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Obama’s transparency problem is worse than you think

Think you’ve seen it all with government secrecy? Think again! A new report from the Associated Press reveals that the Obama Administration has set a new record for denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests outright or censoring documents. Apparently, you can ask, but the government won’t tell! The administration also took longer to turn over documents when it did comply, and claimed more often that it just couldn’t find certain documents. Here’s more from the AP analysis [1] It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law — but only when it was ...

VA problems still need addressing

Watchdog.org has a bombshell investigation about a Veterans Affairs whistleblower who found himself the center of an investigation after he tried to alert his superiors to wrongdoing. The Overton Brooks VA in Shreveport, LA, had significant problems, including a waiting list of 2,700. It also seems that as many as 37 of those veterans may have died while waiting for care. The whistleblower, Shea Wilkes, first reported the problems in May 2013, a full year before the problems at the Phoenix VA surfaced. But, here’s how Wilkes describes the retaliation [1] that followed after he came forward: “I am mad and frustrated that I have been called a ...

Washington Post: Walker Says no Need to Moderate Views to Win Voters (Washington Post – Robert Costa)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that it is unnecessary for Republicans to moderate their views in order to win over wary voters and suggested that he would run as a conservative should he seek the GOP presidential nomination... Continue here.

Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind – Mallory Factor

Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind – Mallory Factor “The Tea Party Patriots’ three core values are free markets, fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government. All three values are under assault by Shadow bosses who fight for closed markets, fiscally irresponsible contracts and greater government (and government union) control. In the striking new book SHADOW BOSSES, Mallory Factor lifts the veil on the Shadow bosses’ game. A wake-up call to all Americans – and especially to parents of school-aged children in Shadow boss-controlled schools.” – Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and ...

Federal tax revenue breaks a new record – and that’s a problem

News out of the Treasury Department [1] this week showed that federal tax revenue for fiscal year 2014 exceeded $3 trillion – an increase of nearly $247 billion from the previous fiscal year. It’s the first time the federal government has collected that much in taxes – ever. It’s maybe the one thing under President Obama that’s “better off” than it was six years ago, depending on how you look at. That the federal tax coffers have grown to record highs (thanks to American taxpayers) is no surprise given the Obama Administration’s liberal policies. What’s more surprising (or frustrating) is how none of that is reflected in the ...

HealthCare.gov’s Host of Problems

A new report[1] from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the website HealthCare.gov is still plagued with a host of security problems that put Americans’ personal and financial information at risk of being compromised by identity thieves. Among them, is the fact that there is no alternate processing site that would allow for the recovery of HealthCare.gov systems, should the site go down unexpectedly. “Collectively, these weaknesses put HealthCare.gov systems and the information they contain at increased and unnecessary risk of unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or loss,” says the report. All in all, the ...

The White House knew about problems at VA

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed[1] President Obama was first made aware of the problems plaguing the Veterans Affairs system when CNN aired its report last week. In other words, the President of the United States learned about the scandal involving secret wait lists at the same time the rest of America did. Either the president chooses to be woefully ill-informed, or he needs to instruct his cabinet officials on the necessities of communication. Carney’s claim, however, is contradicted by a Washington Times report[2] that says the Obama Administration was made aware of the VA’s problems more than five years ago.  ...

Obamacare Tax: Robbing Peter to Pay Politics

The Administration’s 15-day extension given to those enrollees who encountered technical difficulties on the federal exchange ended Tuesday, coinciding with one of the most dreaded days of the year – Tax Day. With the penalty ultimately being deemed a tax by the United State Supreme Court, the April 15th final deadline seemed fitting as those who can’t or refuse to comply with the insurance mandate will be forced to hand over more of their hard-earned money to the IRS. A recent report by the Congressional Budget Office reveals just how much Washington is planning to rake in from the tax penalty. “Though the stated goal of Obamacare is to ...

For Obamacare, more problems ahead

The Washington Examiner reported yesterday that watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Health and Human Services for Obamacare-related documents about the healthcare.gov website. [1] Apparently HHS has (illegally, according to Judicial Watch) denied two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents pertaining to security risks that go along with a website that asks for applicants’ personal information. The FOIA request also asked for documents relating to the administration’s decision last December to establish a “hardship exemption” to allow people whose current plans were cancelled, to buy insurance outside the ...

All the revenue in the world won’t fix Washington’s spending problems

Since Tea Party Patriots’ inception, there’s been a nationwide debate over how to fix how Washington spends (and wastes) your money.   We believe that in order to “right the ship,” so to speak, our elected officials need to make tough choices and cut spending.  Others, however, like to argue it’s a revenue problem that will be solved by raising taxes on the rich and corporations.   But new numbers from the Treasury Department show that simply sending more of your money to Washington doesn’t do a whole lot of anything. [1] Each month, Treasury publishes “total receipts” for the federal government, which includes revenue ...