Top 9 Quotes on the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups | Tea Party Patriots

Top 9 Quotes on the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups | Tea Party Patriots

Top 9 Quotes on the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups

1. “Not even a smidgen of corruption.” – President Barack Obama to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly February, 2014

2. “Decline to answer that question.” – Lois Lerner, pleading the Fifth Amendment before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, March 5, 2014

3. “The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.” – Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Audit

4. “Instead of referring to the cases as advocacy cases, they actually used case names on this list. They [Determinations Unit in Cincinnati, Ohio] used names like ‘Tea Party’ or ‘Patriots’ and they selected cases simply because the applications had those names in the title. That was wrong, that was absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate.” – Lois Lerner

5. “Even after admitting that it had targeted groups, and a TIGTA [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] report detailed the abuses, the IRS did notlet up. In August 2013, the IRS requested yet more documents and information. It asked us to provide, for example, all fundraising communications for the 60 days before the November 6, 2012 election, and all materials that we used in various “Get Out the Vote” activities. That request made no sense under the current standards for evaluating non-profit applications. The regulations proposed three months later, however, explain the requests, as they include specific provisions classifying any mention of a candidate’s name within 60 days of an election and get-out-the-vote efforts as taxable political activity.” – Jenny Beth Martin in testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, February 27, 2014

6. “The Internal Revenue Service says acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was first informed in May 2012 that tea party groups were inappropriately targeted for scrutiny.” – Hot Air, May 13, 2013

7. “The IRS inspector general said this week that while some liberal groups were given extra scrutiny by the tax agency, they were not subjected to the same invasive queries as tea party groups – a finding that seems to confirm political bias was at play.” – The Washington Times, June 27, 2013

8. When the IRS revelations broke, Obama promised a full investigation. Yet Cleta Mitchell, an attorney for a number of tea party and conservative groups targeted by the IRS, testified, “None of my clients have received a single contact from the FBI, the DOJ [Department of Justice] or any other investigator regarding the IRS scandal.” – The Chicago Sun-Times, February 10, 2014

9. More than 400,000 documents have been turned over to Congress, only a fraction of which have been publicly released under the Freedom of Information Act. Republicans say they’re still missing key documents including the e-mails of former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner. – USA Today, February 26, 2014

But remember, President Obama assures us there’s “not a smidgen of corruption!”

States Scheme to Get Around a New Food Stamp Reform

States Scheme to Get Around a New Food Stamp Reform

Three states are trying to get around a new minor reform Congress made to the food stamp program.

In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp benefits a household receives.

Here’s how it works: Some food stamp households that receive Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits are automatically eligible for higher deductions on their utility bills. A higher deduction means eligibility for more food stamps. So some states had simply been mailing out LIHEAP checks for amounts as small as $1 to trigger the higher food stamp benefits.

Even liberal politicians, media outlets, and analysts agreed this loophole was problematic. Congress tightened this loophole in the farm bill—but didn’t close it—by requiring that a household receive $20 or more in LIHEAP to be eligible for the larger utility deduction and subsequently higher food stamp benefits.

But now some state leaders are continuing to perpetuate—and even celebrate—this loophole. For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced earlier this week that the state would fork out $6 million in state LIHEAP benefits to 300,000 households so they could continue to draw the hundreds of millions of federal food stamp dollars through the loophole. Connecticut and Pennsylvania are following suit.

Because 95 percent of food stamp funding is federal, states are not accountable for most of the cost and thus have no problem with spending more on food stamps. In fact, most of the welfare spending on the government’s roughly 80 means-tested welfare programs is federal. States have paid an increasingly smaller amount of welfare over the decades.

The LIHEAP loophole is just one problem with food stamps, but the program is in need of much greater reform. Congress failed to take the opportunity during the farm bill debate to reform food stamps. Even the small step they took appears to be failing. Food stamps is in major need of reform and Congress shouldn’t wait until the next farm bill debate to get this program back on track.

Hunger strike by 750 immigrants at Washington state detention centre

Hunger strike by 750 immigrants at Washington state detention centre

• Protest at food, treatment and deportations
• Northwest Detention Center has 1,300 inmates
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.

An immigrant activist said the hunger strike started on Friday as a protest against deportations as well as conditions at the centre.

The centre currently houses nearly 1,300 people being investigated for possible deportation.

An ICE spokesman, Andrew Munoz, said the agency respected the right of people to express their opinions without interference. The detainees are under continuous observation by centre staff and medical personnel.

Activist Maru Mora said the hunger strikers are seeking better food and treatment as well as better pay for centre jobs.

ICE detention standards state that a detainee who has not eaten for 72 hours is considered to be on a hunger strike.

How ObamaCare Slaps The Sick – If you have cancer, MS, or Parkinson’s, you’re in trouble.

How ObamaCare Slaps The Sick - If you have cancer, MS, or Parkinson’s, you’re in trouble.

“Lies,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls the TV ads that feature people complaining about ObamaCare. Sorry: The people in those ads are sick, but their new health policies don’t let them see the specialists or get the medications they need.

These patients aren’t liars; they’re people President Obama claimed he would help, who instead are being harmed.

They had insurance, but their plans got canceled because of the Affordable Care Act, forcing them into ObamaCare. Now they’re discovering that ObamaCare plans aren’t for sick people. They offer “free” mammograms, “free” colonoscopies, and “free” contraceptives – meaning you don’t have a copay. But if you have cancer, MS, or Parkinson’s, you’re in trouble: Most ObamaCare plans skimp on specialists and life-saving drugs.

Dr. Jeffrey English, a Georgia neurologist who treats patients with advanced MS, worries that such patients forced into exchange plans will deteriorate rapidly. Some plans don’t cover six out of the 10 drugs that can treat MS, including the ones most effective at staving off irreversible paralysis.

“ObamaCare is a throwback to the old HMO model of the 1990s, which promised a broad package of coverage for primary-care benefits like vaccines and routine doctor visits. But to pay for these benefits, the ObamaCare plans skimp on other things, principally the number of doctors you’ll have access to and also the number of costlier branded drugs,” explains Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a practicing physician and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

It’s like a car with leather seats and Bose speakers, but a lousy engine. Another aspect of this approach: most exchange plans exclude the academic medical centers that cancer patients look to when their local hospital runs out of answers.

Dr. Katherine Albrecht developed stage 3c breast cancer (which had spread to her lymph nodes) in 2011. Doctors at her local hospital in Nashua, NH told her to get her affairs in order. But her Anthem PPO health insurance allowed her to go to Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, where she was successfully treated, and afterward to Cornell Breast Cancer Center.

Her Anthem policy was canceled late last year because it didn’t meet ObamaCare mandates such as maternity coverage. Yet ObamaCare-compliant policies in New Hampshire won’t cover care at 10 of the 26 hospitals in the state, and none outside the state – so if she’d been on ObamaCare when she got cancer, she couldn’t have gone to Boston for care. Albrecht says, “Under ObamaCare, I’d be dead.”

Recently, the president urged Organizing for Action volunteers to enroll as many people as possible in ObamaCare before the March 31 deadline, calling it “God’s work.” Really? Maybe helping the uninsured is God’s work, but convincing people with health problems to move into plans that won’t provide the care they need to stay alive certainly isn’t. In the private sector, that would be fraud. It takes politics to a new low.

In February 2013, the Obama administration whacked people with pre-existing conditions even harder by suspending the cap on out-of-pocket expenses under an ObamaCare policy, which was originally set to kick in Jan. 1 at $6,350 for an individual. Theodore M. Thompson, a vice president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said “The promise of out-of-pocket limits was one of the main reasons we supported health-care reform.”

Without the cap, an MS patient on Copaxone, which costs $6,000 a month, will have to spend about $1,500 to $2,000 every month for the co-pay on that one drug alone. That’s unaffordable for many.

Before the Affordable Care Act, nine out of every 10 Americans with pre-existing conditions had coverage. They got it through an employer-provided plan, Medicare, or Medicaid without discrimination. Only the individual-policy market let insurers charge sick people more or turn them away – and even in that market, most got covered. Nationwide, only 2 million to 4 million people with health problems couldn’t get coverage. That’s about 1 percent of the population – a small, fixable problem.

But ObamaCare doesn’t fix the problem, it makes it far worse. As millions lose on-the-job coverage this year or next and get pushed into ObamaCare, those with pre-existing illnesses will have the same difficulty getting care as the patients in the TV ads. It’s no lie.


Seniors Prevented From Getting HealthCare Under ObamaCare: The Details

Seniors Prevented From Getting HealthCare Under ObamaCare: The Details

Nancy Pelosi said Americans would find out all about ObamaCare if Congress would only pass the bill. Now we’re finding that some seniors will not be allowed to spend as much as they choose to on their health care – even if they’re willing to pony up for it.

Turns out that with ObamaCare, even if you qualify for health care you just might not get any..

