Coastal elites?

According to Congressman Cline:

Biden’s student loan debt cancellation is a handout to the coastal elites and will fall on the backs of hardworking American taxpayers who didn’t have a chance to attend college.

Cline’s attempt to play the populist card is pathetic. His voting record belies his effort to portray himself as a champion of those who haven’t attended college. The bipartisan infrastructure law on which Cline voted NO provides $800 million in dedicated funding for job training for people who don’t attend college, besides other funding for non-college workforce development.

Biden’s action will provide badly-needed relief to tens of millions of non-coastal-elite middle-income people, many of whom are the first in their families to graduate from college.

Here’s how one commenter responded to Cline’s Facebook post:

And let me assure you, Congressman: The “coastal elites,” such as they are, do not require student loans in the first place.

Cline scaremongers about IRS “army”

Congressman Cline has been telling a lot of lies about the Inflation Reduction Act, which Congressional Democrats passed last week without a single Republican vote. The new law lowers health care and prescription drug costs for Americans, invests in and provides incentives for clean energy and creates a 15 percent corporate minimum tax.

Cline’s claims about the new law raising taxes on middle-income people and on small businesses are debunked by the AP.

But his worst scaremongering comes when he tries to suggest that by increasing funding of the Internal Revenue Service, the law will create an army of IRS agents to harass and threaten ordinary taxpayers.

According to Cline:

[The] package provides $80 billion to double the size of the IRS, adding an army of 87,000 new enforcement agents to spy into Americans’ financial accounts and harass taxpayers and small businesses.

In an interview on WFIR radio, Cline raised the fearsome (and ridiculous) prospect of an army of gun-toting IRS agents oppressing ordinary Americans. But as the AP reports:

The bill will not create any such army, officials and experts say. Only some IRS employees who work on criminal investigations carry firearms as part of their work.

A division of the IRS called criminal investigation serves as the agency’s law enforcement branch. Its agents, who work on issues such as seizing illicit crypto currency and Russian oligarchs’ assets, carry weapons, [Treasury Department official Natasha] Sarin said.

There were just more than 2,000 such special agents working at the IRS in 2021, according to agency documents. The branch will get money from the Inflation Reduction Act, but the bulk of the dollars will go toward other areas, according to Sarin.

The bill does not designate money specifically for a large number of armed IRS employees.

In fact many of the new IRS employees will be replacing retiring workers and not all will be involved in enforcement. Many will be helping improve services to taxpayers– like timely answers to questions and timely processing and refunds.

Taxpayer services have deteriorated in recent years due to Republicans like Cline refusing to to properly fund the IRS.

So it’s ironic that Cline has complained about the backlog in taxpayer services that this law will address.

Cline is dutifully outraged

After the FBI executed a search warrant for presidential documents at Donald Trump’s home in Florida, Congressman Cline dutifully joined the chorus of Republican outrage.

On his Congressional Facebook page, he posted:

Actually, Congressman, executing a legal search warrant approved by a federal judge based on evidence of possible criminality is precisely what many third world countries do not do.

On his campaign Facebook page, Cline complained:

But never have we had a former president like Trump before– who believes that the laws which apply to everyone else do not apply to him.

As Cline certainly knows, under the Presidential Records Act, a former president may not keep in his or her personal possession any documents related to his or her presidency.

And if any of those documents are classified, it’s a felony punishable by up to five years in prison– thanks to then-President Trump.

Congressman Cline: Either you believe the law should be enforced or you don’t. Which is it?

Either you believe no one is above the law or you don’t. Which is it?

If you don’t, please don’t ever tell us again that you are on the side of law enforcement.

Cline at CPAC

A year after his last embarrassing appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Congressman Cline was back again on Saturday with another awful speech.

(He was not deterred by the participation of the racist Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, let alone by that of such extremists as Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump.)

Strangely enough, he was so proud of his speech that he posted it on his campaign Facebook page— four-and-a-half minutes of cringe-inducing malarkey. Here are a few excerpts:

I always appreciate the opportunity to get out of the swamp of Washington, DC, and be around so many like-minded conservatives or as I like to say, real Americans!

So those of us who are not like-minded conservatives are not “real Americans”? Does that include veterans who risked their lives for our country? If they and the rest of us are not real Americans, what are we?

This is our opportunity to show folks how fed up and frustrated we are that Biden, Pelosi and the Squad continue to pull our country further and future to the radical left and we are going to keep that progress going.

This being a Cline speech, he was pleased to mention his favorite targets: Pelosi (three times), the Squad (twice) and Biden (twice). Previously Cline actually claimed that his Democratic opponent in the November election was handpicked by them!

I’m here to tell you this is the most important election of our lifetime. We’re dealing with a Democrat party that constantly pushes the envelope of bankruptcy both morally and financially. These folks who think that a boy is a girl, believe the borders are secure, think the retreat in Afghanistan was a success, ignore the Supreme Court and revel in the fact that gas prices have gone down even though they doubled under their failed Green New Deal policies. It’s a little wonder that they can’t define for you what you have known for a while – we are in a recession.

To refute all of these lies would take much longer than Cline’s speech. I’ll simply note that although millions of Americans are struggling with low wages and high prices, an economy that created more than half a million jobs in July, bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.5 percent, is not in a recession.

The left tells us that we are bad people for what we believe. They try to tell us because we support the Second Amendment, because we stand up for the unborn, because we promote fiscal responsibility, because we believe in traditional values and because we love our lord and savior Jesus Christ, that we are somehow less than.

Again, a pack of lies. But when he talks about “our lord and savior Jesus Christ,” he seems to be excluding everyone who is not a bible-believing Christian– which happens to include tens of millions of patriotic Americans. And many such Christians are appalled by the hateful and divisive message spread by Cline and his ilk.

While Cline is pleased to spout such drivel to a friendly audience in Texas, he is unwilling to appear before any audience in the Sixth Congressional District where he might be challenged face-to-face. His last town hall meetings– in Amherst County, Buena Vista and Monterey– were on December 13, 2021. He held no town halls during the House August recess and has scheduled none.

At a certain point, you have to wonder: What is Ben Cline afraid of?