Read in the story above the latest on the IRS/Lois Lerner emails/crashed … excuse me… scratched hard drive story. Then check out our Congressman Trey Gowdy…
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy grilled Koskinen on his remarks, asking him that if sexual harassment or racial discrimination occurred â€śyou would wait until the IG investigatedâ€ť before asking around about it.
â€śThere is nothing about an ongoing IG investigation that would prevent you from doing your job,â€ť Gowdy said. â€śThere is nothing talismanic about an IG investigationâ€¦You could do a dual investigation.â€ť
NOW watch the video!
Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land is campaigning to become chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a large coalition of conservative House members in Congress.
The RSCâ€™s goal is to be a conservative influence on economic and social policy within the party.
Mulvaney, running for a third term from South Carolinaâ€™s 5th District in the Upstate, said he agrees with the RSCâ€™s goal of trying to push House Republicans further to the political right.
â€śThatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve been trying to do since I got here,â€ť Mulvaney said in a recent interview on Capitol Hill.
The chairmanship came open after a recent shakeup in House GOP leadership that saw RSC Chairman Steve Scalise, R-La., elected majority whip. An interim chairman is currently heading the RSC. A new leader will be chosen after the general elections this November.
Mulvaneyâ€™s RSC campaign signals his ambitions to play a larger role in the debate over the direction of the Republican Party, which on some issues is divided between its pro-business establishment wing, and those inspired by the tea party.
Mulvaney is firmly a member of the anti-establishment wing. He was one of a handful of lawmakers who chose not to vote in last yearâ€™s election of Rep. John Boehner of Ohio as House speaker, and he has defied leadership on several high-profile votes, including emergency aid for Hurricane Sandy, a deal to end the government shutdown last year and a bipartisan budget agreement.
â€śThere are folks like myself who are disenchanted with the establishment wing of the party,â€ť Mulvaney said. â€śAnd thereâ€™s two ways to go about it. You can go off and do your own thing and start your own party or you can try to reform your party from within.
Read more on this story at the link above.
MICK! How can we help?????
CITIZENS FOR EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT
Will meet to eat at 6:00 PM
Meeting begins at 7:00 PM
Tuesday July 29, 2014 At FATZ
Located behind Fuddruckers on Hwy. 295
The Honorable Mark Hammond, Secretary of State
Presenting to Walter McSherry
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
We are honoring Walter McSherry for all of the work he has done for the citizens of Spartanburg County
Please join us on this special occasion
CLICK here for the audio, the interview begins at the 57 minute mark.
You can use your cursor to slide the ORANGE marker to the right until you get to 57 minutes.
here are a few highlights:
*In a position to challenge/ still investigating
*22 MS counties still not fully cooperating
*10s of thousands of irregularities
*Discussed “Party Raiding” and laws that are supposed to prevent that
*Stated race baiting has no place in a Republican primary
*He’s a Conservative first and Republican second
*Mentioned our friend Charles C. Johnson
*Will likely be filing a challenge in the next 2-3 days
*First request a State Republican Exec Committee PUBLIC hearing (I will be there!)
*If refused will “immediately” take it to court.
Are you concerned about the rogue actions of the EPA? I know many of you are. Here is a online viewing event from Heritage Action you may be interested in.
Extremism at the EPA
A Discussion on Federal Overreach, Regulation Costs, and Climate Realities
The Honorable Mike Kelly (R-PA)
Member, United States House of Representatives
Followed by a discussion with
Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
David Kreutzer, Ph.D.
Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change,
Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the next step in its climate change agenda with a draft rule that would cap carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases from existing power plants. In doing so, the EPA used questionable science, ignored climate realities, and discounted major investments around the world to build power plants. This rule will significantly reduce the use of coal as an efficient and inexpensive source of reliable power in America, if the EPA is allowed to succeed in finalizing it in addition to other climate change regulations already in the books or on the way. The consequences will be lost jobs and higher energy costs for American families and businesses with no meaningful reduction in global emissions or temperatures.
During the final week of July, the EPA will be holding its public hearings on the proposed rule in three different states throughout the nation, as well as the District of Colombia. At the beginning of this crucial week, join us as we discuss climate realities and fallacies, the EPAâ€™s war on coal, and efforts to stop the EPAâ€™s unchecked climate change regulation. Leading the discussion will be a special address by Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s 3rd District, whose successful fight against federal overreach in the private sector led him to Washington and motivates his ongoing effort to stop such regulatory extremism.
