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The moment this grocery-store clerk realized government programs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Government programs are rarely the answer to assisting those in need. One man in particular came to understand this firsthand when he was a cashier at his childhood grocery store where he witnessed people taking advantage of the food-stamp program: The very program meant to lift people out of poverty, he discovered, was actually enabling fraud and abuse. The Daily Signal has the story: I also learned how people gamed the welfare system. They’d buy two dozen packs of soda with food stamps and then sell them at a discount for cash. They’d ring up their orders separately, buying food with food stamps, and beer, wine, and cigarettes with cash. ...

Columnist responds to President Obama’s ‘cult of small government’ comment

Columnist Robert Knight, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, in a recent opinion piece pushes back against a comment President Obama recently made criticizing those comprising “the cult of small government” – in other words, the many Americans that rightly believe in checks and balances and the separation of powers prescribed in our Constitution. The Washington Times has the commentary: If you believe the federal government is too large and powerful, you’re in what our current president calls “the cult of small government.” That’s what he said in a speech last week in Elkhart, Indiana, in which his aim was “to bust ...

State Department Audit Reveals Clinton Didn’t Adhere To Government Policy

The State Department inspector general has determined former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t adhere to her own agency’s email-records policy when she withheld communications pertinent to her government job, according to a report. The Washington Examiner has the story:   "Secretary Clinton should have preserved any federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records ... because she did not do so, she did not comply with the department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act," the watchdog report said. Clinton has faced multiple investiga...

25 things the Bill of Rights says the government cannot do

In 1791, Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, making the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution the law of the land. Let's review... Amendment I The government cannot make you believe in a religion. The government cannot keep you from practicing any religion you choose. The government cannot keep you from saying what you wish. The government cannot stop you from writing what you want. The government cannot stop you from publishing what you want. The government cannot keep you from joining together peacefully with others to express your views. The government cannot prevent you from complaining about what government or others ...

National Association of Home Builders: Government regulation over last five years has driven price of single-family homes up 30 percent

Owning a home for many American millennials faced with student-loan debt and skyrocketing real estate has become a distant dream while older homeowners struggle to keep up with mortgage payments and property taxes year after year. These difficulties aren’t alleviated by big-government regulations that push dreams of home ownership even farther out of reach. How far out-of-reach? $84,671 per home out of reach … Washington Free Beacon has the scoop: Government regulations are responsible for adding $84,671 to the final price of a new single-family home, according to a report from the National Association of Home Builders. According to the ...

Watchdog releases annual report detailing wasteful government spending

Government watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste released its annual “Pig Book,” detailing programs and earmarks that fall under six types of criteria, including spending that is not specifically authorized and spending that is not the subject of congressional hearings. WWMT.com has the details: The Appalachian Regional Commission got $51 million, even though the highway and development program for the Appalachian region duplicates several other programs at the state and local levels, according to citizens against government waste. Another repeat offender that made the book once again is The National Guard Counter-drug program, $125 ...

Letter to the editor: ‘The borrowing ability of our government will run out’

The national debt today stands at $19.2 trillion – a figure that should alarm any parent or member of Congress, according to one concerned citizen from Moorestown, New Jersey. The Courier-Post Online has the details: If you personally had to borrow the money and make your children pay for 26 weeks or more of payments to your unemployed neighbor or welfare, subsidized housing, free meals at school and Medicaid for any immigrant that can reach our shores, would you do it? Would you borrow more and ask your children to pay for the best military hardware in the world, the world’s best-paid police, firemen, teachers and their administrators and ...

In case you didn’t distrust the government enough…

In a moment of irony, the Internal Revenue Service apparently made itself more susceptible to identity theft—with its own tool designed to fight identity theft. A service on the IRS website intended to assist victims of tax-refund identity theft was suspended on Monday. The agency suspended a service that gave people personalized identification numbers so the IRS could know the actual taxpayer was filing a tax return instead of someone using their stolen name and Social Security number. The Wall Street Journal reports: Most taxpayers with identity-theft-protection numbers received their ID via mail. According to the IRS, about 130,000 of the ...

An Obamacare insurer is suing the government for up to $5 billion

In case you weren’t aware that Obamacare isn’t working, one of its own creations is turning against the so-called Affordable Care Act to the tune of $5 billion. Health Republic Insurance of Oregon, one of the 20 or so struggling insurers created by Obamacare, wants as much as $5 billion from the U.S. government. The Obamacare co-op is bringing a class action lawsuit, alleging that the government has failed “to satisfy its monetary obligations” and will hurt millions of Americans through restricted health plans and rising insurance premiums. Of the 23 originally created, 12 Obamacare co-ops have closed, and nearly all of them lost money ...

Speaker Ryan: ‘The problem with divided government is you can’t get everything you want’

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in a recent interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly said enacting legislation is an uphill battle as Congress doesn’t have the necessary votes to override President Obama’s veto pen and that he is navigating his way through budget legislation leftover from former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “The problem with divided government is you can’t get everything you want – No. 1. Number two, I inherited this mess from the earlier Congress; everybody kind of knows that this budget bill was done basically before I became speaker four months ago. The Daily Signal has the details: Though Republicans control both ...