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Reason.tv and Remy Mock the IRS with a Love Song


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 9:30 AM PERMALINK


A few weeks back, I highlighted how Rep. Paul Ryan ripped into IRS commissioner John Koskinen over the IRS scandal involving Lois Lerner and the targeting of free-market groups. The issue at the time came down to the failure of the IRS to produce emails related to the investigation and the inability of the commissioner to explain why the IRS couldn’t retrieve the missing data. The Daily Caller even reported that the failure to produce emails related to the investigation may have violated federal law.

Now, the IRS is singing a different tune. IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane, who oversees document production for the agency, says he’s unsure whether all the backups related to Lerner were recycled and destroyed. However, IT experts for the IRS recently declared under oath that Lerner’s hard drive had been recycled by an outside contractor.

So which is it? Can the IRS produce these missing emails or not? Sometimes the absurdity of it all requires you to step back and just laugh. For that reason, I suggest you check out Remy’s new song: What are the Chances? (An IRS Love Song)

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Rep. Paul Ryan Tees off on IRS Commissioner Over Lerner’s Lost Emails


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 2:44 PM PERMALINK


In a recent hearing on the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative and free-market groups, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) ripped into IRS commissioner John Koskinen after the agency admitted it lost 2 years’ worth of emails from Lois Lerner. The agency had previously agreed to turn over all emails related to the investigation.

Lerner’s computer conveniently crashed ten days after Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich) first requested information related to the scandal. Lerner reportedly asked the IT department to recover the data from her computer, but they were unable to do so.

The Daily Caller reported that the inability of the IRS to produce Lerner's emails appears to violate federal laws, as they are required to keep records of all emails and print out hard copies as a backup. In fact, the U.S. Archivist admitted to Congress during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing that the IRS “did not follow the law” when it failed to report the lost Lerner emails. However, he did not say they broke the law.

If you have a moment, it is definitely worth your time to watch Rep. Ryan's questioning of Commissioner Koskinen. As Rep. Ryan says:

You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hardworking taxpayers and with a phone call, email, or a letter; you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hang on to seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited, and you can’t keep six months worth of employees’ emails?

What do you think? Is it too much to ask the IRS to hold on to their records for as long as taxpayers are required to keep theirs?

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White Clowns

Redneck. This Norquist is a shady character. Wonder how he has managed to hold only so much power.

Rednecksrule

Hey White Clowns... Ryan is a big favorite of Mr Lobbyist moneybags Norquist here. I always come to this site and ask him about how do you reconcile the cost of importing millions of poor, illiterate third worlders with his No Tax pledge. Check out of all things... A Washington Post story that ACTUALLY sort of says that the surge of immigration to Fairfax is going to be extremely costly to the county!

White Clowns

Hey, Redneck. Levin had Ryan on the other day on the IRS scandal. Levin said, "hey I want you back to talk about 'other issues' but time doesn't permit right now." I wonder what else Levin wanted to talk about. Haha.


ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers Ahead of Primaries in CO, MD, NY, and OK


Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 2:02 PM PERMALINK


With the primary elections of several states slated to take place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of elected officials and challengers for congressional office who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for the states of Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on June 24. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday can be found in the following links:

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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in IA-03 Ahead of the June 21 GOP Convention


Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, June 20th, 2014, 10:30 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of US Congressional candidates in IA-03 who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

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  • Rob Cramer (IA-03)
  • Matt Schultz (IA-03)*
  • Monte Shaw (IA-03)
  • David Young (IA-03)
  • Brad Zaun (IA-03)
     

*Matt Schultz signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as Secretary of State

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ATR Release 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers Ahead of Primaries in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia


Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, June 6th, 2014, 10:10 AM PERMALINK


With the primary elections of several states slated to take place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for federal offices who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for the states of Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on June 10. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday can be found in the following links:

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ATR Releases List of 2014 Federal Pledge Signers Ahead of Primaries in AL, CA, IA, MS, MT, NJ, NM, and SD


Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, June 2nd, 2014, 12:10 PM PERMALINK


With the primary elections slated to take place in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota on Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for congressional offices who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, June 3. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday can be found in the following links:

 

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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District


Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, May 30th, 2014, 11:09 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of congressional candidates in Oklahoma’s fifth district who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

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Kevin Raye Uses DCCC Playbook to Mislead Voters on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 3:44 PM PERMALINK


In the hotly contested GOP primary in ME-02, former State Sen. Kevin Raye is attempting to deflect attention away from his decision to leave the door open to higher taxes by lying about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

His arguments against the Pledge come straight out of the DCCC playbook. To claim the Pledge prevents tax reform or the elimination of any particular deduction and/or credit is simply false. ATR President Grover Norquist created the Pledge in 1985 to help pass the 1986 Tax Reform Act, the most comprehensive tax reform legislation to date.

The Pledge prevents politicians from raising taxes by eliminating this-or-that tax preference by itself.  Rather, the Pledge tells politicians that such base broadening is acceptable only in the context of tax reform—broaden the base, lower the rates, and don’t raise the net tax burden in the aggregate on American families and employers.  A tax preference eliminated today is a tax preference not available for tax reform tomorrow.

Claims similar to Raye’s have been debunked by Factcheck.org and Politifact in the past.

Factcheck.org said:

More important, it [Taxpayer Protection Pledge] does not rule out an overhaul of the tax code. Signers agree to oppose any "net" reduction of deductions or credits "unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

Factcheck.org continued on with their examination of the Pledge by agreeing with ATR that any attempt to say the Pledge “protects” any deduction or credit is untrue:

That [Pledge] leaves ample room for elimination of any number of special tax breaks so long as the overall level of taxation is not increased. To claim that this "protects" any particular provision of the tax code is simply untrue.

Politifact also agreed with Factcheck.org saying:

The taxpayer pledge doesn’t prevent a signer from opposing any tax break as long as he or she finds a way to offset the resulting increase in taxes.

Any attempt by Raye to use Sen. Rand Paul against the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is disproved by a simple Google search. Politico highlighted a number of pro-Pledge comments made by Sen. Paul in 2012:

I’m a huge fan of the pledge. And I think it does hold people’s feet to the fire and they’ve essentially signed their signature and said they’re not going to raise taxes so if they go back on their word, I think they’ll suffer the repercussions in their next election.

In ME-02, Bruce Poliquin is the only candidate to make a written promise to Maine taxpayers to oppose higher taxes. Poliquin understands the solution to our current economic malaise is to hold the line on taxes, grow the economy, and cut government spending.

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NJ-03: Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur Make Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 19th, 2014, 4:34 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of New Jersey to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing and provide an additional layer of accountability to the taxpayer.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. Currently, 41 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen incumbent governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

I want to congratulate both Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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ATR Releases List of 2014 Federal Pledge Signers Ahead of Primaries in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania


Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, May 16th, 2014, 2:15 PM PERMALINK


With the primary elections of several states slated to take place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for congressional offices who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, May 20. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday can be found in the following links:

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