Stopping IRS Targeting And Executive Overreach


It seems the Congress is working to stop both the IRS and Obama from targeting of select groups, and a Constitutional overreach. Frankly, both are long overdue, in my opinion.

Now to the IRS bill, which passed in the House on February 26th. The Hill has the particulars:

The House voted Wednesday to delay a controversial IRS rule dealing with tax-exempt groups, an issue Democrats charged was being used only to generate coverage on Fox News.

The bill was approved in a 243-176 vote after a bitter debate in which both parties accused each other of using tax rules to game elections. Fourteen Democrats voted with Republicans to support the bill, titled the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act.

The legislation delays for one year an IRS rule that would stop 501(c)(4) groups with tax-exempt status from certain political activities, like voter registration drives. Republicans say that rule is an attempt to formalize an IRS policy that disadvantages conservative groups. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

What does it say that the IRS even HAS this rule in the first place?

House VoteAnd what does it say that 176 Democrats voted AGAINST this bill? Seriously. How is it that 176 Democrats would not support a bill that would stop the IRS from going after groups they deemed a threat to, who, the President? The Democrats? And what about when the Democrats aren’t in power? Would they vote for it then? Truly appalling. (And for a list of all of the Democrats who cast a “nay” vote, click HERE.) But hey – at least it passed, and all of 14 Democrats voted to stop the IRS from targeting groups it doesn’t like. I am SO sure the Senate will vote likewise (ahahahahahahaha)…

As I noted in an update to the post prior to this one, Representatives Gowdy, Issa, and Goodlatte, have crafted a bill that would pull back on Obama’s (and future presidents) Executive overreach. All I can say is, it’s about damn time. Here is the pertinent part of the Bill:

[…] Article II, section 3, of the U.S. Constitution declares that the President β€œshall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” However, President Obama has failed on several occasions to enforce Acts of Congress that he disagrees with for policy reasons and has also stretched his regulatory authority to put in place policies Congress has refused to enact. While President Obama is not the first to stretch presidential powers beyond their constitutional limits, executive overreach has accelerated at an alarming rate under his Administration.

To prevent executive overreach, the ENFORCE the Law Act puts a procedure in place to permit the House, or the Senate, to authorize a lawsuit against the Executive Branch for failure to faithfully execute the laws. The legislation also provides for expedited consideration of any such lawsuit, first through a three-judge panel at the federal district court level and then by providing for direct appeal to the United States Supreme Court. This expedited review is crucial in order to ensure that when a lawsuit is brought against the Administration to enforce our laws, the courts not only grant Congress standing, but also hear the case on an expedited timeline to prevent the President from stalling the litigation until his term is up.[…] (Click here to read the rest. And to see the complete text of the Bill, you can click HERE.)

I still do not understand, nor has anyone been able to explain, why Obama’s overreach has been accepted anyway. I have heard some people say that the Courts would have to take it up thus allowing Obama free rein/reign until he leaves office. But why would that be the case? Obama does not make laws, nor doe he have the authority to change laws willy-nilly like he is with the Affordable Care Act. Why does anyone take them seriously, as opposed to saying, “Uh, yeah – thanks for your feedback on that, President Obama, but the law is the law, and that means you canNOT change it to make it easier politically for your party members running for re-election.” Not that I have any feelings about this at all. Ahem. But really – can someone please explain this to me? Why would anyone take seriously Obama’s latest change to make it easier for the Democrats during the 2014 mid-terms? It seems to be happening every day, since Obama added yet another new change on Wednesday – yet another delay until AFTER he is out of office that will affect some. How convenient. It just doesn’t stop with him, and I just don’t get how he gets away with changing a law…

Also in the good news department is a Senate vote that might just surprise you. It sure did me. The Senate voted – though it was close – to NOT move forward Obama’s nominee for the DOJ’s Civil Rights division. That would be Debo Adegbile, the man who defended an unrepentant cop killer. Yep, it’s true, according to The Hill:

The Senate voted 47-52 Wednesday to reject controversial nominee Debo Adegbile as an assistant attorney general.

Seven Democrats voted against moving forward with President Obama’s nomination of Adegbile, which the Fraternal Order of Police and other groups opposed because of his involvement in the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) then switched his vote from yes to no in a move that allows him to bring the nomination up again for a future vote.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yeah, you didn’t think Reid would give up on something Obama wanted, did you? But still – it’s a victory for now.

Glad some of our elected officials are finally starting to stand up, though it took them WAY too long. WAY too long. But better late than never, I reckon!

So, that’s it for me. What’s on your minds today?


57 Responses to “Stopping IRS Targeting And Executive Overreach”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Amy.
    this shocked me πŸ™‚

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    Dats da longest link i done ever seen. πŸ˜€

  3. helenk3 Says:

    James O’Keefe strikes again

  4. helenk3 Says:

    this is a very important court ruling

  5. helenk3 Says:

    why lerner will not talk

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is just infuriating. Holder should have been impeached already. He clearly is incapable of upholding the Laws of the Land. If Lerner is able to get away with what she did because of Holder, that is just yet another crime to pile on his impeachment charges. IMHO, that is.

  6. helenk3 Says:

    this is one of the best descriptions of putin and backtrack I have seen

  7. helenk3 Says:

    Ted Cruz keynote address opens CPAC

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for the link. I bet he did fire up the audience!

      I know Dr. Carson will be speaking there, too. Oh, and my Senator, Tim Scott, spoke as well.

  8. helenk3 Says:

    backtrack’s reaction to the vote on his nominee was sickening.
    I guess black panthers who kill white cops are his kind of people

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It was sickening. And speaks volumes.

      As does the news I learned yesterday that PBS wanted to give the cop-killer his OWN SHOW from his prison cell. WTH???

