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Six e-filing websites recommended by IRS don’t pass basic muster

An audit of electronic-tax-filing websites recommended by those at the Internal Revenue Service reveals half the suggested websites failed basic cybersecurity tests. Forbes has the details: The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) evaluated 13 “free” e-file tax sites recommended by the IRS against both their own rigorous standards and the IRS’s less stringent security measures. OTA categorized the sites into two groups: Honor Roll or Failed. Six sites, or 46% of those audited, failed OTA’s cybersecurity tests. One of the sites did not even meet the IRS’s own requirements. OTA audited the 13 e-file tax sites shown above between February 2 and ...

Half a Billion and Climbing on Four Obamacare Websites

Obamacare – the eternal money pit. It’s where hundreds of millions of tax dollars are pumped into a law collapsing under its own weight. The latest example of this insane spending are 4 failed healthcare exchanges, which cost citizens $474 million, according to Politico. “Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher. Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of ...

Arkansas VA spent $408 million on solar-panel project as veterans faced brutal wait-times

Officials at an Arkansas Veterans Affairs hospital over a five-year period spent $408 million a so-called “green management” solar-panel project that went over schedule and over budget as former servicemen and women awaited care long overdue, according to a VA inspector-general report spurred by members of Congress. The Daily Caller has the details: The move to solar is part of the VA’s Green Management Program, which is tasked with installing renewable energy sources at various medical facilities. The probe included 11 out of 15 solar panel projects awarded from 2010 through 2013, which were still incomplete in 2015. Each of the 11 solar ...

Yes, Obamacare increased healthcare premiums substantially

Outrage against Obamacare isn’t just a conservative talking point—it’s the natural response when big government sticks it to the little guy. Overwhelming evidence from scholars shows that the Affordable Care Act “significantly increased premiums.” Two Brookings Institution researchers attempted to show through analysis that the ACA had caused average premiums in the individual market to drop; however, Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg left out some important points. A Forbes contributor reported: Economists at the University of Pennsylvania, also using actual pre-ACA individual market data, estimated that the total expected price of ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 7/10/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, July 11, with the first vote scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session until Friday, with no votes later than 3:30 PM. And then begins the Summer Recess, which will last for seven glorious weeks, until Tuesday, September 6. The Senate will return on Monday, July 11, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate will stay in session until Friday, at which point begins the Senate’s Summer Recess, which will also last for seven glorious weeks, until Tuesday, September 6. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was in recess for the Fourth of July break from Friday, June 24 ...

WATCH: Rep. Louie Gohmert Says ‘Stink’ Of IRS Management ‘Getting Overwhelming’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee meeting expressed his “righteous indignation” over the lack of bipartisan uproar regarding allegations top-level IRS officials – specifically, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen – stonewalled and covered their tracks in order to cover up evidence IRS employees targeted Americans for their political beliefs. Western Journalism has the details: “The Internal Revenue Service is the only entity of which I’m aware in the federal government that can ignore the Constitution as part of its job — nobody else gets to ignore the Constitution,” the Republican congressman said ...

House Judiciary Committee to examine alleged misconduct of Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

Members of the House Judiciary committee are scheduled to look over findings of the congressional investigation into President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who is accused of false testimony; failing to notify Congress key evidence was missing in the scandal that slow-rolled conservative Americans’ tax-exempt-status applications; and, among other things, for failing to comply with a subpoena that would have preserved critical evidence. Forbes has the details: The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled hearings to examine alleged misconduct by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. On May 24, the House Judiciary Committee will hear the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/01/16

CALENDAR: The House and Senate have both gone into recess. The Senate will return on Monday, May 9, while the House will return on Tuesday, May 10. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned last Monday, and immediately went to work on 19 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, under Suspension of the Rules. MTB officially stands for “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill,” but House Republicans have unofficially renamed it “Manufacturing Tax Breaks.” The bill streamlines the process to allow manufacturing companies to cut costs on ...

Tax expert: President Obama’s IRS commissioner awarded disgraced IRS exec Lois Lerner thousands in bonuses

Tax expert Robert W. Wood writing for Forbes says disgraced former high-level IRS executive Lois Lerner received thousands of dollars in bonuses in addition to her salary and that the bonuses began thanks to President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who repeatedly has stonewalled congressional investigation into agency targeting of Americans for their political beliefs. Forbes has the commentary: These bonuses were not small pats on the back. In fact, Lois Lerner received $129,300 in bonuses between 2010 and 2013. As head of the IRS tax-exempt division at the  heart of the targeting scandal, she received a 25% bonus each year—averag...