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(Politico)   Today: "House GOP plans to cut funding to the IRS and SEC." Two months from now: "House GOP wonder why the IRS and SEC can't do their jobs" Four months from now: "Democrats retake House"   (politico.com) divider line 56
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2014-06-18 10:24:26 AM  
When you give the criminals the purse strings they will defund the police department. This is not surprising.

I'm pretty sure this is why the Mafia hated the FBI in its early incarnations, it was hard to control those particular purse strings.
 
2014-06-18 11:14:35 AM  
GOP breaks government.
GOP uses results as proof government is broken.
 
2014-06-18 12:18:59 PM  
As if the GOP wants the IRS and SEC to do their jobs...
 
2014-06-18 12:19:37 PM  
Not only are the GOP stupid, wrong and just incapable of owning up to their mistakes, but they're just plain evil.  fark anyone who votes for them.  Enjoy Thunderdome when it arrives.  I'm sure Jesus will save you.
 
2014-06-18 12:20:40 PM  
Oh, noes!  The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.  They'll come to a screeching halt!  The seas will burn and blood will rain from the sky!
 
2014-06-18 12:22:19 PM  
GOP has been really soft on white-collar crime for about as long as I can remember.

/ ♪ Some rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen ♫♪
 
2014-06-18 12:24:33 PM  
Due to gerrymandering (both natural (IE, Democratic-leaning minorities all tend to live in dense urban areas while Republican-leaning whites live all over the place) and the more traditional, artificial type), the chances of the Democrats retaking the House in 2014 are approximately 0.0000000000001%.
 
2014-06-18 12:25:10 PM  
This won't be the thing that results in the D's retaking the majority of the House. IRS and SEC not doing their jobs is a feature, not a bug, especially for the red meat craving Tea Partiers.

But it's nice to dream.
 
2014-06-18 12:25:46 PM  
Today: "House GOP plans to cut funding to the IRS and SEC." Two months from now: "House GOP wonder why the IRS and SEC can't do their jobs" Four months from now: "Democrats retake House"

Ok, now you're just in pipedream territory.
 
2014-06-18 12:26:33 PM  
Oh yeah, and the fact that Dems vote less often in midterm elections than Reps do.
 
2014-06-18 12:26:41 PM  
Good. The SEC doesn't need boats.

/the blue on the map is land
 
2014-06-18 12:27:16 PM  
16 months from now "American public sees butterfly, forgets, Republicans retake house".
 
2014-06-18 12:28:39 PM  

Mentat: GOP breaks government.
GOP uses results as proof government is broken.


Step 3: run on platform government is broken and expect to get elected and it somehow works...
 
2014-06-18 12:29:16 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Today: "House GOP plans to cut funding to the IRS and SEC." Two months from now: "House GOP wonder why the IRS and SEC can't do their jobs" Four months from now: "Democrats retake House"

Ok, now you're just in pipedream territory.


Yeah, I was also going to point out subby's silliness.
 
2014-06-18 12:29:22 PM  

wxboy: As if the GOP wants the IRS and SEC to do their jobs...


qft
 
2014-06-18 12:29:47 PM  
How to get rid of a government agency or privatize it. Lobby polititions to under fund it. It is done. Agency can't do their job properly. Get the media to exploit this. Lobby again for your investors to take over or disband it. Granted. This was or is being done to public schools, VA, USDA, EPA and so on.
 
2014-06-18 12:30:04 PM  

nocturnal001: 16 months from now "American public sees butterfly, forgets, Republicans retake house".


October 2015? I don't think we have elections then.
 
2014-06-18 12:30:06 PM  
You laugh but when the average redneck in Alabama, Mississippi, an Louisiana find out the republicans want to defund the SEC they are going to freak the fark out.
 
2014-06-18 12:30:33 PM  
Yes, I'm sure the 0.01% of Americans who know what the SEC is are going to turn out in droves this November.
 
2014-06-18 12:30:48 PM  
Won't happen.  Real Muricans vote with their gut. They dont need "facts" getting in the way of their gut. Besides that, they don't want government messing with the SEC since that is the NCAA territory. Just more big government!
 
2014-06-18 12:32:42 PM  
Imagine how much good a Democrat-controlled house could do with.... oh. I forgot about Scalia. Ugh.
 
2014-06-18 12:32:48 PM  

Geotpf: Due to gerrymandering (both natural (IE, Democratic-leaning minorities all tend to live in dense urban areas while Republican-leaning whites live all over the place) and the more traditional, artificial type), the chances of the Democrats retaking the House in 2014 are approximately 0.0000000000001%.


Well, the problem with traditional gerrymandering is that it's a finely tuned racket.  A small shift towards the Dems could have a much larger effect in the amount of seats that swing.  If too much derp escapes into the ether, it's possible to nullify the gerrymander as moderate Republicans realize they're on the wrong side of reality.
 
2014-06-18 12:33:03 PM  
Are Americans really that stupid to give control of the House of Representatives to the unethical retards at the DNC?Americans are pretty upset that the IRS was used for political ends. The SEC, most Americans would be upset with if they understood how they serve the interests of the richest of Americans, especially those in government.
 
2014-06-18 12:34:20 PM  

Arkanaut: nocturnal001: 16 months from now "American public sees butterfly, forgets, Republicans retake house".

October 2015? I don't think we have elections then.


He's hoping that Obama will dissolve the parliament and call a snap election.
 
2014-06-18 12:36:16 PM  
For sure, the IRS has added to its troubles, given the ongoing controversy over its attempts to rein-in tax-exempt conservative political groups

Get the GOP cock out of your mouth, Politico.
 
2014-06-18 12:36:23 PM  

Arkanaut: nocturnal001: 16 months from now "American public sees butterfly, forgets, Republicans retake house".

October 2015? I don't think we have elections then.


Whoops

/added 12 instead of 24 to subby's 4 month number
 
2014-06-18 12:36:31 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: He's hoping that Obama will dissolve the parliament and call a snap election.


I'm too busy hoping Stephen Harper dissolves parliament and calls a snap election.

/I was kinda hoping he was going to do a surprise election when the Conservatives started a US style smear campaign on Justin Trudeau.
 
2014-06-18 12:38:13 PM  

hammettman: Not only are the GOP stupid, wrong and just incapable of owning up to their mistakes, but they're just plain evil.  fark anyone who votes for them.  Enjoy Thunderdome when it arrives.  I'm sure Jesus will save you.


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2014-06-18 12:39:20 PM  

sonorangal: How to get rid of a government agency or privatize it. Lobby polititions to under fund it. It is done. Agency can't do their job properly. Get the media to exploit this. Lobby again for your investors to take over or disband it. Granted. This was or is being done to public schools, VA, USDA, EPA and so on.


"Underfunded" used to mean you weren't given the funds needed to do a job. Now it's a hollow word used to defend gross incompetence.

If only public schools spent several times more per pupil per year than private schools they could do their job...
 
2014-06-18 12:44:25 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.


Working for the SEC (and most of the regulatory bodies in the FIRE sector) has long been seen as a stepping stone into a much nicer job working for the groups you regulate. The wage disparity (gap in earning power) is one of the primary causes for the revolving door we see time and time again.

If anything we should consider paying them more and greatly increasing their staffing.

//Cheers
 
2014-06-18 12:45:36 PM  
I can't really think of a more popular plan than demonizing the IRS. The GOP had a good plan with this one. Crippling the SEC is just a bonus.
 
2014-06-18 12:53:15 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: Oh, noes!  The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.  They'll come to a screeching halt!  The seas will burn and blood will rain from the sky!


There is a significant amount of tax evasion occurring and the IRS doesn't have the resources to track it down.  People whine about the deficit but then fail to fund the enforcement of our existing tax laws which would help reduce that deficit.
 
2014-06-18 12:55:56 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Today: "House GOP plans to cut funding to the IRS and SEC." Two months from now: "House GOP wonder why the IRS and SEC can't do their jobs" Four months from now: "Democrats retake House"

Ok, now you're just in pipedream territory.


I agree the odds are long, but at the same time, there's all that time between now and Election Day for the GOP candidates to open their mouths.   If the Dems were at all smart, they'd work out ways to get the TPer candidates to speak at length on a wide variety of topics, e.g, "should gays be stoned to death" or the new favorite - women's biology and rape.
 
2014-06-18 01:05:10 PM  

Flargan: Galloping Galoshes: The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.

Working for the SEC (and most of the regulatory bodies in the FIRE sector) has long been seen as a stepping stone into a much nicer job working for the groups you regulate. The wage disparity (gap in earning power) is one of the primary causes for the revolving door we see time and time again.

If anything we should consider paying them more and greatly increasing their staffing.

//Cheers


That's why the banking regulators have a special pay scale.  You have a good point.
 
2014-06-18 01:14:57 PM  
Yeah, I have no qualms with the SEC and IRS being defunded. In fact, fark them.

/Just won a case against the IRS
//Months of migraines
 
2014-06-18 01:20:53 PM  

Mentat: GOP breaks government.
GOP uses results as proof government is broken.


This has been their SOP since Obama was elected.

Step 1 - Stop all government
Step 2 - ??????
Step 3 - Blame Obama
 
2014-06-18 01:22:01 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: Flargan: Galloping Galoshes: The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.

Working for the SEC (and most of the regulatory bodies in the FIRE sector) has long been seen as a stepping stone into a much nicer job working for the groups you regulate. The wage disparity (gap in earning power) is one of the primary causes for the revolving door we see time and time again.

If anything we should consider paying them more and greatly increasing their staffing.

//Cheers

That's why the banking regulators have a special pay scale.  You have a good point.


Additionally, the fake IRS/Tea Party audit scandal was even a thing because the IRS is so tight for enforcement funds that they needed to try to use shortcuts to winnow down tax-exempt groups who would need more scrutiny. The GOP has been intentionally short-changing the IRS budget for quite a while. So they just started using key words, like "tea party" or "progressive" to pick folks for deeper looks on both the right and left.

This gave some unscrupulous congresspeople an excuse to pretend they were having groups unfairly targetted for attention based on their political leaning. It wasn't true, folks on the left were getting the same treatment, but the cuts made to the enforcement staff necessitated sloppy work that could more easily be mischaracterized that way.
 
2014-06-18 01:43:00 PM  

mongbiohazard: Galloping Galoshes: Flargan: Galloping Galoshes: The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.

Working for the SEC (and most of the regulatory bodies in the FIRE sector) has long been seen as a stepping stone into a much nicer job working for the groups you regulate. The wage disparity (gap in earning power) is one of the primary causes for the revolving door we see time and time again.

If anything we should consider paying them more and greatly increasing their staffing.

//Cheers

That's why the banking regulators have a special pay scale.  You have a good point.

Additionally, the fake IRS/Tea Party audit scandal was even a thing because the IRS is so tight for enforcement funds that they needed to try to use shortcuts to winnow down tax-exempt groups who would need more scrutiny. The GOP has been intentionally short-changing the IRS budget for quite a while. So they just started using key words, like "tea party" or "progressive" to pick folks for deeper looks on both the right and left.

This gave some unscrupulous congresspeople an excuse to pretend they were having groups unfairly targetted for attention based on their political leaning. It wasn't true, folks on the left were getting the same treatment, but the cuts made to the enforcement staff necessitated sloppy work that could more easily be mischaracterized that way.


Your take seems... partisan.
 
2014-06-18 01:56:23 PM  
No, four months from now: "Obama's IRS and SEC aren't working!"
 
2014-06-18 02:02:52 PM  

FuzedBox: Yeah, I have no qualms with the SEC and IRS being defunded. In fact, fark them.

/Just won a case against the IRS
//Months of migraines


Just what do you imagine would be accomplished by defunding the SEC and IRS, other than deliberately sabotaging the government's ability to collect revenue and police the financial sector?
 
2014-06-18 02:05:08 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: Oh, noes!  The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.  They'll come to a screeching halt!  The seas will burn and blood will rain from the sky!


the IRS is already woefully underfunded. that's part of the reason that the cincinnatti office was using keyword searches that got all the right-wingers panties in a wad.
 
2014-06-18 02:25:23 PM  
Four Months From Now: The GOP keeps the house because enough morans sat out the election that the motivated GOP base was once again able to make decisions that will impact the rest of us in horrible ways.

