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New York Times Beats “Government is Best” Drum on Seniors

In an editorial Monday morning, the New York Times told a tale of woe about growing poverty among senior citizens in America: An additional 135,000 older women became extremely poor in 2012, raising the extreme-poverty rate in that group to 3.1 percent, And 100,000 older men were extremely poor in 2012, raising the extreme-poverty rate in that group to 2.3 percent In all, nearly 1.2 million people age 65 and up were classified as extremely poor in 2012. First, the editorial opposes Social Security reform: But it would be devastating if recent increases became a growing trend. For now, the best policy response is to do no harm. For example, ...

The New York Times’ Testing Fiction Market with Latest Editorial

On Sunday, The New York Times published an editorial purporting to push back against “the annual Republican crisis.” The editorial was full of misleading and factually inaccurate information, here’s the tip of the iceberg: In the first paragraph, the editorial says “Most of the time [Tea Party Republicans] sit around and do virtually nothing but gripe.” This ignores all of the legislation the House has passed - and Tea Party-minded conservatives have introduced - that would do tremendous good for the nation. In 2011 and 2012 alone the Senate ignored 40 job-related bills passed by the House, addressing issues from energy expansion to ...

New York Times, You Spelled “Accountable” Wrong

Did you know holding politicians accountable is “downright threatening?” According to Francis Clines on a New York Times blog, it is: When it comes to flexing political muscle, Tea Party zealots don’t hesitate to be downright threatening, as in their warning to Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee that he’d better retire from office because “our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous.” The warning was in an open letter from a score of Tea Party groups, most of them county operations in the senator’s home state. They said he would face a right-wing primary ...

New York Times’ scare tactics on Social Security mask facts

Yesterday, the New York Times’ editorial board relied on half-truths and scare tactics to promote its version of Social Security reform. While some of the editorial is normal big government trope – tax increases to cover Social Security’s coming shortfalls, for example – there are several factual inaccuracies that need correcting. The editorial misleads right in its first paragraph: The trustees of Social Security recently reported that the retirement system can pay full benefits until 2035, when it will be able to pay about three-fourths of promised benefits. The editorial’s language is hair-splittingly correct but fails to inform the ...

The New York Times accidently agrees with Tea Party on sequestration

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an editorial bashing the way sequestration has been implemented. The editorial specifically highlighted how Republicans are trying to prevent certain cuts from happening…but not others the Times says should be high-priority: You don’t see any Republican hashtags blaming the president for cutting housing vouchers to 140,000 low-income families, which has begun. These vouchers are given by cities to families on the brink of homelessness, and about half of them go to families with children. There aren’t any angry tweets about the 70,000 Head Start slots about to be eliminated, which is forcing some ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 04/20/15

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 04/20/15 Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR:   The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. It’s a short week – there are no votes scheduled after 3 PM on Thursday. The Senate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Last week’s “theme of the week” in the House was “Tax Freedom and Financial Independence.” The House voted on a number of bills regarding various aspects of taxation, IRS targeting, and tax reform. You’ll recall I said last week that ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, April 21

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare is benefitting the biggest hospitals and insurers, and that's not a good thing “These days, when liberals defend Obamacare, they often say something along the lines of, Look, Obamacare can't be that bad, even big business likes it! A writer at the liberal Mother Jones defended Obamacare by pointing out that the largest hospital chain in America is fighting to save the law. Wendell Potter, at the Center for Public Integrity, seems to think it's a rebuke to Obamacare's critics that the nation's largest health insurer is making bank off the law: Anyone who still thinks the Affordable Care Act was a "government takeover of ...

News Briefing for Monday, April 20

HEALTHCARE: Group Takes On Insurance Companies Over Obamacare “Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, challenged the president of Humana Thursday for his support of Obamacare during a shareholder’s meeting. Danhof took aim at Bruce D. Broussard, president of the insurance giant Humana, over his support of Obamacare, particularly in light of ongoing legal challenges. Broussard defended his position arguing healthcare is a right and therefore must be respected, an answer Danhof disputed. “I think at Humana, we have one fundamental belief and that is that individuals have the right to receive health ...

News Briefing for April 18

HEALTHCARE: Under Obamacare, Competition Is Costly For Consumers “Normally, market competition is good for consumers. More competition generally means competitors are battling each other to lower their prices and/or raise the quality of their goods. But when it comes to Obamacare, the market is working backwards, at least for people receiving health insurance subsidies through the exchanges. The more competitive the marketplace, often the more people have to pay for insurance. How did this happen? The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, created a series of exchanges where people can shop for health insurance if they don’t already receive it from ...

News Briefing for Friday, April 17

HEALTHCARE: 27.49% of Everyone's Tax Bill Is Spent on Health Care Share of Each Taxpayer Dollar Spent on Health Care Up 22 Percent Since 2012. “Every year since 2011, the White House has used tax time to post a "Federal Taxpayer Receipt" showing taxpayers how their federal tax dollars are being spent. President Obama introduced the concept in his 2011 State of the Union address, and Wednesday the White House posted the fifth installment so taxpayers can see how "tax dollars are being spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, and health care."  While users can punch in their own tax liability and see dollar amounts assigned to each ...