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By Tammy Bruce
Only IRS employees could expect rewards for failing to pay their taxes
Topic - Hans A. Von Spakovsky
C. Boyden Gray has seen the filibuster fight from both sides, serving as chief cheerleader for President George W. Bush's judicial nominations when they were being blocked by Democrats, and then watching Democrats block his own nomination when Mr. Bush tapped him to be an ambassador.
America's loose "honor system" in voting is no longer viable, assuming it ever was. For decades we joked about the cemetery precincts in Chicago and elsewhere, and how statewide elections in Illinois were basically a battle between the elder Mayor Richard Daley, a Democrat, and the downstate Republicans as to who could do the best job of fictionalizing the vote count. But they were seen as anomalies.
Though he opted out of the public financing system in 2008 to run the most expensive presidential campaign in history, President Obama on Tuesday said he opposes House Republicans' effort to do away with the taxpayer-financed system altogether.
The Republican National Committee failed to report more than $7 million in debt to the Federal Election Commission in recent months - a move that made its bottom line appear healthier than it is heading into the midterm elections and that also raises the prospect of a hefty fine.
Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign yesterday scolded reporters for their coverage of his ongoing dispute with the Federal Election Commission, saying they were taken in by Democrats' spin and that the campaign is in no danger.
The Federal Election Commission, in the midst of what is shaping up to be the most expensive presidential campaign in history, cannot begin new investigations or file lawsuits because four spots on the six-member board are vacant.
Hans von Spakovsky, an embattled Republican nominee to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), yesterday told a Senate panel that his support of laws requiring voters to show photo identification and other election safeguards are being misconstrued as plots to disenfranchise black Democratic voters.
"When Lerner gave a lengthy interview to the government, she waived the Fifth. There's no doubt about it," Mr. Von Spakovsky said. "The law is crystal clear here in the District of Columbia. That means when she showed up March 5, she was obligated to provide the same information."
Hans A. Von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said courts in Washington have decided that someone can't pick and choose whom they waive their Fifth Amendment rights to, and whom they choose to speak to.