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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 ...

Study: More women, minorities applying for concealed-carry permits


Homeland security expert: Citizenship screening lacks questions about potential terrorist ties

Recent analysis from homeland-security expert Mark Sauter shows U.S. vetting of immigrants seeking citizenship status isn’t as thorough as it should be when it comes to filtering those with ties to top terror groups. The Washington Examiner has the story: While State Department and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service branch of the Department of Homeland Security do ask if immigrants have been involved in terrorism, the most well-known of over a dozen terrorist groups aren't listed in applications, according to the analysis from homeland security expert Mark A. Sauter… Sauter, the author of Homeland Security, a McGraw-Hill textbook ...

Daily Signal: Gun owners more law-abiding than law enforcement, study says

A new study unearthed by those at the news arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation finds Americans with concealed-carry permits are among the least likely to have a rap sheet, according to research conducted by the Crime Prevention Center. The Daily Signal has the story: The study compared permit holders to police, who committed 703 crimes from 2005 to 2007, and 113 of those were firearm violations. “It is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding,” reads a report on concealed-carry permit holders… “We find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a ...

Obama donor major investigator in IRS targeting scandal

Justice Department attorney and Obama campaign donor Barbara Bosserman spent more than 1,500 hours looking into the IRS officials who targeted Americans for their political beliefs, reveals documents obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Request. LifeZette has the scoop: When Judicial Watch filed its Freedom of Information Act appeal in 2014, it sought to overturn a lower court’s ruling to keep the information sealed. When the Department of Justice failed to respond in a timely fashion to the request, Judicial Watch sued. In 2014, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa ...