Oregon Senate Dems Push New Election Law

Oregon Senate Democrats Support A Favored Stalin Approach to Elections.

Oregon Senate Democrats Support A Favored Stalin Approach to Elections.

Oregon Senate Democrats adopt Stalin’s approach to ballot security.. to insure the “correct outcomes”.

by J. Dysinger

This week ballot and election security was center stage at the Oregon Legislature.  They  crafted and passed HB2199A after a long and heated battle between citizens and the Secretary of State.

Most civilized societies destroy unused ballots at the close of the election when all marked ballots have been turned in and the count begins. This removes the opportunity for mischief and insures public trust in the process. Sunshine laws are intended to allow the pubic to see the process of counting ballots to witness the process and instill confidence in our election process.

In 2008 election observers at Multnomah County questioned the Elections Director about how and where would the unused blank ballots be destroyed at 8PM on Election night, as set forth in ORS 254.483.  The Elections Director said  they keep the unused ballots throughout the election process.  In 2010 blank ballots were found in abundance on the loading dock of the elections office, just spilling out of the boxes during a recount of one of the races. Documents were obtained from the shredding company who actually were sent away after being told by the County Clerk to not destroy the ballots at their regular scheduled time, because a recount of one of the races. Apparently they wanted to keep the blank ballots throughout the recount too.   This was a great cause of citizen’s concern. Citizens asked Mresearch to look at the security of Multnomah County Elections. The report showed that electronic security was lacking in the office. The combination of a vulnerable tally machine, along with extra blank ballots  means that the paper results could be substituted to match the electronic count if a recall was done.

This vulnerability was the catalyst to ask officials to secure our elections by observing the statue to destroy those unused ballots.  Over the last 5 years, complaints were lodged with the Multnomah County Commissioners, then the County Auditor, which did not respond to the satisfaction of citizens.

The debate went on through  5 different bills in the State Legislature and finally a Court Case . Judge Youlee Yim You said in her judgment that the Secretary of State could decide how to conduct the election when there was a conflict within the law and that the Legislature should solve the conflict.

This last week the democratic controlled Senate passed HB2199A which removed the requirement to destroy the ballots on election night, and also removed the requirement to even count the unused ballots. It removed any meaningfully observation the election process. The security camera will be restricted to view only by Election officials.  Security breeches are not reported to the public. The new law removed many accounting and ballot disposition functions.

Election officials saying that they need extra ballots to duplicate soiled ballots that are rejected by the ballot scanner machine.  Senator Ted Ferrioli stated on the Senate Floor during the debate: There are a number of options for dealing with damaged ballots. The least desirable of which is to keep tens of thousands of unused ballots in the same buildings as ballots are being counted.  Why does the Senate feel a need to make election fraud much easier to accomplish?   The Senate Minority HB2199B brought a second option for the Senators to consider that required  a tally of all the various types of ballots in the control of the county clerks. The minority option failed.

HB2199A was passed along party lines Senate Democrat votes- Ayes:  Bates, Beyer, Burdick, Devlin, Dingelder, Edwards, Hass, Johnson, Monnes-Anderson, Monroe, Prozanski, Roblan, Rosenbaum, Shields, Steiner-Haysard, President Courtney.

Republicans voted for against it – Nays: Baertschiger, Boquist, Close, Ferrioli, George, Girod, Hansell, Knopp, Kruse, Olsen, Starr, Thomsen, Whitsett, Winters.

The electronic security of our elections could be compromised . It is vulnerable!  We will not know if and when this happens. The Oregon Election machine is well oiled, complete with tens of thousands of unused ballots on hand to correct any ‘mistakes’ that may occur during the elections process.  Is this any way to run a government?

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IRS: Illegal Alien Tax Fraud Encouraged

Illegal Aliens Take Advantage of Tax Loophole that Costs Taxpayers Billions

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

Eyewitness News of Indiana’s WTHR reveals a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to illegal aliens and people living in foreign countries.

The loophole is called the Additional Child Tax Credit. It’s a fully-refundable credit of up to $1000 per child, and it’s meant to help working families who have children living at home. Eyewitness News has found many undocumented workers are claiming the tax credit for kids who live in Mexico.

A longtime Indiana tax consultant, who remains anonymous for fear of reprisal, came to 13 Investigates to blow the whistle about this nationwide problem involving illegal aliens who are filing tax returns.

“We’re talking about a multi-billion dollar fraud scheme here that’s taking place and no one is talking about it,” tax preparer said.

The Internal Revenue Service says everyone who is employed in the United States, even those who are working here illegally, must report income and pay taxes. Because illegal aliens are not supposed to have a social security number, the IRS created the individual taxpayer identification number, ITIN. A 9-digit ITIN number issued by the IRS provides both resident and nonresident aliens with a unique identification number that allows them to file tax returns.

