Lois Lerner Fights Back – well, sort of

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Former IRS Commissioner Lois Lerner and President Obama

Hat/Tip to Politico.

It’s “silly” and “brazen” to think Lois Lerner ‘lost’ her emails on purpose.

Yeaaaahhhh, right.

Lois Lerner has no records of two years of missing emails and Republican claims that she’s hiding something are “silly,” her lawyer said in his first interview since the controversy around the former IRS official erupted two weeks ago.

“She doesn’t know what happened,” lawyer William Taylor III said of the 2011 computer crash that erased two years worth of Lerner’s correspondence. “It’s a little brazen to think she did this on purpose.”

Lerner has been silent for more than a year, pleading the Fifth on Capitol Hill and speaking only through her lawyer episodically. The interview marks their first detailed response since the scandal was reignited and suggests Lerner’s camp is going to keep fighting.

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“This is a so-called congressional investigation with no pretense of objectivity or bipartisanship,” Taylor said. “Critics of Ms. Lerner and the IRS seize indiscriminately on small pieces of fact to claim they prove scandal.”

It was an accident! Wild elephants stampeded through her office, smashing only her hard drive. (Which would be pretty hard to do since her hard drive is inside her computer and elephants have no thumbs, opposable or otherwise. She got the dreaded Microsoft “Blue Screen of Death,” maintenance forgot to fix her office window and her hard drive froze to death. It was horrible, a long, slow death, not a pretty sight.

It was an accident, said Taylor, a founding partner of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP: “She didn’t have anything to do with the destruction of her computer.”

Lerner came to work one day in late spring 2011 and was surprised to flick on her computer to find a “blue screen,” he said. He said she tried to get it fixed since her practice of archiving was to simply save things on her computer. Democrats have released emails showing Lerner contacting the IRS IT department to show she tried to resolve the problem.

She never backed them up on a USB or separate hard drive, he said, ruling out a line of questioning posed by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) about whether Lerner could have the emails stored elsewhere on a portable device.

Read the full story here.

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More Foul Play by the Thad Cochran Campaign Surfacing

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Chris McDaniel

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There May Be Enough Invalidated Votes to Overturn Cochran Victory

Time to stop the RNC game of playing nice and to take the gloves off.

Via GWP

The Chris McDaniel campaign has identified multiple Mississippi counties in which enough improper ballots have been cast that a legal challenge to the outcome of the election is warranted.

This after Thad Cochran reportedly relied on 25,000-35,000 Democrat votes to pull him to victory in the June 24 runoff.

UPDATE: The Cochran campaign is reportedly asking county clerks not to certify the voting rolls until the last day possible so that the McDaniel people will not be able to look at the rolls and challenge them.

The Mississippi Tea Party President says at least 800 Hinds County Voters crossed over illegally.
MS News Now reported:

The Mississippi Tea Party President says they’ve found evidence that nearly 800 voters crossed over in Tuesday’s runoff election that should not have been allowed to vote Republican.

However, Hinds County GOP Chairman Pete Perry says there are some precincts where he knows workers marked the wrong column and that could account for at least 200 of those being cited by the Tea Party.

Members of McDaniel’s campaign staff and some supporters began sorting through voter books on Thursday morning at the Hinds County courthouse.

They were looking for any “irregularities”.

In Hinds County, poll workers used the Democratic primary books for the GOP runoff in an attempt to prevent crossover voters.

However, the group from McDaniel’s camp is still searching those records to try to find anyone who voted as a Democrat on June 3rd and with the GOP on the 24th (the runoff.)

HT 4arepublic

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Tea Party/Conservative movement alive and well, making big gains

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Former Secret Service Agent, Dan Bongino

Hat/Tip to the Tea Party News Network.

Some Tea Party Victories the Mainstream Media Refuses to Cover

The far left wingnuts in power in the MSM are trumpeting the news that the Tea Party is dead.

LOL

Fat chance, but keep trying to fool yourself there, MSM.

The mainstream media is back at it. The McDaniel campaign appears to be mounting a legal challenge to the dirty tricks that won Thad Cochran the GOP nomination, but the media has once again pounced on the narrative that the Tea Party is dead.

We’ve heard it all before.

It’s easy to announce the Tea Party dead when one refuses to look at the bigger picture and when the media selectively cherry-picks which races they will discuss. No political movement wins 100% of races and if the media focus is primarily on lost races, it offers a skewed narrative.

Let’s look at the list of Tea Party victories.

  • Dan Bongino. The former Secret Service agent who has risen to the national spotlight espousing Tea Party ideas beat his opponent last night. He didn’t just beat him, he annihilated him 84%- 16%.
  • What about Curt Clawson? The Tea Party candidate easily won the House seat for Florida’s 19th District last night in a special election. The media, however, has remained silent.
  • Tea Party candidate Ken Buck won a four-man primary for his nomination for Colorado’s Fourth District and still, the media has said little about it.
  • Alex Mooney won in West Virginia
  • Ben Sasse won in Nebraska
  • Tea Partier John Ratcliffe even defeated incumbent Rep. Ralph Hall, the nation’s most senior Member of Congress- the first time an incumbent Congressman had been defeated in a runoff election since 1996.

Quite an impressive list, and keep in mind it’s just a quick and not necessarily complete list.

It looks as if Conservatives are making huge strides in putting a dent into not only the Democratically controlled seats, but also the ones occupied by GOP Establishment RINOs.

