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Waste, waste, and more waste!

Citizens against Government Waste (CAGW) is out with its new “Pig Book” report for fiscal 2015, and the results aren’t what you think. Despite the fact that earmarks were banned back in 2011, Congress still found a way to come up with $4.2 billion worth of questionable earmarks. Ok, so maybe the results are exactly what you’d think. Reports Fox News [1]: Among the earmarks the group identifies is a $15 million grant for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF), established in 2000 to "reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska." The ...

Shocking update: The President’s budget aims for more taxes, more spending, and more debt

Today, President Obama released his budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Coming just a little over two months past the legal deadline for the budget, it’s as bad as anyone would expect: President Obama plans Wednesday to unveil a $3.77 trillion spending plan that proposes modest new investments in infrastructure and education, major new taxes for the wealthy and significant reforms aimed at reducing the cost of Social Security and Medicare. The President’s budget forecast looks pretty bad as well: While the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office forecasts $3.6 trillion in outlays in the fiscal year that begins in October, Obama calls for $170 ...

State Dept. wants more taxpayer money to cover FOIA requests from Clinton email scandal

Hillary Clinton’s emails aren’t just a hot topic this election season—they’re a taxpayer expense thanks to an extra flood of Freedom of Information Act requests that has the State Department scrambling. In the wake of controversy over Clinton’s private email server, State Department officials have asked for a major increase in their record-keeping budget. The Washington Examiner reports: Heather Higginbottom, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, said Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the State Department received 22,000 FOIA requests in 2015. That was a significant uptick ...

Check the Fine Print: Healthcare Exchange Plans Cost Thousands More

Sticker shock strikes again. This time, those who were lured by low-priced premiums on the exchange are taking the hit. According to Sandra, an insurance agent in Tennessee, these attractive prices often come with fine print, which isn’t necessarily disclosed in the initial push for enrollment.   “I’ve noticed deceptive PR tactics in trying to sell Obamacare. For example, an ad tells how one can purchase a mid-tier plan for only $238 per month. What it does not tell is that mid-tier plans pay only 50-50 of the cost as opposed to the traditional 80-20 plans nor is there a co-pay to see the doctor. The networks are more limited, and ...

Day 22- Ask 5 More Friends and Family to Attend your House Party

It’s coming! Two days from now, over 2,000 grassroots activists will participate in the second House Party for Tea Party Patriots this year. This House Party will, as you know, star the first film produced by Tea Party Patriots, called The Determinators, which features experts in the American, British, Canadian, and other health care systems, and explain how the President’s health care law brings many of the flaws in those nations – such as rationing – to the American health care system. While jobs are the number one concern of Americans, it is clear the American people oppose the health care law for more reasons than one blog post can ...

Government moving to seize more land

Retiring Congressman Norm Dicks is sponsoring a bill to annex over 100,000 acres of land into the Olympic National Forest while Senator Murray is following suite. Norm Dicks (Wa. D) and Patty Murray (Wa. D) toured a Shelton Shell Fish Facility with several County officials last month promoting their latest draft of Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2012.  It would designate over 126,500 acres of new wilderness in Olympic National Forest including nineteen Olympic Peninsula rivers and their major tributaries as “wild and scenic.” The Aberdeen and Cosmopolis city councils and Grays Harbor County commissioners have ...

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Illegal border crossings down more than 75 percent

Illegal immigration along the southwest border has dropped dramatically since President Donald J. Trump was sworn in, plunging a whopping 76 percent. The Washington Times has the story: Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol dropped to just 11,129 in April, according to numbers released Tuesday, marking the lowest monthly total for any month in decades. The number of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children nabbed at the border dropped below 1,000 — a level not seen since before the surge that bedeviled President Obama during most of his second term. Even before a foot of Mr. Trump’s planned border wall is built or any more agents ...

DHS fails to arrest more than 99 percent of men, women who overstay visa

Authorities at the Department of Homeland Security don’t catch more than 99 percent of those in the U.S. who overstay their visa, according to a new inspector-general report. The Washington Examiner has the story: The Office of Inspector General at DHS estimated in its report that there were 527,127 nonimmigrant visa overstays in 2015. Of those, officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents only arrested 3,402 — or only one for every 150 cases. The inspector general added that there is a backlog of 1.2 million expired visa cases. According to the IG, one problem is that the agency's technology used to "identify nonimmigrant ...

Report: More than 345 VA employees draw federal salary even when they’re not working for the fed

About 346 Department of Veterans Affairs employees spend their working hours not in service to the federal government but in service to their union — all this while still receiving a federal salary — a widespread practice known as "official time," according to a new report. The Washington Examiner has the story: That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue. Rep. Jody Arrington, R-Texas, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, thinks the ...