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Live Commentary on Hillary Clinton’s Speech

Are you tired of Hillary’s lies? So, let’s expose them. During her speech at the Democratic National Convention tomorrow night, I intend to reveal her lies, misrepresentations and factual inaccuracies. Would you like to join me? In real time, during Hillary’s speech – I will be texting with some of our strongest Tea Party Patriots fighters and friends. I’d like you to be among them. I’ve asked my team to set up something simple. It’s easy: Just text “ CROOKED ” to my my number: 388873. I’m not going to stand in silence while Hillary Clinton tries to whitewash her disastrous policies. Or distract the country ...

Golden State health-insurance premiums set to increase 13 percent

President Obama’s signature health-insurance law is forcing Americans already cash-strapped to tighten their proverbial belts even more as premiums in the so-called “Land of Milk and Honey” are set to increase even more. The Los Angeles Times has the story: Premiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year. The big hikes come after two years in which California officials had boasted that the program helped insure hundreds of thousands people in the state while keeping ...

Economic-policy expert: Financial crisis inevitable the longer Congress waits to address entitlement spending

So-called “autopilot” congressional spending – e.g., spending that Congress isn’t allowed to take its red pen to and eliminate from the budget, like food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, social security – will soon become the bulk of the federal budget, leaving little room for discretionary spending like national defense. The Daily Signal has the scoop: Autopilot spending is growing at an alarming rate and will consume more than 75 percent of the entire federal budget by 2020. As the autopilot portion of the budget grows, the budget becomes less responsive to current needs and crowds out spending on critical national priorities like defense...

U.S. News & World Report: U.S. ‘dangerously’ in debt

The U.S. has only to look at other nations’ financial crises to see what’s in store for us if Congress doesn’t tackle our mushrooming national debt, says one economic expert. U.S. News & World Report has the details: Recent research shows that economic growth is even more vital for a nation's ability to sustain its public debt than economists used to think. Statistical analyses reveal that many debt crises in emerging economies have been caused by declines in growth. In advanced economies, the largest increases in debt ratios occurred when policymakers mistook a prolonged decline in growth for a temporary recession, and failed to cut ...

Sens. Mike Lee, Ben Sasse endeavor to slash bureaucratic red tape hindering job creation

Conservative Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) have partnered to roll back costly occupational-licensing laws that hurt the bottom line and job prospects of Americans nationwide. The Daily Signal has the details: Most agree that jobs that deal directly with public health and safety should require some sort of license to do. However, a 2015 study conducted by the White House Council of Economic Advisers found that the share of the U.S. workforce needing a license to work increased five-fold from 1950 to 2008. In the District of Columbia, for example, someone looking to work as a shoe shiner must attain four different licenses and ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 7/17/16

CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both in recess, and will not return until Tuesday, September 6. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA), by a vote of 240-171. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe of TX, fixes a problem we’ve seen in recent years, as the Supreme Court regularly and consistently has been deferring to federal agencies when it comes to challenging regulations in court. The new law would overturn bad case law, and require courts to review de novo all pure questions of law involving the interpretations of laws and their related ...

House Freedom Caucus moves to force vote on impeaching IRS commissioner

Reps. John Fleming (R-La.) and Tim Huelskamp Wednesday night led the charge as members of the House Freedom Caucus filed a resolution that, if passed, requires President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen be impeached. Fox News has the story: Members of the House Freedom Caucus threatened to bypass the House GOP leadership, which has not been receptive to the idea of trying to impeach Koskinen. Congressional Republicans have sought to impeach Koskinen over grounds he intentionally ignored and “lied” to Congress about the agency’s 2010 targeting scandal. The resolution is now expected to linger over the lengthy summer recess into ...

Congressional Budget Office: U.S. federal debt in 2035 projected to exceed historic high

The U.S. federal debt is ballooning and expected to exceed U.S. gross-domestic product by 2035 – a bleak projection that even has officials at the Congressional Budget Office admitting that, if something isn’t done to curb the nation’s financial woes, our debt could soon spell worldwide financial disaster. The Hill has the details: The United States is less than two decades away from exceeding its highest recorded level of federal debt, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO projects that U.S. federal debt will pass 106 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2035, in its second long-term ...

Tea Party Patriots Applauds House Freedom Caucus for Forcing Vote on IRS Commissioner Koskinen Impeachment

ATLANTA, Ga - Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement applauding the House Freedom Caucus decision to file a resolution to call for a full House vote on the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.   "Tea Party Patriots applauds and thanks Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) and the House Freedom Caucus for filing a privileged resolution that will ensure the full House votes on whether or not to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his misconduct in office. While we are disappointed with Speaker Paul Ryan and House leadership for failing to support Commissioner Koskinen's impeachment and for making ...

Oregon Obamacare co-op shutting its doors

Yet another state exchange created in the wake of the passage of Obamacare has come tumbling down. State officials from the Oregon Health Co-Op announced last week the insurance company is closing its doors, leaving its registrants scrambling to find new health insurance before the end of July. The Daily Signal has the details: Oregon’s Health Co-Op was one of 23 co-ops that launched under Obamacare. The co-ops, or consumer operated and oriented plans, were intended to create competition and choice in areas of the country where consumers had few options. The 23 co-ops—not including Vermont’s co-op, which never opened its doors—received ...