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Obama snubs VA Hospital during Phoenix visit

Arrogant? Ignorant? Elitist? Self-righteous? Out of touch? On Thursday, President Obama visited Phoenix [1], Arizona to deliver a speech about things like mortgage rates and Federal Housing Administration loans. All important stuff. What was less important, apparently, was visiting the Veterans Affairs hospital located in Phoenix; the very hospital at the center of the painfully awful VA scandal. It’s not just that President Obama didn’t want to go out of his way to visit the VA; his motorcade literally drove right past the hospital. He could have chosen to stop and visit sick and wounded veterans who were mistreated by incompetent VA ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 13, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Taxpayer Watchdogs Urge Members to Protect RAC Program: Program is Highly Effective Anti-Medicare Fraud Tool “Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) was joined by five organizations in a letter to members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, urging them to protect the Recovery Audit Program (RAC) from further meddling when Congress considers legislation regarding Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) patch, or “doc fix.” The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) RAC program is a highly effective post-payment auditing tool that has been largely sidelined by ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Great Job So Far, Sen. McConnell. Now Cancel The Recess. “Politicians are flirting dangerously with a deadline for funding a critical government service. A recess looms. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Republicans ran hard against executive amnesty for illegal aliens last fall, and were rewarded by voters with historic majorities. Rather than negotiate from a position of strength, GOP leadership opted to fund almost the entire government through Sept. 30, 2015 – in a lame duck session. The Department of Homeland Security was funded only through February 27, which brings us to the current impasse. Democrats – ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Now’s the time to remember that old bumper sticker: ‘Don’t tell Obama what comes after a trillion’ (Quote by Jenny Beth Martin) ““The White House knows this budget is dead on arrival. This administration is more interested in dividing Americans and redistributing wealth than pursuing policies of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future.” (Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots.)” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/2/inside-the-beltway-obamas-spending-plan-unpopular-/   Grassroots Conservatism — More Than The Tea Party (TPP mention) Get involved and ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Influence (Jenny Beth Martin’s interview) “Jenny Beth Martin talked about the influence of the tea party in the 2014 midterms elections and over the next two years leading up to the 2016 presidential election.” http://www.c-span.org/video/?323895-4/washington-journal-jenny-beth-martin-tea-party-influence   Jenny Beth Martin: 'We Want A Debt-Free Future for Our Country' (Jenny Beth Martin’s interview) http://www.mrctv.org/videos/jenny-beth-martin-we-want-debt-free-future-our-country   'We Want A Debt-Free Future for Our Country,' Tea Party Leader Says (Quotes by Jenny Beth Martin...

News Briefing for Saturday, January 10 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Troubled assets no trouble “Weeks after voters dissed the Democrats, an important economic benchmark was passed with little public notice: The U.S. government sold off its stake in Ally Financial, the auto financing company once known as GMAC. It even made money on the deal — about $2.4 billion. That sale ended the six-year effort to rescue the American auto industry from financial disaster. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew was correct in saying, "This program worked.” In 2014, American carmakers sold 16.5 million vehicles, their best year in almost a decade. That boom fits into a broader ...

News Briefing for Friday, January 9, 2015

HEALTHCARE: N.J. private insurance premiums rising faster since Affordable Care Act passed, study shows “Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the cost of premiums in New Jersey each year have risen faster than the national average, according to a study released today by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Premiums for New Jersey employer-sponsored health coverage climbed an average of 4.4 percent a year from 2003 through 2010 to $5,153 per single person, according to the study by the Commonwealth Fund. But from 2010 to 2013, the average premium rose 6.4 percent a year, to $6,200. The spike was even greater for family polici...

News Briefing for Thursday, January 8 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: A.B. Stoddard: Tough road ahead for Boehner “Outraged members urged retribution, and Boehner stripped two dissenters of their committee assignments, but the rebels are undaunted. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), considered too far on the fringe to become Speaker but who nonetheless started the rebellion on Sunday, wrote that Boehner’s punishment of his dissenters meant that “it appears before we can work together, we are now going to have to have another fight.” Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, said Republicans should study the names of the brave members who opposed Boehner because “one day, they ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, January 7 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party groups make last-minute push to oust Boehner “Tea Party groups are making a late push to oust Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). With about two hours to go before the 12:45 p.m. vote on Tuesday, FreedomWorks said that its members had made over 11,000 phone calls to congressional offices urging members to vote against Boehner and sent more than 18,700 messages online in the last 72 hours. Another group, Tea Party Patriots, said on Twitter that it had facilitated close to 4,000 calls to members and urged its followers to make more. FreedomWorks was also aggressively pushing the campaign against Boehner on social media ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agenda “House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. Senate Republicans, winners of a majority in last fall's elections, began laying down markers for legislative battles ahead. "Tax reform should not be used as an excuse to raise taxes on the American people," wrote Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who will ...