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ProPublica/IRS Leak: There's No Underlying "There" There

In our Liberty Update this week, we highlight the latest illegal leak of thousands of supposedly confidential Internal Revenue Service (IRS) taxpayer returns spanning over 15 years, confirming that the partisan and power-hungry IRS simply cannot be trusted to safeguard our sensitive records, let alone to begin collecting sensitive private information from nonprofit organizations on donors who contribute to them in violation of the First Amendment.

Getting to the substance of the ProPublica/IRS leaked documents themselves, former Senator Phil Gramm and U.S. Policy Metrics partner Mike Solon explain in The Wall Street Journal how there's nothing scandalous in the least in what they reveal:

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June 18, 2021 • 04:40 PM

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On the Perils of Politicizing SCOTUS:
 
 

"Democrats may well follow through on threats to add four new Justices to the Supreme Court -- though they have only three seats to spare in the House and a 50-50 tie in the Senate broken by Vice President Kamala Harris. But when Republicans inevitably retake the presidency and Congress they will retaliate by increasing the Supreme Court by another four or five Justices. Soon the Court will become just another agency, like the Education or Commerce Department, whose leadership will change with each presidential election.

"Such an outcome may prove satisfying to progressives determined to overthrow constitutional tradition. But it will come at the long-term cost of turning the federal courts into another openly partisan political body, rather than an institution that tries its best to do justice under neutral principles of law.

"There is a reason why the Supreme Court's size has remained nine Justices for more than a century: because our political parties realized that they should confine their competition to elections and policy, not changing the Constitution every two or four years."

 
 
— John Yoo, University of California Professor of Law, Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow and AEI Visiting Scholar
— John Yoo, University of California Professor of Law, Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow and AEI Visiting Scholar
Posted April 16, 2021 • 07:36 AM
 
 
On Legislation Intended to Expand SCOTUS:
 
 

"Congressional Democrats are slated to introduce legislation on Thursday that would add four more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, boosting the number of justices on the bench from nine to 13.

"Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts are backing the legislation and are slated to participate in a press conference about it on Thursday.

"'Supreme Court expansion is infrastructure,' Rep. Jones tweeted."

 
 
— Alex Nitzberg, Just the News
— Alex Nitzberg, Just the News
Posted April 15, 2021 • 07:42 AM
 
 
On Making a New Deal With Iran:
 
 

"A Monday New York Times front page headline on the explosion at a key Iranian nuclear facility claimed the 'Attack May Hurt Efforts to Reboot 2015 Deal.' On Tuesday, also on the front page, the paper declared that 'Israel's Role in Iran Blast Casts A Shadow on U.S. Nuclear Talks'.

"Get it? Making a new deal with Iran is a very good thing, anything that hurts the chance is a very bad thing, including Israel.

"Here's an alternative view: the Times is still drinking the Kool-Aid that the original Iranian nuclear pact was a success and is worth saving. To committed dead enders, Iran's violations of the terms and spread of regional terrorism are irrelevant."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted April 14, 2021 • 07:46 AM
 
 
On Georgia Voting Law Lies:
 
 

"Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., admitted to signing off on false information in a third-party advocacy group's email that went out about the Georgia voting law after it passed.

"The Washington Post flagged an email Warnock signed from the liberal nonprofit 3.14 Action as an example of Democratic misinformation about the sweeping Georgia voting reforms, as it claimed the new law restricted weekend early voting and ended no-excuse mail voting.

"'Sen. Raphael G. Warnock, one of two new Democratic senators representing Georgia, signed an email sent out by the advocacy group 3.14 Action after the law passed, which claimed it ended no-excuse mail voting and restricted early voting on the weekends -- also early proposals that did not become law,' the Post reported. ...

"Biden has also disseminated false information about the law, getting Four Pinocchios from The Washington Post's Fact-Checker for claiming the law limits voting hours."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— David Rutz, Fox News Senior Editor
— David Rutz, Fox News Senior Editor
Posted April 13, 2021 • 07:38 AM
 
 
On the Economic Boom and the 'Need' for President Biden's Infrastructure Plan:
 
 

"Job growth exploded in March, with 916,000 nonfarm positions added, far outpacing projections. Under ordinary circumstances, politicians would be rushing to microphones to tout the good news.

"But President Biden never mentioned it. And when Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said economic projections looked great, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly contradicted him.

"Why? Because telling the truth about the booming economy puts a lie to the idea that Biden's $2.3 trillion 'infrastructure' package is necessary, or even responsible."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— NY Post Editorial Board
— NY Post Editorial Board
Posted April 12, 2021 • 07:06 AM
 
 
On President Biden's 'Unity' Agenda:
 
 

"Oddly, after dedicating his inauguration to national unity, Biden has abandoned the pursuit entirely. ...

"It's not clear what changed so drastically for Biden since his inauguration. Reporters say he now envisions himself as the next FDR -- changing our country through massive government intervention. In a nation as divided as ours, this sort of aggressive left-wing movement is sure to increase the already gaping political fault lines. It's also likely to boomerang. People did not vote for change of this nature. Just because it may be possible to squeeze through these changes doesn't mean it's smart. The political backlash could be severe.

