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Stalin is quoted as once saying something along the lines of, “It doesn’t matter who votes. What matters is who counts the votes.” Well, if you can get your propaganda into the heads actual voters before they vote, same difference right?
Looks like a lot of folks might owe Jack Welch and apology.
Over at Instapundit, Professor Reynolds has posted an article from the NY Post titled, ‘Census ‘faked’ 2012 jobs report. The excerpt he posts is this, emphasis is mine:
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.
And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it. Continue reading
BREAKING NEWS: The Obama Administration knew a full five months before the 2012 election that the IRS was targeting Tea Party Groups. This revelation comes from the New York Times via Breitbart
June 2012: The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.
Incredible. It would seem this administration sat on it during an election year. What would the election have looked like had this information come out? Likely very different.
Could it be possible that the catalyst for the targeting began with the Tea Party organizations in Senator Max Baucus’ Montana?
Montana Shrugged, one such organization, was starting to be quite the “nuisance” to Senator Baucus as early as March of 2010. Mind you, the Citizens United case had just been heard and decided on two weeks prior to Montana Shrugged holding demonstrations in Montana. Citizens United drew the ire of President Obama, who during the State of the Union, called out the Justices displaying his disapproval with the decision. Another organization getting under Max Baucus’ skin at this time was American Tradition Partnership, who was working directly with a few Montana Tea Party Organizations.
Bear in mind that Senator Baucus is the Senate Finance Committee Chairman and has taken up the charge to get to the bottom of this scandal. Baucus also sits on the Joint Committee on Taxation. Baucus himself has warned there will be more revelations:
“I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out, frankly. It’s broader than the current focus. And I think it’s important that we have the hearings, and I think that will encourage other information to come out that has not yet come out. I suspect that we will learn more in the next several days, maybe the next couple three weeks which adds more context to all of this.”
Source: Washington Examiner
Ever hear of the man who was being run out of town? He raced to the front and pretended he was leading a parade. The same analogy might fit here, but time will tell.
Here is a timeline of possible events as they may have unfolded starting with the creation of the Tea Party and ending with the IRS IG report.
April 15, 2009: Tea Party protest
May 2009: Obama jokes about IRS audits in a commencement speech at ASU.
September 2009: Tea Party groups and 9/12 projects start filing for tax exempt status
January 21, 2010: Supreme Court rules on Citizens United case.
March 1 2010 American Tradition Partnership sets up shop in Montana with Baucus in its sites and continued to do so.
March 2010: Ten Tea Party cases identified as targeted. (TIGTA appendix)
April 29 2010: Max Baucus gives a press release regarding new campaign finance reform titled the Disclose act which was drafted in direct response to the Citizens United decision. Its co-sponsors were Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Al Franken (D-MN).
August 27 2010: Austen Goolsbee lets it slip that he has access to Koch Brothers Tax structure
September 23 2010: A letter is sent to J. Russell George Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration regarding the possible illegal accessing and disclosure of confidential taxpayer information specifically the tax structure of Koch Industries, Inc
September 28 2010: J. Russell George Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration sends a letter acknowledging receipt of Senator Grassley’s letter regarding the possible accessing of tax information of the Koch Brothers. A review had been ordered however, the letter ended with
“As you are aware, there are certain constraints on my ability to share information from our review with you in the absence of a request from the Chairman of the Committee on Finance.”
September 28th 2010: Sen. Max Baucus sends letter to Commissioner of the IRS, Doug Shulman. The letter asks for the IRS to look into 501(c)(4), (c)(5) and (c)(6) groups.
October 6, 2010: NY Times article, ‘Republicans see a political motive in IRS audits’. The article describes Republican charges that a Senior Obama official inappropriately accessed the tax records of Koch Industries. It also mentions Republicans are upset over an audit proposed by Senator Max Baucus into the activities of tax exempt groups.
October 6th, 2010: Republicans respond to the Baucus letter.
March 12, 2012: 7 Democrat Senators – Schumer, Bennett, Whitehouse, Merkley, Udall, Shaheen, Franken – send letter to Commissioner of the IRS Doug Shulman. Letter stated they want the IRS to look specifically into Conservative ‘social welfare groups’ and 501(c)3’s.
June 2012: Obama administration has knowledge of IRS inappropriately targeting conservative groups. Remember: President Obama said he just head this news last Friday.
June 18, 2012: Senator Max Baucus visits the White House. All details of the visit are missing from the White House Visitor Logs.
April 23, 2013: Senator Baucus announces retirement. Baucus claims personal and not political reasons.
May 14, 2013: IG report comes out. Note: On page 43, there is a letter from Joseph Grant thanking the Inspector General for giving him a copy of the IG’s draft report in advance of it being published. The received stamp on the letter is April, 30th. That is just one week after Senator Baucus announced his retirement. It is entirely possible as a member of the Ways and Means committee that the Senator was privy to this advanced report.
May 10, 2013: Unsolicted ‘apology’ comes out of the IRS for targeting Conservatives.
May 15, 2013: Steve Miller resigns as Acting Director of IRS. Miller was set to depart in June anyway.
May 16, 2013: Joseph Grant announced retirement from Tax Exempt and Government Entities division of the IRS.
May 17, 2013: Steve Miller testifies in front of the Ways and Means committee. Miller’s overall theme in answers in this testimony is ‘I don’t know who is responsible’.
* This post was co-written by LadyLiberty1885 and Liberty S Continue reading
Yesterday was rough. There were friends who voted for Obama who remained rather silent from commentary. Then there were those on Twitter and Facebook — ones where the concept of ‘winning gracefully’ has never entered their mind. Needless to say, … Continue reading
There will be a ton of post-mortems out there in the coming weeks and months. I want to put it out there right now that I have little complaint with the campaign Romney ran. It was a gentleman’s campaign, which should have carried more weight than it did however in an increasingly identity politics driven society, it failed to gain said weight. Last night, Atlas shrugged a shoulder.
This posts and subsequent themed posts are my way of working through the re-election of a man who is arguably one of the worst Presidents we’ve ever had. His record spoke for itself and this nation is divided; one only has to look at the popular vote tally to recognize that. Now that I have slept on it, I see last night as a bit of a wash. Matt Welch at ReasonTV closely hits on what I mean by that in terms of the House. Mr. Liberty and I talked a bit last night and we agree – the next two years will be like the last two years and we will see another 2010 election in 2014. Here’s Welch’s comments:[youtube=http://youtu.be/JgAMjndXORk]
In 2008, I was not yet blogging. I did, however, email a sort of list of predictions to myself the night Obama was elected. Quite a few of them came true in some fashion. In fact, most of them did. This list I am posting is by no means complete, but is what I came up with off the top of my head in free-flow writing. Let me state that neither now nor in 2008 did I actively WANT the President to fail. If he fails, we fail. Given the last four years, I do not see how it is possible he won’t fail again. The man is an economic illiterate and he is surrounded by ‘Yes’ men – by choice. Anyway, here is my list for Obama’s second term: Continue reading
Races around the country of note:
Mia Love has lost in Utah but remains Mayor of Saratoga Springs. Unfortunate and disheartening.
Allen West looks to have lost his re-election bid. This would be a bad blow.
Bachmann looks to have been re-elected.
Brown and Mourdock both lost.
Elizabeth Warren defeated Scott Brown. God help Massachussetts. Occupy now has a candidate in Congress.
Hastings and Wasserman Schultz both retained their seats. Travesty.
NC elects Pat McCrory — the first Republican Governor in 20 years. Romney carried NC. The NC Senate races favored Republicans 7 to 3. The 13 NC US Congressional races favored Republicans 9-3; the important race between McIntrye and Rouzer in NC 07 has not yet been called. Tea Party favorite Renee Ellmers retained her seat.
Also of note, Colorado passes Amendment 64, legalizing Pot. Obama still has no mandate and said a whole lot of the nothing we’ve heard over the last 4 years in his acceptance speech. California is well on its way to imploding with the passage of Prop 30.
As of this post, it would appear Romney lost the popular vote with 56,944,183 to Obama’s 59,567,135. In 2008, Obama won with 66,882,230 over McCain’s 58,343,671. The margin there was slashed quite a bit by Romney. Continue reading
Welcome to the LL1885 Election 2012 Thread
This post will be updated throughout the day and evening until the election is called. Updates will begin below the fold, but first a few items that will remain static:
I am on Twitter and Facebook all day and evening today as well. Check the top of this blog to get connected with me.
Follow #WatchTheVote on Twitter today. Vigilance, folks.
Here’s the list of when the polls close and where: Election Day polls: closing times
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET VOTED… What the $#@% are you waiting for? Go do it now.
Rolling Updates (newest first):
I am not vouching for or against the accuracy of any links posted here today. We all know what a zoo Election day can be. Read the items and decide for yourself. I will attempt to post updates, corrections and the like as the day progresses. Continue reading
Try to contain your outrage and urge to vomit. #2 made me want to throw something. #4 is where I actually did throw something.
Keep calm. Vote Romney.
From my inbox:
25 reasons from 25 people who are voting Obama:
1. “The Affordable Care Act is saving my daughter’s life.”
2. “Obama is for the vets. He helped us wind down in Iraq, he’s improved mental health policy with VA benefits.”
3. “Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him.”
4. “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”
Joe Biden, Delaware
5. “Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.”
Bill Clinton, New York Continue reading