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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:

ProPublica’s 'blockbuster' story showing that the wealthy 'pay income taxes that are only…[more]

June 18, 2021 • 04:40 PM

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1 The Myth of Republican Obstructionism

The political media have spent the entire Joe Biden presidency up to this point pressuring holdout moderate Democrats to join the left's efforts to destroy the legislative filibuster. One way they do this is by cobbling together revisionist histories that cast Republicans as uniquely obstructionist and undemocratic. CNN's White House correspondent…

2 Biden Seeks to Further Empower Leaky IRS While Cutting Defense

Last week brought alarming news that far-left activist website ProPublica obtained illegally leaked Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax returns on thousands of Americans spanning a period exceeding 15 years, which in turn means that unknowable numbers of political extremists and criminals now possess that sensitive data.   ProPublica didn…

3 Mysterious Origins of COVID-19 Raise Some Alarming Possibilities

For over a year, the American establishment and media have ostracized anyone who dared to connect the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Then, suddenly and without apologies for their past demagoguery, "journalists" and "experts" conceded that the Wuhan lab may well have been the most likely…

4 Democrats Trapped In Progressive Echo Chamber

The reason Democrats in Washington are increasingly frustrated is because their legislative ambitions far outstrip their congressional majorities. They have no majority at all in the U.S. Senate – it is evenly divided, 50-50, between Republicans and Democrats – and depend on Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties…

5 The Democrats' Filibuster Con

When West Virginia's Joe Manchin closed the door on eliminating the legislative filibuster this week, promising not to "weaken or eliminate" the 60-vote threshold, he "dashed" the "dreams" of Democrats, according to The New York Times. Hypocrisy is nothing new in Washington, but it takes a preternatural shamelessness…

6 This Isn't Your Father's Left-Wing Revolution

Starry-eyed radicals in the 1960s and 1970s dreamed that they either were going to take over America or destroy it. One of their favorite mottos was "Change it or lose it," even as protests focused on drugs, music, race, class, sex, fashion — almost anything and everything. Sixties radicals tutored America on long hair;…

7 Filibuster Frustration Boils Over

New presidents have only so long to get big legislative initiatives done. It's already June, and the clock is ticking for President Joe Biden. Big bills take a long time. Congress will spend much of the summer on recess. They'll be at work in the fall, but by the end of the year, Democratic and Republican lawmakers will be obsessed with winning reelection…

8 New National Survey Shows Voters Want Bipartisan Agreement on Spending Bills, Oppose COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waivers and Reject Government Setting Prices for Health Care

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today released key findings of a national survey measuring voters’ health care priorities as U.S. COVID-19 cases continue to decline and many in Congress propose health care-related offsets to President Biden’s major legislative packages and other new federal spending proposals…

9 Jews Can't Let the U.S. Turn into Europe

This month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent extra state patrols to Jewish neighborhoods after a rash of attacks, including the beating of a man by a mob in midtown, a brick flying through the windows of a kosher pizza store and "protesters" spitting at and threatening restaurant patrons. Since anti-Jewish attacks in Brooklyn aren't primarily…

10 Senators McConnell, Braun Introduce “Don’t Weaponize the IRS Act” to Protect First Amendment Freedoms

Despite securing power last November by the slimmest of electoral margins – which should have imbued them with humility rather than arrogance – the Biden Administration and Pelosi-Schumer Congress commenced a wholesale assault upon American freedoms on everything from the Bill of Rights to the economy to healthcare to education.  …

11 Never Let a Plague Go to Waste

During America's first-ever national lockdown, thousands of unelected bureaucrats, as well as federal and state governments, assumed enormous powers not usually accorded to them. They picked and chose which businesses could stay open without much rationale. They sent the infected into nursing homes occupied by the weak and vulnerable. Their rules…

12 Biden Is Off to a Disastrous Start

Presidents aren't supreme beings imbued with the power to dictate economic conditions, pandemics or international events. We give them far too much credit and blame for the vagaries of the world. That said, there are some things that presidents do have the power to influence. The location of MLB's All-Star Game, for instance, is not Joe Biden's bailiwick…

13 Biden Administration is Mocking Ancient Wisdom

Human nature stays the same across time and space. That is why there used to be predictable political, economic and social behavior that all countries understood. The supply of money governs inflation. Print it without either greater productivity or more goods and services, and the currency cheapens. Yet America apparently rejects that primordial…

14 Dealing With Trump

Recently, former President Donald Trump and people around him have been dropping more and more hints that he will run for president in 2024.  "I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time," Trump told conservative talk show host Candace Owens. "As you know, it's very early. But I think people are going to be very,…

15 First Amendment Protects Free Speech, Not Government Snooping

AMENDMENT I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;  or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;  or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Let’s get something straight that should be obvious…

16 Are Americans Becoming Sovietized?

What ultimately ended the nihilist Soviet system? Was it not that Russians finally tired of the Kremlin's lies and hypocrisies that permeated every facet of their falsified lives? Here are 10 symptoms of Sovietism. Ask yourself whether we are headed down this same road to perdition. 1. There was no escape from ideological indoctrination -- anywhere…

17 No, There's No Mandate to Remake America

Does President Joe Biden have a mandate to rebuild the United States? To remake American capitalism? To reshape the role of government? The president's Democratic supporters say yes. But the results of the election that brought Biden to office say no. Biden advocates argue that he can bring change to America in the style of Franklin Delano Roosevelt…

18 An Outrage from the FBI

On June 14, 2017, a team of Republican lawmakers went to an athletic field in Alexandria, Virginia, to practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. As they worked out, a man armed with a semiautomatic rifle and pistol approached and opened fire. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip, was gravely wounded. A lobbyist was also…

19 How Much Ruin Do We Have Left?

As Americans know from their own illustrious history, any nation's well-being hinges on only a few factors. Its prosperity, freedom and overall stability depend on its constitutional and political stability. A secure currency and financial order are also essential, as is a strong military. Perhaps most important is a first-rate inductive educational…

20 Beware of Dems' Proposed Domestic Terrorism Law

Top congressional Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are pushing new laws to stamp out "domestic terrorism." But they're targeting only right-wing organizations. If rioters are looting and setting fires for a leftist cause, that's OK.  President Joe Biden's newly appointed attorney general, Merrick Garland, labels…

21 Democratic Pollsters Acknowledge: We Darn Near Lost

Just six months ago – it seems like so much longer – many Democrats were supremely confident about their prospects in the 2020 election. Some saw Joe Biden winning in a landslide over then-President Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi believed House Democrats would increase the size of their majority. Others predicted…

22 Moving the MLB All-Star Game to Denver Makes Zero Sense

Major League Baseball is moving its 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, to Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. This, says ESPN, is "in response to a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color." Or, more likely, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moved the game because…

23 Wealthy and Woke

Ed Bastian made $17 million in 2019 as chief executive officer of Delta Airlines, Georgia's largest employer. Bastian just blasted Georgia's new voting law. He thinks it is racist to require the same sort of ID to vote that Delta requires for its passengers to check in. Yet most Americans believe voting is a more sacred act than flying Delta and,…

24 The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America

There are 10 new ideas that are changing America, maybe permanently. 1) Money is a construct. It can be created from thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much. Prior presidents ran up huge annual deficits, but at least there were some concessions that the money was real and had to be paid back. Not now. As we near…

25 Biden's FDR Delusion

In early March, President Joe Biden met with a group of seven historians in the East Room of the White House. One topic of conversation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. "He'd like to be [FDR]," Axios' Mike Allen reported in an inside account of the meeting. "Biden's presidency has already been transformative, and he has many…

26 No to DC Statehood

There are numerous principled reasons to oppose D.C. statehood. But, really, no arguments are more applicable than the ones offered by the founders, who created a federal district for the distinct purpose of denying it statehood.  First, because they were concerned about the seat of federal power being controlled by a hostile or intrusive state…

27 The Democrats' Filibuster Hypocrisy

On April 7, 2017, less than four years ago, a majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate joined a majority of Republicans to sign a letter supporting the filibuster. The letter, to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer, began: "We are writing to urge you to support our efforts to preserve existing rules, practices and traditions as…

28 China Must Come Clean on COVID

If a plane goes down, there has to be an investigation. Otherwise, no one would feel safe flying again. But a virus from China has killed 540,000 people in our country so far – equal to two thousand jumbo jet crashes – and the Biden administration is doing nothing to get to the bottom of it. Scientists worldwide are…

29 The Hypocrisy of the Filibuster Busters

The effort to undo the Senate's legislative filibuster is an un-American, Constitution-eroding, radical play to nationalize politics by empowering slim and fleeting majorities to institute wide-ranging, generational policies. Judging from the media coverage, you might be under the impression that Mitch McConnell has some kind of duty to "diffuse…

30 Why the Cuomo Case Drives Republicans Crazy

Things are looking worse by the hour for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Recently, a fourth, and then a fifth, woman came forward to accuse him of inappropriate behavior. At that point, Cuomo's support among top Democrats in New York began to crumble – apparently some were OK with three accusers, but not with four or five. First, the leader…

 
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