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Splitting Apart: Biden Betrays Pelosi, Admits to Manchin the Vile IRS Plan Is ‘Screwed Up’ – Report

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When even President Joe Biden seems to think a way to raise tax revenue through the IRS is “screwed up,” it’s got to be pretty bad.

And yet, it was supposed to be one of the cornerstone elements of how the Democrats were going to pay for their massive $3.5 trillion spending bill. Purportedly to catch tax cheats who were trying to scuttle away money in various bank accounts to in order to underpay taxes, the bill would require banks to report inflows and outflows of all accounts with a certain amount of activity each year.

The number was originally $600 — something that could affect virtually every American. After an outcry, Democrats raised the limit to $10,000 in aggregate transactions before an account must be reported.

On Sept. 16, Biden praised the provision in a speech, according to Fox Business.

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“It would ask just for two pieces of information from the banks of these folks — the amounts that come into their bank accounts and the amounts that go out of their bank accounts,” Biden said, adding it was so people would “pay what they owe, what the existing tax code calls for.”

According to West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin — an ardent opponent of the provision and a vote the Democrats will need if the spending bill stands any chance of getting through the Senate — the president appears to be backing away from that position.

“The president and I had this conversation, I said, ‘Mister President, I don’t know who put this out, but that’s screwed up,'” Manchin said about the proposal during a Tuesday interview with David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., according to ABC News.

“Do you understand how messed up that is?” Manchin said he told Biden. “This cannot happen. It’s screwed up.”

“[Biden] says, ‘I think Joe [Manchin] is right on that,'” Manchin said. “So, I think that one’s going to be gone.”



Manchin also agreed raising the reporting threshold wasn’t going to solve any problems.

“Even if it’s $10,000 that’s only $800, $900 a [month],” Manchin said, according to the Daily Mail.

Manchin would later confirm there was no reporting threshold he would find supportable.

Granted, this is just based on a report about what Biden privately said to Manchin. The problem is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when last we checked, still insisted the reporting requirement was staying in the spending bill, which originated in her House of Representatives.

During a media briefing on Oct. 12, a reporter said “Americans are starting to be worried about this” provision and asked whether “giving the IRS more money to crack down on unpaid taxes is going to stay in the reconciliation bill?”

When Pelosi answered affirmatively, the reporter then asked what the speaker would say to concerned Americans.

“Yes. Well, I mean, with all due respect, the plural of ‘anecdote’ is not ‘data.’ I’ve said that before here,” Pelosi said, according to a transcript.

“Yes, there are concerns that some people have. But if people are breaking the law and not paying their taxes, one way to track them is through the banking measure. I think $600 — but that’s a negotiation that will go on as to what the amount is. But, yes.”

The plural of anecdote may not be data, no. However, a plural could cover any number of anecdotes from two to infinity — and once it gets high enough, yes, that becomes data.

Plus, Pelosi and the Democrats fail to realize they shouldn’t just be worried about plurals.

In the Senate, one Democratic vote lost — that’s in the singular — and the budget won’t pass no matter what size it ends up being. Remember, the Senate stands tied at 50 votes apiece. Even though the budget can pass on reconciliation, meaning it’s not subject to the filibuster, one Democratic “no” vote blows the whole thing up.

The party is splitting apart on this one, and it appears the reporting contingent is likely to be on the losing end.

Politico reported one of the biggest proponents of the reporting requirement, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, continued to promise “strong” tax enforcement in the spending bill after being appraised of Manchin’s comments. However, a promise that the reporting requirement would stay in the legislation was notably absent.

“We are going to have a strong provision to ensure that we have real tax enforcement,” Wyden, who is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said. “We’ve got a lot of wealthy tax cheats.”

The way to go after that, however, is not to allow the federal government to peek into the everyday finances of average Americans, people who are far from the ultra-wealthy tax scofflaws the Democrats are promising to target.

It is, in a phrase, “screwed up.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Stranger Saves Teen Hit by Car, Then Disappears After Rescue

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Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down.

As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out.

Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference.

The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart.



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“Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD.

Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury.

For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover.

“We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.”

Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made.

After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life.

“The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that assisted at the accident with the CPR, she always had air to her brain and for that main reason, they saved her life,” Torres explained.

“I just like felt, like happy, just the fact that someone had that kindness in their heart to help me was nice,” Irigoyen added. “I just want to say how grateful I am … that they helped me and that I’m alive now because of them.”



The man is believed to be a dental surgeon, according to KGTV, though he has not yet been identified or stepped forward.

“I think they’re angels,” a teary Torres told KGTV. “God put them there for a reason … I think it’s a great time to find them, and tell them what a great thing they did … What they did was just amazing.”

“They saved me!” said Irigoyen. “They’re the reason I’m here right now … I would just hug them. No words to express how thankful I am.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down. As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out. Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference. The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart. “Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD. Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury. For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover. “We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.” Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made. After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life. “The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that…

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Brian Laundrie’s Parents Flee Florida Home as ‘For Sale’ Sign Appears Outside

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Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple.

Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post.

The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself.

Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October.

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Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head.

As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death.

The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock.

No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month.

According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on.

“Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported.

The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was talking with law enforcement in November, WFLA-TV reported.

Still, there is no indication as of now that the parents will have charges against them.

If the couple decides to leave their home, they might want to consider changing their names and buying fake mustaches to protect their identity.

Based on the attitude of their current neighbors, it would not be surprising if they were met with hostility wherever they choose to move.

For now, the toughest task will be finding a new owner for the property, which has now become a symbol for one of the most highly followed crime stories of the century.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple. Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post. The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself. Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October. Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head. As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death. The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock. No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month. According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on. “Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported. The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was…

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