"The saddest part is Biden never even gave a unity agenda a chance. Our country needs the healing he promised. Biden delivers the opposite."

 
 
— Neil Patel, The Daily Caller Co-Founder
— Neil Patel, The Daily Caller Co-Founder
Posted April 09, 2021 • 07:19 AM
 
 
On House Speaker Pelosi's Democrat Majority:
 
 

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains confident that she can pass major items through her chamber even though she leads the Democrats' most fragile majority in the House of Representatives since the 1940s.

"'It's not going to be a problem,' Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters a month ago when asked about advancing her party's agenda through the House without the help of the minority Republicans.

"But the task facing Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., isn't getting any easier.

"The death Tuesday of 84-year-old Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida further reduces the Democrats' already perilous majority. What started out at the beginning of the year as a slim 222-213 margin is now temporarily down to 218-212. That means the Democrats can currently lose just two votes and still be able to pass legislation along party lines."

 
 
— Paul Steinhauser and Kelly Phares, Fox News
— Paul Steinhauser and Kelly Phares, Fox News
Posted April 08, 2021 • 07:58 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Massive Multitrillion Infrastructure Proposal:
 
 

"The first dishonest aspect of President Joe Biden's latest massive multitrillion spending proposal was its claim to be an 'infrastructure' plan. In reality, less than half of the spending goes to transportation infrastructure. Much of the rest goes to waste and unrelated partisan spending.

"But the misleading narrative didn't stop there: Top Biden officials repeatedly pushed an objectively false statistic about the number of jobs their plan will create. 'The American Jobs Plan is about a generational investment [and is] going to create 19 million jobs,' Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Meet the Press. 'It would create 19 million jobs,' White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese claimed on Fox News Sunday. The liberal Center for American Progress similarly asserted that the Biden plan would 'help create 19 million jobs.'

"Wow! A whopping 19 million jobs created! Who could oppose that!?

"There's just one problem: This 19 million figure is based on a gross distortion of an economic report. The claim that Biden's spending bonanza would create 19 million jobs has no basis in reality. The figure comes from Moody's Analytics, a respected economic analysis firm, albeit one often very generous and favorable to big government spending plans. However, what the Moody's report does is map out projections for several different scenarios.

"In the scenario where Biden's infrastructure proposal is passed, Moody's projects that the economy will create 18.96 million jobs over a decade. Yet as Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler aptly explained, that's compared to a baseline projection of 16.3 million jobs being created without the infrastructure proposal. (But with the already-passed stimulus legislation). So the real number of jobs Biden's plan would create, according to this Moody's report, is 2.7 million. That's a far cry from the '19 million jobs created' in Biden's initial telling. Indeed, the White House and Buttigieg have had to retract their objectively false claim publicly.

"Oops."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Brad Polumbo, Washington Examiner Contributor and Podcast Host
— Brad Polumbo, Washington Examiner Contributor and Podcast Host
Posted April 07, 2021 • 07:41 AM
 
 
On MLB's Plan to Move the All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado:
 
 

"Major League Baseball is reportedly planning to move the All-Star game from Atlanta, Georgia to Denver, Colorado, over Georgia's recent election bill, meaning they will be moving the game from a city with mostly black citizens to a city with mostly white citizens.

"Atlanta, Georgia, is 51% black and 40.9% white, U.S. Census data from 2019 showed. Denver was 80.9% white and 9.8% black in 2019, according to U.S. Census data. ESPN reported Monday that the All-Star Game would take place at Coors Field.

"Numerous sources reported that the MLB's decision to move the 2021 All-Star game could cost black-owned businesses. Nearly 30% of businesses in Atlanta are black-owned, and Georgia will face an estimated lost economic impact of more than $100 million due to the MLB's boycott of Atlanta, according to the president and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism Holly Quinlan."

 
 
— Jordan Lancaster, Daily Caller
— Jordan Lancaster, Daily Caller
Posted April 06, 2021 • 07:28 AM
 
 
On AOC's Effectiveness in Congress:
 
 

"She's the queen of Twitter -- but less successful at lawmaking.

"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the least effective members of the last Congress according to a new survey from the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking -- a joint project of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.

"AOC introduced a total of 21 bills which the center defined as 'substantive' -- but that is where the story ends. Her legislation received no action in committees, no floor votes, and none ever became law, according to the center, which takes its data from Congress.gov.

"'She introduced a lot of bills, but she was not successful at having them receive any sort of action in committee or beyond committee and if they can't get through committee they cannot pass the House,' Alan Wiseman, a Vanderbilt political scientist and co-director of the center, told The Post."

 
 
— Jon Levine, New York Post
— Jon Levine, New York Post
Posted April 05, 2021 • 07:37 AM
 
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"Last month, we warned Republicans about the pitfalls of indulging President Biden's infrastructure fantasies. The bipartisan framework announced Thursday isn't causing us to change our mind.There is much to dislike about the so-called compromise proposal (even putting aside the minor detail that the nation's infrastructure is not, in fact, in dire need of repair). The deal negotiated by a group of…[more]
 
 
—The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
 
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