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State of Amnesia

Posted in IRS with tags , , , , , , , on May 17, 2013 by indeepschmidt
photo credit CBSNes

photo credit CBSNes

 

Never since the Nixon administration has a presidency been clouded by such a wide array of scandal. The umbrella of sheer dishonesty seeps from every pore of this presidency. There are no answers to be found from any one person that has offered direct testimony in congress to this point. Statements such as “I don’t know” or “I don’t recall the name” have become so frequent they are now part of late night punch lines.

Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller testified today before the House Way and Means Committee and flooded the Representatives with statements of “I don’t have the name with me” and “I don’t recall the date”. He blamed this on the fact that he only received two days notice of his testifying. At times, he seemed very aloof and above the level of questions being asked almost as if he felt his time was being wasted. As a citizen and taxpayer, his demeanor insulted me. If the roles were reversed and this would have been a tax audit, would that answer of been acceptable? I would highly doubt it. The entirety of his testimony was completely useless as he was unable to provide anything more than more questions. I cannot think of a single issue that is more plainly explainable today rather than yesterday. The man came to the hearing completely unprepared or unwilling to answer and question with clarity and honesty.

The same may be said of Wednesdays House Judiciary Committee testimony by Attorney Eric Holder. Question after question Holder consistently replied with the statement, “I don’t know”. The hearing was in response to the seizure of phone records and wiretaps in the Associated Press scandal. Rep. Darrell Issa at one point even directly challenging the honesty and integrity of the Attorney General in a fiery exchange. Mr. Holder continually provided the excuse that due to his recusal from the case he did not know the answers to anything related to the issue.

President Obama in every statement since the scandals has provided no details or leadership on the issues. He has cut ties to the issues by stating he had no prior knowledge of either until he saw it in the media. This has become a very tangled web of obvious deceit and deception. How a government can operate in this manner of no one knowing anything is beyond imagination. If this were a private business people would be fired, the stock would drop, and the business would crumble under the weight of the scandal.

I believe the time has come to take back some of the authority from the government that has obviously not been up to the task. We should fire the entirety of the IRS and immediately implement a consumption-based tax on goods. Not the fair tax but a consumption tax that is flat across all incomes. Eric Holder should be immediately fired and Speaker John Boehner should order the House of Representatives to launch a Select Committee to investigate the shortcomings of this administration and determine if the White House has any culpability in any of these scandals.

The bottom line of all of this needs to be answers. The truth is the most valuable measure a government should aspire to. It is however the most rare in government. The tentacles of this administration engulfed in scandal stretch out like an octopus and when you attempt to cut one off, another grows in its place. On a personal note, I hold the President himself responsible. This was to be the most transparent administration in history according the Obama the Campaigner and per my previous article “Transparency in the White House” I provide a link to the White House web site. That opening paragraph promises us the President will provide answers. I digress.

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The #trainwreck Cometh

Posted in Obamacare with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by indeepschmidt

A recent  Washington  Post Poll shows that 42% of all Americans don’t know that Obamacare is law. The complexities and opposition to this law is documented daily by media outlets, bloggers and politicians. The question that this rises with me is “why is something not being done about it”.

Speaker John Boehner tweets about #trainwreck daily;

Boehner is tweeting about a WSJ  article  citing the effects Obamacare is having on the economy. The House which is  controlled  by republicans have the ability to do multiple things within the scope of the  constitution.  First of all they could just vote for #fullrepeal. Speaker Boehner himself has tweeted with this  hash tag  as well as some other prominent house members. I am of the opinion that while this is still a  long shot to pass with an up or down vote there may never be a better time for this. There are 21 Senate Dem’s that are up for re-election this midterm. Many of them are quoted in other media sources as having misgivings on whether or not health care reform can be fully  implemented  without causing severe damage to the workforce.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont.,said he’s “very concerned” that new health insurance marketplaces for consumers and small businesses will not open on time in every state, and that if they do, they might just flop because residents don’t have the information they need to make choices.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is on the record  conceding that insurance rates will rise with the implementation of the new law. She is also on the record in a WSJ report that with the current opposition to the new law in republican  controlled  states a smooth roll out for citizens to begin purchasing insurance from state exchanges is not currently possible. She also quotes failure of states to take on  Medicaid  expansion due to GOP blockage is credited with part of the problem.

Another of the laws  architects Senator Jay Rockefeller (D–WV),  was recently quoted in the Washington Examiner as saying “I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress,” he said,  “Tax reform obviously has been huge, too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension.”

This list of politicians retreating from the legislation has become somewhat of a “Who’s Who” list of Washington Democrats. Now that we have so famously “[passed it so we can see whats in it” I believe now is the time to repeal it. Which leads me back to the point of this article. Now is the time for the GOP leadership to make its move. Force a vote on repeal and get the Dem’s on the record as still being in favor of this law.

The second choice, and one that is not as simple as the first, is for the house appropriations  committee  to defund the law and all of its entities. The House of  Representatives  by the constitution has the  ability to strip all funding for the law. Including the money for Medicare expansion which is in large  part the nuts and bolts of the law. Without Medicare expansion money the law falls on its face due to lack of funding and would force the Dem’s to come back to the negotiating table. The bottom line is congress owes it to the public to get back to work on this before we all get caught up in the famous #train wreck. Stop politicizing the issue and DO SOMETHING!