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To: unclewest who wrote (485641)5/4/2012 7:13:49 AM
From: Nadine Carroll
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Therefore, if SCOTUS rules in favor of the US Constitution, Obama & Co will begin its campaign to either destroy Medicare or make those on it suffer greatly.

An obvious bluff. It's an election year. The elderly vote. If he thinks by disrupting Medicare, he can get everybody to blame the Court for overturning his unconstitutional legislation, instead of blaming him for promoting unconstitutional legislation, he can think again. Really, Romney can only hope he tries something this stupid.

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To: LindyBill who wrote (485635)5/4/2012 7:15:01 AM
From: unclewest
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Part 2

INDIANAPOLIS - Congressman Dan Burton (R – Ind) is frustrated – very frustrated – after learning the details of an Eyewitness News investigation.

"Why in the world are we doing this?" he asked. "Are you kidding me? The cost to the American tax payer is huge!"

The veteran lawmaker is responding to what 13 Investigates discovered all across Indiana: illegal immigrants getting big tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service thanks to a loophole in federal law.

MORE: Tax loophole costs billions

The loophole allows undocumented workers to collect what's called an additional child tax credit. The credit – up to $1,000 per child – can be claimed even by families who pay nothing in taxes, in many cases resulting in a cash payment from the IRS. It is intended for working families with children who live in the same home.

But a local tax preparer came to Eyewitness News to blow the whistle on millions of people who, he believes, are taking advantage of the system. He says many illegal immigrants are claiming the tax credit for children who've never lived in this country, and he showed 13 Investigates dozens of redacted tax returns to prove his point.

"There is not a doubt in my mind there is huge fraud taking place here," said the whistleblower, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal. "I can bring out stacks and stacks. It's just so easy it's ridiculous."

Exposing the loophole

An undocumented worker in southern Indiana told 13 Investigates just how easy it truly is.

He said four other illegal immigrants file tax returns using his address, even though none of them actually lives there. And he said this year, those four workers filed tax returns claiming 20 children live inside his small trailer home. As a result, the IRS sent the illegal immigrants tax refunds totaling more than $29,000.

But none of the 20 children listed as dependents on the tax returns lives in Indiana – or even in the United States.

"No, they don't live here," admitted the undocumented worker, who lives with his young daughter. "The other kids are in their country of origin, which is Mexico."

The IRS granted tax credits for the 20 children anyway, even though the agency's own policy states they are not eligible. (Children are eligible for additional child tax credits only if they are US citizens or minor resident aliens who live in the US with a tax filer for more than half of a calendar year.)

According to WTHR's whistleblower, cases like this one are commonplace because the IRS does little to verify the eligibility of both the undocumented workers filing for additional child tax credits and the dependents listed on their tax returns.

13 Investigates has confirmed it's a growing problem. It's nationwide. And it's out of control.

Billions already paid

Eyewitness News obtained US Treasury Department audit reports that show illegal immigrants now get additional child tax credits totaling $4.2 billion dollars each year. The department's Inspector General for Tax Administrationhas repeatedly warned the IRS that undocumented workers are abusing the additional child tax credit.

"Millions of people are seeking this credit who, we believe, are not entitled to it," said inspector general Russell George. "We have made recommendations to [IRS] as to how they could address this and they have not taken sufficient action in our view to solve the problem. It's very troubling."

Why has the IRS done nothing?

Despite phone calls, emails, even a visit to IRS headquarters in Washington to get answers, no one at the IRS would meet with WTHR.

The agency instead sent 13 Investigates a short statement (see below) saying it is following the law, and current tax law does not prevent undocumented workers from getting additional child tax credits. The IRS claims it can't change that without a new law.

Rep. Burton and other lawmakers are now ready to act.

Lawmakers looking for a fix

"We've got to deal with it," he said. "I knew this was a problem, but until hearing what you found, I didn't know it was this severe."

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 1956would require tax filers to provide a valid social security number to receive an additional child tax credit.

The IRS provides illegal immigrants with an ITIN (individual taxpayer identification number) so they can file tax returns, but most undocumented workers are not eligible to receive a social security number.

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. "But I don't think Democrats want to deal with this with right now."

Not all Democrats are opposed to limiting additional child tax credits to US citizens.

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.

But few other Democratic lawmakers have voiced support for eliminating the child tax credits for undocumented workers.

Republicans plan to keep pushing the issue forward.

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

Rep. Burton agrees.

"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." he said.

"Who's going to help?"

Many undocumented workers see the issue very differently.

"It's not taking advantage. I'm very thankful to this country for the help it gives me," said an illegal immigrant in central Indiana, who decided to talk with 13 Investigates as long as we agreed not to reveal his identity.

The worker has lived in the United States for 14 years. He owns a home in Indiana, pays taxes and is raising three children who are all honor roll students. This year, he received a $9,000 tax refund that includes additional child tax credits – not only for his children who live in Indiana, but also for four nieces and nephews in Mexico.

The tax credits help him care for his young family members south of the border, and he says attempts by Congress to revoke the credits could have dire consequences.

"Who's going to help them if they're not eligible ... to avoid them ending up in the drug mafia, begging in the street, being raped? What happens when they get sick?" he asked. "There's a lot of things that could happen to them if you don't help … When you come here [to the United States], to your family down there, you are their hope."

Taking additional child tax credits away from undocumented workers would also have an impact on millions of children legally living in this country. Children of illegal immigrants who are born in the US are legal US citizens and, in many cases, those children would no longer be eligible to receive the tax credits under proposals like HR 1956.

But the inspector general insists refundable tax credits were never intended for illegal immigrants – let alone people who've never stepped foot in the United States.

"It's being abused by people who are not entitled to use it, and that's problematic," George told Eyewitness News.

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

What can you do?

Congress may be voting on a budget measure in the coming weeks, and a budget reconciliation package now being considered in the House of Representatives contains language that would limit additional child tax credits to US citizens with a valid social security number. If you feel strongly about this issue – one way or another – now is a good time to let your lawmakers know.

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To: Nadine Carroll who wrote (485642)5/4/2012 7:17:01 AM
From: Nadine Carroll
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In one respect, Maraniss’s account of Obama is endearing. He describes how Obama became a community organizer; one problem was that he wasn’t quite sure what a community organizer does

That's why Obama attended the Socialist Scholars Conference in 1983, to find out what a community organizer does.

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To: Nadine Carroll who wrote (485640)5/4/2012 8:33:56 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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White House Pressed on Human Rights Record

Fox News’ Ed Henry: “Because when you say, if there are concerns to be raised, Mr. Chen told the Daily Beast, I believe, that his wife tells him that she was tied to a chair, beaten, and interrogated by Chinese guards after they found out that he had turned up at the U.S. Embassy. So how can you possibly believe that the Chinese government can be trusted to really let him reunify with his family, if his wife was beaten?”

WH Spokesman Jay Carney: “Ed, let me just again, first of all, refer you to the State Department for, because this is an issue that they handle, for details, hold on –”

Henry: “About human rights, that really matters to him. You can’t just keep saying the State Department, the President said –”

Carney: “I think I’ve said a great deal more than that.” (Jay Carney, White House Press Briefing, Washington, DC, 5/3/12)
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Obama’s Policies Leave Human Rights Activists Wondering Whose Side Obama Is On

Obama Accused Of Sacrificing U.S. Principles Of Freedom To Achieve Other Objectives. “But critics on the left and right have accused the president of sacrificing some of the U.S. principles he has publicly celebrated on behalf of a diplomacy that administration officials often describe as willing to accept progress if a perfect outcome is not possible.” (Scott Wilson, “Shared Interests Define Obama's World,” The Washington Post, 11/2/09)

In 2009, Secretary Clinton Said Human Rights “Can’t Interfere” With More Pressing Issues That Needed Chinese Cooperation. SEC. CLINTON: “But successive administrations and Chinese governments have been poised back and forth on these issues, and we have to continue to press them. But our pressing on those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis. We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation on each of those.” (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Roundtable With Traveling Press, Seoul, South Korea, 2/20/09)

When The Dalai Lama Visited The White House, He Was Asked To Exit Through A Service Door In A Failed Attempt To Hide His Visit From China. NBC’S BRIAN WILLIAMS: “How do you ask the Dalai Lama to leave the White House if you're trying to keep his visit from becoming too public? Well, judging from the trash bags that he had to walk around, the Obama White House had him exit through a door seldom used by anybody but household staff. It's where the West Wing meets the main residence. China, however, did notice the visit and called in the US ambassador to China today to protest.” (NBC Nightly News, 2/19/10)

With The Death Toll Climbing In Syria, Obama Policy Of “Leading From Behind” Is “Heightening Suspicions That America Is Not Serious About Supporting The Protests.” “Washington has instead continued to pursue a strategy of ‘leading from behind.’ It does so in part out of a belief that a more gung-ho approach may in fact deflect from efforts by members of the opposition' and paint them as the West's stooges, as the government has claimed. But as the killings mount, this policy is merely heightening suspicions that America is not serious about supporting the protests and preparing for a post-Assad Syria.” (Salman Shaikh, Op-Ed, “Preventing A Syrian Civil War,” The New York Times, 10/12/11)

Obama Claimed He Would “Bear Witness” To The Iranian’s Struggle For Justice. “We call for the immediate release of all who have been unjustly detained within Iran. We will continue to bear witness to the extraordinary events that are taking place there. And I'm confident that history will be on the side of those who seek justice.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On Improving Homeland Security, Kaneohe, HI, 12/28/09)

But Obama’s Response To The “Green Revolution” Protests In Iran Was “Strained” In An Attempt To Maintain A Dialogue With The Iranian Government. “The result has been a gradually evolving message that at times has seemed strained, drawing some of the harshest criticism, especially from conservatives, since he took office. … During a Democratic presidential debate at the Citadel, Mr. Obama and the other candidates were asked if, during their first year as president, they would be willing to meet without preconditions with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea. ‘I would,’ Mr. Obama replied.” (Helene Cooper, “Bit By Careful Bit, Obama Toughens Stance On Iran,” The New York Times, 6/24/09)

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (485647)5/4/2012 8:46:30 AM
From: DMaA
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Can the President take time out from campaigning to make a comment about the Russian threat to destroy our missile defenses? After all it would be an overt act of war.

And why are the Russians so concerned about our ability to knock down attacking missiles? They'd start WWIII ( or are we up to WWIV?) to prevent us from defending ourselves?

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To: LindyBill who wrote (485588)5/4/2012 9:00:03 AM
From: D. Long
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Don't get a Puerto Rican started on Dominicans! Whew! Call the KKK.

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To: Nadine Carroll who wrote (485640)5/4/2012 9:02:25 AM
From: Bill
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The name "Julia" was poll tested as ethnically neutral, omni-racial and ageless.

These propagandists are pros.


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To: aladin who wrote (485601)5/4/2012 9:05:07 AM
From: D. Long
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If there was a man in the White House this would meet with a private phone call to Putin telling him that any attack on NATO missile bases would result in nuclear retaliation that would bounce the rubble in Moscow.

Russia hasn't been able to get an ICBM in the air in a public test in a decade.

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To: unclewest who wrote (485645)5/4/2012 9:10:56 AM
From: Logain Ablar
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Hi unclewest:

As a licensed CPA I can tell you the tax preparer is at fault here as it is part of his responsibility to verify the children qualify as dependents.

I'm not saying every CPA is picking this up but knowing what I charge most CPA's would not be doing these returns. A CPA is typicallyrequired to take 40 hours of contining education each and every year to keep their license (although none of the credits need to be in taxes, I normally have 8 to 16 in taxes). I say typically as it is a state requirement and most states have the 40 hrs.

Time for the flat tax.

Tim

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To: DMaA who wrote (485648)5/4/2012 9:21:28 AM
From: D. Long
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And why are the Russians so concerned about our ability to knock down attacking missiles?

Because it totally negates the entire basis of their geopolitical power.

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