Archive for April 6, 2010

Continuing the comments from candidates on the Shulman statement series I received the following comment from Will Gregory who is running for Congress in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District.

The power to tax is a broad power of the federal government, and is easily abused. It’s no casual thing to levy additional taxes on Americans struggling to make ends meet. Just because the IRS has a sneaky regulatory loophole to take your property to force compliance with a sweeping federal invasion into the health care system, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. The President promised us transparency — enough with the backhanded tactics.

Jim Himes the incumbent democrat only managed 51.3 percent of the vote in 2008. I’m thinking he might be wise to follow the Calvin Coolidge route that Mr. Olver did today on the subject.

Building on the IRS refund grab story this morning I talked to Patricia Sullivan running against MSNBC’s Favorite congressman Alan “die quickly” Grayson in Florida’s 8th district. She called it the “Tip of the Iceberg” in both our conversation and in the following release which she forwarded to me this morning:

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman acknowledging Monday, while speaking to the National Press Club, that the recently passed Health Care Reform measure limits the IRS’s enforcement options to include the confiscation of individuals tax refunds as the “most likely way to penalize individuals” whom do not comply with the mandate. This is just the “Tip of the Iceberg to the Federal Government’s intrusion into the private lives of the American People” stated Patricia Sullivan, conservative Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional District in Florida. Shulman warns the public to “not read into anything about me doing it now” as he reports of being “just a busy guy” the myriad of enforcement capabilities and the private army health corps created by this Health Care Reform measure are definite cause for concern.

Don’t worry Mr. Shulman, as Patricia points out above the new IRS people that will be hired to enforce this monstrosity will be more than happy to do the heavy lifting for you.

I’m sure Mr. Grayson will be delighted to defend this for Ed Schultz or Chris Matthews, but closer to home I called up Congressman John Olver’s Fitchburg Office for comment, they referred me to his Washington Office and I left a message requesting comment from Liz Murphy from his press office. I’ll let you know what comment I get.

If you don’t remember Patricia Sullivan, Stacy McCain and I interviewed her at CPAC here.

Update: Heard back from Ms. Murphy, Congressman Olver has no comment at this time. It was a pretty prompt response and it speaks well that she got back to a mere fedora wearing blogger quickly. He is wisely taking Calvin Coolidge to heart:

…if you don’t buy health insurance says the IRS Chief:

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Shulman downplayed the IRS’s role in enforcing the recent overhaul of the health insurance industry by claiming the agency would not aggressively target individuals who don’t purchase coverage. He noted that the health-care bill expressly forbids the agency from freezing bank accounts, seizing assets or pursuing criminal charges, but when pressed said the IRS would most likely use tax refund offsets to penalize those that don’t comply with the mandate. The IRS uses refund offsets to collect from individuals that owe the federal government a delinquent debt.

Tell me that this didn’t take place one week before tax day and while the Tea Party Express is driving across the country.

I’d just LOVE to be the congressman who has to defend attaching people’s refunds, the young who this will hit the hardest will be positively thrilled!

This is one more reason to adjust your withholding. Once you do so take that money and put it in a CD that matures around April 15th of next year. Instead of hoping to see your refund let the government wait for your money.

And you get the interest too!

Stuff like this has an excellent chance of turning 2010 and 2012 into a seminal election and remember in Bart Stupak’s own words we don’t know which democrats voted no only because he gave them cover.

Update: It made Hotair’s headlines.

Update 2: I’m soliciting comments from congressional candidates.

…during a campaign appearance:

“I was going to give a few remarks on the people who were over here a week ago Saturday,” Reid said in a video posted by Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, “but I couldn’t find it written all over my hands.

“You betcha,” Reid added to supporters’ laughter, mimicking one of Palin’s trademark slogans.

Did you write that one yourself Sen Reid?

Tell me Harry, how many people did you draw? Stacy McCain puts the number at 100 and points out:

the Hopeless Harry Tour continued on to Las Vegas, where Reid reportedly drew about 1,000 “hard-core Democrats” — at least 2,000 less than the attendance at Ann Coulter’s Vegas speech at the Henderson Pavillion (fixed seating for 2,400, plus lawn seating for up to 1,500).

It’s seems like a giant kabuki theatre, he whistles while his opponents cross the 50% mark in the polls.

I understand that in an election you have to paint an optimistic picture but eventually you just look like a fool. I think we’ve passed the eventually point.

Maybe he needs a fedora?