It all began innocently enough when, in his weekly radio address, Maine Governor Paul LePage compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, saying, "We the people have been told there is no choice, you must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS."
As a Jew raised with stories of Nazi atrocities, as passed down by relatives who had personal experience with World War II in Europe, I was heartened by LePage's fanning of the historical flame. The plan by Nazi Germany's secret police to round up Jews, gays and political opponents, hand them health insurance cards and provide them with subsidized coverage is surely one of the 20th century's lesser known atrocities, but LePage is right that we must never forget.
Unfortunately, LePage couldn't leave well enough alone and offered clarification of his original remarks…
Said LePage: "What I am trying to say is the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated. Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet."
A reporter asked, "But they're headed in that direction?"
LePage responded, "They're headed in that direction."
The governor was then asked if he thought the IRS was going to kill a lot of people like the Nazis and he responded, "Yeah."
Apparently, that wasn't good enough for some people. So today, LePage formally apologized. "Millions of innocent people were murdered and I apologize for my insensitivity to the word and the offense some took to my comparison of the IRS and the Gestapo," he said in another radio address. There. He's sorry you were offended.
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Tags: Health Care, IRS, Jewish, Maine, Nazis, Paul LePage
Now that "ObamaTax" has been outed as the devious tax increase that it actually is, it appears that congressional Republicans have found themselves in a bit of more comfortable position that they'd have originally thought. As a tax, the individual mandate falls under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Branch of the federal government.
And you know what that means. Mahahahahahahaha…
The House as early as next week will pass legislation prohibiting the IRS from receiving any money from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the 2010 healthcare reform law.
Passage of the financial services spending bill is especially timely in light of last week's Supreme Court ruling that penalties the government can impose under the law against people who refuse to buy health insurance can be seen as a tax, because it is enforced like a tax.
It's genius in its simplicity! It's certain to bring health care reform crashing down upon the heads of Comrade Obama and his den of socialist Democrats.
There's just two very small problems…
The bill would have to get through the Senate and be signed by President Obama to become law.
If we can just get past those few minor bumps, this is as good as done!
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Tags: Health Care, House of Representatives, IRS, Republicans, Taxes
Happy Tax Day! Today's the day you purchase a piece of the government for the next year — everything from clown parties for government bureaucrats to nuclear powered naval vessels. You get an aircraft carrier, and you get an aircraft carrier, and you get an aircraft carrier!
But how much do you know about the tax code that buys you 103,900 long tons worth of virile overcompensation?
All 5 correct: You're the 1%
3-4 correct: The 99%
0-2 correct: A moocher and a looter
1. The Senate recently refused to bring the Buffett Rule to a decisive rule. What would have the rule required?
a) Lobbyists must take a clean plate to the Treasury each time they want to bring back a new subsidy for their industry.
b) If a wealthy persons puts a tax cut on their plate, they must keep it there, never returning it to the federal serving tray.
c) Created a new form of alternative minimum tax that would require those earning over $1 million to pay higher taxes.
2. Rank the following in order, from highest to lowest.
a) Percentage of Americans approving of Congress's job performance (most recent RCP average)
b) Mitt Romney's 2010 effective tax rate
c) Barack and Michelle Obama's 2011 effective tax rate
d) Average effective tax rate of Americans earning $50,000-$70,000.
Tags: Games and Challenges, IRS, Money, Taxes
Okay, everybody knows that Michele Bachmann spent several years suing tax scofflaws for the IRS. But how many people know why the Tea Party champion — who has absolutely zero history of stretching truths, distorting facts or outright lying — did it?
Michele Bachmann, on the campaign trail today, offered what seems to be a new explanation for her previous work as a lawyer for the Internal Revenue Service, something that has drawn some ire from the right.
Her explanation: She worked for the IRS as a kind of secret anti-tax mole whose mission was to get to know the place in order to better undermine it later. As she put it: "The first rule of war is 'know your enemy.' "
Oh, of course. That makes sense. Actually, it makes the most sense. It might even make all the sense. What that means is that she devoted five years of her life to working as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service so that she could work as a covert agent — gathering information and squirreling away evidence — all the while knowing that one day she'd be in a position of power with the U.S. government and would be uniquely qualified to take down the entire corrupt organization. That's really the only explanation that makes any sense, right?
You know, come to think of it, this strategy probably also goes a long way toward explaining her longtime marriage to her husband Marcus.
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Tags: IRS, LGBT, Michele Bachmann, Primaries, Republicans, Taxes
The already uncomfortably thin line between IRS agent and gynecologist is about to become pretty much non-existent…
Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest. And one tax expert says that the measure could even lead to questions on tax forms: Have you had an abortion? Did you keep your receipt?
In testimony to a House taxation subcommittee on Wednesday, Thomas Barthold, the chief of staff of the nonpartisan Joint Tax Committee, confirmed that one consequence of the Republicans' "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" would be to turn IRS agents into abortion cops — that is, during an audit, they'd have to determine, from evidence provided by the taxpayer, whether any tax benefit had been inappropriately used to pay for an abortion.
You think the government's hand rooting around in your affairs like this is uncomfortable? Just think how much worse it'd be if the government hadn't been shrunk down so small by the Republicans. Right? Right?
Tags: Abortion, House of Representatives, IRS, Men and Women, Republicans