What Obama wrought

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on February 14, 2015

It was never really up for debate that President Obama's immigration executive orders turning "prosecutorial discretion" into amnesty for 5 million illegal aliens was unconstitutional. After all, Obama himself said for several years that he couldn't do what he just did because he lacked the power. He said it in public. More than 20 times.

His newly nominated lackey to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, demonstrated that the law and the constitution should be no impediment preferred political outcomes at her Senate confirmation hearing when asked by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) whether using similar logic (i.e. I've been asking for this for years, and so I can do it alone because Congress hasn't done what I've asked) a GOP president could refuse to enforce certain tax laws that he opposes.

We've got a constitution and a government designed to ensure a measure of transparency and for things to work a certain way so that citizens (not subjects) can vote for people who will pursue their desired policies in an effective manner.

Sen. Harry Reid's four years of obstructionism in the Senate violated that precept. The Democrats' passage of Obamacare using bald-faced lies (if you like your doctor, health plan, you can keep it) and their dishonest claim that the insurance tax was not a tax but a penalty (aided by a complicit media) violated that precept.

Obama's immigration amnesty is having similar effects.

At a hearing this past week before Congress, IRS chief stonewaller (and the man solely responsible for this) revealed that as part of Obama's plan to give social security numbers to illegal immigrants this would result in the IRS allowing those illegal immigrants to receive free taxpayer money in the form of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

He also clarified his testimony to the Senate last week, where he acknowledged illegal immigrants who had paid taxes using substitute Social Security numbers but who gain real Social Security numbers when they are approved for the amnesty can apply for back-refunds of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

On Wednesday, he said even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to apply for back-credits once they get Social Security numbers.

The EITC is a refundable tax credit, which means those who don’t have any tax liability can still get money back from the government.

“Under the new program, if you get a Social Security number and you work, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Mr. Koskinen said.

He said that would apply even “if you did not file” taxes, as long as the illegal immigrant could demonstrate having worked off-the-books during those years.

And here's the kicker:

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, the South Carolina Republican who grilled Mr. Koskinen on the tax credits, said he was stunned the White House never checked with the IRS on the tax implications of its move.

“That’s just outrageous,” he said. “If Congress had passed a law doing exactly what the president did, we would have had not only an estimate of the costs, but we would have also been required to propose ways to pay for the programs. This is just another example of the administration operating outside the rule of law.”

Mr. Koskinen said he didn’t know how much money the tax refunds would cost, and said the White House never checked with him before announcing the amnesty. He said the maximum annual credit is between $500 and $600 for an individual.

A program designed to help low-income, working Americans will now—at best—be a massive wealth transfer to people who came to this country illegally. At worst, this is another situation ripe for fraud costing Americans billions.

But all of this is really a sideshow—albeit an expensive one.

The real goal is this one:

President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.

While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.

Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.

It turns out the coming Democratic majority was built the way a lot of the old Democratic majorities were—through voter fraud.

Your tax dollars at work.


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