/thanks again all of you who sat out 2010
//you really did us a solid
 
2014-06-18 02:34:35 PM  

FlashHarry: Galloping Galoshes: Oh, noes!  The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.  They'll come to a screeching halt!  The seas will burn and blood will rain from the sky!

the IRS is already woefully underfunded. that's part of the reason that the cincinnatti office was using keyword searches that got all the right-wingers panties in a wad.


So what you're saying is that we succeeded in breaking the government, thereby proving that the government never works! Horray, vote GOP!

If the tides of history don't hurry up there won't be an America left to fix after the GOP is gone...
 
2014-06-18 02:40:29 PM  
Almost like they know the tax breaks are going away and are planning for the future by making it non-enforceable due to lack of employees/function.
 
2014-06-18 03:03:14 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: mongbiohazard: Galloping Galoshes: Flargan: Galloping Galoshes: The SEC has a flat budget from 14 to 15, and the IRS will take a 3% reduction, to just under $11 billion.

Working for the SEC (and most of the regulatory bodies in the FIRE sector) has long been seen as a stepping stone into a much nicer job working for the groups you regulate. The wage disparity (gap in earning power) is one of the primary causes for the revolving door we see time and time again.

If anything we should consider paying them more and greatly increasing their staffing.

//Cheers

That's why the banking regulators have a special pay scale.  You have a good point.

Additionally, the fake IRS/Tea Party audit scandal was even a thing because the IRS is so tight for enforcement funds that they needed to try to use shortcuts to winnow down tax-exempt groups who would need more scrutiny. The GOP has been intentionally short-changing the IRS budget for quite a while. So they just started using key words, like "tea party" or "progressive" to pick folks for deeper looks on both the right and left.

This gave some unscrupulous congresspeople an excuse to pretend they were having groups unfairly targetted for attention based on their political leaning. It wasn't true, folks on the left were getting the same treatment, but the cuts made to the enforcement staff necessitated sloppy work that could more easily be mischaracterized that way.

Your take seems... partisan.


I wish it were, but the truth is that it isn't. Funny thing, the truth... it isn't "moderate" - it just is.

When the House GOP started their joke of an investigation the IRS was specifically told to only provide information on "conservative" groups which had their applications flagged. By intentionally trying to bury the IG's disclosure that "liberal" groups had been scrutinized at least as much as conservative ones - if not more - Darrell Issa intentionally created the impression of a scandal where none actually existed.

I'm a registered independent, but that doesn't mean I'm foolish enough to believe both "sides" are EQUALLY bad... they aren't. The "conservative" movement/GOP is considerably worse for the country right now than the left/Democratic party is. And I say this as a 20 year long Republican. I voted for Dole, for crying out loud...

http://wonkette.com/547400/new-docs-irs-targeted-liberal-groups-the-m o st-darrell-issa-to-apologize-any-day-now-we-are-sure
 
2014-06-18 03:06:24 PM  

Mrbogey: Are Americans really that stupid to give control of the House of Representatives to the unethical retards at the DNC?Americans are pretty upset that the IRS was used for political ends. The SEC, most Americans would be upset with if they understood how they serve the interests of the richest of Americans, especially those in government.


This what the rubes actually believe.
 
2014-06-18 03:36:53 PM  

Mrbogey: If only public schools spent several times more per pupil per year than private schools they could do their job...


If only private schools were required to take every kid who applied, we might have something resembling parity...

/Each special needs kid costs about the same as an entire class of 30 non-special needs kids.
 
2014-06-18 04:03:11 PM  

Wendy's Chili: Yes, I'm sure the 0.01% of Americans who know what the SEC is are going to turn out in droves this November.


Southeastern Democrats should run attack ads about how the GOP is going to take their college football away.
 
2014-06-18 04:13:21 PM  

Geotpf: Oh yeah, and the fact that Dems vote less often in midterm elections than Reps do.


Democrats are working those days. Republicans are all past their working age... They have plenty of time to vote for those who will deny their grandchildren a chance to retire as they did.
 
2014-06-18 04:21:24 PM  

clkeagle: Geotpf: Oh yeah, and the fact that Dems vote less often in midterm elections than Reps do.

Democrats are working those days. Republicans are all past their working age... They have plenty of time to vote for those who will deny their grandchildren a chance to retire as they did.


Which artificially distorts the will of the people. Election day should be a national holiday and/or no-hassle absentee ballots should be mandatory to be available nationally.
 
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