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Obama Sneaks Out Executive Actions On Busy Day

From an amused Politico:

With Syria looming, the White House has a busy news day

By REID J. EPSTEIN | August 29, 2013

The White House isn’t saying reporters shouldn’t be following the Syria news, but it made sure there were plenty of other developments to cover Thursday.

Facing a flood of tough headlines over its Syria policy, the White House chose Thursday as the ideal day to release major new policies on guns, gays and marijuana — three areas sure to excite President Barack Obama’s Democratic base…

Not to mention the quiet release of three more notorious terrorists from Guantanamo.

A senior administration official said the busy news day is a coincidence.

It is not, the official said, an intentional effort from the White House to distract attention away from Syria and the mounting opposition among lawmakers to using military force against President Bashar Assad without congressional approval

No, it’s an attempt to sneak out four more highly unpopular ‘executive actions’ while everyone is being distracted by Obama’s ‘wagyu the dog’ threats against Syria and Congress is out of town. After all, this is the most transparent administration in our nation’s history.

Here is the joyous tidings on the DOJ’s decision to not enforce federal drug laws, via the Daily Caller:

DOJ to states with legal pot: Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

By Greg Campbell | August 29, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice is taking a hands-off approach to laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize the possession, cultivation and regulated sale of marijuana. But the agency warned it would enforce federal laws prohibiting marijuana if the drug isn’t rigorously regulated by the states.

“For states such as Colorado and Washington that have enacted laws to authorize the production, distribution and possession of marijuana, the Department expects these states to establish strict regulatory schemes that protect the eight federal interests identified in the Department’s guidance,” according to a press release posted on the agency’s website Thursday…

The eight “federal interests” are outlined in a guidance memo sent by Deputy Attorney General James Cole to all U.S. Attorneys. They include keeping pot away from minors, preventing revenue from going to drug cartels and gangs, preventing smuggling to non-legalized states and preventing pot use or possession on federal property, among other priorities…

Does that mean you will have to provide a photo ID to buy pot? Even the poor and minorities? But, more importantly, some of that revenue better find its way back to DC.

But speaking of Eric Holder, remember how the DOJ sued AZ because, as Mr. Holder said, we ‘can’t have a patchwork of immigration laws’? (Even though AZ’s law was really just insisting on the enforcement of federal law. But a patchwork of pot laws is fine.

Meanwhile, here are the joyful tidings on the retroactive marriage federal tax benefits for gays, via Reuters:

Married gay couples win U.S. marriage tax benefits nationwide

By Kevin Drawbaugh and Kim Dixon | August 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All legally wed gay couples, no matter which state they live in, are entitled to the same U.S. federal tax benefits as married heterosexual couples, the Obama administration said on Thursday.

So gay couples didn’t ‘win’ anything. Obama gave them this via yet another (ahem) backdoor ‘executive action.’

The U.S. Treasury ruling, following a landmark Supreme Court decision in June, means that whether a married gay couple lives in New York, which recognizes gay marriage, or Oklahoma, which does not, federal tax benefits and responsibilities apply…

Just as we predicted would happen. After all, what say do the states have in determining what constitutes a marriage? (Except that by law states are supposed to decide what constitutes a legal marriage.)

APPLIES RETROACTIVELY

Under the ruling, effective September 16, gay married couples may file amended tax returns to change their filing status going back to tax years 2010, 2011 and 2012 to seek possible tax refunds, the Treasury Department said in a statement…

And the legal basis for this is what? (Hint: There is none. But it is yet another way to give gays more of the US taxpayers’ dollars to reward them for their loyalty to the Democrat Party.)

An anti-gay marriage group denounced the ruling.

"The Obama administration is intent on forcing same-sex ‘marriage’ on an unwilling public," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage…

Burn the intolerant bastard!

While the ruling brings clarity to federal tax returns, it could cause confusion for state returns filed by gay married couples in states that do not recognize their marriages.

In 24 of the states that do not recognize gay marriage, the law requires taxpayers to refer to federal tax returns, setting up a clash between state and federal authorities, the Tax Foundation, a conservative leaning think tank said in a report.

"Today’s ruling will likely create administrative headaches for state taxing authorities in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages, because most state income tax regimes begin with federal taxable income as the starting point," Marvin Kirsner, a tax attorney at Greenberg Traurig, wrote in an email…

Don’t worry. The states won’t be able to say ‘boo’ without being accused of bigotry.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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