A new report by the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at National Right to Life titled “The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the United States,” analyzes four fundamental policy areas of Obamacare.

It finds several ways that the federal health care law “will drastically limit access to life-saving medical treatment under the law.”

“These four areas include: the ‘excess benefit’ tax coming into effect in 2018, the current exclusion of adequate health insurance plans from the exchanges, present limits on senior citizens’ ability to use their own money for health insurance, and federal limits on the care doctors give their patients to be implemented as soon as 2016.”

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said that “for pro-life Americans concerned about the impact on innocent life – both born and unborn – the policies of Obamacare couldn’t be worse.”

“Americans are just as concerned with the law’s impact on our ability to access life-saving medical treatment for ourselves, our family members, and our loved ones as with Obamacare’s funding of abortions. Obamacare is bad medicine for America,” she said.

Pelosi famously said Congress should pass the law so Americans could find out what was in it, and its unpleasant surprises have been shocking citizens ever since.

The study finds, for example, that the “Independent Payment Advisory Board,” which starting next January is supposed to make “recommendations to slow the growth in national health expenditures,” will set “quality and efficiency” standards for hospitals and demand that doctors meet government minimums in order to contract with any qualified health insurance plan.

“Essentially, doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can be told by Washington just what diagnostic tests and medical care are considered to meet ‘quality and efficiency’ standards. These standards will be enforced not just for health care paid for by federally funded programs like Medicare, but also for health care paid for by private citizens and by the health insurance they or their employers purchase,” the study explains.

“These standards are specifically designed to limit the funds that Americans may choose to spend on health care so that they cannot keep up with the rate of medical inflation. Treatment that a doctor and patient deem needed or advisable to save the patient’s life or preserve or improve the patient’s health, but which runs afoul of the imposed standards, can be denied, even if the patient is willing and able to pay for it,” the study warns.

The study says that means that Washington “bureaucrats” will set a national standard for care “that is designed to limit what private citizens are allowed to spend to save their own lives.”

PELOSI and BOI wouldn’t worry too much about Nancy Pelosi though – she’s exempt from ObamaCare – as is the rest of the gang in Congress, the Senate, The White House, their friends in the Unions, their staff, their families… But you’re stuck with it.

What is the cure for boiling blood? I think there’s going to be a run on it soon. This ObamaCare is a lie and has been from the beginning. Period.

“If it looks like a “death panel” and smells like a “death panel” it’s a DEATH PANEL..”
– Ruler4You


Lawmaker: Obama Failing to Stop DoD Contractors From Dealing with Iran-Administration aims to ‘bribe’ Tehran

Lawmaker: Obama Failing to Stop DoD Contractors From Dealing with Iran-Administration aims to ‘bribe’ Tehran

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sidestepped questions on Thursday about numerous Pentagon contractors who are currently seeking to begin business with Iran.

At least 13 major international companies have said in recent weeks that they aim to reenter the Iranian marketplace over the next several months. The companies have received Pentagon contracts totaling well over $107 billion, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis that tracked defense contracts awarded since fiscal year 2009.

Lawmakers have expressed shock over the revelation that companies receiving billions in taxpayer funds would seek to do business with Iran and have demanded that these companies be forced to choose between doing business with America or doing it with Iran.

When questioned about the matter during a congressional hearing on Thursday, Hagel avoided direct answers.

“Should companies that do business with the Department of Defense also be doing business with Iran?” asked Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Hagel responded by saying that the United States has “sanctions in place … to address that. And companies would violate those sanctions if they were doing that kind of business with Iran.”

However, under the interim nuclear accord signed last year, companies have a temporary window to conduct certain types of business with Iran, giving it a chance to cash in on lucrative deals.

“One news report has indicated that companies doing business with the Department of Defense to the tune of $100 billion are looking at doing more business with Tehran now that the, sort of, floodgates have been opened,” Lamborn said. “And some people would disagree with that term, floodgates, since this recent deal with Iran. But that’s how some people out there in the business world are looking at it.”

Hagel said that “no floodgates have been opened.”

Asked after the hearing if he was satisfied with Hagel’s answers, Lamborn said that Hagel is putting too much faith in a sanctions regime that is already collapsing.

“He’s putting a lot of faith in the sanctions program that the Obama administration has in place,” Lamborn said. “Unfortunately, that program has been considerably weakened ever since the so-called agreement. I’m not convinced we’re really looking closely enough at how major companies in some cases might be wanting to play on both sides of the fence.”

Lamborn criticized the administration for not publicly addressing the issue and drawing a line for Pentagon contractors.