This ITIN number is backfiring in a big way. Each Spring, many illegal aliens are now eagerly filing tax returns to take advantage of the Additional Child Tax Credit using their ITIN numbers to get huge refunds from the IRS.

“We’ve seen sometimes 10 or 12 dependents, most times nieces and nephews, on these tax forms,” the whistleblower told Eyewitness News. “The more you put on there, the more you get back.”

The whistleblower has thousands of examples, and he brought some of them to 13 Investigates. The examples show that the tax filers had received large tax refunds after claiming additional child tax credits for many dependents.

WTHR spoke to several illegal aliens who confirmed it was easy to get the tax loophole credit.

One of the illegal aliens admitted his address was used this year to file tax returns by four other undocumented workers who don’t even live there. Those four workers claimed 20 children live inside the one residence and, as a result, the IRS sent the illegal immigrants tax refunds totaling $29,608.

13 Investigates asked the illegal alien why illegal aliens should receive tax credits for children living in a foreign country.

“If the opportunity is there and they can give it to me, why not take advantage of it?” the illegal alien responded.

Several of the illegal aliens told WTHR they were told it was legal for them to claim the tax credit for a child who does not live in the United States.

According to Russell George, the United States Department of Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS has known about this scheme for years.

“The magnitude of the problem has grown exponentially,” he said.

George has repeatedly warned the IRS that additional child tax credits are being abused by illegal aliens. In 2009, his office released an audit report that showed ITIN tax filers received about $1 billion in additional child tax credits. Last year, the inspector general released a new report showing the problem now costs American tax payers more than $4.2 billion.

What George finds even more troubling is the IRS has not taken action despite multiple warnings from the inspector general.

“Millions of people are seeking this tax credit who, we believe, are not entitled to it,” said the Inspector General. “We have made recommendations to the IRS as to how they could address this, and they have not taken sufficient action in our view to solve the problem.”

The IRS tells WTHR it can do nothing to change the current system unless it gets permission from Congress. In other words, according to the IRS, closing the loophole would require lawmakers to pass a new law specifically excluding illegal immigrants from claiming additional child tax credits.

Congressman Dan Burton (R-Ind.) is frustrated and ready to act.

Rep. Burton and dozens of other House Republicans have co-sponsored a bill that would essentially authorize additional child tax credits only for US citizens. House Resolution 1956 would require tax filers to provide a valid social security number to receive an additional child tax credit.

“This rampant abuse of hardworking taxpayer dollars is just wrong,” said Rep. Sam Johnson (R – Texas), who authored HR 1956. “It’s time we close this tax loophole and put a stop to the child tax credit sham.”

HR 1956 has sat idle in the House Ways and Means Committee for almost a year.

However, language from the bill is now included in a package of proposed budget savings measures that House lawmakers are expected to consider in May. While the budget package may have enough support to pass the House, it is expected to die a quick death in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

“This should not be a partisan issue because we’re all concerned about saving taxpayer dollars and not wasting them on fraudulent things like this,” said Rep. Burton.

It is not just Republicans who are concerned about the issues, Democrat Senators have taken action as well.

Last fall, Senator Claire McCaskill (D- Mo.) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman asking him to stop the agency’s payments of additional child tax credits to undocumented workers. “This is deeply problematic and must be remedied,” the senator wrote.

“I’m a taxpayer, and the thought of me paying for 24 people who are living in one trailer boggles my mind, especially when you tell me most of them are still living in Mexico. That’s unconscionable.” said Rep. Burton.

“It’s cheating the American taxpayer,” Burton said. “We all believe in humanity and humanitarianism, but we’ve got a $15 trillion national debt. We can’t subsidize the whole world.”

For more information on this story and to see what you can do about HR 1956, read WTHR.

Dispatch from an undercover global warming infiltrator – 54°40’ Or Fight!

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It is amazing to find the clumps of “Pop Scientists” when you “follow the money”. This insular group relies upon the government to fund their “careers” and the government relies upon their support as cover for government to further control citizens and find all manner of ways to expand the government class via regulation.

We have found our country in a very sad state of affairs where corruption has become almost institutionalized. In Socialist societies, the consolidation of central power guarantees corruption and the ruling class lords over the affairs of all who bear the high cost… and become beasts of burden for the political class.

Ha Ha Warmist Losers – For You, the War is Over « Accuracy In Media

One of my resolutions this year is to write as little as possible about global warming. Not only will it make my wife much happier but it will also free me up to talk about more important things such as monetary collapse, hyperinflation and the imminent end of Western civilisation. Oh and also there’s hardly much need for my input on climate change any more. That’s because, basically, my side has won.

Here’s how The Financial Times recently put it:

To the relief of many of the country’s biggest manufacturers and industries, there has been a distinct shift in the [UK] government’s tone on green issues. Even Steve Hilton, Mr Cameron’s chief policy adviser, and the man credited with coining the phrase “vote blue, go green”, appears to have had some serious second thoughts. “There is a clear disintegration of the green consensus,” says Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a critic of many climate policies. “We’re still at the stage of rhetoric rather than really strong rollback of policies, but it normally starts with the rhetoric before you start with policies.”

The more I learn about Steve Hilton, the more I like his style. Sure it’s a pity he didn’t see the light a bit earlier: before he staged that ruddy stupid husky photo op, say, and sent the Conservatives’ environmental policies in such a disastrous direction. Still, joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, and all that. And though it’s said that Hilton isn’t nearly as influential as he was in the early days (apparently he’s so sick of being dicked around by bolshie civil servants and of having to pretend that the dribbling Lib Dem loons in the cabinet are in any way to be taken seriously that he’s half tempted to opt out of politics altogether), he does still very much have Cameron’s ear. Perhaps, who knows, he might be able to talk some sense into it; maybe get Dave to understand that, no, Al Gore does not – as Cameron once notoriously put it – “really know his stuff about global warming.”

But I digress. As you’ll know by now, I’m not usually Mister Optimist. So what the hell am I doing crowing about victory in the climate wars when clearly there remains so much work to be done? We-e-ll: I think Benny Peiser nailed it in that quote above. Sure there are still heaps and heaps of really bad global-warming-related policies which remain on the statute books, notably such as the Climate Change Act in Britain, Julia Gillard’s carbon suicide tax in Australia, and all those swingeing environmental laws which are wreaking such economic havoc in greentard US states like California. As far as the battle of ideas is concerned, though, the Warmists are on the run. (By way of indication: do, please, linger awhile to cherish the stupidity, malignity and desperation of the comments from the Warmist trolls who fester beneath this blog. They’re bitter, hurt and angry, as of course, defeated armies always are. It’s a bit like what happens to Sauron’s orcish hordes after Gollum has chucked the ring into Mount Doom. Actually, not a bit like – exactly like.)

But again, I digress. Let me give you some reasons why I’m so bullish.

1. The Shale Gas miracle. I know I keep banging on about it but it cannot be stressed enough. It’s called the Shale Gas miracle because it’s so ruddy miraculous. What the world economy needs more than anything right now is cheap, abundant, accessible energy. Shale gas is it. I’d go so far as to say that it’s our single best hope of averting a new Great Depression. One of the key tenets of the green religion is that in order to preserve “scarce resources” for “future generations” we must reduce our consumption of fossil fuels (by, inter alia, artificially raising their prices) and forcing ourselves to use more expensive, inefficient renewables. The arrival of shale gas makes this argument much less persuasive. Hardcore greens may not see it, for their commitment to renewables is theological rather than practical. But everyone else will, and that’s what counts.

2. The collapse of renewables. Renewable energy – “pretend energy”, “faux energy” or “alternative-to-energy”, as it ought more properly to be known – is an economic, environmental and socio-political disaster. It ruins economies, destroys jobs, kills wildlife, uglifies the countryside. Some of us have been saying this for a very long time but for the message to get through to Joe Average you need something a bit more spectacular than a few snarky blog posts. Thankfully God – who hates renewables at least as much as he loathes Mother Gaia, but probably not quite as much as he despises Al Gore, is bored rigid by the Hon Sir Jonathon Porritt or is perpetually gobsmacked by George Monbiot – has come to our rescue. First He created the Solyndra disaster; then the BrightSource disaster; now, in His wisdom, it has been His pleasure to smite FirstSolar (sometimes billed as the world’s biggest solar company)(H/T Paul Chesser). Perhaps one shouldn’t gloat. No doubt it is a bad, sad thing when companies go under taking billions of taxpayer dollars with them. But that, in a way, is the point. The money our governments have poured into the renewable Ponzi scheme has been squandered – and seen to be squandered – on such an epic scale that even the most purblind, state-addicted, left-leaning voter can have failed to notice that something isn’t quite right here; that maybe next time it might be an idea to let the market pick energy winners rather than leave it to government, which patently hasn’t a clue.

3. We’re on the lying liars’ case. As we saw in Climategate and Climategate 2.0 the Warmist establishment – and that’s everyone from the climate “scientists” at the CRU to the IPCC to the Royal Society to the EPA to the entire Obama administration – is so slippery and devious it makes Wormtongue look purer than Sir Galahad. But these days they’re so discredited that their bluster, appeals to authority and outright lies just don’t seem to work any more. Take this brilliant analysis by Tim Worstall of some unutterable hogwash produced by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). They’re lying. He shows they’re lying.

