At a Capitol Hill hearing today, IRS commissioner Steven Miller said a bigger budget would be helpful:
A congressman asked, "What do you need to make it so that this wouldn't have happened?"
"So there are two things, sir," said Miller. "And I appreciate the kind words for our people because we are incredibly hard working and honest group, frankly, and that seems to be forgotten in all of this. With respect to political activity, it would be a wonderful thing to get better rules, to get more clear rules. And in terms of our ability to get to this work it would be good to have a little budget that would allow us to get more than the number of people we have to do 70,000 applications and to do our job and looking at whether an organization is tax exempt or not."
The world continues to experience much turmoil and angst over the possible proliferation of nuclear arms, particularly relative to North Korea, Iran, and even Russia. Just today comes word that North Korea made its most provocative statement yet, threatening a preemptive nuclear strike on the United States.
With the quiet announcement that the United States is earmarking $50 million from the defense budget immediately for France and Niger, two countries in the forefront of the battle for Mali against Islamist hordes and Tuareg secessionists, the Obama administration appears to be indicating that it views with a jaundiced eye the potential of our enemies to burst out of the Sahara, cross the Niger river, and wreak havoc throughout the Sahel and beyond.
Just before Hillary Clinton testified on Capitol Hill about the terror attack in Benghazi, her 2008 presidential campaign filed paperwork revealing that millions of dollars worth of debt had finally been repaid.
President Barack Obama has signed a law that will allow cash prizes to be offered for information leading to the arrest of some foreign criminals, the White House announced. The law is officially called the "Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012."
President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year.
Household debt jumped once again to $2.7 trillion, according to the New York Fed. "[T]he Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that in the third quarter, non-real estate household debt jumped 2.3 percent to $2.7 trillion," reports the fed. "The increase was due to a boost in student loans ($42 billion), auto loans ($18 billion) and credit card balances ($2 billion)."
President Barack Obama is reportedly considering the use of the corporate cash to help pay for inauguration. The thinking is, after a long and very expensive presidential campaign, donors might be too spent to pick up the tab.