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Three important questions on the prisoner swap

This weeks’ news cycle has been overtaken with reports about the prisoner swap the Obama Administration facilitated with member of the Taliban – and with good reason. Administration officials traded five members of the Taliban at Guantanamo Bay, in exchange for American POW Bowe Bergdahl. Still, some serious questions remain that need answers. Why didn’t President Obama give Congress 30-days’ notice? The announcement was met with bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill. Why? President Obama failed to[1] give lawmakers 30 days’ notice of transfer, as outlined in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  In response, Obama told ...

The Top 11 Reasons We Need to Fire John Boehner!

John Boehner was elevated to Speaker of the House in 2010 because of the uprising of the Tea Party movement. Boehner promised to fight Obamacare and stand up to President Obama’s reckless spending, but has failed to live up to those promises. Count the ways he’s fallen short since then and don’t forget to sign our petition to Fire the Speaker! He led the House to fully fund Obamacare He caved to President Obama and raised taxes He supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants He supported increasing the debt ceiling several times, further stealing from our children’s future. He led the House to pass ...

Protesting Obamacare Becomes Personal

“When they were talking about passing this bill, I stumbled across Midland [grassroots group]. They had a bus that was going to Washington to protest. I said, ‘I have to be on that bus.’ I contacted the girl, and I got a seat on the bus,” stated Barb, who was recalling her first experience with the tea party. Driving 12 hours through the night, Barb and the group of patriots sacrificed comfort and sleep, so that they could send a message to Congress – No Obamacare! Barb’s sign played off of then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s threat of using “deem or pass” to ram the bill through without members voting on it – it read “Nancy, I deem ...

Madison’s Mission

Meet Madison Root, an 11-year-old who has a big heart and even bigger ambitions. Her story begins with an innocent attempt to sell bags of mistletoe from her uncle’s farm at a public park in downtown Portland. “It is something that my dad did when he was younger. It would just be something fun to do, and I wanted to help pay for my braces,” Madison explained. She and her dad were among an eclectic gathering that Saturday morning with people playing music for money, some asking for donations to buy pot, and others just simply begging for spare change. So, what could go wrong with selling mistletoe and spreading some holiday cheer? A lot. A ...

Open Season on Obamacare

For years, fiscal conservatives were roundly criticized in the media for opposing Obamacare. Mainstream Media called us partisan, intransigent, terrorists, ad nauseum. Better late than never, media across the board is pulling no punches in hammering the law. A few examples: MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” had a scathing attack. From Mediaite: “The roll-out is unacceptable,” regular guest Mark Halperin said. “The secrecy is unacceptable….When governments are in crisis, they withhold information, and sometimes they don’t tell the truth.” “I’m not being ideological,” co-host Joe Scarborough said. “These people want to run our ...

Amid Shutdown, It’s “Use it or Lose it” Season in Washington

Thanks to Jazz Shaw for a heads-up on an article providing further proof that government agencies need their budgets cut. From The Washington Post: This past week, the Department of Veterans Affairs bought $562,000 worth of artwork. In a single day, the Agriculture Department spent $144,000 on toner cartridges. And, in a single purchase, the Coast Guard spent $178,000 on “Cubicle Furniture Rehab.” This string of big-ticket purchases was an unmistakable sign: It was “use it or lose it” season again in Washington. All week, while Congress has fought over next year’s budget, federal workers were immersed in a spending frenzy. They were ...

Arsonists, Terrorists, and Anarchists, Oh My!

This week, two of Washington’s most powerful Democrats accused Tea Party activists of being “legislative arsonists” and “anarchists,” respectively. Now a Republican Congressman is joining in the fun, saying those who stand with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) are engaging in “governmental terrorism.” What is governmental terrorism, according to Rep. Peter King (R-NY)? The New York Times has the scoop! What offends Mr. King is that Mr. Cruz…dared other Republicans to be as pure and relentless in their opposition to the health care program as he is, even though everyone knew his tactics were doomed. It also struck Mr. King as an unprincipled ...

Burning a Straw Man Argument: Nancy Pelosi calls Tea Party “arsonists”

As has been typical since the launch of the Tea Party over four-and-a-half years ago, many establishment politicians and pundits choose to ignore basic rules of civilized discourse when targeting our movement. From Jay Carney’s 2012 “hostage” accusation to Margaret Carlson’s statement that the Tea Party was “strapping explosives to the Capitol” in 2011, the insults and inflammatory personal attacks have come faster than their irresponsible policies implode. Now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is at it. From her CNN interview on Sunday morning, via Mediaite: “I call them legislative arsonists,” Pelosi said. “They’re ...

Reasonable Compromise, Big Spender Style

With sequestration, the debt ceiling, and the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2014 continuing to dominate headlines, Members of Congress are trying to put themselves in the best position for upcoming debates. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Budget is going above and beyond the normal rhetoric. On August 19, Rep. Van Hollen was interviewed by Roll Call about his views on issues related to the debt ceiling, sequestration, and the federal budget as a whole. One section of the interview caught Tea Party Patriots’ eye: But in general, Van Hollen spoke on Monday with bold confidence in Democrats’ ...

Bipartisanship on Amnesty: The Poison Pill

Over the last few weeks, pressure has built on the House to pass the Senate’s amnesty bill. So far, Speaker Boehner is holding strong on not even considering the bill, favoring smaller, more concise bills rather than the Obamacare style bill passed by the Senate: House Speaker John Boehner is sticking to his position: The House will not vote on the Senate-passed immigration bill. “I’ve made it clear and I’ll make it clear again, the House does not intend to take up the Senate bill,” Boehner said Monday. “The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill.” Senate Majority Leader Reid is, of course, declaring that ...