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The Autocrat Accountants (Mark Steyn)
National Review Online ^ | May 17, 2013 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 05/18/2013 12:13:34 AM PDT by neverdem

Speaking at Ohio State University earlier 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...

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The president and the IRS commissioner are unable to name any individual who took the decision to target only conservative groups. It just kinda sorta happened, and, once it had, it growed like Topsy. But the lady who headed that office, Sarah Hall Ingram, is now in charge of the IRS office for Obamacare. Many countries around the world have introduced government health systems since 1945, but, as I wrote here last year, “only in America does ‘health’ ‘care’ ‘reform’ begin with the hiring of 16,500 new IRS agents tasked with determining whether your insurance policy merits a fine.” So now not only are your books and Facebook posts legitimate tax issues but so is your hernia, and your prostate, and your erectile dysfunction. Next time round, the IRS will be able to leak your incontinence pads to George Soros.

Big Government is erecting a panopticon state — one that sees everything, and regulates everything. It’s great “customer service,” except that you can never get out of the store.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fines; idunno; ingram; irs; irsabuse; irsscandal; marksteyn; obamacare; sarahhallingram; sarahingram; taxes

1 posted on 05/18/2013 12:13:34 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: JLS

Ping


2 posted on 05/18/2013 12:15:45 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem
Nothing to worry about at all as long as you do not talk bad about Obama, belong to the tea party, support Israel or diss Global Warming...

Obama's Gestapo

obama irs gestapo scandal conservative corruption    irs evil diabolical corrupt tyrants gestapo
3 posted on 05/18/2013 12:18:56 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots

All you got to do is keep your nose clean and you will be OK. This is for the good of the public, so don’t worry. The government has your back.(front and sides, too.)


4 posted on 05/18/2013 12:42:23 AM PDT by oyez (Hell is a gun free zone.)
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To: neverdem
Big Government is erecting a panopticon state — one that sees everything, and regulates everything. It’s great “customer service,” except that you can never get out of the store.

What a great line, concluding a terrific article.

5 posted on 05/18/2013 12:45:24 AM PDT by b9
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To: neverdem

Palin was right. Cruz was right. Beck was right. Rush was right. They have now (unfortunately for the libs) been vindicated like it or not.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 12:49:00 AM PDT by toddausauras (FUBO x 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
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To: neverdem
This is a very good article. The new Democrat line is Obama just golfs, reads from a teleprompter and hangs out with celebrities. He has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with running the government.

The premise in the title of “autocrat accountants” is not accurate. The accountants are not the problem. The problem is the politicians. The problem is Obama and his inner circle.

7 posted on 05/18/2013 1:03:19 AM PDT by detective
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To: detective

With due respect, your are partially wrong. What Steyn recognizes is that the erection of an autrocratic bureaucracy allows the liberal dream state to move on, regardless of what the politicians are doing and regardless of who they are. This is how totalitarians get away with it - they hide behind the bureau. And the bureau, well, they are just “following orders” or “regulations” etc.


8 posted on 05/18/2013 2:45:20 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I see your point. The Obama Administration and the MSM say it is just a couple of rogue employees at the IRS. It is those darn accountants who are the power hungry autocrats, not us. If Obama is not involved then it must be these accountants doing it all on their own.

The second more scary point is that all these accountants and other government employees are willing to do the dirty work for the Obama Administration.

The only solution is to clean house. The only way to stop this from continuing is to send the employees who abuse their power to prison. Among employees who abuse their power I include Obama.

9 posted on 05/18/2013 4:47:53 AM PDT by detective
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To: detective

One of the major defensive refrains of the Clinton administration, no matter what the accusation of governmental abuse, was ‘they are career officials.’ Meaning, they are not political!

The Clintons got away with it, and it has just given every single lib-left govt employee ‘permission’ to ‘help’ the country to get on the right track. Pardon me for using the word “right” in this sense. There is no substitute.


10 posted on 05/18/2013 4:55:07 AM PDT by maica (Welcome to post-rational America.)
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To: neverdem
As always, Mr. Steyn is extremely clever.

The "Panopticon" was a prison so hideous that it has never actually been built in all its "glory".

