Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, left, wants to end the practice of giving illegal immigrants tax credits for kids, but U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., won’t let the House-approved measure H.R. 556 through the Senate.

"The System is Working Fine" says Senator Harry Reid, even though the Joint Committee on Taxation calculates that enactment of H.R. 556 would save taxpayers $24.4 billion over the next decade.
The House of Representatives repeatedly has passed an IRS bill that could save U.S. taxpayers up to $24.4 billion over the next 10 years — but Harry Reid’s Democratic Senate will not hear it.

The Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act, or H.R. 556, would require tax filers to provide Social Security numbers to claim child tax credits.

Currently, the IRS allows undocumented residents to collect the $1,000 credits for dependents not even living in the country. Watchdog reported that illegal immigrants received $4.2 billion from the tax agency in just one year.

“My bill (targets) billions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse. Instead of hitting up taxpayers for even more taxes, Washington needs to go after these billions of dollars,” said U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas.

Though the GOP-controlled House has passed Johnson’s measure three times, Senate Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., refuses to allow the bill to come up for a vote in his chamber.

“The IRS has been doling out the credit to tax filers claiming children who do not even live in the country,” Johnson charged.

Tax preparers agree that the system is broken — and that the IRS must fix it. They say the agency has to stop disbursing ACTC refunds based on Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, which are available to undocumented residents.

Tax preparers told Watchdog they have seen clients from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua claiming Mexican children as dependents.

A 2009 TIGTA audit concluded that the child tax credit “appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside, and work in the U.S. without authorization, which contradicts Federal law and policy to remove such incentives.”

Johnson’s bill would impose a 10-year ban on tax filers who commit fraud and a $500 penalty on tax preparers who knowingly bilk taxpayers through the ACTC program.

“I just think the child tax credit is working just fine, and there’s no need to punish children,” the Democratic leader told the Associated Press in February.
Better Ideas

Johnson’s bill would impose a 10-year ban on tax filers who commit fraud and a $500 penalty on tax preparers who "knowingly" bilk taxpayers through the ACTC program.

Proving that a tax preparer "knowingly" sent in a fraudulent return would be next to impossible. What if we paid tax preparers $250 for every illegal immigrant removed from the system?

Active incentives to weed out existing fraud would certainly work better than passive incentives to stop further abuse. If Johnson's bill would save $24 billion, my idea would surely save more.

One could reasonably go further and kill the program in entirety.

Hypocricy and Partisan Politics

One would hope that with budget deficits wildly out of control and with interest on the nation's debt piling up even with historic low interest rates, that common sense measures to save $24 billion would get easy passage.

But such hopes are dashed on the hard rocks of partisan politics. What one party wants, the other doesn't.

Moreover, I am quite sure enough Democrats would vote for this bill if they were allowed. But they aren't. Reid has blocked the measure.

Recall the outrage by Senator Reid, the media, and the Democrats when House Speaker John Boehner would not allow a vote on a clean budget resolution bill.

Now Reid is doing the same thing, and it's costing taxpayers $24 billion. Where's the media outrage?

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth. She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare's Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies. Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing, you can expect Sebelius to do what she has done her entire career: blame, bully and pile on more lies. 
 
Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare's damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue Cross in California for raising rates because of the new mandate's costs. Obama singled out the company in a "60 Minutes" interview, and Sebelius sent a nasty-gram demanding that Anthem "justify" its rate hikes to the federal government.

A private company trying to survive in the marketplace was forced to "explain" itself to federal bureaucrats and career politicians who have never run a business (successful or otherwise) in their lives. Sebelius went even further. She called on Anthem to provide public disclosure of how the rate increases would be spent -- a mandate that no other private companies must follow.

In an even more heavy-handed effort to suppress criticism, Sebelius wrote America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers, "calling on their members to stop using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act." The threatening cease-and-desist letter commanded: "I urge you to inform your members that there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases. ... Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections."

The speech-stifling gag order declared war on every opponent of Obamacare who dared to question the administration's phony claims of cost-savings or expanded access. When McDonald's notified the feds that it might have to cancel health insurance plans for 30,000 workers because of Obamacare's effective prohibition on low-cost plans, Sebelius slammed The Wall Street Journal for reporting the story. She then rushed to issue McDonald's an Obamacare waiver, the first of thousands to quell criticism and bleeding.

Health care policy analyst Merrill Matthews points out that Sebelius cracked her whip against health insurer Humana even before the law had passed. When the insurer warned seniors that an Obamacare proposal to cut reimbursements could harm their Medicare Advantage benefits and coverage, Sebelius demanded that the company "suspend potentially misleading mailings to beneficiaries about health care and insurance reform."

The warning, of course, proved true. In September 2010, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care canceled MA policies covering 22,000 seniors precisely because of Obamacare rules on reimbursements and MA-style plans.

Sebelius' power-mad partner on Capitol Hill, Henry Waxman, targeted companies including Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and ATT in a brass-knuckled effort to silence companies speaking out about the cost implications and financial burdens of Obamacare. After the firms reported write-downs related to the Obamacare mandate (disclosures that are required by law), Waxman scheduled an inquisition hearing to berate them publicly. After the Democrats' own congressional staff pointed out that the companies "acted properly and in accordance with accounting standards" in submitting filings that were required by law, Waxman called off the hounds.

It was a temporary reprieve. Caught with their pants down on the Obamacare website abomination and unable to stifle the cries of millions of Americans who are unable to keep the plans and doctors they like, Sebelius and her corrupt company are now blaming insurers, contractors and customers for the Obama administration's ideological mess. In short: They lied, but for your own good. Culture of Corruption 101.

Food Stamp Riots? Nation’s Largest Food Bank Sees Falling Skies Over Expired Food Stimulus

by / Personal Liberty Digest

Food Stamp Riots? Nation’s Largest Food Bank Sees Falling Skies Over Expired Food Stimulus
PHOTOS.COM
The CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, reportedly the Nation’s largest food outreach program, is insinuating that riots could erupt if program cuts slated to kick in this weekend are allowed to take effect.

According to Margarette Purvis, president and CEO of the Food Bank, the scheduled expiration of food stimulus money will shrink the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $5 billion dollars and create instant havoc among entitlement recipients – a recipe for rioting that could boil over as soon as this weekend.

“If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” Purvis told Salon Monday:
Purvis said that the looming cut would mean about 76 million meals “that will no longer be on the plates of the poorest families” in NYC alone – a figure that outstrips the total number of meals distributed each year by the Food Bank for New York City, the largest food bank in the country. “There will be an immediate impact,” she said.
“The fact that they’re going to lose what’s basically an entire week’s worth food” each month, said Purvis, “it’s pretty daunting.” She told Salon that while policymakers “are attempting to punish people for being poor,” and “people are comforted by believing that they know that a person has to have done something wrong in order to be poor,” in reality, “I can tell you that more and more folks have more than one job and are still needing help.” …Purvis added that cutting food stamps was “not even good business sense,” because each dollar of food stamps infuses over $1.70 of spending into the economy.
Purvis went on to add that “the first line of defense against hunger is a food stamp.”
Who knew?

Meanwhile, Neil Cavuto at Fox News has speculated that a recent $80 million outlay by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is directly related to an anticipated (or perhaps hoped for) Food Stamp riot event. DHS spent the funds to beef up armed security at government buildings in upstate New York, adding to the department’s growing list of questionable militarization measures presumably aimed at U.S. citizens who would create civil unrest by galvanizing against government policy.

“November 1st could be a very, very iffy kind of a day,” Cavuto intoned on his Fox News program.

“…This could be ‘all-hell-breaks-loose day’…[O]n November 1st, the food stamp program is set to start decreasing the amount that is allocated to food stamp recipients….and they’re worried that violence will ensue.”

The whole chicken-little tone of this impending SNAP disaster almost smacks of bloodlust. The hyperbole coming from the far left and the far right – coupled with the indisputable fact that government itself is incrementally hoarding military-style armaments and equipment for uses that are ostensibly of a “civil” nature – indicate that at least a few rapturous policymakers and pundits are longing for a doomsday episode in which America’s leaders turn against American citizens.

Who benefits from the convergence of Iran and Turkey?

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

The whole world is trying to find meaning in the actions of the Obama administration in the Middle East. On the one hand, improving relations with Iran, while on the other hand flirting with and even aggressively promoting Turkish foreign policy.

Why is that? Why is the United States moving away from the Middle East, literally and figuratively?

Is this region no longer of interest to the U.S., or does the Obama administration believe that the United States will be able to control the growing Islamic ambitions of Iran and Turkey?

I certainly cannot answer the question of what is going on in the heads of the people who are framing U.S. foreign policy, but the fact is that both Iran and Turkey continue to develop their military and economic power. In both countries, again, human rights are violated. Dissent is a mortal sin. But this is not the main problem. While for years Turkey and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, like Iran and Ayatollah Khamenei, have influenced policy in the region, now the power of both has increased exponentially.

A manifestation of this is the "Marmaray" railway tunnel, which joins the European and Asian parts of Turkey by means of a tunnel under the Bosporus. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said that the Marmaray project will be one of the most important projects in the region.

In addition, it was reported that the Turkish Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications, Binali Yildirim, said that the Marmaray railway project will contribute not only to the development of Turkey, but also to that of neighboring countries.

According to him, the Marmaray tunnel will be a new railway "Silk Road."

The Minister also noted that this was not the first global project that has been implemented in Turkey.
According to Yildirim, in addition to the Marmaray tunnel, one of the global projects is a railway project, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.

I have written about this project several times at Jihad Watch.

Here it is always necessary to remember that during the time of the Soviet Union, the southern Caucasus republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan were connected by rail with Turkey and Iran, even though Azerbaijan borders Iran, Georgia and Turkey. This was due to security considerations. The Russians were worried that if there was a rail link between them, Iran and Turkey would be bad influences on Azerbaijan and Georgia.

With the completion of the Marmaray project, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line will be provided with access to Europe.

For the construction of the Georgian section, Azerbaijan provided a loan in the amount of $775 million. Since the beginning of the financing of the project and before January 1, 2013, $431.3 million was allocated.

It should be mentioned that another rail line is also being built, and can join the so-called Silk Road: the Azerbaijani-Iranian Astara project that will connect Azerbaijan's city of Astara to the Iranian cities Rasht and Qazvin.

The framework for this project provides for the construction of segments of the railway on the territory of Iran, and the reconstruction of the existing railway on the territory of Azerbaijan.

The project's cost is estimated at $200 million. In 2009, the Iranians started construction of the railway between Rasht and Qazvin. As of the summer of 2013, the construction of the railway was 90 percent completed. Iran's Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development of said that railway should begin operating before March 2014.

At the same time, the easing of economic sanctions against Iran may give Turkey an opportunity to cooperate with Iran. The fact is that Ankara is seeking to find a way to Tehran. This was revealed by the scandal of Turkish intelligence agents revealing to Iran the names of Iranians who were working for Mossad, as well as by the visit of the leader of Hamas to Ankara. Turkey continues to be active in the attempt to achieve reconciliation between the Palestinian parties. In this connection, the chairman of the Politburo of the Palestinian Islamic supremacist movement Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, visited Ankara in October 2013.

Mashaal met with Erdogan in the official residence of the government, at a meeting attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoglu, and the Head of Turkish Intelligence, Hakan Fidan. And after that came the scandal of the revelation of the names of the Mossad agents.

The question arises: in this situation, should the U.S. relax sanctions on the Iranian regime? That would enable Iran to earn back in a few months all the money it has lost due to the economic sanctions -- despite the fact that Iran has once again continued successful testing of ballistic missiles.

In the Middle East, intentionally or not, this has created an unbearable situation for democracy and freedom.

The situation that the only democracy in the region, the State of Israel, will face will be not only to protect itself against the growing threat of Iranian weapons of mass destruction, but also against the Turkish influence on Hamas, as well as against the Assad regime and Al-Qaeda in Syria.

Maybe this situation is designed to verify the charge that Israel cannot find a common language with its "neighbors"?
Op-ed: 
Obama’s legacy of ObamaCare LIES
By: Diane Sori

The ObamaCare fiasco…screw-ups that know NO bounds…where his ‘truths’ are NOTHING but LIES.

ObamaCare…the biggest policy LIE ever concocted and perpetrated on the American people by a sitting president….this will be Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s legacy…and ‘We the People’ will in the end have the last laugh for the main stream media seems to be turning against their self-appointed ‘supposed’ savior of us all.

And if the media does walk away from Obama maybe then the ‘truths’ they’ve hidden these past five plus years will suddenly see the light of day…will suddenly be told…and it can start with the LIES about the scandal de jour (and YES the so-called Affordable Care Act is indeed yet another scandal)…otherwise known as ObamaCare.

