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Originally published in Blogspot 05/21/2013 by author

Congress is investigating the IRS. Who is investigating Congress?

Apple dodges taxes in the billions of dollars. Exploiting the intentionally arcane tax laws, Apple hides money all over the world, paying little or no taxes in the United States - or anywhere else, for that matter. Shades of Mitt Romney, times 1000.

This is no accident. Congress, the best that money can buy, has created a system that allows the biggest and richest people, and their organizations (funds, corporations, foundations, etc. etc.) to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, while the rest of us make up the difference from our comparatively puny wages, salaries, savings and tiny investments. If the IRS was a bit overzealous in its duty to insure that every crackpot, secret political money organization doesn't get tax exempt status, more power to them.

Are so many Americans so stupid, or brainwashed, that they are actually incensed over bureaucratic ham-handedness in the interpretation of official duties, while accepting of the terrible fiscal injustice inherit in the tax code? If so, we deserve to be fleeced by the rich and richer.

Baaaa!

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  •  We the people (2+ / 0-)
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    OooSillyMe, DaNang65

    are investigating Congress, and we are not amused.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Thu May 23, 2013 at 01:32:21 AM PDT

  •  Maybe those stupid Americans have heard (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    of Judge Learned Hand:

    "Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as
    possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the
    treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes.
    Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands."
  •  What A Great Question! (3+ / 0-)
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    Cpqemp, helfenburg, OooSillyMe

    Yes.....an investigation should be launched immediately to determine exactly what it is these bozos do to earn the $174,000.00 a year they rake in.  

    They stink up the joint & accomplish nothing as far as I can see.  Louie Gohmert is a prime example.  I'm surprised the birdbrain has figured out how to walk  upright without his knuckles dragging on the ground.  And, don't even get me started on James Inhofe.  

    God.....give me strength!

  •  On some members of Congress judgement (0+ / 0-)

    has already been passed. All that remains is to remove them in the next election. In the last three elections 212 members of the House were freshmen. The change in personnel obviously did not change the behavior of those that were left. Some people keep parrots. Some people keep Congress critters for their amusement.

    So, here's the Dufus Brigade in all its glory, along with who voted nay on the Violence Against Women Act.

    Louie Gohmert(TX-01) –VAWA

    Joe Wilson(SC-02)–VAWA

    Steve King (IA-04)–VAWA

    Michele Bachmann(MN-06)–VAWA

    Tom Graves(GA-14)–VAWA

    Paul Broun(GA-10)–VAWA

    John Culberson(TX-07)–VAWA

    Phil Gingrey(GA-11)–VAWA

    Daniel Webster(FL-10)–

    Austin Scott(GA-08)–VAWA

    Lou Barletta(PA-11)

    Patrick McHenry(NC-10)–

    Sean Duffy(WI-07)–

    Eric Cantor(VA-07)–VAWA

    Jeff Denham(CA-10)–

    Steve Womack(AR-03)–VAWA

    Steve Southerland(FL-02)–VAWA

    Virginia Foxx(NC-05)–VAWA

    Joe Heck(NV-03)–

    John Campbell(CA-45)–VAWA

    Andy Harris (MD-01)–VAWA

    Peter King (NY-02)–

    Frank Lobiondo(NJ-02)–

    Doug Lamborn (CO-05)–VAWA

    Mike Coffman (CO-06)–

    John Fleming (LA-04)–VAWA

    Diane Black (TN-06)–VAWA

    Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)–VAWA

    Justin Amash (MI-03)–VAWA

    Robert Hurt (VA-05)–VAWA

    Don Young (AK)–N/A

    Paul Ryan (WI-01)–

    Collin Peterson (MN-07)–

    Renee Elmers (NC-02)–VAWA

    Mike Rogers (MI-08)–

    Adrian Smith (NE-03)–VAWA

    Vern Buchanan (FL-16)–

    Scott Rigell (VA-02)–

    Michael Grimm (Ny-11)–

    Tom Rooney (FL-17)–VAWA

    Paul Gosar (AZ-4)–VAWA

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu May 23, 2013 at 02:11:30 AM PDT

  •  Americans don't know when they're being made (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, OooSillyMe

    fools.  Mark Twain described it perfectly in Huckleberry Finn with the two characters known as the Duke and the Dauphin.  They were grifters. Con men.

    In the last couple of years I made it a habit of reading the Congressional Record.  This page at the Library of Congress website has the daily issues. Clicking on the pdf under "Entire Issue" opens a pdf of about 125 - 150 pages.  Inside is a transcript of the days proceedings in the House and Senate.  

    I don't read the whole thing straight through. I usually have something I want to see for that day.  Typically, I'll right click on the issue, click "Find," and input a search term.  If it appears multiple times I advance through the copy and read each part.  It's informative when you get used to it.  It has much more value than any cable or network newsmedia.  In fact, you'll probably wonder why you never hear a word about what you read.  Now and then if the proceedings can be adapted to the reality show format of the newsmedia they'll cover something.  But much is omitted.

    That's why you feel Congress needs a babysitter.  I think that would be the job of a functioning free press.  That's another rant.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Thu May 23, 2013 at 02:26:24 AM PDT

    •  Let's hear the rant about the free press and what (0+ / 0-)

      we don't hear from them.  YOu know, in this day and age when media outlets are wringing their hands and bemoaning their fates, which look bleak, you would think that at least one of them would think of trying something different - instead of producing the same news that a person can access at literally thousands of other outlets, try giving us something based on the House and Senate proceedings, as you suggest, or something else, but something real and informative and different than what every other outlet offers.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Thu May 23, 2013 at 03:37:36 AM PDT

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  •  The FBI is investigating Michele Bachmann (1+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA

    ...over alleged illegal activity that went on during her failed bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, so Members of Congress are not above the law, even though many of them act like they are.

    If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu May 23, 2013 at 03:21:28 AM PDT

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