The taxman cometh

posted at 8:01 pm on July 21, 2012 by Fausta Wertz

Sicking the taxman on your political opponents is becoming quite the vogue in our hemisphere:

The Taxman Cometh

If you want to publicly criticize Argentina’s government, make sure all your tax filings are in order.

That was the thinly veiled message President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner sent Wednesday near the end of a speech broadcast on all national television and radio stations. Reiterating her standard criticism that media “operations” are depressing Argentinians with gloom-and-doom stories, she derided an article published last Sunday. (She didn’t say this, but the paper that ran it was Clarín, the country’s largest-circulation daily.) In the story, the owner of a real-estate agency, one of its directors and an employee were quoted complaining that recent government measures essentially blocking the sale of foreign currency to citizens had paralyzed their business.

Kirchner then dropped this bit of information: the firm in question hasn’t filed taxes since 2007 and neither has the director quoted in the story, whom she named.

How did she know? She had called up the head of the tax agency to ask, and this, too, she openly revealed on Wednesday’s broadcast.

…Kirchner’s statement on Wednesday was different: by saying that she had called the taxman out of supposed concern for the real-estate agency, she unabashedly established cause and effect: you criticize me; I punish you. Was there a better way for her to flex muscle than signal that Argentina’s government agencies are at her beck and call and say so with no shame?

Not cause-and-effect, but coincidental,
Strassel: Obama’s Enemies List—Part II
First an Obama campaign website called out Romney donor Frank Vandersloot. Next the IRS moved to audit him—and so did the Labor Department.

Mr. VanderSloot has since been learning what it means to be on a presidential enemies list. Just 12 days after the attack, the Idahoan found an investigator digging to unearth his divorce records. This bloodhound—a recent employee of Senate Democrats—worked for a for-hire opposition research firm.

Now Mr. VanderSloot has been targeted by the federal government. In a letter dated June 21, he was informed that his tax records had been “selected for examination” by the Internal Revenue Service. The audit also encompasses Mr. VanderSloot’s wife, and not one, but two years of past filings (2008 and 2009).

Mr. VanderSloot, who is 63 and has been working since his teens, says neither he nor his accountants recall his being subject to a federal tax audit before. He was once required to send documents on a line item inquiry into his charitable donations, which resulted in no changes to his taxes. But nothing more—that is until now, shortly after he wrote a big check to a Romney-supporting Super PAC.

Two weeks after receiving the IRS letter, Mr. VanderSloot received another—this one from the Department of Labor. He was informed it would be doing an audit of workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers.

Perhaps all this is coincidence. Perhaps something in Mr. VanderSloot’s finances or on his ranch raised a flag. Americans want to believe the federal government performs its duties without fear or favor.

Only in this case, Americans can have no such confidence. Did Mr. Obama pick up the phone and order the screws put to Mr. VanderSloot? Or—more likely—did a pro-Obama appointee or political hire or career staffer see that the boss had an issue with this donor, and decide to do the president an unasked-for election favor? Or did he or she simply think this was a duty, given that the president had declared Mr. VanderSloot and fellow donors “less than reputable”?

As a commenter in the latter article put it,

Here is the problem. Despite living an exemplary life and keeping all of your affairs in order and legal to the best of your abilities, because the laws are so outrageously complex and of such breadth and volume that it is impossible to know them and thus adhere to them, everyone who has any arrangement beyond the most simple can likely be found, upon thorough investigation, to be in violation of something. For this reason, getting audited can be problematic, despite honest attempts to stay compliant. Thus, people rightly fear being singled out and becoming an audit target.

Criticisms of “what have you to hide?” are a simpleton’s response to such fears. Nowadays, managing a business or any enterprise is fraught with big and little gotchas in every conceivable corner.

Not a good trend.

Not good at all.

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Fausta, seriously? We have a poster named Fausta? Fausta Werks?

the new aesthetic on July 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Scratch a liberal, find an authoritarian fascist.

wildcat72 on July 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Nothing new here, this is what Hillary did as FLOTUS. Good thing she did not get elected.

jake49 on July 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Criticisms of “what have you to hide?” are a simpleton’s response to such fears.

And thus they are a favorite response of liberals.

Mr. Prodigy on July 21, 2012 at 8:07 PM

If you want to publicly criticize Argentina’s government, make sure all your tax filings are in order.

