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Put congressional reps on alert during their summer vacation



Published: Tue, August 5, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Put congressional reps on alert during their summer vacation

Congress has done one of the few things it does unanimously — gone on vacation. If its members take a day of this five-week hiatus to visit the people — not the party hacks — who they allegedly represent, I hope every man and woman tells them “no.”

Make it simple so the pol can understand your wish without extended study, or forming super committees needed to reformulate your “no” into something completely opposite your intent.

For instance, tell them this:

No person, business, organization, government body or trust may contribute more than $1,000 to your campaign, program, institute, committee in any calendar year. No action on this means I will vote no for your re-election.

No bill you submit, co-sponsor or vote to adopt will contain funding for any law, program, increase or addition to any existing legislation not contained in its title or itemized in its index. One bill, one subject. No action, no vote for you.

No military intervention, police action or war will be entered into for more than one month without the recorded agreement of a super majority of Congress and the executive branch of government. Not voting is not a choice. Your vote will be published to your constituents. No action, no vote for you.

This, albeit negative approach, at least sets some rules for the self-serving “governing class” to follow that could result in something resembling representative government. More positive approaches, like “tell me quarterly what legislation you have passed instead of waiting for your re-election year” or “please, tell me where the money from that last tax increase went before asking for more” or “spend at least one week of your multiple, multi-week recesses visiting the people in your district/state” might be good examples.

Either way, if you get the opportunity to speak to your representative or senator, don’t waste it on bluster. Just tell them what you expect of them and tell them what they can expect from you if they continue to ignore you.

Jim Cartwright, Canfield


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1billdog1(1804 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

What he said.

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2steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Jim,
I would like to add:
1)No citizen/group should be audited by the IRS because of their political affiliation. IRS employees who violate this law will be jailed for a minimum of 20 years.
2)Terrorists who kill US Ambassadors or their staff will be brought to justice by any means possible. It does make a difference.
3)No person should be forced to buy health insurance he does not want by a government bureaucrat.
4)Every bill passed by the House of Representatives MUST be brought to a vote in the U.S. Senate.

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3lajoci(375 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Umm, the whole point of what little campaign finance law there is left is to regulate the campaign spending of groups that participate in the political process, such that political affiliation does, in fact, and should, draw attention from the IRS.

If you don't want to get audited, then don't violate political campaign spending laws.

Simple as that.

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4steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

If you don't want to get audited, then don't violate political campaign spending laws unless you are a Democratic group and the it is OK. There, fixed.

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5lajoci(375 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

So-called Democratic" and "liberal" left-leaning groups were audited and investigated as well, but you'll never hear the liars on Faux mention that.

They portray themselves as the poor, put-upon victims, preyed-upon by the big, bad, IRS! Booooo-Hooooo! Let's have a little pity party for the right-wingnut campaign-finance cheaters who got caught breaking the law!

Serves them right!

Maybe they should go back to school and learn to follow the rules!

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6steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

According to a Ways and Means Committee analysis, 248 of the 298 groups flagged in this period were conservative-leaning, 29 were liberal-leaning, and the rest had no clear political slant.

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7lajoci(375 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Again you lie.

The POINT is that groups across the political spectrum were flagged. And you know it.

Once Citizens' United came down, conservative groups doubled their efforts to file for tax exempt status.

You know as well as anyone that there is a specific , multi-state bagger network, a well-developed organization throughout the country, so there are many more of these groups on the right-wingnut side than on the left. Only 20 groups with "progress" or "progressive" in their names had applied for status, and 6 were flagged.

And a little background: Pres. Obama asked for increased funding to hire 5000 more IRS employees because of the increased work load handling the INCREASE in tax-exempt applications, and Congress responded by cutting the IRS budget by $300 million, and that resulted in the elimination of 5400 positions.

As a result, "you have a routine bureaucratic procedure meant to bundle potentially problematic applicants together for further review. The “abuses” the right has screamed about are the same ones that nonprofit journalism applicants like SF Public Press, The Lens, and many others faced, especially long delays and invasive questioning (and, ultimately, approval—no Tea Party group’s application ultimately was denied). Again, this was not some big secret. It was readily available information."

It was more like bureaucratic corner-cutting than political targeting.

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8steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Nice spin, but 248 to 29 was more than luck of the draw and you know it. Lois Lerner was on a witch hunt and everybody knows it. Then she deleted her e-mails and destroyed the computer to cover it up.

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9lajoci(375 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

And yet again you lie.

Not spin.

Lie.

You lie.

Groups across the political spectrum were flagged, but still you lie and claim that because not as many leftist groups were targeted, it was, somehow, a vendetta.

That is a lie, and you know full well that there are many more of these conservative leaning groups who applied for tax-exempt status than there were leftist groups.

You know that, and Faux knows that, and Krauthammerhead knows that, and Rove knows that, and still you, and they, lie.

You lie, because it provides cover for these groups to make political contributions that they then treat as charitable contributions for tax purposes.

You lie, because what they are doing is illegal.

And still you continue to lie.

Not spin -- lie. Pure and simple.

The irony is that these moralistic, holier-than-thou so-called "conservatives" have no qualms about lying when it suits their political agenda.

Their pious, sanctimonious moralizing is a fraud. They are pious frauds.

They lie, pure and simple.

Accept as truth NOTHING they say.

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