What a novel idea! Who'd a thunk it?
Members of Congress who have called on the administration to change course on the controversial jailing of two U.S. Border Patrol agents for shooting a suspected Mexican drug smuggler are trying a new approach. Now lawmakers want to exert the only explicit power they have in a criminal justice case - money.... Two bills were later introduced in the House - one calling on President Bush to pardon to the two agents and the other to vacate the federal court's conviction. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) has signed on to both proposals but knows the power of Congress is limited in vacating a court ruling, given the constitutional separation of powers. "There are constitutional issues with that," Poe told Cybercast News Service Friday. "We do have the power of the purse. We can prohibit funds for the incarceration of the two border agents.Who does Rep. Poe think he is? What if taxpayers decided to do the same thing? They don't think it's right for two border patrol agents to be imprisoned so they'll just not pay for it. I don't think it's right for the US military to be in Iraq and Afghanistan. Government taxing and spending is blasphemous to the laissez-faire policies of the constitutional founders. Suppose I not pay any for it?
They are supposedly limited by constitutional separation of powers. We have just the power of the vote. Oh yeah, that'll teach 'em.
What happens when the jack-booted thugs of government don't get all their due?...
Grammy-winning trumpeter Phil Driscoll was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison for using his gospel music ministry in an income-tax evasion scheme. "I never took a dollar that I didn't sign for," Driscoll said. "The purpose of my life was the gift that God gave me." Last June, a jury found Driscoll, 58, guilty on charges of conspiracy and tax evasion from 1996 through 1999. The indictment accused Driscoll and his wife, Lynne, of scheming with Lynne Driscoll's mother, bookkeeper Chris Blankenship, to avoid reporting personal income totaling more than $1 million. An IRS agent testified at the trial that Driscoll and his wife improperly used his Mighty Horn Ministries to shield the money and evade $128,627 in taxes.And some say slavery ended in the 19th century.