An unbelievable case of the IRS goose-stepping over the constitutional rights of small business owners is unfolding in Garland, Texas.

As first reported in the Dallas Morning News, Mii’s Bridal and Tuxedo, co-owned by husband and wife Tony and Somnuek Thangsongcharoen, who immigrated here from Thailand long ago and opened their store in 1983, was raided by 20 armed IRS agents in March of 2015. With no due process, they were told that if they couldn’t produce a check for $10,000 within two hours, their property would be seized to pay a tax bill of $32,422. They didn’t have the cash, so the IRS immediately took possession and auctioned off essentially everything that wasn’t nailed down --- even, they say, property that didn’t belong to the shop.

Read the full story to see how the IRS used their own bureaucratic standards to justify auctioning beautiful bridal gowns for as little as $4 apiece –- inventory worth $615,000 was unloaded for a grand total of $6,000 –- and how their lawyers argue now that the couple have no standing to sue the IRS for damages. The couple dispute their tax bill, but the big issue here is that the forfeiture of their property took place outside the court system –- no due process of law. It happens all the time, right here in America, and it has to stop.


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The couple seem to have an on-the-ball attorney; he filed a FOIA request that turned up an internal IRS document that he claims orders agents to “shut down this failing business.”

It’s too bad that politics didn’t go another way and we weren’t able to get rid of the IRS in favor of the Fair Tax. (That would have been one of my first orders of business, but I digress.) We all know the kinds of things their agents have been up to, even as they plead the Fifth before investigators. We should destroy the IRS just as thoroughly as it has killed the dreams of these and many other people. Put a stake through its cold, cold heart. In the meantime, forcing it to toe the line of constitutionality would be a good start.

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I hesitate even to comment on this story because it strikes me as yet another anti-Trump attack by the New York Times that falls apart even as you read it.

The “shocking revelation” this time: that during the campaign, Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties who claimed to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr’s response: The woman requested a meeting, which she started by making vague and nonsensical claims of having damaging info on Hillary that they quickly surmised weren’t true. Then she started lobbying them on an unrelated issue, about overturning an Obama-era law denying visas to Russians suspected of human rights violations. Trump said they wrapped up the meeting in 20 minutes, and no action was taken.

That’s it? That’s the big scandal? First of all, as Prof. Alan Dershowitz might note, there’s nothing illegal about that. Secondly, as Michael Walsh of the New York Post asks, does anyone believe that if the woman the Times wanted to make President got an offer of damaging information on Trump, she would have refused to hear it? Her supporters leaned on Tom Arnold to release alleged embarrassing outtakes from “The Apprentice,” and reportedly financed that notorious “Russian dossier” on Trump that was filled with bogus scandal stories. On top of that: News flash, New York Times, the election was eight months ago. Trump won. Most Americans are getting awfully weary of your endless attempts to undo the results. I don’t know about you, but the rest of us have lives, and we’d really like to get on with them.

This story isn’t even big enough to be a nothing burger. It’s more like a nothing slider.

A Huck’s Hero salute to Bob Katz and Troy Duhon, producers of the “God’s Not Dead” movie series (full disclosure: I was in the second film) for stepping up with a big contribution to help rebuild the Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock that was hit by a car and smashed by a (pardon the redundancy) “liberal with a history of mental problems.” But other liberals are still fighting to try to keep it destroyed, using lawyers as their preferred blunt instrument.

If these zealots would just devote a fraction of the time they spend trying to ban the Bible to actually reading it, they might realize that this isn’t the first time a tablet of stone containing the Ten Commandments was smashed. But God has a way of making sure those tablets get replaced and His laws live on.

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The man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise was a well-known Bernie Sanders supporter who filled his social media posts with far-left, anti-capitalist rants. Before he started shooting, he asked if the players on the baseball field were Republicans or Democrats, to make sure he was only assassinating Republicans, like the ones on the “kill list” he was found to be carrying in his pocket.

So, what do you think the motivation for his outburst of violence was? If you guessed that he was inspired to kill Republicans by listening to conservative talk radio, then congratulations: you could qualify for a job at the Washington Post!

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