Senate Dems to IRS: You’re our only hope

posted at 8:01 am on February 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Two years ago, Democrats bragged about raising a billion dollars to re-elect Barack Obama. They had super-PACS like House Majority PAC and Priorities USA Action raise tens of millions of dollars to backstop both the presidential and Congressional races in the last cycle. Now that Priorities Action USA has taken a seat on the sideline and Republicans and conservatives are raising tens of millions of dollars against them, Senate Democrats want IRS intervention to curb the very same channels that they exploited so well in the 2012 election:

Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races.

In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, the Democrats are publicly prodding the agency instead of lobbying them directly. They are also careful to say the IRS should treat conservative and liberal groups equally, but they’re concerned about an impending tidal wave of attack ads funded by GOP-allied organizations. Much of the funding for those groups is secret, in contrast to the donations lawmakers collect, which must be reported publicly.

One of the most powerful groups is Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. It has already spent close to $30 million on ads attacking Democrats this election cycle.

They’re sore about groups using the fig leaf of “social welfare” to cover political affairs, but by their own standards, political affairs that avoid electoral campaigns are social welfare. Besides, I don’t recall these same voices complaining when a 501(c)(4) called Agenda Project Action Fund produced ads that showed Paul Ryan pushing a grandma off a cliff in an attempt to demagogue his budget-reform efforts. They actually ran two of those ads, one in 2010 and another in 2011, and bought air time in several states each time.

Griping about this now is not just hypocritical, it’s an expression of impotence. The legislative branch writes the laws; if they don’t like the current campaign-finance structure, then they should replace it with something that works better — like full disclosure and an end to contribution limits and tax exemptions for donations to outside groups. If Senate Democrats actually took civic responsibility seriously, they’d propose such a solution, and I’d guess it would get a significant amount of support from Republicans, too.

But Senate Democrats aren’t interested in fixing the campaign-finance system.  They’re interested in getting the IRS to intimidate their opponents and fix their own electoral woes in the midterms. That’s just pathetic, especially for a party that controls one chamber in a branch of government that should be on guard against usurpation of legislative power by the executive.

Update: I wish I’d thought of this as an ending …


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Intimidation and coercion: those are all that Senate Democrats know.

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM

…but….but…but the don’t use the p o s IRS for political purposes!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Only DemocRats out their hope and faith in the IRS instead of God.

ConstantineXI on February 13, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Fascists, the whole lot of them.

rbj on February 13, 2014 at 8:07 AM

No whining….. what’s good for the goose…..

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Late to the bishop again :(

Anyhow funny how when they are losing they want controls, but when they are winning ‘there is no need to worry, the system is working just fine!’

OregonPolitician on February 13, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Expect the RNC, NRSC and NRCC to applaud this as they’re also targets of an awakened Right.

Steve Eggleston on February 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Monies for dems good
Monies for gop evil

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Spot on op

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 8:10 AM

You’re probably right Steve

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 8:11 AM

This will be the excuse if they lose the senate.It won’t be Obamacare or any of their policy’s.It will be the Koch brothers that bought the election.

docflash on February 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Club for Growth has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the persecutori…er…prosecutorial persecution of conservative groups in Wisconsin.

Notable by its absence, the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which along with Club for Growth, the Scott Walker campaign and a third conservative group had recently won a quashing of subpoenas targeting it in said persecution. WMC’s leadership has recently changed to a more “centrist” bent along the lines of its national counterpart, the US Chamber of Commerce.

Steve Eggleston on February 13, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Karma is a bitch hee

gophergirl on February 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

They are already starting that excuse doc…..

Nevermind what the unions and Soros have been contributing over the years

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Obama broke the public campaign finance system in 2008 and Dems cheered.

Now they whine about money.

Mord on February 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Governor Tarkin: The Imperial Senate Congress will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.
General Tagge: But that’s impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?
Governor Tarkin: The regional governors directors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems reactionaries in line. Fear of this battle station heavily-armed Federal agency.

It’s easy, really. And amusing to think that George Lucas, who was exercised by “conservatives”, created a perfect paradigm of progressive fascism.

But then, socialism in all its forms has always claimed that it owns “the future”.

Funny thing; it always seems to need a lot of dead bodies to corduroy the road to its Emerald City.

And no, you’re not allowed to look under the yellow bricks.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 13, 2014 at 8:21 AM

This will be the excuse if they lose the senate.It won’t be Obamacare or any of their policy’s.It will be the Koch brothers that bought the election.

docflash on February 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM

If they lose the senate it will be because the Repubs have done good job of protecting the vote.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 8:22 AM

So, basically, the Senate Dems’ plan is to call on one of the most powerful government agencies, the one that has the most information about citizens and that is — like them all — largely staffed and managed by Dems who love Big Bother, to suppress free political speech.

And they wonder why I call them socialists and the American Dem party America’s socialist party.

Europe is overrun by people who call themselves socialists, There are huge socialist parties in Europe. And yet we are supposed to believe that there are virtually no socialists in the US and that our left-wing party is not really a socialist party.

George Orwell would give America’s socialists an A- in thought control over the way American electorate thinks about them. They have managed to effectively fool most of the people most of the time ever since FDR ruled the country. And the GOP has let them do it.

farsighted on February 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Expect the RNC, NRSC and NRCC to applaud this as they’re also targets of an awakened Right.

Steve Eggleston on February 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Throw the bums out?….OK!

Offhanded on February 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Not a smidgen of corruption…” – LowLife

Electrongod on February 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

If they lose the senate it will be because the Repubs have done good job of protecting the vote.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 8:22 AM

LOL, lose the Senate to who, the Dem farm team?

antipc on February 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Senate Dems to IRS: You’re our only hope

Brought to mind first, using the IRS to enforce the ObamaCare penalty/tax. Then, to cripple the Tea Party. Campaign contributions didn’t even cross my mind. Tax collection enforcement, that’s one heck of a powerful agency.

LashRambo on February 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

And remember, the IRS has guns now. Voting will not be enough. I have often said if the criminals in the White House feel they are losing control they will send in the storm troopers and take it back and they have the ability. They’ve been building up for years.

If there still are any real Democrats they need to take steps. The marxists have taken control of their party and are their real enemies, not the Republicans. They will have to be the ones to remove the criminals from the White House. If they can’t do it alone they must form a coalition with the conservatives.

This is no longer about right and left. It’s about right and wrong.Everyone has to decide which they are for.

Unfortunately many are not about right and wrong. They’re about what’s in it for them.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Didn’t the IRS just have a massive hiring spree to “execute” ACA? I thought is was something like 30 thousand employees. Maybe their job titles have changed, since they’re not real busy in the health enforcement business.

Rovin on February 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Much of the funding for those groups is secret, in contrast to the donations lawmakers collect, which must be reported publicly.

One of the most powerful groups is Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. It has already spent close to $30 million on ads attacking Democrats this election cycle.

Which is it, secret or not secret? Does not seem to be too secret when the IRS illegally demands donor lists, and then illegally leaks those donor lists to opposition.

Close the Union 501 loopholes.

GlobalTrvlr on February 13, 2014 at 8:41 AM

“Use the force, Luke!”

Shy Guy on February 13, 2014 at 8:42 AM

If there still are any real Democrats they need to take steps. The marxists have taken control of their party and are their real enemies, not the Republicans. They will have to be the ones to remove the criminals from the White House. If they can’t do it alone they must form a coalition with the conservatives.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

The problem is there are a few “real Democrats” left – they just call themselves “Republicans” now.

Steve Eggleston on February 13, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Heh.. Good luck with the millenial vote this cycle, Dems. Your only hope are the “forever aggrieved” class, ObamaCares, and Sandra Fluck.

Winning!

Key West Reader on February 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The problem is there are a few “real Democrats” left – they just call themselves “Republicans” now.

Very true

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

This is no longer about right and left. It’s about right and wrong.Everyone has to decide which they are for.

Unfortunately many are not about right and wrong. They’re about what’s in it for them.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Great comment. I chose a side and I have encouraged what few friends I have left in the squishy middle to do the same. In my opinion, so called independents are part of the problem. Indies shift allegiance with the wind and have no core principles. They are part of the problem. I’m done talking to dems/socialists/commies. Call me when the shooting starts…

Doomsday on February 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM

The sad thing is that the GOP will likely stand behind the democrats here and aid them, because both view the tea party and conservatives as a common enemy

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

tcufrog on February 13, 2014 at 8:53 AM

The empire strikes out

LOL – Classic!

KS Rex on February 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM

This shiite is really setting up for a showdown in the near future, these criminal fascists don’t even try to hide it anymore.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Not a smidgen of corruption…” – LowLife

Electrongod on February 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Now that I think about it “Not a smidgen” might mean quite a bit larger than a smidgen. So he might have been inadvertently truthful this one time.

Wordsmithery worthy of President Bubba?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM

The “do as i say crowd”…you should take the federal funding and have your campaign audited…we will not take federal funding, and keep our records private….The Obama money strategy…trick your opponents into doing with less campaign cash, but say you really NEED the money and spend as much as you like.

The campaign in 2012 did not do as well with Acorn in tatters, that is why they have hired those people as government workers, so they can get the names of people signing up for medicaid and other services, and to run socailly welfaring campaigns that you should elect the governor who wants to expand your medicaid. James O’Keefe’s recent work shows that they are exploiting their connection to government to get people to sign up for their voter campaigns. They use those names to help with absentee ballots.

Fleuries on February 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM

The empire strikes out

LOL – Classic!

KS Rex on February 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Pretty sure Mad Magazine did it first.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 13, 2014 at 9:06 AM

This is why I seldom bother to interact with the lib trolls who come by here. These despicable scumbags support this. Words do not exist to convey the degree of disgust and contempt I have for liberals. If I were to try to express the depth of my hatred, I’d get banned.

And I apologize to scum for comparing it to Dems.

307wolverine on February 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Remember how the dems were screaming for the IRS to step in and get control of these tax exempt organizations during the last election cycle. Yea, me either.

Jackson on February 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

If a Republican presdent and a Republican Congress are elected in 2016, just wait what the Democrats will say if the Republicans try to diminish the power of the IRS that was illegally increased by the Democrats. The New York Times will call it “illegal, a conspiracy, and a constitutional crisis.” All the very things they are doing now, they will wake up and say is “illegal.” But the only way to beat these people is by controlling both Congress and the White House. And if they complain when you give them some of their own medicine, just say, “Well, Obama did it. Now live with it.”

Libertyship46 on February 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

The legislative branch writes the laws; if they don’t like the current campaign-finance structure, then they should replace it with something that works better — like full disclosure and an end to contribution limits and tax exemptions for donations to outside groups.

The legislative branch could write laws to make it illegal for any party except the Democrats to raise funds. I’m sure the Republicans would go along with it since they have to choose their battles wisely. You know, don’t spend any silver bullets, get the media on their side. Then they’ll show ‘em! \

RDH on February 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

This will be the excuse if they lose the senate.It won’t be Obamacare or any of their policy’s.It will be the Koch brothers that bought the election.

docflash on February 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM

…and because they didn’t get their message out.//

msupertas on February 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Good for me but not for thee. Dumbocrat motto.

lpd_1 on February 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Well, this certainly fits with fascist ideals of the Democratic Party. They would love nothing better than to use the mailed fist of the government to crush any opposition.

Micah68 on February 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM

I own two corporations, one offshore w/ foreign bank accounts. All duly reported w/ not .01 ever being removed for my personal benefit from the foreign entity.

But the IRS to IMHO intimidate businesses such mine (small)changed the reporting forms to read:

Dept of the Treasury “Financial Crimes” Enforcement Network

No crime has been committed…

Be afraid…..

theblacksheepwasright on February 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Acorn may have been in tatters but I doubt it and they certainly aren’t now.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

It appears they would like to see millions of conservative voices crying out suddenly silenced. — Jeryl Bier tweet

It also appears that the IRS should now be known as Increasingly Restraining Speech.

CPRforAmerica on February 13, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Pulling out all the stops aren’t they? I am so often reminded of the 3- 4 million voters who stayed home in 2012.I was not 100% for Romney either but he was pro business if nothing else.
When you look at what this pres. Is doing to these businesses and as a result,to all of us,it is truly sickening .
These people will do whatever they have to and the media will comply which makes it doubly dangerous.

libertygal on February 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Acorn may have been in tatters but I doubt it and they certainly aren’t now.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Acorn never skipped a beat. They merely reorganized in the face of a minor setback.

I don’t think O really plans to leave office in ’17. I submitted a “what if” scenario on a thread yesterday that, in this f’d up political environment, could be pulled off. THAT scares me…

fresh air on February 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

And the IRS will be responsible for enforcing Obamacare. What could possibly go wrong?

“Gee Mr Wolverine, we’d like to authorize that surgery, but our NSA records show that you support the opposition. Declined.”

307wolverine on February 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

It’s easy, really. And amusing to think that George Lucas, who was exercised by “conservatives”, created a perfect paradigm of progressive fascism.

eon on February 13, 2014 at 8:21 AM

I’d respectfully argue that there is no such thing as conservative fascism: it takes a Big Government to run a fascist country, not a small one. Show me a repressive regime and I will show you a Leftist one. Conservatives don’t want to tell other people how to live, generally, so long as the way other people live does not bother conservatives.

I used to blow leftards’ minds when I told them that the penultimate Far Right fictional character was Hawkeye, from Last of the Mohicans – he wanted to just be left alone, period. While I am not quite so far right as that, there is a lot to be said for it these days.

Wanderlust on February 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

But the only way to beat these people is by controlling both Congress and the White House. And if they complain when you give them some of their own medicine, just say, “Well, Obama did it. Now live with it.”

Libertyship46 on February 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Too bad there isn’t a single Republican who would actually have the balls to do what you suggest.

Frank, Dodd, and their slimy crony friends were able to pull enough Republicans away, despite a Republican House, Senate, and Presidency, to kill GWB’s push to reform Fannie and Freddie during his first term.

As others have intimated, there is no Republican Party anymore; instead, it’s Democrat and Democrat lite: a veritable Parliament of Whores, as the man once said.

Wanderlust on February 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Hypocrisy? Check

Double Standards? Check

Advocating a Criminal Abuse of Power? Check

Embracing Fascism? Check

For the Senate Democrats, it’s standard operating procedure. All the usual boxes are checked.

In 1974, just the attempt to use the power of the IRS against the President’s political enemies warranted becoming the 2nd article of impeachment against Richard Nixon. Today, under the progressive fascists, its standard operating procedure.

Athos on February 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

It isn’t necessarily about Obama not leaving office. They have the power to put anyone in that position. It’s about the marxist party not leaving or giving up power.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I agree wholeheartedly. It just seems to me that after steady, stealthy Marxist plodding for years, O’s emergence on the scene kicked it into hyper overdrive. It’s the only area in which he leads well…

fresh air on February 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

If running ads in opposition to the party that is determined to turn us all into enslaved peasants isn’t an action promoting “social welfare”, than what exactly is?

SteveThomas on February 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Dems: “We’re more equal than you!”

sadatoni on February 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

But, what does San Fran Nan say???????

Khun Joe on February 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

if they don’t like the current campaign-finance structure, then they should replace it with something that works better — like full disclosure and an end to contribution limits and tax exemptions for donations to outside groups.

If they had full disclosure it would reveal their close ties to Wall Street, Hollywood producers, stars as well as many reporters, Talking Heads etc. Better for Dems to use the government to shut down dissent than do it above board in an honest way. Seems Dems are wedded to the ways of Stalin, Mao and other left wing Giants who are Heroes of The Peoples.

Herb on February 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I imagine it’s not only Democrats who are looking for a way to curb contributions. There are several powerful Republicans who are being primaried, and the TEA Party will contribute across state lines. Not only that, they are also getting their names out there via conservative talk radio.

lea on February 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Any group that can sell unemployment and/or under employment as an opportunity can get away with anything.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Once again the Republicans have only themselves to blame. They should have pounded the IRS scancl relentlessly and never let go until they rooted out all the dorruption and exposed the Obama admin for the lying thugs that they are.

Instead, John Boehner blocked any attempts to do anything beyond hold meaningless hearings that never went anywhere. So now the IRS is just as strong and bold as ever going into this election cycle. And with Dems (escpecialy Obama and Reid) as desperate as they are, there’s no telling how far they’ll go this time.

Paperclips on February 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Democratic war room is starting to look and smell like the Führer’s bunker in April 1945. I am waiting for the Debbie Blabbermouth Schulz parodies on YouTube.

Krupnikas on February 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

It isn’t necessarily about Obama not leaving office. They have the power to put anyone in that position. It’s about the marxist party not leaving or giving up power.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Oh, they’re going to leave.

One way or another, they will leave.

Make of that what you wish, but leave they will.

Their opposition not only asserts their rights under the 2nd Amendment, they actively exercise them.

Eric in Hollywood on February 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Get rid of the IRS – Fair Tax, Flat Tax – whatever it takes

vnvet on February 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Leftists are always fascist sozi thugs, never liberal, never.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Get rid of the IRS – Fair Tax, Flat Tax – whatever it takes

vnvet on February 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Indeed, but leftist Never want equality. It’s just a ruse.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Much of the funding for those groups is secret, in contrast to the donations lawmakers collect, which must be reported publicly.

One of the most powerful groups is Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.It has already spent close to $30 million on ads attacking Democrats this election cycle.

Err, what?
I’m confused. Is it super secret funding or is it the evil Kochs?

They have an issue with secret funding, but also call out the Koch funded group. See what they did there?

I wonder why conservatives don’t want their names out there for exercising their first amendment rights? I mean, they treat the Koch’s oh so well…

airupthere on February 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

HA needs to quit calling these people liberal, progressive, or whatever they want to call themselves this week. We need to just get on with calling them socialist, redistributionist, communist, or just plain ol’ everyday psychopaths.

Tater Salad on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Intimidation and coercion: those are all that Senate Democrats know.

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM

The same tactic their union buddies use.

Dasher on February 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races.

So if they weren’t facing tough elections they wouldn’t care if the IRS played a more aggressive roll.
One may take the above quoted portion as this being a purely political move. I thought the IRS was not being used as a political tool?

airupthere on February 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

But the only way to beat these people is by controlling both Congress and the White House. And if they complain when you give them some of their own medicine, just say, “Well, Obama did it. Now live with it.”

Libertyship46 on February 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Actually, we need only to control Congress.

Our founders, in their wisdom, purposely lodged over-riding authority with the people’s representatives, and that authority MUST BE RE-ASSERTED!

Clinch the purse strings and impeach anyone- executive branch, judicial branch, etc., who steps outside constitutional boundaries.

questionmark on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Utterly unconscionable.

Midas on February 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I don’t know why they just don’t appeal directly to Obama to have members of these conservative groups arrested. Why bother with the IRS when Obama can do whatever he wants. Just have these people arrested and be done with it. Have their family members thrown in jail as well. Make an example of them. If they feel they might not be able to get away with that just yet.. make up some kind of charge. The media will go wall to wall with it.

For that matter.. have their Republican opponents arrested too. The media will fully support them. GOP leadership won’t care.. especially if their are TEA party candidates.
You never know, though, Boehner might send a letter to Obama objecting to the arrests but I wouldn’t expect much more than that.

JellyToast on February 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

The same author of The Hill piece quoted wrote an article entitled:A year after spill, BP gives political contributions to GOP leaders
The slant of the new article is disgusting. I pointed out only 2 examples just from the bit posted here at HA. These guys won’t stop until it is illegal for anyone to support Republican candidates/issues.

airupthere on February 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM

But the only way to beat these people is by controlling both Congress and the White House. And if they complain when you give them some of their own medicine, just say, “Well, Obama did it. Now live with it.”

Libertyship46 on February 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Republicans will never do that, however. They typically, as a rule, ‘play fair’.

Democrats, as a rule, do not.

As a result, when Democrats have power, things shift *dramatically*. When Republicans take over, things… don’t move ‘back’ towards normality much, if any, at all.

As a result, the move is ever only in one direction.

Midas on February 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Intimidation and coercion: those are all that Senate Democrats know.

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM

The same tactic their union buddies use.

Dasher on February 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

It shouldn’t be a surprise that thugs all use similar tactics…

Actually, we need only to control Congress.

questionmark on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Controlling the House, as we do currently, should be sufficient to assert constitutional checks. That control could even forward impeachment – although the Democrat controlled Senate will pretty much exonerate the President regardless of the evidence.

What’s lacking within the GOP Congressional leadership is the will to do more than just the usual dog and pony show. They are afraid that if they go too hard after the President, the sycophantic lapdog media will go fully after them and could cost them their seats. Rather than stand on principles, this weak collection of ‘leaders’ prefer to go along to get along – not make waves, and mollify themselves by saying that when we have more power, they’ll do more…knowing deep inside that they won’t.

Athos on February 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Just as a show vote to piss off the Left, The House GOP needs to pass a bill that would outlaw any activities that would “fundamentally” change our form of governing and reasserts the rights of the individual ahead of the government.

Can you imagine the explosion it would cause forcing the Dem’s into this vote?

Tater Salad on February 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Their opposition not only asserts their rights under the 2nd Amendment, they actively exercise them.

Eric in Hollywood on February 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Is there something you’d like to share Eric? Or perhaps you’d better not.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Hmmmm, where was the IRS in 2008 when the Obama campaign was accepting millions in donations by credit card from foreign countries from “Donald Duck” and “Adolf Hitler” and other aliases for George Soros?

Oh, back then it was under control of the BushHitlerHalliburton administration, who allowed the Democrats to get away with this.

If George Soros can buy a President, then the Koch brothers should have an equal chance at buying the Senate.

