Top Links: Cruz’s Abolish the IRS movement picks up new GOP supporter

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Sen. Ted Cruz has a new supporter in Congress for his suggestion we "abolish the IRS."
Sen. Ted Cruz has a new supporter in Congress for his suggestion we "abolish the IRS."
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Top story: The “Abolish the IRS” movement has a new GOP follower in its effort to lower taxes for the rich and kill health care reform for the poor and middle class.

  • Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana is the latest to announce he’s joined the “Abolish the IRS” movement. (Rep. Bill Cassidy)
  • Interestingly, this Twitter feed is affiliated with Rep. Cassidy’s recently announced 2014 Senate bid in Louisiana. So, apparently, he thinks this is what Big Easy voters want: less resources to deal with Katrina-sized issues. (Bill Cassidy U.S. Senate 2014)
  • In fact, you, too, can show your support for abolishing the IRS — just like Rep. Cassidy did — by voting here: (Abolish the IRS)
  • And while you’re there, look at the bottom of that page. Notice who’s paying the bills for this movement: The Senate Conservatives Fund. That’s the PAC founded by former senator — and professional thorn-in-the-side — Jim DeMint. (Open Secrets)
  • DeMint is helping to lead the fight against the IRS in order to get at Obamacare, as he told Fox News a week ago. (The Foundry)
  • In fact, that’s the exact same logic Rep. Cassidy used: “Since there’ll be no #IRS, any new entity won’t have mandate to enforce Obamacare.” (Rep. Bill Cassidy)
  • This really isn’t Cassidy’s or even DeMint’s baby, mind you. They’re more or less just jumping on a bandwagon Sen. Ted Cruz put in motion last week. (Breitbart)
  • But it’s not just an end to Obamacare that Cruz and the Far Right wants via its “Abolish the IRS” movement: It’s also a flat tax, which would drastically lower the tax bill for the richest Americans. (Ed Kilgore)
  • And by sheer coincidence, guess who’s recently cut a big paycheck for Rep. Bill Cassidy: The Koch Brothers. (The Times-Picayune)
  • So, now that you know what this is all about, Sen. Ted Cruz is asking people to tell him via Twitter what they think about abolishing the IRS. Seriously, tell him. (Senator Ted Cruz)

Top Links: Cruz’s Abolish the IRS movement picks up new GOP supporter

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