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Video: Chilling Testimony on Fed Govt. Abuses — Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute

Posted: August 28, 2013 at 10:30 am   /   by

nick draniasNick Dranias holds the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and is Director of the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute.

On August 22, 2013, he testified at a Congressional Field Hearing on IRS and EPA abuse. Dick Durbin, Assistant Majority Leader in the US Senate, sent an intimidating letter to the Goldwater Institute that is reminiscent of the “McCarthy era”. To see the letter, as well as Goldwater’s official response, click here.

Furthermore, Dranius testified, the IRS has obstructed his efforts to establish tax-exempt status for Compact for America. The Compact organization seeks to force federal balanced budgets through a state-driven Constitution amendment process. That initiative is getting new attention following the publication of Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments book on August 13 (see article at this link).

Present at the hearing were Representatives Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert. All four Congressmen showed outrage and incredulity at Durbin’s behavior as well as the IRS delays. Dranius called on the four to help “fight” the IRS.

“It’s beginning,” says Dranius. Besides intimidating grassroots groups like those in the Tea Party movement, Big Government in Washington is now making its move on intellectual leadership groups like the Goldwater Institute.

The 9-minute video below contains Dranius’ testimony and the Congressmen’s response.


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Video: Chilling Testimony on Fed Govt. Abuses -- Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute