Why Do GOP Candidates Support The IRS?

Our 75,000 page tax code is a complete disaster and the IRS is a criminal enterprise. So why do nearly all the GOP candidates support tax reform plans that “tinker” with the tax code? Why do they all support plans that preserve the IRS?

Our backwards, broken, punitive tax system is a classic Washington creation, and it is time we burn it to the ground. Today, there are more tax lobbyists in Washington than any other industry or sector, even healthcare. For decades, Washington central planners have made billions carving out holes, handouts, and exemptions for the powerful and well-connected.

In both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the most sought after legislative assignments are the tax writing committees. Congressmen promise to raise millions for their party just so they can play games with the tax code. Worse still, politicians make millions as tax lobbyists when they finally retire. And we wonder why it’s been nearly 30 years since Washington last reformed the tax code?

It’s a sickening, vicious cycle. Our dysfunctional tax system is a cottage industry for Washington insiders that’s punching millions of American families in the gut.

But there are more problems. Ask any parent, teacher or animal trainer, when you reward good behavior you get more of it. Our tax code does the exact opposite. The harder you work, the more Washington confiscates from your paycheck. The less you work, the more Washington rewards you. Worse still, drug dealers, pimps, criminals and anyone hiring illegal immigrants avoid taxes entirely. Why do we have a system that rewards irresponsibility and punishes productivity?

I am the only GOP candidate with a plan to permanently obliterate the tax code and abolish the IRS.

The FairTax would completely eliminate all taxes on wages, including Medicare and payroll taxes, the most regressive of all taxes. American workers would keep every single cent of their paycheck. In its place, the FairTax would establish a fair, clear, finite 23% national sales tax.

Our tax system is so broken it needs much more than the tap or hammer or twist of a screw. The FairTax brings trillions of dollars in offshore investment and manufacturing back to the United States – creating millions of good jobs for American workers. The FairTax also gives every senior a Social Security bonus payment.

Today, there are 80 total Representatives and Senators who support this legislation. Prominent scholars including the Nobel Prize winning economist Vernon Smith endorse the FairTax. It was created by some of the top economists in the country and supported by over $20 million in independent and non-government funded research. The FairTax is gaining momentum and support across the country because millions of Americans are sick of the existing nightmare Washington insiders have created.

Our 75,000 page Tax Code is arbitrary, unfair, unnavigable, and insanely complex. Congress cannot defend it, the IRS cannot explain it, and hard-working Americans cannot comprehend it. It’s time we abolish this monstrosity once-and-for-all and pass the FairTax. I call on GOP candidates to join me.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is a 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

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Big Muslim Group Demanded Ben Carson Withdraw. He Just Made That Backfire In A HUGE Way

Ben Carson is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the nation’s highest profile Muslim advocacy group–because it allegedly illegally inserted itself into presidential race.

As reported by Western Journalism, Carson stated nearly two weeks ago that he would not advocate for a Muslim to be president, unless he or she renounced Sharia Law.

Nihad Awad, the president and founder of the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), responded to Carson’s remarks at a press conference soon thereafter, stating: “We ask Mr. Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race, because he is unfit to lead.”

Carson’s campaign is now charging that Awad engaged in illegal electioneering by advocating against a particular candidate. “[T]he organization has brazenly violated IRS rules prohibiting tax-exempt nonprofits like CAIR to intervene in a political campaign on behalf of—or in opposition to—a candidate,” according to a statement on Carson’s website.

The campaign also calls for immediate action by the Internal Revenue Service:

The IRS should immediately revoke CAIR’s tax-exempt status. Under the Obama administration, the IRS has systematically targeted conservative nonprofit groups for politically motivated audits and harassment. The agency should now properly do its job and punish the real violators of America’s laws and regulations.

Carson’s statement includes a petition demanding the IRS take action against CAIR.

As reported by Western Journalism, Carson’s campaign raised an astounding $20 million last quarter, with $12 million hitting the coffers during September alone.

A significant portion of that came in after the candidate stated his opposition to a Muslim being president on NBC’s Meet the Press. Campaign manager Barry Bennett said that $700,000 in donations was made within 36 hours after Carson’s remarks.

Federal Judge Makes Enormous Ruling That The Obama Admin And IRS Dreaded

Any role the Obama administration might have played in the IRS targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status could be exposed following a federal judge’s recent ruling.

According to reports, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Amy Berman Jackson determined that the IRS should be compelled to release data requests that came from the White House.

The ruling came after she heard testimony in a suit alleging former White House chief economist Austan Goolsbee obtained tax records for a corporation owned by conservative benefactors Charles and David Koch.

At the time of the alleged crime, the White House explained that Goolsbee only used Koch Industries “as an example” of companies that avoid paying corporate income taxes. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, however, analyzed the administration official’s “direct knowledge of Koch’s legal and tax status” to determine he appeared to be violating federal law.

Watchdog organization Cause of Action subsequently filed the lawsuit seeking access to tax information requested by the Obama White House.

