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The Real Internal Revenue Scandal
NY Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | NY Times Editorial Board

Posted on 07/06/2014 7:03:17 AM PDT by Innovative

There is a scandal going on at the Internal Revenue Service, but it has nothing to do with Lois Lerner or her missing emails.

No, the real scandal is what Republicans did to cripple the agency when virtually no one was looking. Since the broad Tea Party-driven spending cuts of 2010, the agency’s budget has been cut by 14 percent after inflation is considered, leading to sharply reduced staff, less enforcement of the tax laws and poor taxpayer service.

The budget cutters are also trying to prevent the agency from performing its new job of collecting higher taxes on the rich to pay for health care reform, and distributing health insurance subsidies for low- and moderate-income people, many of whom will now be covered for the first time.

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abolishirs; classwarfare; defundirs; dnctalkingpoints; goebbelswouldbeproud; irsscandal; irsscandals; obamacare; obamacrimes; republicans; taxes; teaparty; thebiglie
I just had to click on this to see what the NY Times considers an IRS scandal.

Cry me a river!!! -- Read the article, you have to read it to get the full effect -- it laments the cut in the funding of the IRS!

1 posted on 07/06/2014 7:03:18 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

They need to cut if 50%, and if they chose not to collect from “the rich” like Warren Buffet, that is a CHOICE.


2 posted on 07/06/2014 7:07:14 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Innovative

“OK....it looks like all of the agencies have representatives here. Now, what can each of our federal agencies do to help the Democrat Party today? IRS?”

“We can go after conservatives.”

“Good! That’s the spirit!”


3 posted on 07/06/2014 7:15:10 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Innovative
yep. i've heard aging leftist nytimes stepford wives express their (implanted) enthusiasm for an "effective" IRS.
4 posted on 07/06/2014 7:18:37 AM PDT by faszakutya
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To: Innovative; All
give us a break Washington; let's implement a 5% National Sales tax & eliminate
the income tax w/the IR$..repeal 16th & 17th admt..restrict the gov't. to 15% of NGDP.
eliminate useless federal bureaucracies..DeathCARE/EPA/OSHA/BLM/HHS..etc..
let states take-over..Let each Agency Fav. CongressCritter cover their Fav. @$.

5 posted on 07/06/2014 7:18:38 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Innovative
Cry me a river!!! -- Read the article, you have to read it to get the full effect -- it laments the cut in the funding of the IRS!

If that doesn't shock you enough, read the comments of the readers of this rag. They are all in love with the IRS. They think the IRS is the greatest thing since Obama took office.

6 posted on 07/06/2014 7:20:41 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: McGavin999

The New York office of the DNC is once again on record.


7 posted on 07/06/2014 7:20:51 AM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: Innovative

This is what they do to the Benghazi story. They blame it on republicans for not having given money for security

If some patriotic conservative runs ( patriotic - meaning doesn’t care what the NYT says) on a ‘let’s get rid of the IRS’ message, what will the NYT do?


8 posted on 07/06/2014 7:21:40 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Innovative


9 posted on 07/06/2014 7:21:57 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Russia has a flat 13% personal income tax.

“Personal income tax (PIT) is levied individually normally at 13 percent. There is no joint filing. Employers withhold income taxes, thus the taxpayers whose only taxable income was paid by employer do not need to file a tax return—except to claim a refund for itemized deductions. “

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_Code_of_Russia


10 posted on 07/06/2014 7:22:08 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Also —in Russia there is basically NO capital gains tax, if you owned the asset longer than 3 years.

“Capital gains from asset sales are taxable only if the seller owned the asset for less than 3 years. “

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_Code_of_Russia

Maybe it’s time to start learning Russian and find out the immigration policy of Russia...


11 posted on 07/06/2014 7:25:15 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

The IRS budget has been cut for years. The NYT is just NOW reporting this? I wonder why...


12 posted on 07/06/2014 7:29:51 AM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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“The IRS budget has been cut for years. The NYT is just NOW reporting this? I wonder why...”

I think it’s mostly because they want a bigger budget,since they were put in charge of the obamacare taxes...

“The budget cutters are also trying to prevent the agency from performing its new job of collecting higher taxes on the rich to pay for health care reform, and distributing health insurance subsidies for low- and moderate-income people, many of whom will now be covered for the first time.”


13 posted on 07/06/2014 7:33:35 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: McGavin999

Start by ordering its elimination and separately build a new tax system without “tainted” current employees.


14 posted on 07/06/2014 7:35:14 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama stands for the corruption of America in all aspects.)
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To: Innovative

Maybe it’s time to start learning Russian and find out the immigration policy of Russia...


Russia has an 18% VAT. And about a million squat toilets. Not a place we should be emulating.


15 posted on 07/06/2014 7:39:08 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Innovative

oh puhleez

cutting the IRS budget is nothing compared to the annihilation of people that happens when the IRS throws its weight around


16 posted on 07/06/2014 7:46:06 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Innovative

Shutting down conservative political organizations in advance of the 2010 and 2012 elections was a partisan witchhunt designed to sway both elections.

FUNYT


17 posted on 07/06/2014 7:46:31 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Innovative

I stopped reading when I saw NY Times.


18 posted on 07/06/2014 7:46:34 AM PDT by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: Innovative

LEAVE THE IRS ALONE!


19 posted on 07/06/2014 7:48:30 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Innovative

This means that the NYT knows that there’s big trouble ahead for the IRS..this is a bad attempt to deflect..


20 posted on 07/06/2014 7:49:37 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Innovative
Since the broad Tea Party-driven spending cuts of 2010...

Didn't the Democrats control the House, Senate and White House in 2010?

How do they get away with this crap?

21 posted on 07/06/2014 7:51:06 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Innovative
Better yet, let's get rid of the 16th Amendment and go back to the original Constitution.

Institute a national sales tax and eliminate the IRS all together. The states can use their infrastructure to collect the tax and send the proceeds directly to the Treasury in Washington.

Who needs the IRS anyway? Only politicians who want to manipulate the tax code for their friends and votes!!

22 posted on 07/06/2014 8:04:01 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: Innovative
Since the broad Tea Party-driven spending cuts of 2010, the agency’s budget has been cut by 14 percent after inflation is considered...

I smell "base line budgeting" with a little inflation exaggeration.

The budget cutters are also trying to prevent the agency from performing its new job of collecting higher taxes on the rich to pay for health care reform, and distributing health insurance subsidies for low- and moderate-income people, many of whom will now be covered for the first time.

That is plain pandering to stupid people, the dem base.

23 posted on 07/06/2014 8:21:03 AM PDT by MileHi
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To: Innovative

So let me get the Times’ hidden implication straight. If we raise the IRS budget, they’ll stop breaking the law. Right? hmm... I’ll have to think about that next time I vote.

c.w.


24 posted on 07/06/2014 8:38:29 AM PDT by colderwater
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To: Innovative

16,000 new agents in the wake of obamacare is a cut?

The only meaningful cut of the IRS would be total abolition. They are the US Gestapo.


25 posted on 07/06/2014 11:30:15 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Innovative

Just think how many resources could be redirected to “enforcing” obamacare if they weren’t wasting time targeting conservative groups. The entire IRS payroll is a sunk cost, they just need to manage it better.


26 posted on 07/06/2014 11:37:22 AM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: Innovative

Due to the dramatic increase in online tax-filing, costs SHOULD be falling.

Why should we care?????


27 posted on 07/06/2014 12:29:08 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Our 13th Amendment abolished slavery, yet they continue forcing us to "transfer" our work products.)
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To: Innovative

They closed “Comments section”

after Freepers got a hold of this sparkling display of public sector union bias - er, I mean dazzling political argumentation and pristine logic.

What a coincidence!!!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 07/06/2014 12:35:48 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Our 13th Amendment abolished slavery, yet they continue forcing us to "transfer" our work products.)
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To: McGavin999

and countless other vital government tasks....Name’em. Give to Unions? Let John Corzine go? Give corporate cronies more money? Steal from Cliven Bundy? Give bonuses to government people who don’t pay any taxes? Or just put pressure on the few people left who have job, stocks or savings? I’m cornfused.


29 posted on 07/06/2014 12:44:55 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Innovative

They always frame the argument with their bias. What the Republicans are doing is the right of Congress to control the purse strings. What the administration/IRS is doing is illegal.


30 posted on 07/06/2014 5:57:02 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: Innovative

The Sequester and its absence of ill effects proved that federal agencies easily adjust to reduced budgets.


31 posted on 07/06/2014 7:19:38 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: faszakutya

Libs are all police state fascists.


32 posted on 07/10/2014 4:32:57 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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