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RADIO FREE BRAT: Cong. Brat Calls for the IMPEACHMENT of the IRS Commissioner!

While we in Hanover and New Kent are behind the lines, I will try to keep you informed – from a Brat campaign email:

Dear Elwood,

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who stunned members with his admission that the IRS looks the other way when illegal aliens use stolen social security numbers to file tax returns.

Mr. Koskinen stated that when people fraudulently use Social Security numbers to get a job, and then file taxes using their IRS-issued individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN), the IRS is only concerned whether taxes are paid — not about people in the U.S. illegally, committing identity fraud.

Oftentimes, the Social Security numbers are borrowed from friends with permission, he told the committee, and, although the IRS is aware that the tax returns contain false W-2 information, the IRS proceeds to process the returns normally. Incredibly, this highly placed federal official then went on to say that the agency does not even bother to notify the people whose social security numbers have been abused!

BUT Brat was on the case (cite:  PJ Media):

Brat sought to clarify comments Koskinen made in a recent Senate hearing about illegal immigrants using someone else’s Social Security number to work and an individual tax identification number to file a tax return.

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“Should any agency go along with what it knows to be illegal activity?” Brat asked.

“Our responsibility is the administration of the tax code and it’s been made clear that not everybody who has an ITIN as it’s called is an illegal alien –for some reason they can’t get a Social Security number. And so the tax code is set up and our enforcement is that people who are earning money have an obligation to pay taxes, and we do everything we can to make sure they pay those taxes,” Koskinen said.

“To the extent that to get the employment they have borrowed or somehow gotten a Social Security number, that’s not a jurisdiction we have. In other words, our responsibility is to make sure they pay their taxes,” he added.

So Brat comes out this with:

Mr. Koskinen must be removed as head of the IRS

This admission by the IRS Commissioner is another example of why I and 62 other members of the House have signed on to a Resolution calling for Mr. Koskinen’s impeachment due to the repeated breach of his basic fiduciary duties.

I can understand the IRS’ dilemma but there must be a better way than placing people’s personal info at risk.  Cong. Brat is taking a bold stand.  Read my next post if you want to consider a protest at the polls about losing our beloved Representative.

 


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

A Grim Future

What I have to say this morning will sound an awful lot like fear-mongering. As I go over the contents in my own mind I am uncomfortable and uncertain just how accurately my fears correspond to reality. So instead of making wild claims or accusations, which is customary for fear-mongering, I intend simply to put forth my reasonings, beginning with a few central premises and concluding with what I now feel is necessary.

Our politicians have been lying to us. I’m sure they’ve always lied to the people with the intent to keep us in the dark; but today, they are lying to us about things we already know to be true. Just last week President Obama proclaimed that the Gods’ honest truth of the matter was that Social Security was not in crisis. Yesterday we learn that Social Security disability is going bankrupt by the end of next year. Demands will inevitably be made for Congress to pass new funding measures to ensure that Social Security disability doesn’t simply stop functioning. Folk still want to get their money. Yet, these politicians have spent all the money and there isn’t any money left.

I believe we are about to witness decade after decade of various institutions collapsing, demanding more funding from wherever and however. I believe we are going to witness, as we already have, Congress after Congress increasing our federal debt limit and increasing taxes. Now, maybe the federal government will attempt to inoculate itself from controversy, begin putting more pressure on the States, forcing the States to raise taxes. Who knows? What we can be certain of, however, is that our government is demanding more and more money from a weaker, thinner, and less secure economy. Just over 60% of Americans have jobs. Of those 60% percent that have jobs, only about 50% are paying taxes that exceed their subsidies. Our model of wealth redistribution is impossible and will inevitably collapse.

Our politicians refuse to address benefits and entitlements and subsidies because this is their leverage on garnering the votes of poor and middle class. Meanwhile, they are also subsidizing powerful corporate interests all across the country. Everyone with power, or with numbers, or great wealth is lining up for handouts, and there is no end in sight.

It is generally accepted that our governments will not reform themselves and that the majority of citizens and non-citizens living America have no interest in immediate reform. Therefore, the only possible conclusion one can draw is that economic collapse is inevitable.

Therefore, all opposition to our current political establishments should get behind a very simple set of political propositions, that could be the only possible measures to prevent a Greek-style default. 1. End all immigration. We cannot afford the poor we already have. 2. Demand no increase in taxes, increase in spending, or increase in debt. All new spending must be paid for with cuts from the current budget. 3. We’ve got to end the drug war. This will free up inestimable amounts of capital currently spent on the largest prison system in global history. 4. Begin reducing enforcement of all non-essential regulations and laws. 5. End 100% of all corporate subsidies and all tax loopholes for the wealthy elite in this country. 6. Reduce the cost of all local and State governments. Medicaid is going to push most of our states to the breaking point anyway and if we can’t get rid of that, then we’ll have to get rid of a bunch of other programs.

This is what I believe we must fight for, even though our chances of seeing any of these measures ever enacted is slim to none. So in the face of the seeming inevitability of this failure, I suggest that people buy gold, guns, and land. Live near sustainable resources. Stay the hell out of cities. Don’t waste any money that doesn’t absolutely have to be wasted. Outside of that, I’ve hardly any valuable advise to dispense. The fact is, that if the last five years of Barack Obama, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell haven’t been enough to wake the American People from their docile ignorance and apathy, nothing will, until it’s too late. And at that point I will have no compassion for any of them.

This is a negative outlook to be sure and not an excuse for failing to fight every battle before us; but I think it is important to consciously acknowledge the grim future gravitating toward us.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker