The facts about the IRS scandal

No one expects government to win any popularity contests, but if our country is to get beyond this IRS scandal – right the wrongs, restore some trust in government and solve problems facing the nation– Republicans and Democrats need to work together to uncover the facts, and a reluctant media needs to report the truth.

By John Wehrung
 
Fueled by an irrational paranoia over the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United coupled with a deep-seeded animosity towards their political ‘enemies,’ the Obama White House, it is becoming abundantly clear, was more involved than it had previously admitted with the unjust targeting of conservatives groups by the IRS.
 
In an unjustifiable process by the Obama IRS begun in 2009, the heavy hand of government has been misused to intimidate and disenfranchise voters in the last two elections and violate the free speech and voting rights of millions of Americans.
 
The dots are there; they just need to be connected in a fair way with politics kept to a minimum.
 
National Review reported that Lois Lerner, director of the Internal Revenue Service under fire for singling out conservative groups, sent letters to 15 such groups from March through April of 2012, which directly links the IRS targeting from the Cincinnati office back to Washington, D.C.
 
The Washington Post recently reported that from 2009-2011, the IRS delayed or denied all but three “tea party” applications, while in the same period it approved applications for 65 “progressive” groups – twenty times that of conservatives.
 
The Daily Caller analyzed the visitor’ log at the White House during the Tea Party targeting, which showed then IRS Chief Doug Shulman had twice as many White House meetings (118) than Continue reading “The facts about the IRS scandal”

A taxing identity problem

According to the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s office (which issues driver’s licenses), another common problem is among people with multiple marriages who have to show name changes, marriage certificates and divorce decrees. People who were born in something other than a hospital — usually in a rural area — who never had a birth certificate face a different challenge, as does the occasional person whose records were destroyed from anomalies such as when a courthouse housing their records burns down.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, February 16, 2013

Last week I took my girls to the public library to check out some books, and they asked whether they could get their own library card. The librarian said they could but that their cards would be tied to my card for fines. She also said we would need to produce a birth certificate, Social Security card, report card or some similar type of “official item” with their names on it to prove their identity.

I asked her why something official is needed, and she explained that people were getting cards for kids who did not exist, and not returning items. She said this was occurring before the library started tying youth accounts to an adult’s. So why, with the accounts tied together, do I still need to provide a document with the kids’ name on it? She said she agrees it is unnecessary now but that she does not make the rules.

As countless motorists know, if you are renewing a driver’s license, you need tons of documentation to prove your identity. Stories persist of Continue reading “A taxing identity problem”

5 things Newt would rather Florida voters forget

Just recently I made up my mind to vote for Mitt Romney for president. In assessing the rather weak field of GOP candidates, I believe Romney is the only one who has the experience, temperament, steady hand, and enough appeal to independents and swing voters to beat Barack Obama.

Don’t bet on Newt if beating Obama is the goal

By Chris Ingram

Just recently I made up my mind to vote for Mitt Romney for president. In assessing the rather weak field of GOP candidates, I believe Romney is the only one who has the experience, temperament, steady hand, and enough appeal to independents and swing voters to beat Barack Obama.

Newt Gingrich’s potential jackpot victory in Florida on Tuesday will only come at the behest of conservative Republican voters who don’t like Romney. Gingrich is betting they will leave their conscience at the door and forget about all the things they claim they value (morality, smaller government, no amnesty for illegals), roll the dice and vote for him. It’s an election strategy most Vegas odds-makers called a long-shot just weeks ago.

Newt Gingrich with Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson (left). Adelson and his wife have contributed over $10 million to a Super PAC benefitting Gingrich.

But Newt’s silver tongue, intellect, and remarkable recollection of history have served him well.

He’s wagering voters’ memories aren’t as remarkable as his own.

Gingrich would rather voters forget about Continue reading “5 things Newt would rather Florida voters forget”

Earth to Rush Limbaugh: IRS refuses to prosecute fraudulent tax-return scammers

(Tampa, Fla.) — You may have never heard of “Green dot prepaid debit cards” but they are commonly used by scammers to receive fraudulent IRS refunds, authorities say.

Service won’t prosectute unless theft is over $50K — but will fight honest taxpayers over $100.00

Irreverent View EXCLUSIVE By Chris Ingram

(Tampa, Fla.) — You may have never heard of “Green dot prepaid debit cards,” but they are commonly used by scammers to receive fraudulent IRS refunds, authorities say.

This week the Tampa Tribune  and the St. Pete Times reported on one such scammer.

On Friday (9/2), Bay-area  law enforcement will be holding a press conference about the problem.

The real issue with this scam is not that scammers are stealing money and the identities of innocent victims as the Tribune and Times reported. No, the real crime is our own government. Specifically the IRS.

Here’s how the scam works – and why the IRS is the real problem: Continue reading “Earth to Rush Limbaugh: IRS refuses to prosecute fraudulent tax-return scammers”

The Water Cooler: Fla. U.S. Senate field additions? And, the biggest sham in America.

The other day someone asked me, “so who would you rather see?” My snarky side wanted to respond “Mickey Mouse” as a better alternative than what we’ve currently got to consider. After thinking about it for a little while, here are my serious thoughts:

The Water Cooler is a snapshot look at some of the things people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

The Florida U.S. Senate race continues to look like another Bill Nelson victory forthcoming in November 2012. The current crop of candidates, which includes Senate President Mike Haridopolos and former State Rep. Adam Hasner remains rather unaccomplished and uninspiring.

Photo: Why is Ander Crenshaw smiling? Who is Ander Crenshaw?

 

The other day someone asked me, “so who would you rather see?” My snarky side wanted to respond “Mickey Mouse” as a better alternative than what we’ve currently got to consider. After thinking about it for a little while, here are my serious thoughts: Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Fla. U.S. Senate field additions? And, the biggest sham in America.”

Squirrel Poop’s “Alliance” bar tab

As treasurer of the Alliance for Florida, a registered committee of continuous existence (CCE) with the state of Florida, Michael Ciftci (aka: Shifty & Squirrel Poop) managed the finances of the organization.

A flawed candidate no doubt, but he’s got good taste in the ladies and Tampa’s eating and drinking establishments

By Chris Ingram

As treasurer of the Alliance for Florida, a registered committee of continuous existence (CCE) with the state of Florida, Michael Ciftci (aka: Shifty & Squirrel Poop) managed the finances of the organization. The Alliance’s donors are primarily made up of Tampa Bay area developers. The Alliance and its members say they are about good government and getting good people elected to public office – certainly a noble cause.

While the Alliance for Florida has done a nice job talking about supporting candidates, its actual financial support of candidates under Squirrel Poop’s leadership is meager at best.

From January of 2009 until August of 2010 (the date the most recent report is available), the Alliance for Florida had $60,525.99 in expenditures. In theory, these monies were for the Alliance’s stated purpose. In reality,

Continue reading “Squirrel Poop’s “Alliance” bar tab”

Water Cooler: Only little people pay taxes

Tim Geithner, the well-educated president of the New York Federal Reserve (who earns $398,200 taxpayer dollars as remuneration for this position), failed to pay $43,000 in taxes and interest from 2001 to 2004. He also kept a housekeeper with expired immigration documents on his family payroll and once had the gall to claim his children’s’ summer camp fees as a deductible expense as part of the dependent child-care tax credit (this is an I.R.S. “no-no” which would get most people audited).

The Water Cooler is an occasional look at important issues people should be talking about

By Chris Ingram

I want to give Barack Obama and his new administration the benefit of the doubt that Obama will accomplish some of the 500 some-odd things he promised on the campaign trail. And I want to put politics aside and wish him well for the benefit of our country in hopes he’ll get us out of the current financial mess we’re in.

But I’m having trouble doing this.

The reason is: Timothy Geithner. Continue reading “Water Cooler: Only little people pay taxes”