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Totalitarian “Synchronization” — Germany 1933 and USA 2010

Posted in Attack on Freedom, General, New World Order, News, Police State/Martial Law, Shadow Government, Stupid Government Tricks, Tyranny, Unconstitutional with tags , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by truthwillrise

Posted by sakerfa on January 12, 2010

The German National Socialists used the term Gleichschaltung to describe the “coordination” or “synchronization” of all government functions by centralizing power in the Chief Executive. This process was carried out through a series of executive decrees supposedly authorized by the 1933 Enabling Act, formally known as the “Law for Removing the Distress of People and Reich.”

The September 14, 2001 “Authorization for Use of Military Force” has served a similar function for both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. That measure has been invoked to justify the war in Iraq, the institutionalization of torture, the presidential designation of individuals as “unlawful enemy combatants,” the summary execution of suspected terrorists by means of unmanned Predator drones, and other tyrannical exercises of presidential “authority” in the context of the “war on terror.”

Yesterday (January 11), Barack Obama added another critical element to the architecture of wartime presidential dictatorship by signing an executive order establishing a “Council of Governors” for the supposed purpose of strengthening federal-state “partnership” in military and homeland security affairs.

The body would consist of a bipartisan panel of ten state governors who will “meet at the call” of various executive functionaries, including the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to assist the Supreme Leader carry out the “synchronization” — again, what the Nazis called Gleichschaltung — “and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States.”

According to an official White House press release, this new body will be invaluable in the effort to “relieve the distress of the people and Reich.” No, not really; the statement actually said that the Council “will provide an invaluable Senior Administration forum for exchanging views with State and local officials on strengthening our National resilience and the homeland defense and civil support challenges facing our Nation today and in the future.” Which, come to think of it, is pretty much the same thing.

Taken by itself, this executive order does little more than add another layer of bureaucracy dealing with the use of the National Guard. It should be remembered, however, that in 2006 Congress turned the National Guard into something akin to a Praetorian Guard to be used — whether at home or abroad — as the president desires. This helps explain an obvious and ominous change in the Guard’s definition of its mission and responsibilities, which include hands-on involvement in domestic law enforcement.

It’s also worth pointing out that this new Council represents yet another avenue through which the president can circumvent congressional resistance to military adventurism, in the highly unlikely event that such resistance were to coalesce.

While it’s true that Obama’s executive order will not immediately result in troops flooding our cities and detention camps springing from the soil, it represents a critical milestone on the road to undisguised dictatorship.

Source: LewRockwell

EDITORIAL: IRS to control your health care

Posted in Attack on Freedom, economic tyranny, International Bankers, New World Order, News, Police State/Martial Law, Shadow Government, Stupid Government Tricks, The Federal Reserve, Tyranny, Unconstitutional with tags , , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by truthwillrise

Obamacare gives tax agency broad new powers

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Congress is creeping closer to passing a government health care bill without telling taxpayers how they are going to pay for the crippling bureaucratic expansion. The reason Democrats are so secretive is that they are ramping up the power of the Internal Revenue Service to make Americans’ health care decisions for them.

A new report on the poor quality of service Americans receive from the IRS doesn’t augur well for the agency’s central role in government health care. With the April 15 tax day just three months away, the IRS already is warning tax filers that about three of every 10 taxpayers who phone the tax office “will likely be ignored this year.”

In its annual report to Congress, the IRS admitted that it is overwhelmed as more people are calling for help because of increasingly complex questions about the bewildering, nearly 70,000-page tax code. Twisted up in its own red tape, the IRS lamely admits that answering just 71 percent of those seeking help is a target for the agency. Efforts to improve performance will be considered a success so long as the IRS answers more calls than last year, when it picked up 64 percent of the time. One major problem with this measure is that the 64 percent figure is meaningless because it has no relationship to how many of the calls that were answered were done so correctly. Alas, taxpayers are still liable even if the IRS gives the wrong answer over the phone.

The House and Senate health care bills are more than 2,000 pages each, and both are chock-full of new regulations that further empower the IRS. So many new tax rules mean the tax system is about to get a lot more complicated, and the IRS is going to have to handle even more confused customers. In particular, the IRS will be involved in monitoring whether people have the “right level” of health insurance, which the bureaucracy will determine. Not even Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, can get an answer from the IRS about this mess. “Are they capable of doing it? How much more is it going to cost to do it? Do they know what the law requires?” the senator asked. “And we never got a concrete answer from the IRS.”

If the Obama administration can’t answer Mr. Grassley’s basic queries, there’s little chance the Democrats are capable of accurately answering – or even willing to address – the myriad other questions about the implications of the IRS’ expanded role in the government health care bill. At least two fundamental concerns demand attention but are being ignored because Democrats know their plans would be undermined if they were honest about the issues. The simple questions are: Do Americans really want the IRS even more deeply involved in their lives? Do Americans really want to do battle with the IRS each year on yet another front? The answer to both is clearly no.

Taxpayers should all be afraid of the fact that the Obama administration and the IRS refuse to answer the most basic questions about the tax agency’s proposed new powers over individual health care. Democrats are secretive because the truth is going to hurt.