By James Bovard
James Bovard isn't any fan of massive govt within the US and lower than the Clinton-Gore management. In his new e-book, Bovard appears at Clinton and Gore's checklist on such abuses and absurdities as taxes, gun regulate, the Waco fiasco, AmeriCorps, and federal investment of each application from these facing catastrophe reduction to those who wear puppet exhibits in Northern California. He appears at Hillary Clinton's casual function within the govt, in addition to Newt Gingrich's negative stewardship of the Republican get together in its quest for a leaner federal govt. within the type that made Lost Rights a vintage, Bovard takes us on a sentimental trip throughout the final 8 years. it is a journey nobody probably want to omit.
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Five months later, the IRS returned about 75 percent of the merchandise it had seized. Ward complained: “They took almost $3,500 out of the stores’ cash registers and they gave us receipts for it—and they have never applied it to taxes or given it back to us. ”9 Thanks to the IRS’s actions and allegations, Ward lost her lease at one store. Ward wanted her day in court, but because her finances were exhausted by the initial seizure and struggle to get her business back on its feet, and because of statutory limitations on legal fees for winning parties, she could not afford to hire a lawyer until after the statute of limitations had expired for the wrongful seizure.
AmeriCorps is special because it is work that is “politically blessed”—work that has received the blessing of politicians—and thus is far more meaningful than mere private sector work—as if any work that is financed by coercion (tax payments) is more meaningful than work paid for voluntarily. Politicians exploit AmeriCorps to brandish their own image. Maryland lieutenant governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the sponsor of a law that imposed compulsory service on Maryland high school students, praised Clinton at the February 10, 1999, AmeriCorps pep rally: “You call out the best in our citizens.
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