Saturday, May 30, 2020
Advertisement

The Government CAN’T Help Us If Congress Won’t LET It.

It’s an unfortunate fact of life, at one time or another most Americans need the assistance of the government. Even a walking diaper stain as allegedly rich and powerful as The Pampers President needs government support to get anything done, especially in his current job. The worst part of it is, that to obtain government assistance means dealing directly with the necessary government agency. The prospect of having to deal with Uncle Sam tends to lead to a strong yearning for the return of the days of no Novacaine root canal for most people. Fortunately, my interactions with the behemoth that is known as the US government has been limited, and mostly positive. Back in November, I needed assistance from the Goliath Social Security Administration in putting in a claim for Disability Insurance for my new best friend, blindness. In all three cases, two on the phone and one in person, I found every one of them pleasant, courteous, helpful, and as compassionate as any Samaritan you could meet under difficult circumstances. Maybe the fact that I treated them as human beings and not enemies had something to do with it, but I don’t think so. They honestly wanted to help. The clai is currently processing. But no single department of the sprawling sub continent that is the bureaucracy of government causes more night terrors than the dreaded Internal Revenue Service. The mere thought of having to deal with these revenue leaches immediately turns the individual taxpayer into the albino monk from the DaVinci Code, preferring to strip down and flog him or herself with a saltwater knotted hemp rope than pick up the phone and dial. But here’s the funny thing. The people of the IRS, especially the ones you deal with personally, are not Orcs from the Lord of the Rings. They honestly want to help, but there’s one thing. They have to follow the rules. And who writes those rules? The Congress of the United States. Our duly elected representatives write the tax laws, and the IRS enforces them. And there are no exceptions, freebies, or friends discounts, under penalty of law. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t want to help. Here’s a perfect example. Right now, the IRS is developing a free tax software program for all US taxpayers to use if they so desire. The program would auto populate all applicable parts of the form where the IRS already has the tax info, and would ask probing questions to determine any lesser known, or arcane loopholes and benefits that the taxpayer may qualify for. The best part is that the software would automatically be upgraded with any future changes to the tax laws, so taxpayers would not have to worry about using an obsolete program, The US Senate has a competing bill in the draft stages that would compete with the House bill,, but wold contain similar language barring the IRS from sticking their big, fat, IRS noses into personal tax preparation matters. So, who’s that pissing in the punch bowl? Why, none other than the US Congress, of courses!  In a maliciously deceptively named, bipartisan Taxpayer First Act, recently passed by the House, it specifically forbids the IRS to develop and make avail for distribution and use, their new taxpayer software. Why in the world would they do such a thing to thumb […]
Gage Skidmore / Flickr Mitch McConnell...

McConnell’s 2020 strategy: Ignore the orange elephant in the room and fearmonger on ‘socialism’

Mitch McConnell has a plan for keeping the Senate majority in the 2020 election: Pretend Donald Trump doesn't exist and scare old people. The hope is to win back the suburbs and be the...
@EdKrassen / Twitter Brett Kavanaugh looks terrified rightfully so 1538536728.jpg...

Progressives Call on House Democrats to Probe ‘Sham Confirmation Process’ for Brett Kavanaugh

A coalition of 26 progressive groups on Thursday urged House Democrats to investigate the GOP-controlled Senate's "sham confirmation process" for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. "Many issues went unresolved during last year's...
NBC News / YouTube Watch live Elizabeth Warren makes an 1549741218.jpg...

Elizabeth Warren offers up plan to kill tax loopholes for the biggest corporations

Loopholes in tax laws let giant corporations off the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes, with some massively profitable companies paying zero corporate income tax. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a plan to...
RoguePlanet / Flickr democrats...

How has Trump failed your community? DNC launches hyper-local campaign in 2020 swing states

While Democratic candidates make their case in the early primary states, the Democratic National Committee is setting its sights on Donald Trump and his broken promises to voters in key swing states. The DNC...
Guardian News / YouTube Donald Trump speaks at the UN...

Republicans are whining about Trump again, but reports of confrontation are greatly exaggerated

It’s happening again: Donald Trump is making congressional Republicans unhappy, and the media is hyping the conflict. While there are definite signs of unhappiness among Republicans, let’s not give these wimps any more credit...
Gage Skidmore / Flickr Donald Trump...

Democrats offer solutions to Trump’s manufactured crisis at the border

Donald Trump’s solution to asylum-seekers at the border is clear: cruelty. Democrats are opposed to that, but they’re also crafting proposals to show what they would do to respond to a major increase in border crossings...
CNN / YouTube Pelosi Democrats are capitalists 1547726161.jpg...

Pelosi: ‘I don’t trust Barr. I trust Mueller.’

On Wednesday morning, Attorney General William Barr gave Republicans their biggest gift since his instant-ruling that Donald Trump hadn’t committed obstruction. In testimony before the Senate appropriations committee, Barr accused the FBI of “spying”...
Kansas City Star / YouTube Kris Kobach talks Trump...

Sad Trombone: the last of Kris Kobach’s voter fraud cases falls apart

Kris Kobach had long proclaimed he knew something about voter fraud — that it was widespread and tearing our democracy apart. He promoted wild conspiracy theories, quickly debunked, regarding thousands of illegal voters. Kobach had...
Fox Business / YouTube Dr Alveda King Rep Maxine Waters...

Maxine Waters Holds the Gavel as Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Has Tantrum Over Length of...

In the latest contest between Democrats and the administration, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Rep. Maxine Waters that he wouldn't come back to Congress if forced to stay past 5:15pm. The comment came as part...

Follow Us

32,073FansLike
595FollowersFollow
9,152FollowersFollow

Recent Posts