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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 ...

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 ...

Major Victory for the 1st Amendment and Internet Freedom

(Photo Credit - AP/Michael Caulfield) Tea Party Patriots is pleased by the recent decision by the Federal Election Commission not to impose government control over political speech on the Internet. The Democrats at the FEC heard from our grassroots supporters, and they listened! As Paul Bedard in Washington Examiner reports: The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report. During a public meeting, ...

Obamacare is putting more people in the ER

Another day, another Obamacare myth, debunked. This time, the oh-so-popular selling point about Obamacare and emergency room visits is being thoroughly disproved by cold, hard numbers. Remember back when Obamacare proponents argued health reform would lower the number of ER visits? That it would solve the “free-rider” problem [1] of non-insured Americans showing up at ER’s to get free care? Yeah, that’s not exactly what’s happening. Emergency room visits are on the rise, reports the Wall Street Journal, and have been for the last couple years. And here’s the real kicker: it’s mostly because of Obamacare. Reports the WSJ [2]: ...

More of the lost Lois Lerner emails were found

So, about those “missing” IRS emails… Turns out it depends on what the meaning of “missing” is. According to news reports on Wednesday, a Treasury Department watchdog was able to recover 6,400 of Lois Lerner’s lost emails. To recap: Lerner was in charge of the IRS’ tax-exempt division when it targeted tea party groups for pure political reasons. She then pled the Fifth during a Congressional hearing, retired with dignity and a nice pension, and with the IRS backing her up, told lawmakers all her emails were lost during a computer crash. And not just lost – permanently lost. Turns out that wasn’t quite true. As reported in ...

Jenny Beth Martin, Ronald Reagan, and Jelly Beans!

Yesterday evening (April 21st), Tea Party Patriot's President Jenny Beth Martin addressed the Ronald Reagan Lecture Series at the Embassy Suites hotel in Ashburn, Virginia. More than 100 patriots attended. Started in 2009, The Ronald Reagan Lecture Series is a non-partisan organization with the goal of educating the public about conservative ideas through leading conservative speakers. The group is named after Reagan for his extraordinary communication skills. After a montage of highlights from Border States of America about our immigration crisis, Jenny Beth spoke and took many questions from local activists about how best to continue promoting ...

New IRS emails: Lerner knew what she was doing, and so did John McCain, apparently

New emails obtained by Judicial Watch shine even more light on the depth of the IRS targeting scandal. As much as the left would like for America to be convinced the scandal is over, it is far from it. Among the new revelations is a February 2012 email in which Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations ranch, asked for a new program to be set up that would “put together some training to help [IRS staffers] understand the potential pitfalls” of giving away too much information to Congress. Another 2013 email reveals that Lerner said she is willing to take the blame for not providing adequate direction to staffers on their ...