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April 02, 2010

16,500 More Reasons to Vote Republican in November

By Harold Witkov

A lifelong Democrat runs into a lifelong Republican, and they begin to debate the just-passed health care bill:
Republican: I bet you $5 that ObamaCare will not pay for itself as claimed.
Democrat: I bet you $5 ObamaCare will pay for itself — and I can prove it right now.
Republican: It is a bet. What is your proof?
Democrat: The ObamaCare bill includes the hiring of 16,500 new IRS agents.

Republican: Here is your $5.

There are certain numbers that, just upon hearing them, motivate a fighting spirit within me. When I think of the number 600, I picture Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade. The number 300 makes me recall the bravery of three hundred Spartan warriors fighting to their death at the Battle of Thermopylae. I “Remember the Alamo!” by remembering the 189 defenders who died there. The number 3,000 brings me back to the Twin Towers on 9/11. 
Does the number 16,500 do anything for you? Perhaps it should.
As if the Democrat health care bill did not make the majority of American citizens angry enough, the Democrats chose to throw in one last ingredient in the ObamaCare reconciliation bill that just might guarantee a Republican landslide in November. Thanks to the Democrats, the most hated agency in America, the IRS, just got 16,500 agents bigger. By sprinkling in an additional 16,500 IRS agents into their health care mix, the Democrats may have just placed upon their own backs a backbreaking straw.  
Heard any good IRS jokes lately? They are all over the internet, and with April 15 closing in, there will probably be lots more. Here is one I found at GETAMUSED.COM
The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around
that they offered a standing $1000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money. Many people had tried over time (weightlifters, longshoremen, etc.) but nobodycould do it.
One day this scrawny little man came in, wearing thick glasses and a
polyester suit, and said in a tiny, squeaky voice, “I’d like to try the
After the laughter had died down, the bartender said okay, grabbed a lemonand squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little man.
But the crowd’s laughter turned to total silence as the man clenched his
fist around the lemon and six drops fell into the glass.
As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1000, and asked the little
man, “What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weightlifter, or what?”
The man replied, “I work for the IRS.”
You know who that just-squeezed lemon is going to be? You! On second thought, we will probably make better turnips than lemons, and instead of lemon juice, it might just be our last six drops of blood squeezed into that glass.
The Democrats have really stepped in it. There may be Americans who have not yet grown tired of hearing “your taxes will go up,” and there may be Americans who think that some good will come from the health care bill, but no red-blooded American can be happy about 16,500 new IRS agents! Depending on who you are, you may have your own accountant, lawyer, doctor, insurance agent, stockbroker, mechanic, etc., but nobody wants his very own IRS agent.
I am dead serious. If we want ObamaCare repealed, we have to start by electing Republicans (preferably conservative Republicans) across the board this November. If the RNC plays its cards right, “the Democrat 16,500” can be much more than a talking point, but a powerful issue to campaign on. We need “the Democrat 16,500” to become a household word. 
We must label the Democrats as the IRS expansion party. The health care bill should be known not as the health care bill, but as the “Democrats’ IRS expansion-health care bill.” Every Democrat in Congress should be asked, “How did you feel when you voted for 16,500 new IRS agents?” We should have billboards with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid smiling with the caption, “Every citizen is entitled to his or her very own IRS agent!”
Why do people hate the IRS? It goes beyond the fact that they hate to pay taxes. The IRS scares people to death. It is fear of audit. With all the complexities of the ever-changing tax codes, people are scared that they will be penalized for innocent mistakes. They are terrified that the penalties will be overly punitive and beyond due process. President Obama loves to read letters from people who suffer at the hands of the insurance companies, but there are plenty of suffering stories from innocent people with IRS problems. Do we the people want an additional 16,500 IRS agents in our lives? And what if they turn out to be 16,500 retrained ACORN workers?
Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” Thanks to Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the Democrats, today’s most terrifying words are about to be, “I’m from the IRS and I’m here to make sure that you have the health care coverage you deserve.”



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Chairman Levin: Dare to be Fair! Schedule a hearing on the FairTax Experts praise it and average Americans believe it can save the country. More than 60 Members of Congress support it and it became a key debated policy element in early Presidential primary races. Books about it land on bestseller lists and millions of Americans have heard about it on talk radio. For all the exhaustive research, all the buzz and all the public support, there has been no Congressional hearing by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Levin. Why? Congress holds hearings on White House party crashers and meets endlessly on far less important matters. The petition below raises our voices together in the best tradition of our great nation. Join us in daring Congress to be fair–hold the FairTax hearing!

Chairman Levin: Schedule a hearing on the FairTax

Dear Chairman Levin,

Whereas, the FairTax Bill will produce an economic boom which could create millions of American jobs, deliver 100% of all earned income to Americans free of deductions for federal income taxes or other payroll taxes, and bring to the U. S. an estimated $11 to $15 trillion from offshore accounts and investments by Americans, foreign corporations and individuals; and,

Whereas, the FairTax Bill will abolish the IRS and 67,500 pages of income tax regulations thereby eliminating a projected $300 billion in annual tax preparation costs and endless hours of frustrating tax form preparation and filings by honest Americans, and which will eliminate an overly complex tax code even the IRS itself admits there are parts it cannot understand that benefits tax lawyers, lobbyists and senior Members of Congress on tax writing committees who cut deals for wealthy corporations and individuals; and,

Whereas, the FairTax Bill will cause those who come by their income illegally to pay their fair share of taxes thereby reducing the tax burden on all honest, taxpaying Americans; and,

Whereas, the FairTax will establish a sales tax to be paid only on new retail products, when each person chooses to make a purchase and the FairTax has been endorsed as simple, wise, efficient and pro-growth by more than 80 prominent economists including Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. Vernon Smith; therefore,

We, the undersigned, do hereby respectfully call upon the Ways and Means Committee to conduct a fair, open public hearing on the FairTax Bill H. R. 25, allotting 50% of the time each to the proponents and opponents on or about Tax Day April 15, 2010, and then send H. R. 25 to a vote of the entire House of Representatives.

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