Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Tuesday July 29th 2014

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Federalist 58 by James Madison. 1. Under the proposed Constitution whose interests were represented by the U.S. Senate? Is it so today? If not, how might it be remedied & by what means? 2. How did the Constitution provide for updating representation in Congress? 3. Madison credits the U.S Constitution with assigning the greatest power, that of the “purse strings” to the U.S. House. In your opinion, how might the House assert that power to reduce the size & cost of government today? 4. Explain in your own words Madison’s warning against too many men serving in the House. How might his warning be applied today as calls abound for a more direct democracy & for scrapping the electoral college system? 5. Is democracy the form of government our Founders gave us or was it a republican form? Explain the difference.


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Woodward on IRS Scandal: ‘There Is Obviously Something Here’

AARON TRUJILLO, HERITAGE FOUNDATION

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The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward was skeptical during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” regarding President Obama’s claim that there isn’t “even a smidgen of corruption” at the Internal Revenue Service.

“There is obviously something here,” Woodward said of the IRS targeting scandal. “And the question is: Does this [House] committee know how to investigate?

Columnist George Will, who also appeared on the panel, cited five actions by former IRS official Lois Lerner:

1)      She delayed approving conservative groups’ tax-exempt status. The inspector general of the IRS said this delay was not caused by an increase in applications.

2)      She said Tea Party groups in Texas and Kentucky were  dangerous.

3)      “IRS employees have violated the Hatch Act by using federal resources for campaigning, and obviously for Barack Obama.”

4)      “Confidential taxpayer information of … the National Organization for Marriage was leaked to a rival group.”

5)      “She said with regard to Crossroads GPS, the most important conservative group:  ’We are working on a denial of the application.’ ”

Woodward described an IRS audit as “a 10-ton truck coming at you. And it’s the sort of thing that the leadership and the White House should take a position: ‘Look, we will not tolerate this.’ ”

Fox News’ Brit Hume blamed the media for a lack of coverage, saying that in the past these actions would have created “a hothouse sort of atmosphere, in which all investigations end up being accelerated.”

This process “brings the issue out and you get to the facts,” Hume said, but now “the story has been basically dormant.”

Hume pointed out that when the IRS issued draft rules on which  activities by advocacy groups would be considered “political,” the agency sparked outrage in the form of more than 150,000 comments from both sides of the aisle.


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