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News Briefing for March 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination “Much of who’s ahead and who’s not at this stage “is based on who’s known and who’s not known,” said Fergus Cullen, another former New Hampshire Republican chairman. Cullen hosted a reception at his home for Bush last week. What’s lacking in the top tier is a hardcore conservative or tea party favorite. Tea party loyalists are sympathetic to Walker, for example, but still have some doubts. At a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall meeting this week, some questioned whether he has shifted his position on government help for ethanol over the years. Mike Huckabee, ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Increased FY 2015 Spending Almost Entirely Due To Obamacare “Federal spending is growing by more than 8 percent for the first quarter of FY 2015, and Obamacare accounts for nearly the entire increase. In a Sunday op-ed for the Washington Times, economist Stephen Moore claims that, “A new Congressional Budget Office report has blown the lid off Obama’s whopper about health coverage,” namely his claim that Obamacare would reduce the budget deficit. “Most components of spending are relatively flat, and national defense outlays … are falling,” Moore notes, but “one area accounts for almost the entire budget blowout: Obamaca...

News Briefing for Friday, January 30, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: It's Time to Pass the Lee Balanced Budget Amendment (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) “With the president’s recent lawlessness on executive amnesty and GOP efforts to beat it back, it’s easy to forget that just three and a half years ago, we were on the cusp of a grand bargain. President Barack Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner would tackle a range of ever-present fiscal crises, everyone would make tough concessions, and the nation would be on sound fiscal footing for a generation. Alas, it was not to be. In a rare moment of fortitude, the speaker wouldn’t go along with the massive tax increases the president wanted. ...

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 Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Cost of Healthcare.gov Exceeds $2.2B After Latest Contract Award “With the announcement Monday of a five-year, $563 million contract award to Accenture, the Healthcare.gov contractor that rescued the Obamacare marketplace after 2013's disastrous launch, the total cost of the site will well exceed $2.2 billion. The new award is on top of the $1.7 billion in contracts reported by the inspector general (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August. Accenture was first hired in January after HHS replaced CGI Federal, the original contractor. Accenture reported the new award on its website, noting that not only ...

News Briefing for December 25-27, 2014

 TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Message to the IRS from the tea party: ‘We will not be silenced’ “Like Rep. Darrell Issa, the tea party does not give up the fight. Mr. Issa, chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released his painstaking review of 1.3 million pages of IRS documents and transcribed interviews conducted following revelations that the federal agency had targeted conservative groups. “Conservative organizations were not just singled out because of their political beliefs - they were targeted by IRS officials and employees who expressed a general loathing toward them even while begrudgingly admitting that those ...

Obamacare enrollment: More questions than answers

On March 27 – four days before the once-firm deadline for open enrollment in Obamacare – the White House announced a new sign-up figure of 6 million. [1] Sounds impressive until you read the fine print and realize the details for that figure pretty much end there. Even if we take the 6 million at face value, it doesn’t necessarily mean 6 million people have enrolled in state or federal exchanges and are currently paying their premiums. It simply means 6 million Americans have selected a plan online. However, the administration’s numbers don’t tell us how many will actually end up with Obamacare coverage, and stay that way. Have any of ...

Obama’s new “grand bargain” avoids real tax reform and increases spending

From the Associated Press, reporting on the President’s speech yesterday: Seeking to ease Washington gridlock, President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Republicans to accept a new fiscal deal to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for more government spending on jobs programs. The offer was immediately panned by GOP lawmakers, who accused the president of repacking proposals he already supports and making no concessions to the opposing party. The Associated Press reports Senator John McCain (R-AZ) shot down the idea, as did Speaker Boehner and numerous other Republicans. What’s so bad about the President’s idea? First, his speech ...

Foreign Affairs Posts for the Highest Bundler

Last week, The Telegraph’s Nile Gardiner brought a particularly corrupt aspect of foreign policy to light – campaign fundraising that leads to high-end ambassadorships: What’s the going rate for the US ambassadorship to London? Apparently around $2.3 million, judging by President Obama’s latest appointment to the Court of St. James’s, the most prestigious diplomatic posting in the world for a US official. This is the amount personally raised by Matthew Barzun, the chief fundraiser (finance chairman) for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, which raked in $730 million in total. Mr Barzun, an internet businessman, was handpicked by the ...

Predictable: Democratic Senators fuming over President Obama’s Social Security “fix”

In his new budget proposal, President Obama proposed a modest reform to Social Security: implementing the so-called Chained CPI for future benefits. The proposal is getting ripped to shreds by Democrats and liberals. What is the Chained CPI? Over at “The Fix,” Sean Sullivan spells it out: …Social Security benefits are currently calculated using CPI-W, or the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. (Yes, that’s a mouthful.) Over time, benefit levels tick up based on CPI-W, to keep up with the fact that a dollar twenty years ago is not worth what it is today. Here’s the bottom line: Using chained CPI ...