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From page A8 | April 20, 2014 |

Hardly a week goes by without another story of questionable decision-making by government officials, whether it’s on the national scene or even closer to home.

It’s not enough that we’ve had controversies involving the National Security Agency, the IRS or the State Department, but now it’s even stretching to areas closer to home.

Case in point: The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Wash. reported last week of a federal lawsuit that emanated from a traffic stop in Payette County involving an Idaho State Police patrolman. The trooper pulled over 69-year-old Darien Roseen’s truck with Colorado plates as Roseen pulled into a rest stop just inside the Idaho border.

An in-dash video cam caught the whole thing on tape and it wasn’t very pretty. The trooper, who was listening to hard-rock music in his patrol car as he made the stop, proceeded to harass Roseen and suggested the driver was trying to avoid him. He claimed Roseen looked glassy-eyed and asked the visibly shaken Roseen when he last smoked marijuana.

Roseen responded he never had used any marijuana “in my entire life.” The patrolman then persuaded Roseen to begin unloading the back of the pickup. Believing he could “smell” something in the truck, the trooper chose to impound the vehicle for a complete search.

The vehicle was removed by another trooper, taken to a Payette County jail and searched. Nothing was found. Roseen, on his way home from his daughter’s baby shower, was detained for several hours.

Roseen believes he was targeted because both Colorado and Washington have recently voted to allow recreational marijuana use and the Idaho trooper was profiling cars that had license plates from both states.

Idaho State Police officials deny such accusations, but one wonders what possessed the Idaho trooper to use such a ridiculous and blatant abuse of police authority when there was no other reason to stop Roseen. Funny. A 58-year-old Spokane man with Washington plates claims he was pulled over in the same area along the Idaho interstate during a similar time frame without any apparent violation.

In another unbelievable stretch of authority, the Internal Revenue Service is at it again, trying to collect very old debts from family members of deceased taxpayers for mistakes the government made in handing out benefits.

Mary Grice, a Maryland resident, received a big surprise when the IRS claimed she owed $2,996 in debts to the Social Security Administration for a 37-year-old mistake the Social Security Administration made to survivors of Grice’s father, who died in 1960 when Grice was 4 years old. In 1977, the Social Security Administration overpaid someone in the family, possibly Grice’s mother, Sadie, who died four years ago.

Now, the government wants siblings, in this case, Grice, to pay for the mistake the Social Security Administration made, even though the debt is 37 years old. In this case, the Social Security Administration wants someone who was barely out of her teens when the mistake occurred to fork over the cash.

Legislation was approved a few years ago to allow this to happen – a single sentence in an unrelated farm bill. According to a story in The Washington Post, the Treasury Department “has intercepted almost $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year – $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years.” The Post reported that the Treasury Department has collected $424 million in debts that are more than 10 years old since the collection effort started in 2011.

Grice, like Roseen, has filed suit hoping to get some relief from the courts.

Grice’s first inclination something was amiss was when the IRS tagged her tax refund and deducted money owed by her deceased parents.

Collecting debts from deadbeats is one thing, but going after children of long-deceased parents just seems ludicrous. To simply deduct the debts from someone’s tax refund without any communication is just un-democratic.

But isn’t that what seems to be happening more and more with our government? What happened to the words of Abraham Lincoln? “Government of the people, for the people, by the people shall not perish from the Earth.”

Looks like the government is in the process of rewriting the quote to, “Government for the people, by and of the government, shall not perish from the Earth.”

We definitely need change, and soon.

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Postscript to last month’s column: In March, I wrote about my niece, Lisa, and her family and specifically focused on her son, John Sherle. I mentioned John was one of the best high school point guards here in Idaho. State high school coaches must have agreed with my assessment. John was recently named to the first-team, all-Idaho State Basketball squad for 2014.

In review, John established myriad school records for his Rocky Mountain High Grizzlies.

