Big Government

IRS Suddenly “Finds” Nearly 7000 Docs Related to Conservative Targeting

The Internal Revenue Service has located 6,924 documents potentially related to the targeting of Tea Party conservatives, two years after the group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for them.

The watchdog group intended to find records regarding how the IRS selected individuals and organizations for audits that were requesting nonprofit tax status.

The agency will not say when it will make the documents available to the public.

Source: Two Years Later, IRS Locates 6,924 Docs Related to Tea Party Targeting

Big Government, The Green Mafia

Solar Cells In Belgium Did Nothing During Blackout

Government screws everyone; even people who prepare for themselves.

Large parts of Brussels are without power tonight after the City Grid ceased to function at about 10.45pm local time.

But buildings with solar panels on rooftops were not able to maintain their own power supply because the panels are all feeding into to the grid.

Even solar panels with battery backup were unable to maintain a supply because EU regulations require a cutoff of the battery supply in the event of a grid outage.

Source: Brussels Grid Collapses – Solar Batteries No Help | Living Off the Grid: Free Yourself

Aca-dumb-ia, Big Government, Education

Massie Proposes Closing Federal Department of Education After Next Election

On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.

Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.

Why would he propose shutting it down on that specific date?  Oh, right, so Republicans running for the House and Senate can then use the issue as a campaign promise.  “Vote for us or the closing of the DOE which we promised will be stopped by evil Democrats!”

If Massie really believed that closing the DOE was a good idea, he would just propose doing it effective immediately.  Instead, he pushes it off far enough that he can get one more election out of it.

As I always ask, what does that tell you?

Source: GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education | TheHill

Big Government, Trump

Trump: “No Reason” to look into civil asset forfeiture.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was “no reason” to curb law enforcement agencies that seize cash, vehicles and other assets of people suspected of crimes, a practice that some lawmakers and activists have criticized for denying legal rights.

The issue of civil asset forfeiture, created to disrupt the activities of organized crime groups, arose when sheriffs from around the United States told Trump at a White House meeting that they were under pressure to ease the practice.

Note the key word there.  Suspected.  Not convicted.  Not sentenced.  Suspected.

So if, for example, Donald was suspected of…  Oh…  I don’t know…  Tax evasion, they could theoretically take his Tower.  Because, as you know, suspicion = guilt, right Donald?

Source: Trump questions lawmakers’ efforts to curb asset seizures by police | Reuters

Big Government

California Threatens To Cut Off Funds To Washington | Zero Hedge

KPIX5 reports that officials are looking for money that flows through Sacramento to the federal government that could be used to offset the potential loss of billions of dollars’ worth of federal funds if President Trump makes good on his threat to punish cities and states that don’t cooperate with federal agents’ requests to turn over undocumented immigrants, a senior government source in Sacramento said.

I’d love to see what happens when their subsistence lifestyle can’t be bailed out by federal money…  That should go over great…

Source: California Threatens To Cut Off Funds To Washington | Zero Hedge

Big Government

Fed Nixes Blue Lines

I mean if this doesn’t strike you as petty and silly overreach, then we need to have a talk and I need to buy you a dictionary.

A number of towns in New Jersey decided to paint blue lines in the middle of their roads as a show of support for local law enforcement (“the thin blue line”), but after the chief engineer of Somerset County sought clarification from the federal government about the practice before committing to a blue line there, they’ve found that the practice violates federal regulations on road markings. Some towns are already having the lines removed.

Source: Feds Nix NJ Municipalities’ Practice of Painting Blue Lines in Road to Show of Support to Police – Hit & Run :

Big Government

Governor Cuomo Wants To Push Ride Sharing Into Upper NY State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil a proposal Monday to clear the way for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft to expand statewide, according to the governor’s office. Cuomo’s plan calls on the state to oversee and permit the popular ride-hailing companies, which currently operate in New York City under its taxi laws but have sought changes in state insurance law to expand to the rest of the state.

Cuomo’s only plan should be to get the state out of the way of these companies, not to bend rules for them so they can operate.  The arrogance of government knows no bounds.

Source: Cuomo to unveil Uber plan for suburbs, upstate