See, Obama is simply being more inclusive of other fun cultures like South American tin pot dictators, and all the h8ters are just being xenophobic. /

sharrukin on July 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Scratch a liberal, find an authoritarian fascist.

wildcat72 on July 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Scratch a liberal, see a physician for antibiotics.

Instead of dreading what seems inevidable, we should welcome it.

If the progressives are aching for a fight, however that fight might manifest itself, let’s get it on, shall we?

I would like the matter to be settled, once and for all, so that my children don’t have to worry about traitors like Obama or Marxists like Warren showing up on the ballot of our Constitutional Republic.

We need to start insisting that if these people are so adamant about establishing a Socialist/Marxist utopia, they need to go elsewhere.

turfmann on July 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Typical Banana Republic Governance, coming to a neighborhood near you.

Corporal Tunnel on July 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

The IRS is a bunch of Virginias…

Electrongod on July 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

dustin suggins, fausta wertz. sockpuppets for AP.

renalin on July 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

not Teh AP the ap.

renalin on July 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Intimidation. That’s what leftist “activism” and Obama governance is all about.

minnesoter on July 21, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Fausta, seriously? We have a poster named Fausta? Fausta Werks?

the new aesthetic

And a damn fine writer she has been for a LONG time, covering lots of things, but Latin America with special vigilance. (We’re lucky enough to call the lovely lady a personal a friend, as well.)

tree hugging sister on July 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

4 pink ladies at the pink house in Savannah will make one write two of the prior idiotic posts.
*clink*

renalin on July 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Scratch a liberal, find an authoritarian fascist.
 
wildcat72 on July 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

 

Of course we’re going to go over the Bain record with a fine-tooth comb. An absolutely legitimate area of inquiry.
 
urban elitist on January 13, 2012 at 8:34 AM

now we know why he won’t release his taxes: something in that 10-year severance package that is apparently particularly unsavory.
 
This will be interesting.
 
urban elitist on July 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM

rogerb on July 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Oh, I should add that this is ALWAYS couched in terms of what is “best” for us faceless nobodies.

minnesoter on July 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

And thus they are a favorite response of liberals.

Mr. Prodigy on July 21, 2012 at 8:07 PM

They’re also a favorite response of people, including many conservatives, who are perfectly fine with having their 4th Amendment rights violated.

Dante on July 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Oh, sorry, I think perhaps I meant to add, uh, *clink* — not sure about the punctuation here.

minnesoter on July 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

tree hugging sister on July 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Yep. She has a fine blog which is my go to site for Latin American info.

a capella on July 21, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I would appreciate if Romney made a public statement in regard to future investigations in the IRS, particularly of their audit target selection practices. Any officer found and proven selecting targets on a personal basis should have the whole book thrown at, or at least terminated immediately with no severance pay.

Archivarix on July 21, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Here is the problem. Despite living an exemplary life and keeping all of your affairs in order and legal to the best of your abilities, because the laws are so outrageously complex and of such breadth and volume that it is impossible to know them and thus adhere to them, everyone who has any arrangement beyond the most simple can likely be found, upon thorough investigation, to be in violation of something. For this reason, getting audited can be problematic, despite honest attempts to stay compliant. Thus, people rightly fear being singled out and becoming an audit target.

It should have been obvious.

This is Obama’s “Plan B”. It is why they are demanding release of ten years of tax returns.

The Chicago Gang will find a way to release something, anything, they can use to make Romney look like a tax cheat or tax dodger of some kind, even if it is all BS.

No matter how much he releases or when there will always be something to question.

IOW, Team Obama’s campaign strategy is to do a continuous public anal probe audit of Romney’s tax returns, from now until Nov 6, of every tax return he has ever filed.

This, of course, means they already have his tax returns.

It’s the Chicago Way.

I hope Team Romney is savvy enough to have expected this.

farsighted on July 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM

This kind of fascist intimidation of free citizens works for awhile. And then it doesn’t work anymore. And then the fascists lose.

Rational Thought on July 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM

IF a person in a governmental position of immense power, or their surrogates, unleashes that power against a private citizen, simply as a punitive measure for legitimately disputing policy or administration, or supporting their opponent in an upcoming election, that action MAY be acceptable in some nations, but it is NOT acceptable in our democratic republic. It is a flagrant abuse of power and should precipitate an in-depth investigation and, potentially, legal action.

thatsafactjack on July 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Nazis are the same all over. Especially in Argentina, right Frau Kirchner?

rayra on July 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Do these people not realize that the Mayans foretold that all liberals and communists are going to be the only ones to die (horribly, one would hope) on Dec 21, 2012?

