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Mark Steyn: Everything now is a tax issue
The Orange County Register ^ | May 17, 2013 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 05/17/2013 3:34:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Speaking at Ohio State University this month, Barack Obama urged students to pay no attention to those paranoid types who "incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity." Oddly enough, in recent days the most compelling testimony for this view of government has come from the president himself, who insists, with a straight face, that he had no idea that the Internal Revenue Service had spent two years targeting his political enemies until he "learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this." Like you, all he knows is what he reads in the papers. Which is odd, because his Justice Department is bugging those same papers, so you'd think he'd at least get a bit of a heads-up. But no doubt the fact that he's wiretapping the Associated Press was also entirely unknown to him until he read about it in the Associated Press. There is a "President of the United States" and a "Government of the United States," but, despite a certain superficial similarity in their names, they are entirely unrelated, like Beyoncé Knowles and Admiral Sir Charles Knowles. One golfs, reads the prompter, parties with Jay-Z, and guests on the "Pimp With A Limp" show, and the other audits you, bugs your telephone line and leaks your confidential tax records. But they're two completely separate sinister entities. So it's preposterous to describe Obama as Nixonian: Beyoncé wouldn't have given Nixon the time of day.

If you believe this, there's a shovel-ready infrastructure project in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. In April last year, the Obama campaign identified by name eight Romney donors as "a group of wealthy individuals with less than reputable records.....

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: internalrevenue; irs; marksteyn; obama; taxes

1 posted on 05/17/2013 3:34:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he ‘’didn’t know’’, then there are only two possibilities open to him. One...He’s not Doing his job. Two...He’s not being honest.


2 posted on 05/17/2013 3:42:54 PM PDT by PrairieLady2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

wow... brilliant! Mark Steyn is a the best!


3 posted on 05/17/2013 3:46:22 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: PrairieLady2

Three: Obama’s not doing his job AND he’s not being honest.


4 posted on 05/17/2013 3:47:59 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another good one 2ndDiv!


5 posted on 05/17/2013 3:51:10 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Try the James Taranto one, too.


6 posted on 05/17/2013 3:52:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just checked it out.


7 posted on 05/17/2013 4:10:50 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m genuinely afraid guys. I’m genuinely afraid that in less than the full term gestation period of a human being, the IRS is going to decide if it is acceptable for my wife to give birth to that child. If I decide to homeschool my kid, I no longer get my thyroid medication and have to pay a fine for doing so.

THIS IS TYRANNY! There really is no other way to describe it. And given the Teflon president’s ability to snake out of every unfavorable situation, I have little hope that I’m going to live to see 40.


8 posted on 05/17/2013 4:18:09 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: PrairieLady2

Strange how the Democratic know-it-alls don’t know didley squat when the hot questions start coming in.


9 posted on 05/17/2013 5:13:30 PM PDT by oyez
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To: rarestia; JRandomFreeper

“40” is highly overrated.

Getting old is not for the faint of heart.

Ask Johnny.


10 posted on 05/17/2013 5:21:43 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
It's not the year model, it's the miles.

/johnny

11 posted on 05/17/2013 5:23:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

12 posted on 05/17/2013 5:45:29 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

See ! See what happens when our fearless leader goes golfing and forgets his Blackberry ? Well now that he’s back on the job we won’t have to worry anymore. Shame on those nasty people who took advantage of his absence by crushing groups critical of our great and fearless one. We know if he was there he would have nothing to do with their nefarious and illegal activities. He said so and we believe everything he says and does.

Bohner is falling for the racist angle and believes if he allows setting up Select Committees for both IRS and Benghazi that is the way he’ and the Republicans will be portrayed.

Instead he’s allowing these fractional committees which can be akin to a 410 shotgun pepper away when a 12 gauge Select Committee would finish them off

Take IRS for example.The IRS illegaly sought and distributed confidential information about groups opposed to government policy to a political front group supporting it who in turn handed out to favored liberal publications. Not only should the front group testify but the writers and editors of the publications using the m,aterial as well.


13 posted on 05/17/2013 6:10:00 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Steyn writes, “Next time round, the IRS will be able to leak your incontinence pads to George Soros.”