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      His reaction highlighted his outrage at the thought that anyone would dare say him nay. And what’s with Harry Reid bringing up a bill that he wasn’t sure would pass? Incompetence or his Reid losing his grip – well we all know Reid lost his grip on reality and honesty and integrity a long time ago – I was referring to his grip on the Senate. Evidently he wasn’t aware that 7 Dems would jump the fence. And it was his job to know.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes, it was incompetence on Reid’s part – and it is telling, too. Apparently some folks actually voted the way they thought their constituents wanted them to do – shocker!

        And yeah – this whole thing with Cummings is just outrageous. Issa had every right to do what he did. He gave Cummings a chance AFTER the hearing was adjourned, and Cummings took advantage to launch into his tirade. The Dems, and the MSM, who are backing him up are just simply highlighting that it is ALL abt partisanship and nothing to do with Country. They could care less abt doing what’s right.

        That Democrats are blatantly using the IRS as a weapon, a took to threaten and harm their political foes, who happen to be tax paying US Citizens, says it all. And that Rep. Cummings would rather attack those trying to get to the bottom of this instead of yelling at the woman who wasted everyone’s time – AGAIN – speaks volumes.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Can you imagine the media and Democrat, again I repeat myself, snickering at the incompetence if a GOP Leader had done that? If it weren’t for double standards the Dems would have no standards at all.

          Not to mention the disgusting attacks on private citizens who have the audacity to talk about the problems they have with Obamacare. That is simply sick! The Dems talk about Issa cutting Cummings mic as being un-American while they smear a woman with cancer. Again – how about them double standards?

  9. helenk3 Says:–business.html

    Crimea votes to join Russia

  10. helenk3 Says:

    Group of House Democrats lead by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Calif., are protesting Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on the House floor – @LukeRussert

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I am SO sick of this crap. CUMMINGS was the one who was out of line, NOT Issa! Cummings was the one who tried to hijack the meeting, after failing to follow proper procedure. I am so tired of Dems screaming and shouting abt imagined slights, and throwing their bullying weight around. Issa had EVERY right to adjourn the meeting since it was CLEAR Lerner’s atty had lied that she would testify, and that she refused to testify after already having waived her rights. She was wasting everyone’s time, and most of us were pissed off at HER, then at Cummings, for his grandstanding behavior and refusal to give a damn abt what the IRS is doing.

      Then again, with Democrats openly calling for the IRS to be used as a weapon, I guess we already know where he stands.

      This is the worst government I have ever had the distinct displeasure to witness in this country.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I’m sure that Issa will just curl up in a ball and cry. Not! Once again the CBC is whining and playing the race card. Cummings little templer tantrum worked for them.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        And that is what is so maddening, Marge – that Cimmings’ stunt WORKED! He was out of order, and they most DEFINITELY have rules for how things are done in the House. If anything, Issa gave him a chance even AFTER he had ruled the meeting adjourned. Cummings, the big liar he is, said he just had a question. That was a load of BS. He wanted to spew his invectives and protect The One from the very real possibility that this trail leads all the way to the White House.

        I am so sick of these people.

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Check out this side by side review of the questions Issa was asked after yesterday’s hearing, and the questions asked of Cummings:

    WOW, could the media be more blatant?!!?

    • helenk3 Says:

      stole it

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      They don’t even try to hide their bias anymore. If the GOP is smart there should be some ads being made right now showing the bias and asking if voters want people like that to choose their candidates for them. I expressed my idea in a clumsy way but I’m not a writer. You know what I mean. Think it’s a good idea? These buzzards need to be called out and not just on FOX.

  12. helenk3 Says:

    backtrack donor wants to launch military satellites.

    don’t worry be happy

  13. helenk3 Says:

    reality bites

  14. helenk3 Says:

    some things just go together

  15. helenk3 Says:

    needs to spend time with family?????

  16. helenk3 Says:

    live updates on Crimea from a German newspaper

  17. helenk3 Says:

    dinesh d souza will speak at 11.30a at the CPAC

    should be interesting

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I believe he speaks on Fri. morning. And yes, it will be interesting indeed! Thanks for the link.

  18. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I would certainly HOPE the House would not “condemn” Issa for adjourning the Hearing yesterday. CUMMINGS was the one at fault, no matter the ratcheted up (faux) outrage on the part of the Dems:

  19. helenk3 Says:

    some people just do not have a clue

  20. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this link at Facebook. This kind of claim by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is just insane:

    • justine Says:

      Wasserman is so blindly partisan her arguments are totally illogical.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Aren’t they? It is just shocking that someone can be at this high of a level of society and be so absurd in her thought processes…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        She’s talking to Obama supporters – she doesn’t need to be logical. And there is no point in hoping the blatently biased media will call her on her b.s.

        Wasserman-Schultz is another example of why I will NEVER be a gender voter. Stupid, lying women are no better, or different, than stupid lying men.

  21. helenk3 Says:

    Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

    backtrack will be so pissy if he wins

  22. foxyladi14 Says:

    Dippy Debbie. πŸ˜†

  23. helenk3 Says:

    what would you think of a Scott Walker- Ben Carson ticket?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Scott Walker has really turned around WI. And of course, he fought back the unions who wanted to oust him. That was no small feat.

      I’m not sure if people would elect someone who had never been in office, though it really shouldn’t hold them back. Heaven knows, we could do MUCH worse than some of the yahoos who have been in elected office and went on to the Presidency. However, I think having someone like Carson, someone who is clearly intelligent, informed, and reasoned, would be a tremendous asset in an Administration in some capacity or another.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      We want Scott Walker right here in Wisconsin. πŸ˜‰

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      I like it Helen. πŸ˜€

  24. helenk3 Says:

    think this cartoon sums up yesterday’s lois lerner hearing

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