It was the brainchild of Jeremy Bentham, that heartless Utilitarian philosopher. The Panopticon

"Hence the major effect of the Panopticon: to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power. So to arrange things that the surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its action; that the perfection of power should tend to render its actual exercise unnecessary; that this architectural apparatus should be a machine for creating and sustaining a power relation independent of the person who exercises it; in short, that the inmates should be caught up in a power situation of which they are themselves the bearers. "

11 posted on 05/18/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

They actually built one in Lima, Peru in the middle of the 1800s. It has sense been torn down. You can see what i looked like here:
http://historiadordelperu.blogspot.com/2012/02/la-vida-en-la-penitenciaria-de-lima.html


12 posted on 05/18/2013 6:01:57 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Bon mots

13 posted on 05/18/2013 6:09:43 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: detective

It’s always “a few rogue agents.”

Dear Leader never knew!

Pretty handy, huh?


14 posted on 05/18/2013 6:11:31 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: maica
I just made this one. Ten minutes on MS Paint.


15 posted on 05/18/2013 6:38:15 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: La Lydia
While that prison is built on a similar, circular design, it is not the same as it has hallways and the cells are at 90 degrees to the center.

The horror of the true Panopticon is that the cells have no doors, just metal fences, and they all face into the center where the guard tower is located. The prisoners are under direct observation at all times, and never know when they are being observed.

The closest to a "true" Panopticon may be the old Joliet prison in Illinois:

It still had doors, though, so you could sit down with your back against the door and not be visible.

16 posted on 05/18/2013 8:21:04 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: neverdem
IRS agents made calls - not based on law - but by carefully applying one standard for liberals and a different standard for conservatives.

Same thing happened in the Jim Crow South... blacks had to pass difficult test to get the right to vote - whites just signed a card. Sounds like our modern IRS agents...

Different victims - same evil...

17 posted on 05/18/2013 8:24:15 AM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives were Obama's victims, but unlike the press we were aware of it.)
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To: Travis McGee

Perhaps if Obama watched Fox news he would learn about these pesky problems even sooner.


18 posted on 05/18/2013 12:32:20 PM PDT by maica (Welcome to post-rational America.)
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To: GOPJ
Notice that it both cases, it was . . .

DEMOCRATS!

19 posted on 05/18/2013 12:39:12 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

You’re right. It was democrats who invented both evils... Good catch.


20 posted on 05/18/2013 3:51:18 PM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: Bon mots

Powerful graphics - drop them on every thread... they’re wonderful.


21 posted on 05/18/2013 4:03:52 PM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: toddausauras; NYer; The Mayor; sickoflibs; justiceseeker93; stephenjohnbanker; GOPJ; Libloather; ...
Palin was right. Cruz was right. Beck was right. Rush was right. They have now been vindicated........

As Jay Leno said: Obama's troubles are such, that Fox renamed itself, the "I Told You So" news network.

22 posted on 05/19/2013 8:11:19 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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DELICIOUS SPINLESS MICHAEL GOODWIN----NY POST OP-ED---May 17, 2013 "As a metaphor for big govt, it is hard to top the Justice Dept’s seizing of journalists’ phone records from The AP......Unless, of course, you think the best example is the IRS turning the screws on groups it viewed as conservative and, therefore, unworthy of fair treatment. ........Or maybe the winner is the sneaky spreading of ObamaCare’s tentacles, with insurance companies now predicting the law will drive up the cost of individual premiums by as much as 400 percent."

And let's not forget Benghazi. The list of govt lies and liars grows daily. The tin pot dictator in the WH went ballistic b/c he had bribed all the terroists to "play nice"....the jihadists disrupted "The Plan" to have the world kneel in obeisance to the "global savior."

23 posted on 05/19/2013 8:13:32 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: Liz
Palin was right. Cruz was right. Beck was right. Rush was right. They have now been vindicated...

Freepers were right too ... and we were first.

24 posted on 05/19/2013 8:41:52 AM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: Liz; toddausauras; NYer; The Mayor; sickoflibs; justiceseeker93; stephenjohnbanker; GOPJ; ...

” And let’s not forget Benghazi. The list of govt lies and liars grows daily. The tin pot dictator in the WH went ballistic b/c he had bribed all the terroists to “play nice”....the jihadists disrupted “The Plan” to have the world kneel in obeisance to the “global savior.” “

Bingo!


25 posted on 05/20/2013 9:31:03 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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