Stimulating Sex: Rush Limbaugh Blames Sanford Affair On Obama Economic Policies

225px-GovernorSanford-_OfficialPortrait225px-Rush_LimbaughThere were of course many possible explanations for Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair with an Argentinian beauty. There is of course love, lust, or simply a mid-life crisis. However, it took Rush Limbaugh to isolate the true reason: President Obama. Limbaugh was heard yesterday explaining that Obama’s economic policies pushed poor Sanford into the arms of this mistress.

LIMBAUGH: This Sanford business! I’ll tell you, one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind, with Mark Sanford … this is the first thought: What he did defies logic. This is … more than being 180 degrees out of phase because of lust, or love. To split the scene for five days, and we know he’s been separated, and he knows, by the way, that the newspaper in his state has the emails between him and his concubine down there in Argentina, he knows this. He knows that somebody knows what’s going on. He knows his wife knows. So he ups and leaves for five days, doesn’t leave anybody in charge of the state, in case there’s an emergency.

Here comes the swing . . .

LIMBAUGH: This is almost like: I don’t give a damn! Country’s going to hell in a handbasket. I just want out of here!

LIMBAUGH: He had just tried to fight the stimulus money coming to South Carolina. He didn’t want any part of it. He lost the battle and said “What the hell? The Federal government is taking over! I want to enjoy life!”

Apparently, Republican marriages are undone by macro economic policy and the stimulus money. Indeed, his email about the “tan lines” of his mistress is simply code for runaway deficit funding:

“You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light – but hey, that would be going into sexual details … “

For Sanford’s email messages, click here.

The problem of over-stimulation under the Obama Administration remains a danger to all Republican governors. Fortunately, Dr. Russ Limbaugh is here to keep their marriages and budgets in line with monogamous free market values

For those interested in picking up an over-stimulated Republican Governor, the usual pick-up lines for economists are usually successful. Here are a few of the most successful at GOP parties and strip joints:

1. Do you work for the Fed, cause your raising my reserves.

2. My fiscal policy is all about contributing to your private sector.

3. You have a boyfriend? That’s ok. The wife and I are into credit-swapping.

4. Are you a Keynesian? Because you sure make my monetary policy inflate.

5. Pareto dominate me, baby!

For a tape and discussion of Limbaugh’s foray into marital conflict and macro-economic theory, click here.

106 thoughts on “Stimulating Sex: Rush Limbaugh Blames Sanford Affair On Obama Economic Policies

  1. Sanford has put some new euphemisms into the language. Hiking the Appalachian trail now means meeting the mistress. Going on a trade Mission? Ditto. Sanford just admitted that he stopped off to visit Miss Tan Line 2008 while in BA, and agreed to reimburse the State.

    BTW, he paid for the latest fling with frequent flyer miles.

    Earned while flying on official state travel?

  2. Limbaugh is such a punk that he deserves to have his name misspelled. I don’t know why his crap is even put in the paper. 99% of what he states on the radio is either full lies or Republican talking points or both. This latest fable is just another example of the fiction that he spews every day. To attempt to link the economic policies to his horrible and stupid behavior is outrageous, even for “Russ”.

  3. In Re Rush

    Horse hockey by any other name is but horse hockey. I think it was Shakespeare who first said that about Rush. Or maybe that was Don Rickles who said that.

  4. Yes, and Wilbur Mills’ tryst with his own “Argentine Firecracker” was brought on by continuing despair over his failure to secure the presidential nomination in 1972.

    Mr. Limbaugh’s comments once again remind us of his remarkable lack of depth. Anyone purporting to have a rational explanation for the conduct of a lover is a liar. Anyone searching for a rational explanation for the conduct of a lover is on a fool’s errand.

  5. “It’s a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.” – Ulysses Everett McGill

    (as played by George Clooney in “O Brother Where Art Thou?”)

    Gopher?

  6. Is Rush do more drugs than usual? John Prine comes to mind.

    “Ah but fortunately I have the key to escape reality
    And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
    It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while
    Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone
    No I’m just tryin’ to have me some fun
    Well done, hot dog bun, my sister’s a nun”
    >>>>>>>
    I guess Obama is the blame for the bad economic policies that we have had for the last 8 years?

  7. Yeah but Hiking the Appalachian Trail has new meaning, even Rush can’t deny. Well he can, but it will be attributed to Sanford’s staff.

  8. Mike A.,

    That is one of my favorite movies. I think I know it by heart. I missed it at the theaters, but when I saw it on DVD the first time I watched twice in a row to make sure I didn’t miss anything from the first viewing. I was howling. The Coen Bros. had me at “any of you men smithies or otherwise knowledgeable in the metallurgical arts?” It has since gone on to become part of the multitude of highly quoted movies used as shorthand between my father and I. Considering it’s in the running with the likes of classics by Mel Brooks and the Marx Bros., I can’t recommend the comedy enough to anyone who has never seen it.

  9. let’s keep the recession pick up lines going:

    “hey baby are you the dow jones? cuz I see you going down in the near future.”

    “baby I’m going to screw you so bad, you’ll think my name was bernie madoff”

    “I’m AIG and you’re the federal government, because you’re about to give a bonus to my bored member!”

  10. It just struck me–this is how the Republicans can gain back “members”. New slogan. Join our ranks for hot, hot sex! Whether it’s walking the beautiful Appalacian Trail or the ability to meet people through the cracks in the stalls of airport bathrooms, we offer it all. The New Republican Party–we take a wide stance on all the important issues.

  11. Prof. Turley,

    I think this is a marvelous and informative sight, but I have one suggestion for improving it. Spelling. Your articles and even headlines (for example on this post)often have numerous typos most of which could be corrected with spellcheck, but all of which should be corrected. It’s a minor thing, but when I noticed the headline for this post says “Russ” Limbaugh instead of Rush I thought it worthy of mention.

    Thank you for the site, typos or no typos!

  12. Relevant to this thread, speaking of Sanford, he mentioned his seeking comfort or aid at C St in DC. The address is 133 C St SE. It used to be secret, but it landed on the front page of the Washington Post today (be sure to log in and view the comments):
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/25/AR2009062504480.html?hpid=topnews

    The DC tax assessment files can be searched at: https://www.taxpayerservicecenter.com/RP_Search.jsp?search_type=Assessment

    The property is Tax Type E1, Religious. It is tax exempt. No tax payments are shown. The Members live in a tax-free property. Most of those who live in the District have to pay property taxes, or pay rent to landlords who pay property taxes. These Senators and Representatives say some prayers in the dining room, claim their flophouse as a church, convent or monastery, and pay sub-market rent for their rooms. They are sponging off the taxpayers of the District, and will not even vote to give them representation in Congress.

    This does not even sink to the level of hypocrisy. It is pure, simple, unadulterated, unmitigated gall.

  13. lee – ease of on the Turlenator. I just got my best grade of law school on his final exam and it was filled with spelling errors. he forgives much and he is forgiven!!!

