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Some “icky” feelings at the IRS…

A new report[1] from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee contains some explosive new details about the systematic targeting of conservatives at the Internal Revenue Service. Not only did IRS officials specifically target Tea Party groups and mislead the public about it, the program was led by now ex-official Lois Lerner. “The Committee has identified eight senior leaders who were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants,” reads the report. “Each of these leaders could have and should have done more to prevent the IRS’s targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants.” In ...

The Sky is Falling (Again) on President Obama’s Debt Ceiling

In 2011, President Obama talked often and dramatically about the risk of default if America hit the debt ceiling. Now he’s doing it again, using the same factually inaccurate claims: “As reckless as a government shutdown is … an economic shutdown that results from default would be dramatically worse,” Obama said on the morning of the third day of the government shutdown, at an event held at M. Luis Construction Company in the D.C. suburb of Rockville, Md. This time his fact-twisting targets senior citizens: “In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time. In an economic shutdown, if we don’t raise the debt ...

Politico Plays “Sky-is-Falling” Tune on Food Stamps

On Thursday, Politico reported that “U.S. households [are] still going hungry,” claiming that, “Despite the explosion in food stamp enrollment, the percentage of American households experiencing food shortages remains stubbornly high.” They base their conclusions on a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study on “food insecurity.” While what USDA dubs “food insecurity” may be higher today than it was prior to the recession, what does this actually mean? As Heritage Foundation experts Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield show in their 2011 report on poverty in America, the vast majority of “food insecure” households don’t ...

Washington Post Pushes Sky-is-Falling Act on Sequester

In late August, The Washington Post published a lengthy article about the high number of retiring federal employees. The article’s not-so-subtle undertone strongly indicated America would be worse off as employees continue to retire at high rates given the realities of the Budget Control Act, the “graying” of the federal work force, and the benefits of early retirement. As is typical, this assessment is wrong, for at least two reasons: First, cost. The Post cites many employees and former public servants who claim their pay has been impacted significantly in recent years. However, Heritage Foundation labor expert James Sherk told Tea Party ...

”He reached out to all Americans”: Becky Norton Dunlop on Reagan’s Presidency

A few weeks ago, Tea Party Patriots launched its Patriot Town Hall series. The series, which brings former Ronald Reagan staffers and a Reagan biographer to Tea Party activists across the nation, is designed to bring the principles and strategies of the nation’s greatest modern President to a new generation of activists. Last week, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin explained to Tea Party Patriots how President Reagan beat media bias in his day. On Sunday, former Interior Department official and current Heritage Vice President of External Relations Becky Norton Dunlop took the stage and spoke about Reagan’s strength of ...

Examining Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) State of the Union response

Tuesday night, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) offered a full-throated defense of fiscal discipline and free markets in response to the President’s State of the Union address. Here is a quick take on the speech: The Senator opened strong, supporting free markets and fiscal discipline, and hammering both parties for too much bad bipartisanship. For example: Congress is debating the wrong things. Every debate in Washington is about how much to increase spending – a little or a lot. About how much to increase taxes – a little or a lot. The President does a big “woe is me” over the $1.2 trillion sequester that he endorsed and signed into law. Some ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 28

HEALTHCARE: Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds “Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. ...

Final Push to Protect the 4th Amendment

Now that everyone is back to their normal routines after the long Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to give you a recap of what happened last week and over the weekend in regards to the Patriot Act. Many of you were likely traveling or spending time with loved ones to remember those who served and paid the ultimate price protecting our freedoms. We recognize that generations of Americans have been so selfless that they have given their lives to ensure our liberty. I happened to be in Washington, DC, last Wednesday when Senator Rand Paul (KY) began his filibuster of the Patriot Act. I had some free time, so I decided to visit the Senate gallery to ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, May 27

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: GOP Praises Court Halting Amnesty: 'Impatient Presidents Don't Get to Change the Law'  “…Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, declared, "on to the Supreme Court." "The U.S. Constitution vests the Congress with authority over immigration and naturalization. And as U.S. District Judge Hanen pointed out, President Obama simply treated Congress — and Article 2 — as if they didn’t exist.  "We are a Constitutional Republic, not a banana republic," Martin added. "Our Constitution, with its three co-equal branches, is the roadmap for the governing process. "As much as this would-be imperial president ...

News Briefing for Monday, May 25

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Far left, far right unite on some issues in Congress “…Just last week, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party Patriots joined forces in a media blitz aimed at forcing Congress to reject a reauthorization of the NSA bulk data collection program. On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul went to the Senate floor to rail against the NSA in a filibuster-style speech. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, joined him with a speech of his own. “Given the overwhelming evidence that the current bulk collection program is not only unnecessary but also illegal, we’ve reached a critical turning ...