Steve Z on February 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

This is yet another reason why the IRS should be abolished and the entire tax code should be replaced with the Fair Tax.

If the democrats can’t play nicely with their toys, they should be taken away from them.

trigon on February 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The Dems can afford to double-down on this crap because their voters don’t care as long as their bread is buttered by their ‘betters’ (a term used quite loosely/sarcastically when referring to progressive politicians).

Someone needs to fight this BS. I’ll bet liberal justices in the courts will deny relief because, naturally, nobody has standing to sue. :rolleyes:

xNavigator on February 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

But the only way to beat these people is by controlling both Congress and the White House. And if they complain when you give them some of their own medicine, just say, “Well, Obama did it. Now live with it.”

Libertyship46 on February 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

This sounds good at first.. but it will only seal our doom. What they should and could do, however.. would be to use the same powers Obama is using to undue all that he did. Then, restore the rule of law.

JellyToast on February 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Expect the RNC, NRSC and NRCC to applaud this as they’re also targets of an awakened Right.

Steve Eggleston on February 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Rats-lite, always

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Y’all see what’s happening in Connecticut? It’s spreading. Someone said in another thread that the “shot heard ’round the world” may happen in a small unknown spot in that state. Bring it on, fascists!

HomeoftheBrave on February 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

That’s just pathetic,

Since when are Democrats and their actions anything other than pathetic.

yhxqqsn on February 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Government – it’s everything we do together. To shut down the Democrat’s political enemies.

gwelf on February 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Chicago thug politics on the national stage.

And no doubt liberals will love this – it’s only “just” after all.

gwelf on February 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Y’all see what’s happening in Connecticut? It’s spreading. Someone said in another thread that the “shot heard ’round the world” may happen in a small unknown spot in that state. Bring it on, fascists!

HomeoftheBrave on February 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

For those of us not up on the latest doings in CT, please elaborate.

307wolverine on February 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I’ll boil the tar, but you’ll have to bring the feathers (I’m allergic).

landlines on February 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I’d respectfully argue that there is no such thing as conservative fascism: it takes a Big Government to run a fascist country, not a small one. Show me a repressive regime and I will show you a Leftist one. Conservatives don’t want to tell other people how to live, generally, so long as the way other people live does not bother conservatives.

Wanderlust on February 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

“Conservative” fascism was very much the “in” thing in Europe from the Renaissance to the Industrial Age.

The Holy Inquisition (especially in Spain) was given carte blanche by the pope to root out “heresy”. While most believing Catholics of the time probably thought he meant the Muslims who still controlled Spain and were attacking the West through the Balkans, the primary targets of the inquisitors were scientists, non-religious “free thinkers”, Catholics who had questions about church doctrine, and Jews. It began with the Spanish Inquisition’s depredations and ended with the Cathar suppression in France.

The Thirty Years’ War was a war of extermination carried out by the likes of Tilly and Wallenstein against peasants in Germany on behalf of their employers- notably the German nobility, and France.

The British wars with the French in the 18th Century, culminating in the American Revolution, were not fought on behalf of any sort of “revolutionary doctrine” on the part of either Britain or France.

Finally, the attempt at “European Union” by Metternich and his clique’ which ended in the 1848 revolutions was intended to preserve the power of the European monarchies, not in the name of “proletarianism”. That was the rallying cry of the revolutionaries- see “Paris Commune”. Among other things, their movement inspired Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. To say nothing of Mussolini and Hitler.

People today often overlook this part of history due to it being a fight between two groups of “internationalists” with similar goals but opposed viewpoints. Metternich & Co. sought to preserve monarchy on a continental scale; the revolutionaries sought to destroy it and impose their own “new order”.

Modern-day progressive fascism is less a reaction to the excesses and outrages of historical tyrants and despots than a demand that “it’s our turn to oppress everyone else.”

For their own good, of course.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

The Democrats lack SHAME. Bottom line. They have none.

shame

:a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong.

: ability to feel guilt, regret, or embarressment

: dishonor or disgrace.

These lefties have no shame, for any of their actions, any of their failures, any of their ideas that go wrong. None, they never feel embarressment, or sadness or regret, they just move on, and do whatever it takes to keep their power, or continue with their agenda. From the stoned out hippy to the animal loving crazy person, to the food stamp “gimmiedats” and the welfare class that wants free everything from phones to medicine, they all have NO SHAME.

We need to shame these folks at every turn. Make them feel embarressed and guilt. Tsk Tsk Tsk. To all of them.

Dino V on February 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM