Jessie ----
by on September 12, 2018
The obstructionists were dealt another blow Wednesday, when the Senate approved President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS. Democrats opposed the nomination because of a new Trump administration policy allowing some groups involved in politics to hide their donors' identities.
The vote was 64-33 to confirm Beverly Hills tax attorney Charles Rettig as Internal Revenue Service commissioner. I love it when Democrats get a taste of their own medicine. And to prove they are living up to the name, "obstructionists" they voted against him, even though they considered him well qualified for the position.
But still, 15 Democrats voted with the Republicans to approve Rettig.
The midterms are about 2 months away, and critics say the new policy announced by the IRS in July will let more dark money — including from foreign interests — flood into the U.S. political system.
The new policy now lifts donor disclosure requirements for thousands of groups, including those spending millions on political ads.
Among the many groups that will benefit from the change are sections of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association and a group linked to the billionaire Koch brothers. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the senior Democrat on the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, asked Rettig to commit to changing the new rule, without result.
Wyden, in true democrat fashion whined, that Rettig wouldn't even acknowledge there was a problem. Wyden said this would allow foreign agents and special interest groups to remain anonymous, while donating.
The new IRS rule comes the same day that the government charged a gun-rights activist living in Washington with serving as a covert Russian agent gathering intelligence on U.S. officials and political organizations. Those court documents accuse Maria Butina, to use contacts with the National Rifle Association to develop relationships with U.S. politicians during the 2016 campaign.
Rettig faces the challenge of administering the sweeping $1.5 trillion tax law enacted by Republicans in Congress in December, which became Trump's signature legislative achievement.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Rettig also is expected to work to modernize the IRS' outdated technology.
If the guy is qualified, what's the problem?
While the time, Rettig was a tax attorney, he represented thousands of individuals and companies in civil and criminal tax matters before the IRS and against it in court. His clients have included affluent taxpayers seeking to strike deals with the IRS to turn over information on offshore bank accounts in exchange for reduced penalties.
Also during Trump's 2016 campaign, Rettig defended Trump's decision to break with tradition by refusing to release his personal tax filings. At his confirmation hearing last month, Rettig pledged to uphold the political independence of the IRS.
But there's also another reason Democrats opposed his confirmation. Another new rule from the IRS prevents residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pitted the Trump administration against high-tax, heavily Democratic states.
No matter who Trump nominates, for key positions, the Democrats will always oppose....a prime example of how badly the left is infected with "Trump Derangement Syndrome."
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