  14. “let’s keep the recession pick up lines going”

    Those are pickup lines? I thought those people were waiting for soup. Man, things sure have changed since the ’30’s.

  15. to all progressive, liberal, populists:

    it was a joke. you know humor. If you all think he was serious, you have the depth of a frog. Maybe some have been licking frogs or toads?

  16. You educated liberals are too unkind to a small-minded conservative who flunked out of college and failed at everything he has tried, except for radio gossip/hate spew, which like-minded degenerates eat up like a bumblebee suckles a worthless, weedy bull thistle blossom.

    Rush, using his brand of *logic*, simply heard that the economic times were *hard* and then drew the illogical parallel to Gov. Sanford’s fraudulent sexual escapade.

    The govnugh must resign because he committed fraud on the taxpayers and spent their dollars for sexual dalliances on govmit’ time while he was playin’ hooky for nookie…

  17. Vince,

    All I can say is wow. That is the very definition of arrogance. It shows the true depth of disregard these not-so-closeted theocrats have for our Constitution and the principles therein. They continue to show this in the legislative agendas they pursue, the dogmatic hateful war and poverty promoting drivel they spread and in how they manage their personal affairs. These men are bad for the system and need to be removed from participation. They’ve demonstrated time and again they are hypocrites who want to force their “values” down others throats by corrupting the system toward their “Holy work” but treat their own adherence to said “values” with a wink and nod. It should be the duty of every American no matter party affiliation to not only remove people like this from office, but work to ensure they never get elected in the first place. Garbage in, garbage out. But to get a clean running system, you’ve got to clear out the garbage stagnating in the machine while you correct the quality of your inputs. Start by making sure every member of the C St. group gets ousted from office through either recall or scheduled electoral processes.

  18. Lee “sayed”
    1, June 26, 2009 at 10:02 am
    Prof. Turley,

    “I think this is a marvelous and informative sight, but I have one suggestion for improving it. Spelling.”
    ________________________________

    Well Lee, I suggest you return to kindergarten to learn the difference between *sight* and site.

    We humans are all hypocrites, but only the good ones try to contain their hypocrisies. We all make typos—your use of a wrong word was worse than most. The important aspect is for Professor Turley to get the topics posted so that we can comment on them. The Prof. does the work of at least 3 highly accomplished scholars, in addition to his lawyerly duties and as a family man with 4 children.

    Finally, if you would think a bit while you read, Professor Turley often intentionally misspells words as witticisms.

    Hypocritically Yours…

  19. IS,

    Comedy 101: in order for a joke to be funny it has to make sense in relation to the outside world.
    Thus me saying (before Rush actually said anything) “You know, Rush Limbaugh is probably going to blame this republican cheating on his wife on the Obama administration” is comical, because there is truth to it, Limbaugh often finds the flimsiest excuses to blame unrelated events on Democratic policies. Rush saying “This republican cheating on his wife is because of the Obama administration” is not funny, because it makes absolutely no sense, and is really a thinly disguised excuse to talk about how bad the Obama administration’s fiscal policy is.

  20. Vince,

    I wondered if it was that house. Jeff’s book is interesting and I believe it sheds light on a great deal of the political process we see unfolding at this time.

  21. Jill, not only is the House tax-exempt, the entire Family seems to be exempt under 501-c-3.
    IS, we already did know that because Olbermann always refers to him as “Commedian Rush Limbaugh.”
    Lee, sorry, did not mean to sound so harsh. I like some of the typos. Copyright came out as “cowpyright,” which I thought was some sort of intellectual property in cow pies.

  22. According to wiki, the Family is a movement QUOTE incorporated in the United States as a tax-free 501(c)(3) organization operating under the name The Fellowship Foundation. While they conduct no fundraising operations, they reported revenues of more than $12 million in 2003 from donations. …

    Their primary activity is to develop small support groups for members of Congress, businesspersons, and anyone else who is interested in the teachings of Jesus. Prayer groups have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense. They have connections to the CIA. [5]

    The movement maintains a three-story, 7,914-square-foot (735.2 m2) red brick townhouse at 133 C Street in Washington, D.C., near the United States Capitol. The townhouse used to be a convent. As many as six members of Congress, Democratic and Republican, live here while in Washington. In 2003, these men paid $600 a month to live there: U.S. Reps. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.; Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; and Mike Doyle, D-Pa.; and U.S. Sens. John Ensign, R-Nev.; and Sam Brownback, R-Kan. The house, which was valued at $1.1 million in 2003, is owned by a Fellowship sister group called the C Street Center. IRS records show that the Center received more than $145,000 in grants from the Fellowship between 1997 and 2000. UNQUOTE

  23. “he forgives much and he is forgiven!!!”

    21,
    You’ve gotten to law school so you have spent years in the educational system. Have you noticed through the years that the worst, most boring, teachers are those who take off points for spelling, even when the course is not an English/Writing course? In my brief foray with law school ’69/’71 I had Mario Cuomo for Criminal Procedure, he could care less about spelling and of course had us enthralled with his lectures. I imagine your experience with Professor Turley is the same.

  24. Vince,

    You can also be Jewish and be a Family member (oddly enough). You will find most of our ruling elite in this book. It is not a conspiracy book, it is very well documented. The Family is creepy, it is a cult and it doesn’t know party or even national boundaries. Their bond is power, wealth, and at least they say, Jesus (although it is Jesus as warrior for the apocolypse that they worship). It deserves a very open, extensive investigation.

  25. Vince and Jill, I had never heard of the group, the house or the Sharlet book. Thanks for the information. I assume the book is still in print.

  26. Gyges:

    It is humor non the less. At least right wing humor. I also appreciate left wing humor.

    I used to listen to Randi Rhodes and Al Franken and Janine Garofolo on Air America and it used to grate on my nerves. I have a feeling Rush and Sean and Savage do that to libs. There seems to be a very large schism between left and right at this time in history. It probably is beyond raproachmont. the fundamentalists on each side hold rabid ideals and the rank and file follow.

    Honestly I think Rush is pretty funny and does have some good insights, I think Sean Hannity is a light weight and well Savage is on his own planet. His books were pretty unscholary for a guy with a PhD or he has contempt for his audience.

    I like Mark Levin, although I wish he would cool it with the “sit down shut-up”.

    On the left I like David Gregory and George Stephonopolis and the black guy from the Chicago Sun times and Juan Williams I also like Carville and Begalla. I dont care much for Olberman.

    Personally most of the people on this site seem to trend toward libertarian although Mike Spindell and Mike Appleton appear to be very intelligent hippie freak retreads from the 60’s, “make not war but love, baby”.
    No offense to either Mr. Appleton or Mr. Spindell. I have always been tought to respect my elders. (I assume you both are over 35?). I have read about the 60’s, man it must have been a riot.

  27. Next Gov Sanford will say, in George Bush style, that gawd gave him his permission by whisperin’ into his ear to cheat on his wife at taxpayer expense…somethin’ about “Give Unto Caesar What is Caesar’s and Unto God What is God’s”
    _____________________________________________

    {Quote:

    “Sanford, Like King David, “Fell Mightily… In Very Significant Ways, But Was Able To Pick Up The Pieces.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/27/us/27sanford.html?_r=1&hp

    “I think he’s gone, it’s over,” said one of them, Harvey S. Peeler Jr., majority leader of the State Senate. “Leaving aside his personal life, when you use taxpayer dollars, that’s what Republicans are all about — spending tax dollars wisely. This was not spending tax dollars wisely.”

    End Quote}

  28. “I have read about the 60’s, man it must have been a riot.”

    IS,
    I think I had a blast but with all the sex, drugs and rock n’roll, my memory isn’t that good. Also for me it had the deaths of my parents, JFK, RFK and MLK, and a terrible, purposeless war pursued by people who thought they understood realpolitik. Sort of like America today before President Obama, without the sex, drugs and rock n’roll.

  29. Mike S.,

    “I think I had a blast but with all the sex, drugs and rock n’roll, my memory isn’t that good.”
    ________________________________

    But, my memory is gone too, without any of those excesses…life aint fair.

  30. Hey Former Federal Leo:

    Blow it out your a**, uh please. Did I spell that right? My mentioning of the typos wasn’t unfriendly to the Prof. (as you were to me) and it wasn’t referring to witticisms. Everyone makes mistakes. I wasn’t trying to be a dick, but you were. You accomplished that goal well. What a mensch you must be!

  31. Well, Lee, at least you’ve proven that you are the very definition of the anatomical slur you’ve accused FFLEO of being with your response. Lighten up. People without a sense of humor in general suck, but people without a sense of humor about themselves really suck. They usually end up being either terrorists, televangelists, politicians or just plain miserable to be around. BTW, I fully expect that your message this is in response to will soon be deleted for, well, quite simply being a vulgar childish and unnecessary hissy fit thrown at a long time and valued contributor. Enjoy your visit.

  32. Lee,

    I did not intend to upset you; I assumed that you would recognize–if not acknowledge–the irony of your comment. Most regulars would have returned and issued a Whoops! or a mea culpa.

    I tire of people complaining about spelling. Some very intelligent people here misspell words, occasionally, and sometimes people will ding the misspelled word because they are not logical enough to rebut the person’s logic head-on.

    You simply made a very similar mistake to that which you were mildly complaining and in the very first phrases of your sentence; therefore, I was mildly complaining about your mildly complaining about…

    My comment, meant in a sense of humor, as Buddha alluded to, was a bit wry in my reply.

  33. Buddha writes: “It’s a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.” – Ulysses Everett McGill

    me: Well Sanford did “r-u-n-n o-f-t”

    still if Rush is going to blame someone for Sanford’s behavior shouldn’t the blame to put where it really belongs? squarely on the back of gay marriage? I mean, the accusation that gay marriage threatens the institution of straight christian family values holier-than-thou marriage appears to be coming true. Every time you turn around some member of the “There But for the Grace of God Go I” wing of the republican party sings some aria about the evils of gay marriage another one of their members falls into a shame spiral that just gives me a huge case of the giggles.
    While Sanford was doing the Tango with Miss Tan Lies he sang an aria just like that. with a straight face. an academy award winning straight face.

  34. Mike S writes: I have read about the 60’s, man it must have been a riot.”

    IS,
    I think I had a blast but with all the sex, drugs and rock n’roll, my memory isn’t that good. Also for me it had the deaths of my parents, JFK, RFK and MLK, and a terrible, purposeless war pursued by people who thought they understood realpolitik. Sort of like America today before President Obama, without the sex, drugs and rock n’roll.

    I remember it all and it was fabulous. If I could be 20 again and do it all over the exact same way I would.

  35. GWLSM,

    From your last comments, ol’ Animal, the Muppet—and at least a few male regulars here—might say that “your just my kind of woman”. The sexy Rita Moreno singing Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’ with Animal—that rascal—accompanying on the drums, while ending up as ‘Moreno’s’ symbol/cymbal.

  36. FFLEO,

    rofl

    Thanks! I have a lot of memories associated with Animal. As a teenager, it was a persistent nickname for me among one circle of friends. Many people assumed it was a nefarious nickname until the learned it was “as in The Muppets”.

  37. Leo writes: From your last comments, ol’ Animal, the Muppet—and at least a few male regulars here—might say that “your just my kind of woman”. The sexy Rita Moreno singing Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’ with Animal—that rascal—accompanying on the drums, while ending up as ‘Moreno’s’ symbol/cymbal.

    wow. “fever” huh? not “that’s all there is” ?
    I’ve never really connected with either Rita Moreno or Peggy Lee. I always saw myself as more the Grace Slick kinda gal…. you know, “White Rabbit” was the song that scared every middle class parent to death in 1967. I’d have liked to have been that singer. Or Joan Baez. or Astrid Gilberto.
    still. I am grateful to be thought of in any muse-like way and I particularly like the Muppet connection. I always had a thing for Animal.
    so. wow. still.

  38. “I did always want to see Dylan though.”
    “We did.”
    “We did?”
    “Uh-Huh.”
    “Dylan?”
    “Yep.”
    “Was it when he was cool?”
    “Yep.”
    “WoW.”
    :-)

  39. Buddha,

    I never saw the Muppet Show on TV because of college, the Army, and work in the field–and no TV for much of my life after high school. However, I have really enjoyed the Muppet YouTube videos and there are 2 more real classics with Linda Ronstadt, and one with Kenny Rodgers (The Gambler).

    GWLSM,

    Although I was in college in ’67, I do not remember Ms. Slick but I do remember Ms. Astrid Gilberto (after just looking up her bio). White Rabbit!! You were a psychedelic/acid rock hippie chick? (Not meant disparagingly, that, as you know was the term for “that” genre of music).

    I was a country western guy in ‘them’ days and if a song didn’t play in a honky tonk/pool hall or a rodeo arena, or contemporary music/soft rock, I likely did not hear it or quickly tuned it out.

    Had you known Mike Spindell in those flower child days you and he might have been “Dear, dear friends” just like Guv Stanford and his Argentinean paramour.

    Et tu, lottakatz, a flower child?

  40. FFLEO:
    “But, my memory is gone too, without any of those excesses…life aint fair.”
    ——-

    After the stroke, 40 years later:

    “Did we ever see Dylan?”
    “Sure.”
    “Really?”
    “Yep.”
    “How do YOU know?”
    “‘Cause I forgot and you told me we did.”
    “When?”
    “Sometime in the 70’s. But we saw him when he was cool.”
    “WoW.”
    :-)

  41. I find that the average person with Limbaughs “rap sheet” couldn’t even get a job today at MacDonalds,but people listen to this guy.

    Hannity puts me in the mind of, if you ever saw him on the street and walked up to him and said BOO!! he would expel fluids on him self.LOL!!

  42. FFLEO,

    Paul Simon is my favorite guest.

    “I love it, but then again I know 50 ways to Love your Lever”

  43. Leo writes: GWLSM,

    Although I was in college in ’67, I do not remember Ms. Slick but I do remember Ms. Astrid Gilberto (after just looking up her bio). White Rabbit!! You were a psychedelic/acid rock hippie chick? (Not meant disparagingly, that, as you know was the term for “that” genre of music).

    I was a country western guy in ‘them’ days and if a song didn’t play in a honky tonk/pool hall or a rodeo arena, or contemporary music/soft rock, I likely did not hear it or quickly tuned it out.

    Had you known Mike Spindell in those flower child days you and he might have been “Dear, dear friends” just like Guv Stanford and his Argentinean paramour.

    Et tu, lottakatz, a flower child?

    me: I saw the Jefferson Airplane when I was a freshman in high school — the first time — and we all had tickets to go to Monterey until our parents found out that we were going to this rock concert. And yes, I was a very psychedelic hippie chick and a dead head and was also into country music because I rode horses and the cowboys were all C & W fans and I liked hanging out in the cowboy bars with them I got more immersed in country when garth brooks became famous ( I still love his cover of Billy Joel’s “Shameless”) and at the time it was the most authentic music being written. There were things that were really incompatible with one world and the other but I managed to make it work.
    I might have known Mike S. You never know. I knew lots of guys and enjoyed them all, But never in the way Gov Sanford knows women. I was much more honest about who I was with, even if only lasted for an hour or two.

  44. GWLSM: “Et tu, lottakatz, a flower child?”

    Yes, a hippie, not counter culture. I wasn’t into a collectivist mindset. Everything after the first 4 concerts is kind of a blur; Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Ravi Shankar and Cream. I recall high points in concert-going (I did forget Dylan, though the better half reminded me about him around 10 years later.) and a lot of fierce political debate, a couple of demonstrations, some interesting people etc. I actually had a pretty good job then (industrial craft-work) with no dress code but the evenings and weekends were free. It was cool. Folks at work thought I was strange, though a good worker, REALLY focused/zoned in on my tasks. :-)

  45. “But, my memory is gone too, without any of those excesses…life aint fair.”

    FFLEO,
    Thanks for sharing. As someone who believes in taking/being
    responsible for oneself, I had come to accept that the memory loss was payback for the excess and for which I then felt angry with myself for not being smart enough to moderate. The interesting thing about religion and guilt is how even in someone liberated from it, the old ideas still permeate.

    By the way I’ve been to some cowboy bars out west, back then and you all seemed to be having a ton of fun, though admittedly on Bud, or Coors, rather than the other stuff, whose use I dabbled in. Contrary to the movies or TV, no one ever acted hostile to me because of my hair, beard or clothing. I’m talking the Dakota’s, Wyoming, Montana Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and even Utah. Never went to Texas or Oklahoma, the movie “Easy Rider” left me paranoid about those venues. The only cautionary tale from back then was that the woman with me at the time ordered frogs legs in a restaurant in Billings. Not a good idea.

    GWLSM,
    We probably never met, being from different coasts. I did spend chunks of time in California in ’73 and ’75, but was with a woman and so didn’t meet any on my own. However, we might have passed, like ships in the night in Seattle, San Francisco, L.A., or perhaps on that nude beach in the Big Sur? I’ve been a Deadhead since ’70 when I went to their concert in a minor league baseball park in New Jersey. All four of us took organic mescaline and I can still recall, through the haze of lost memory, that the mesc “came on” as I was walking down the aisle towards the infield, as they played “Sugar Magnolia.”

    lottakatz,
    Went to many a concert, but except for brief snatches like the above, while I know I was there, can’t remember the details. Can you really call it a concert attendance, when you don’t remember the music played? My clearest concert memory is of The Band playing “The Shape I’m In” as the opening act for Dylan at MSG.

    I too was not of a collectivist mindset and the whole communal idea left me cold. Was constantly employed all through that time at a job that allowed me freedom, huge vacation time and had no dress code. My fellow workers were mostly of the same ages and mindsets. In fact, truth be told while I was in many demonstrations, picket lines and concert scenes, I’ve never personally felt comfortable in large crowds. Their potential unpredictability raises my alert levels.

    To All,
    Please forgive the romantic musings of an old fella, straight now through almost three decades of marriage and child rearing, who fondly sort of remembers his sort of “outlaw” life back in the day. It was great, but having and raising two children and now with two grandchildren, those three decades have been the best of my life. Sometimes wryly and ironically, I think of myself as Candide, living in the best of all possible worlds. Truly though, its the effort of trying to live in the moment and never looking back except to enjoy the nostalgia of years gone by, never to be re-lived
    and/or experienced.

  46. yesterday

    Rush said that Sanford was the republican party’s future Jack Kennedy.

    Half the folks in S. Carolina want Sanford to step down.

    Sanford asked his wife to grant her permission for his continuation of the affair once it was discovered.

    Sanford compared himself to King David.

    “yesterday. love was such an easy game to play.”

  47. For a brief quote about King David & Bathsheba from Ms. Sanford’s interview. Using the Bible to justify his affair and then to remain in office.
    _______________________________

    {Quote:

    About an hour after Jenny Sanford talked of her pain and feelings of betrayal, her husband brushed aside any suggestion he might immediately resign, citing the Bible and the story of King David _ who continued to lead after sleeping with another man’s wife, Bathsheba, having the husband slain, then marrying the widow.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/26/jenny-sanford-how-i-found_n_221785.html

    End Quote}
    ____________________________________

    Mr. Sanford is devoid of decent character and self-shame.

  48. FFLEO,

    “Mr. Sanford is devoid of decent character and self-shame.”

    Yeah, but I kinda like the way his soon to be ex-wife has been handling things. She could care less he’s screwed up his job as governor. She’s even forgiven him for failing as a husband (and she seemed genuine about it too). She’s mad at him for screwing up his job as father and making her job as a parent just that much harder as she considers parenting the most important job either of the them have. Stand up gal.

    He should retire now. He’ll be hard pressed to hang around after doing wrong by both her and his constituents.

  49. I’m glad others had my reaction to his comparison of himself with King David. David’s actions in that biblical tale were beyond despicable. He was King. He saw Bathsheba naked from his roof one day and decided he had to have her. Her feelings for him were of no consequence to the extent that they are not mentioned in the narrative and he did have his way with her and then insured the death of her husband. Sanford compares himself to David, with no sense of the irony that this comparison engenders? Pathetic.

    However, let me give you my surmise as to what the true story is. Sanford’s wife is the heiress to the Skil Tool Company. She is also intelligent, well-educated. Sanford was born of wealthy parents, but Jennie’s were far wealthier. They married, made money and both decided that he would launch a political career. She had served as his campaign manager and chief booster. They both dreamed of the Presidency, with her coveting the immortality of being the “First Lady.” The rumors that at one point he wanted to quit politics and she made him continue are true. She became the keeper of their political dream. She discovered this letter to his girlfriend five months ago and went ballistic. She gave him ultimatum after ultimatum, but he was so lovesick and sick of politics that from love of this Maria came obsession and the need to see her. Jennie refused, warned him not to and punished him with a separation.

    He decided to hell with Jennie, to hell with politics, he was going to Buenos Aires to see his love and ask her be with him after he divorced his wife. She told him that he was crazy to believe she wanted any more of him than to see him for a tryst every year or so and that she had other, younger lovers that she fancied. He cried and cried, the sex was great, but in the end she rejected him. He returned to the States distraught, but resolved to continue his marriage and his political career. Then he was met by a reporter at the Atlanta Airport and the jig was up.

    I’ve no proof so I can’t guarantee this is what really happened, which we’ll probably never know, by my instincts tell me it is as close to the truth as we are going to get.
    I find no sympathy for anyone in this, particularly Mark Sanford, because he was a self righteous hypocrite well befor this affair.

  50. It’s sad that we bloggers give Rush Limbaugh so much free advertisement on our blogs. With all due respect, the guy is not very bright and doesn’t deserve one tenth of the exposure he gets on the net, that’s not of his own making. Turley’s blog is a giant among the blogsphere; he shouldn’t trash his blog with an entire blog post on Limbaugh’s idiocy.

  51. mis101:

    I agree with that,case in point.
    Just as Olberman has not shown O’Rielly on his show,he should do the same for Limbaugh.

    And their is to much intelligent discussion here,to be side tracked by the “wizard of oz”.

  52. I find it amusing that many who claim to be intelligent, free thinkers criticize Rush Limbuagh (he’s an idiot, he’s a racist, he’s fat, etc. etc.) based on the writings of this blog post. I actually happened to be listening to Rush during his monologue about Gov Sanford. Basically, the very simple and irrelevant point he was making was that it made no sense why the governor did what he did. It simply didn’t add up for him to do something as stupid as he did.
    Criticize the Right and Rush if you must (they certainly often deserve it), but please, please do so with the knowledge of what you’re actually criticizing. Otherwise, it makes you look stupid.

  53. Here is some great news. I reported above, June 26, 2009 at 10:09 am, that the religious retreat on Capitol Hill was nothing but a tax dodge: “The property is Tax Type E1, Religious. It is tax exempt. No tax payments are shown. The Members live in a tax-free property. Most of those who live in the District have to pay property taxes, or pay rent to landlords who pay property taxes. These Senators and Representatives say some prayers in the dining room, claim their flophouse as a church, convent or monastery, and pay sub-market rent for their rooms. They are sponging off the taxpayers of the District, and will not even vote to give them representation in Congress.

    ”This does not even sink to the level of hypocrisy. It is pure, simple, unadulterated, unmitigated gall.”

    So the right-wing residential “church” on Capitol Hill at 133 E St SE, where Mark Sanford and John Ensign mulled over their respective adulteries, used to be exempt from property tax as a religious property.

    Well, at least one complaint just happened to be filed a few months ago, by some anonymous citizen who will remain nameless “”wink, wink,” with the taxpayer hotline at the DC tax office.

    The property has now been reclassified as residential, with a taxable assessment of $1,834,500.

    They paid their property tax on October 21, 2009, in the amount of $1,714.70.

    https://www.taxpayerservicecenter.com/RP_Search.jsp?search_type=Assessment

    (Just plug in the address 133 C St SE, then click on “square/lot” in upper left, then click on “view payments” in lower right. It is all there).

    Owner Name: YOUTH WITH A MISSION WASHINGTON DC INC C ST CENTER
    Tax Class: 001 – Residential.

    Get your breaking news here, first, on the Turley blog, “VOTED THE #1 LEGAL THEORY AND LAW PROFESSOR BLOG OF THE TOP 100 LEGAL BLOGS BY THE ABA JOURNAL”!

    “How Sweet It Is!” – Jackie Gleason.

  54. Nudge nudge wink wink indeed.

    Great news, Vince. Good to see that C Street crowd eat it for a change. Now if we could just make the government start enforcing corporate tax laws we might be able to pay for Bush’s Illegal War and Obama’s Wall St./Insurance Company Giveaway.

  55. Thanks, BIL.

    Last July, I asked a rhetorical question about the tax evaders:

    “Why are these Representatives and Senators allowed to do this? The answer of course is in the Constitution itself, Article 1, section 8: ‘The Congress shall have power … To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States.’

    “The courts have said that this clause is a unique and sovereign power, extraordinary and plenary, majestic in its scope, national in its highest sense, and part of the Article which granted all the other great powers which make the nation. The Clause does appear to grant Congress absolute power over the District. As Lord Acton wrote in 1887, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

  56. Vince:

    how is it my property is worth less than 1/2 their assesment but I pay about 5-6 times the amount of taxes?

    I think the person who turned them in needs to change the tax law in DC. No wonder they don’t have any money. Although the county I live in is 300 million in debt so that pretty much disproves high taxation as a way of generating revenue works.

  57. Byron, I thought about that. The property tax for a residence assessed for 1,800,000 should be somewhere in the $7,000 range. The payment of $1714 seems very small, but it may be a pro-rated amount for the portion of the tax year for which the house was classified as residential. They should have to pay the full tax next year for 2010.

    The person who turned them in cannot change D.C. tax laws. See Art. I, Sec. 8 above. Congress is supreme. The D.C. Council only exercises delegate powers. All their enactments go to Congress, which can disapprove them. Abosolutely.

  58. Sorry, everyone, I have to retract the above posting at 10:28 am on the grounds of mathematical challenged syndrome.

    A house in DC assessed for $1,884,140 paid $17,788 in taxes for 2009, in two semi-annual payments of about $8900 each.

    So the annual property tax for 133 C St SE taxable residential property should be in the vicinity of $17,000 to $18,000 per year from now on.

  59. It is nice to see the Imperial Colonial Congressional Overlords facing the need to cough up extra rent money to cover the property taxes on their digs.

    No more living in a tax-exempt church for the top dogs.

  60. Vince–

    “No more living in a tax-exempt church for the top dogs.”

    And the top dogmatists.

    BTW, would that be a “fan” of top dogs?

    I hope all this won’t be too taxing on the close-knit Family.

  61. Vince,

    Kudos!!! This is good news someone (wink,wink)has done a marvelous civic service! Someone (wink,wink) is a real inspiration!

    I hope this news reaches a wider audience maybe someone (nudge,nudge) would consider contacting TPM, TRMS, Olberman, Colbert or TDS.

    I would especially like to see Rachel get the update as she has covered The Family and might welcome more ammo on the good Bart Stupak *Democrat* from Michigan. Stupak a 7 year resident of the C street house, has previously denied any knowledge of the controversy.

    From the Michigan Messenger: “When asked if there were any ethical concerns created by living in a house inaccurately listed as a church in order to evade property taxes; Stupak replied: “I don’t know own the building, I don’t know how the landlord has it listed, I pay for a room, I sleep there…”

    http://michiganmessenger.com/23484/stupak-denies-knowledge-of-connections-to-mysterious-c-street-house

    Vince, people are going to be very interested in this news!

    On November 10, 2009 J. Welsh of the Talk 2 Action web site posted a story titled “Bart Stupak, Family ‘Minister’, Wrapped in C Street Like a Bug in a Rug” and reported the old tax status.

    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2009/11/10/192635/30

    P.S. I wonder if they are being investigated for what some could claim was an illegal gift, benefit or campaign contribution?
    Do you remember how Rahm Emmanuel was taken to task by the right because he had “benefited” from living in a “basement” apartment in his friend Rep. Rosa Delauro’s house?

  62. CEJ, Thanks. I have passed this information on to some sits, and just posted a comment in Michigan, but there have been no responses yet.

  63. Nal, I meant “sites.” Just finished watching a tape of 1977 BBC Dr. Who: Voyage of the Damned, rerun on BBC America. Great fun. They tell the Doctor they named their starship the “Titanic” after the most famous ship on Earth. He asks if they knew why it was so famous. Uh, no. My only problem is that, like Dr. Asimov, I hate it when the robots start to violate the First Law….

    Coming, Dec. 19, 9 PM, Dr. Who: The Waters of Mars, along with some more new episodes.

  64. Josh Marshall’s TPM site (http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/ ) is now headlining the report, by Zachary Roth, that C Street SE has lost its property tax exemption, and giving full credit to the Turley Blog.

    Another triumph for the site “VOTED THE #1 LEGAL THEORY AND LAW PROFESSOR BLOG OF THE TOP 100 LEGAL BLOGS BY THE ABA JOURNAL”(tm)(R)(C)!.

    QUOTES ON

    TPMMuckraker

    C Street House No Longer Tax Exempt
    Zachary Roth | November 17, 2009, 1:40PM

    Residents of the C Street Christian fellowship house will no longer benefit from a loophole that had allowed the house’s owners to avoid paying property taxes.

    Previously, the house — despite being home to numerous lawmakers — had been tax exempt, because it was classified as a church. That arrangement had allowed the building’s owner, the secretive international Christian organization The Family, to charge significantly below market rents to its residents. In recent year, Senators John Ensign (R-NV), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Jim DeMint (R-SC), and Reps. Zach Wamp (R-TN), Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) have all reportedly called C Street home.

    Natalie Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Office of Tax and Revenue for Washington D.C., told TPMmuckraker that her office inspected the house this summer. “It was determined that portions of it were being rented out for private residential purposes,” she said. As a result, the tax exempt status was partially revoked. Sixty-six percent of the value of the property is now subject to taxation.

    According to online records, the total taxable assessment is $1,834,500. The building’s owner last month paid taxes of $1714.70 on the property.

    A commenter using the name Vince Treacy, posting on a blog run by George Washington Law professor Jonathan Turley, noted in June that the property enjoyed tax exempt status. In a comment yesterday, he wrote:

    “Well, at least one complaint just happened to be filed a few months ago, by some anonymous citizen who will remain nameless “”wink, wink,” with the taxpayer hotline at the DC tax office.” QUOTES OFF.
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/11/c_street_house_no_longer_tax_exempt.php

  65. Speaking of Dr. Who, I read Michael Moorcock has signed on to write an episode. I’m thinking Elric could stomp the good Dr. into Time Lord paste. It’ll be interesting to see his take on the Dr. mythos.

  66. Well, well , well. The once-mighty Washington Post has finally caught up with the Turley Blog, a day late and dollar short.

    Note that there is no credit to Turley or to TPM. They make it sound like they came up with this all by themselves: en quote!

    Tax man comes for C Street residence
    Updated 4:57 p.m. By Al Kamen

    The famous rowhouse on C St. S.E., where disgraced South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford sought counseling after his affair — as did Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) after his affair — has begun paying D.C. real estate taxes, according to city officials.

    At least four congressmen live there, renting upstairs rooms from a group affiliated with “the Fellowship,” a secretive group that organizes the National Day of Prayer Breakfast. Ensign, who recently moved out of the tidy brick home, lived there and Sanford, when he was a member of Congress, came by for what he called “a Christian Bible study.”

    The downstairs part of the house, valued $1.8 million, is used for meals and prayer meetings, while the upstairs houses residents that included over the summer three House members, as well as Ensign and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) (see our colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia’s June report on the house).

    It was there that Coburn, an obstetrician and gynecologist, met with Ensign’s friend and former top aide, Doug Hampton, the husband of Ensign’s mistress, for an emotional chat about forgiveness. Coburn reportedly advised Ensign to stop the affair but has said he would never reveal the details of those discussions, citing his religious privilege as an “ordained deacon” and his doctor’s privilege.

    Last summer, the tax records show, the house paid no taxes because it received an E1 or religious exemption. It was coded: “89 -Special Purpose-Misc” and it was classified for tax purposes as a commercial property.

    But the property now is classified “TX – Taxable” and is listed as a residential property. The owner, according to tax records, remains the same little-known “Youth With A Mission Washington DC Inc C St. Center.”

    The current property records also show that there was a tax payment of $1,714.70 on the property on Oct. 21. The records page notes that “Only payments received on or after Jan. 14, 2005 are displayed on this page.”

    It appears that, sometime after The Washington Post’s article on the house, the city took a look at the situation. “The property in question was inspected by our office,” a city official told our colleague Nikita Stewart, “and it was determined that portions are being rented to private individuals for residential purposes. As a result, the exemption was partially revoked and adjusted so that only 34 percent is now tax exempt and 66 percent has become taxable.”

    The property “went 66 percent taxable Aug.1,” the official said, and the full taxable bill for 2010 will be $10, 234. Now, maybe if the lawmakers would stop paying rent, then the property would be fully tax-exempt. Of course, then the members would be questioned about accepting free accommodations.

    By 44 Editor | November 17, 2009; 4:43 PM ET

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/11/tax-man-comes-for-c-street-res.html

  67. And the Post got the information from me yesterday. Here is the email thanks:

    Re: Message via washingtonpost.com: Tax exempt C St‏
    From: Mary Jordan (jordanm@washpost.com)
    Sent: Mon 11/16/09 3:49 PM
    To: Vince Treacy (vtreacy@msn.com)

    Thank you for sending this.

    Mary Jordan
    The Washington Post

  68. You know, I tried really hard to tell the Washington Post about this tax scam back in June. See the comments to the article “The Political Enclave That Dare Not Speak Its Name: No sign explains the prim and proper red brick house on C Street SE.” by Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, June 26, 2009.

    I also sent my comments directly to that reporter.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/25/AR2009062504480_Comments.html

    “vtreacy wrote: The records are at:

    https://www.taxpayerservicecenter.com/RP_Search.jsp?search_type=Assessment

    “The other properties are taxable and have paid a lot of taxes.

    “133 C St has paid none. It seems to be a shelter for depressed penniless Senators and Representatives far from home in need of counseling. Where can tax-deductible charitable contributions of nickels and dimes be sent for this worthy cause?
    6/28/2009 4:28:30 PM”

    And many more comments below that one….

  69. Ed Brayton at Michigan Messenger has followed up on yesterday’s story (above at November 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm):

    http://michiganmessenger.com/30404/stupaks-dc-residence-no-longer-tax-exempt

    QO
    Stupak’s D.C. residence no longer tax exempt
    By Ed Brayton 11/17/09 5:25 PM

    The now-infamous C Street house in Washington D.C., owned by a mysterious Christian group called the Family or the Fellowship and home to numerous members of Congress including U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, is no longer tax exempt. The house, which was formerly a convent, has long been listed as a church with the city and was thus exempted from property taxes. That is no longer the case.

    You can find the details here on the District of Columbia government website. It is now listed as residential and taxable and valued at $1,834,500. And here it shows that they paid their property taxes of $1,714.70 on October 21.

    But it appears to have been only partially redesignated. TPM Muckraker reports:

    Natalie Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Office of Tax and Revenue for Washington D.C., told TPMmuckraker that her office inspected the house this summer. “It was determined that portions of it were being rented out for private residential purposes,” she said. As a result, the tax exempt status was partially revoked. Sixty-six percent of the value of the property is now subject to taxation.

    No word on whether the residents of the house may have to pay more in rent to cover the cost of the property taxes.
    UQ

  70. Vince,

    They have to have somebody to blame. They certainly cannot take responsibility for anything the GOP has done. I guess they could blame Clinton who really started the economic decline by singling out one thing he did by abolishing the Glass Act. Which was really in play because of BushI.

  71. Vince,

    Kudos, again! I was so pleased to see that TPM credited you!:)

    In the comments following TPM’s post Jeff Sharlet wrote he was going to be on TRMS tonight discussing this story…

  72. Elaine, no, missed it. I will look it up on Youtube.
    FFLEO, that is an easy temptation to resist here in D.C.: No Senators, no Member of Congress, no voting Delegate.
    CEJ, thanks.

  73. From the comments to the TPM article (above, November 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm):

    dustbunny44, November 18, 2009 12:50 AM:

    in reply to runfastandwin

    “I suppose it’s a church because it’s full of people praying they don’t get caught.”

    November 18, 2009 9:20 AM in reply to dustbunny44

    “LOL”

    Tip of the hat to citizenw.

  74. According to a “Corrective Deed” filed on September 28, 2009, the property was not sold to the Family as has been alleged. Rather:

    1. Youth With A Mission, Washington, D.C., Inc. (YWAM-DC) currently holds title to 133 C Street SE.

    2. YWAMDC changed its name to Youth With A Mission Renewal Ministries, Inc. (YWAM-RM) in 1983.

    3. YWAM-RM changed its name to FaithAmerica in 1984.

    4. FaithAmerica changed its name to Youth With A Mission National Christian Center, Inc. (YWAM-NCC) in 1985.

    5. YWAM-NCC changed its name to C Street Center, Inc. in 1992.

    The document was executed on behalf of YWAM-DC and C Street Center, Inc. by Marty Sherman, as Secretary, on September 23, 2009.

  75. CC: Where is the “Corrective Deed” available so that we can see it? Is it online like the tax assessment records?

    I will post this information at Jeff Sharlett’s site to see what he knows about this.

  76. Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and the Family are interrelated Christian fundamentalist movements. The C Street Residence is owned by WYAM, but it is run by the Family. WYAM has allowed Family members to use its tax-exempt property as a residence for many years.

    The fundamental facts reported in this blog are correct. The property was classified as E-1 Religious until late 2009, even though used as a residence.

    The portion used as a residence is now classified at Residential, and is taxed.

    There was no allegation here that the property was sold to the Family. The complete online record, clearly showing ownership by YWAM, was posted last summer on another thread at this site:

    Property Detail

    Address: 133 C ST SE
    SSL: 0733 0825

    Record Details
    Neighborhood: CAPITOL HILL Sub-Neighborhood: A
    Use Code: 89 – Special Purpose-Misc Class 3 Exception: No
    Tax Type: E1 – Religious Tax Class: 002 – Commercial
    Homestead Status: ** Not receiving the Homestead Deduction
    Assessor: LEIGHTON JONES
    Gross Building Area: Ward: 6
    Land Area: 3,466 Triennial Group: 2

    Owner and Sales Information
    Owner Name: YOUTH WITH A MISSION WASHINGTON DC INC C ST CENTER
    Mailing Address:133 C ST SE; WASHINGTON DC20003-1807
    Sale Price: Not Available
    Sale Date: Not Available
    Instrument No.:

    Tax Year 2010 Preliminary Assessment Roll
    Current Value Proposed New Value (2010)
    Land: $682,800 $682,800
    Improvements: $1,162,010 $1,151,700
    Total Value: $1,844,810 $1,834,500
    Taxable Assessment: * $1,844,810 $1,834,500

    * Taxable Assessment after Tax Assessment Credit and after $67,500 Homestead Credit, if applicable. (Click here for more information).

    The record for tax payments shows that “$0.00″ has been paid in taxes.

    http://jonathanturley.org/2009/06/30/oklahoma-legislature-to-consider-proclamation-linking-the-economic-crisis-to-obamas-immoral-policies/

  77. I checked back, and found that Zachary Roth added this footnote to his article at TPM Muckraker:

    “* This post originally reported, based on online records for the city of Washington, D.C., that C Street is owned by Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an international Christian group, and that YWAM is affiliated with The Family. But YWAM official Ron Boehme told TPMmuckraker that the city’s records are inaccurate, and that his group sold the house to The Family in 1989. He also said that YWAM is not affiliated with The Family — though some reports suggest the two groups have close ties.”

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/11/c_street_house_no_longer_tax_exempt.php

    Apparently referring to this, Concerned Citizen said that “According to a ‘Corrective Deed’ filed on September 28, 2009, the property was not sold to the Family as has been alleged” and that “Youth With A Mission, Washington, D.C., Inc. (YWAM-DC) currently holds title to 133 C Street SE.”

    Actually, as of tonight at 8:47 PM, the DC Tax site listed the owner as “YOUTH WITH A MISSION WASHINGTON DC INC C ST CENTER,” which is almost, but not quite, what CC said is in the corrective deed. Legally, YWAM is the owner, as we said all along.

    So why did Ron Boehme of YWAM tell Zachary that the property was sold to the Family?

    Did he lie to TPM?

    And, CC, what is your point?

  78. A large number of United States Senators and Members of Congress, primarily Republican, as well as high-ranking military leaders, are known as either “associates” or “close friends” of the Fellowship. Many have resided at properties owned by the Fellowship or an affiliated entity such as Youth with a Mission (YWAM) where they pay below-market rents. The low level of rent, tax-free status of the Fellowship, and secrecy of its members which includes not disclosing the scandals of its politician members, among others, has raised concerns.

    Boarders at the C Street Center currently include Senators Tom Coburn, R-OK; John Ensign, R-Nev.; and Jim DeMint, R-SC; and Representatives Zach Wamp, R-TN; Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; Heath Shuler, D-N.C.; and Mike Doyle, D-Pa.[20][21][22] (It has been reported that Joseph Pitts, R-PA, was a resident; this is in question.)

    Other members, some of whom have lived at C Street Center or the Cedars, include Senators Sam Brownback, R-KS; Mark Pryor, D-AR; Charles Grassley, R-IA; James Inhofe, R-OK; Susan Collins, R-ME, and Bill Nelson, D-FL; Representatives Ben Nelson, D-NE; Frank Wolf, R-VA; Todd Tiahrt, R-KS; Mike McIntyre, D-NC; John R. Carter, R-TX and Ander Crenshaw, R-FL; as well as former Senators Pete Domenici, R-NM; Don Nickles, R-OK; George Allen, R-VA; Conrad Burns, R-MT; and Mark O. Hatfield, R-OR; and former Representatives Steve Largent, R-OK; Mark Sanford, R-SC; Chip Pickering, R-MS, Ed Bryant, R-TN, John E. Baldacci, R-ME, and J.C. Watts, R-OK.[16]

    Senators Ensign, Inhofe, Brownback (a former C Street resident), and Susan Collins, R-ME, and former Senators George Allen and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have attended the Wednesday morning Senate Prayer Breakfast at the C Street Center. Former Attorney General Ed Meese under Ronald Reagan regularly presided over other prayer breakfasts.[16]

    ….

    In 1980, Youth with a Mission, Washington, D.C., Inc. (also known as Youth with a Mission National Christian Center, Inc.) purchased a three-story, brick rowhouse 7,914-square-foot (735.2 m2) located at 133 C Street SE, behind the Madison Annex of the Library of Congress and near the United States Capitol. YWAM took a note from Alexandro Palau in the principal amount of $448,873.33 to purchase the property. A modification of the note recorded in 1981 was signed by Fellowship member Ron Boehme in his capacity as President of YWAM, Washington, D.C. and witnessed by Michael Davidson as its secretary.

    When asked about YWAM, Richard Carver, a retired Air Force General and the President of the Fellowship Foundation, told the Washington Post that his Fellowship group is affiliated with the house, but that he has never heard of Youth With a Mission of Washington DC and that he did not have a phone number for it. Carver later said that he had spoken with someone who “at one time was involved with the house” and had “heard secondhand” that the organization that runs the house is “subscribing to the no-comment.”[59]

    Sosurce: http://home.conservativebabylon.com/c-street-the-family-the-fellowship/

  79. Vince,
    Thank you for your submissions on C Street. The list of residents and prayer breakfast attendees was most helpful in trying to wrap ones head around this whole issue. My take is ominous. The more the truth is brought into daylight and the knowledge spread perhaps the Family’s undue influence might be countered.

  80. Bringing this issue up to date, two group have launched separate attacks on the tax status of the C Street House. Josh Marshall again has the details:

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/04/ohio_pastors_file_irs_complaints_over_c_street_hou.php?ref=fpb

    The first attack is by 13 minister, directed to the IRS:

    [quote TPMMuckraker
    Ohio Pastors File IRS Complaints Over C Street House
    Rachel Slajda | April 1, 2010, 9:58AM

    The C Street Center, a boarding house for Christian lawmakers made famous by its role in the Ensign and Sanford scandals, is facing two complaints from a group of Ohio pastors. The pastors allege that the center is improperly using its tax status to offer below-market rents to members of Congress — a charge that could ensnare the members as well.

    The 13 pastors, who say they’re concerned about the separation of church and state, filed one complaint with the IRS arguing that C Street has improperly declared itself a “church” for taxation purposes on February 23. Their second IRS complaint, filed this week and obtained by TPM, alleges that C Street’s rent is much lower than market price. The problem, according to the complaint, is that the members are either not paying taxes on that extra income, or that they’re receiving unreported gifts.

    Lawmakers who live in the house reportedly pay $950 a month in rent for a furnished room and housekeeping services. The complaint, written by the group’s lawyer and former director of the IRS’s tax-exempt department Marcus Owens, states that one-bedroom apartments in the area run about $1,700 a month. Corporate housing and hotels — which, like C Street, offer amenities like housekeeping — charge up to $7,000 a month, according to the complaint.

    At the low end, that’s a savings of $9,000 a year.

    The IRS did not respond to a request for comment.[unquote]

    The other front was opened by CREW before the House and Senate Ethics Committees:

    [quote]The watchdog group CREW, or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, followed the pastors today by filing similar complaints with the Senate and House ethics committees.

    The complaints name Sens. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Jim DeMint (R-SC), and John Ensign (R-NV), as well as Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Heath Shuler (D-NC), Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Zach Wamp (R-TN) as having received improper gifts from the C Street Center by paying below-market rent.

    As a matter of policy, the committees don’t comment on complaints or confirm whether they are investigating.[unquote]

    The story broke first on the Turley blog.

  81. Exclusive breaking at the Turley blog.

    For many years Senators and Congressmen associated with the “Family” had lived at a house at 133 C Street, SE, Washington, DC, while it was exempted from property taxes as a religious property.

    After a citizen complained to the Tax Fraud Hotline of the DC Government, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) revoked the exemption.

    It was first reported here at the Turley blog.

    So, how is “C STREET CENTER INC C ST CENTER,” the listed owner of the property, doing now that their former “church” is classified as a residential, taxable property?

    First of all, they have racked up nearly $1,200.00 in penalties for missing payment deadlines.

    They have incurred nearly $500.00 in interest charges for late payments.

    They are nearly six months overdue on $2,777.67 in taxes that were due on March 31st, 2010.

    As of September 29, 2010, there is no online record that they have paid any of the taxes, penalties and interest that were due by September 15th, 2010.

    The C Street house was nearly $8500.00 behind in its property taxes, as of September 26, 2010, according to records posted by OTR.

    Here are details from down in the weeds.

    DC Property Taxes are payable in two semi-annual payments, one due on March 31st, and the other on September 15th.

    The online tax payment records for DC are searchable at OTR’s website, “Real Property Tax Database Search” at

    http://otr.cfo.dc.gov/otr/cwp/view,a,1330,q,594345.asp

    For tax year 2009, they owed $5053.85.
    The penalty for late payment was $171.48.
    Interest was $32.49.
    The total paid was $5,257.

    For 2010, first half, they owed $5116.92.
    Penalty: $511.69.
    Interest: $347.30.
    The total owed was $5975.91
    Paid so far: $3198.24
    Still owing: $2777.67.

    For 2010, second half, they also owed $5116.92.
    The penalty is again $511.69.
    Interest was 76.75.
    The total due as of September 15, 2010, was 5705.36.
    No payment at all was on record as of September 28, 2010, 4:01 PM.

    (Payments made by other taxpayers by the September 15 deadline have already been posted).

    Bottom line:

    The “balance due for 2010 is $8483.03.

    This looks like a great stimulus tax cut for the Members of Congress living there. It looks like the folks who vote to impose taxes on everyone else are pretty slow to pay their own taxes.

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