LIES…ObamaCare is NOTHING but LIES for to-date…and released via the main stream media…2 million Americans have already lost their private health care coverage…lost the coverage they were happy with and lost the doctors they knew and trusted...because of ObamaCare and Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s LIES.

And finally picking up on ‘We the People’s’ collective anger, some media outlets are actually reporting that the number of those being cancelled by their current insurance carriers, when all is said and done, could actually reach upwards of 16 million once happy with their plans American citizens…in other words 75% of the 19 million Americans who purchase individual health insurance will get cancellation notices because their policies do NOT meet the standards required under ObamaCare….and Barack HUSSEIN Obama and Barack HUSSEIN Obama alone will own that.

And with Obama now telling the American people what insurance companies they can buy into and what insurance companies they cannot…with Obama telling the American people what coverage they must have (like older women and older men being forced to pay for maternity care…I guess hell has indeed frozen over as it seems in Obama's world menopausal women and older men can now ‘birth’ babies) and what coverage they can NO longer have…let’s NOT forget that ObamaCare actually dictates what people must pay…and the payments are high…higher than what people paid before ObamaCare.  And why is that...simply because overcharging...subsidizing actually...is necessary to pay for the poor and those with pre-existing conditions, both of whom were once shut out of the system, and who are now signing up for either ObamaCare or for Medicaid enrollment...which by the way will soon reach a bursting point and then what happens when it does...just another disaster in waiting.

Obama’s game of ‘bait and switch’ first began with the LIES he told to get ObamaCare passed… knowing that without the LIES it would NEVER pass…and burying those LIES in legal mumbo-jumbo amongst a bill over 2700+ pages long…mumbo-jumbo that each and every American should be infuriated about…well almost every American because those with their hands-out…those existing solely by way of the ‘gimme-gimme you owe me’ mentality…will NEVER bite the hand that feeds them.

Or will they when the sticker shock of ObamaCare hits them…at least hits those that do NOT qualify for subsidies that is.

And the ultimate LIE of all LIES has now rightfully come back to haunt Obama as his words said to the American Medical Association and repeated to the American people time and again in 2009 is now being broadcast over and over by many media outlets…“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people…If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

In other words, Obama was saying that those happy with their insurance policies and wanting to keep those policies would be ‘grandfathered in’ under ObamaCare…but he NEVER told the American people that after the bill was passed that HHS under Kathleen Sebelius adjusted and amended some wording and inserted regulations into the bill that took the ‘grandfathering’ clause out.

And so Barack HUSSEIN Obama willingly and knowingly NOT only bold-faced LIED to the American people but also did NOT divulge…deliberately kept hidden…important information and continued to do so for these next three years. Barack HUSSEIN Obama broke his promise to ‘We the People’ so he could further his socialist agenda…an agenda that includes his so-wanted federal government takeover of America’s health care system.

And the harsh reality is that America’s health care system was NEVER the problem…the problem was the way insurance coverage itself was handled as costs continued to rise. But these were fixable problems…ObamaCare is unfixable as it's based on LIES and malignantly growing through those LIES.  ObamaCare is fundamentally flawed and unworkable, and should be completely scrapped as because of those LIES America's middle-class and working poor will both see major increases in their insurance premiums while getting less coverage, rationed medicine, and death panels as an unwanted bonus while Obama gets his wish of remaking our medical industry into a European style socialist health care system. 

Calculatingly but oh so stealthily taking away even more of our once but NO longer taken for granted freedoms, the once honored, and respected office of President of the United States has been bastardized by this incompetent, usurping, lying and traitorous miserable excuse of a so-called president…bastardized by a man who has turned both the office of the presidency and our country itself into a worldwide laughing stock with NOT only the nightmare that is ObamaCare itself but with its companion joke of a non-functioning, seems to be unfixable in its current form, website...a website NO one will take the blame for.

But if we’re lucky, all Obama’s LIES maliciously done for political expediency alone...all the ObamaCare website screw-ups coupled with the sticker shock to ‘We the People’s’ pocketbooks...just might do what the birthers, the previous scandals, and Benghazi could NOT do…and that is call Obama to task as public support for Obama’s so-called signature piece of legislation is falling by the day...by the hour…and the main stream media for once is starting to report this truth.

See...miracles do sometimes happen.