I will be roasting marshmellows over a campfire in anticipation.

Wolfmoon on July 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

A bunch of idiots have been trying to sue Kellogs frosted Minnie wheats for some extortable reason.

Why can’t this Vandersloo guyt sue the IRS to find out who made the call, and who else the agent in charge has been interested in?

FlaMurph on July 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

And a damn fine writer she has been for a LONG time, covering lots of things, but Latin America with special vigilance. (We’re lucky enough to call the lovely lady a personal a friend, as well.)

tree hugging sister on July 21, 2012 at 8:20 P

Then,I stand corrected. Many successful posts, Miss Werks.

the new aesthetic on July 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

rogerb on July 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

That’s the plan.

farsighted on July 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Not a good trend.
Not good at all

Can we point to any that are, with this crowd?

Cleombrotus on July 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Democrats have been doing this for decades.

RoadRunner on July 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Then,I stand corrected. Many successful posts, Miss Werks.

the new aesthetic on July 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Wertz

Dante on July 21, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Fausta…..as in the Cleveland indians’ pitcher?

8 weight on July 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

And Fausta was a darn interesting Empress too.
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I kind of like this Kirchner dame. Admits openly what the Punk and Clinton do/ did only in secret.

If you are going to be a dictator, at least have the b@77s to do it openly.

LegendHasIt on July 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

the Idahoan found an investigator digging to unearth his divorce records.

we all live in Chicagoland now, i guess.

whatever happened to the issue of the National Org. of Marriage and the ‘release’ of their tax returns.

r keller on July 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Fausta…..as in the Cleveland indians’ pitcher?

8 weight on July 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Fausta Carmona, changed his name and was suspended by the AL for lieing about his age. He is 3 years older than he claimed when he was signed.

RickB on July 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt.”

From Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. Once again, she saw it coming.

iurockhead on July 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Rubio was right to draw the connection between left-wing dictators and Obama.

Wigglesworth on July 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

. Did Mr. Obama pick up the phone and order the screws put to Mr. VanderSloot? Or—more likely—did a pro-Obama appointee or political hire or career staffer see that the boss had an issue with this donor, and decide to do the president an unasked-for election favor? Or did he or she simply think this was a duty, given that the president had declared Mr. VanderSloot and fellow donors “less than reputable”?

…bet you the phone call came from a White House phone!…seems to happen to anyone who clashes with JugEars.
…bet you they don’t get to blame Turbo-Tax…and then get to over-see the IRS!…Oh wait! That was some tax CHEAT!

KOOLAID2 on July 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

And a damn fine writer she has been for a LONG time, covering lots of things, but Latin America with special vigilance.

[tree hugging sister on July 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM]

Ditto that.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Criticisms of “what have you to hide?” are a simpleton’s response to such fears.

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And thus they are a favorite response of liberals.

Mr. Prodigy on July 21, 2012 at 8:07 PM

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They’re also a favorite response of people, including many conservatives, who are perfectly fine with having their 4th Amendment rights violated.

Dante on July 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

.
Referring to TSA check-points, or something else?

(all of the above?)

listens2glenn on July 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt.”

From “Atlas Shrugged“, by Ayn Rand. Once again, she saw it coming.

iurockhead
on July 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

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That is an excellent excerpt. : )

listens2glenn on July 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt.”

From “Atlas Shrugged“, by Ayn Rand. Once again, she saw it coming.

iurockhead on July 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Yeah, these GOPers that were backed by the TEA Party and got elected to office constantly attacking the Federal Reserve Board and the Income Tax have me all fired up!

Oh, wait, I was just daydreaming.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

You have to go along to get along. It’s the Chicago Way.

unclesmrgol on July 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Scratch a liberal, find an authoritarian fascist.

wildcat72 on July 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

…fascist as a general catch-all for totalitarian, sure…but, ultimately, fascist and communist are horrors with distinctives only in the details…as in whether their secret police wear leather or cloth top coats or use gas to eliminate the “inconvenient” versus one behind the ear….