The struggle to take back the Republican Party is not a sprint, but a marathon fraught with defeats and disappointments, but a continual march down the field.

We are not winning 100% of the races, but we are winning a good amount of races and, perhaps even more importantly, we are changing the way Republicans operate.

Whereas once Republicans bickered about who could cooperate more with Democrats by acting as moderates, now the exact opposite is occurring; virtually every Republican race occurring in 2014 has been about one thing: who is the most conservative. Countless races have devolved into a bickering match between candidates touting their conservative credentials.

Read the full story here.

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Far Left Purges Moderates in Primaries, but only Tea Party are ‘extremists’

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Senator Elizabeth Warren D-MA

Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Moonbats Push Democratic Party To Extreme Left As “Elizabeth Warren Wing” Purges Moderates In Primaries…

Yep, we hear all the time how the Tea Party and those ‘evil’ Koch Brothers are pushing the GOP waaaaay to the right, but nary a peep from the MSM when the Moonbats push the Democrats to the left.

Via The Atlantic:

This year’s Republican primaries have been closely watched by pundits sifting for clues about the relative primacy of the GOP’s warring factions. But Democrats have primaries too—and this year, the left is winning many of them.

National liberals point to a handful of recent contested primaries where candidates from the party’s “Elizabeth Warren wing” beat moderate “corporate Democrats” to argue that the left wing is on the rise. It’s a similar dynamic to the Tea Party-vs.-establishment divide on the right, though far less divisive, and a trend that has the potential to quietly reshape the Democratic Party if it continues.

In New Jersey, Bonnie Watson Coleman, a former assemblywoman who campaigned on raising taxes on millionaires to spend more on education, had been thought to be in a close race with a moderate state senator, Linda Greenstein. Instead, Coleman won the primary by a double-digit margin.

In Iowa, Pat Murphy, a former state representative, aired TV ads that dubbed him a “bold progressive.” He beat out four opponents, taking 37 percent to his nearest competitor’s 24 percent.

Victories like these have led the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to declare vindication for its view that Democrats win when they campaign on a platform of muscular liberalism. “A message of economic populism is what actually excites voters and drives them to the polls,” Adam Green, PCCC’s co-founder, told me. “Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot if they don’t embrace it.”

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Paul Ryan BLASTS IRS Commissioner John Koskinen: “I don’t believe you!”

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Paul Ryan, R-WI

Hat/Tip to Newsmax.

In what can only be described as controlled rage, GOP Rep. from Wisconsin, and former Vice Presidential Candidate, Paul Ryan let IRS Commissioner John Koskinen have it with both barrels.

“I’m sitting here, listening to this testimony, I don’t believe it,” Ryan said. “That’s your problem. Nobody believes you,” he said flatly to Koskinen. “The Internal Revenue Service comes to us a couple years ago and misleads us and tells us no targeting is occurring. Then it said it was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati. Then it said it was also on progressives. All of those things have been proven untrue.”

“You are the Internal Revenue Service,” he said. “You can reach into the lives of hard-working taxpayers and with a phone call, an e-mail or a letter you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hand onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited and you can’t keep six months worth of employee e-mails? And now that we are seeing this investigation, you don’t have the e-mails, hard drives crashed. You learned about this months ago. You just told us, and we had to ask you on Monday.”

When Koskinen tried to respond and defend his own personal record, Ryan let him have it, again.

Koskinen said it was the first time in his career someone did not believe him.

“I don’t believe you,” Ryan said again.

The best the Democrats could muster was a lame defense of the witnesses in general, who testify.

The senior Democrat on the committee, Rep. Sander Levin of Mich., chided his colleagues that, “Witnesses deserve some respect.”

Read the full story here.

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The Other Guy Blinked: IRS Backs Down – for now

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The Obama administration has definitely been on the ropes for most of his second term. This week has been no different for Obama. His IRS agency has been forced to back down after threatening to go toe to toe with the Tea Party.

The IRS has agreed to overhaul a controversial proposal that Republican lawmakers warned would revive the agency’s “harassment and intimidation” of conservative groups, after receiving a record number of comments on the proposed regulation. 

The new rules have been in the works ever since the IRS came under fire for its targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups. In the wake of that scandal, the agency said it wanted to clarify for everybody how tax-exempt groups can engage in political activity — by reining in the political work those groups do.

Of course everyone knew where those new regulations were aimed at – or should I say WHO they were aimed at.

tea party flagBut Republicans, as well as some on the left, worried the new rules would only exacerbate the kind of targeting that stonewalled Tea Party groups in the first place. 

For months, they’ve urged the IRS to scrap the proposal entirely, saying it would stifle free speech. 

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, among those senators, called Thursday’s decision a “long overdue step in the right direction.” 

“The IRS is right to abandon its previously proposed rules governing 501c4 organizations that threatened free speech and the rights of all American citizens to participate in the democratic process,” he said in a statement. 

Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said the proposal was “wrong from the start” and intended to “silence” conservative nonprofits.

So, for now it looks like the other guy blinked and the Tea Party, and Conservatives everywhere can claim at least a small victory on this.

“Consistent with our standard rulemaking process, we intend to review those comments carefully, take into account public feedback, and consider any necessary changes,” the statement said, adding that “it is likely that we will make some changes to the proposed regulation in light of the comments we have received.” 

The IRS indicated it would hold a public hearing “after we publish the revised proposed regulation.”

Or course, the Left Wingers are up in arms about it.

While Republicans lauded the move, not everyone on the Hill was pleased. 

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called the move “deeply disappointing and a real setback for democracy and faith in government.” 

“One of the greatest dangers our democracy faces is the unregulated ‘Wild West’ nature of 501(c)(4)s that allows a multimillionaire to spend undisclosed millions on TV ads and call it social welfare,” he said in a statement. “The only hope we have is when the IRS goes back, they don’t succumb to any form of political pressure and enact a very tough rule that will equally curtail liberal and conservative groups.”

Translation: “Just when we had a way to stop those damn Teabaggers, the IRS has to go and wimp out on us!! It’s not fair!”

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Mark Levin defends the Tea Party against the naysayers

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Tonight Mark Levin opened his show defending the Tea Party against the naysayers that are running for the ‘moderate’ candidates, pointing out once again that this is the same fight that Reagan and others fought many years ago. He says four years ago “the establishment was tripping over itself to get Tea Party support” and today “they think they’ve killed it”.

But Levin knows what many of us know, that they can’t kill it.

Listen at The Right Scoop.

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Demands Explode for Trey Gowdy to Be Speaker of the House

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Hat/Tip to The Conservative Tribune.

John Boehner has said that he may not be Speaker of the House after this term.

Boehner was the guest of honor at a sold-out luncheon with business owners in San Antonio. His future came up in a Q&A at the event with a Texas Tribune reporter, and Boehner did not commit to a full term as speaker in the 114th Congress that starts in January.

“Listen, I’m going to be 65 years old in November,” Politico quoted Boehner as saying. “I never thought I’d live to be 60. So, I’m living on borrowed time.”

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Speaker of the House, John Boehner

Read the full story at Newsmax.

So who will step up and fill that void?

A growing number of folks are looking at Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

On social media and elsewhere, the growing grassroots movement to replace Boehner with conservative South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy continues to gain momentum.

A poll recently set up on a Tea Party Facebook Page suggesting Gowdy as Boehner’s replacement has already generated thousands of shares and tens of thousands of “likes.” Moreover, the thousands of comments left by readers on the page are overwhelmingly supportive, with some suggesting that Speaker of the House is too small a job for Gowdy and that he should run for president instead. Others suggest that Gowdy would make an excellent attorney general, as well.

Online petitions seeking to replace Boehner with Gowdy abound. One such petition reads:

We the people would like to respectfully request that you remove John Boehner R-OH 8th District from the office of Speaker of the House due to His inability perform the Duties required of him by his constituents. We understand that Mr. Boehner is a very nice person and that is exactly why we make this request. We need a Leader, not a Friend. We would like to request that the Honorable Trey Gowdy R-SC 4th District be sworn in as speaker of the House of representatives[.]

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC

Similar petitions can be found at change.org and elsewhere. These petitions have garnered thousands of signatures.

Gowdy’s relentless pursuit of the truth regarding the Benghazi Cover Up has brought him to the attention of big time GOP donors and the Grass Roots of the Republican Party as well.

Read the full story here.

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Rand Paul Can Beat Hillary Clinton

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

This time around, there are potentially quite a few good GOP candidates, and of course some not so hot presidential hopefuls. Right now, let’s focus on one of the favorites of the Tea Party, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky may be the only Republican who can beat Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

Paul decisively won the March 8, 2014 CPAC straw poll with 31 percent, his neo-libertarian sidekick, Sen. Ted Cruz, was second at 11 percent. Jeb Bush and the Karl Rove faction of the party registered 1 percent.

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Hillary Clinton

According to a recent column in The Washington Post, Rand Paul is now leading the Republican field. This is showing up in some recent presidential preference polls. It is puzzling to many political pundits.

Polls don’t usually mean much this early in an election cycle. It’s usually all about name recognition. Former secretary of state and former first lady Hillary Clinton obviously leads among Democrats, with Vice President Joe Biden trailing far behind.

But there are other names being tossed around on the GOP side of the aisle.

In the GOP contest, former governor and Fox television star, Mike Huckabee, polls well; so does former governor Jeb Bush and so does former vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. All the other candidates who ran for president last time register small numbers too. But why Rand Paul?

Yes, his father, former Congressman Ron Paul, ran for president three times but in a career that spanned a whole generation he never led the GOP in a national poll.

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Mike Huckabee

And don’t forget, it isn’t just the Tea Party who is fond of Sen. Paul.

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Jeb Bush

Sen. Rand Paul, if he wins the nomination, will be the first viable candidate since Ronald Reagan to lead a political movement.

In this case, the “constitutional movement,” which includes conservatives, libertarians, and others across the whole left to right spectrum. In fact, it represents more than a movement it represents a new political re-alignment, the first of its kind in several generations.

During most of our lifetimeDA-SC-90-03096, the debate was about the role of government in the lives of the people. Liberals wanted a “liberal” use of government involvement, conservatives wanted a “conservative” use of government, relying more on free markets. But the point of reference was always the role of government in meeting peoples needs, it was in relation to that point that one was liberal or conservative.

 The U.S. Constitution was a factor, but mostly in understanding the politics of the Cold War where conservatives were actually more liberal about spending for defense and liberals more conservative.

Conservatives said providing a common national defense is constitutional. Liberals said all of this military spending was robbing the poor of this country and hurting our own people.

Liberals accused conservatives about not caring for the poor. Conservatives accused liberals about being soft on communism and flirting with national destruction.

Now that the era of Obama is winding down, many former supporters are finally showing buyer’s remorse.

A good illustration of how irrelevant the philosophical argument has become was the recent presidency of George W. Bush. In his last year in office, facing a worldwide depression, this Republican president nationalized American banks.

The constitutional movement represents a new realignment of the political landscape. It includes a variety of voters from the left to the right and everything in between.

The argument is less about liberal and conservative and more about getting back to the Constitution. It is about ending corruption. The special deals.

It is less about left and right or even, up and down, the rich and the poor, and more about in and out. Insiders are seen to be gaming the system, taxes, Wall Street, the regulatory agencies, banking. There is great cynicism about this and even despair. It’s as if only suckers depend on a free marketplace. The American dream is over.

It is not lost on many that the rich got richer and the poor got poorer on a massive scale under Barack Obama.

The big question is whether Sen. Paul can capitalize on this.

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Who Brought Down the Deficit? (Hint: Their initials are TP)

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In his first year in office, President Obama gave us the insanely huge, unprecedented deficit of $1.3 TRILLION. Oh he tried to blame it on his predecessor, George W. Bush (a mantra he’s since perfected), but the stark truth is that he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi all conspired to throw mountains of debt onto the backs of taxpaying American citizens.

A budget deficit of nearly half a trillion dollars is hardly something to cheer about, but the big decline in federal red ink as a share of our national output has been a

stunning achievement. The new April budget update from the Congressional Budget Office tells us that, in 2009, Barack Obama and the Democrats rang up an elephantine

$1.3 trillion deficit, which amounted to 9.8 percent of GDP.

However, we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. This year, the deficit will be two thirds less than Obama’s first year spending.

This year, the deficit is expected to fall to 2.8 percent of GDP. This seven-percentage-point, two-thirds decline in borrowing is gigantic progress in four years. It’s the most sizable cut in deficit spending since the demobilization of the military after we won World War II.

Now before the Liberals start glad-handing themselves and begin to tout Obama as some sort of fiscal hawk, let’s take a look at just WHO is responsible for this cut in spending. And even though he is no darling of the Tea Party movement or Conservatives anywhere, for that matter, John Boehner gets quite a bit of credit on this one.

So how did it happen? The overlooked story here has been the triumph of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives elected by Tea Party activists and other fiscally conservative voters who were fed up with >the reckless path set by Mr. Obama in cahoots with Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Their Keynesian playbook told them that the more money the government spent and borrowed — even when it subsidized failed projects like Solyndra or turned one in seven families into food-stamp recipients – the faster the economy would heal. The theory didn’t turn out so well, as evidenced by the flimsy pace of recovery over the last four and a half years.

In 2011, we saw a U-turn change in fiscal direction. New House speaker John Boehner went to the mat on the debt ceiling and insisted on big cuts in spending and hard caps for the rest of the decade. Barack Obama wanted higher taxes, and the GOP wisely refused to capitulate. It was John Boehner’s finest hour.

Despite establishment Republicans raising the sequester spending caps in 2011, this is largely an unsung victory for the GOP in the House, yet it is a huge feather in their cap and something every House Republican ought to run on.

In the end, as the debt-ceiling deadline drew closer and closer and bond traders shouted “default,” Democrats caved and agreed to tight spending caps in domestic and defense programs, and automatic “sequester” cuts if those ceilings were violated. The deficit started to tumble almost immediately, and the progress continues to this day. Yes, big spenders in the GOP forced House Republicans to foolishly agree to raise the spending caps last year by about $1 trillion over ten years, but even these elevated caps are better than the previous regime of an unlimited credit card.

The budget deal of 2011, which was all spending controls and no tax increases, will go down in history as one of the great achievements of modern times. Mr. Boehner and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky negotiated the fiscal surrender of Barack Obama — the most liberal president since FDR. Liberals now whine about just how badly they got rolled.

Many conservatives don’t appreciate how much spending has actually fallen. It hit nearly 25 percent of GDP in the first year of the Obama stimulus but is now close to 21 percent. More than half of that cut came out of defense, but the programs that liberals care about — green-energy subsidies, foreign aid, job training, and transit grants — have also been whacked.

Now going forward, we must address the entitlement programs, Obamacare being the biggest boondoggle in US history, and hold strong on these hard fought spending cuts.

Entitlements haven’t been touched, of course, and Obamacare is the biggest expansion of the entitlement state since the 1960s. But the best way to force Democrats to modernize these programs is by draining funding for everything else.

The key now, as Mr. Boehner tells me, “is to hold the line on those spending caps and don’t let Barack Obama slip out of them. It’s our best leverage right now.” Obama wants a $100-billion-plus infrastructure bank, but, sorry, Mr. President, the spending caps you agreed to make that a non-starter.

To answer the question in the title of this piece, we look to its author, Stephen Moore.

So who brought the budget deficit down? The much-maligned tea-party movement and the people they put in control of Congress back in 2010 to right the ship. The April budget update from the CBO is a reminder of how the tea partiers helped save the country in those dark early days of the Obama presidency. They deserve to take a bow.

Read the full story here.

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Amazing Feats of Dexterity: MSNBC Host Chris Hayes Conducts Interview with his foot in his mouth.

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Nevada Assembly Woman Michelle Fiore was at the Bundy ranch in Nevada and happened to be interviewed by MSNBC host Chris Hayes. Folks, let me tell you – this was better than any episode of Celebrity Death Match. Fiore was fierce, remained composed and never once took the bait of the left’s talking points. Despite Hayes’ repeated attempts to steer the conversation towards painting rancher Cliven Bundy as a criminal, Fiore stood her ground and gave better than she got.

She stuck to her original premise that not only is the amount allegedly owed in question, and additionally where does the federal government ever send armed agents to collect a debt?

Several times Hayes’ tried unsuccessfully to get Fiore to agree that feds were within their rights, but just got a bit heavy handed. Fiore would  have none of it and asked Hayes, “If you owed the federal government money, Chris do you want them coming to you house, pointing guns at your wife and children? Is that okay with you?” To which Hayes responded, “No.” “Because it’s definitely not okay with me, it’s not okay with Americans across the country.”

At the end, she really hammers Hayes with his own words, it’s a must see.

 

H/T The Right Scoop & Hot Air

 

 

 

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Boehner & Establishment GOP Declare War on the Tea Party

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boehner“I have made it clear that I have great respect for the tea party and the energy they brought to the electoral process,” said Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R) Ohio to reporters in February of this year. Then, in a statement that more resembled his famed crying incidents, he went on to whine, “My gripe is with some Washington organizations who feel like they’ve got to go raise money by beating on me and others.”

That’s what politics is all about, I thought. But it seems the establishment GOP takes offense to being reminded that their constituencies would like them to stand up for Conservative values.

Well, evidently the message that the Tea Party brings to the table is lost on Boehner. Living in the bubble that is Washington DC, most Republican politicians lose sight of what got them elected and only every so often, during election time do they even begin to “remember” to be conservative and Boehner is no exception to this phenomenon.

Now it would seem that Boehner has taken his rhetoric a step further and decided to openly declare war on the Tea Party. Red State has reported that Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor along with 26 other House members will be attending a $5,000-a-head event hosted by The Republican Main Street Partnership’s advocacy group. This fund-raiser is putting the money raised into the anti-Tea Party super PAC Defending Main Street. This PAC has received most of its funding from labor unions.

This anti-Tea Party event is going to be hosted at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida.

Both the Republican Main Street Partnership and its advocacy group, Main Street latouretteAdvocacy are headed by former Rep. Steve LaTourette. He’s committed to raising money to defend centrist congressional Republicans (RINOs) from challenges by those evil Tea Party folks.

“They have decided to systemically go against center-right Republicans in primary elections,” LaTourette previously told The Daily Caller about his Tea Party rivals. LaTourette said that tea partiers are happy to call him a “RINO” but that that they go “apoplectic” when the “RINO gets a gun” and “fires back.”

“Here’s the deal: we didn’t start this fight,” LaTourette said, “but I’m going to finish it.”

But who is Steve LaTourette?

 

He is the same Steve LaTourette who came to national office in the wave of pre-Tea Party Conservatism of 1994 which saw 73 Republicans sweep in, ending the Democratic House rule of four decades. And despite his conservative roots, he displays his scorn of the 2010 Tea Party members elected to office by referring to them as “knuckledraggers that came in in the last election that hate taxes.” So it’s no surprise that he also voted against defunding NPR and against a motion to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress.

This is also the same Steve LaTourette who left his wife of 21 years to marry his former chief-of-staff, Jennifer Laptook. She has since gone on to be vice president of Van Scoyoc Associates, where her work consists of lobbying the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. LaTourette just happens to sit on this committee, but both vehemently deny any conflict of interest in this area. LaTourette also is chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

pelosiBut the GOP isn’t the only political entity that hates the Tea Party, former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D) CA and present House Minority Leader also took questions this past February on the Tea Party.  The California Democrat said the tea party had “hijacked” the Republican Party, and that tea partiers “considered it a success when they shut down government.”

Pelosi said her message to Republicans was this: “Take back your party, this isn’t who you are.”

While we on the right appreciate Pelosi’s advice, we take it with a grain of salt, especially coming from a woman who has helped the Far Left effectively take over the Democratic Party.

But what the establishment GOP and the Democrats in DC fail to understand is the power of the Tea Party and its huge grassroots following. So, in the words of Mark Twain, “The reports of my (our) death have been greatly exaggerated.”

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IRS and Treasury Department Conspired to Target Conservatives “Off the Record,” According to Emails

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During his Stuper Sunday interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Obama maintained that there was no corruption in the IRS’s treatment of Conservative groups.  Here are his comments…

“Not even a smidgen of corruption.” 

However, this story doesn’t go away because more and more evidence of corruption continues to emerge.  Steve, from America’s Watchtower, has more…

According to this article it now appears as if Lois Lerner was conducting off the record talks via email to use the IRS to stifle conservative opposition to the Democrats in 2012.

The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested.

The rules place would place much more stringent controls on what would be considered political activity by the IRS, effectively limiting the standard practices of a wide array of non-profit groups.

“Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s, but since we mentioned potentially addressing them (off -plan) in 2013, I’ve got my radar up and this seemed interesting…,” Treasury official Ruth Madrigal wrote in a June 14, 2012 email to Lerner and others obtained by Ways and Means and provided to The Daily Caller.

So, another slice of the story, and it just keeps looking worse.  It raises suspicion because the IRS addressing the issue “off-plan,” and therefore not under public scrutiny, creates the impression that something improper was  happening.

So much for the most transparent administration ever.

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Will Fox Again be Targeted by the Obama Administration?

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govt-censorshipIf you recall, right after Obama was elected, the new administration declared the Fox News was not a news network, and sought to exclude them from anything in the new administration.  Of course, Fox covers stories that the rest of the networks refuse to cover.   That, and they refuse to lie for team Obama.  Given that history, and other, more recent events, and you’ll agree with Wyblog’s assessment of the situation…

Will the FCC shut down Fox News now that Obama has blamed them for all his problems?

It’s not without precedent.

Obama has gone out of his way to make sure that journalists keep their mouths shut about the shady actions and scandals that his administration has been involved in.

He threatened to destroy the career of a Fox News reporter exposing the truth about Benghazi. He’s using Soviet tactics to prosecute a filmmaker who made a movie exposing Obama’s radical background. He’s also been the most aggressive president since Nixon in keeping a tight grip on information. One former NSA official even came out and said that Obama’s tactics have made the US a police state.

And let’s not forget how he used the IRS to harass Conservatives.

Oh, wait, he told Bill O’Reilly he really didn’t do that. Honest.

And besides, all his problems are caused by Fox News. They’re spreading lies!. Lies and more lies! It’s all lies!

While speaking about Benghazi, Obama laughed at one point when O’Reilly asked about Susan Rice’s contention that the attack was a spontaneous action.

About two minutes later, Obama blamed Fox News for people believing Obama did not call the Benghazi attack terrorism.

“Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out,” O’Reilly said.

“And they believe it because folks like you are telling them that,” Obama said.

“No, I’m not telling them that,” O’Reilly responded to laughter.

You know what I find most disconcerting? How he laughed at O’Reilly’s questions. Classy, that, isn’t it? Real Presidential.

When you look at any action of this administration, you have to keep in mind that controlling information is step one in any totalitarian state.  Eliminating Fox is a goal, especially when they outdraw both MSNBC and CNN combined.  And, what of all the Tea Party groups that have turned up over the last few years…

So I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that new IRS regulations will effectively put most conservative groups out of business, right before the 2014 midterm elections.

IRS Reg-134417-13 will forbid conservative groups from holding voter registration drives, advertising, promoting, and prohibits any kind of political activity including rallies, mailings, teas, and forums.

Meanwhile unions, a heavy Democrat-friendly constituency, are exempt from these new rules. I’m sure that’s just an oversight…

See, they completely make the charge of illegally targeting Conservatives go away by making it legal.

In a regressive world, run by regressives, only regressive ideas are to be discussed.  Any other ideas are to be banned, and the proponents of those ideas punished!

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Karl Rove Declares War on Tea Party: Fundraising Drops by 98%

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As so many people, including myself, have been pointing out, it seems that the establishment GOP is busily waging war against their own base.   The Tea Party movement had activated the Conservative base of the party in ways hadn’t been seen since the election of Ronald Reagan.  As such, the party establishment decided that the base must be “put in their place,” so they could return to voting for a “softer form of socialism.”   Karl Rove, know as the “evil emperor,” for his handling of the Bush presidency, was appointed to, or decided to, attack Tea Party oriented candidates all over the country.  He apparently saw the need to take the base of the party, and punish them for their disloyalty.

That apparently prompted a sharp response from the base.   Steve, from America’s Watchtower, has more…

 So now that it has been a full year since Karl Rove declared war on the Tea Party how are his three Super PACs doing? According to this article, not so well for since that time he has seen donations to his pet projects drop by 98%.

As Politico notes, though, “Rove added a third group to the network in 2013, forming the Conservative Victory Project to counterbalance the influence of Tea Party and conservative grassroots forces in GOP primaries.”

Since then, as Breitbart News reported, “Rove’s organization has been so tarnished among the conservative base that candidates fear donors will not contribute to any group associated with him.”

  This is great news indeed for it signals to us the possibility that the average Republican voter is finally waking up to the fact that all the establishment Republicans care about is staying in power and are no longer willing to simply vote for the lesser of two evils.

Absolutely!  Indeed, 2010 happened because Conservatives were no longer willing to vote for “demicans, or republicrats.”  We were, and still are, tired of candidates that talk conservative on the campaign trail, and then act like regressive Democrats once in office.  However, establishment GOP guys like Rove apparently think that the GOP can run candidates without voters.  They are frankly just p***ing on us, and we’re paying attention to that.  I’ve never seen the GOP having more contempt for actual Republicans.

Do they wonder why we call them the “stupid party?”

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Outstanding SOTU Responses

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I will guarantee you that these common sense responses to the SOTU will never be seen or noted on a dinosaur media source.  Take a look  at this video, and you’ll know why…

These folks sound like Tea Party supporters to me.  They launched a criticism of the SOTU that most any Conservative or Libertarian would applaud.

I guess that means they’re racists, right?

H/T: Allen West

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An Open Letter to the GOP Establishment

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As the policies and actions of the Obama Administration have become increasingly recognized as destructive, the Republican Party establishment may believe that they have “default” support among Conservative and Independents for the upcoming election cycle.  I would urge you to examine this more closely.  As you may have noticed, the approval ratings for Republicans are still quite low.  There are multiple reasons for this beyond the fact that the left and the media are against Republicans.

I believe that these low ratings are due to the Party’s abandoning of Conservative principals.  After George W. Bush was elected, government continued to grow in both size and scope.  Government interference in the free market continued, and government programs continued to flourish and grow in influence.  Far too many establishment Republican Congressmen and Senators; who ran on platforms of small government and fiscal responsibility while on the campaign trail, spent like drunken sailors when they arrived in Washington.  The people, and particularly the Party base, watched these developments with a growing disgust.  It is the opinion of many that establishment Republican candidates run on Conservative issues to win elections, and then disregard those ideas upon assuming office.  The people have grown tired of this, leading to, in my opinion, the losses in 2006 and 2008.  When too many Republican office holders abandoned to core concepts of the Party, the voters did not support them.

Fast forwarding to now; when we see actual Conservatives, like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul being insulted and castigated for adhering to Conservative principals, we are angered.  Also, when we hear that Karl Rove is going to fund-raise and organize efforts to move against Tea Party members, we are infuriated.   In governing, there has been little more than a GOP establishment capitulation to the President.  Why wouldn’t President Obama petulantly stand up to any proposal that you make?  You cave in at every turn!  He has no fear of you-he probably sees all of you as “easy marks,” and laughs at the very idea of you having a spine! Yet, you expect us to dutifully tap the button and vote for any weak candidate you put on the ticket?  Simply put, one cannot energize an alienated base.  And we sirs, are thoroughly alienated.  As long as this state of affairs continues, the base will be suspicious.  Your empty promises are now falling on deaf ears.

What we want is to have our elected officials actually act upon what they promised during their campaigns.  We want government to shrink, not just grow more slowly.  I, myself, have made the comparison that the recent choices between Democrats and Republicans is the choice between socialism, and “socialism-lite.”  Please hear this: There is no way to do big government in a “Conservative way.”  The two are mutually exclusive.  In fact, they are the antithesis of each other.   We want Republicans, not “Republicrats!”  We want a set of men and women that will lead, not shy away from tackling the bureaucracy, or the Democrats and their client groups.  We want people that will make the case for eliminating government programs that have not worked, nor ever will.  We want people that will stand up to the leftist media, and make their message heard.  We want people that will talk to the people as they were grown men and women, not sheepish children that require herding.  And, we want leaders that will listen to us, not the talking heads in the media, not the pressure groups that are bussed in to intimidate them, and not the advisers that recommend that they “moderate” their message.  When the Party supports and promotes moderate candidates, the base sees this as another indication that the party is out of touch with, if not dismissive of, traditional Conservative ideals.

Then, the party is failing to exploit weaknesses in the liberal base.  African Americans are suffering disproportionately under Obama, and questioning their allegiances.  But, is the party of Lincoln doing anything about that?  No, not at all; there is no effort being made.  We actually have a chance to make a real difference to millions of our fellow citizens, but the establishment will just abandon them, just as they have for decades.  Hispanics would be good Conservatives, if they ever heard a real message about the economic opportunity that we offer, but there is nothing on that front either.  Not only are you alienating the base, you aren’t trying to bring more into the fold.  You seem dead set on political suicide.

There is a rumbling in the base.  More than just the discontent that I was part of at the end of the last administration, this includes people leaving the Party, and supporting third party candidates.  There are many Republicans that are pledging to not vote for an establishment candidate, and will vote for a third party Conservative, even if it means losing an election.  There are third parties cropping up, and existing ones are gaining members.  People are angry, and will cling to their ideals.  In case you have not noticed, multiple polls have indicated that the people are moving to the right, particularly Independents.  The Republican Party can be part of this movement, or it can be left by the wayside.  As we have said from the beginning, our fight is not about race or party, it is about ideas.  Will this nation be free, or will it be a socialist state?

I would kindly remind you to review the origins of the Party.  What happened when the Whigs decided to stand in the way of history?  You are currently in the position to make the same decision for the Republicans.  Will you stand for the ideas of the founders, or will the Republican Party go the way of the Whigs?  The choice is yours.  We will be watching and evaluating the Party’s performance in this regard.

As for me, I will stand with my fellow Conservatives, for Conservative ideas.  The party banner under which I stand is not as important as the ideas themselves.  You might continue to provoke and disregard us, but you will do so at your own political risk.

The choice is yours.

Note:  This is a heavy re-working of an earlier post

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The Year That Was: 2013, Top Stories

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I think it would be safe to say the 2013 was a very strange year. From beginning to end, it supplied the conservative blogosphere with enough controversy, insanity, and flat-out moon battery to keep both writer and reader quite busy. So, off the top of my head, here are my thoughts on some of the top stories of 2013.

 

  1. Our first story, and the one most covered here the Conservative Hideout, is ObamaCare. We predicted doom, gloom, and absolute failure for president Obama signature legislation. Let’s just say that it did not disappoint. We saw more job losses, hours being cut, plans being canceled, premiums rising higher, businesses not hiring, and so forth. Of course, our liberal friends did their very best to lie and obfuscate, but when millions are negatively impacted, it’s hard to spray little perfume over a open sewer and convince people that it is sanitary. For his part, Pres. Obama simply chose to ignore parts a law. He granted exceptions that he was not legally entitled to grant. The ignored mandates, legislating without the legislature itself. At current, he seems to of the delayed much of the pain of ObamaCare until after the 2014 midterm elections. However, the people that have been negatively impacted will not forget Pres. Obama, nor will they forget their Democratic Congress critters that foisted this nonsense upon. And, come to think of it, we are going to let them forget!
  1. In order of importance, perhaps the second most important story is the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Even though the media did their best to ignore it; and failing that, minimizing it, it still came to the awareness of millions of Americans. In a nutshell, the IRS, under orders from IRS HQ, intentionally and persistently targeted conservative groups. This went from additional scrutiny and intentional denial of tax exempt status. It also involved illegal data collection and distribution; for example, names of donors in their personal information. In spite of denials, the delay sand flat-out lies, the truth came out. The IRS was guilty of massive discrimination in illegal activity in their additional scrutiny, if not harassment of conservative groups. Of course, the administration denied it, and the mainstream media refuse to report it, but we were here to tell you about it!
  2. I’m rather proud that the Conservative Hideout was among the first blogs to cover ClimateGate. Our contributor, Don, got to the story early, and we stayed on it for the duration. Since then, we have covered the unraveling of global cooling global warming climate change The Big Lie. In 2013, there were no shortages of climate failure to be exposed. From the UK having a record cold winter, to 30 inches of snow on Memorial Day, to the record cold Arctic summer, to Al Gore’s doom and gloom prediction of zero Arctic sea ice falling flat, and even to the global warming expedition being caught in the ice, the “settled science” of global warming has taken more hits than a punchdrunk boxer with one glass eye. However, that hasn’t stopped the advocates from trying to force us to live in thatch huts, while Al Gore jets in comfort between his mansions.
  1. After 2013, the phrase Bomber Sues Bloggers might be a bit more familiar to you. All throughout the year, Brett Kimberlin had taken his lawfare game to all new highs (or lows, as the case may be). His latest effort has been labeled Kimberlin versus the Universe, et al. by blogger, and one of many defendants, John Hoge of Hogewash. Robert Stacy McCain, of The Other McCain, has been named as a co-defendant, but has yet to be served in the suit. I would advise you to visit The Other McCain, and check out the extensive coverage there. This entire situation is important because it shows how far people are willing to go to silence others. Brett Kimberlin is a convicted bomber, convicted perjurer, and all around really bad guy. If he is permitted to silence bloggers who did nothing more than cover his many criminal convictions, which are public knowledge, it opens up the door for every other bad guy in the world to silence people who speak the truth.
  1. And, speaking of people who want to silence those who speak the truth, we eventually have to cover the sad and strange case of Kaitlyn Hunt. For those of you that are unaware, Kaitlyn Hunt was a then 18-year-old who was caught having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old. In almost any other case, the adult would’ve taken a plea deal, and the story would’ve never gotten off the back page of the paper. However, the family and supporters of Kaitlyn Hunt attempted to make this a gay-rights issue, and proceeded to lie about every single aspect of the case. They incorrectly stated that the perpetrator was 17, and her victim was 15. In fact, the respective ages were 18 and 14. The Hunt family also named the victim and her family; causing them to be on the receiving end of a never ending stream of harassment and death threats. Additionally, they appeared on the Today Show. They also made appearances on Good Morning America, MSNBC, and CNN. As time wore on, bloggers, such as Robert Stacy McCain and myself, began exposing the lies. Then, Kaitlyn Hunt violated the no contact order and not only exchange 20,000 text messages with her victim, she also met with the victim for additional sexual activity. She has since been released, but many think she received a plea deal that heterosexual males would not have received. Over time, the story became more about the supporters of Kaitlyn Hunt stalking people that told the truth about the case. The parallels between Kaitlyn Hunt and her supporters, and Brett Kimberlin and his supporters has not been lost on bloggers and readers alike. Whereas Kimberlin wants people to stop discussing his previous convictions, the supporters of Kaitlyn Hunt not only want people to stop telling the truth about her case, they also want to legalize sex between adults and minors. So, not only do you have the legal issues, but you also have a group of people that are being cheered by sex offenders all over the United States.
  1. With the growing public awareness of the “knockout game,” I started covering racial violence. And for almost a month, I had daily posts featuring black on white violence. It is still going on the local media covers less and less these days, so there’s not as much to report. Rather than call for retaliation, or engage in racism, we choose to look at this as a symptom, or consequence of the divisive politics of the Democratic Party. It is highly ironic that the party of the KKK, the party of Jim Crow, the party of slavery, and the party of Margaret Sanger dare call themselves friends of African-Americans. The Democratic Party has systematically attempted to destroy the black family, prevent them from being educated, and limit their numbers the abortion. Then, they blame whites in general; and specifically Republicans, or Tea Party members. We need a real racial dialogue and the station not the same old blame game played by the Democratic Party in the racism industry. So, I will continue to cover this issue.

 

So, that is my short list for the top stories of 2013. Of course, I likely for less somethings out, so feel free to tell me about it in the comment section.

 

I really hope that 2014 is a much better year than 2013 was for our nation. However, with Obama still residing in the White House, I hold little hope that 2014 will be a breakout year. It may just be that we need another president, and more importantly, a president of another political persuasion, to actually see a real recovery in this country. One thing that you can be sure of is that the Conservative Hideout will be here, come hell or high water, to cover at all. We are rapidly approaching the fifth anniversary of the Conservative Hideout. In those almost 5 years, myself and the contributors have written over 4000 posts. We have received over 20,000 comments. We’re not looking to turn our backs on what we’ve built – were going to move on and continue to tell the truth. Detractors, trolls, stalkers, sex offenders all be damned, we’re moving forward.

 

I like to wish you all a Happy New Year, and I would especially like to thank those people that have supported the Conservative Hideout over the years.

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