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Sen. Lummis asks Biden ‘do you distrust Americans so much that you need to know when they buy a couch?’

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Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) took her opportunity to blast President Biden during the latest Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen appeared for a hearing Tuesday when Lummis took aim at Biden’s financial policy.

Following Biden’s proposal to require banks to hand over transaction data over $600 on individual bank accounts, Lummis railed against the president

“Banks do not work for the IRS,” Lummis said. “This is invasive of privacy. Wyoming’s people literally will find alternatives to traditional banks just to thwart IRS access to their personal information, not because they’re trying to hide anything, but because they are not willing to share everything.”

However, Secretary Yellen corrected the senator. She claimed that the administration would just see reports on aggregate transactions. This way, there would be no way to see the data behind individual accounts.

“Do you distrust the American people so much that you need to know when they bought a couch? Or a cow?” Lummis asked. “I am astounded by what you’re supporting and proposing. I think it’s invasive. I think privacy for individuals is being ignored. And I think that treating the American people like they are subjects of the government is unconscionable.”

“The IRS has a wealth of information about individuals,” Yellen said. According to the treasure secretary, the proposal is for those who have “opaque sources of income.”

“A $600 threshold is not usually where you’re going to find the massive amount of tax data you think Americans are cheating you out of,” Lummis responded.

According to the Office of Tax Analysis, a crackdown on unreported income could generate $460 billion over the next decade. Yet, the IRS estimates that compliance on taxes due on wages is 99%. Meanwhile, compliance on what they call “less visible” sources of income is at 45%.

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Pro-Defund the Police Gubernatorial Candidate has NYPD Detail, Lives on Military Base for ‘Affordability’

Jumaane Williams is ‘hypocritical’ for living on a secure military base, critics say

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Hypocrisy is no stranger to Democrats, but New York gubernatorial candidate Jumaane Williams is sparking outrage over his. Williams, an outspoken advocate of defunding the police, is relying on…the police…to protect him as he runs for governor.

Williams not only travels with a detail of New York City’s NYPD officers, but he also lives on a military base. The military base also provides 24/7 security. Williams, a self-proclaimed racial justice advocate, was elected as the New York City public advocate in 2019 after serving on the NYC Council.

Williams lives on the Fort Hamilton U.S. Army Garrison in Brooklyn, where anyone requesting entry must submit a background check and go through security checkpoints. NYPD security detail travels with him each day, provided to him because of his position for the city.

Williams proudly describes himself as a Democratic Socialist, and his campaign website touts a vow to “bring transformational change to Albany.” When New York City agreed to cut the NYPD budget by $1 billion as a result of the defund the police movement, Williams said the cut was an insufficient amount.

To add insult to injury, Williams lives on the military base simply for its “affordability.” A representative for Williams told the New York Post “when he needed a new home for his family in 2019, they chose a publicly available unit in Fort Hamilton not because of its position on a base but because it offered the best unit for his family’s price point and criteria.”

An area official with knowledge of the base’s housing process told the Post “these aren’t apartments listed on Zillow. It’s essentially a gated community with stunning waterfront views protected by tanks and soldiers with M16s.”

Not only are our tax dollars, but also our police and military forces helping to protect and house a man who is actively working to undo it all with his liberal policies.

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