Response Action Network Newsletter
Here is your weekly update on the politics and policies affecting our liberties.
IRS APPROVES A TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS
Because the actual Bill of Rights is not enough to curb IRS abuses, the agency’s Taxpayer Advocate put together a list of “rights” every taxpayer is supposed to have. You can read that list here.
But we think the IRS has already run afoul of several of the “rights,” including number eight:
“Taxpayers have the right to expect that any information they provide to the IRS will not be disclosed unless authorized by the taxpayer or by law. Taxpayers have the right to expect appropriate action will be taken against employees, return preparers, and others who wrongfully use or disclose taxpayer return information.”
Unless you happen to be a person or group the IRS doesn’t like. In that case, your private information could end up just about anywhere.
ALL HAIL BARACK I
With the Obama administration intent on saving humanity from the weather (otherwise known as climate change), it was only a matter of time before someone on the left praised the White House for its massive power grab. It’s a good thing Mr. Obama wants so much control over our lives, because democracy has failed. And when that happens, we really do need a dictator to set us on the right path:
“President Obama, who . . . rolled out landmark regulations for coal-fired power plants, has found a way around that age-old political problem posed by climate change and democracies, in part by acting a little bit more like a dictator. This is something he’s been skewered for on the right, with Rush Limbaugh accusing the White House of focusing on global warming just because ‘it offers the president opportunities to be dictatorial.’
“Limbaugh is onto something, but he has it precisely backward: The decision to use executive authority is the means, not the ends. It also makes a lot of sense when it comes to global warming given Congress’s failure to pass the Waxman-Markey energy bill in 2009, and, for decades before that, to pass any sort of comprehensive climate legislation whatsoever.”
JUST IGNORE HER
First Lady Michelle Obama’s crusade against fat kids has earned her a lot of praise on the left, but brickbats from the right. What is the best course of action to take against this national busybody? How about ignoring her?
“. . . one wishes the American public would just say no to directives from first ladies. It would save us a lot of time and money, and we could all stop pretending that the spouses of politicians matter. That said, I hereby call on Michelle Obama to resign as mom- and chef-in-chief.”
We second that motion.
NSA CAN’T STOP ITSELF
The National Security Agency’s computer spy network is so vast and complicated that the puny humans running the place are powerless to control what the computers do with all that data. Or so the NSA is arguing in federal court:
“. . . U.S. District for the Northern District of California Judge Jeffrey S. White reversed an emergency order he had issued earlier the same week barring the government from destroying data that the Electronic Frontier Foundation had asked be preserved for that case. The data is collected under Section 702 of the Amendments Act to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
“But the NSA argued that holding onto the data would be too burdensome. ‘A requirement to preserve all data acquired under section 702 presents significant operational problems, only one of which is that the NSA may have to shut down all systems and databases that contain Section 702 information,’ wrote NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett in a court filing submitted to the court.
“The complexity of the NSA systems meant preservation efforts might not work, he argued, but would have ‘an immediate, specific, and harmful impact on the national security of the United States.'”
So the NSA can’t stop its computers from erasing information unless it takes the whole system down, which would leave the nation vulnerable to bad guys everywhere.
This leads us to wonder whether the NSA’s computer system is named “HAL 9000.”
THE FDA ENDS THE WAR ON CHEESE
The Food and Drug Administration got itself into a row with makers of artisanal cheese over the methods they used to make their products. It appears now that the “War on Cheese” is over, and the FDA has surrendered (for now):
“The agency said it did not have a new policy banning wooden shelves in cheese-making, adding there was no requirement in recent food safety regulations requiring the agency to address the issue.”
Peace in our time.
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