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News Briefing for May 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Choosing between Big Brother and the Bill of Rights (Op-ed) “Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, there was a seismic shift in the U.S. Congress. As the Senate deadlocked over what to do about several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, it became clear that political momentum had moved away from surveillance and secrecy toward freedom and privacy….” http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0529-abdo-martin-nsa-20150529-story.html ACLU and Tea Party leaders unite against surveillance “It takes a travesty most vile to compel two groups that are essentially polar opposites to get together and call for reform. Enter the ...

News Briefing for Monday, April 27

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare Leaves Behind Millions Of Lower Income Workers “Despite being designed to help the poor, certain aspects of Obamacare are holding millions of individuals back who fall into what is being called the “coverage gap.” Reverend Vann R. Ellison, the president of the Florida based St. Matthew’s House, is trying to bring attention to the issue which he says affects people that fall between the $10,000 and $12,000 a year income range. St. Matthew’s House, which takes care of roughly 1,500 people, provides food and shelter to those individuals trying to work their way out of poverty. “We generally deal with lower income ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Increased FY 2015 Spending Almost Entirely Due To Obamacare “Federal spending is growing by more than 8 percent for the first quarter of FY 2015, and Obamacare accounts for nearly the entire increase. In a Sunday op-ed for the Washington Times, economist Stephen Moore claims that, “A new Congressional Budget Office report has blown the lid off Obama’s whopper about health coverage,” namely his claim that Obamacare would reduce the budget deficit. “Most components of spending are relatively flat, and national defense outlays … are falling,” Moore notes, but “one area accounts for almost the entire budget blowout: Obamaca...

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 16

HEALTHCARE: OBAMA: ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU ... TO SIGN UP FOR OBAMACARE “President Obama is turning to Mariah Carey’s popular Christmas song  in an attempt to sell Obamacare. When the president appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show earlier this morning, the host sang part of the chorus which includes the lyrics: “I just want you for my own, more than you could ever know.  Make my wish come true, baby, all I want for Christmas…” “… is for you to sign up for healthcare at healthcare.gov,” Obama finished, without singing. After the song, Obama joked that Seacrest should stick to being a radio host instead of ...

Union Bosses Exempted from Shutdown

With 17% of the government “shut down,” civilian contractors are not allowed on military bases and other federal facilities. This includes priests, who have been threatened with disciplinary action for conducting Mass on-post. Union bosses, on the other hand, just secured a special exemption to go back to work. From The Washington Examiner: On the fifth day of the government shutdown the House unanimously passed a bill approving back pay for 800,000 furloughed federal workers, a rare moment of bipartisan unity, even as House Republicans and Democrats continued their bitter budget standoff. The vast majority of those workers do not serve as ...

Freeloaders and Obamacare’s Individual Mandate: CNN’s Jake Tapper Weighs In

Over the last several years, CNN “The Lead” host and former ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper has gained a large fan base for holding the Obama Administration’s feet to the proverbial fire. However, on Wednesday, in an exchange with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) on the individual mandate, Tapper created a false dichotomy for his viewers that bears correcting. In the interview (H/T to Mediaite), Tapper and the Senator had the following summarized exchange about why Republicans don’t support the mandate (the full transcript of the discussion can be found here): “When did Republicans start saying, ‘That’s okay, you can freeload...

Unions and Business Owners Agree – Obamacare Harms Workers

Since the passage of Obamacare, President Obama has claimed the law will benefit working Americans. A survey by NBC News of business owners and other organizational leaders – people who actually participate in the fields of economics and markets – finds this to be largely a falsehood only believed in the White House, the fevered imaginations of editors at Huffington Post, and some Members of Congress. From NBC: NBC News spoke with almost 20 small businesses and other entities from Maine to California, and almost all said that because of the new law they’d be cutting back hours for some employees – an unintended consequence of the new ...

Where does GOP Leadership stand on real immigration reform?

Last week, Illinois State Co-coordinators Art Havenhill and Denise Cattoni came up with a brilliant way to put pressure on the House regarding immigration reform: have Tea Party Patriots’ State Coordinators and Local Coordinators work together to get their Representatives on the record regarding six key parts of real immigration reform. Today is the first of a series Tea Party Patriots is writing on the effort by Denise, Art, and State & Local Coordinators across the nation. Our goal is to get Representatives to offer straightforward answers on important aspects of immigration reform. Today’s post focuses on the top three Republicans in ...

Bureaucrats with too much time on their hands, Part 4,328

From the “Not even The Onion could think of this” category come two stories of bureaucrats who clearly haven’t spent enough time outside of government employment. First, Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month for June 2013 – a New Mexico politician has introduced a bill that could put people who demean people in jail for one year. To protect children, you see: Not that this really needs a takedown, but Ed Morrissey gives us one anyway, including a reminder that there is legal precedent that should knock this law flat: Actually, the issue of punishing speech that causes “substantial emotional distress” for public figures has already ...

Pork-laden Piece of the Farm Bill Pie

Last night, the Senate passed its version of the farm bill. That bill awaits a companion bill from the House, whereupon both chambers will work together to have a “conference” bill that compromises between the overspending in the House’s version and the larger overspending in the Senate’s version. What does that overspending look like? The Wonk Blog has the details: The Wonk Blog has the full details of each section of this monstrosity, but its agriculture subsidies (most everything except the food stamp portion) can be summarized thusly: About 6,700 generations (200,000 years of 30-year generations) ago, the human race arrived. ...