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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 ...

These senators just gave the Veterans Affairs secretary a deadline for answering reform-focused questions

A dozen U.S. senators over the weekend requested President Obama’s Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald answer by Nov. 14 four questions about what, if anything, the department has done to address inter-office corruption that led to the falsification of veteran wait-times. “The GAO report states that the VA needs a new comprehensive scheduling plan to ensure that checks and balances are in place so no one can manipulate the current scheduling system. What measures have you put in place to stop manipulation of veterans’ appointment records? What is the timeframe for a new scheduling system?” read the letter. The request comes on the ...

Forbes: ‘Families struggling to pay their bills’ the ones who have the most to lose if we don’t tackle our national debt

The sheer magnitude of our national debt is mind boggling but something we have to address for the sake of our nation and for the sake of those most vulnerable in the event of a financial crisis. Forbes has the commentary: Since President Obama took office in 2009, the debt has grown by $9 trillion, or 85%. Today, it clocks in at over $19.6 trillion. In the last fiscal year alone, our national debt rose by $1.5 trillion. These numbers may seem difficult to comprehend for many families struggling to pay their bills, but it’s those individuals who could be hurt the most if we keep letting the debt spiral out of control. In 2030, by the time ...

Forbes: ‘Obamacare continues to be a slow-motion train wreck’

Obamcare health-insurance premiums continue to skyrocket while wages remain stagnant, forcing Americans to choose between purchasing health insurance or trimming other things from their shopping carts. And – in some cases – it's forcing employers to trim their payroll. Forbes has the commentary: Obamacare continues to be a slow-motion train wreck. An analysis by Charles Gaba (an ACA supporter) shows that average premium increases in the non-group market will average 24% for 2017.  Last month’s decision by Aetna (the nation’s third-largest insurer) to dump 80% of its Obamacare subscribers for 2017 came on the heels of the decision by ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 9/25/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. They are scheduled to stay in town through whenever they get their work done – which means, whenever they pass a Continuing Resolution. The Senate will come back on Monday and return to consideration of H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the FY17 Continuing Resolution, but the first vote will not be until 2:15 Tuesday afternoon, after the two parties’ weekly lunches. The first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell substitute amendment to the bill, which is another way of saying the first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on the C.R. ...

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 ...