Jackson threw out the IRS assertion that the requests should remain confidential. In fact, she concluded that one IRS argument served to bolster the opposition’s case. The agency reportedly sought refuge behind a post-Nixon law designed to protect Americans from governmental vengeance.

The judge wrote in her decision that she is “unwilling to stretch the statute so far” that it could be “used to shield the very misconduct it was enacted to prohibit.”

Cause of Action Executive Director Dan Epstein expressed support for Jackson’s ruling, explaining his organization has “said all along” that the Obama White House must not be permitted to cover up its actions.

“No administration is above the law,” he affirmed, “and we are pleased that the court has sided with us on this important point.”

Do you hope the truth about the IRS targeting of conservatives is finally revealed? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Bombshell: Shades of Hillary’s Hijinks As IRS Reveals This About Lerner And Tea Party Targeting

Just as the Hillary Clinton Emailgate scandal continues to unfold in a devastating drip-drip-drip pattern, now it appears that the Lois Lerner investigation has taken another dramatic turn in a long series of damaging revelations. The ongoing Lerner drip-drip-drip has to do with IRS targeting and intimidation of Tea Party and other conservative and patriot groups.

The Washington Times reports that, just as Hillary used a private email account for conducting official business when she was secretary of state, Lerner — the former IRS official at the center of the targeting scandal — used not one, but two personal email accounts in her official capacity as director of the Exempt Organizations unit at the Internal Revenue Service.

Lawyers for the IRS just admitted in a court filing that the tax agency has found a second non-official Lerner email account that appears to contain records relevant to a lawsuit filed by a government watchdog.

Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal.

The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting.

The second personal email account that likely contains relevant communications to or from Lois Lerner has been identified as belonging to “Toby Miles.” While it is unclear as to why that particular name was given to Lerner’s heretofore undisclosed account, Fox News notes that Lerner’s husband has a similar name.

…Lerner’s husband is Michael Miles and reportedly may have been linked to the account. The IRS, though, concluded it was a personal account used by Lerner.

The IRS targeting scandal, which has been investigated for years by Congress, has continued to simmer largely because of the slow pace at which the tax agency has released information on Lerner and the behind-the-scenes activities involved in holding up the grant of tax-exempt status to a number of right-leaning groups.

As Western Journalism reported a few weeks ago, an angry federal judge has threatened to lower the boom on the IRS and its boss, John Koskinen, for stalling the release of relevant documents and discoveries. Judge Emmet Sullivan expressed his frustration with the tax agency in declaring that he may well take punitive action against the Obama administration for not complying with his order to provide to the court IRS documents that Koskinen and others have adamantly claimed were missing, inaccessible, or destroyed.

In addition, Rep. Jason Chafftez, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has said that he will possibly pursue contempt charges against IRS Commissioner Koskinen. The Republican lawmaker also threatened to mount an effort to remove the IRS chief from office through impeachment if President Obama didn’t fire him.

Obama has, of course, stood by his man at the Internal Revenue Service.

What do you think? Will the IRS and Lois Lerner ever be held accountable for their actions?

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WATCH: Ted Cruz Reveals Where He Would Send 90,000 IRS Employees After Abolishing The Federal Agency

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz received a rowdy reception on Saturday at Americans for Prosperity’s annual Defending the Dream Summit in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to Cruz, the event included former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Texas Gov. Rich Perry, and La. Gov. Bobby Jindal.   

The Associated Press reported that Cruz was the “hands down favorite” with the political activist-laden crowd; approximately 3500 people showed up to the event.

The fiery, at times raspy-voiced, Cruz laid out what his “day one” agenda as president would be, reminiscent of the GOP’s Contract with America in the 90s.

His first priority: rescinding “every single illegal and unconstitutional executive order.” The Texas senator said: “You live by the pen, and you die by the pen.” In a document released last year, Cruz listed 76 different “lawless acts” of the Obama administration.

Next on his priority list: instructing the DOJ to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood. That would be followed by directing all federal agencies to end persecution of religious liberty “immediately”; ripping to shreds the Iranian nuclear deal; and directing the U.S. embassy in Israel to be moved to the nation’s capital of Jerusalem.

Some additional items on a President Cruz’s agenda in the following days would include repealing Obamacare and ending Common Core.

He received perhaps his strongest crowd response when he promised to allow members of the military to bear firearms while on duty. He said: “The next time that a jihadist shows up at a recruiting station in Chattanooga Tennessee, he’s going to meet the business end of firearms wielded by a dozen Marines.”  

The crowd responded with roars of approval and began chanting of “Cruz, Cruz, Cruz….”

The candidate went on to state his support for a flat tax, which could be completed on a postcard. His plan would then be to “padlock the IRS building,” adding, tongue-in-cheek, he would ship all of its 90,000 employees to the southern border. He felt there could be no better deterrent to anyone seeking to immigrate to the country illegally than the sight of IRS agents lining the border, which drew laughter and thunderous applause from the audience. 

h/t: CNSNews

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