Weekly Musing 5-26-13

Weekly Musing 5-26-13

Saul Anuzis

 

Memorial Day: A Time of Remembrance

The last Monday in the month of May, Memorial Day has become an annual occasion to honor American soldiers of all wars who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

This Memorial Day, we remember the heroic service of generations past and present who died while serving our nation. They did not fight for riches or glory; they fought to defend our nation and its values, liberate the oppressed, and not least, they fought for one another as brothers and sisters in arms.

– Congressman Fred Upton

 

 

“If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as ‘social justice’; if businessmen struggle for higher profits,

this is damned as ‘selfish greed’ ”
Ayn Rand

 

 

 

Congratulations to my youngest son, Marius Anuzis

Graduating from Lansing Catholic Central and on his way to Michigan State University!!!  Go Green!

 

 

IRS Scandal Is The Latest Evidence That We Need A Fair Tax

Abuse of IRS power has been going on for almost 80 years.  It began under ADR, not long after the IRS was created.  In reality, there is only one way to ensure that something like this never happens again.  The IRS must be abolished, the 16th Amendment must be repealed, and most existing federal taxes must be replaced by the FairTax, which is a national retail sales tax.

 

The current scandal demonstrates that the IRS cannot be “reformed” into something compatible with a free society.  It is a creation of progressivism, and, at its core, progressivism holds that individual freedom is obsolete.

The current imbroglio gives us a golden opportunity to abolish the IRS and institute the Fair Tax.  Only in this way can we secure liberty, promote desperately needed economic growth, and ensure that every young American has a fair chance to become a productive citizen.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2013/05/22/irs-scandal-is-the-latest-evidence-that-we-need-a-fair-tax/

 

 

The Real Voter Suppression of 2012
Voter ID didn’t reduce turnout, but the IRS may have.

 

The 2012 election season was filled with angry cries of “voter suppression,” almost all of them regarding attempts by states to require voter ID and otherwise improve ballot integrity. Bill Clinton warned that “there has never been — in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the other Jim Crow burdens on voting — the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” Democratic-party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said “photo-ID laws, we think, are very similar to a poll tax.”

 

All of this proved to be twaddle. An August 2012 Washington Post poll showed nearly two-thirds of African-Americans and Hispanics backing photo ID. The Census Bureau has found that the rate of voter turnout for blacks exceeded that of whites for the first time in the 2012 election.

But it now turns out there may have suppression of the vote after all. “It looks like a lot of tea-party groups were less active or never got off the ground because of the IRS actions,” Wisconsin governor Scott Walker told me. “Sure seems like people were discouraged by it.”

 

Indeed, several conservative groups I talked with said they were directly impacted by having their non-profit status delayed by either IRS inaction or burdensome and intrusive questioning. At least two donors told me they didn’t contribute to True the Vote, a group formed to combat voter fraud, because after three years of waiting the group still didn’t have its status granted at the time of the 2012 election. (While many of the targeted tea-party groups were seeking to become 501(c)(4)s, donations to which are not tax-deductible, True the Vote sought to become a 501(c)(3).) This week, True the Vote sued the IRS in federal court, asking a judge to enjoin the agency from targeting anyone in the future.

 

http://nationalreview.com/article/349116/real-voter-suppression-2012-john-fund

 

Strange Goings-On at the White House
A tight-knit inner circle plays all politics, all the time, while Obama remains disengaged.

 

No one doubts that President Obama has the White House management structure he wants; he has populated it with trusted aides such as Jarrett whose loyalty he can count on. But it’s increasingly clear that this structure — supported by functionaries who are often highly partisan and careless — hasn’t served the country well and hasn’t received sufficient scrutiny from the media. That’s why many liberals are openly expressing concern over the “mini-Politburo” at the White House — the small number of people who have centralized White House decision-making.

 

The Obama White House management team doesn’t share the bunker mentality of the Nixon White House (though there are similarities). Nor does it have the frat-house atmosphere of the early Clinton White House, or the “happy talk” air of unreality of the latter George W. Bush administration. But its “all politics, all the time” ethos demands scrutiny now that the scandals are mounting and its shortcomings are becoming all too clear.

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/348591/strange-goings-white-house-john-fund

 

 

Obama’s IRS and AP scandals cast Big Chill on free speech

Chilling effect. That’s the term lawyers and judges use to describe the result of government actions that deter people from exercising their right of free speech.

 

There have been plenty of examples in the past 10 days.

 

The Obama administration’s Justice Department issued a sweeping demand for two months of office, cellular and home telephone records from multiple Associated Press reporters and editors to investigate an alleged breach of national security.