…in the end, it’s collectivist versus libertarian…and, I don’t mean members of that confused, petulant little party, or the catch-all that the “L-word” has become…but folks who think that we all should be required to sing from the same page of the national hymnal versus those who march to the beat of their own drummer, musically speaking….

We need to start insisting that if these people are so adamant about establishing a Socialist/Marxist utopia, they need to go elsewhere.

turfmann on July 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

…that isnt’ practical.

You see, collectivists want to control everything…let me repeat myself…EVERYTHING…leaving anything out means that somebody, somewhere might be having fun without permission. Big Bozo no-no.

…it’ isn’t territory, so our totalitarian friends wouldn’t be able to abide a collectivist New England, say, with a libertarian Texas…or a collectivist Ottawa and a libertarian Kuala Lampur.

Look at the United Nations (accent on the “united”): somehow, they seem to feel that they know “The Way”, and publish their irrelevant little rules, and all their accolytes across the globe go all a’twitter. “We’ve outlawed private gun ownership in Nation A, and look what a success it is! No theater slayings here!” And, with a wave of his hand like the Wicked Witch of the West, Mr. Technocrat sends out the flying monkeys to screw with the national sovereignty of member nations.

…so, Argentina’s collectivists (and, remember, Argentina has an extensive history of collectivists in charge, from Peron to this latest aberration) do what collectivists in Foggy Bottom do: they use the power of the state to metastisize their contagion.

…the power to tax is certainly the power to destroy…and it isn’t the tax rates which do the dirty work…it’s the system itself, which makes citizens subjects of the government which is supposed to be subject to them.

…it’s all just a matter of time…collectivists are patient….

Puritan1648 on July 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The only defense one has from abuse by a voracious and venal government is to remain unnoticed, or, as in my case, too poor to bother with.

JIMV on July 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Obama campaign operative Chrissy Matthews — He’s so perfect he has never done anything wrong.

Team Obama’s Chicago Way Slander and Smear Machine — Romney, he manipulated the tax code, like all those rich guys do. He uses offshore accounts to avoid taxes, like all those rich guys do. He wants to rig the system so he his buddies can make even more money gaming the system, just like all rich guys do. He stretched and may have broken tax lawa to avoid paying a mere pittance in extra taxes, like all those rich guys do.

Vote for Saint Barack Obama, he’s honest and just like you.

farsighted on July 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I’m sure Mr. VanderSloot’s problems would go away if he were to make a large donation to the Obama campaign.

GarandFan on July 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM

i always laugh at folks who fear audits. i understand of course. but when they realize the IRS hasnt had a competent examiner near the offices in 20 years. and that they are the quota-hire affirmative action agency of choice. and that ‘big brother’ works at IRS becuase they cant get a real job. and ‘big brother’ works a 35 hour work week, maybe. and takes 8 weeks vacation. and any half-decent CPA spends most of the time in an examination TRAINING the agents. it sometimes calms folks down. and that you never, ever work with a field agent on anything complex and go straight to appeals, where there are SOME competent folks left. who have a desk so stacked with cases ALL they want to do is clear them….it’s NOT something to fear. not them. not the IRS. the dirtly little secret is: for the last 15-20 years…they have been collapsing. relax about mr vandersloot. he’s got nothing to worry about. the examiners will get some training. good for them. yeah, good for them.

t8stlikchkn on July 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Obama’s Enemy #1:
Has anyone heard a cogent argument that disproves, or casts significant doubt, on the theory that Obama already has Romney’s tax returns and knows what arguments he wants to make, but wants to force Romney to disclose the returns rather than use the ill-gotten copies that he already has?

GaltBlvnAtty on July 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Fausta…..as in the Cleveland indians’ pitcher?

That was Fausto.

Fausta Wertz on July 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Is anyone really surprised about this? After the video of Joe the Plumber grilling Obama about spreading the wealth around, an employee of the Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency looked into his records in an attempt to besmirch him for daring to ask The Won. She was reassigned. Not fired! Reassigned.

rmel80 on July 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

We need to start insisting that if these people are so adamant about establishing a Socialist/Marxist utopia, they need to go elsewhere.

turfmann on July 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Along the same lines of “why so you rob banks?” (because that’s where the money is)…they will not look to establish their utopia elsewhere . They know the US is the richest country on earth, and they think with that kind of headstart, they can make redistribution work. Of course, they’re wrong, but don’t bother telling them that.

