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August 17, 2022

The Morning Report — 8/17/22


Good morning, kids. Well, it's a good day insofar as Liz-ard Cheney got her ass kicked in yesterday's primary by Trump-supported Harriet Hageman. Also, up in the Last Frontier, Sarah Palin has advanced in her bid for a House seat but unfortunately, the emu/Skeksis-looking hybrid Lisa "the Alaskan Snowblower" Murkowski won her primary.

UPDATE/CORRECTION: the HQ's polling and election guru Dave in FL states:

Murkowski didn't "win". It is a ranked choice jungle primary. Top 4 after ranking will advance to the general. Don't black pill this. Murkowski is not doing very well here and will need massive Democrat votes in the general to hold her seat. We won't know final results until after Sept 2nd.

I stand corrected.

But the Cheney drubbing sends a number of clear messages. Primarily, it's a good barometer that at the very least, the vast majority of those who vote Republican (the phraseology there is intentional) see her as the traitor and collaborator with those who actually committed actual insurrection in stealing the 2020 election and then creating the giant entrapment sting and process crime resulting in the J6 kangaroo court and show trial. In short, the myth the Left is attempting to sell the American people is not being swallowed. The other aspect of this is, of course, the fact that Hageman was backed to the hilt by Donald Trump. Get ready for the media post mortem which no doubt will range from "the victory is meaningless," to the invective of the late, grating Peter Jennings that "the electorate had a temper tantrum" all the way to "serious irregularities at the polls." Give me a break.

Look, it's only one House race, but on a symbolic level it sure is perhaps one of the most important of the entire primary season. Cheney is not just a nemesis of Trump and the MAGA movement. She was who the Democrats "groomed" as the alleged voice of reason, symbolic of the majority of Americans and most Republicans appalled at Trump and Trumpism. Myth status: exploded. Cheney represents everything wrong about post-war American government: cronyism, dynastic nepotism, elitist entitlement in the service of pursuing of policies that transformed society from a nation where the power was supposed to be vested as close to the individual as possible to one of an ever growing, ever more omnipotent and omnipresent central government — with her and her ilk as the warders, and us filthy ungrateful lumpenprole the inmates.

But, all that said, let's not kid ourselves that Liz-ard Cheney is finished or washed up. She'll be rewarded with everything from gigs on the propaganda house organs to book deals to seats on the corporate boards of the military industrial complex who could care less that American blood and treasure is sent off to the world's shit holes in stiletto fuck-me pumps and pregnancy flight suits so long as their balance sheets are solidly in the black. Just like dear old dad. Her oleaginous mien might be less evident on your TV screens going forward in the long term, unless of course there is an actual Trump show trial, but her and her kind are like radioactive alien herpes: there is no cure and the eruptions are both painful and happen when they're least convenient.

And speaking of the metastasizing, all-powerful State, that insane "Inflation Reduction Act" was signed into law by Pres. Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants yesterday, wasting 3/4 of Trillion dollars that we do not have on both destroying what's left of our industrial capacity and petrochemical sector in the name of "saving the planet," something the vast majority of Americans do not think is a problem at all, while super-sizing an already feral IRS to go after ordinary citizens.

An audit notice from the IRS is scary. Up to 87,000 more IRS agents in the “Inflation Reduction Act” President Joe Biden signed Tuesday is troubling. And the IRS stockpile of 4,600 guns and 5 million rounds of ammunition is downright unnerving.

How many of the new agents will be packing heat? Democrats won’t say.

The IRS arsenal of 4,600 guns includes 3,282 pistols, 621 shotguns, 539 rifles, 15 fully automatic weapons and four revolvers. It’s unclear who agents plan to shoot at. A recent IRS job posting says applicants must “be willing to use deadly force.”

Democrats voted in lockstep to take $80 billion from taxpayers to supersize the IRS. A possible 87,000 new agents are a force larger than the combined personnel on all 11 US aircraft carriers. Four times the number of Border Patrol agents. Enough to fill every seat in Madison Square Garden four times.

Why does the IRS have guns and play police officer? The agency got into the policing business in 1919 and over time became abusive, conducting armed raids on innocent small businesses exposed in 1997 and 1998 congressional hearings.

Democrats won’t tell you there are significant criminal-justice ramifications to giving the IRS this much money and power.

As inspector general reports detail, the IRS doesn’t respect your privacy or the concept of due process. Evidence-handling practices are abysmal. Handing the IRS a huge pile of cash won’t change the agency’s culture.

The IRS’s official government watchdog, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, has flagged severe problems with IRS gun management in numerous audits over the years. . .

. . . As the IRS deploys tens of thousands of new agents, expect fishing-expedition audits of small businesses. Corner stores, bodegas, barbershops and cash-intensive enterprises should be on alert because the agency has proven to be a bit slippery when approaching small-business owners.

A 2017 inspector general report, for example, detailed the ways in which IRS agents violated taxpayer rights and due process when investigating Americans for allegedly violating the $10,000 cash-reporting requirements. It seized assets before it even interviewed property owners. . .

. . . An audit can easily take two to three years and weigh heavily on a small company. Time, money, stress. America’s small businesses have been battered by politicians over the past three years. A fishing-expedition audit could mean lights out for some. With more agents, you’ll see more law-abiding small-business owners give up and write a check to settle an IRS bill they don’t legally owe, just to get the agency off their back. . .

. . . Biden and the Democrats say they’re simply targeting the rich and corporations. But there are only 700 or so billionaires. The rest of the country is you and me.

Yeah, I know it's from Grover Norquist but he's on the money here. The one thing that he does not say is the real reason for the supersizing and arming to the teeth of these pencil-pushers. Make no mistake; it's not about finding tax cheats. It's about silencing and intimidating the people into towing the junta line, and stepping on the neck of anyone who opposes them.

What happened at Mar-a-Lago, what happened to Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, what happened to Michael Flynn, what could have happened to the parents at the Loudon County school board meeting, the scores of hapless Americans still languishing as political prisoners in the Garland Archipelago in the wake of the J6 entrapment scam, and frankly what did happen to Ashli Babbitt and Roseanne Boyland is what is in store for all of us.

Take that to the bank.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in the links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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