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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

GOP gives IRS the power to take your passport

The "small government" GOP in action
  • The Big Government loving GOP wants to give the IRS the brand new power to yank your passport without any court order or hearing before a judge.
  • I will be long dead in my grave before I see the flat income tax enacted by the big government loving Republican Party.  Both the GOP and the Dems want the income tax in order to extort campaign cash from groups in society.

By Congressman Ron Paul

A little-noticed provision in the highway funding bill Congress passed this week threatens a right most Americans take for granted: the right to travel abroad. The provision in question gives the Internal Revenue Service the authority to revoke the passport of anyone the IRS claims owes more than $50,000 in back taxes.
Congress is giving the IRS this new power because a decline in gas tax receipts has bankrupted the federal highway trust fund. Of course, Congress would rather squeeze more money from the American people than reduce spending, repeal costly regulations, or return responsibility for highway construction to the states, local governments, and the private sector. On the other hand, most in Congress fear the political consequences of raising gas, or other, taxes. Giving the IRS new powers allows politicians to increase government revenue without having to increase tax rates. Some even brag about how they are “cracking down on tax cheats.”
Pro-IRS politicians ignore how this new power will punish Americans who have actually paid all the taxes they are legally obligated to pay. This is because the provision does not provide taxpayers an opportunity to challenge a finding that they owe back taxes in federal court before their passport is revoked. Because IRS employees are not infallible, it is inevitable that many Americans will lose their right to travel because of a bureaucrat’s mistake.
It is particularly odd that a Republican Congress would give this type of power to the IRS considering the continuing outrage over IRS targeting of “Tea Party” organizations. This is hardly the first time the IRS has been used to intimidate its opponents and/or powerful politicians. Presidents of both parties have used the IRS to target political enemies.
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Republican President William Howard Taft
America's 1st Socialist President
In 1909 GOP President William Howard Taft urged the Republican controlled Congress to adopt the Marxist progressive income tax.  Taft and a GOP Congress brought Marxism and class warfare to the U.S. by passing the income tax amendment to the Constitution.  
See our article:
It's Income Tax Day - Thank a Republican

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