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President Obama requesting more than 9,000 IRS new-hires

President Obama in his latest budget is proposing the IRS hire more than 9,000 employees, including almost 500 new bureaucrats to work on Obamacare regulations. The Washington Examiner has the story: Only 483 of the 9,245 new hires President Obama is seeking for the IRS in his 2016 budget proposal would be assigned to work on Obamacare programs, according to a budget summary published by the federal tax agency. As the agency tasked with enforcing Obamacare’s individual mandate provision, the IRS must for the first time this year assess a fine against people who were eligible for the government-funded health insurance but declined to enroll....

Jenny Beth Martin: Our most important responsibility is to hold Congress accountable

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan lately has been sounding defeatist notes in public speeches rather than outlining a hopeful, conservative agenda aimed at truly reining in spending and fully repealing Obamacare, Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column for The Washington Times. Jenny Beth says: Mr. Ryan portrays Tea Party conservatives as naïve for demanding repeal. Again, his words are instructive: “When voices in the conservative movement demand things that they know we can’t achieve with a Democrat in the White House, all that does is depress our base and in turn help Democrats stay in the White ...

Judge overturns VA demotions of employees who apparently scammed agency out of $400,000

Federal judges overturned Veterans Affairs’ demotion of two senior officials caught up in a hiring scam. ABC News has the story: The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month. The VA's acting inspector general said the pair forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities … In addition to their job assignments, Graves and Rubens have been under investigation for obtaining more than $400,000 combined in questionable moving expenses under a VA relocation program that has since been suspended. Rep. ...

Editor: IRS ‘clearly run amok during the Obama administration’

U.S. News & World Report Contributing Editor Peter Roff this week criticizes the heavy-handed officials at President Obama’s IRS, including Commissioner John Koskinen who effectively looked the other way as documents ordered preserved for investigation into the agency’s slow-rolling of tax-exempt-status applications for conservative groups were destroyed. Roff also hammers IRS officials for apparently targeting American-based corporations who pay corporate taxes overseas to save money – even rewriting its own rulebook to allow private-sector lawyers clearance to read tax documents of U.S. corporations. U.S. News & World Report has ...

IRS bulks up, audits more when Democrats are in control of Congress, White House

A study of the Internal Revenue Service from present day to 1978 reveals when Democrats control Congress and the White House, the agency targets more Americans. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: What's more, when Democrats run the Senate, as they did during the Obama administration's IRS targeting scandal, the agency is typically given more money to hire more auditors who conduct more audits. "Democratic control of the Senate is correlated with an increased IRS budget and workforce. The president's party has a statistically significant impact on the number of IRS enforcement personnel when both houses of Congress are controlled by ...

Tax-reform issue gaining momentum

It’s tax season again and Americans are spending precious personal time determining what they are owed or what they owe to Uncle Sam. Imagine if the process were a lot simpler – an idea gaining ground in some political circles. The Wall Street Journal has the scoop: Remember when Steve Forbes ran for president in 1996 to promote a flat-rate income tax? The media and political establishment treated him as an unwelcome crank with an oddball idea about financing government. Today, conservatives can still expect hostile treatment from the media and political left. But the tax-reform idea has gained significant ground. Last week’s main ...

Senator says bad IRS customer service result of ‘monopoly,’ lack of ‘competitive environment’

Having trouble contacting the IRS this tax season? That’s no surprise, according to a recent Government Accountability Report that says the agency’s customer service is abysmal – a record some in Congress attribute to the IRS’ rehiring of employees fired for disciplinary reasons. West Virginia’s Bluefield Daily Telegraph has the details: The report prompted denunciations from members of Congress including Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “This is what happens when you have a monopoly instead of a competitive environment,” he said in an interview. Isakson has already been critical of the ...

Members of House Freedom Caucus threaten budget showdown over president’s unilateral gun-control move

Several Members of the House Freedom Caucus are threatening to slash funding in an effort to derail President Obama's unilateral executive actions on gun control. Via The Washington Post: Leading Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee and from the party’s conservative wing vowed to use the appropriations process to block Obama’s executive actions and deny the president the necessary funding to implement some of his proposals. “What the president has done is unconstitutional and any action Congress can take, we should, including appropriations,” said Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) a member of the House’s Freedom Caucus ...  ...

Shocker: IRS employees donate to Democrats by margin of 2-1

Internal Revenue Service employees over the last 25 years have donated to Democrats over Republicans by a margin of 2-1. The Daily Caller News Foundation has the details: Donors listing the IRS as their employer have donated roughly $453,800 to Democratic candidates and causes and $221,400 to Republican candidates and causes since 1990. About one in four of the dollars for Democrats, or roughly $117,500, went to President Barack Obama. But IRS employees since 1990 have also donated $203,000 to the National Treasury Employees Union, which in turn has given about 95 percent of its $6 million in political contributions to Democrats over the last ...

The new Common Core is the same old thing: Government gone awry

President Obama's No Child Left Behind successor — dubbed the Every Students Succeeds Act — glided through the House and Senate recently and is said to be the solution to the one-size-fits-all Common Core standards but is actually the latest liberal permutation of big-brother government education. The Federalist has the details: ESSA does nothing to protect students and parents from further federal mining of personal data. Through its regulatory powers, the Obama administration already has gutted federal student and family privacy protections, notes the APP analysis. Coupled with the ramping-up of psychosocial assessment, the prospects ...