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
All events may be viewed live at heritage.org
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the federal subsidies for health insurance were not properly designed.
Halbig is the case court watchers consider to be the â€śprobably the most significant existential threat to the Affordable Care Act” because it gets to the heart of the law.
It is one of four lawsuits that challenges the legality of health-insurance subsidies dispensed by the IRS thus had exchanges established by the federal government.
Challengers had argued that the law only allows subsides on exchanges run by the states themselves. Supporters of the law argued that was essentially little more than a typo in the law.
The Cato Institute’s Michael F. Cannon argues that if upheld by the Supreme Court, the ruling could free more than 57 million Americans from the ACA’s individual & employer mandates.
Though the PPACA repeatedly states those subsidies are available only â€śthrough an Exchange established by the State,â€ť and there are indications IRS officials knew they did not have the authority to issue subsidies through federal Exchanges, the IRS is dispensing billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies through federal Exchanges anyway. The Halbig plaintiffs are employers and individuals from six federal-Exchange states who are being injured by the IRSâ€™s actions because those illegal subsidies trigger taxes against them under the PPACAâ€™s employer and individual mandates. The plaintiffs want relief from those illegal taxes, and the only way to get it is to ask federal courts to put a stop to the illegal subsidies.
Cannon says that Halbig would free more than 8 Million people from the Individual Mandate and would free 250,000 firms and 57 million employees from the Employer Mandate.
JOHN SEXTON’s article at Breitbart talks about the response of the left. Check out the irony captured in the article’s title …
Progressives Pronounce Halbig Decision ‘Judicial Activism’ Then Promise Liberal Judges Will Prevail
Read the article, here is the summation:
…progressives proclaim a decision by two judges a case of right-wing judicial activism but then, a few sentences later, assure readers that liberal justices on a packed court will undo the ruling. In one instant partisan judges are a scourge and in the next instant they are the saviors of sane jurisprudence. It’s almost as if these authors don’t care about the underlying principle at all.
Finally, DEBRA HEINE reports the Obama Administration’s response to today’s ruling … ready?
The Obama administration says subsidies will keep flowing as it moves on to an en banc review before the Obama-stacked full DC Circuit Court.
Come November, Spartanburg County voters will decide whether Sunday alcohol sales should be allowed in the county.
Monday, Spartanburg County Council voted 5-2 to allow the referendum to be placed on the ballot, despite lingering legal questions and potential challenges.
Last week, a Herald-Journal article highlighted different interpretations of state law on whether the referendum, if approved, would apply to all of Spartanburg County â€“ including incorporated cities and towns â€“ or whether those municipalities would need to decide for themselves to opt-in or opt-out of Sunday alcohol sales. In the latter case, a successful referendum would apply only to unincorporated Spartanburg County.
â€śI donâ€™t think weâ€™ve got the right to tell the municipalities what they can or canâ€™t do,â€ť said Councilman Oâ€™Neal Mintz, whose district includes Chesnee. â€śâ€¦ I havenâ€™t had anybody in Chesnee tell me they want Sunday alcohol sales.â€ť
Mintz tried to table the matter until county attorneys could answer the legal questions. Councilmen Michael Brown and Dale Culbreth sided with him, but ultimately they fell short of the votes needed to delay the issue.
More at the link above, although SHJ is a paywall site.
And Joseph Pereira reports at Fox Carolina (includes video at the link).
Why did Thad Cochran/Haley Barbour and their ilk think they could welcome thieves like Morgan Shands into their camp and put him on payroll? Because for decades no one looked at things like FEC filings.
Those days are over.
Charles C. Johnson @ChuckCJohnson
FEC filing: Cochran camp paid operative (Morgan Shands) who stole $370,116 from American Legion!
Who is Morgan Shands?
Billy Hewes’ former campaign manager Morgan Shands will have to repay $370,116 to American Legion Post 1776 in Cleveland, Mississippi over the next ten years, after reaching an agreement with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. The Secretary of State determined he spent several hundred thousands of dollars in American Legion funds for his own personal benefit.
The order states Mr. Shands:
*Spent $198,480 for his “own personal use” from 2008 to 2012. The funds were not “used for the charitable purpose”.
*Allowed prior adjutant (Shands) to use $56,991 in post funds for his own use in 2011 and 2012.
*Paid $104,893 to prior adjutant’s wife (Morgan Shands’ wife) from 2009 to 2010 to be a nurse for St. Stanislaus. The school never agreed to the arrangement and already paid her a part-time salary.
*Paid “Maverick Political Solutions” $3,275. The company is owned by Mr. Shands.
Mr. Shands made an “initial payment” of $5,000 to the division. The state also imposed a $17,000 fine on the American Legion post.
Kingfish note: They can call it spending money on something other than a charitable purpose, or spending money for his own personal benefit. Let’s just call it what it is: The sumbitch stole a bunch of money from the American Legion. That is not slander. That is not defamation. That is my opinion.
here is what the IRSâ€™s defenders donâ€™t want you to know about the impact of a potential Halbig victory.
A Halbig victory would free more than 8.3 million individuals from the PPACAâ€™s individual mandate. Thatâ€™s how many people in those 36 states the IRS is currently subjecting to the individual-mandate tax without statutory authorization.
In the 36 states with federal Exchanges, a Halbig victory would free 250,000 firms and 57 million employees from the PPACAâ€™s employer mandate. Thatâ€™s how many people the IRS is unlawfully subjecting to the employer mandate.
The number of winners under a Halbig victory is therefore more than ten times larger than the 5 million people who would lose an illegal subsidy.
Those 5 million people are â€ślosersâ€ť not because they were deprived of an illegal subsidy. Regardless of oneâ€™s position on the PPACA, we can all agree that courts should put an end to illegal government spending whenever they can. Those people are â€ślosersâ€ť because the Obama administration recklessly induced them to purchase overly expensive Exchange coverage with the promise of billions of dollars in subsidies that it has has no authority to offer, and that could disappear with a single court ruling.
That’s just the beginning of Cannon’s analysis. Read more at the link above, including some state winners.
This is a great article. Great read. But for more specific purposes, it is a great educating tool for us. An insight into how to make more convincing arguments … not even arguments, maybe reasoned discussions … to bring people to the realization that conservative principles are better for them and their families.
Bookmark and read when you have time. print out and save. study. here are the bullet points, go and savor the detail. this is some very visceral personal insights being shared that surely resonant with many who think they are more aligned with Democrats, but may be persuadable.
9) Selective Outrage
7) Leftists hate my people
6) I believe in God
5 & 4) Straw men and “In order to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs.”
2 & 3) It doesn’t work. Other approaches work better.
(yes I know. there actually IS no 8)
here are a few examples of the thinking process …
Reading this anecdote, I felt that I was confronting the signature essence of my social life among leftists. We rushed to cast everyone in one of three roles: victim, victimizer, or champion of the oppressed. We lived our lives in a constant state of outraged indignation. I did not want to live that way anymore. I wanted to cultivate a disposition of gratitude. I wanted to see others, not as victims or victimizers, but as potential friends, as loved creations of God. I wanted to understand the point of view of people with whom I disagreed without immediately demonizing them as enemy oppressors.
We focused so hard on our good intentions. Before our deployment overseas, Peace Corps vetted us for our idealism and “tolerance,” not for our competence or accomplishments. We all wanted to save the world. What depressingly little we did accomplish was often erased with the next drought, landslide, or insurrection.
It astounds me now to reflect on it, but never, in all my years of leftist activism, did I ever hear anyone articulate accurately the position of anyone to our right. In fact, I did not even know those positions when I was a leftist.
“Truth is that which serves the party.” The capital-R revolution was such a good, it could eliminate all that was bad, that manipulating facts was not even a venial sin; it was a good. If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs. One of those eggs was objective truth.
Ron Kuby is a left-wing radio talk show host on New York’s WABC. He plays the straw man card hourly. If someone phones in to question affirmative action â€“ shouldn’t such programs benefit recipients by income, rather than by skin color? â€“ Kuby opens the fire hydrant. He is shrill. He is bombastic. He accuses the caller of being a member of the KKK. He paints graphic word pictures of the horrors of lynching and the death of Emmett Till and asks, “And you support that?”
NOTE: there are a few swear words in the article