"Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney. Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, 'Keeping GOP Honest,' took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled 'Behind the Curtain: A Brief History of Romney's Donors,' the post accused the eight of being 'wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.' Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being 'litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.' About a week after that post, a man named Michael Wolf contacted the Bonneville County Courthouse in Idaho Falls in search of court records regarding Mr. VanderSloot.
"Some digging revealed that Mr. Wolf was, until a few months ago, a law clerk on the Democratic side of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He's found new work. The ID written out at the top of his faxes identified them as coming from 'Glenn Simpson.' That's the name of a former Wall Street Journal reporter who in 2009 founded a [Washington] company that performs private investigative work. The website for that company, Fusion GPS, describes itself as providing 'strategic intelligence,' with expertise in areas like 'politics.'
"That's a polite way of saying 'opposition research.' When [Miss Strassel of the Wall Street Journal] called Fusion's main number and asked to speak to Michael Wolf, a man said Mr. Wolf wasn't in the office that day but he'd be in this coming Monday. When I reached Mr. Wolf on his private cell, he confirmed he had until recently worked at the Senate. When I asked what his interest was in Mr. VanderSloot's divorce records, he hesitated, then said he didn't want to talk about that.
All he did was donate a million dollars to Romney's Super PAC, and Obama's opposition research people are after him to destroy him. Publicly.
"Bloggers have harassed his children, visiting their social media accounts and asking for interviews and information. Mr. VanderSloot has said his attackers have misconstrued facts and made false allegations. In February he wrote a long reply, publicly stating that he has 'many gay friends whom I love and respect' who should 'have the same freedoms and rights as any other individual.' The Obama campaign's response, in April, was to single out Mr. VanderSloot and repeat the slurs.
"Mr. VanderSloot acknowledges that 'when I first learned that President Obama's campaign had singled me out on his "enemies list," I knew it was like taping a target on my back.' But the more he's thought it through, 'the public beatings and false accusations that followed are no deterrent. These tactics will not work in America.' He's even 'contemplating a second donation,'" to Romney's Super PAC. "Still. If details about Mr. VanderSloot's life become public, and if this hurts his business or those who work for him, Mr. Obama will bear responsibility. This is what happens when the president makes a list."Okay, so Barack Obama and his opposition research people, make it a public project to destroy the reputation, the livelihood, of this VanderSloot man who donated a million dollars to Mitt Romney's Super PAC. What is the warning? You give money to Romney, I'm coming after you, too. You got anything to hide, and who doesn't? Who doesn't have something they'd rather people not know about? If you give money to Romney, I'm coming after you. So it's an intimidation factor as well as the impact on VanderSloot, which is personal destruction. Thankfully, VanderSloot's got a spine and says: I'm gonna double my donation."
And how about this kicker? In 2010, we sent 4.2 billion dollars in tax returns to MEXICO. Here's how:
"The scheme involves illegal immigrants that are filing tax returns," which is okay. They can file a tax return. What they're doing is "claiming child credits for multiple dependents" in their -- quote, unquote "their" -- US household, "and collecting enormous cash refunds," because not enough has been withheld from their paychecks and they've got all these dependents.
But on their W-4 they didn't put enough dependents down. So, for example, one illegal immigrant's tax return "showed income of over $14,000, [and they] collected a cash refund of over $10,300," because of all the dependents that were not accounted for in the withholding table during each pay period. This actually was uncovered by TV reporter in Indianapolis at the NBC affiliate, Bob Segall. It's S-e-g-a-l-l. (I don't know if I'm pronouncing had you seen name right.)
But his [the guy that broke the story] "investigation revealed that claims for additional child tax credits by ITIN filers," illegal immigrant filers, "have skyrocketed during the past decade -- from $161 million in 2001 to" a total amount represented the form of credits, cash refunds that total "$4.2 billion in tax year 2010." So the imaginary children of illegal immigrants -- 'cause they're claiming dependents that may or may not live with them, that may or may not be in the house -- collect a total of $4.2 billion.
The same investigative reporter "also found that illegal immigrants filed 3.02 million tax returns in 2010, with 72% of those returns (2.18 million) claiming the additional child tax credit." And, furthermore, according to the report from the TV reporter, "[T]he IRS says it can't change the system unless it gets permission from Congress; and closing this loophole requires lawmakers to pass a new law specifically excluding illegal immigrants from claiming additional child tax credits."
Well, I don't think that's gonna happen, do you? Particularly this year. Do you see anybody in an election year passing a new law excluding illegal immigrants from claiming additional child tax credits? "It would be un-American to do that! Why, the next thing you know the Republicans will want to take away their health care. The next thing you know the Republicans will want 'em fired and deported! Why, the next thing you know..." So we just have to live with it out there, folks: $4.2 billion for tax year 2010 in cash payments to illegals for their quote, unquote, "child dependents."
4.2 billion. All whilst we worry how we're going to feed our own children. Pathetic.