Many of us would like to cut out the middleman (incontinence pads) and deliver the substance in question directly to Soros, his minions and puppets.


14 posted on 05/17/2013 6:13:07 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Check this out:

"Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.

"Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. ... The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you) the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money."

Miss Strassel wrote that on April 26, 2012. Five weeks later, one of the named individuals, Frank VanderSloot, was informed by the IRS that he and his wife were being audited. In July, he was told by the Department of Labor of an additional audit over the guest workers on his cattle ranch in Idaho. In September, he was notified that one of his other businesses was to be audited. Mr. VanderSloot, who had never previously been audited, attracted three in the four months after being publicly named by El Presidente. More to the point, he attracted that triple audit even though Miss Strassel explicitly predicted in America's biggest-selling newspaper that this was exactly what the Obama enforcers were going to do. The "separate, sinister entity" of the Government of the United States went ahead, anyway. What do they care? If some lippy broad in the papers won't quit her yapping about it, they can always audit her, too – as they did to Miss Strassel's sometime colleague Anne Hendershott, a sociology professor who got rather too interested in Obamacare and wrote about it in the Journal and various small Catholic publications. The IRS summoned professor Hendershott to account for herself, and forbade her husband from accompanying her, even though they filed jointly. She ceased her political writing.


15 posted on 05/17/2013 6:16:30 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: FreeAtlanta

16 posted on 05/17/2013 6:18:45 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: FreeAtlanta

17 posted on 05/17/2013 6:18:54 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great piece. This IRS thing is a big dang deal. What they did is evil and sinister.


18 posted on 05/17/2013 6:27:23 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: JLS

Mark Steyn ping...


19 posted on 05/17/2013 6:35:06 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Just off the top of my head - some of the MAJOR ObaMao corruptions - leaving out his eligibility or his insanely controversial nominations. Behind each item is a plethora – a book’s worth of infractions:

I’m sure I’m missing other MAJOR seditious events by ObaMao. Feel free to fill in the major issues (but adding the medium and low levels problems would fill a library)

20 posted on 05/17/2013 6:53:50 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see)
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To: oyez
Strange how the Democratic know-it-alls don’t know didley squat when the hot questions start coming in.

In charge of everything.
Responsible for nothing....

21 posted on 05/17/2013 6:58:18 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: uncommonsense
I just heard about 2 suspected terrorists who were in the "witness protection program," run by the US Marshall Service, who have gone missing, and are believed to have left the country...

Mark

22 posted on 05/17/2013 7:43:41 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The I.R.S. - Obama's Gestapo

obama irs gestapo scandal conservative corruption    irs evil diabolical corrupt tyrants gestapo
23 posted on 05/17/2013 11:56:47 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: All
AN OMINIOUS SIGNAL OF THINGS TO COME In April 2012, an Obama campaign website visciously slurred eight Romney donors. It tarred donor VanderSloot as a "wealthy individual" with a "less-than-reputable record." Other donors were described as being "on the wrong side of the law."

Here we see the jaundiced view of America held by Obomba and his coterie of haters.

It is an article of faith among these progressives and socialists that all of our laws, rules/regs, our institutions, etc, serve only to preserve the "status quo"---a system that advances those they deem as "unworthy."

They consider "the system" as onerous and unfair b/c it keeps "their people" in poverty. The poor, the less successful, the less ambitious, the less talented----these losers are all "victims" of capitalism---therefore it must be destroyed.

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The Obamatons cunningly suppressed the vote---siccing the IRS on conservative/patriotic voters. The O Team crippled the Republicans who had already shot themselves in the foot by picking Romney----another one of their loser candidates.

And recall that stupid RINO Pubbies ALSO called for investigations of Tea Party groups' tax status.

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Obomba's sinister shadow hovers over America----a constant threat to our liberty and our lives. He's got DHS stockpiling ammo---and intends to multiply the onerous IRS forces----adding 16,000 new IRS agents, arming them w/ millions of ammo rounds (the "civilian ntl security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded as our military").

