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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 ...

Lewandowski: President Trump’s tax reform plan will have three big components

Corey Lewandowski, a political commentator and former campaign manager for Trump in 2016, expects Trump’s tax reform plan will have three parts. He expects that the plan will lead to less cash flowing overseas, tax deductions for middle-class families and a more simplified tax code. The Hill has the scoop: "You will see the repatriation of money coming back from overseas, which is going to be a huge boost to the economy. You will see the increase in deductions from middle-class and working families so they have more deductions. And you will see the simplifying of the tax burden, the tax code," he added. Lewandowski pointed to how Trump will ...

Sen. Republicans ‘don’t see any reason to be leaving’ Washington until policy issues are handled

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that he will push off the start of senators’ August recess on Tuesday to keep lawmakers in town to try and tie up loose ends on healthcare, taxes and the budget. Republican senators prior to McConnell’s announcement had been asking the majority leader to push the recess back for several days. The Washington Times has the details: “In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week ...

New House spending bill includes provisions creating more congressional oversight of financial regulatory agencies

This week, the House Appropriations Committee introduced spending legislation with provisions that would add restrictions for financial regulatory agencies and cut IRS spending by $149 million. If enacted, the bill would give Congress total control over the federal government’s financial regulatory system and prevent those agencies from creating rules in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Additionally, the bill would prevent the Securities and Exchange Commission from creating a rule requiring corporations to fully disclose donations to political candidates and political action committees. The Hill reported: The ...

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