  • Single game: free throws (12); assists (10).
  • Single season: free throws (71); assists (130); steals (78).
  • Career: points (678); field goals (248); free throws (148); assists (313); steals (168).

I just wonder what those career numbers might have looked like if John had not missed almost half his sophomore season with a broken hand. He’s a remarkable basketball player and even more remarkable young man.

Bill James is a former Daily Republic editor and publisher now living in Meridian, Idaho, a suburb of Boise.

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  • ?April 20, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Are you a fan of Mr. Gopher?.....

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  • Rich GiddensApril 20, 2014 - 8:59 am

    You forgot the 800 pound gorilla in the national room---The Bundy vs Fed-gov-thug standoff in Nevada several weeks ago. That's the tipping point-----armed insuurection by an inflamed angry citizens and people who are ready to shoot at the government traitors.

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  • PornacApril 20, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Glad I live in a state where our elected representatives accepted Obamacare instead of a state that didn't and is therefore causing people to suffer and die unnecessarily.

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  • @PornacApril 20, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Do you have children Pornac? Any under the age of 20?

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  • https://americanfreepress.net/?p=2086April 20, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Worth Repeating.....In General Google.......eric holder oklahoma bombing..........See.......Did Eric Holder Cover Up FBI's Role In '95 OKC Bomb Plot ............... Moore was the Arkansas gun dealer and FBI informant who worked with Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) informant Andreas Strassmeier, the man widely believed to have originally given McVeigh the idea of bombing the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Both were handled by FBI agent Larry Potts, a senior FBI official who had allegedly personally ordered the murder of members of the Randy Weaver family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho...... Moore was being “run” by two FBI agents—known as Ross and Hayes—from the Hot Springs, Arkansas office. But the Elohim City operation was not a two-bit FBI sting; it was authorized by top Justice officials........ At the time of the bombing, our current United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, was managing FBI sting operations as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia —and sitting in line to take over as deputy attorney general, which he did in 1997. One of Holder’s first jobs was to cover up the FBI’s role in the bombing.......also Google... multiple bombs in murrah building...... Youtube A NOBLE LIE - THE BOMBING OF OKLAHOMA CITY ..... McVeigh's Fertilizer bomb was outside the building and did not cause the extensive damage seen... other Bombs NOT planted by McVeigh were inside the Building..... Eric Holder and the Clintons are evil... evil friends of the Bushes....they imported cocaine into Arkansas together... Obama is also evil just another President planted in place by the International Banking Cartel... ( the Luciferian Illuminati ) SHOUT OUT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA... if you are not totally evil, if you are not under total Mind Control... rebel against your Handlers... tell us the truth about 9/11... but remember that it is the entire Washington/Military/Intelligence structure to blame, including the Clintons and the top Democrats who are also put in place Feinstein, Pelosi, Reid... WAKE UP PEOPLE... the Illuminati Plan their work, and work their plan... they got their Healthcare rip off passed, now they are furthering agenda with taking out Libya, Syria, Ukraine/Crimea, they want Iran... ? Russia... WAKE UP PEOPLE.... If holder is willing to kill Americans like this, Murrah building... not telling the truth about 9/11.... Do you think these Democrats really care about any of us... Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, other?

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  • replaying till 2pm today California time... Check it outApril 20, 2014 - 9:26 am

    On this Friday, April 18 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex and David Knight break down the latest lunacy from politicians and bureaucrats. Earlier this week, White House Counterterror Chief Lisa Monaco suggested that your confrontational children could be terrorists. Similarly, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and rancher Cliven Bundy have a response to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who declared all Bundy supporters to be "domestic terrorists." And in regards to the Bundy Ranch situation, a court opinion by a federal judge exposes the BLM's criminal intent against Nevada ranchers. Paul Joseph Watson joins the show to discuss these topics as well as the hypocrisy surrounding Ukraine. Alex and David also take your calls to hear your take and more!wwwinfowars

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  • mike kirchubelApril 20, 2014 - 9:39 am

    I agree that the sins of the parents should not fall to the feet of the children and that the I.R.S. laws need massive revamping. But your title seems a bit over the top, a bit propagandy, when you lead with your otger story about an over the top cop. It sounds like you wanted people to believe the Republican myth that the Obama government is out of control and you succeeded with those who simply looked at the title, nodded their heads in agreement, and then moved on to the Sunday comics while they had Fox news on in the background.

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  • Spew U... Anyone who had a Heart...April 20, 2014 - 10:24 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMsiGMKHJ8k

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  • Mr. SmithApril 20, 2014 - 10:40 am

    The Obama government IS out of control. Get your head out of it, Mike.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 20, 2014 - 11:05 am

    The facts show otherwise Komrade Kirchebel and now the IRS scandal is spreading to the Justice Department with the disclosure that Lois Lerner conspired with Justice Department t Officials to deny ordinary TEA Party Citizens their civil rights and to hurt them. Turns out that your mynah bird squawking claim of ''liberal groups were targeted too'' was a big fat Rat Political Party LIE, Komrade Kirchebel. You ought to be ashamed of what you believe and stand for.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 20, 2014 - 11:05 am

    BRING BACK BILL JAMES!

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  • But Remember People Romney is another NEOCON NWO GuyApril 20, 2014 - 10:36 am

    I have been seeing Romney all over Youtube on the adblocks. Romney is a friend of the Israeli Prime Minister and the Mossad was in on 9/11 JUST SAY NO TO ROMNEY... Do it Now Let your voices be heard... Do not just be part of the Republican NEOCON herd.... Remember Romney is a Corporate Raider type... NO NO NO NO to Romney he was endorsed by the Bushs/Cheney crowd who are the true 9/11 terrorists. Read Michael Rupperts Book... Crossing the Rubicon... one of Cheney's jobs on 9/11 was to oversee the War Games going on, on 9/11 which confused the Air Force and FAA so that they did not understand where to scramble our fighter jets and to make tracking the remote control piloted planes difficult for the Air Traffic Controllers.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 20, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    The first sentence should read''government crime, violation of rights and act of treason'' instead of ''questionable decision making''

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  • Rich GiddensApril 20, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    Dear Mr. James, it's with deep regret that I write to inform you.....enclosed are the photos, videos, documents, letters, court transcripts,......surely you are concerned that the Daily Republic has now clearly deviated from journalistic standards and the prescribed ethics of it's charter and profession...We need objective journalists who present all the facts and not just cherry pick the least salient ones in order to decieve and create false appearances by only taking an out of control extra-constitutional Government's side on rights violations and harm to ordinary loyal citizens....I must admit, you seem to understand that basic moral premise and your tenure there was marked by adherence to good journalistic practices the the citizens, voters and electors had confidence in....Gone now---a dark perpetual cloud hovers over it casting a pall of deceit, lies, along with government bullying and rights usurption before us.....God bless us and may God help us......

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  • George Guynn, JrApril 23, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Rich is right, BILL JAMES NEEDS TO COME BACK! Our present editor is a Lincoln Cultist. This translates to mean that no one can tell the truth about Lincoln. The public school system does it's best to see that this continues. Everyone should read Lincoln Unmasked by Thomas J. DiLorenzo and When in the Course of Human Events by Charles Adams for the real truth. Lincoln may have talked about power for the public in the Gettysburg Address quote above, but he didn't believe it. He also was either an agnostic or an atheist. Furthermore, Lincoln put 220,000 people in jail without a trial, suspending habeas corpus, while getting another 600K-700K killed in an undeclared Civil War. He also wanted to send all Blacks to another country and didn't have a problem with slavery. Just read his first inaugural address for proof. Why should such a bad person have a holiday to boot?

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  • The MisterApril 23, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Great points, George! I wonder if most of the American people have Stockholm Syndrome... where the captive falls in love with their captor? That might explain, somewhat, the cult of Lincoln.

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