O probably intends to task the IRS to enforce the nightmare of immigrations reform----to keep his filthy hands on the levers of power.

CRAVING POPULARITY IS A SIGN OF DICTATORSHIP Obomba's methodology, including controlling the fawning press is a relic of 40's-era Europe---Pol Pot, Chavez, and Stalin, all rolled into one.

24 posted on 05/18/2013 4:19:09 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: MeganC

Four - His job IS to be dishonest


25 posted on 05/18/2013 4:58:00 AM PDT by MarDav
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Makes you wonder how the 0bama regime turned John Roberts.

5.56mm

26 posted on 05/18/2013 5:09:04 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
Absolutely great column! (Thanks for posting)

ALL: Read the whole thing...

27 posted on 05/18/2013 5:36:44 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Assuming this is all accurate, this makes it clear the IRS and Justice Dept were doing Obama’s bidding. This nexus is huge, and I’m guessing there are a lot more like it about to be disclosed.

“In April last year, the Obama campaign identified by name eight Romney donors as “a group of wealthy individuals with less than reputable records...

[O]ne of the named individuals, Frank VanderSloot, was informed by the IRS that he and his wife were being audited. In July, he was told by the Department of Labor of an additional audit over the guest workers on his cattle ranch in Idaho.”


28 posted on 05/18/2013 5:38:28 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: mosesdapoet

I read something yesterday that showed all Obama’s golfing in a new light. There are no buggs on the golf course. This is where he can confidentially execute his “more sensitive” orders.

If that’s the case, maybe we need to start paying a lot more attention to his golfing partners.


29 posted on 05/18/2013 5:42:39 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Perfect: “Like you, all he knows is what he reads in the papers. Which is odd, because his Justice Department is bugging those same papers, so you’d think he’d at least get a bit of a heads-up.”


30 posted on 05/18/2013 5:43:19 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: M Kehoe

“Makes you wonder how the 0bama regime turned John Roberts.”

That continues to bug me.

Pray the Lord will continue to disclose these things. That was my prayer this National Day of Prayer, and I know thousands of others prayed the same. I personally believe all this is the result of those prayers.


31 posted on 05/18/2013 5:45:47 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Chilling. It is absolutely chilling what is going on.

We are being morphed at warp speed into a totalitarian state. It won't be long until the gulags are put to full use.

Is it any wonder why they want to take our guns away?

32 posted on 05/18/2013 8:25:33 AM PDT by Gritty (Our Government is erecting a panopticon state that sees everything, regulates everything-Mark Steyn)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Twotone.


33 posted on 05/18/2013 11:57:44 PM PDT by JLS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama is the Tax Man

You aint seen nothin yet

34 posted on 05/19/2013 5:53:11 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: JLS; 2ndDivisionVet

Mark Steyn gets serious. Not a whole lot of humor in this one, but it’s definitely the cutting edge of the truth.

Thank you for the ping and post.


35 posted on 05/19/2013 7:55:10 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: keats5

In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Mark Steyn: Everything now is a tax issue, keats5 wrote:
I read something yesterday that showed all Obama’s golfing in a new light. There are no buggs on the golf course
My response is:
We might not have the course “bugged” ah but the Rooskys might be a different matter, and then there’s the Chinks. They’re into everything.


36 posted on 05/19/2013 9:01:01 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The obvious is obvious to anyone paying attention, but Steyn has a way of making it obvious even to those who don’t want to admit it.

We are not “heading” towards tyranny. We are there.

We are not “becoming” a police state. We are a police state.


37 posted on 05/19/2013 9:22:36 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Gritty
Is it any wonder why they want to take our guns away?

I see the "we still have our guns" delusion as one of the most deceptive aspects of the totalitarian takeover. Think about it -- what does it matter that we still have guns?

I think it is probably the biggest fallacy still comforting those not yet convinced of how far gone we are, this belief that as long as we can still keep firearms we are free. It is a completely ridiculous delusion, but it keeps us from paying attention to the fact that it no longer matters. They can shut anyone down with a keystroke, freezing assets and accounts. They can bleed anyone down to nothing with paperwork.

38 posted on 05/19/2013 9:35:08 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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