“The speaker for the evening will be David Dougherty, an author, radio talk show host, expert on survival, college professor and retired Army colonel. Dougherty is the owner founder of SurviveUSA of Calico Rock, Arkansas, the region’s first preparedness store. He is the author of several books including A Patriot’s History Reader: Essential Documents for Every American; A Patriot’s History of the Modern World: Vol I: From America’s Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb 1898 – 1945; A Patriot’s History of the Modern World, Vol II: From the Cold War to the Age of Entitlement 1945 – 2012; The Politically Incorrect Guide to the American Revolution (with Larry Schweikart, and several other works of fiction and nonfiction. He will discuss his most recent book, Starve the Beast! How Ordinary Americans Can Take Back Their Country. He has also ghost written for Glenn Beck”.
“This is an organization concerned with protection of private property rights. The group believes that without protections of private property rights nothing else is secure. The right to own and reasonably use private property is a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution, differentiating our country from others around the world. As John Adams, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers and our second president, said: ‘The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”
There is a pretty detailed article, which I have excerpted and linked below, explaining the ins and outs of the IRS not enforcing the mandate on Obamacare.
I don’t have the answers to immediate questions that may arise, such as, “What about State returns?” or “Will failing to report affect potential future refunds?”. I simply don’t know….Here is the article, and perhaps I scanned it too quickly. I just feel like people need to know!
Earlier this month, the IRS quietly altered its rules to allow the submission of 1040s with nothing on line 61. The IRS says it still maintains the option to follow up with those who elect not to indicate their coverage status, although it’s not clear what circumstances might trigger a follow up.
But what would have been a mandatory disclosure will instead be voluntary. Silent returns will no longer be automatically rejected. The change is a direct result of the executive order President Donald Trump issued in January directing the government to provide relief from Obamacare to individuals and insurers, within the boundaries of the law.
“The recent executive order directed federal agencies to exercise authority and discretion available to them to reduce potential burden,” the IRS said in a statement to Reason. “Consistent with that, the IRS has decided to make changes that would continue to allow electronic and paper returns to be accepted for processing in instances where a taxpayer doesn’t indicate their coverage status.”… full article here...
This is something that is becoming a huge issue and it must be addressed. The US government has it’s very own patent on a strain of cannabis, yet the ATF insists that because it is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug (meaning it has NO medicinal value and a high propensity for addiction and abuse- completely false, by the way) so it’s use prevents you from exercising your Second Amendment -guaranteed- right.
I’ve heard people don’t believe this when I tell them that, but now that 28 states have legalized cannabis in some way, one would think the Feds would change their scheduling of cannabis.
Here is an article about it (linked at the end):
ATF makes it clear:
By Gillian Graham. January 27th, 2017
The federal government is stepping up its efforts to keep guns out of the hands marijuana users, even as legal use of the drug is spreading around the country.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives long has prohibited gun and ammunition sales to unlawful users of marijuana, citing a risk of “irrational or unpredictable behavior.” Now, the federal agency has added a warning to Form 4473 making it clear to anyone applying for a permit to buy a gun that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and using it means you cannot buy a gun, despite laws in Maine and a growing number of other states that allow medical and recreational use of the drug.
The new language, added last week to forms filled out by gun buyers in Maine and nationwide, has raised concerns that the government is unfairly denying cannabis users their Second Amendment right to bear arms. And it has renewed calls from medical and recreational marijuana advocates for a change in federal law to catch up with the country’s changing views on marijuana.
Maine is a state with a deep tradition of gun ownership. More than half of Maine adults — 55 percent — surveyed in a Portland Press Herald poll of voters last October said they owned at least one gun. …….
Views on Marijuana vary, but this is a substance that has proven to have genuine medicinal value for some conditions, leaving aside its ‘recreational’ use. It does seem that labeling this as a Schedule I drug is the crux of the problem, which these days could be regarded as outdated and needs changed. If medicinal use of the drug is regarded as presenting a behavioral risk then how come alcohol is not classed the same way – a long abused substance itself! What about legitimate users of pain control medications which often contain Schedule 1 ingredients – these people are not off limits for gun ownership. It’s all about ‘gun control’, again.