Wednesday, 18 April 2012

In Passing

Buried “treasure”


Somebody at Investors Business Daily has been reading the highway bill:

IRS Might Have Stalinist Powers Under New Law

The Republican House of Representatives may soon follow the Democratic Senate and give the IRS the power to confiscate your passport on mere suspicion of owing taxes.  There's no place like home, comrade.

"America, Love It Or Leave It” might be an obsolete slogan if the "bipartisan transportation bill” that just passed the Senate is approved by the House and becomes law.  Contained within the suspiciously titled "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” or "MAP 21,” is a provision that gives the Internal Revenue Service the power to keep U.S. citizens from leaving the country if it finds that they owe $50,000 or more in unpaid taxes — no court ruling necessary.

It is hard to imagine any law more reminiscent of the Soviet Union that America toppled, or its Eastern Bloc slave satellites...
"MAP21” is this session’s "highway bill,” yet another of those multi-thousand page[1] pay-off-the-rubes- while-stealing-their-liberty[2] Christmas trees that Congress so dearly loves.


This time, 22 Senate Republicans chose pork over liberty and voted "aye”:
Alexander (R-TN)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (R-MA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Another 22 Republicans voted against, and 3 (including run-for-the-hills Sen. Orrin Hatch) didn’t bother to vote.

Your Congress, in action.

Elsewhere:

(Via:  IP)
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[1]  the PDF is 2.7 megabytes

[2]  You really should take a look at this monstrosity.  Can you say National Endowment for the Oceans [page 559]?  Can you say Sport Fish Restoration [page 1428]?  Can you say 100 percent continuous levy on payments to Medicare providers and suppliers [page 1452]?  Can you say University Transportation Centers [page 1543]?  Can you say Secure Rural Schools [page 1609]?  Can you say Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Machines [page 1641]?  Oh yes, and Vehicle Event Data Recorders [for your car, beginning in 2015; page 1067]?  Why, there’s something for everyone!
And if you haven’t reached boiling point by the time you finish reading the table of contents, well, then you must be dead.

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