 

The AP story in question, on a foiled terrorist plot, had been withheld for days at the request of the CIA. It finally went out on the wire on a Monday, after the AP was told that administration spokesmen would officially announce it the next day.

 

http://washingtonexaminer.com/michael-barone-obamas-irs-and-ap-scandals-cast-big-chill-on-free-speech/article/2529948

 

 

The New Enemies List

At its root, James Taranto sees these scandals as the consequence of too much moral crusading in our politics. “Today’s liberal left conceives of itself as being on the side of all that is good, right and reasonable. It caricatures the right as racist, extremist, greedy, dishonest, fanatically religious, prone to violence – and dangerous because, through the Republican Party, it has maintained parity in the political arena. Of the 10 presidential elections since Watergate, each party won 5; and voters haven’t entrusted the Democrats with full control of government for more than two years since the Carter era. If ordinary politics are a battle between good and evil, then winning becomes an overriding moral imperative. The end justifies the means.” And that problem goes deeper than just one president – it is a cultural trend which rots the foundation of the public square.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/05/21/the_new_enemies_list_118500.html

 

 

Obama’s action are chilling: It’s News, Not Espionage

The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists’ phone records, perusing their emails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn’t chilling, it’s just plain cold.

It also may well be unconstitutional. In my reading, the First Amendment prohibition against “abridging the freedom … of the press” should rule out secretly obtaining two months’ worth of the personal and professional phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, including calls to and from the main AP phone number at the House press gallery in the Capitol. Yet this is what the Justice Department did.

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/05/21/its_news_not_espionage_118487.html

 

 

How Obama Has Contributed to His Own Aura of Scandal – aloof and disengaged

In the weeks ahead, perceptions of Obama will likely harden. The right will see him as dastardly. The left will view him as a victim of Washington’s gutter politics. Most probably, his biggest sin is being aloof and disengaged.

But Obama’s failings are only part of the problem. An increasingly polarized Washington is devouring its own. Ceaseless, take-no-prisoners political warfare, not nefarious White House plots, ravages government.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/05/how-obama-has-contributed-to-his-own-aura-of-scandal/275984/

 

 

Outrageous:  DHS claims authority to inspect safety deposit boxes without warrants

Investment Watch discovered this information in a message board post from two years ago. According to the post, the DHS agents that investigate the boxes “’shall, at the discretion of the agent supervising the search, remove, photograph or seize as evidence’ any of the following items ‘bar gold, gold coins, firearms of any kind unless manufactured prior to 1878, documents such as passports or foreign bank account records, pornography or any material that, in the opinion of the agent, shall be deemed of to be of a contraband nature.’”

 

Further, bank employees are forbidden to reveal when DHS agents perform these inspections, even to the person whose box was inspected:

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/dhs-claims-authority-to-inspect-safety-deposit-boxes-without-warrants

 

 

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About saulfolks

Saul Anuzis served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 2005-2009 and was a candidate for Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2009 and 2011. His previous political and government service included working with Newt Gingrich at American Solutions, Jack Kemp’s 1988 Presidential campaign, serving as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus, Chairman of the MI Senate Republican Campaign Committee and serving on the MI House Republican Campaign Committee. In 2009, Anuzis was asked to head up the Transition Team on Technology and led the RNC's first Tech Summit during which over 7,000 activists from around the country participated online, via live video feeds or in person. The RNC created a new standing Committee on Technology and Anuzis was asked to serve as its Chairman by both Chairman Michael Steele and Chairman Reince Priebus. Anuzis was the first non-RNC member to hold such a post. In May of 2010, Anuzis was unanimously elected to be Michigan’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee. In 2009 - 2010, he also served as a consultant to the House Policy Committee on New Media & Technology which was chaired by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI). In May of 2015, Anuzis was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Anuzis is co-founder and co-owner of Quick Connect VOIP, which is a broadband and VOIP provider in Michigan. He and his partner founded Coast to Coast Telecommunications and later Quick Connect USA which were Competitive Local Exchange Carrier providing local and long distance service to their customers. Anuzis currently serves as a Managing Partner of Coast to Coast Strategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning, political intelligence, political risk-assessment, consulting and business development services. In 2012, Anuzis was appointed to the NRA Board’s Public Affairs Committee. He served on several non-profit boards as well as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Export Development Authority and a member of the Teamsters Union. http://coasttocoaststrategies.com/ Saul Anuzis studied Economics at the University of Michigan in Dearborn. He is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Lithuania. He and with wife of 30 years, Lina - have 4 sons, enjoy skiing, scuba diving, their Harley and sailing. 5/2015
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