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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>DEAR MARK: November 25, 2016</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Levy.gif\" /></p>\n<p>DEAR MARK: &nbsp;<br />\n Okay, Congress retained its Republican majority. Trump is at least not Hillary. Congress had better show that they can work and earn their substantial salaries by working for the people who elected them. This may well be their last chance as they blew the one handed to them in 2014. The voters have shown what they can do when they set their mind to it. We are watching. &mdash; Kathleen the Conservative Machine<br />\n Dear Machine:<br />\n This is where Trump&rsquo;s no-nonsense approach to calling someone out i.e. Crooked Hillary, Lying Ted, Little Marco or his experience firing people on The Apprentice will be an asset in governing. Trump campaigned and won by listening to the people and I hope he holds Congress accountable by demanding action from the GOP majorities in the House and Senate.<br />\n As much as I&rsquo;d like to think that GOP politicians are different than Democrats, sadly Washington representatives from both parties have fragile egos. I believe the fear of being shamed by President Trump might spur Republicans to proper action.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK: &nbsp;<br />\n Throughout the presidential campaign I&rsquo;ve repeatedly heard about &ldquo;undocumented&rdquo; immigrants who are law abiding and pay their taxes.&nbsp; My question is how? How does an illegal immigrant pay income taxes without a Social Security number? If they &ldquo;borrow&rdquo; one, won&rsquo;t paying taxes with it tip off the federal/state/local authorities? Am I missing something? &mdash; Taxing My Patience in PA<br />\n Dear Taxing: &nbsp;<br />\n No, you actually have something that the federal government is missing &mdash; common sense. Immigrants illegal or otherwise can pay taxes using an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) which is issued by the IRS. The idea actually makes sense for individuals who are here legally on visas or doing business in the United States or students. The magnanimous folks at the IRS certainly don&rsquo;t want to miss an opportunity to take someone&rsquo;s money.<br />\n The problem you&rsquo;re alluding to is that illegal immigrants can obtain these numbers and use them without fear of legal retribution. In fact some states allow a person with an ITIN to acquire a driver license which of course leads to noncitizens voting. But where your common sense is needed is in the area of Federal agencies communicating with each other. &nbsp;<br />\n As it stands now the IRS &ldquo;in the name of taxpayer privacy&rdquo; is not required to share this type of information with any of the immigration enforcement agencies. Yet somehow Donald Trump&rsquo;s tax returns were leaked to the New York Times but I digress. So it sounds like to me that the IRS is more concerned with collections than national security or the breaking of other federal laws.<br />\n This &ldquo;non-requirement&rdquo; of the IRS code can be changed if Congress is truly interested in solving the illegal immigration problem. It seems like a simple rewrite; if a particular ITIN number appears on tax returns on consecutive years the proper immigration enforcement agency is then notified. The respective agency would then check on the visa status, the marital status or some other &ldquo;status&rdquo; of the individual. After all, some of the 9/11 conspirators were illegally in the United States on expired visas.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK: &nbsp;<br />\n The Democrats keep whining about Donald Trump winning the election. They have used every excuse in the book including Russia hacking the voting machines, Trump getting away with lies, and FBI director James Comey mishandling Hillary&rsquo;s email investigation. Now they say &ldquo;fake news&rdquo; is to blame for Hillary&rsquo;s loss. The excuses are growing old with me but what exactly is fake news anyway? &mdash; Cancelling my Subscriptions<br />\n Dear Cancelling: &nbsp;<br />\n &ldquo;Fake news&rdquo; websites publish outlandish headlines with bogus stories in order to drive people to their websites and their advertisers.&nbsp; Whiny liberals are claiming this phenomenon only began with the 2016 presidential campaign and some are even claiming the Russians are behind this as well. &nbsp;<br />\n Liberals can&rsquo;t have it both ways.&nbsp; They always act like their voters are intellectually superior to conservative voters so how in the world could a liberal voter be fooled into voting for Trump because of &ldquo;fake news?&rdquo;<br />\n Speaking of fake news being reported to sway an election, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post could not be reached for comment.</p>\n<p> E-mail your questions to <a href=\"mailto:marklevy92@aol.com\">marklevy92@aol.com</a>. 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GOP action, immigrant taxes, fake news

DEAR MARK: November 25, 2016

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