“I don’t see anybody being called out, and I don’t see any warnings being issued to any companies,” he said. “I just don’t see anything happening.”

This silence sets a dangerous precedent, Lamborn said.

“I’ve tried to call out some people by name and maybe bring them to an awareness that if they operate in an inconsistent way they’re going to have to have consequences,” he said.

Lamborn went on to note that some in the Obama administration believe that it is wise to get Tehran hooked on outside cash.

“There are some in the administration who have the belief they want Iran to start doing a lot of business and get hooked on the money,” he said. “I think that’s a huge gamble that hasn’t been proven. What has worked in the past to bring them to the table has been strong sanctions, not some kind of money transfusion that bribes people.”

Many of the companies said to be exploring business opportunities in Iran have had highly lucrative DoD contracts.

These companies include Boeing and General Electric—which have DoD contracts worth at least $87.9 and $12.5 billion respectively—as well as the Italian oil company Eni, Merck, Safran, Vitol, Bosch Rexroth, Sanofi Pasteur, and AVL.

Only One-in-Ten Uninsured Enrolled in Obamacare

Only One-in-Ten Uninsured Enrolled in Obamacare

The stated main goal of Obamacare was to provide health insurance to the uninsured who were in a state of “crisis” by not having coverage. On that account, today’s numbers about the percentage of uninsured actually enrolling in Obamacare, indicates a complete and utter failure.

According to a survey by consulting firm McKinsey & Co., only 10% of the uninsured who qualify for private plans have enrolled as of last month.

Nevertheless, the Obama regime is claiming that it has no idea how many uninsured Americans are signing up. According to FOX News:

Gary Cohen, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official who oversaw the insurance marketplaces through their troubled rollout, told an insurance industry conference on Thursday that the administration doesn’t know how many uninsured Americans are signing up.

“That’s not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way,” Cohen told attendees when asked how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured, according to The National Journal.

DHS tells American border guards to run away from illegal immigrants hurling rocks at them, fleeing in vehicles

DHS tells American border guards to run away from illegal immigrants hurling rocks at them, fleeing in vehicles

Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug cargoes.

“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.

Agents can’t use guns against “a moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents,” say the instructions.

The new instructions do allow agents to use guns to defend themselves from vehicles that drive at them. “Agents shall not discharge their firearms at a moving vehicle unless the agent has a reasonable belief that… deadly force is being used against an agent,” the new instructions say.

However, the instructions also suggest that officers be penalized if they don’t step back. Agents “should not place themselves in the path of a motor vehicle or use their body to block a vehicles’s path,” according to new instructions.

The new curbs were praised by advocates for greater immigration, including Juanita Molina, director of the Border Action Network. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Menendez is one of the drafters of the June 2013 Senate immigration bill, which would boost the inflow of legal immigrants and guest workers up to 40 million over the next decade. During the same period, roughly 40 million Americans will turn 18.

The new rules were issued at the direction of Jeh Johnston, the new head of the Department of Homeland Security.

The rules match the recommendation of a report by an advocacy group that wants to reduce policing of illegal immigration.

The report by the Police Executive Research Forum was commissioned by DHS, and it said border agents should be barred from standing in front of smugglers’ vehicles or from shooting at people who are attacking them with rocks.

The commissioned report was challenged by mid-level DHS officials, who argued that the rules barring self-defense from rock-throwers “could create a more dangerous environment [especially for agents operating] in rural or desolate areas, often alone, where concealment, cover and egress is not an option,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

But Johnston overrode the internal response, and forced the implementation of the advocacy groups’ recommendations.

The PERF report was commissioned by top DHS leaders after advocates said law-enforcement agents had killed roughly seven people a year along the 1,933-mile border in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The shootings came during 67 clashes with a huge stream of armed drug-smugglers and illegal immigrants.

Three U.S. border guards have been killed in recent years, including one who was shot during a clash with drug smugglers carrying AK-47 assault weapons.

In a Friday news conference, Fisher told reporters that agents would be equipped with short-range tasers and pepper spray, plus medium-range pellet guns, to deter attacks.

But he also admitted that agents have been attacked 6,000 times since 2007. They’ve been “assaulted by rocks” 1,713 times since 2010, and have responded with deadly force only 43 times, he said.

The agents killed only 10 drug-smugglers and other attackers during the same three-year period, Fisher said.

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Russia warns sanctions over Ukraine would ‘hit US like boomerang’

Russia warns sanctions over Ukraine would 'hit US like boomerang'

Russia warned the United States on Friday that any sanctions imposed on Moscow over its response to the crisis in Ukraine would “boomerang” back on the United States, as U.S. officials continued to explore ways to resolve the standoff diplomatically.

In a telephone conversation with Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that U.S. sanctions could “backfire” and urged the U.S. not to take “hasty, poorly thought-out steps that could harm Russian-U.S. relations,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Sanctions…would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang,” the statement added, according to a Reuters report.

Heavier U.S. and European Union sanctions could sting Russia’s already slow-growing economy and hurt its financial sector. But Moscow could retaliate and seize American and other foreign assets or cut exports of natural gas to Europe, which is heavily dependent on Russia for energy.

Meanwhile, Russian news agencies reported Saturday that Moscow is considering a freeze of U.S. military inspections in Russia in line with the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty and the 2011 Vienna agreement between Russia and NATO on confidence-building measures.

Agencies on Saturday carried a statement by an unidentified Defense Ministry official saying that Moscow sees Washington’s decision to halt military cooperation with Russia as a reason to halt inspections.

The State Department said Friday that Kerry underscored to Lavrov the importance of finding a constructive way to resolve the situation diplomatically, which would address the interests of the people of Ukraine, Russia, and the international community. Kerry and Lavrov agreed to continue to consult in the days ahead.

President Obama on Thursday slapped new visa restrictions on Russian and other opponents of Ukraine’s government in Kiev and authorized wider financial penalties against those involved in the military intervention or in stealing state assets. Obama emphasized his resolve in an hourlong telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, affirming his contention that Russia’s actions violate Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Putin, who on Friday opened the Paralympic Games in Sochi, which have been boycotted by Western nations, said Ukraine’s new, pro-Western authorities had acted illegitimately over the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions, Reuters reported.

“Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin was quoted as saying.

On Capitol Hill, both chambers of Congress looked to advance legislation imposing hard-hitting sanctions on Russia.

Obama hailed U.S. cooperation with the European Union, which on Thursday suspended talks with Putin’s government on a wide-ranging economic agreement and on granting Russian citizens visa-free travel within the 28-nation bloc. But Europe’s presidents and prime ministers remain divided on taking more drastic steps such as freezing assets and issuing travel bans on Russian officials.

European hesitancy reflected the reality that targeting influential Russian businessmen or major Russian companies would also harm Europe’s economic interests. U.S. trade with Russia is less than one-tenth of Europe’s.

Russian investors hold assets worth billions in European banks, particularly in Britain, which is highly protective of its financial sector, and major exporters such as Germany and the Netherlands have far more at stake than the United States in Russia’s consumer economy.

Showing greater caution than Obama on sanctions, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European penalties against Russia depend “on how the diplomatic process progresses.” EU President Herman Van Rompuy said travel bans, asset freezes and the cancellation of an EU-Russia summit could still come. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk acknowledged “no enthusiasm” in Europe for economic sanctions.

China also showed caution, saying economic sanctions were not the best way to solve the crisis and avoiding comment on the referendum scheduled for March 16 to decide whether to become part of Russia, according to Reuters.

While Russia has expressed openness to international mediation, in an interview on Russian state television, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, rejected calls for Russia and the new government in Kiev to use Western countries as mediators, The Washington Post reported.

“One can only smile at that,” he said.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that Moscow sees no sense in having a dialogue with Ukraine’s new authorities because, in his view, they kowtow to radical nationalists.

“The so-called interim government isn’t independent, it depends, to our great regret, on radical nationalists who have seized power with arms,” he said at a news conference. He said that nationalist groups use “intimidation and terror” to control Ukraine.

In some ways, the debate over sanctions echoes the Cold War doctrine of military strategy in which if two opponents fired off nuclear weapons, both sides would be annihilated.

The State Department sought to allay fears that Europe might find itself short on Russian gas.

“We understand that European gas inventories are well-above normal levels, due to a milder than usual winter, and could replace a loss of Russian exports for several months, if necessary,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “Naturally, we take the energy security of our friends very seriously.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, saw an opening for U.S. gas producers. He called on Obama to fast-track approval of U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas, claiming the Energy Department has a slow approval process that amounts to a de facto ban on American natural gas exports.

The Energy Department has given final approval to one of about two dozen proposed liquefied natural gas export terminals in the past two years. Five other projects have received conditional backing.

However, even if the Energy Department approved all the pending permits from companies seeking to export natural gas, fuel could not begin flowing overseas for several years. A project in Sabine Pass, La., is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2015, but most others are not expected to begin operations until 2017 or later.