Paul L. Caron

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 570

IRS Logo 2Breitbart:  Obama: Not Legitimate for Future Presidents to Lower Taxes via Executive Action:

After unilaterally granting temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants last week, President Barack Obama said it would not be legitimate for a future president to unilaterally lower tax rates. 

When asked on ABC's This Week if his successor could unilaterally act to lower taxes if Congress does not, Obama replied, "absolutely not."

Obama, despite the IRS's targeting of conservative and Tea Party organizations, also said that his administration only audits "folks who are most likely to be cheating" and said that even though the IRS does not "audit every single person... we still expect that people are going to go ahead and follow the law."

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jmod46: 1. So far, the Obama Administration has deported more illegals than any previous administration since the Hoover Administration. 2. Obama's OLC drew a careful line at parents of "Dreamers." So I think your limb is breaking.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 1, 2014 8:24:48 AM

Publius Novus:

I agree the analogy is not perfect.

But here's a thought experiment. If Congress had provided funds to deport 4 million illegals a year, would Obama have complied with the law? I'm going out on a limb and guessing "no".

Posted by: jmod46 | Nov 30, 2014 1:13:15 PM

Let us hope Obama doesn't evolve enough in the next two years that he decides he can implement new tax increases. If he does, then we can expect the Left wing media to cover for him as they are now with his EO/memo "legislating" amnesty. I love it when he went off his teleprompter in Chicago and admitted that "I changed the law."

Posted by: JoyO | Nov 30, 2014 10:54:46 AM

Not a very good analogy. A better one would go like this: If Congress provided only enough money to collect 20% of the taxes levied by law, could the President decide how to allocate the tax collection agency's assessment and collection efforts? The answer would be of course, the President can use executive authority to allocate scarce resources to best accomplish the purposes of the statute. And that is what the President has done with immigration. Congress has provided funding to deport about 400,000 illegals per year. The President has decided to use those (very) insufficient funds to deport criminals and other miscreants, while providing relief to the vast majority of illegals for which no deportation has been funded.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 30, 2014 8:34:24 AM