ancient of all things, Nature; and in the conformity to Nature’s standard are framed those human laws which inflict punishment upon the wicked and protect the good.”
Critical Mass – An amount or level needed for a specific result or new action to occur.
Close elections are won or lost in the final weeks. No election is ever won without Critical Mass.
On a cold Friday night, November 2nd, 2012, Mitt Romney held an outdoor rally in West Chester, Oho. It kicked off around 6:00 P.M. with a 30 minute performance by Kid Rock.
According to the the local fire department the crowd size was estimated to be between 30,000 – 35,000.
Speaking that night were some of the Republican Party’s most notable figures including: Vice Presidential Candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), Ohio Senatorial Candidate Josh Mandel, Sen. John McCain (AZ), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Rudy Giuliani (Former Mayor of NY), Gov. John Kasich (OH), The Speaker of the House John Boehner (OH), Sen. Rob Portman (OH), Rep. Arthur Davis (AL), Gov. Bob McDonnell (VA), to name a few.
Other’s on stage that night but not speaking included Gov. Rick Perry (TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA), Rick Santorum (PA), and many more.
The speeches were fiery and full of passion with Rudy Giuliani and John McCain hitting the president hard on the cover up in Benghazi and the country’s high unemployment. An Obama campaign spokesman would later describe the event as, “Speaker after speaker offered angry, hyper partisan, and widely-debunked attacks that—at times—veered into conspiracy theory territory”. Which has become the standard liberal response to all conservative commentary that hits too close to home.
In contrast to these events in West Chester, President Obama who was also in Ohio that day, he held a rally indoors at a High School Gym in Springfield. After a good deal of effort I could find no estimate of the crowd size (It was in a High School Gym so I guess we can just imagine). I can find no list of guest speakers. I can find nothing except the President’s quote “Voting is the best revenge”. Which makes me wonder, who’s angry? But I digress.
As stark as the contrast is between these two Ohio rallies that occurred on the same day, it is not an isolated example. This story of giant Romney Rallies, and Obama’s trouble filling a venue, has been repeated all across the country in the last few weeks.
It’s become so embarrassing for the president that last weekend one off his top advisers told the media that the president is focusing on “smaller, more intimate venues”. Perhaps because “Fireside Chats” worked out so well for former president Jimmy Carter?
So what can explain this? Perhaps the president’s non stop campaigning over the years has simply caused his base to lose interest. Perhaps it’s the malaise of the economy and the president’s increasingly difficult task to escape responsibility for it. Perhaps it’s the lack of anything “historic” about this election. Or, perhaps it’s the realization by many voters that this president has simply failed.
The point to this comparison is, that for what ever the reason, Critical Mass in this final day before the election is not with this president, it is with the challenger, Mitt Romney. If I am wrong, by tomorrow night we will be listening to Barack Obama’s victory speech, if I am right, his concession speech.
And the difference will shape this nation for generations to come.
By: Andrea K. Robson
With six days until Election Day, panic begins to set in, as the realization of just how important this day is, has begun to set in for many people. The exhaustion of the race is taking its toll, people are tired and weary, some ready to give up. It feels as though we have been running this race for an eternity, our legs so tired; so weak the muscles shaking as we turn the corners headed toward the finish line. Each one of us has invested so much time, so much energy preparing for the outcome.
What is at stake here, what have we been working so hard for, what have we struggled for, knocked on countless doors, made countless phone calls, spent countless hours on-line, posting, writing and reaching out to strangers for? Is it merely a concept, or is America just a great experiment whose time has come and gone and now is the time for a Fundamental Transformation? This is the decision that faces each and every one of us as we walk up to that voting station and cast that vote. What do we believe, what do we see for the future of our country?
July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed, and to this day is the most cherished symbol of liberty and freedom in America. In this one document, Thomas Jefferson expressed the convictions in the hearts and minds of the American people. He captured the political philosophy, a philosophy that was not new, whose ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and other Continental philosophers of the time. What Jefferson was able to do was to summarize this philosophy in what today; we take for granted as the “self-evident truths.” What an incredible birth of a new country, what an astounding experiment indeed to put forward! And in six short days, we decide whether or not that experiment forges on for our children, our children’s children, their children, and for generations to come, or whether this is it, this astonishing, remarkable, wonderful, magnificent and brilliant experiment comes to an end and we continue to fundamentally transform our nation into something unrecognizable.
Perhaps we should remind ourselves of what these self-evident truths are, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” We are endowed by our Creator, not by man with certain unalienable Rights….what does that mean? These are rights that you cannot surrender, sell or transfer, they are unalienable rights. These rights are a gift from the creator to the individual and cannot under any circumstances be surrendered or taken. All individual American’s have unalienable rights. How precious are these unalienable rights; Ronald Reagan said it best when he reminded us in 1964 that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction, We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream, It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day, we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
The choice is this, either we pass the torch of Freedom onto our children, the freedom intended for us by our Founding Fathers, or we admit that we are the generation without the capacity or the desire for self-government, that we are the generation that put the nail in the coffin of what was the most unique idea in all history of man’s relation to man and we go down the path of totalitarianism.
“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too”
~W. Somerset Maugham
I know logically in my head, that I live in the United States of America. I know this because it says so on my passport! It say’s so on my Driver’s license, and my mail is delivered to an address in the United States of America. But that is the only way I can say with any certainty any more that I am still living in the United States; because honestly, if I did not have the aforementioned information, to prove this, I would honestly not believe it to be the case. As it stands, I am convinced that I have entered the Twilight Zone!
On September 11, 2012 our Libyan Ambassador, a staff member and two Navy Seals were under attack at our consulate in Banghazi, two Predator drones were sent into the situation to video “real time” information, which was sent back to the State Department, and the Situation Room in the White House! What does this mean? It means that President Obama was able to watch real time video of what transpired during that 7 hours. According to Col. David Hunt, they were also listening on a telephone to the State Department, and they were also listening on a Military secured channel from the CIA on the ground to the CIA in Langley. Col. Hunt describes that the live video feed would have gone to fifteen different headquarters starting with Europe Command, to National Military Headquarters, to the White House Situation Room, to the CIA, to mention a few. According to retired Army, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, because this happened in the middle of the business day, everybody was watching this, from the White house to the CIA and the Pentagon; everybody was watching this go down in real time! He goes on to say that “never have communications been better in the field then what we have now.” http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/10/28/Report-Obama-Watched-Benghazi-Attack-From-Situation-Room
Obama, Panetta and Biden watched in real time, what was happening on the ground in Benghazi as it was happening! It should be noted that the two Navy Seals, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty were located at the CIA Annex not far from the Consulate. During the attack, Tyrone Woods, sent request, after request after request for help, during the 7 hour ordeal, and was told to “Stand Down!” Are you joking! WTH! Now, I’m sorry, but according to the aforementioned information there is no way on God’s green earth that the President of the United States, did NOT know what was going on, that he was NOT aware of the situation on the ground, during those 7 hours! We know now, without a shadow of a doubt that e-mails had been sent to the State Department and to the Situation Room at the White house, and these e-mails were sent during the 7 hour ordeal that Ambassador Stevens, his staff member and the two Navy Seals endured!
From the CIA Annex, Tyrone Woods asked for one predator drone, just one saying that with the help of that one drone, he could take out the terrorist attacking the Consulate, and save everyone. No help was sent, and Tyrone was told to Stand Down! Now imagine being in Tyrone’s shoes at that moment in time… you are standing there, under fire, you have a laser locked in on this terrorist and all you are asking for is one drone, not one troop, not one warm body, just a drone and this is all over! And your President does nothing; your Commander in Chief gives the Order to “Stand Down!” O.M.G you have got to be kidding me!! How must Tyrone have felt receiving that order? As a Navy Seal, whose training and ethics is never to leave a man behind. Think of the level of trust that must be fostered in such training that was shattered in a matter of seconds by that order given by his Commander in Chief!
