Daily Archives: May 22, 2013

Issa: IRS’s Lois Lerner Told to Return To Testify Before Congress

By making her speech today which amounted to testimony, Lerner arguable waived her right to take the 5th.
By making her speech today which amounted to testimony, Lerner arguable waived her right to take the 5th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch House Governmental Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa reveal to Sean Hannity that Lois Lerner will be asked back to answer questions because she basically waived her fifth amendment privilege by giving a statement that was testimony.

Make sure you catch Issa’s comment about former IRS Chief Doug Shulman who has a case of “Obamnesia” saying, “If I had a nickel for every time he couldn’t remember I could pay off the national debt.”

Scott St. Clair: Can’t a Guy Get an Honest Drink in This Town?

drink scottNew Jersey state officials recently completed a sting operation against 29 bars and restaurants uncovering their alleged substitution of cheap liquor for premium brands while continuing to charge premium prices.  From the Asbury Park Press:

“Officials say the establishments allegedly filled premium brand bottles with non- premium brands in an effort to fool customers and increase their profits. The customer paid for the premium brand, but was instead, unbeknownst to the customer, poured the non-premium brand.”

Can’t a guy get an honest drink in this town?drink  4

Getting screwed by watered drinks of underwhelming quantity is nothing new to Garden State imbibers. We’re spending more to get less of a buzz all the time. Atlantic City casino regulars have seen their second-favorite floor attraction – the complimentary gambler’s cocktail – get phased out.

But the switcheroo scandal is out-and-out fraud. Ordering my favorite Lagavulin 16 single-malt or Belvedere vodka and running the risk of getting some swill out of a five-gallon jug is a crime against humanity. But it’s not as if I wouldn’t notice – until maybe the seventh or eighth.

When people pay premium prices for a premium product, they should get what they pay for even if they can’t tell the difference. That’s business ethics 101. Anything else is stealing.

Some would say the sting is a testimonial to the need for government regulation of the unscrupulous private sector. Some would – but I’m not one of some. Instead, I attribute causation of the underlying consumer deception to government regulation of the private sector, specifically New Jersey’s bizarre set of liquor laws that drink 3make Obamacare and the Internal Revenue Code Dick-and-Jane simple by comparison.

Getting a liquor license in Jersey is severely restricted with cities and townships having final say on whether they’ll allow liquor-by-the-drink at all. Here’s how the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control  explains it:

The number of licenses to sell alcohol for consumption on a licensed premises (restaurants and bars) and to sell alcohol for off premise consumption (packaged goods) within a municipality is determined based upon the population. A municipality may issue one consumption license for every 3,000 of its population. As to distribution licenses, which allow the sale of alcohol for off premise consumption, a municipality may issue one license for every 7,500 of its population. A municipality is allowed to ban all sales of alcohol within its borders if it so desires.

Practically speaking,  nobody really knows how the formula works, which makes it more problematic

Licenses are so much in demand that the current prices to buy one from an existing license holder are as high as $225,000. That’s for the license alone – no real estate, going business, equipment, good will or anything else.

In 2006, one license sold for an astounding $1.6 million.drink 2

License restrictions are defended as necessary for public sobriety – other blue laws in some areas mandate the closure of all retail businesses on Sunday – but they are more entrepreneurial  barriers to entry than anything. With barriers, you have fewer in the business, which means fewer competitors and leads to near or actual monopoly.

Without competition, there’s no incentive to improve products or services. Since your customer has no alternative but your cheesy over-priced bar, why should you? And heaven help anyone who wants to increase the number of licenses in a given area because those who have them will come out of the woodwork to oppose it claiming, with straight faces, that competition will hurt their business.

BYOB restaurant owners have been complaining about this for years to no avail. In Jersey, reform comes slowly if at all. So the government that created the problem comes in claiming white-knight status when it polices the inevitable result of limiting options and then sends taxpayers the bill.

drink 1Limiting liquor licenses does nothing but line the pockets of those who have them, stifle job creation and restrict economic growth. If you’re the only game in town, go ahead and switch to the rotgut. What’s the customer going to do – find another bar in a one-bar town?  

Bottoms up, sucker.

Rein in IRS Rally in Portland. Click Here for Best Sign Ever.

Best sign ever.

IRS PROTEST COLLAR

A band of folks answered the call to come take stand and be counted at the Rein in the IRS Rally Tuesday in Portland. We stood in the rain and protested the IRS’s targeting the political views of taxpayers and organizations. The story is well known. In anticipation of this event–which was called mere hours before (because that’s when I found out about it), the IRS hired a rentacop to quell the madding crowds. 
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Five people out of the 50 or so gathered had never been to a protest. In this way it reminded me of that first Tea Party organized by the father of the Oregon Tea Party, Geoff Ludt, in February of 2009. About 100 people came to the Federal Courthouse and walked to the Willamette to dump tea into the river. A few months later nearly 6000 people turned out for a Tea Party at Pioneer Square.

IRS PROTEST RENTACOP
IRS RentaCop. Glad We Could Create a Job for This Guy

 

 

 

Live Stream Here for IRS Hearing With Lois Lerner

IRS Lois LernerLive stream HERE of #IRSHearing w/IRS chieftess Lois Lerner. Watch as she takes the 5th amendment over and over and over and over. 

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.[1]
“IRS official Lois Lerner will invoke her constitutional right to not answer questions on Wednesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, her lawyer told the panel in a letter.

Lerner triggered the recent IRS uproar at a legal conference nearly two weeks ago, when she revealed that the agency had subjected tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to extra scrutiny during parts of the 2010 and 2012 election seasons. She also apologized for the actions.

Lerner, 62, an attorney who joined the IRS in 2001, heads the unit that decides whether groups qualify for the status. She has come under fire from members of both parties, including Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, who said in an interview Tuesday that she should lose her job.”

Read more: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/22381508/star-witness-to-stay-mum-for-house-hearing-on-irs#ixzz2U1oa7ffh