66 results for month: 03/2013


Reality of tax increases meets French politics

Last December, Tea Party Patriots highlighted the departure of the wealthy from France as a result of massive new taxes on upper-income earners. That tax is now being abandoned by the nation’s politicians as a result of two court cases: The French government threw in the towel Friday on plans to levy a 75% tax on the rich, a key election pledge of President Francois Hollande, and acknowledged it wasn't clear how it would increase taxes on the country's wealthiest citizens. After receiving advice from the country's top administrative court, French finance minister Pierre Moscovici said that the top tax rate applied to earned income couldn't exceed ...

”Too Big to Fail” may be failing in the Senate

Over the last few months, Tea Party Patriots has highlighted Congress’ to both hold bank executives responsible when they engage in illegal and unethical activity. Additionally, we have pointed out that Congress failed to hold bank executives responsible for the unethical and illegal activities that led to the 2008 financial crash. The biggest failure of them all, however, has been Congress’ unwillingness to end Too Big to Fail (TBTF), despite pressure from newly-elected Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). TBTF, the ultimate in crony capitalism, is still costing the taxpayers in ways scant few are aware – and who can forget that TBTF was the ...

Interview with Congressman Tom Price (R-GA)

Representative Tom Price (R-GA) has served the 6th District of Georgia since 2005. In that time, he has led conservative policy solutions as the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee as well as the Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. With both the Senate and House having passed their respective budget resolutions for the first time in four years – in recent years, only the House has done this – a great deal of attention is focused on the budget. In order to find out what is going on behind the scenes, Tea Party Patriots blogger Dustin Siggins sat down with ...

Did Senate Republicans vote to support Obamacare?

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) pushed for an amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR) for the 2013 Fiscal Year. The amendment, which failed, was a simple one: it repealed Obamacare in its entirety. That amendment failed, 45-54, but got the votes of every single Republican in the Senate. Shortly afterwards, the Senate CR came up for a final vote. One might expect most Republicans to oppose the CR because of its Obamacare funding, and one would have been right – but barely. In fact, a full 20 Republicans voted for the CR, leaving only 25 Republicans and one Democrat (Jon Tester-MT) to oppose it. The CR passed 73-26, with one Democratic ...

CVS goes full Orwell on employees

H/T to Hot Air for this future of employer-based health care: One of the country's largest pharmacy chains is asking its workers to find out how fat they are and then disclose it to their insurance provider. Not only is that company, CVS Caremark, telling workers who use its health insurance plan to have a doctor determine their height, weight, body fat, blood pressure and other health indicators. It is also asking workers to give permission to the insurer to turn over that information to a firm that provides benefits support to CVS, the Boston Herald reports. Workers who don’t take part in the voluntary “wellness review,” paid for by CVS, ...

Interview with Melissa Ortiz, disability activist and blogger

Dustin Siggins: What is your disability? Melissa Ortiz: I have congenital, neurological malformation with hydrocephalus. That’s a big, fancy way of saying part of my brain did not form properly. Unlike other people, the fluid between my brain and spine isn’t correctly balanced, ever, because the malformation sits on the canal that controls the balance. The imbalance is either too much in one area – my head or my spine – & not enough in the other. I can’t have a shunt because it makes the problem worse. Also, I’ve had meningitis four times.   DS: What does this mean in a practical, day-to-day manner? MO: It means I ...

Issue #1 for some Members of Congress – the name of the Washington Redskins

Massive national debt, drone warfare, an immoral tax code, a weak economy, and a thousand other things going wrong in America – and this is what some Members of Congress are worried about: A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would prevent the term "Redskins" from being trademarked, a move intended to put pressure on the Washington football club to change its name. The Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademark Registrations Act of 2013 is co-sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and comes days after a federal trademark panel heard arguments over whether the team name was a slur. The panel could ...

Can the House’s strategy on Obamacare actually work?

Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Senate’s version of the Continuing Resolution. That version, which was not much different than the House’s original version, included funding for Obamacare. However, it also limited certain funding. From Tea Party Patriots’ take on the House bill from last week: According to a source on Capitol Hill, none of President Obama’s FY 2013 appropriations requests for implementation of Obamacare were included, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services did not receive $1 billion for funding of the Act. The source also said a cut of $305 million from FY2011 to FY2012 in the IRS’ budget as ...

Ethics are for the little people

In the real world, violating the law (or even the strong, likely suspicion of violating the law) brings down the wrath of one’s superiors. Apparently, not in Washington: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is standing behind Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) despite calls for the veteran lawmaker to relinquish his leadership post while he is investigated on ethics charges. Pelosi and other members of the Democratic leadership, including Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.), backed Andrews on Wednesday as he battles charges of using campaign funds for family trips. What did he do? Merely use campaign dollars for ...

News Release: Three Years Later, Obamacare Still Reviled

Tea Party Patriots Blasts Anniversary of “Affordable” Care Act  Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, blasted the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats over the three-year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. “On the anniversary of the passage of Obamacare, we have seen good doctors driven out of the industry and premiums skyrocket,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid have broken the promises they made when passing the law. Contrary to what they said over and over ...