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Columnist: House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady solution to ‘growth-igniting tax reform’

Pulitzer Prize-winning political journalist George Will in a recent syndicated column says House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) holds the key to unlocking America’s earning potential. Read a portion of the column below: If there is going to be growth-igniting tax reform — and if there isn’t, American politics will sink deeper into distributional strife — Brady will begin it. Fortunately, the Houston congressman is focused on this simple arithmetic: Three percent growth is not 1 percent better than 2 percent growth, it is 50 percent better. If the Obama era’s average annual growth of 2.2 percent becomes the ...

IRS could still be targeting Americans for their religious, political beliefs

Those at the Internal Revenue Service may still be unfairly setting their sights on Americans based on religious and political beliefs, say investigators from the Government Accountability Office. The Blaze has the inside scoop: “The control deficiencies increase the risk of selecting organizations for audit in an unfair manner — for example, based on an organization’s religious, educational, political, or other views,” said one of two GAO investigations of the IRS released Wednesday. One of the GAO reports focused on problems in the IRS Wage and Investment Unit, the other on the Small Business and Self-Employed Unit. The House Ways ...

You Won’t Believe What Happened in GOP Conference Last Night

As you've probably heard from media reports by now, last night Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech to his colleagues in the Republican Conference meeting that he would accept the job of Speaker of the House as long as he could be a unifying force AND as long as the 3 major factions in the House got behind him. Oh, and there's one other thing. He wants the Republican Conference to change the rules of the House to remove the power of Members to issue a motion to vacate the chair - which you'll recall is the mechanism that Mark Meadows of North Carolina used to ultimately force John Boehner to step down. So Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker as long as he can ...

Income Inequality, Beltway Style

I had to be in Washington the other day, so I squirreled away an hour to drive by my old house in northern Virginia. My wife Jane and I had bought it when we went to Washington with Reagan. Heady days, those. We were young and idealistic and determined to help The Gipper beat the Soviets in the Cold War, free up the American economy, and put a halt to the spreading bureaucracy of central government. In time, we came around to the idea that two out of three ain’t bad. It was a great house to raise a family – a graceful Cape Cod-style clapboard with a big yard. Shade trees with swings for the kids. A garden for Jane, a library for me. First thing ...

When fair and free elections are at stake

It’s starting to hit closer to home. A prominent member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) is now calling [1] for an investigation into some of the ads that were used during the Mississippi Senate run-off race last month. RNC member Ed Martin, who also happens to chair the Missouri Republican Party, sent a letter to RNC chairman Reince Priebus requesting that he appoint a special committee to investigate “if one of our own members helped finance ads or robocalls that tarred tea partiers as a group of racists…” Earlier this week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz led the charge by calling for an investigation [2] into possible fraud in ...

‘Like-It-Keep-It’ and Other Obamacare Fairytales

The story was set. There would be affordable coverage for everyone, and those who liked their plan would be able to keep it. The world of healthcare would live happily ever after. At least, that is how it was supposed to unfold. Yet, Rasmussen’s latest poll is a devastating blow to the Administration’s healthcare narrative as 55% of likely voters believe the Affordable Care Act is bad for the country. One Maryland woman, who asked to remain anonymous, couldn’t agree more as she deals with losing her current policy and doctor – both of which she liked. “In July 2013, I received a letter from Marriott Corp. that our policy would be ...

Sebelius Cheerleads Obamacare’s Failures in USA Today

One week ago, the federally-run website www.healthcare.gov launched as the online home of the Obamacare state exchanges. The results were less than auspicious, so much so that the Secretary of the Treasury either didn’t know or didn’t want to say how few people actually signed up of the millions who tried to. The government also shut down part of the website only days after it launched to fix glitches, and a tiny percentage of those who have tried to sign up have actually signed up for coverage starting January 1, 2014. All of this is being ignored by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who this morning wrote a series of excuses for the Administ...

Beltway Boomtown, Professional Lobbying Explodes

From The Hill comes yet another reason why constitutionally limited government is so important - prevention of the professional lobbying class: ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010. The reason for these new lobbyists is simple (emphasis added): Veterans of the healthcare push are now lobbying for corporate giants such as Delta Airlines, UPS, BP America and Coca-Cola, and for healthcare compan...

Senator McConnell and Chairman Camp –Allies for Delay Effort or Soundbyte Sellers?

In the last week, two prominent Republicans have called for partial and complete Obamacare delays, respectively. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called for the delay of the insurance exchanges created under Obamacare in a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a public statement. Last week, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) called for a one-year delay of Obamacare. From the Senator’s statement, his concerns are that Americans’ security will be woefully inadequate under the exchanges as they currently exist: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, in a letter to the Centers for ...

Big Spending Two-step: Beltway Deficit Talks Underway

This is getting old: At least a dozen Republican senators are regularly meeting with President Obama’s top aides in an attempt to plot a way forward on the looming fiscal challenges facing leaders this fall, senators involved in the meetings tell National Journal. The meetings, which began after Obama hosted GOP senators for dinner earlier this year, are the first sign that Democrats and Republicans are in talks to strike a deal that would reduce the deficit and reform entitlements and taxes. “Everybody's trying to assess whether we can accomplish something that would be big,” said Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, who has ...