Another sacred cow for the liberal/progressive/socialist continues a death spiral into oblivion. Once a lie is exposed, even the boosters for the lie begin to acknowledge the futility. It’s refreshing to see such foolish, purely political garbage become vilified.. casting a pall across the foundational tactics embraced by progressive ideology.

GOP Lawmakers Challenge White House On ‘Scientific Misconduct’ | Fox News

U.S. Senate – POLITICS

GOP Lawmakers Challenge White House on ‘Scientific Misconduct’

Published October 20, 2011

| FoxNews.com

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    ** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 file photo, John Holdren, professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, speaks at the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy presentations in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Several Republican lawmakers are challenging the Obama administration’s science czar over what they claim are repeat incidents of “scientific misconduct” among agencies, questioning whether officials who deal with everything from endangered species to nuclear waste are using “sound science.” 

The letter sent Wednesday to John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, cited four specific controversies in recent years where scientific findings were questioned. Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., rattled off a slew of questions on what they called “the apparent collapse in the quality of scientific work being conducted at our federal agencies.” 

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    Feb. 9, 2011: Sen. James Inhofe testifies on Capitol Hill.

“Specifically, we are concerned with data quality, integrity of methodologies and collection of information, agencies misrepresenting publicly the weight of scientific ‘facts,’ indefensible representations of scientific conclusions before our federal court system, and our fundamental notions of ‘sound’ science,” they wrote. “We identify in this letter important examples of agency scientific misconduct.”

Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey told FoxNews.com the issues in the letter had been on Republicans’ radar screen “for some time.” But he said the lawmakers decided to compile them and confront the administration about it out of concern that a “trend” was developing. 

“The concern is there’s a lot more there,” he said. 

White House representatives so far have not returned requests for comment on the letter. 

The Republicans’ letter cycles through several incidents the lawmakers claim to be troubling. 

One concerned the controversy over a temporary deepwater drilling moratorium was issued in May 2010. In the announcement, the Interior Department said the report’s recommendations had been “peer-reviewed” by experts with the National Academy of Engineering. But those experts later complained, saying the moratorium was not among their approved recommendations — this led to an apology from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Interior officials later told the inspector general’s office probing the incident they did not intend to imply those experts supported the drilling ban. 

The GOP lawmakers, though, said the incident shows “blatant political influence” in the decision making. 

The lawmakers also questioned an EPA assessment on the dangers posed by formaldehyde — the National Research Council earlier this year claimed the assessment did not adequately back up some of its claims, including claims that the chemical causes leukemia and respiratory tract cancers. 

In another case, the lawmakers highlighted the scolding a federal judge gave the Fish and Wildlife Service last month over testimony in defense of a plan to protect a tiny fish called delta smelt by diverting water in California away from farmland. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger said the testimony was “riddled with inconsistency.” 

In their letter, the lawmakers focused most on concerns about the 2009 decision to pull the plug on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada. The project years in the making faced heavy opposition in Nevada. 

Energy Secretary Steven Chu in 2009 said the project was simply not a “workable option.” In early 2010, the department withdrew its license application for the site, and moved instead to impanel a commission to look at alternative sites. A department filing at the time noted that scientific knowledge on nuclear waste had “advanced dramatically” in the 20 years since the project started. 

But the Government Accountability Office said in an April report the DOE did not cite “technical or safety issues” in its decision. 

“Amid uncertainty over whether it had the authority to terminate the Yucca Mountain repository program, DOE terminated the program without formally assessing the risks stemming from the shutdown, including the possibility that it might have to resume the repository effort,” the report said. 

A June report from Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee also said the panel could not find a “single document” to support claims that Yucca Mountain is unsafe for nuclear waste. 

Not all Republicans are united in backing the Yucca site, however. 

It’s a sensitive issue in Nevada, and at the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas Tuesday night top GOP candidates said the federal government should not be sticking Nevada with the waste. 

“The idea that 49 states can tell Nevada, ‘We want to give you our nuclear waste,’ doesn’t make a lot of sense,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said. 

For the incidents cited in the letter to Holdren, the lawmakers asked for more information about how the alleged missteps occurred and what the administration intends to do about them. 

Though Inhofe is best known on the scientific front for challenging climate change science and the regulations that emerge from it, the letter did not specifically address climate change. 

But in a separate letter, the Competitive Enterprise Institute on Tuesday sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Holdren’s office asking for records on coordination between his office and the United Nations climate change panel. 

In a statement, the group charged that a U.N. plan would “hide” online correspondence by using non-governmental accounts. CEI urged the White House to use official email channels.

This administration is filled, packed, and stacked with self described and avowed Socialists and even Marxists who use the cover of “science” to impose a system of job destroying regulation designed to crush American economic potential and ability to defend itself against the sinister hopes and aspirations of enemies within.