What is very disturbing is the fact that there are unconfirmed reports stating that Africom General Carter Ham was relieved of his Command minutes before ordering a Benghazi Rescue! It was reported by James M. Pratt in RedState.com on 10/29/12 that, “Word from Spec Ops insiders is that Tyrone Woods was ”painting the target” with a laser, meaning they believed that they were backed up by the syncing of the C130 or drone on station overhead. They expected that by revealing their position with the laser on the enemy mortar crew a laser guided missile would be on its way to defend them.” Ultimately they were killed by the same terrorist’s mortar crew they illuminated with their laser. http://www.redstate.com/jamesmpratt/2012/10/27/breaking-africom-general-carter-ham-relieved-of-command-minutes-before-ordering-benghazi-rescue/
It should be noted, that this information is being refuted, and a link to the story is available here: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/10/was-africom-general-replaced-for-his-efforts-to-save-benghazi-security-officials/
Being the curious person that I am, I researched this story further, and found an updated story on line at the washingtontimes.com 10/29/12. James Robbins states the following,“The information I heard today was that General Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready. General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it; he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command. The story continues that now General Rodiguez would take General Ham’s place as the head of Africom.” This clearly contradicts what Mr. Panetta stated on October 26 that General Ham advised against any intervention or rescue! And if all of this is false, then why has General Ham been fired by the President? Again, what in hell are they trying to hide? http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/robbins-report/2012/oct/28/general-losing-his-job-over-benghazi/#ixzz2AcIQlf7b
Now remember, we know that for two weeks prior to the Attack on the Consulate in Benghazi, Ambassador Stevens asked for more support, telling the State Department that something was very wrong, that he was being targeted, we know this to be fact, because it is in his Diary, and CNN retrieved this from the Consulate compound! Remember, this is a voluntary post, and the President of the United States, knew Ambassador Stevens. Ambassador Stevens and his family were no strangers to the President; they knew one another very well! Get the picture here? The President knew that Ambassador Steven’s life, as well as others, trapped at the Consulate was in danger, that they could die, and yet he tells Navy Seal Tyrone Woods to Stand Down! President Barrack Obama knew what was going on, he watched in real time what was happening, and he read the emails sent during the attack in real time! He knew there was military available to send in to help, and he did nothing. Our President did nothing, he allowed 4 people to die, and he left these men behind! He watched all this unfold, he told Woods to Stand Down, and then President Obama went to bed. The President of these United States received three (3) urgent requests for help, for military back-up, and he denied all three!
What must have been going through their heads? What these Navy Seals must have been thinking as the terrorists closed in for the kill! How on earth…it beggars’ belief! It would be impossible for the President of the United States not to know what was going on! The President of the United States is the only person that could give the order to launch, he did not. If he did not know what was going on, then heads must roll! And we have a much bigger problem on our hands! If he climes that he did not have any of the information that we have all seen, redacted, that shows what was happening in real time, that was handed to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense and the Situation Room, if Obama is saying that he did not have that information, he is either lying, or we need to demand a list of the people who did not forward this information on to the President of the United States and they must all be fired!!
On further investigation, I found that Ambassador Stevens may have been involved in a gunrunning operation to Al-Qaida and Jihadists in Libya, much like the gunrunning operation in Fast and Furious to the Mexican drug cartels; and that this gunrunning operation may have gone very, very wrong. Did the Obama administration set Ambassador Stevens up along with Navy Seals Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and computer expert, Sean Smith, to die? These and other questions were raised during a discussion between former 20 year CIA veteran Clare Lopez and Glen Beck on October 22nd. Glen Beck asked Ms. Lopez, if she felt that the brokering of these guns by Ambassador Chris Stevens was an accurate and plausible theory, to which she stated she believed that to be the case. Ms. Lopez agreed that we continue to gun-run now in Syria with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood. Ms. Lopes describes what might be the reasoning for our government to get involved in providing guns to what they might see as good jihadists! Ms. Lopez explains that the ideology, and the philosophy of our current administration is to empower the Muslim Brotherhood to come into power in places like Egypt, Tunisia and perhaps even Syria, and this might be the thinking behind the Obama administration’s involvement in the gunrunning operation! This rabbit hole goes very deep, and according to Ms. Lopes, Jordan is being targeted right now, and Saudi Arabia is next on the Muslim Brotherhood overthrow list! http://youtu.be/QjL-HH9HeEs ,
It appears that Ambassador Stevens may have been working with the CIA to provide guns to Al-Qaida and other Islamic Jihadist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, for the purpose of overthrowing governments in the Middle East with the President’s knowledge. If this proves to be true, then this scandal will make Water Gate look like a pic nick in the park, like child’s play!
An interesting side bar, on October 10th Mitt Romney was speaking to a crowd in a blustery Iowa, and shared a touching and humorous story about how he had met Glen Doherty at a Christmas Party in 2010. He reminisced about the things they had in common and recalled how much “care and concern Doherty had for the people he had met and working in the Middle East.” Romney went on to share how surprised he was to find out that one of the Navy Seals that lost his life in Benghazi was Glen Doherty. As he continued to reminisce on that blustery day in Iowa, Romney quoted reports from CNN International, that “Doherty had left a safe location to rush to the aid of the consulate under attack last month. They didn’t hunker down where they were in safety – they rushed there to go help.”Romney went on to say, “This is the American Way – we go where there’s trouble.” http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/102512-630874-no-marines-with-bayonets-at-benghazi.htm?p=full
Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty went where they were needed, they requested help three times, and were denied three times. They were instead told to “Stand Down” by their Commander in Chief! I leave you with this quote from Charles Woods, Tyrone’s father, “Better to die the death of a Hero, then it is to live the life of a Coward!”