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“Where there is evidence, no one speaks of “faith”. We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence.”
Have you ever dreamed of not having to pay taxes and wished you could convert your home to a church, for example – or even better, create your own religion – so you get tax exemption? Do you have all the paperwork but know you will not make the approval by the IRS? Or that you wouldn’t be able to stand the scrutiny that is involved in granting an organization and/or group tax exempt status? Have you always believed that the lack of credible evidence on your part with respect to your justification as to why you want tax exempt status would make it hard, if not impossible, for you to apply for and be approved for tax exemption? Well, worry no longer.
Thanks to the witch hunt of the IRS and questioning why the agency that is tasked with tax collection is scrutinizing the tax exempt application of a party that is explicitly anti-tax – a party that requested tax exempt status as a “social welfare” group while running their own political candidates despite the fact that charitable exemption has very specific rules about direct political advocacy – no one who applies for tax exempt status will be scrutinized in the future. Well, at least, very few will, which is exactly what the problem is here.
The real scandal is not really whether the Tea-Party received too much scrutiny, but why aren’t others applying for tax exempt status not receiving the same scrutiny and are not held to the same standards?
The Catholic Church spent $ 2 million during the last election cycle on anti same-sex marriage efforts and they are tax exempt. If you are going to put measures on a ballot, directly influence political outcomes or run your own candidates, you shouldn’t be tax exempt.
Yeah, we sure got our priorities straight. No one complains that the IRS audits middle-class wage earners disproportionately more so than millionaires and corporations, mainly because poor people are an easier target and easier to prosecute than someone like Romney or a corporation with hundreds of pages of tax returns and utilized loopholes. Noooo. Let’s instead take an issue with the IRS scrutinizing the Tea-Party’s tax exempt application when that is the smartest thing the IRS has done in years.
The fuckery of this alleged scandal just goes on and on even though the treasonous tea-party’s application for tax exempt status was approved. If they had not been approved (which they really should not have), I would maybe be more inclined to understand the uproar but they did get approved.
Instead of people applauding the IRS for doing the right thing in this instance, they let their personal dislike of the agency cloud their judgment and actually prompt them to take the side of the Tea Party while completely missing the bigger picture, which is that the Tea Party, by applying for tax exempt status, is really just cheating. They should not be granted tax exempt status, they are running their own candidates.
The real scandal, therefore, is not the IRS scrutinizing the Tea party, the real scandal is that an organization – such as the Tea Party – which runs its own candidates and is heavily and directly involved in the political process is getting tax exempt status. Of all places, the organization that is explicitly anti tax is granted tax exempt status.
That is insanity.
That is like the final flame that set that oil slicked water on fire. That is just adding insult to what was an offensive premise to begin with. A premise under which the Tea party was receiving serious consideration for their application for tax exempt status. The fact that they thought they could do it and get away with it and the fact that they indeed got away with it, just makes all this so much more ironic. Instead of arguing about why they even got the status in the first place, we argue about why where they scrutinized in the first place.
Of course that coward Obama pulls his tail between his legs and gives in again, asking the head of the IRS to resign, instead of stating the obvious which is that any organization that applies for tax exempt status must receive the same scrutiny as the Tea Party. No exceptions, no apologies.
So, dear readers, if you ever wanted to apply for tax exemption status, now is the time to do it. Thanks to our bored garbage media that likes to make an issue out of nothing and the dumb public that is allowing their personal dislike for having to pay taxes cloud their judgment with respect to the Tea Party’s tax exempt status and the wider implications of such a decision for this country’s political sphere, scrutinizing tax exempt status applications will from now on be a thing of the past. So go ahead and submit. The tea Party and religious organizations are, so should you.
In a gesture full of respect and concern for the American people, Paul Ryan – Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick – gave said American people the finger by announcing that he would only release two years worth of his tax records to the public; the same amount of years that Governor Romney has released.
In reality, of course, Romney has only released his 2010 tax return and even those were missing half the information. He has also only given an estimate on his 2011 taxes – which he plans to fully publish (read: after his attorneys and PR folks fix and redact it) before the election.
This is a clever move. By stating that he will only release two years of taxes, “just like the Governor”, he is moving the focus of Romney’s taxes and his refusal to release more than two years, onto the broader debate of candidates releasing tax returns. This way, no one can accuse Romney of trying to hide anything because, after all, it was merely policy by his campaign to not release anyone’s tax returns beyond two years – not just Romney’s.
But the bigger problem that irks me is the attitude. The arrogance and the audacity to give the voter base such a condescending response.
“Here you go America. Stick this in your pipe and smoke it. I ain’t releasing shit to you. You can take it or leave it.”
This was a huge bird he flipped because by saying he will only release two years of tax returns Paul Ryan is basically behaving in the same condescending manner as Ann Romney when she said “you people” got all the info you need to crown us president and presidentette of this kingdom.
Ryan is basically telling us to go and shove it and be happy with whatever information he thinks we need to know and which he is willing to throw our way – and go vote for him already, dammit.
This kind of behavior is typical for Romney and his elitist, exploitative rich buddies who own football teams and elevators for their cars and have nothing but dangerous policies in mind with sinister outcomes.
They seem to think of the American people, the people they are working for and who put them in charge, as this nuisance; as this inevitable, annoying, pestering entity they have to unfortunately go through to get to what they really want to do: turn America and this government into nothing but tools to further causes that are detrimental for 99% of the population and ultimately the whole world.
Don’t think for one second that Europe’s economy going belly up had nothing to with the economic meltdown in the US.
The United States is Not a Corporation You Raid
Who do Romney and Ryan really think they are?
And what country do they think they are running for?
The United States is an idea, it is a vision -it is about democracy, autonomy and freedom. It is about tolerance and respect. It is about equity. It is about creating something above yourself for the greater good of everyone. Our Founding Fathers ran way from those shackles of the mind, soul and pocket to create a society in which all men are equal and can prosper and lead dignified lives. Not one in which a few enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else, ripping apart what they have, to suck the juice from the carcasses. That is not what America is.
It is not some company you raid and whose employees (i.e. the voting population) you discard and take away power from to obscenely enrich yourself and then insult them by calling yourself American and a patriot but them traitors and un-American for wanting access to health care, a job, an education, clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.
Mitt Romney is not a good American. He dodged military service with a deferment taking him to Paris. He has accounts invested who knows where around the world as though he were hedging his bet on the USA and he has a business career based not upon creating and growing domestic industry but in bankrupting companies and laying off its employees, sucking up their retirements and pensions to then line his own pockets.
Capitalism relies on markets and supply and demand, not bankrupting companies, mass layoffs and creating monopolies. Social drawinism is not capitalism. Vulcher capitalism is not capitalism.
Mitt Romney is not a patriot, he is a traitor. He is a parasite. Nothing in his business or personal life and choices suggests otherwise.
So… no more tax returns you fuckers. That is what Ryan’s response means. Nothing more and nothing less.
…no matter how much they like to convince most of the sheep in this country of the contrary.
I hate it when the media misrepresent facts either through omission or by inserting their own interpretation into something someone said in order to score a controversial headline and equally controversial outpouring as a result.
Wednesday night, Hilary Rosen, criticized Ann Romney accusing her of failing to understand the economic concerns of women.
Repeat after me: for failing to understand the economic concerns of women.
During a discussion on CNN’s “AC360” she said: “What you have is Mitt Romney running around saying ‘well you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about is economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.‘ Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life […] She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we and why we worry about their future.”
This resulted in a shitsotrm on the Romney camp and it prompted Ann Romney to join Twitter raising a stink over Rosen’s remark, completely twisting and turning it around and making it what it never was by stating that she “made a choice to stay home and raise five boys”. She went on to say “Believe me, it was hard work.” All this resulted in a flurry of clarifications and counter-statements and whatnot, culminating in an appearance on Fox News this morning where Ann Romney basically said that people should vote for her fucking husband.
This afternoon Rosen was finally forced to apologize for something she essentially never said or implied.
While everyone was at it, former first lady Barbara Bush also decided to chime in on the debate, commenting on how women who stay at home are “wonderful” just as women who choose to work are “wonderful”. She went on to say that while she is not critical of Hilary she is “sorry she took a knock at those of us who chose and who were able to – and that’s very important able -to stay home.”
But that is the whole point!!
I am totally flabbergasted.
First of all, what Rosen was saying was not in any shape a commentary on the “in home vs career moms” debate or the value of household work vs the value of a career. The point Rosen was trying to make is that Ann Romney would not know what being concerned about economics means to a woman because she has never been one of them. She was born into a wealthy family that fully supported her and after hopping around from one college to another having a good time traveling to France and waiting for Romney, she finally got married at the age of twenty and stayed at home to take care of him and the kids. She never had to go looking for a job, writing a resume, getting up at 7 in the morning to get to work, pay for expensive daycare while sacrificing other things. In short, she has never been a wage earner who knows what those challenges women face are.
When you are someone who, before she even had kids, never did a hard day’s work in her life in terms of being a wage earner and understanding the challenges women face in that regard and when you – after you had kids – got to stay at home and take care of the kids because of a rich husband whose obscene wealth insulated you from the economic challenges that stay-at-home moms or women in general face, then you are failing to understand the economic concerns of women. Period.
And that is the point Rosen was making. A very valid point for which she should never have apologized and I find it newsworthy and quite outrageous that Ann Romney and everyone thinks she is en par with any other woman who stayed at home.
In fact, Mitt Romney himself has never done a hard day’s work in his life. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and he made money as a corporate raider bankrupting companies. Right now he is making more in a day than most make in a year. He operates and thinks on different orders of magnitude. He probably does have $ 10,000 in his pocket and I seriously doubt he even knows what a dollar bill looks like or feels like in your hands.
The Romneys are out of touch with the realities and challenges that plague most Americans and are very real to them, as evidenced by the myriad of insensitive, outlandish comments made by Romney these past few months, such as how much he loves football because a lot of his friends own football teams, his impromptu 10,000 dollar bet with Santorum and by saying things like (and I am paraphrasing) “oh yeah I do make money from speaking engagements but it [374,000 according to his tax records] is not much.”
So sorry Ann, but staying in your Ivory Tower ordering the nannies and staff to feed and clothe the kids and clean up the house because you married rich and have nothing better to do is not what being a stay-at-home mom is about, not does it constitute hard work or make you part of the crowd that understands the economic challenges women face.
Hillary Rosen was right on and it is a shame she had to apologize to please phony, overprivileged pukes like you and your husband who are completely out of touch with the realities of most Americans, heck most human beings on Planet Earth, and who are just about the worst things that could happen to this country.