Wednesday, July 31, 2013

We'll All Pay For Detroit

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Wednesday, July 31st 

Obama Bails Out Detroit Without Knowing It
While the federal government refuses to bailout Detroit, looks like federal taxpayers will be stuck with some of the bill anyhow. As it turns out, in order to shirk costs, city officials are crafting a plan that will shift retirees into the new insurance markets that will soon be operating under Obama Care. Who will be footing the bill for this shift to Obama Care exchanges? You and I! This is really a case of not thinking through the consequences of legislation.  I'm not nearly as frustrated with Detroit as I am with Washington and I bet other cities will be quick to follow their path.  This could all get very expensive.  If you haven't read about this, check out this article from The Weekly Standard

If You Fund It, It Will Grow
I want you to try your best to think of any entitlement program in our history that has been ended or shut down by our government. If you're like me, it's pretty difficult to come up with an example. That's because it is nearly impossible for government programs to come to an end once they are sucked into the big-government machine. Once Obama Care is fully implemented, it will be a part of your life and the lives of your children, grandchildren and for however long our nation survives. And it won't just exist in its current form (which is already bigger and more bloated than when it passed). Obama Care, like all government entitlement programs, will only grow bigger and more expensive as the years go by. Meanwhile, I will guarantee that the quality of care will diminish and costs will rise. That is the nature of government. The solution will then be to throw even more money at the problem, but since when has money proven to be the solution to any problem tack led by Washington? Just take a look at education – We spend billions more than we did decades ago, and yet we haven't seen virtually any improvement in student performance. Money is not the solution, though it will be spent. Conservatives need leaders, communicators and visionaries. I believe that there are currently some rising conservative leaders in Washington who stand with bold colors. It's just a shame that people who also claim to be conservative are telling them to cool it, dial it down and quit ruffling feathers. The last time I checked, playing along wasn't working so well for anyone and particularly conservative Americans who are tired with the big, bloated ways of Washington.
Obama Care Train Wreck Updates
Now for some of the latest updates on this disastrous bill. The architect of the bill, Max Baucus, got it exactly right: This is a train wreck. Here's how the train is crashing this week: Obama's decision to delay the employer mandate will cost $12 billion and leave a million fewer Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance in 2014. ( Reuters) Remember when Sarah Palin was demonized for characterizing Obama Care's Independent Payment Advisory Board as a death panel? Turns out that she was right, according to … Howard Dean? ( Washington Examiner) Members of Congress and their staffs are now complaining about having to sign up for Obama Care. I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for them, considering many of them likely voted for the bill. ( National Review) Florida's insurance commissioner says that health insurance rates in his state will rise by 5 to 20 percent in the small-group market, and 30 to 40 percent in the individual market. ( Palm Beach Post) I have more on, you should stop by and check it out.

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Minimum Wage - Posted by Iamredbeard
I don't post often in the WP forum, but I wanted to say this. But first let me say that my politics are all over the place so I am not really a conservative. Having said that let me state my position. I believe in a minimum wage, and yes I know that is not a popular position to take here. But I think that it should be handled and the state level and it some situations the city or county level. For instance does anyone really believe that the cost of living is the same in Idaho as it is in New York. The Minimum wage needs to be tied to the cost of living and the federal government needs to stay out of it, leave it to the states.

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BREAKING: Did the FEC Collude with Lois Lerner?

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The House Ways and Means Committee has uncovered new documents in the IRS scandal, and National Review Online has the exclusive. The content of the e-mails suggests that the IRS colluded with the FEC during a campaign-finance investigation of a conservative group. Eliana Johnson reports.

Jonah Goldberg looks back on the George Zimmerman case. When does the editing of audio and video cross the line between reporting and fiction? The answer is easy: when it ignores the facts and tries to sway to the public.


The maverick is at it again — Senator John McCain is working with the White House on a "grand bargain." With McCain now BFFs with Obama, does this spell more trouble for Republicans in Congress trying to hold the line on negotiations and future tax increases? Jonathan Strong has the inside scoop.

One bargaining chip going into this year's debt-ceiling debate is Obamacare. With few of the appropriations bills having passed the House yet, and with the Obamacare implementation deadline looming (October 1), this might be the perfect time to defund Obamacare. NRO columnist Michael Tanner thinks it's worth a shot.

Katrina Trinko goes inside "Team Mitch" and speaks with the man at the center of it all, Jesse Benton. Benton previously worked on the campaigns of both Ron Paul and Rand Paul, and is well-respected throughout their Kentucky conservative circles. Learn about how Mitch McConnell may have inoculated himself against a tea-party challenge with just one hire.

Before heading out to go fjord-ing, Jim was kind of enough to leave us with a few treats to pass to along to you (we miss him too). These pieces are in consecutive order so be sure to start with today and then go back if you miss a day. We turn our breaking news over to Jim . . .

Writing the Red Out of Washington

As you read this, I am on the NR cruise until August 8.

As you've seen on Campaign Spot, I'm continuing to work my way through Mark Leibovich's This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital

I had wondered, based on the reviews, whether I would find it a bit insufferable in its denunciation of Washington, D.C. — written by a Washington insider, getting dissected by Politico and garnering rave reviews from the Washington Post and New York Times. Complaining about some of Washington's problems is akin to complaining about the humidity — any national capital is going to attract the ambitious, the egomaniacal, the status-seeking, clubbiness, transactional friendships, and so on. Jonah argued that Washington pretty much deserves all the criticism it's going to get.

Hugh Hewitt's extensive interview with Leibovich is perhaps the best discussion of the book and its arguments. So far, this is a fascinating, extremely well-reported book . . . but one that I suspect a lot of conservatives will conclude misses the point a bit. The author catalogues a lot of the traditional conservative complaints about the culture of Washington — mainstream-media reporters who are friends with, married to, or way too personally connected to the people they cover; a liberal groupthink among the most influential media figures; reform stymied by lawmakers' eagerness to pursue lucrative lobbying careers after leaving office. And yet Leibovich seems to conclude "it's Washington," instead of "in past decades, Washington has become controlled by a trio of powerful forces": "the media, mostly Democratic lawmakers with an omerta-like code of loyalty, and K Street."

Occasionally, Republicans pop up in its pages — former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, former Senate majority leader Trent Lott — but by and large, Republicans (and particularly conservatives) are nonentities in the portrait Leibovich paints.

As Hewitt put it:

HH: All right, now let's talk about red Washington and blue Washington. As I said, you know blue Washington deep, because I think Andrew Breitbart would say, they're joined at the hip, the media, Manhattan-Beltway media elite, and Democratic elites. Not so much red Washington, and many, many obscure blues are feted in This Town, but very few big reds. For example, Krauthammer doesn't show up. Brit Hume, Fred Barnes, there's a nod towards Kristol and towards Bennett and towards Rove . . . Arthur Brooks, Rich Lowry, Steven Smith and Mark Tapscott over at the Examiner, Phil Anschutz, who owns most of the media properties there now for the conservative side . . . Or Ed Atsinger, all the talkers. You know, Mark Levin lives in the Beltway. You don't see them in the background of your stories, because they don't do it, I think.

One of the revealing points of This Town is that, to the elites the author describes, Republicans and conservatives . . . aren't really there. Perhaps we flatter ourselves by thinking they hate us; that would require them to notice us.

Reading a lengthy and detailed look at the seedy side of Washington politics does make one examine what one dislikes about it, and so for the next week and a half, I'll offer some evergreen thoughts on three things about Washington (and modern politics) that are worth hating, and three things worth loving.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Local paper ahead of Obama’s visit: “Take your jobs plan and shove it”

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Local paper ahead of Obama's visit: "Take your jobs plan and shove it"

posted at 3:01 pm on July 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As I'm writing this, President Obama is doing his usual economic grandstanding routine in Chattanooga, Tennessee — and considering that Amazon just announced that they're going on an epic hiring spree, their local Chattanooga warehouse is making a mighty convenient backdrop for the president jobs-oriented speech. The president is going on and on about "the ingredients we need" for good jobs, and all of his latest Keynesian stimulus ideas for economic growth, and talking up America's need to "invest" in the jobs and infrastructure of the future.

Funnily enough, courtesy of Obama's first and biggest round of what we were promised would amount to successful stimulus spending, Chattanooga is the home of one of those sorts of supposedly high-tech and cutting-edge projects of which the president seems to want to initiate more. …Thanks, but no thanks, say the editors of theChattanooga Times Free Press:

President Obama,

Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit. …

That's because your jobs creation plans so far have included a ridiculous government spending spree and punitive tax increase on job creators that were passed, as well as a minimum wage increase that, thankfully, was not. Economists — and regular folks with a basic understanding of math — understand that these are three of the most damaging policies imaginable when a country is mired in unemployment and starving for job growth. …

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 helped fund the Gig to Nowhere project, a $552 million socialist-style experiment in government-owned Internet, cable and phone services orchestrated by EPB — Chattanooga's government-owned electric monopoly. …

While the Smart Grid will cost taxpayers and local electric customers well over a half-billion dollars when all is said and done, there has been little improvement in the quality of EPB's electric service. Worse, despite being heavily subsidized, EPB's government-owned Internet, cable and telephone outfit that competes head-to-head against private companies like AT&T and Comcast is barely staying afloat, often relying on loans from electric service reserve funds to afford its business expenses.

… As a result, Chattanooga has remained a relative ghost town for technological innovation. Almost no economic development whatsoever has resulted from the gig.

That was downright scathing, and considering that the federal government assured everyone that the grandiose project would create a bunch of awesome new futuristic jobs and "send tech companies and web entrepreneurs stampeding to Chattanooga in droves," and that "all it did was push America deeper in debt and lure a local government agency into making a terrible financial decision that will weigh on Chattanoogans like a millstone for decades to come…" it's definitely warranted.

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Local paper ahead of Obama's visit: "Take your jobs plan and shove it"

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Rubio, Lee, Cruz struggled to get time on the floor to discuss Obamacare defunding

Rubio, Lee, Cruz struggled to get time on the floor to discuss Obamacare defunding

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio complained Tuesday that his attempts to get time on the floor to discuss defunding the Affordable Care Act with Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were repeatedly denied.

The three Senators are spearheading the push to use the continuing resolution to defund the healthcare law, and are hoping to get more Republican Senators on board. The three have circulated a letter to that effect. Some Republican colleagues have signed on, but others, such as Sen. Richard Burr, criticized it as the "dumbest idea" he had ever heard.

On Tuesday afternoon, Rubio tweeted a complaint that they were unable to schedule a time for the three of them to discuss the effort on the Senate floor.

@SenMikeLee,@SenTedCruz & I have been trying to get time on Senate floor 2 speak together about #obamacare.Keep being told no time available

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 30, 2013

Republican staffers in the Senate Cloak Room are responsible for scheduling time for Republican Senators to speak on the floor.

The Senators, said a Republican aide familiar with the request, "had floor time scheduled for Thursday" until a vote was "magically" scheduled. They were then told on Monday that they could bring the issue up Tuesday morning, but that opportunity was also cancelled, and efforts to reschedule were "slow [walked]."

"Guess Rubio was fed up," the aide added.

Sen. Rubio's communications director declined to comment on the tweets.

According to one Republican aide familiar with the scheduling process, the hold up was simply a matter of "finding the amount of time they wanted in a day when things were changing quickly." For instance, the Senate held a vote Tuesday morning, a time when the chamber would normally be in morning business. Shortly after Rubio's initial tweet, a time was scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. colloquy. Rubio credited the success to his tweet.

Twitter magic! @SenMikeLee,@SenTedCruz & I finally given time 2 speak together about #ObamaCare at 3:30pm 2day.Watch:

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 30, 2013

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Rubio, Lee, Cruz struggled to get time on the floor to discuss Obamacare defunding

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Rep. Graves’ Defund Obamacare Act Gains 100th Cosponsor

Rep. Graves' Defund Obamacare Act Gains 100th Cosponsor

Rep. Graves' Defund Obamacare Act Gains 100th Cosponsor

Washington, Jul 30 -

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves' (R-GA-14) Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 2682) gained its 100thcosponsor today when House Republican Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) signed onto the bill. The milestone was reached just 19 days after Rep. Graves and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) launched a new bicameral effort to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund Obamacare.

"Our 100 House cosponsors are backed by millions of Americans who want relief from Obamacare," said Rep. Graves. "Families and individuals want to know why they still have to pay for and be punished by the law while businesses and special interests get a break. Congress has the power to right this wrong if we choose not to fund the law. I thank Vice Chair Jenkins and all the other cosponsors of the Defund Obamacare Act for joining what might be the last, best chance to stop the law and lift this burden off the backs of our constituents."

"Since I came to Congress, I have repeatedly voted to repeal and defund the president's health care law," said Conference Vice Chair Jenkins. "Since this health care overhaul was forced on us, its price tag has nearly doubled and families and small businesses are paying the price. I am proud to join my colleagues as the 100th cosponsor of this important bill to defund this law for Kansans, and the majority of Americans who disapprove of it, while we work to implement common-sense healthcare solutions."

The companion legislation in the Senate, introduced by Sen. Cruz, has 29 cosponsors.


Rep. Graves' Defund Obamacare Act Gains 100th Cosponsor

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‘The Limbaugh Theorem’: Rush Has a Theory on the Secret Behind Obama’s Popularity


'The Limbaugh Theorem': Rush Has a Theory on the Secret Behind Obama's Popularity

(Fox News)

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's exclusive interview with Greta Van Susteren, which will air tonight at 10 p.m. ET, covers a variety of topics, including what he refers to as the "Limbaugh Theorem."

In a sneak peek of the interview, Limbaugh presents his theory about why President Barack Obama continues to be popular among some voters, even as his policies fail.

"Obama has positioned himself as an outsider…That's one of the reasons why the constant campaign," he said. "So he doesn't appear to be governing, so he doesn't appear to be part of Washington. So he appears to have this mysterious, powerful bunch of forces that are opposing him and stopping him from creating jobs and stopping him from giving people proper health care…but he is constantly out there fighting."

"And he does that by constantly campaigning and never seem to be governing," Limbaugh added.

The radio host also argued that Obama actually "likes" the multiple scandals currently haunting his administration because they "detract from the absolutely reality of what has happened to this country as a result of his policies."

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'The Limbaugh Theorem': Rush Has a Theory on the Secret Behind Obama's Popularity

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Censored! IRS Scandal Being Buried by Big Three Networks


Censored! IRS Scandal Being Buried by Big Three Networks

The Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have colluded with the Obama administration to censor the latest IRS scandal news.

The following is a list of key developments in the IRS scandal and how many days it has been since they were discussed, if at all, by the Big Three on their morning and evening news shows:

Update, Monday, July 29: Stephanopoulos and Crowley Skip IRS Scandal with Lew, Gregory Cues Up Talking Points; Only Wallace Pursues

Latest story counts as of Tuesday morning July 30:

IRS Employees Ordered to Send Tea Party Applications to Office of Obama Political Appointee

On July 17, as reported by, a letter released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reported that IRS employees were ordered to send Tea Party tax-exemption applications to the office of the IRS's Chief Counsel, which was headed by William Wilkins, who at that time was the only Obama political appointee at the IRS. In 2008 Wilkins led the defense team of Obama pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright when his church's tax-exempt status was being investigated.

Number of days with no story on ABC or NBC: 13 (CBS finally ran a story on the July 24Evening News)

IRS Chief Counsel Meets with Obama Just Days Before New Screening Rules Implemented

■ On July 24 reported that Obama political appointee and head of the office of the IRS's Chief Counsel William Wilkins "may have met with President Obama just days before his office put out new guidance on how the agency screens conservative groups."

Number of days with no network story: 6

Justice Department Refuses to Investigate Government Employees Improperly Accessing Tax Records of Candidates and Donors

■ On July 15, as reported by the Washington Times, tax records of political candidates (The Times later reported on July 17 one of the candidates included one-time GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell) and certain donors were improperly accessed by government officials, and that the Justice Department has, so far, refused to prosecute the offenders.

Number of days with no network story: 15

Records on Tax Investigation of Republican Senate Candidate Mysteriously Destroyed

■ On July 23, as reported by the Washington Times, "Delaware state officials told Congress that they likely destroyed the computer records that would show when and how often they accessed Christine O'Donnell's personal tax records and acknowledged that a newspaper article was used as the sole justification for snooping into the former GOP Senate candidate's tax history."

Number of days with no network story: 7

Businessman With Insider Ties Awarded $500 Million in IRS Contracts

■ On June 25, as reported by, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee revealed that $500 million of IRS contracts had been awarded to Strong Castle Inc., because its president Braulio Castillo had a "cozy relationship" with a top agency official.

CBS's Nancy Cordes, on the June 25 Evening News, first reported on the Castillo story and noted that he filed for a disability rating with the Veterans Administration, citing a foot injury he received while playing sports at a military prep school. It was this point that caused a confrontation between Castillo and Iraq war veteran and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth at a June 26 hearing. The showdown spurred NBC to cover the story as well. But not even the anger from a prominent Democrat could get ABC to report on the Castillo scandal.

In total the Big Three ran a total of six stories on the Castillo scandal. CBS ran five stories on Castillo, while NBC aired just one full story on the Castillo/Duckworth confrontation on the June 27 Today show. NBC's Lisa Myers made a brief mention of Castillo as part of June 26 Today show story that dealt with other IRS scandals.

The last Castillo stories were on the June 27 editions of NBC's Today show and CBSThis Morning.

Number of days since last network story: 33

Despite Sequester, IRS Still Plans to Give Out $70 Million in Employee Bonuses

■ On June 19, as reported by The Hill, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley slams the IRS for its plan to dole out $70 million in employee bonuses in spite of sequester agreement. CBS was the only network to report on the bonuses offering just two briefs on the June 20 edition of This Morning.

Number of days since last network story: 40

More on the Media's Censorship of Obama's IRS Scandal:

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Rush Limbaugh, NB Publisher Bozell Slam Corrupt Liberal Media's Censorship of IRS Scandal

In Three Days, Network Morning Shows Devote More Airtime to Royal Baby Than All of IRS Scandal

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ABC, CBS and NBC to Viewers: IRS Scandal? Please, That's Old News

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Charlie Rose Wonders If Reported IRS Scrutiny of Liberal Groups Makes Scandal Look 'Less Partisan'

NBC's Todd Claims 'Republicans Overplaying Their Hand' on IRS 'Quote/Unquote Scandal'

Networks Ingore 'Audit the IRS' Rally; Minimize Coverage of $70 Million in IRS Bonuses

NBC, CBS Skip Obama-Supporting IRS Agent, ABC Allows 22 Seconds

Too Taxing? Big Three Networks Abandon IRS Scandal

Censored! IRS Scandal Being Buried by Big Three Networks

John Hames

No More Pastels

Hannity's Headlines

Tuesday, July 30th 

A GOP of Bold Colors
“Let's have a new first party – a Republican Party – raising a banner of bold colors, no pale pastels. A banner instantly recognizable as standing for certain values which will not be compromised.” – Reagan
While I myself am a registered conservative, I look to the Republican Party as the closest representative of conservative values in American politics. Overtime, that appears to be fading. Sometimes I look at Washington lately and I wonder if it is possible to distinguish one party from the other. While many see the parties as becoming more partisan in their rhetoric, often we can look at their actions and find it nearly impossible to discern one from the other. It's as if they are melting into the same pot of power, rather than standing firm on the principles that brought them there to begin with. Reagan also stated in that speech quoted above that people at the time felt it no longer mattered which party won. Are we approaching a similar place in history? I think that conservatives have the chance to bring a similar vitality brought by Reagan if they listen to his idea that Republicans don't need to act like a watered down version of the Democrats. Instead, they need to make the differences between the two parties bold, no pastels. Standing for principle will earn you respect, others will want to fight alongside you for shared principles and it will restore a renewed faith that we send conservatives to Washington who won't bend at the fear of a Democrat-Media campaign. For more on this, check out

Why The Obama Care Fight Is So Important
This is what the fight over Obama Care is truly all about. Like it or not, this is the issue where conservatives will rise to the top and Republicans who don't act on conservative principles will sink. Obama Care represents virtually every antithesis of conservative principles: Big government, lack of freedom, invasion of privacy, increased taxes, harms businesses, higher costs with worse results, more government dependency, less innovation, more regulations. Not only that, but you have the majority of Americans who despise the law AND you have the power in Congress to stop it if Republicans unite. If Republicans won't stand up and fight against Obama Care, then I seriously doubt their willingness to fight for any conservative principles in the future. They will become irrelevant. I don't want to see that happen and neither do you. Those who are opposed to Mike Lee's idea of how to fund Obama Care need to hear from you and they need to know that this issue matters, the se principles matter and you are counting on them to lead rather than to cower in the shadows of a potential Democrat PR smear campaign.
Obama's Grand Bargain
Continuing his series of campaign-style speeches, Barack Obama made another speech today focusing on the middle class. Obama proposes cutting corporate tax rates from 35% to 28% and to 25% for manufacturers. After all, America has the highest corporate tax rates in the world. But Obama's support for cutting the corporate tax rate is nothing new. If you will recall during the election, Obama and Romney agreed on the need to lower our corporate tax rate. During one of the debates in October 2012, Obama said: “When it comes to our tax code, Governor Romney and I both agree that our corporate tax rate is too high, so I want to lower it, particularly for manufacturing, taking it down to 25 percent.” Well that is exactly what we are now seeing proposed, but it is being painted as a “grand bargain.” Why? Because Obama isn't going to just lower taxes out of the goodness of his heart. He wants … other tax increases and more spending! In 2009 we spent over $800 billion on Obama's stimulus plan, which was supposed to “save or create” jobs almost immediately. Remember that? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look around and see that this idea failed miserably. We have fewer Americans working today than when Obama took office and we have more debt than ever before. Why on earth are we to believe th an another $50 billion jobs stimulus will be any different?

Today's "Hot Topic" From the Hannity Forums
Bradley Manning Not Guilty - Posted by Indemiddle
The verdict is in and former army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has been found guilty of 19 out of 21 charges including espionage.  He is facing 150 years in prison where his is likely to die.  

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Shocking… IRS Now Has More Agents Than German Army

Shocking… IRS Now Has More Agents Than German Army

(Deutsche Welle)

The Internal Revenue Service includes an estimated 106,000 agents and employees.The Treasury Department allocated $11.522 billion to the agency for operations in 2009.

Thanks to Obamacare the agency is expected to hire from 11,800 to 16,500 new agents. That means the IRS will have from 117,800 to 122,500 after Obamacare is implemented.

The IRS has more agents than the German (62,279), Spanish (75,000) and Canadian (68,250) armies.

The Family Research Counsel also points out these shocking facts:

** The IRS has its own SWAT team.** It has its own intelligence unit.** And it has more agents than the armies of Canada, Spain or Germany have soldiers

Don't you feel safe now?

Shocking… IRS Now Has More Agents Than German Army

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