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May 18, 2013

'Overwhelmed' by the week's news

So there I was, at the monthly meeting of the Massachusetts Center-Right Coalition, listening to various speakers bringing us up-to-date on issues of the day: federal, state and local budget battles; new federal government “Common Core” education standards; the Second Amendment; EBT cards; illegal immigration; tax credit cheating and new tax proposals. As a speaker began a presentation about a new threat to privacy, I heard Stephanie Davis of the Boston Tea Party, who was sitting behind me, sigh: “Overwhelmed.”

I know exactly how she feels.

Earlier that week I’d watched the entire House hearing on Benghazi, during which three whistleblowers began the process of unraveling the truth of why and how the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans died there. Over the weekend, I saw the email memos between the CIA and Hillary’s State Department that prove we were initially lied to about the cause of the Benghazi attack. Soon there may be more whistleblowers, and some Republicans are planning another hearing for which they can issue subpoenas and solicit testimony under oath. I look forward to hearing more from Hillary Clinton about how all this doesn’t matter.

On the way home from the Coalition meeting I heard the IRS admitting it’s been targeting conservative groups with the words “tea party,” “patriot,” and other scary words like “Constitution” in their names, though it insists this was not official policy just bad behavior on the part of some “low-level employees.”

As someone noted on talk show host Todd Feinburg’s Facebook, where I like to hang out: “… Just remember that under Obamacare the departments that will be handling your medical records and deciding what treatments you may receive will also have ‘low-level’ employees.”

I’ve been reading the “ObamaCare Survival Guide.” It says that the IRS will be responsible for administering the “individual mandate.” Americans who don’t have insurance can be harassed and will be penalized by “low-level employees” of the Internal Revenue Service. Fortunately, after Congress read the 2,700-page law, it repealed, for now, the section that required businesses to account for each purchase they made in excess of $600 by sending a 1099 form to the IRS.

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