CycloneCDB on July 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt.”

From “Atlas Shrugged“, by Ayn Rand. Once again, she saw it coming.

iurockhead on July 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Dealt with that on a smaller scale this week while on vacation. Everything from construction zones with ridiculously low speed limits where no workers are present, to New Mexico’s “Safety Corridors”, basically highway stretches bounded by two signs between which motorists are encouraged to “turn on headlights for safety” and speeding fines double, to Colorado’s “Vehicles remain in the right lane except to pass”. Now, the latter was particularly humorous; the signs make sense on rural interstates, but those same signs were present on 3 and 4 lane interstate highways in cities like Colorado Springs. A four lane expressway through town, during rush hour, and motorists are expected to use only three of those lanes? Or, taking that sign literally, only one of them? Those kinds of things, just like the 55 MPH speed limit, turn almost all citizens into lawbreakers at a small scale. Common sense does not reign, as Mark Steyn puts it, you then have a “whimsical” government, not in the fun sense of the word, but in the sense that the government then only enforces laws when and where it deems such enforcement benefits the government or the people in authority. i.e, the laws are enforced at the enforcer’s whim.

AZfederalist on July 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I propose a law what permits IRS tax audits ONLY under the following conditions:

1: A warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause;
2: A public lottery

Rich H on July 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Ah yes , the power of the State.

Reminiscent of a former eastern power isn’t it..

RockyJ. on July 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Fausta Wertz on July 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Touche! I am impressed, and I’m sure you’re having a better year than he is.

8 weight on July 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Fausta Carmona, changed his name and was suspended by the AL for lieing about his age. He is 3 years older than he claimed when he was signed.

RickB on July 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Huh, I thought you were making something up until the author of this column provided the linky.

8 weight on July 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM

This reminds me of when Joe the Plumber spoke up during the 08 campaign. The state child support agency (Ohio?) went after him, checking to see if he was a “dead beat”. The head of the agency was an Obama supporter.

oryguncon on July 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Dealt with that on a smaller scale this week while on vacation. Everything from construction zones with ridiculously low speed limits where no workers are present,

AZfederalist on July 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM

They set up a few plastic orange barrels, and you’re right…there’s often no workers to be seen anywhere…but you’re supposed to slow down for their safety. Huh. I guess they mean the barrels’ safety.

This reminds me of when Joe the Plumber spoke up during the 08 campaign. The state child support agency (Ohio?) went after him, checking to see if he was a “dead beat”. The head of the agency was an Obama supporter.

oryguncon on July 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM

That was pretty disgusting. But it was A-OK as far at the LSM goes, and I don’t think the majority of even voters are even cognizant that this indeed happened.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Romney could do himself some good simply by saying that his administration will be investigating how such ‘coincidences’ happened. And the Obama administration’s attempts to use the tax code as a weapon might founder on a suddenly unenthusiastic bureaucracy.

PersonFromPorlock on July 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

That’s exactly what 0b0z0 is doing to Romney’s donors.
The criminal chicago way.

Bambi on July 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Fausta – Thanks for this. As others have said, Argentina is a beautiful country, ruined by its politicians. I’ve been to Argentina a few times over the last several years but I’ve been following its political dramas online from the US with a combination of horror, amusement and lately, a sense of recognition. I’ve come to believe that Barack Obama admires Cristina Kirchner’s governing style and is adopting it. Truly frightening.

NealK on July 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Democrats have been doing this for decades.

RoadRunner on July 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Ask McCarthy.
And nobody cared much then.

Badger40 on July 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

When the stuff hits the fan, it’ll come quietly.

And most Americans will simply sigh, whimper, perhaps, as the Republic is dismantled…fundamentally changed, as promised.

Another large segment of the population will actually rejoice, they’ve stuck it to the man…they’re gonna get their “fair share” of the “wealth” as that wealth is spread around…as promised.

And a segment of Americans will simply walk away, too busy to be bothered by such inanities such as governance, decency, the rule of law, and the fate of the Nation…sitting next to Cousin Pookie on that couch watching with fervor the next installment of Jersey Shore or True Blood.

And there will be older Americans, who will look back on how it was, once in the long long ago, when individual achievement was looked upon as a good thing, when seeking a good job, higher education, working to find that nice home was, while still a struggle, was still something achievable, something to cherish along the way and more so once achieved. But, at the same time, we will have to figure out how to tell our children, or grandchildren, how this place, once lovingly referred to as the United States of America, became just another of a hundred and a half other countries in the world, no better, perhaps no worse, than the rest…and through misty eyes, perhaps fighting back tears of anger and frustration, try to tell them that when evil came to us, most Americans did nothing…

Edmund Burke was very much on target.

coldwarrior on July 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Btw gang: if you want to leave Argentina for any reason (vacation, etc) you first need to ask permission from the government. To be more specific you need to fill up a form for the local IRS stating why are you leaving, for how long, and how much money (US dollars specifically) you take with you.

Neat, huh? And that’s a “democracy”.

ptcamn on July 22, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Welcome to Nazi Germany. One day the revolution will eat its young, then they will whine, but it will be too late.

Quartermaster on July 22, 2012 at 6:55 AM

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt.”

From Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. Once again, she saw it coming.

iurockhead on July 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Great quote.

We’ve been living Atlas Shrugged for the last 3.5 years……

CorporatePiggy on July 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Criticisms of “what have you to hide?” are a simpleton’s response to such fears.

Much like being stopped for a civil traffic offense and the cop asks:
“Do you mind if I search your car?”

ME: “Yes, yes, sir I do. Since you haven’t probable cause, I’ll wait until you get a warrant.”

And the problem goes away. You’re correct, only a simpleton bends over and grabs the ankles and then criticizes others for not doing the same.

As for the Tax Man, recall that BillyJeff did the same thing. I recall a sweet little old lady who once attended a protest re: B.J. Clinton – the harmless elderly woman was audited faster ‘n you can say Turbo-Tax Timmy.
Sleaze, just the sleaziest.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Nice write up Fausta! I agree this business with Mr. VanderSloot is a very ugly thing. I would not be surprised if the Emperor Zero himself ordered the attacks.

dogsoldier on July 22, 2012 at 8:50 AM

And this SOB has approval ratings in the 40′s. What country am I in again? When in the hell did this become acceptable?

shaloma on July 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

And this SOB has approval ratings in the 40′s. What country am I in again? When in the hell did this become acceptable?

shaloma on July 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

What makes you or anyone else think the polls are not fraudulent or that the voting machines are not rigged? Everyone should asked themselves why for nearly two decades has it been drummed into the country’s mindset that the public is split down the middle politically? What better way to control the populace and the agenda than through fraudulent polls and rigged voting machines.

bgibbs1000 on July 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I have heard “To lie in the service of God is not a sin.”
This must be “To abuse power in the service of the Cause in not unethical.”

Count to 10 on July 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I have heard “To lie in the service of God is not a sin.”
This must be “To abuse power in the service of the Cause in not unethical.”

Count to 10 on July 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

There exists here in Michigan Leftist rabble that calls themselves, B.A.M.
By Any Means Necessary
They mean it and they are very sick.
(what would happen if the military had a similar org.? fops do now)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

This is what fascisim looks like.

ninjacoastie on July 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

And this SOB has approval ratings in the 40′s. What country am I in again? When in the hell did this become acceptable?

shaloma on July 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

You are in a country that is apparently capable of electing a fascist socialist President, or at least giving him over 45% of the vote. A country in which 50% of the population pay no income tax and think the “rich” need to pay even higher taxes than they already do.

Think Venezuela.

farsighted on July 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

“Oh, who will rid me of this troublesome priest?”

Hucklebuck on July 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM

The comments to the original NY Times piece are disturbing to say the least. Most are along the lines of “that guy in Argentina should have paid his taxes, he got what he deserved.” No comments at all on the thuggery of Argentina’s half-crazed Evita-wannabe president.

NealK on July 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

The comments to the original NY Times piece are disturbing to say the least. Most are along the lines of “that guy in Argentina should have paid his taxes, he got what he deserved.” No comments at all on the thuggery of Argentina’s half-crazed Evita-wannabe president.

NealK

Yes he should have paid his taxes, but it makes it no less disgusting what was done to him merely for speaking out.
As usual the left is ok with it if they are the ones doing it. It also shows their real tolerance for dissent andnot what they claim.
BTW, JFk did it. LBJ and possibly Nixon also had their “enemies” audited by the IRS.

Hard Right on July 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM