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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 ...

Apple, demonized for taxes, participates in the Beltway’s revolving door

Last week, Apple was hauled in for an inquisition in front of a Senate subcommittee for not paying what the subcommittee thought was enough taxes – even though the company pays all it is legally required to. Tea Party Patriots offered a scathing assessment shortly afterwards: So let’s get this straight: Congress has provided U.S. corporations the highest corporate tax in the industrialized world. In order to please various constituencies, Congress then enacted loophole after loophole to bring the net corporate tax rate down for favored companies. Apple took advantage of the loopholes Congress passed. Apple did not break any laws, yet ...

HHS Secretary Sebelius looking for private donations to fund Obamacare

Last week, Sarah Kliff reported the Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, is talking to health care executives to get their help in implementing Obamacare: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law, two people familiar with the outreach said. Her unusual fundraising push comes after Congress repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s requests for additional funds to set up the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS to implement the president’s signature ...

When Beltway politics get silly

When it comes to the absurdities of Business as Usual (BAU) in Washington, it is doubtful Tea Party activists harbor any illusions as to the depths to which those absurdities can go. Recently, two examples of Beltway BAU made their way into the news cycle that were too ridiculous to ignore. First, a resolution put forth in the House of Representatives asserts climate change will force poor women to engage in “transactional sex and early marriage,” among other degenerate activities and awful consequences. The resolution, backed by a number of Democrats, “encourages the President to integrate a gender approach in all policies in the United ...